Collaborative Working Groups are at the heart of Idealliance. Its network of 20+ member-only technical and business management Working Groups tackle industry challenges and develop strategies and best practices. Idealliance President and CEO David Steinhardt looks at key Working Group initiatives and why they matter. To learn more about the activities of individual groups, attend one of the following four Working Group breakouts.
1. Mail Supply Chain & Working with the USPS
Key industry leaders will report on the activities of Idealliance’s Postal Operations & Technologies Council (POTC) and its wide range of Working Groups and Task Forces, focusing on improving mail preparation, postal distribution, logistics, and transportation processes through the application of information sharing, standardization, and supply chain technologies. Idealliance works cooperatively with the USPS on a range of issues and topics. Here’s your opportunity
Facilitator: David Steinhardt, President & CEO, Idealliance
- Angelo Anagnostopoulos, Vice President of Postal Affairs, GrayHair Software
- Bob Rosser, Director Postal Affairs, Products & Services, IWCO Direct
- Bob Schimek, Senior Director of Postal Affairs, Satori Software and Idealliance Representative to PMG Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) & Idealliance Chair, Mail.dat® Working Group
- Greg Retzer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Western State Envelope
2. Automating Customized Workflows
Managing for efficient print, cross-media and custom applications is integral to success in selling and producing marketing services. Integrated content management and business leaders will discuss best practices, strategies, and specifications that advance content creation, use, and integration of automated workflows.
Facilitator: Steve Bonoff, Sr. VP Marketing Communications, Idealliance
Case Study: Joe Cha, President, Hipzone
IDL, a sister company to SGK, was managing changes and detailed adjustments of design changes for a POS/POP customer, through a manual and cumbersome process, usually through a Google sheet or XL Plus email. Because of those technology constraints the amount of time and energy it was taking to create the content that then goes downstream for printing, kitting and delivery added a significant cost to production. To address IDL’s need for automation, Hipzone, a maker of Integrated media systems, designed a solution to move IDL to an automated system that would sit on top of EFI PrintStream, that streamlined the creation process 'upstream' from the manufacture, causing significant improvements to the bottom line and customer satisfaction.
Case Study: Robert Godwin, Director, Business Development, InkRouter, a Farheap company
When a Louisville, KY, print facility was acquired in 2012 it had 200+ employees on two shifts. It now runs three shifts with 70 employees, and does triple the revenue. A series of workflow automation systems introduced by the acquiring company significantly reduced both the cost of product and the labor required for production. The cultural impact on the former union shop was and is profound. However, a minimally trained and experienced employee can earn three to four times their former hourly rate, in this newly efficient operation, that is now competitive in a commoditized market.
3. Color and Print Workflow Standards & Practices
Producing consistent color, no matter the substrate or printing device, is essential to customer retention. Experienced industry leaders will outline the work of the Print Properties & Colorimetrics Council, a key Idealliance print media Working Group responsible for printing, proofing, colorimetric evaluations, training, and specifications, and for developing international standards.
Facilitator: Tim Baechle, Sr. Dir. Global Print Technologies and Workflows
4. Business Leadership for Small Companies
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Our industry is reliant on small business owners and entrepreneurs to drive innovations and capitalize on new technologies and evolving customer requirements to move our industry forward. Here, business owners and experienced senior management consultants will tackle the issues of recruiting and training, market evaluation and growth, and technology capitalization required for running, and growing a small business in the visual communications and media industry.
Facilitator: Steve Ballinger, Sr. Project Manager, Idealliance
Tim Johnson, President, Impact
John Falconetti, President, Drummond Press
Mike Philie, Senior Consulting Partner, Idealliance
Steve Anzalone, Consulting Partner, Idealliance