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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amy Weiss
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  • 20 November 2018

Four Steps to Succeed In Production Print Sales

There is no shortage of opportunity in the production print marketplace. Adding or expanding production print hardware, software, and services is a great way to diversify your existing portfolio with another strong revenue stream. Production print can help your business take on new customers and expand in existing accounts — not to mention help you grab a couple from the competition.

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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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  • 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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  • 17 July 2018

How Value-Based Pricing Helps In-plants Battle Threats

How Value-Based Pricing Helps In-plants Battle Threats Most in-plants use a cost-plus pricing strategy. In simple terms, you calculate the cost to manufacture and mark that cost up 5-20%. This works well unless equipment utilization falls and prices increase, or a super-efficient company is trying to get the business. In either case, commodity type products

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 14 February 2018

K-12 Video: Saving millions with Web to Print. What's not to Love?

Frisco ISD Saves Millions and Adds Efficiency with WebCRD Frisco Independent School District (FISD) is one of the fastest growing districts in the nation. They are expected to grow by 2,500 students each year for the next 10 years. To help them handle the growth by maximizing production capabilities while controlling costs, the district's Print/Mail/Sign

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 22 January 2018

Has Web to Print Become a Business-Critical Application?

Has Web to Print become a Business-Critical Application? The growing importance of e-commerce has never been more clear than the most recent holiday season as 51% of holiday shopping was expected online, compared to 42% in stores (Deloitte Holiday Retail Survey [2017]). An annual survey by analytic firm comScore and UPS found that consumers are

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  • Pat McGrew
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  • 20 December 2017

Three Workflow Resolutions you Must Make for 2018- RSA Q4 Tips

Build a Better In-plant Tips RSA offers a quarterly "Build a Better In-plant Tips newsletter," to email subscribers. By special request, we are offering our most recent issue as a blog post. To receive our quarterly tips to help you build a better in-plant, sign up today. This quarter, Keypoint Intelligence/  InfoTrends' Pat McGrew offers

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 19 September 2017

Does a Shift in In-plant Business Models Mean More Financial Accountability?

In our last In-plant Insights blog post we talked about the different in-plant business models: fully funded, partially funded and partially charge-back, full cost recovery / break-even and revenue or profit-driven. During a recent webinar, we offered an observation about the changing business models which is represented by the blue arrows in the graphic. Although only observation, we believe that:

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  • Howie Fenton
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  • 21 August 2017

3 Reasons Companies Consider Outsourcing In-Plant Print Centers

Few things strike fear in the hearts of in-plants more than the announcement that they are under review. The administration can call this many things, including: an analysis, review, comparison of performance, or evaluation of best practices. Whatever it is called, it means scrutiny. In some cases,

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 13 May 2017

A Different Kind of In-Plant Awareness

I have attended and been a part of a number of in-plant events and conferences the last five years. Show and event attendees marvel about how valuable it is to meet and talk with other in-plant managers.

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  • Elisha Kasinskas
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  • 06 March 2016

UCLA In-Plant  –  Part Healthcare and Part Higher Ed

UCLA In-Plant  –  Part Healthcare and Part Higher Ed UCLA is both the most applied-to university in the nation and a health care provider (UCLA Health) that ranks as one of the top three hospitals in the nation, with 150 primary care and specialty care offices that receive nearly two million patient visits annually.

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