Printing

Pickawoowoo is a print solutions company

From print-on-demand (POD) to offset printing, there is a printing method to suit every business / publishing model. Soon after you hire our services, we’ll help you decipher the complexities and assist with the decisions / solution (or combination of solutions) that are right for you.

If print-on-demand best suits your needs, we’ll link you with world class Print-on-Demand solutions. If it makes more sense to print short-run quantities, we’ll get your book into POD production (a digital book printing plant). For larger print runs,  we’ll get your books into production through our affiliation with onshore and offshore printers.

At Pickawoowoo we’ll help you navigate those waters and know when to make the switch from POD to Digital to Offset and back.

What are the benefits of print on demand (POD)?

Our preferred supplier uses the most advanced print-on-demand technology to offer self-publishers quality books in a wide variety of print options for an affordable price. Print on demand is considered low risk and low entry into the market place.

  • Cutting-edge quality and durability - indistinguishable from traditionally published books: inside and out.

  • Binding and paper options - perfect bound, saddle stitch, and case laminate bindings; 50 lb / 74 gsm paper in crème or white and 70 lb / 104 gsm paper in white.

  • Colour printing or black-and-white - Advanced colour printing for stunning colour, sharp graphics, and crisp text. Premium colour or standard colour

  • Easily update files - Find a typo or get a stellar review? Easily update print-on-demand files, and newly printed books will reflect your changes.

  • Numerours book trim sizes - One size doesn’t fit all. We can supply the trim size that fits your story.

  • Hardcover or paperback - jacketed or not; glossy, textured, or matte. 

  • Fast and efficient shipping worldwide - with printing facilities all over the world to get your books where they need to go with speed and reliability.

  • Never out of stock - It’s in the name: print on demand. Your book is printed as soon as it’s ordered, and can’t be out of stock.

  • No need to store unsold copies - Printing books costs money and so does storing them. With our preferred printer, books are printed as they’re ordered.

Offset Printing 

Offset printing is the most popular technique for commercial printing or bulk printing. It has been around since the 20th century and is a technique where the image is transferred – or offset – from a plate to a rubber blanket, then onto the printing surface. There are advantages to offset printing as listed below but remember this is high costs and high risk (if your book does not sell well):

  • Consistent high-quality images

  • A wide range of paper types can be used as well as special custom inks like metallic and Pantone colours

  • Enhanced detail and accuracy in colour matching – colours are printed exactly

  • Very cost-effective for large quantities of printing – it’s the cheapest way to produce quality prints in commercial printing quantities

  • An option of custom finishes

Short Print Run? 

Short run book printing is any volume of less than the standard print run of 1000-2000 books. So whether it is 1, 15, 50, or 400, we can layout your paperback or hard back to your specific needs and then print as required. This is a great solution for not-for-profit, government, churches and other organisations looking for a way to publish for their memberships.

Short run book printing for schools - School teachers and educators, if you have education materials that you have written we can help design and print. You retain all copyright ownership and you only need print what you need.

 

 

What does Oikocredit do?


Oikocredit International provides loans to more than 600 local partner organizations with a social objective, in about 60 countries worldwide. Through these partner organizations, we provide individuals and groups (clients) in low-wage countries, who normally do not have access to loans, access to appropriate financial resources. Oikocredit 's partners consist of microfinance institutions, small and medium-sized companies, fair trade cooperatives and sustainable energy companies. Oikocredit US is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Oikocredit International’s impact through investment and capacity building grants for its partners that benefit clients.




What is the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Oikocredit's work?


Oikocredit is continuing its work. We are focusing on the most important processes. Where possible, our employees work from home, in accordance with government measures. We are continuously monitoring developments, and we have contingency plans to deal with high impact operational situations.

Internal specialists and Oikocredit's Board of Directors are monitoring the status of our investments in and loans to our partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and other liquid assets. We are also tracking general developments related to the pandemic, including the impact on the wellbeing and effectiveness of Oikocredit employees working all over the world.

Oikocredit staff globally work closely with our partner organizations to assess the situation of each individual partner and support them where possible, for example with business continuity and liquidity planning.

Oikocredit is also in talks with other impact investing fund managers to exchange and coordinate how we can deal with this challenging situation together.

With these measures, we are continuing to fulfill our mission to support our partners and their customers, at a time when their need for support is greater than ever.

At the same time, Oikocredit is assessing the potential impact on the value of our financing portfolio to protect the money of members and investors.

Due to the nature of Oikocredit's portfolio (loans and equity investments) and the number of partners we work with (over 600 partners in more than 60 countries), assessing the financial impact will take time. The rapidly changing nature of the coronavirus crisis means that we need to update this assessment as the situation develops.




What is microcredit?


Microcredit is the provision of small-scale loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries to help them build economic independence.




How is Oikocredit a leader in microcredit?


There are three reasons why Oikocredit is a leader in the microcredit field: 1. Oikocredit is focused particularly on improving living conditions for low-income people and communities in the Global South through our partners. We work to improve financial inclusion, so that people in these areas have more opportunities to access loans. 2. Oikocredit offers capacity building grants. Some of these grants help partners to improve their readiness for investment. Other grants help to augment the investments we make, by enabling a partner to refine its operations or manage the risk of price fluctuations in the market. 3. Oikocredit collaborates with other social investors to help bolster the effectiveness of the microcredit sector and improve collective impact. Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic along with peer organizations exemplifies our commitment to working with others to make a difference.




Does Oikocredit only invest in microcrofinance institutions?


No, Oikocredit also provides capital to other partners, which are typically small and medium-sized enterprises working in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and financial inclusion.





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