Well the summer is over and the fall is always a time to get re-energized.
Companies in the Print Finishing, Trade Binding and Die Making industries must continue to find ways to save money and increase revenue.
I think it is safe to say that software and computers are here to stay and they are an excellent way to achieve these goals.
Companies can get caught up in thinking they have to purchase a full MIS/ERP type system to see any benefits. Although full MIS/ERP systems can bring tremendous savings individual modules and programs can also provide tremendous benefit in reducing costs and/or increasing revenues.
Software such as gotomypc can give you access to your office computer 24/7 from any location you have access to the internet. The cost is approximately $20/month. How many trips do you have to save to the office each month to get a return on your initial investment.
Email blast software can allow you to reach your customers and potential customers very quickly. Software like this is often $20 or $30 per month. It does not have to generate many sales to provide an excellent ROI.
There are many Software APPs that can automate processes you require each day. Many apps are free or very low cost.
Individual Modules from full MIS/ERP systems can provide tremendous savings even if not fully integrated with the rest of the MIS/ERP system.
Customer Profile modules that captures the specific information for how each customer requires their jobs to be produced. Whether those jobs are Finishing, Binding or Die Making. The more informed your employees are the fewer mistakes they will make and that saves money.
How many mistakes need to be avoided to return your investment.
Estimate History Programs can analyze estimates to see what type of work you are getting and losing. Track big desirable jobs to ensure you don't lose them for a stupid reason. 80% of revenue comes rom 20% of customers make sure your good customers aren't starting to look elsewhere.
How many large jobs do you need to win to return your investment
Order Entry programs can track changes to job after the job has been opened and can date/time/employee and reason stamp the change to greatly increase your chances of collection legitimate extra charges.
How many chargeable extras do you need to collect to return your investment.
Machine/Job Spec Recording ensures that you record the machine setup settings for Jobs so that if they are re-run you can quickly perform the job makeready and save time and money
How much time do you spend fumbling and trying to get a machine setup for a job that has been run in the past.
Purchasing modules can track POs, Receipts and Vendor Invoices. This provides and excellent cross check to ensure you only pay for what you have received and what you were quoted. How many wrongly billed items does it take to payback a purchasing system.
How many mistakes in Vendor Invoices do you have to catch to return your investment.
Receiving module for Customers dropping off Printed Goods. Emails notify you and your customer as soon as goods are delivered to your Shipping Dock.
How many hours of lost production time because you were unaware goods were in your plant to you need to save to return your investment
Shipping programs that require a supervisor passwords to release the packing slip if the customer is on credit hold. Shipping Programs that allow you to put the Printers logo on your shipping documents that allow you to meet a tight deadline
How many Jobs do you need to hold to return your investment
Die Mgmt modules allow users who have a large inventory of dies in their plant the ability to find these dies is often a time consuming if not time wasting exercise.
The result is remaking dies that already exist and that wastes thousands and thousands of dollars and cuts into profits.
The condition of the die is monitored to ensure that we are aware of any retooling requirements. Automatic notification goes to the Die Shop foreman when a die needs attention.
We no longer have to lose valuable press time and risk late jobs because a die was not ready to be used at the beginning of a press run or a press......
How many dies do you need to avoid remaking and how much press down time do you need to save to return your investment.
Biometric Time Tracking requires fingerprint entry to record clocking in and out and lunch time. This avoids buddy punching and ensures you are receiving productivity for every hour you pay for. Labor is by far your biggest cost ensure you maximize your return
Data Sharing allows you to account for every minute of every day and every material used in your plant. Accountability leads to greater productivity and less waste. Even a small 5% savings on $2,000,000 dollars of labor and material going through your plant results in a $100,000 savings. You also get productivity tracking, Chargeable and Non Chargeable hours and much more.
How long will it take you to return your investment
BHR modules calculate the true costs of your business. Now more then ever it is important to know your true costs. After all Profit = Sales - Cost. If you don't know your costs how do you know your profits.
Knowing profitability on every job rather than year end can quickly return your investment.
When thinking software you don't have to think a full system to get tremendous benefits. Sometimes small investments bring Big Returns