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.

Justifying Your Existence 3-Part Series: #2- Benchmark Your In-plant

Justifying Your Existence: Part Two- Benchmark Your In-plant This is the second of three blogs that address how to create a strategy to justify your existence and prove the value of the in-plant, corporate or in-house print center. In the first blog, we talked about measuring performance. In this blog, we are discussing bench-marking performance.

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Industry Trends

In-Plant Primer 101: Article #5- Industry Trends Occurring With In-plants This in-plant primer article is the fifth in a 12-article series designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Topics so far have included: defining in-plants and different in-plant types, the top challenges and issues,

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Justifying Your Existence 3-Part Series: #1- Measure Performance

Justifying Your Existence: Part One- Measure Performance In the recent PRIMIR study entitled “Digital Printing Technology's Influence on the U.S. In-Plant Printing Market” that IMG worked on with IDC, we identified that the top in-plant challenges focused on justifying: Investments in new print technology The value of the in-plant, and Investing in non-print technology or

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Technology Changes and Impact

In-Plant Primer 101: Article #4-  Recent Technology Changes and Their Impact on In-plants This in-plant primer article is the fourth article in a series of 12 articles designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Don’t miss any articles in the series; subscribe to

When Is the Right Time for In-Plants to Invest?

In a presentation recently, I was asked if there were specific times in-plants are more likely to invest. I had to think for a second because the commercial and in-plant investment plans are different in many ways. First, in-plants tend to hang on to equipment longer. For example, there are many in-plants with presses that

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Typical In-plant Contacts

In-plant Primer 101- Article #3 -Typical In-plant Contacts to Engage This in-plant primer article is the third article in a series of 12 articles designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into two primers of basic (101) and advanced (201) topics, this

The Future of In-Plants

The Future of In-Plants The latest State of the Industry report written by Andy Paparozzi, the Chief Economist at IdeaAlliance, was recently published. In his presentation at a recent conference, Andy spoke of the decline in overall work from a high of $98.3B in 2007 to a low of $77B in 2011. Since then however,

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Top In-plant Issues

In-plant Primer 101- Article #2- 3 Typical Problems In-plants Face This in-plant primer article is the second article in a series of 12 articles designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into two primers of basic (101) and advanced (201) topics, this

7 Tips To Increase In-Plant Awareness, Generate Leads and Sell More

Tips For Increasing  Awareness of Your In-Plant Print Center February is the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association's (IPMA’s) In-Plant Awareness Month. For everyone actively working to increase their customers’ awareness, congratulations. For those who don’t know where to start, here are seven ideas. Survey Customers and non-customers.  Surveys can provide two functions. In our assessments

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- In-plants Defined

In-plant Primer 101- Article #1- In-Plant Print Centers Defined This is the first of a series of articles designed to introduce internal print production, corporate, in-house or in-plant production centers, as they are often called. Comprised of a 12-article series, two eBooks and a webinar, the initiative is called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to