Approved External Print Vendors

Faculty, staff, and recognized student organizations at Brown that seek to produce “essential” print projects that meet one or more of the criteria below and cost $3,000 or more must use an approved external print vendor. Criteria for essential print includes:

  1. Print format is necessary to meet compliance requirements, accessibility standards, health and safety protocols, and/or any other regulatory requirement that, if not met, would put the University at legal risk
  2. Digital-only approach would result in a diminished user experience or negatively affect Brown’s reputation
  3. Digital-only approach would result in the inability to reach certain audience segments and may adversely affect participation rates, fundraising goals, and/or general awareness of University programs

All external print vendors in the program are registered as Brown University Suppliers and have signed Participation Agreements with the University. Print projects that cost $3,000 or more must follow the University’s Purchase Order requirements, but do not require a Professional Services Agreement. The University's Delegations of Signature Authority for Contracts applies.

It is strongly recommended, though not required, that multiple quotes be obtained from the pool of approved vendors for purchases under the University’s competitive bid requirement threshold to ensure the best price. If a print project costs $3,000 or more to produce and doesn’t meet one of the “essential” criteria, it should not be printed and digital solutions should be considered instead.

External Print Vendor Services

Brown’s approved external print vendors use specialized equipment as needed, and typically require turnaround times that can range from days to weeks, depending on the complexity of the project. Examples of typical print projects that may cost $3,000 or more to produce are as follows:

  • Brochures
  • Booklets
  • Catalogs
  • Envelopes
  • Folders
  • Kitting and Fulfillment/First-class mailings/direct mail
  • Maps
  • Postcards
  • Reports that require binding services

Approved Print Vendors

Allegra Marketing Print Mail

102 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02906
Bud McCann: [email protected]
(401) 354-7491

Visit the Allegra Website

Deliverables include booklets, brochures, calendars, door hangers, envelopes, flyers, folders, invitations, labels, newsletters, notepads, postcards, etc.


Image Printing

33 Plan Way, Building 7
Warwick, RI 02886
Kevin Martin: [email protected]
(401) 737-9311

Visit the Image Printing website

Deliverables include brochures, catalogs/books, envelopes, flyers, folders, maps, palm cards, postcards, product packaging, etc.

Services include die-cutting, binding (saddle and perfect bound), embossing, gold/silver foils, speciality coatings (soft-touch, matte, and high gloss finishes), etc.


Kirkwood Direct

904 Main Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
(978) 642-0300
Amy Nappa: [email protected] (978) 642-0238

Visit the Kirkwood Direct website

Deliverables include brochures, decals, folders, flyers, maps, palm cards, postcards, product packaging, etc

Services include binding (saddle and perfect bound), die-cutting, embossing, gold/silver foils, speciality coatings (soft-touch, matte, and high gloss finishes), etc.

Mail services include direct mail, variable data, mail merges, hand assembly, logistics and fulfillment.


Reynolds DeWalt

186 Duchaine Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02745
John Ashton: [email protected]
(800) 477-4681

Visit the Reynolds DeWalt website

Deliverables include brochures, decals, folders, flyers, maps, palm cards, postcards, product packaging, etc

Services include binding (saddle and perfect bound), die-cutting, embossing, gold/silver foils, speciality coatings (soft-touch, matte, and high gloss finishes), etc.

Mail services include direct mail, variable data, mail merges, hand assembly, logistics and fulfillment.


RPI Printing

135 Waldron Rd.
Fall River, MA 02720
Scott Ramsbottom: [email protected]
(508) 730-2220

Visit the RPI Printing website

Deliverables include brochures, decals, folders, flyers, maps, palm cards, postcards, product packaging, etc.
Services include binding (saddle and perfect bound), die-cutting, embossing, gold/silver foils, speciality coatings (soft-touch, matte, and high gloss finishes), etc.

Mail services include direct mail, variable data, mail merges, hand assembly, logistics and fulfillment.


Signature Printing

5 Almeida Ave.
East Providence, RI 02914
Brian Mannix: [email protected]
(401) 438-1200

Visit the Signature Printing website

Deliverables include brochures, decals, folders, flyers, maps, palm cards, postcards, product packaging, etc.

Services include binding (saddle and perfect bound), die-cutting, embossing, gold/silver foils, speciality coatings (soft-touch, matte, and high gloss finishes), etc.
Mail services include direct mail, variable data, mail merges, hand assembly, logistics and fulfillment.

While Brown’s approved external print vendors typically handle mid- to large-scale print jobs, local retail options can accommodate lingering campus demand for copy services. Quick-print copy services are available at the following Providence locations near College Hill:

Allegra Marketing Print Mail

102 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02906
Bud McCann: [email protected]
(401) 354-7491

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center

236 Meeting St.
Providence, RI 02906

Staples

555 N Main St.
Providence, RI 02904

The UPS Store

22 Parsonage St.
Providence, RI 02903

Please note: Requests for promotional items or goods (e.g., pens, t-shirts, mugs, lanyards, etc.) should be directed to the Brown Bookstore or [email protected] as these items must be manufactured by a licensed vendor.

Questions? Contact the Office of University Communications: [email protected]