Business Management - In-plant Justification
After being closed and then reopened during the pandemic, Vanderbilt University’s in-plant is in expansion mode under the direction of Mike Puckett. He’s been meeting with former customers and building their trust, while introducing new services and products to campus. This success has enabled the shop to add new equipment.
During PRINTING United Expo 2023, In-plant Impressions editor-in-chief Bob Neubauer moderated the forum “Reaching the Pinnacle of In-plant Success,” which emphasized how and why in-plants should continuously add value to their operations.
When senior administrators reviewed my in-plant and I needed a consultant, the only name other in-plant managers suggested was Ray Chambers. He helped me reframe how I approach my work and made me a better manager.
By maintaining an in-house print shop that works closely with graphic designers, organizations will not only enjoy speed and efficiency benefits but will see better protection of the brand image. At a recent IPMA Road Show, CHRISTUS Health’s director of Creative Services listed the benefits.
While just over a third of in-plants have “first right of refusal,” many more would love to obtain it. Despite the benefits it can bring to a parent organization — including protecting the organization’s brand — securing this right can be complicated.
PRINTING United Alliance has retained ACG Advocacy to extend its presence on Capitol Hill and increase its lobbying efforts.
At PRINTING United Expo, IPI sat down with former manager Debbie Pavletich to learn how her team at Ricoh helps in-plants improve their operations by expanding their services, optimizing their workflows, developing standard operating procedures, and increasing their value.