Why Your Sign Shop Should Outsource Hospital Signs
All public facilities should have attractive, easy-to-read signage in place. However, some must take greater care when it comes to the displays they install in their buildings, which is why they rely on the expertise of sign shops to ensure their signage fulfills its intended purpose.
Hospitals in particular require a lot of signage throughout their facilities to guide visitors and patients as well as to provide a warning regarding certain areas that are off limits to the general public. As such, your sign shop needs to be able to accommodate the specific needs of health care facilities with the signage you create.
In some cases—especially when health care facilities are looking to update their directories, room number displays, and restroom signage—it’s in your best interest to outsource a client’s hospital signs to a third-party fabricator…
When to Outsource Hospital Signs
There are many times when it may make more sense for both your business and your client to outsource a project (particularly one that involves hospital signs) to a third party.
For example, if your business specializes in LED signs or banners, and a health care client reaches out for ADA-compliant standoff signs, you likely don’t have the necessary tools to produce the displays they’re looking for. However, that doesn’t mean you have to pass on the project and risk that client going to your competitor for all signage moving forward. By outsourcing the client’s hospital signs to a third-party fabricator, you can retain that relationship and ensure your client gets the displays they need—even if they’re not fabricated in-house.
Other times when you should consider outsourcing hospital signs to a third party include the following:
- Your shop is swamped with orders, and you simply don’t have the time or manpower to produce a client’s signs.
- A client needs a quick turnaround on an order that you can’t meet.
- Design help or specialty work is required that your shop is unable to provide.
- You’re attempting to cut costs, and fabricating a client’s signage in-house would actually be more expensive.
Further, outsourcing hospital signs for your health care clients isn’t just a convenient option when you lack the time and resources—you can also reap a number of benefits in the process.
The Benefits of Outsourcing Hospital Signs
- Consistency: With as much signage as a hospital needs throughout an entire building, it can be difficult to maintain consistency in appearance if you order signs in a piecemeal approach. But when you enlist the help of a wholesale sign provider for your client’s hospital signs, they can easily create signs in large quantities according to your specifications that will provide a consistent appearance throughout the entire building. Plus, you can form a partnership with the third-party fabricator so that all future signs for the client have the same look.
- Affordability: By outsourcing to a wholesale sign shop, you are able to save a significant amount of money—especially if the alternative is investing in new equipment or materials so you can complete a client’s order. If you order your signs in small quantities, over the course of time it will end up costing you much more. Additionally, some wholesale sign shops offer partnership programs so that you can obtain certain orders at a discounted price.
- ADA compliance: Outsourcing hospital signs to a third-party fabricator that specializes in ADA signage also ensures that all of your client’s signs meet the specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means having Braille lettering, setting an appropriate level of contrast between backgrounds and fonts, making sure the fonts are easily readable, etc. Those with expertise in this area have the equipment and knowledge necessary to create compliant signs. As a result, you and your client can have peace of mind that their signage won’t violate any ADA rules.
- Material and design variety: When you work with a third-party sign provider, you have a wide variety of choices available to you regarding how your client’s hospital signs will look. You can either submit custom designs or choose from a number of different templates. You also have a large selection of options in terms of the materials used to create the signs and the type of finish each sign will have. This increases the likelihood of the finished product exceeding your client’s expectations.
- Reliability: Wholesale sign providers are able to meet your deadlines and provide you with reliable quality for every single order you place. As they frequently work with other sign shops, they understand the importance of delivering high-quality signage in a timely manner. In some cases, you can even request that a client’s order be expedited to ensure you meet your own target date. Further, they likely invest in strong, durable materials, so your client will end up with long-lasting signs that won’t fade or crack in a short period of time.
- Greater revenue: Outsourcing hospital signs to a third-party fabricator gives you the opportunity to expand your product offerings and thereby increase your revenue stream. If you’re able to turn a one-off order request into a mutually beneficial partnership, you can begin advertising additional product options to clients without shouldering the cost of new equipment, training, materials, or staff.
Sign shops serve a wide variety of customers, including health care facilities. However, when an order comes up that can’t be completed in-house, outsourcing to a third party is often the best option.
If a health care client has contacted you for hospital signs, reach out to a sign provider you can count on to deliver attractive, durable, ADA-compliant displays that adhere to your client’s specifications.
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