Wednesday June 29, 2016

In this issue:

Avanti at Drupa 2016

Take a look back at drupa 2016 live from Düsseldorf, May 31 - June 10th. During this amazing worldwide event, we demonstrated award-winning Avanti Slingshot in both the RICOH and HP booths. 


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Before Purchasing a Print MIS - Ask Avanti

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End-to-end workflow solutions generate efficiency in digital and hybrid environments

by Melissa Donovan - DPS Magazine

Digital print providers rely on sophisticated productivity software to run their operations. The latest tools incorporate core aspects of a workflow from end to end, including online ordering, print management, management information systems (MIS), production workflow, and output workflow.

Analyst firm InfoTrends refers to this as a compact workflow. According the company, instead of trying to satisfy every technical or business need with singular focus software, compact workflows integrate with existing software solutions or implement the correct feature set required for high-volume, on demand work.

Print providers are considering implementing a compact or end-to-end workflow into existing digital and hybrid operations today more than ever as the need for greater efficiency becomes paramount in an increasingly competitive market. These same organizations may have legacy, on premise solutions in place, but must see past the challenges of overhauling their established processes to benefit in the long term.


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Avanti's Live Webinar Series - Thursdays at 2pm EST

Find out how Avanti has helped digital, offset, hybrid and large/grand format shops meet customer demands efficiently and cost effectively. Discover the critical role that MIS can play in your organization to help you achieve your goals by joining us for one of our upcoming live webinars Thursdays at 2PM EST.

Avanti Slingshot for Marketing Services Providers

It has been a common strategy for print providers to diversify into markets beyond ink on paper. The print and marketing services business is increasingly reliant upon multiple lines of business. You need to be able to quote, accept and fulfill orders in addition to printing jobs – meaning that orders often consist of a variety of line items which could be produced or fulfilled in a variety of ways.

Join us for a demonstration of how Avanti Slingshot can be used to track these offerings right alongside your traditional print-based production.
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A Day In The Life of the Automated Print Shop
Are you curious about what an automated print shop looks like?
Still wondering what benefits a fully-integrated Print MIS can mean to YOUR business?

Join us as our experts take you through the Day In The Life of the Automated Print Shop, featuring Avanti Slingshot
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Plan, Cost and Manage all Facets of the Direct Mail Process
Many print shops have added Direct Mail Services to their portfolio in order to become the “one-stop shop” for their customers. However, managing the Marketing Services portfolio of business is very different than managing Print Production. Mail Estimating alone has some unique challenges and requirements that traditional Print Estimating cannot handle – postage and drops being two key examples.

Avanti Slingshot’s Direct Mail Management module is designed for print shops that provide direct mail services as part of their product offering and need to plan, cost and manage all facets of the Direct Mail process.
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Avanti Slingshot Large Format & Grand Format Estimating
Historically, Large & Grand Format printing required years of experience in both estimating and production planning to properly manage. Avanti Slingshot’s Grand Format Estimating simplifies the process by taking into consideration unique imposition/layouts, material requirements, edge sealing, grommet placement, square inc/feet calculations and substrate utilization to optimize workflow. It accounts for all aspects of the process, including tiling, handling multiple rolls across the bed, ganging, as well as logistics (e.g. finishing, assembly, installation and multi-location shipping).

See why Avanti Slingshot’s Grand Format Estimating earned a MUST SEE ‘EM award by the Graph Expo 2015 selection committee.
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See the full list of upcoming webinars here

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Case Study: ASU Tackles Big MIS Challenges with an Avanti Slingshot

When Cathy Skoglund comes to work each day at Arizona State University’s Print & Imaging Lab, she has two important goals in mind: provide hands-on training for tomorrow’s graphic communication industry leaders—and sell enough print to fund goal #1.

The Lab, which operates as a self-sufficient print shop, provides a unique experiential learning environment for ASU graphic arts students. It has a range of equipment including digital presses, digital large-format printers, offset presses and a wide array of finishing equipment. The operation needs to work efficiently, accurately, within deadlines and – since campus departments are under no obligation to patronize the lab – maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.

There were challenges. Full-time employees and students were trying to manage multiple “islands of automation”—standalone systems for functions like estimating, ftp & job submission, web-to-print, invoicing, shipping and purchase order generation. The systems were only tied together by manually re-entering the information among disparate applications.

Particularly troubling was their homegrown estimating system, which was non-intuitive, cumbersome and left much room for error. The system was based around two Excel spreadsheets, with cell formulas constantly in need of fine-tuning to accommodate the nuances of each job. “It was so complicated, only two of us had the experience needed to produce an accurate estimate,” said Skoglund.



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New Webinar "On-Demand": Managing for Success: The role of Print MIS in today’s InPlant

On April 20th, Avanti's own Stephen McWilliam was joined by panelists Ron Underwood, Supply Chain Team Lead for Our Daily Bread Ministries; Cathy Skoglund, Director of Operations & Business Development ASU Print and Imaging Lab; Brian Trott, US Senate Printing, Graphics and Direct Mail branch; and Karen Meyers, Business Manager at Michigan Farm Bureau; for this thought-provoking panel.

Don't worry if you missed the webinar now!

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Upcoming Events

Avanti at Graph Expo
Sept. 25 - 28, 2016

Visit Avanti in Booth 1879, at the Orange County Convention Center – North, Orlando, Florida, and witness the latest new features and enhancements in award-winning Avanti Slingshot.

We’re giving away FREE Exhibit Hall passes to the first 500 people who register using this link (*must register on or before September 9, 2016)

This year the world’s Graphic Communications Industry will convene in the largest print market in the world to rejuvenate, energize and find the trending business solutions and exciting new profit opportunities. We’ll see you Orlando, at the Orange County Convention Center – North.

Find us on the show floor.


Click here for Avanti's full list of upcoming events

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Ask Avanti

Do you like to share ideas about Print and Print MIS?
Do you sometimes find yourself challenged by a project and wish you had somewhere you can quickly turn to for advice?

Avanti has made it really easy for you to connect with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and network online.

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So the next time you need answers…
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Avanti's Hidden Gems

Did you know that Avanti customers have access to a virtual cornucopia of treats? Ok, maybe not a cornucopia…but we sure do have a heck of a lot of stuff!

Our vast knowledge base gives customers access to:

  • Documentation and Release notes – For Avanti Classic and Avanti Slingshot
  • Webinars, Demos and Videos – Our experts cover a wide range of topics from workflow to estimating
  • How To and Tips – to help you get the most out of your Avanti installation

Schedule an Avanti Demo today! 


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