What is a print shop?
A print shop is a store front operation where short run
printing services are provided. When we say "short run", this
refers to the quantity of garments produced per order. A short run
means that the facility is producing a relatively small number of
garments for a particular print.
If a local baseball team needs uniforms printed with
the players names and numbers on the back. The team needs less
than twenty shirts printed. This would be considered a short
run of production. The team may use a
t-shirt printing shop to meet their needs.
If Walmart places an order with an apparel wholesaler
for printed t-shirts. Those tees will most likely be purchased
in a large quantity and would require a printing factory that is
capable of running a large print run (higher quantities). The
facility would need more machinery and larger work spaces for
production runs of this size. Walmart may need an
factory to meet their large scale requirements.
Although this is not the case for all print shops, many of them are
limited in size. This means less machinery and less room for
It is important to note that the term "print shop" does NOT
necessarily have to refer to the size and capabilities of the company or
printing facility. The term is used rather loosely. It is
very possible that an enormous apparel printing factory refers to
themselves as a print shop.
When Apparel Search refers to "print shops" we are typically, but not
always, thinking more in terms of local screen printers that
work on smaller runs to assist local businesses, schools, team sports,
charities, etc. If we are talking about larger facilities we
usually use the word "factory" or "factories".
You may also want to learn
about promotional apparel which is often produced in print shops.