Commercial print is a ruthlessly competitive segment of the industry, and those who stay in the world of print have innovated and flexed and pivoted to stay in business. Some made capital investments in the latest equipment, some added services, like wide format and grand format to their offerings. Others added folding box and labels. One critical investment, in optimizing business and production processes with software, often comes as a last consideration. Yet, it shouldn’t be.
How investing in tech can effectively powers profits
Recent research has shown that holding back investment in automation means postponing growth potential. Profit and growth, according to reports, are the direct result of incorporating automation into your workflow. Insights into the most efficient and profitable printers shows that they have a high level of automation.
But which software system should you choose? When deciding which software to implement in your print company, try to determine which may have the comprehensive functionality you need. With HiFlow for Print, you can replace multiple apps, software, and systems that you use in production AND in the front office. It has scalable resources and an entire IT team of developers behind it to offer support. HiFlow is flexible and versatile enough to work with the variety of printing options your shop has, including digital solutions, wide format, offset, signage, book printing – HiFlow can also help you add the functionality of label and packaging, to expand your offerings.
And HiFlow is not a newcomer to the MIS/ERP market. It has 22 years of working with commercial, label, packaging, flexible packaging and book printers. This uniqueness makes HiFlow one of the best printing company software options out there today. Another key difference is that HiFlow seeks to understand your business challenges first, whether it’s improving operational efficiency or creating new revenue streams, HiFlow delivers outstanding printing business management results.
Faster estimating leads to quicker invoicing
Estimating is the heart of a print business. Yet, often bottlenecks occur right at the point where a job gets priced. HiFlow provides a fast estimating engine that will get a quote to a job quickly with custom templates that are built on your needs and capabilities. This allows an estimator to drill down into quotes and create the most profitable solution. Quickly. The module offers multiple pricing levels and profitability measures that ensure that your business always stays competitive.
Detailed job costing is offered by HiFlow’s estimating wizard and is captured in the estimate. When the estimate becomes a job, HiFlow then creates the Workflow Diagram – a visual creation of the complete job—saving time for production planning and scheduling. Which saves you money. Bottlenecks eliminated.
Visual data and comprehensive BI power profitable decisions
Two of the features we are asked about a lot are our business intelligence and our visual workflow. From its easy and customizable dashboards to the vast array of reporting tools it offers, HiFlow is visual and graphic oriented. HiFlow’s unique Workflow Diagram is a visual representation of workflow, from order and prepress, through production. It shows all job information, documents, art, materials, machines, operators…and more.
HiFlow’s business intelligence module gives advanced analytics based on all the shop floor data HiFlow collects for you in its single database. The BI module simplifies data analysis and helps you make informed business decisions faster than ever before. Drag and drop functionality, smart search, insights into print manufacturing; make decisions that are data driven.
Power your printing company profits with high tech solutions
HiFlow’s MIS technology solutions will propel your packaging/label company into the heart of the 2020s with end-to-end management information and MES system specifically designed for packaging, label, and flexographic companies. HiFlow’s comprehensive tools and features increase speed, reduce wasted time, and facilitate connectivity in production workflow and business operations.
Find out more about HiFlow today. Visit us at www.hiflowsolutions.com.
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