The print industry faces constant pressure to meet tight deadlines, maintain profitability, and adapt to new technologies. Matt Prusa, Director of Sales, Software and Strategic Solutions, Ricoh USA, with years of experience in the print MIS field, particularly with Avanti Slingshot® Print MIS, offers valuable insights into how commercial printers can enhance efficiency and boost profitability.

Pinpointing the Pain Points for Commercial Printers

Commercial printers face several challenges that hinder their efficiency and profitability. In a recent discussion, Matt highlighted three key pain points that many print shops encounter.

  1. Inefficient Order Input and Manual Data Entry: Many print shops still rely on outdated systems or manual processes to handle order input. This leads to time-consuming data entry tasks, increasing the risk of errors and slowing down production. Manual rekeying of orders, especially from web-to-print tools, can take 10-20 minutes per order, wasting valuable time and resources.
  2. Lack of Visibility into Job Tracking and SLA Management: Without effective tracking tools, print shops struggle to monitor job progress and meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs). This lack of visibility makes it difficult to ensure jobs are completed on time, leading to missed deadlines and dissatisfied customers. Print shops need reliable systems to track jobs in real time and manage SLAs effectively.
  3. Limited Data Insights for Optimizing Shop Performance: Print shops often lack the data needed to analyze and improve their operations. Without accurate data, it’s challenging to identify inefficiencies, compare estimates to actual performance, and make informed decisions to enhance productivity and reduce costs.

Avanti Slingshot addresses these pain points head-on. It automates order input, eliminating manual data entry and reducing errors. Its robust job tracking and SLA management tools provide real-time visibility into production progress. Additionally, Avanti Slingshot offers comprehensive reporting and analytics, enabling print shops to gain valuable insights and optimize their performance.

Real-World ROI: Seeing is Believing

One of the most compelling reasons to consider Avanti Slingshot is its proven ROI. Take, for example, the case of an insurance provider that transitioned from in-house technology to Avanti Slingshot. Before the switch, employees spent eight hours daily on manual order processing. After implementing Avanti Slingshot, these same tasks now take just 30 minutes to an hour, freeing up significant time for more valuable activities. This dramatic reduction in manual labor not only boosts productivity but also minimizes the risk of errors, leading to more reliable and timely job completion.

The benefits extend beyond time savings. Avanti Slingshot improves SLA management by providing accurate, real-time tracking of job progress, ensuring that deadlines are met consistently. This capability is crucial for maintaining customer satisfaction and avoiding costly penalties associated with missed SLAs. Additionally, by reducing error rates from 3-5% to about 0.5%, Avanti Slingshot helps print shops save on materials and labor costs, further enhancing profitability.

Optimized inventory control is another area where Avanti Slingshot exceeds. By integrating with existing systems and providing detailed insights into inventory levels, it helps print shops manage just-in-time inventory more effectively, reducing the risk of stockouts or overstocking. This not only cuts costs but also ensures that the right materials are always available when needed.

Deep Dive into Avanti Slingshot: Features Designed for Your Success

Avanti Slingshot stands out due to its powerful features tailored to meet the needs of modern print shops. Its modular design is a key highlight, allowing customization based on specific workflows and equipment. This flexibility means that print shops can choose the modules that best fit their operations, ensuring a tailored solution that grows with their business.

Advanced scheduling capabilities are another critical feature of Avanti Slingshot. Efficient scheduling optimizes resource allocation, improves on-time delivery rates, and enhances overall shop efficiency. By automating the scheduling process, Avanti Slingshot reduces bottlenecks and ensures that jobs are completed on time, every time.

Integration with various software systems is also a major strength of Avanti Slingshot. By connecting with web-to-print tools, production management software, and accounting systems, it eliminates data silos and automates workflows. This seamless integration results in a more streamlined and efficient operation, reducing manual intervention and minimizing the risk of errors.

Avanti Slingshot’s comprehensive reporting and analytics tools provide print shops with valuable insights into their operations. These tools enable shop managers to make data-driven decisions, identify areas for improvement, and continuously optimize performance.

Ready to transform your print shop’s efficiency and profitability? Visit our website to learn more about Avanti Slingshot and schedule a demo today.

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Matt Prusa

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Matt Prusa

A 30-year sales veteran with broad leadership expertise, Matt has been applying his business acumen to both sales agency and production print environments, expanding their capabilities through automation and meeting aggressive sales targets. Currently the Director of Sales, Software & Strategic Solutions for RICOH Graphic Communications, Matt has been guiding the strategic direction and planning for the Avanti Sales and Solutions Architect teams, driving to overachieve the company’s print MIS sales goals since 2013 across North America and the UK. Mr. Prusa is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City with a Master in Business Administration in addition to holding Public Accounting and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.

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