ABOUT OUR CALENDARS

CUSTOMER SERVICE

We usually print the generic calendars sometime in Tammuz. Up until then, you can change the quantity of your order as you'd wish. Once the "shells" have been printed, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to satisfy an increase in your order quantity; We reserve the right to bill you for the cost price of the printing if you decrease the quantity and we cannot find another customer to purchase them by the end of the season.

Any other changes to your order can be made even later, up until the time that your files have been sent to print. All changes to your orders must be made directly to us via email and are not considered approved until a confirmation email shows up in your inbox. You can also make changes to your shipping options, mailing preferences, and your user profile can all be made online at our customer-service website.

If you miss the weekly submitting deadline, your calendars will still be printed. If the delay is not very substantial, it is still possible that you calendars will be shipped at the scheduled time. Otherwise, your calendars will be printed a week later - essentially being pushed to the next batch.

We do accept all major cards for payment. Our credit-cards may be processed by "The Printhouse". We reserve the right to add a convenience fee of 2.5% (For VISA &Mastercard) should we have to process the credit cards ourselves.

While our project is geared primarily toward helping Shluchim, we will gladly print calendars for non-Chabadinstitutions, provided that that this project - as well as their work in general - does not negatively impact the work of the local Chabad-Lubavitch institutions.

If you are not registered in the official Merkos directory of Shluchim, we will require a letter from the regional Shliach endorsing this project.

SELLING ADS:

Standard Small Calendar: The ad strip is 2" high and 11" wide. After leaving space for margins etc., you can sell three sizes:
• "Business card" size ad (3 per month): 2"H X 3.5"W -- including a 0.25" horizontal margin on either side. For a better look, leave a 0.1" vertical space as well, making the ad 1.8" tall. This will give you three such spaces per month.
• Half-Banner: 2"H X 5.5" W.
• Full-Banner: 2"H X 10.5"W.
Standard Large Calendar: The ad strip is 2.75" high and 12.5" wide. After leaving space for margins etc., you can sell three sizes:
• Third-Banner: 2.5" H X 3.25" W (a height of 2.3" will look a bit better).
• Half-Banner: 2.5" H X 6" W
• Full-Banner: 2.5" X 12.25" W
Large Premium Calendar: The ad strip is on the bottom page, running vertically on the left side of the date dates. After leaving space for margins etc., you can sell two sizes:
• Full banner 1.5"x 8.5"
• Half banner 1.5 X 4.25

• Small calendar: 1.3/8" H by 1.3/8" W
• Large (Standard & Premium) calendar: 1.5" H by approx. 1.5" W
(There can be as many as six empty spaces in a strip. There are no grid lines dividing them. Multiply the width by the number of empty dates on any given month).

PREPARING THE CALENDAR:

Yes, please email calendars@shluchimservices.com or call 347-984-7144 for more information
Please note that you would work with this graphic designer directly - we take no responsibility for that side of the operation.

Most people will be able to provide you with a digital copy of their business card or ad, which is always best. If they can't, and if the business card contains simple text, it's probably best to just retype it yourself, as scanned text never looks as good as the original. If it contains a logo, you still can retype the text portion making it look much better.

If you must scan a business card, it might be wise for you to bring them all to a service such as Kinko's to scan them professionally. If you have to scan it yourself, make sure to scan it at a resolution of 300DPI (Dot Per Inch). In addition to the resolution, there are other settings on your scanner's software that you'll need to play around with to get the best image possible.

Take care to cover edges of your scanned images with white boxes, so that the lines don't show. Check and double-check to make sure they are straight. You can straighten them by rotating them slightly with your software as needed.

If you're using QuarkXpress or InDesign, you can have your ads sent to you in PDF format. The advantage of this format is that the clarity of the text is never degraded. Make sure they create the PDF using the "Professional" (high-resolution, fonts included) setting.

Microsoft Publisher does not read PDF files, but you can have your advertisers save them in EPS format, which is essentially the same thing and which Publisher can read, too. If you advertiser does not have that capability, have them save it in TIFF (or if need be, in JPEG) format. In either case, make sure they save as high resolution graphics (300 DPI).

MAILING:

Actual postage rate varies based on the makeup of your mailing list. The rates have changed in June 2011. The following rates are based on a smaller calendar, with an envelope but without any inserts. The weight was 4.2 ounces. This was a year-old calendar; a new calendar weights slightly more:

Per piece rates:
Automation rates (usually need a professional mailer):
5-digit: $0.2526
3-Digit: $0.3286
Mixed: $0.3946
Non automation (put on the labels yourself. No tabs needed for flats):
5-digit: $0.2896
3-digit: $0.3716
Mixed: $0.4516
If you have extra page inserts, the costs go up slightly. Larger calendars cost more. DSCF rates are significantly cheaper. If you have a larger mailing, it may be worth your while to travel to where those rates will be availabel to you.