Non-profit In-plant Adds Avanti MIS
The in-plant at Our Daily Bread Ministries, a non-profit, global ministry, recently went live with Avanti Slingshot print MIS. The organization’s Grand Rapids, MI, print production facility generates 62 million booklets and churns out 72 million impressions in more than 10 languages. Its Harris M1000 web press consumes 6 million pounds of paper, its Akiyama sheetfed press goes through 11 million sheets of paper, and its HP7000 and HP5500 digital presses process 6 million sheets of paper.
The in-plant needed an MIS solution that could not only manage the printing requirements of the booklets, brochures, address cards and envelopes it produces, but provide the production staff a comprehensive, real-time view of the project—including costs—as a whole.
“We had postage stats in a spreadsheet over here; our third-party inserter had its own measurement over there,” said Ron Underwood, supply chain team lead for Our Daily Bread Ministries. “There was no holistic view in terms of management.”
Underwood looked at several print MIS vendors. The organization had a history with Avanti, having been an Avanti Classic client since 2006. Our Daily Bread Ministries was impressed by the simplicity and organization of the user interface of Avanti Slingshot, the company’s next-generation platform. The fact that Avanti Slingshot is browser-based was particularly appealing.
“There are tremendous advantages to a browser-based solution,” noted Underwood. “The visibility we get by having real-time access to our information from both within—as well as outside—the plant is game-changing.”
Our Daily Bread Ministries valued Avanti’s rich, 30-year history and deep understanding of the print industry. They recognized Avanti’s commitment to product improvement and assistance in getting the most out of the software.
“Other systems were either far behind Avanti or over-engineered,” concluded Underwood. “We could have spent far more on other MIS solutions, yet not received the benefits and personal attention we get from Avanti.”
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