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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 18 September 2020

The Evolution in Printing Metrics

In-plant print center metrics that best predict success and evaluate performance have changed. In this post, Fenton discusses several metrics, relates how in-plant vs. commercial printer metrics differ, looks more closely at newer metrics like equipment utilization and offers evidence of the metric that may be the most predictive of in-plant success.

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  • Ryan McAbee
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  • 31 August 2020

Three Questions to Explore to Build a Data-Driven In-plant in 2020

Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends sees data as critical for the printing industry's future. Ryan McAbee offers three questions for in-plants to contemplate to plan how to be a data-driven in-plant in 2020. We'll visit each of these in-depth throughout the year with tips to help keep you on track.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 11 August 2020

Technology's Increasing Importance for Engaging Staff

A recent Harvard Business Review survey concluded overwhelmingly that technology has a greater impact on employee engagement than it did three years ago and will continue to be a major factor. Utilize the latest technologies in your print shop and ensure your staff has an active role in using, remaining current and fully employing these technologies as part of an overall employee engagement strategy to foster engagement and attract and retain staff.

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 30 July 2020

Two Videos Reveal Web to Print Benefits for K-12

Two new videos from RSA detail how our Web to print and workflow management software is exactly what Chino Valley Unified School District’s in-plant print center needs right now. Watch to see how they have navigated change from COVID-19 and the overall benefits they have realized using WebCRD.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 13 May 2020

How to Estimate Staffing Needs as Workload Changes

Howie Fenton shares a method to estimate staffing needs as your revenue changes using your current sales per employee ratio (SPE) and anticipated revenue changes. Adding automation and shifting and cross training staff can address workflow gaps and bottlenecks that result from staff imbalances.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 27 January 2020

Nine Steps to In-plant Profitability

In this vlog, I start a three-part series about the nine steps that I see that in-plants need to take to increase their profitability. While not every in-plant has a model to be profitable, in-plants can use these steps to ensure they are not losing money or operating below cost, and are operating as efficiently as possible for their parent organization.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 10 December 2019

Seven Ideas for Creative Problem Solving and Five Examples

The idea for this post came from answers to interviews in a recent IPMA research report that shows how some in-plant leaders are trying new answers to old questions. This article describes five “out of the box” solutions in-plants have used and offers seven ways to help you get outside your “box.”

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 18 November 2019

Video: Two Things In-plants Need for Survival

Howie Fenton interviews RSA about the two-pronged approach in-plants need to survive. Reducing print production costs and building more value-added products and services to offset the decline of traditional products are the two things in-plant print centers need to do to remain competitive and use the balanced scorecard approach

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 19 February 2019

2019 Roadmap: Are you thinking Outside the Box?

In-plant print centers who include out-of-the box thinking, integration and faster turnaround in their plan will create additional value and a 2019 road map for success. Part 2 of a series.

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 06 September 2018

Workflow Flossing Print 18 Panelist Closeup- Sherri Isbell

OU to Discuss Dynamic Workflow Process on Print 18 In-plant Panel This is the third article introducing each of the three in-plant panelists for the Print 18 "In-Plant Panel: Workflow Flossing" session I’m moderating on

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 30 August 2018

Workflow Flossing Print 18 Panelist Closeup- Mike Lincoln

Mike Lincoln Shares Four Ways Workflow is Like a Road Trip on Print 18 In-plant Panel. This is the second article introducing each of the three in-plant panelists for the Print 18 "In-Plant Panel: Workflow Flossing" session I'm moderating on September 30th. The panel features in-plant leaders in Healthcare, Government and Higher Education.

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 27 August 2018

Workflow Flossing Print 18 Panelist Closeup- Sanford Health

Sanford Health to Discuss Workflow Streamlining Initiative in Print 18 Session This is the first article introducing each of the three in-plant panelists for the Print 18 "In-Plant Panel: Workflow Flossing" session that I'll be moderating on September 30th. The panel features in-plant leaders in Healthcare, Government and Higher Education. Reducing or keeping costs low

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 17 August 2018

4 Benefits of Workflow Automation. Which is your Favorite?

Over the last few months, we have been focusing on possible reasons in-plants are reluctant to invest in workflow automation. We discussed workflow myths, building the business case and infrastructure, and executives jaded due to claims of increased productivity. There is another side to this

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 10 August 2018

Print 18 In-Plant Panelists Announced for Workflow Flossing Session

Announcing Panelists for "In-plant Panel: Workflow Flossing" Print 18 Session A perennial favorite, the in-plant panel seminar at Print 18 is back. This year the session is titled "In-Plant Panel: Workflow Flossing," and will be held on Sunday, September 30th in Chicago from 10-10:50 am. Register for session R3 or use code Save35RSA when registering

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 18 June 2018

The Real Reason Printing Companies are Reluctant to Invest in Workflow Automation

This is the third and final article in a series that attempts to answer the question of why companies are reluctant to invest in workflow automation software. In the first article, we dispelled five myths, and in the second we looked at research. In this article, we will try to identify the true underlying reason for the lack of investment.

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 17 May 2018

Why Printers Don’t Invest in Workflow: Survey Says…

Why Printers Don't Invest in Workflow: Survey Says… This is the second article in a series of three that attempts to answer why companies are reluctant to invest in workflow automation software. In the first article, we dispelled five myths. We will focus on data in this article. According to the Idealliance "2017 Capital Investment

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 19 March 2018

What You Don't Know about Costs Can Hurt You - Part 2

How long it should take to perform a task (create an estimate, enter orders, etc.) has always been a mystery because there is little to no comparable data. Recently however, Chris Bondy and Wesley Odell from the RIT School of Media Sciences published a report.

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