InfoTrends Releases White Paper Offering Case Histories for the Benchmarking Audit Process

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It does not matter if you work in the office with copiers and printers, or if you are an in-plant or a commercial printer, everyone must reduce time and material waste.

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Whether you work in an office with multifunction printers/copiers, a print-for-pay commercial print shop, or an in-plant printer—the benefits are the same

All offices with copiers and printers, as well as in-plant or commercial printers, should reduce time and material waste. In-plant print operations have to continuously increase their productivity to fight the threats from outsourcers. Commercial print companies have to reduce manufacturing costs to remain competitive with online providers. In addition, all companies must demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.

Every year, more and more print buyers request that commercial printing companies document their sustainability efforts in order to remain approved vendors. At the same time, in-plant print operations say that they have to demonstrate their sustainability efforts to conform to the company’s sustainability program. And last but not least, the ongoing profitability crunch continues to be the number one issue for commercial printers. As a result, increasing productivity and reducing waste is no longer an option. For commercial and in-plant printing companies who are not documenting and focusing on these measurements and processes, this new requirement can be intimidating.

InfoTrends’ new White Paper entitled How Much Time, Money and Opportunity are You Wasting? offers case histories explaining its benchmarking audit process including:

  • Measuring the impact of bottlenecks and quality control issues
  • Identifying problems and route causes
  • Cost / benefit analysis of different solutions that reduce waste and increased productivity

"Whether you work in an office with multifunction printers/copiers, a print-for-pay commercial print shop, or an in-plant printer—the benefits are the same”, commented Howie Fenton, Associate Director of Operations Consulting at InfoTrends. “Reducing waste lowers costs and supports most companies’ mission of becoming a ‘green-citizen’.

The good news is that simply identifying the problem is more than half the battle of reducing it. The on-demand printing company InfoTrends worked with created a monitoring process, enforced quality procedures, and posted charts around the shop that reduced the waste by 50% in a few months. For the company creating signs, InfoTrends is estimating that the reduction of waste will result in almost $725,000/year.

To learn more about the cost/benefit analysis of how different solutions can reduce waste and increase profitability, download InfoTrends’ complimentary How Much Time, Money and Opportunity are You Wasting?, or contact Karen Keller at 781 616 2153 or karen(dot)keller(at)infotrends(dot)com.

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InfoTrends is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the imaging, document solutions, production print, and digital media industries. We provide insights and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and grow their business. Additional information about InfoTrends is available on the Web at

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