Building a Smarter In-plant
The in-plant is very cost competitive and is able to save the company money, Meyers boasts. Although there are times that it makes more sense to send work out.
Meyers often will go into the Avanti system and estimate costs between doing a job in-house as opposed to sending it out.
"Then it makes the decision easy," she notes.
Avanti's estimating module allows users to customize cost and pricing formulas to accommodate any type of production machine. It can create a single, combined estimate for both offset and digital output.
Meyers belongs to the Avanti users group and attends the annual conference. She also sees value in participating in the group's Web site to ask questions and get feedback from other users.
"That way, you know you are not alone in the world," she says, with a laugh.
Meyers has high hopes for the future of her in-plant, even when facing changes in the printing industry and other challenges in the marketplace.
"I see us continuing to grow," she proudly states. "Obviously, print has changed and there are some definite challenges, but we are well positioned to grow. I do think adding value-added services is key. So we are looking at what ancillary services we may need to add to stay competitive and to offer our clients what they need."
Related story: NexPress Brings New Opportunities at Michigan Farm Bureau