Catalog Printer Insurance

Your Guide to Catalog Printer Insurance

Catalog printer insurance

Companies of all sizes print and distribute catalogs to showcase their product offerings and services. Catalogs are easy and pleasant for readers, and provide an organized and easy-to-understand arrangement of products, as well as price and ordering information. 

Printing a custom catalog is a big undertaking, and catalog printers must work closely with their customers to make sure that every “T” has been crossed and every “I” has been dotted before the product is printed and delivered to thousands of potential customers. 

If you operate a catalog printing business, you need to make sure you understand your business risks, so you can protect yourself and recover financially if you have a loss. 

Catalog printer insurance can help you protect all aspects of your business, including your customers, your employees, and your property and equipment.  

An independent insurance agent can help you find tailored business insurance that covers your risks.

Why Do You Need Catalog Printer Insurance? 

Catalogs typically describe a customer’s overall line of products or services, using text and high-quality photos, feature articles, details, and testimonials. It’s your job as a catalog printer to make sure that everything is perfect before the catalog is printed and shipped. You help your clients with designing their catalogs, as well as selecting papers, colors, inks, and binding. If any one thing goes wrong at any time in the process, the outcome can be disastrous for both your client and you. 

What’s more, you’ve got expensive buildings, equipment, papers, inks, and other inventory or supplies that are not only valuable, but also highly susceptible to fire, smoke, and water damage. What would you do if you faced a partial or total loss? 

And you face a variety of other risks to your business as well. 

  • Customers visiting your premises to place an order or vendors delivering supplies can get injured in a simple trip-and-fall incident, or worse. 
  • Your printing environment can be dangerous to your employees.
  • Your printers, computers, and other machines and equipment can malfunction or suffer damage and take a serious bite out of your productivity.
  • A loss of important electronic records could lead to a serious and unrecoverable productivity and revenue shortage.

That’s where your catalog printer insurance can help. It helps you cover the costs of property and liability claims, so you can recover and stay in business. 

Why Do Catalog Printers Need Property Insurance? 

As a catalog printer, it’s important to understand your risk for property losses. You have numerous flammable materials on hand (papers, inks, other chemicals), as well valuable inventory, equipment, machinery, and more. Your buildings, equipment, and inventory are susceptible to fire, theft, vandalism, and natural disasters. 

  • Commercial property insurance protects your building and other property in the event of a covered loss, such as fire, vandalism, smoke, or theft. It provides coverage for lost inventory, printers, machinery, tools, warehouses and office space, office equipment, computers, and more. It may also provide coverage for neighboring facilities and completed products housed on your premises. Coverage applies whether you own or lease your business property.
  • Business interruption coverage, or business income coverage, protects your earnings and helps to pay expenses if your business is unable to operate because of damage caused by some type of covered disruption (fire, hail, wind, equipment breakdown). You can even include coverage for breakdowns in utility services (water, electrical) if a storm or some other event takes down power lines and cuts off your electrical and telephone service, and you’re forced to temporarily close your doors. 

You need to work with an experienced independent insurance agent who can help you evaluate and calculate how much and what type of coverage you need for your printing operations, equipment, and inventory. While evaluating your business for property insurance, your agent is likely to pay close attention to how you handle the flammables on your property. Taking appropriate fire precautions will help you secure better coverage and lower rates.

How Can Catalog Printers Protect against Equipment Breakdown? 

Another potentially devastating property risk for catalog printers is damage to or breakdown of equipment. Without your specialized printing presses and other equipment, your business would be unable to operate, pay for expenses, and earn revenue.

Equipment breakdown insurance, often referred to as boiler and machinery coverage, supplements your business property insurance. It covers certain costs associated with accidental breakdown of machinery or equipment and the resulting property damage or loss. 

Equipment breakdown coverage protects against breakdowns caused by power surges, motor burnout, boiler malfunction, and operator error. It covers all sorts of equipment, including new technology. Equipment breakdown coverage may pay for the cost of repairing the damaged equipment, the costs associated with the time and labor to repair or replace the equipment, business income losses when a covered breakdown causes a business interruption, and the cost to replace spoiled stock or materials. 

Why Do Catalog Printers Need Liability Insurance? 

