Can I get a quote without being a Lumi member?

Yes. If you would like to evaluate how Lumi compares to your existing packaging providers, please contact our sales team to start your free Lumi Evaluation.

Ideally your quote request or RFP is as detailed as possible to set accurate expectations between you and the manufacturers. To know which manufacturers to quote with, Lumi helps you gather all the information about the geography of your supply chain, your spending patterns, and your company’s priorities. Gathering all these details before quoting not only gets you the most accurate quote possible, it also helps manufacturers provide responses more rapidly.

Why should I submit price targets for quoting?

Price targets gives manufacturers in the network a price to beat. Without price targets, quotes will take longer to get back to you.

What does approving or rejecting a quote do?

Accepting a quote initiates the next steps of placing your order into motion. The quote will be turned into an item that can be proofed, added to an order, and ultimately produced and shipped to you.

Rejecting a quote lets the manufacturer know that you’ve decided to move forward with a different option. You’ll be asked to provide a reason and optional note to help the manufacturer understand why they weren’t chosen.

How do I use quote filters?

Applying filters to the Quotes view hides quotes from the list, allowing you to focus on comparing the right quotes against each other.

Quote status: Show or hide any quotes that match the following statuses:

  • Quoting: The manufacturer has been identified as a candidate but has not provided a quote yet.
  • Ready: A quote has been provided by the manufacturer and needs a response from your team. Quotes automatically expire once they reach the expiration date (typically 30 days).
  • Request declined: The manufacturer has declined to quote on your request. 
  • Rejected: Your team has rejected this quote.
  • Accepted: Your team has accepted this quote.
  • Show expired quotes: Quotes that have expired drop out of view by default. Toggle this on to see them.

Maximum lead time: Show or hide any quotes within the lead time you specify.

Product category: Show or hide quotes that match specific product categories.

Quote request: Show or hide quotes that match specific quote requests.

Adding filters to the quotes view also creates a unique URL that you can share with other members of your team.

How are the different costs on quotes broken out and calculated?

Some of the values displayed on the quote are the actual costs associated with the production and shipping of the item, while others are calculated based on those actual costs and the original quote request details.

Cost categories

  • Base cost: The manufacturer’s material and manufacturing costs, before markup.
  • Management fee: Your pre-negotiated supply chain management rate.
  • Freight estimate: An estimate of the cost required to ship the item from manufacturer to final destination.
  • Tooling: The cost of print plates and cutting dies required to produce an item the first time it’s ordered.
  • Other fees: Any other fees associated with the production and shipping of the item. This includes duties, custom ink mixing, plate changes, custom pallets, or rush fees.

Calculated costs

  • Landed cost: The per-unit cost of the item with all other recurring costs amortized across the quantity break amount. The only cost excluded from this number is tooling since tooling only needs to be paid for on an item’s first order.
  • First order total: The total estimated all-in cost that you can expect to pay the first time you order this item, which includes tooling.
  • Reorder total: The total estimated all-in cost that you can expect to pay for subsequent orders of this item, which excludes tooling.
  • Savings: The percent savings when comparing the item’s landed cost to the target price provided on the quote request. If no number is displayed, it’s because there was no price target given, or the landed cost does not yield any savings.
  • Annualized savings: The total estimated savings earned over the course of a year at the annual volume provided on the quote request given orders are placed in increments of this quantity break. If no number is displayed, it’s because there was no price target or annual volume given, or the landed cost does not yield any savings.