Business Management - In-plant Justification
At the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference in Louisville, Ky., an informative panel discussion on leveraging best practices to increase value featured three leading in-plant managers and a consultant. The panel discussed a range of topics, from providing value and outsourcing, to growth, change, and technology.
A new video created by the Omaha school district gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Printing & Publications Services operation busily producing these books, which range from 18-24 pages.
Every year that I moderate an ideal panel session at the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference I get some great ideas from the panelists. This year, the session was called "Winning In-plant Ideas” and featured three healthcare in-plant leaders.
Ellen Abbey has some strong advice for any organization thinking about closing its in-plant and hiring a print outsourcing firm: “Don’t do it!” She should know. She spent five years trying to make it work before kicking that company out and bringing back the in-plant.
Outsourcing companies will stop at nothing to convince your in-plant's upper management they can cut costs. A sneak attack like this happened at the University of Cincinnati a few years ago — but the outsourcing company overlooked one crucial thing.
Value-added services are a great first step, but Consultant Howie Fenton believes that by integrating their services, in-plants can increase their efficiency and align themselves more closely with their organization's mission.