ShopWorks reached out to over 25,000 screen printing, embroidery, promotional products, digital printing, and awards & trophies companies to hear from them who they believe are the best screen printing suppliers and why. In evaluating screen printing supplies best vendors, the survey examined ten factors and how well each vendor performed against those factors.
Dozens of screen printing suppliers were identified as the primary, go-to source for screen printing supplies and equipment. Each company participating in the survey chose their favorite screen printing vendors and identified relevant factors from “fast delivery” to “lowest prices” in making a purchase decision.
What separated the most popular screen printing suppliers from the rest? The leaders demonstrated four factors that distinguished them from the pack. The best screen printing suppliers are better, compared to the others (on average), at:
These are all the factors survey participants chose as most relevant when evaluating a screen printing supplier (in descending order of importance):
In light of the recent Olympics, we separated the best screen printing suppliers into three categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. These categories are based on how frequently the vendor was selected as the primary, go-to screen printing supplier by survey participants. It is important to note that all screen printing suppliers in this survey performed well across the important factors. However, some were identified as more popular than others.
So who was selected as the best? The Gold suppliers were selected as the primary choice vendor more often than the Silver and Bronze suppliers and as noted earlier performed particularly well in some important factors. Here are the Gold Suppliers (in descending order of popularity):
This supplier claims on its website to be the leading supplier of equipment, inks, and supplies. And our survey respondents agree. Of all the leaders in the survey, survey participants felt they had the broadest selection of products. Nazdar is preferred by those shops that use both local and online suppliers. They also had a strong loyalty rating where nearly 35% indicated they rarely use other vendors. Nazdar is popular with screen printing shops of all sizes but particularly those with more than 20 employees.
Tied for second most popular. This supplier had the one of highest loyalty ratings among the leaders with 55% indicating they rarely use other vendors. Among the leaders, they ranked highest in fast delivery and strong customer support, living up to their slogan, “Excellence Beyond Expectations”. Most of the companies selecting Midwest Sign and Screen as their primary vendor had at least 11 employees.
Ryonet tied for second with Midwest Signs and Screens. This supplier has a strong online presence and is recognized as having the lowest product prices, best online ordering, and order management among the leaders. They are particularly popular among smaller shops with 1 to 5 employees but are used by shops of all sizes.
T & J Printing Supply tied for third. This screen printing supplier ranked highest in ease of doing business and customer support – compared to the other leaders. Their online site has no-frills but is easy to use. This supplier is frequently used by larger shops of 20 or more employees.
Stanley’s Sign & Screen Supply tied for third with T&J. This supplier is noted as being the leading supplier in Canada, likely because they provide the lowest shipping cost compared to its peers. This supplier also had the highest loyalty rating where a whopping 80% of the respondents indicated they rarely use other suppliers.
A number of Silver suppliers were identified as favorite screen printing suppliers by many shops. Like the Gold suppliers, the Silver suppliers were strong across most selection criteria, like “ease of doing business” and “fast delivery.” Here they are (in alphabetical order):
Ace Screen Printing Supply Company
Advance Screen Technologies
Atlas Screen Supply Company
Dynamic Screen Printing Supply
Graphic Solutions Group
One Stop Inc.
One Stroke Ink
Reece Supply Company
Screen Process of Alabama
While scoring high across most of the important factors, the Bronze screen printing suppliers were not chosen as frequently as the go-to supplier. Nevertheless, they’re still a great option depending on your needs. Here they are (in alphabetical order):
American Screen Supply
Anthem Screen Printing Supplies
FH & Sons
Lee’s Screen Supplies
Martin Supply Company
Performance Screen Supply
Screen Printing Supply.com
Tech Support Screen Printing Supplies
Total Ink Solutions
Wild Side North
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