On most campuses summer is a good time to regroup and get ready for the orientation sessions and the start of another academic year. In the card office, it is also the time to check the plastic card reserves and get ready to order stock for next year. Ordering plastic card stock is not as easy as one might think. As you will see in the following checklist, there are many variables to consider. If you have an understanding for your program’s specific needs related to each of these characteristics, you will be well equipped to evaluate card suppliers and place your card orders.