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Do you know this joke? “My printer just told me it was joining a band. Which makes sense. It loves to jam.”
It’s a poor example of office humor, but business owners know that office printing expenses aren’t funny either. This article will show you how to make your digital printing workflow smooth and efficient. We’ll begin by outlining the common inefficiencies in a digital printing workflow and then show you how to transform your workflow into a profit center in various business areas.
The printing industry has evolved to play a crucial role in providing essential services to marketing departments and other high-impact client functions, enabling them to improve their workflows. With the advent of a more interconnected and reactive business world, print shops can potentially experience significant benefits. However, to capitalize on these opportunities, they must let go of old habits that could result in inefficiencies.
Companies following traditional processes may find that this is hindering their progress in the current business landscape. Therefore, it is crucial for print shops to embrace technology and stay up-to-date with the latest trends to remain competitive in the market. By doing so, they can continue to provide the necessary services that their clients require while simultaneously streamlining their operations and achieving maximum efficiency.
CRM + ERP = An Optimized Printing Office
If you’ve followed us during the last few years you know that a lot of our recommendations for efficiency consist of abbreviations – CMS, ERP, MES, DXP, etc. In printing offices, we emphasize implementing CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software. These systems improve communication with clients, increase efficiency in order fulfillment, and provide valuable insights through analytics.
The programs calculate applications promptly and accurately (especially during live phone calls) by using a checklist to ensure that all details are covered. This eliminates the need for manual calculations, reducing the chances of errors and saving time for both the printing house and its clients. The software also stores layouts and other technical specifications, making it easy to find them when needed.
Customized solutions can also store the entire history of correspondence with clients, calls, and previously sent layouts, making it easy to find any information in just a few clicks. This eliminates the need for manual record-keeping and reduces the chances of miscommunication.
In addition, the software can improve collaboration within the team by providing accurate information on tasks that need to be completed, taking into account all the necessary requirements. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and reduces the chances of mistakes or delays in order fulfillment.
The system then connects with your warehouse where software manages inventory by tracking the balance of materials and automatically writing off resources used during order fulfillment. This ensures that materials are not overused and that the printing house can order needed materials in time, reducing the risk of delays or disruptions in production.
Finally, the software provides valuable AI-generated analytics on completed orders, customers, calls, letters, receipts, and expenses. It also identifies areas for improvement and makes data-driven decisions. Without automation, it can be challenging to collect and analyze this data, making it difficult to hone in on trends or opportunities for growth.
Overall, implementing CRM and ERP software can greatly benefit a printing house by improving communication with clients, increasing efficiency in order fulfillment, and providing valuable insights through analytics. Are you starting to see the benefit of installing customized software?
Suppose you have either an extensive group of hotels, restaurants, post offices, bank branches, gas stations, or retail outlets – any business with multiple locations.
Accounting software can help you track printing devices and their usage conditions in each department (or shop or restaurant) and also enables you to check which devices are being used in each department. A specialized application collects and stores information about the usage terms of all printers on the network. It allows you to view the information by department, using either the document or device approach. The main department view displays information about devices in the selected departments, while the main device view displays information about departments in relation to the selected devices. You can easily cross-reference administrative information about departments using a printing software application.
The application only accesses devices when necessary and stores a large amount of information. As a result, you can always view administrative information about departments, provided that it has been received at least once. This helps you optimize workflows and make informed decisions.
Many print service providers are resistant to making internal improvements due to ingrained processes and fear of change. To truly improve, print service providers need to acknowledge that operational sprawl has become a problem and teach their employees to adopt a more focused approach. This will require breaking years of bad habits, but the results are well worth it. Workers who streamline their workflows by eliminating redundant steps will be able to devote more time to critical tasks.
By embracing technological advances, print service providers can improve their processes and save both time and money. For example, implementing digital printing technology can eliminate the need for expensive printing plates and reduce setup time. Additionally, adopting workflow management software can help workers stay organized and ensure that projects are completed efficiently.
Our team of experts has a wealth of experience in leveraging various frameworks and programming languages to deliver cutting-edge digital printing solutions. From selection to implementation and ongoing maintenance, we’re here to help every step of the way. So why wait? Contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step towards revolutionizing your digital printing capabilities!