Wednesday July 27, 2016

In this issue:

When It Comes to Cloud-Based Print MIS Solutions, Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

If you are a commercial printer, then you know how important it is to find new solutions that help you be more efficient, so that you can be productive for your customers. With drupa 2016 in the rear-view mirror, more printers will be looking towards cloud-based solutions for their print shops.

At the beginning of the year, Avanti’s Director of Marketing Joanne Gore expressed, “now more than ever the future is wrapped in the Cloud…Companies who have not moved forward and invested in this technology will quickly lag (read article). Likewise, a study conducted by Greg Cholmondeley from PODi in late 2015 revealed that, “about 90% of commercial printing operations and 40% of in-plants are open to using cloud-based solutions” (see his article here).

If you are thinking about deploying a cloud-based Print MIS solution for your print shop, the question you may be asking right now is: “what benefits can the cloud offer to a Print MIS solution?” Commercial printers and industry leaders across the board agree that the benefits far exceed any perceived risks associated with cloud-based solutions. Here are just a few advantages: <<read more>>

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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.

Automate Your Entire Shipping Process with Avanti Slingshot Shipping Integration
Managing shipments effectively is vital to your customers. Avanti Slingshot’s Shipping module helps you manage your entire shipping process, from customizing your own labels, to transferring shipping and billing information to UPS or FedEx.

We’ll show you how implementing this module completely eliminates the time and effort in re-keying tedious shipping information into a separate freight system and helps reduce the possibility of costly data entry errors.
Register HERE

Workflow Automation Made Easy with Ricoh and Avanti
Are you interested in reducing the number of touchpoints on a job as it makes its way through the shop?

Ricoh and Avanti have developed an integration that combines Avanti’s award-winning Print MIS software with Marcom Central and the Ricoh TotalFlow workflow portfolio. With this combination, virtually all facets of the print shop – from a web-to-print job submission, right through to shipping and billing – can now be automated.

Discover how you can streamline your operation and benefit from this partnership as we discuss how the Avanti/Ricoh synergy can reduce costs, improve reporting, and increase customer satisfaction.
Register HERE

End-to-end Workflow Moves Online Orders Automatically, from Order Entry through to Billing, with XMPie U-Store & Avanti Slingshot
Join us to see how integration of XMPie Web-to-Print portals with Avanti Slingshot dramatically improves turn-around time, facilitates automated customer communication, and eliminates the errors and administrative burden inherent to re-keying data.

This webinar features industry expert Doug Pike, VP of Sales, XMPie, who will share his perspective on the key trends, challenges and opportunities impacting the web-to-print market and lessons learned when tackling integration/automation challenges.
Register HERE


See the full list of upcoming webinars here

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*SPECIAL* Graph Expo "Sneak Peek" webinar - September 8th

Join us Thursday, September 8th, from 2 - 3pm EST as we unveil some of the latest new features being showcased at Graph Expo 16.

This webinar will showcase some of the exciting new developments and enhancements in Avanti Slingshot that help In-Plant and Commercial print providers eliminate manual processes to become more efficient and more profitable!



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A Quest for Information Leads Shelter Insurance to Avanti

The Shelter Insurance® group of companies is a leader in the insurance industry, providing customers with exceptional insurance. Since opening their doors in 1946, Shelter Insurance has become one of the most successful and financially sound regional insurance groups in the country. In 1986, they introduced an international reinsurance operation, specializing in reinsuring property around the world. Over the years, they have transformed from a small company providing Missourians affordable car insurance into a leading corporation offering a variety of insurance products in 17 states.

One of the biggest challenges facing Shelter Insurance’s Document Services group was gaining true insight into overall costs, not just tangible consumables like ink and paper.

“We needed a very clear picture of what it was costing us to do our work,” stated Linda Winn, Manager – Document Services. “Keeping all the information in an excel spreadsheet is NO way to track the actual time it took to do our particular jobs”. READ THE CASE STUDY

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"We were forced to ask ourselves some really tough questions. Now we have efficiencies in place. We have implemented workflows. It was a huge AHA moment!"

Linda Winn, Manager – Document Services

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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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

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