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NPES Market Data Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to participate?

    • All active NPES members have the opportunity to participate in the Market Data Program. Participation is strictly voluntary and not a requirement of your NPES membership. Dealers and trade publications are not eligible to participate in the Market Data Program.

  • What is reported?

    • The NPES Market Data Program provides participating members with dollar and unit shipments data for 80 key industry product categories in the primary areas of: Imaging/Prepress, Pressroom Equipment, Bindery/Finishing, Systems and Software and Graphic Arts Supplies. The geographic scope of this program is the U.S. market.

  • What percentage of the market reports?

    • Data generated by the program represents nearly 80% of the dollar volume of sales of printing equipment and approximately 90% of the dollar volume of supplies and consumable products sold into the industry.

  • How does NPES compensate for non-participants?

    • Annually, NPES conducts the Industry Estimate Survey, which identifies the size of the market that the Market Data Program is capturing at line item levels. Participating members use these factors to compute full market coverage.

  • Who administers the program?

    • An independent consulting firm serves as a confidential agent in the collection, tabulation, and dissemination of program data and reports to participating members.

  • What about confidentiality?

    • While understanding the growing need for detailed and accurate data, NPES remains firmly committed to maintaining the confidentiality of participants in the NPES Market Data Program. To accomplish this, NPES and its legal counsel have incorporated strict disclosure guidelines to safeguard individual company data. All data are compiled aggregately by an independent consulting firm and disseminated to participating members only. At no time does NPES staff or its members have access to individual company data or market share information. Furthermore, strict adherence to government antitrust guidelines makes it possible for competitors to work together in a legal forum. Confidentiality remains our highest priority.

  • How does NPES ensure the accuracy of reported data?

    • To ensure participating members continue to receive the most accurate and reliable information, NPES has incorporated various validation procedures into the Market Data Program. The independent consulting firm uses these electronic checks to identify and correct data inaccuracies before releasing final reports to members.

  • What must participants report?

    • Participants must report all products marketed by their company including equipment, systems and software, accessories, peripherals, and supply products. Additionally, in order to maintain the accuracy of the published reports, participants must notify the independent consulting firm when there are changes, additions or removals to their marketed products.

  • Can new reporting categories be added?

    • The flexibility of the Market Data Program allows participants to recommend additional categories as new markets emerge, ensuring NPES continues to provide participants with market data on the latest industry trends.

  • How much does it cost?

    • There is never a fee to participate in the program. NPES provides this service as a part of your membership.

  • How much time does it require?

    • Reporting is quick, often requiring just minutes each month for most participants. In return, participants receive detailed quarterly reports and a comprehensive year-end report detailing all of the product categories.