There is nothing worse than making a big effort to get your business cards in a hurry to meet a deadline and to then find that you are disappointed in what you receive due to a lack of communication on what you wanted and what you have delivered.
It can be easy if you are just getting a reprint of the cards you have been using and all you need is a copy of your existing cards from your existing print shop, however if you can't get a supply in time and you need to source printing elsewhere, or printing business cards online, then you have to ensure you have what you need to ensure fast business cards that duplicate the quality you are used to or that you need.
A copy of the artwork that your business uses should be available and held within the business so it is readily accessible.
A lot of the artwork that is developed, is retained by the designers so they continue to get income from repeat orders but if the service you require is not being provided then you have to be able to quickly source printing elsewhere and other printers will need these images to help speed up the process.
Copying the images from existing cards usually diminishes the quality of the images so having the original work will ensure that the quality is retained, so whenever you develop some artwork for business cards make sure that you gain control of the artwork and that you have a copy of what you need to supply to the printer that you choose so that you are sure to get great quality fast business cards.