Howie Fenton

How to Align Your Company for Its Digital Future

By |Jan 29, 2018|

The transition into a successful digital company has been a struggle in the printing industry for decades. In this article, the first in a two-part series, we explore Lessons Learned from companies that have successfully implemented digital technologies.

Leading In-Plants are Acting More Like Commercial Printers

By |Dec 11, 2017|

According to a survey (June 2016) published in In-Plant Graphics Magazine, 63.4% of in-plants accept work from outside their organization, a strategy known with the in-plant community insourcing. The successful use of an insourcing is also motivating some in-plants to hire sales people to help sell to both internal and external customers.

Operational Excellence is No longer Optional

By |Dec 7, 2017|

While many companies complain that they cannot afford the time and effort required to achieve operational excellence, market demand is proving to companies that they can’t afford NOT to focus on operational excellence.

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    The Role of Business Acumen in Addressing Digital Disruption

The Role of Business Acumen in Addressing Digital Disruption

By |Nov 27, 2017|

The impact of digital disruption continues to impact all industries including the graphic arts business. Contrary to popular belief however, addressing the issues of digital disruption requires more than understanding the technology. It requires a business sense or business acumen.

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    Contrary to Popular Belief, Sustainability Efforts Remain Strong

Contrary to Popular Belief, Sustainability Efforts Remain Strong

By |Nov 13, 2017|

Most companies, including printing companies, have been committed to acting more environmentally conscious for decades and have made tremendous investments, which they are not walking away from. Here is why.

The Growth in Value-Added Design Services

By |Oct 30, 2017|

If you are considering adding design services, expense and implementation are primary concerns. Fortunately, the equipment and staff are readily available. Hardware and software are the easiest because generally all that is required is a Macintosh computer and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Options for Reducing Turnaround on SLAs

By |Oct 2, 2017|

Working to reduce SLAs can be complicated. These two root causes for the increasing turnaround times can be corrected, and opportunities to correct them that everyone can implement.

Top Five Workflow Bottlenecks

By |Aug 28, 2017|

You might be surprised to learn that as we increase automation in our print production workflows, we can create new issues or bottlenecks. Overcoming these issues is called the GAP analysis, and the most common bottlenecks they combat.

Do In-Plants Use Innovative Pricing Strategies? Yes and No!

By |Jul 31, 2017|

Innovation is a common denominator of leading companies, both commercial and in-plant printers. More innovative pricing philosophies allow companies to charge less for commodity products and more for products perceived to have higher value.

Will the Current Administration Impact Print Outsourcing?

By |Jun 7, 2017|

How could the current presidential administration’s views on outsourcing impact in-plant printing facilities?