Catalog printers face numerous liability risks, including copyright infringement, libel, slander, defamation of character, and advertising liability. What’s more, at any time one of your customers, business partners, or anyone who visits your premises can be injured or sustain some kind of property damage. 

You can protect your operations, products, and customers with a variety of business liability policies designed for calendar printers. 

  • Commercial general liability (CGL) insurance: This coverage is necessary for times when your business is negligent and causes bodily injury or property damage to a third party. Your CGL policy protects you in the event of third-party lawsuits, with coverage for attorney fees, court costs, settlements, and judgments up to the limits of your policy. 
  • Cyber liability insurance: When clients, employees, vendors, or others have their sensitive data compromised, you’re responsible for paying for many of the damages, and you may also be sued. Cyber liability insurance protects you from the risks associated with cyberattacks, data breaches, viruses, and other cyber-related issues.
  • Environmental liability insurance: The inks and solvents that you use in the printing process could be toxic and may contaminate the air, ground, or water if they are not handled properly. Environmental liability insurance covers a variety of pollution exposures.
  • Commercial auto insurance: Covers your vehicle fleet and drivers in the event of an accident or other vehicle damage that occurs. Commercial auto insurance provides coverage for property damage and bodily injury liability claims, vehicle damage, and medical bills, as well as any costs related to lawsuits due to auto accidents involving your vehicle fleet as they transport your products from place to place.
  • Commercial umbrella insurance: Provides an extra layer of liability protection to any of several other policies you might have. Commercial umbrella insurance kicks in when the limits of your other applicable insurance policies have been exhausted, protecting you in the event that a claim exceeds the amount of coverage available from any other applicable policy. 

Why Do Catalog Printers Need Printers and Publishers Professional Liability Insurance? 

Your clients trust you to provide a timely, high-quality product that they’re proud to deliver to their customers and business partners. But what if you make a mistake or fail to deliver as promised? What if you excluded an entire section from the finished catalog? What if you printed an erroneous price or information about a product, leading to a financial loss for your client? 

In these and many other cases you could be accused of professional negligence and caught up in a lawsuit.

Printers and publishers professional liability insurance is a special type of errors and omissions insurance designed for commercial printers and publishers, including catalog printers. It protects you if you make a mistake or an error during the printing process or if you fail to deliver products as promised (such as missing a deadline). 

In these cases, your professional liability insurance may cover the costs of any legal action against you, even if the claims are unfounded. It can also protect you from accusations of copyright infringement, defamation, libel, and slander.

What Other Insurance Policies Do Catalog Printers Need? 

In addition to property and liability insurance, catalog printers are likely to need several other business insurance policies to reduce any gaps in coverage. Here’s a rundown of what to discuss with your independent insurance agent:

  • Worker's compensation insurance provides insurance coverage when accidents happen in the workplace. It ensures that the injured worker gets medical care and income protection while unable to work. Worker's compensation insurance provides benefits to injured workers regardless of who is at fault for their injury. And it will provide death benefits for a worker’s dependents if the worker is killed. 
  • Computers and media coverage helps you pay to replace lost data and related lost income if your computers are damaged by a covered loss, such as theft, vandalism, viruses, or malware. It may also pay for physical damage to computers or hardware. 

How Much Does Catalog Printer Insurance Cost? 

In general, catalog printer insurance costs will vary depending on the size of your business, the number of employees you have, the amount and value of your commercial property, the location of your business, and a variety of other variables. 

An independent insurance agent can guide you though your options so you get coverage that meets your needs and budget. 

Benefits of an Independent Agent

Independent insurance agents simplify the search process for finding the right catalog printer insurance. They’ll walk you through some handpicked policy options and explain the details.

Most importantly, they’ll be there for you when claim time comes. They know the ins and outs of the process and will make sure your claim is handled appropriately. 

The Lowdown on Online Quotes

Online quotes can be tempting. They are fast and easy to get—but are they accurate? And are you getting quotes for the right coverage? For business owners, choosing speed over accuracy can cost you.  

Online quotes can’t and don’t see the whole picture. They can leave out important coverage that will leave you devastated if something unexpected happens. And they can leave out cost-saving opportunities that an agent can help you take advantage of. 

Instead of getting an online quote, find an independent insurance agent now, and get one-on-one consultation and affordable options for the best coverage for your unique needs. 

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