About Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is an independent consultant and trusted advisor to in-plant printers. He recommends equipment, best practices and workflow automation tools to streamline operations. To learn more about measuring performance, benchmarking to leaders, and improving your value e-mail Howie@howiefentonconsulting.com.

Why Printers Don’t Invest in Workflow: Survey Says…

Why Printers Don’t Invest in Workflow: Survey Says… This is the second article in a series of three that attempts to answer why companies are reluctant to invest in workflow automation software. In the first article, we dispelled five myths. We will focus on data in this article. According to the Idealliance “2017 Capital Investment

5 Reasons Printers Don’t Invest in Workflow Software

5 Reasons Printers Don’t Invest in Workflow Software This is the first article in a series of three that tries to answer the question of why companies are reluctant to invest in print workflow automation software. In this article we will discuss myths about workflows and explore if these myths are responsible for the reluctance

What You Don’t Know about Costs Can Hurt You- Part 2

Part 2: Benchmarking Your Administrative Time In article one of this series, we discussed the dangers of price complaints and how estimating mistakes can come from inaccurate budgeted hourly rates (BHRs) and incorrect assumptions of standard times. How long it should take to perform a task (create an estimate, enter orders, etc.) has always been

By | 2018-03-19T20:08:01+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What You Don’t Know About Costs Can Hurt You

What You Don’t Know About Costs Can Hurt You- Production Time This is the first in a two-article series about understanding and improving costs. In any business, some mistakes are costlier than others. In our opinion, some of the most dangerous mistakes for in-plant print centers are the ones that get back to the administration

By | 2018-02-16T14:49:50+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Has Web to Print Become a Business-Critical Application?

Has Web to Print Become a Business-Critical Application? The growing importance of e-commerce has never been more clear than the most recent holiday season as 51% of holiday shopping was expected online, compared to 42% in stores (Deloitte Holiday Retail Survey [2017]). An annual survey by analytic firm comScore and UPS found that consumers are

By | 2018-01-23T15:25:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In-Plant Primer 201: How Software Automation Increases the In-plant’s Value

In-Plant Primer 201-Article #6- How Software Automation Increases the In-plant’s Value This is the final article in our dealer and vendor in-plant education initiative called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into six basic (101) and six advanced topics, this is the sixth post of the advanced in-plant primer series, “In-Plant

5 Critical Success Factors for Success in 2018

5 Critical Success Factors for Success. The state of the in-plant industry is strong and those that focus on the new critical success factors (CSF) will likely continue to thrive. Among the CSF factors contributing to this healthy market are: A growing print market, Continuing efforts to automate production, Measuring and reporting improvements, Monitoring and

By | 2017-12-08T19:17:15+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In-Plant Primer 201: The “Best” Production Print Operational Metrics

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #5- The “Best” Production Print Operational Metrics This article is part of our dealer and vendor in-plant education initiative called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into six basic (101) and six advanced topics, this is the fifth post of the advanced in-plant primer series, “In-Plant Primer 201:

Operational Excellence is No Longer Optional

Operational Excellence is No Longer Optional One of the highlights from Print 17 were a number of excellent presentations by leading companies who have demonstrated operational excellence. One example was presented during the Print 17 Luncheon by the managers of the Blue Valley Schools' in-plant. In the presentation video, staff explain the benefits of a

In-Plant Primer 201: Value Proposition- In-plant Manager VS the C-Suite

In-Plant Primer 201: Article #4- In-plant manager VS Administration View of the In-plant Benefits & Value Proposition This article is part of our dealer and vendor in-plant education initiative called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into six basic (101) and six advanced topics, this is the fourth post of the advanced in-plant