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Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is an independent consultant and trusted advisor to in-plant printers. He recommends equipment, best practices and workflow automation tools to streamline operations. To learn more about measuring performance, benchmarking to leaders, and improving your value e-mail Howie@howiefentonconsulting.com

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  • 02 July 2021

Is it Time to Pivot to Growth Applications and Strategies?

In this article, we discuss print applications that are likely to decline and grow post-pandemic and a strategy to help you win back clients of your in-plant that may have outsourced their work during the pandemic. Using this knowledge will help you negotiate the twists and turns in product demand.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 03 June 2021

The Cost Savings of Killing E-Mail May Be 3x-5x Higher Than Estimated

Do you realize that killing e-mail can reduce labor costs for CSRs, estimators, and billing staff and that there are additional savings possible by reducing the costs associated with manual estimating and billing? The savings of killing e-mail may be 3x-5x higher than estimated in recent research. To best understand the savings you can achieve, read this blog post.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 10 May 2021

Why Killing E-Mail Orders Matters for Your Recovery

Do you realize how much time and labor costs are associated with processing e-mailed orders? Do you understand the total cost of operation and the savings you could achieve by automating order entry? Find out in this post where we discuss the time, costs and production challenges of accepting e-mail orders and how a Web to Print solution can save you money and accelerate your recovery.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 07 April 2021

Recover by Adapting to Lasting Pandemic Changes

By recognizing that some of the changes from the pandemic will disappear and others will remain you will be better positioned to recover and take advantage of the permanent changes. Innovative in-plants will find ways to take advantage of these changes and convert them from threats to opportunities.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 04 February 2021

5 Ideas To Support In-Plant Awareness

Inspired by in-plant awareness month, this post talks about the often-overlooked importance of understanding product and service awareness and offers five ideas to help you increase your in-plant’s awareness.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 09 December 2020

Planning Your 2021 Post-COVID Recovery

Howie Fenton's latest RSA blog suggests three areas of your print operation to inventory and strategies to strengthen your print shop's 2021 recovery.

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  • 16 November 2020

Manual Data Collection- The Worst Data Problem in the Industry

In this the second article in a two-part series about print shop metric issues we focus on four issues with manual data collection: unreliable data, staff productivity loss and dissatisfaction, and the inability to compile and analyze manually collected data.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 15 October 2020

Are you Collecting Bad Print Shop Metrics?

First in a two-part series about issues with print shop metrics. This article discusses bad metrics such as vanity metrics and suspect metrics and how on-time delivery and cost estimates may be a bad metrics.

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