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Meet the Xerox inkjet colourful heroes

People are saying great things about our production inkjet presses, including Brenva, Trivor and Rialto. These presses make inkjet printing accessible and affordable, without compromising quality. Our inkjet customers are astounded by the advancements they’re now making in workflow, productivity and profitability. See for yourself:

Baltoro and iGen technology working together

“Utilising the Baltoro cut sheet technology, we are able to produce documents at a high rate and provide our customers with a more aggressive price point in the market. The Baltoro and iGen technology work well together to provide our customers a wide array of documents and applications.” Jesse James, President, Adams Addressing (East Hanover, NJ)

Low-cost, high-value colour printing at Omaha Public Schools

Jesse James, President, Adams Addressing (East Hanover, NJ), Steve Priesman, Manager, Printing and Publications Services, Omaha Public Schools (Omaha, NE), Tertius van Eeden, CEO, Print on Demand (Parow Industria, Western Cape, South Africa) and Harold Howard Operations Manager Arista Information Systems (Duluth, Georgia)
Jesse James, President, Adams Addressing (East Hanover, NJ), Steve Priesman, Manager, Printing and Publications Services, Omaha Public Schools (Omaha, NE), Tertius van Eeden, CEO, Print on Demand (Parow Industria, Western Cape, South Africa) and Harold Howard Operations Manager Arista Information Systems (Duluth, Georgia)

“I’ve been in the industry a long time, and when I learned more about inkjet, I came away more enthused about graphic arts than I had been in 20 years. I can see high-quality work being done without the high expenses of high-end offset equipment and the significant investments in training offset press operators.

The conclusions seemed clear – printing in colour on our Xerox inkjet press made perfect financial sense, giving us the benefits of colour reproduction without what used to be a higher cost.” Steve Priesman, Manager, Printing and Publications Services, Omaha Public Schools (Omaha, NE), Read the full case study ›

Enhances our print on demand capability

“The inkjet opportunity is still in its infancy in South Africa. Being one of the early adopters of the technology, our primary goal was to not just invest in a device, but in a partner. From the bids we received, Xerox was the only one that was willing to be a partner and support us on this journey without just dropping a box.

The Trivor 2400 HD is a solid entry into the inkjet market and provides us with an array of qualities and price points with quick turnaround time. It has enabled us to further enhance our print on demand capability and offer customers the opportunity to reduce stock holding costs and utilise digital in favour of litho.” Tertius van Eeden, CEO, Print on Demand (Parow Industria, Western Cape, South Africa)

We definitely made the right decision

“Our Trivor delivers the power to cost-effectively deliver high-quality 1 200dpi x 600dpi output of relevancy-based documents with every page containing totally variable text and images. With quality output, speed and the power to deliver, we are happy to confirm that after installing the first Trivor in the world, we definitely made the right decision.” David Amor, Managing Director, First Move Direct Marketing (Uxbridge, U.K.), Watch the video ›

Saving up to 50%

“Because I can purchase paper in rolls instead of boxed offset shells, I’m saving up to 50% (with the Rialto 900) from reducing preprinted waste and operational time to complete jobs, which also reduces my time to market.” Greg Peplin, Founder and CEO, A.R.D. Marketing (La Verne, California)

David Amor, Managing Director, First Move Direct Marketing (Uxbridge, UK), Greg Peplin, Founder and CEO A.R.D. Marketing (La Verne, California), Mark Oakes, VP of Operations, Dialog Direct (Highland Park, Michigan) and Jaime Pividal, Production Manager, Fragma (Madrid, Spain)
David Amor, Managing Director, First Move Direct Marketing (Uxbridge, UK), Greg Peplin, Founder and CEO A.R.D. Marketing (La Verne, California), Mark Oakes, VP of Operations, Dialog Direct (Highland Park, Michigan) and Jaime Pividal, Production Manager, Fragma (Madrid, Spain)

Transforming our print operations

“We needed to transform our print operation with the latest cutting-edge technology for competitive advantage and the Trivor met this objective. Coupled with automated finishing, the Trivor print solution has dramatically increased our throughput capacity and efficiency and lowered our variable print cost per unit output.” Mark Oakes, VP of Operations, Dialog Direct (Highland Park, Michigan)

The magic formula

“Cost savings, reduced printing times and zero stock. Thanks to the Trivor, that is what we offer publishers for runs of up to 2 000 copies. With this formula we help our clients have the book they need and at the point they need in less than 48 hours.” Jaime Pividal, Production Manager, Fragma (Madrid, Spain)

Saving REAL money

“CompuMail produced over 100 million statements over the past year and with our recent growth, produced over 23 million statements in January and February alone. Installing the first of our two planned Trivor presses allowed us to increase capacity, ensure quality prints, and reduce our printing costs. Real money! We’re adding new workflows continuously to move mail from our existing toner devices to maximise this press and allow for a seamless integration in installing our second Trivor in May. We have been very pleased with the attention Xerox’s entire team has shown to our business and success. A true partnership.” Andrew Morrell, President/COO, CompuMail (Concord, California)

Delivering brilliant colour and high speed

“We wanted to print on standard offset coated stock, with offset quality and volume but with all the benefits of production inkjet. So far, High Fusion Ink and the Trivor 2400 are meeting our expectations – delivering brilliant colour, high speed and the savings from using standard offset coated stocks without the need for any pre or post treatment.” Thierry Ngoma, Plant Manager, Vprint (Belgium) Watch the video ›

Andrew Morrell President/COO CompuMail (Concord, California), Thierry Ngoma Plant Manager Vprint (Belgium), Dominique Cluts-Seghers Operations & IT Director Manufast (Belgium), and Markus Buchroithner Managing Director Smart Letter and Services Versand GmbH (Innsbruck, Austria)
Andrew Morrell President/COO CompuMail (Concord, California), Thierry Ngoma Plant Manager Vprint (Belgium), Dominique Cluts-Seghers Operations & IT Director Manufast (Belgium), and Markus Buchroithner Managing Director Smart Letter and Services Versand GmbH (Innsbruck, Austria)

This press defied our customers’ expectations of inkjet

“When we were evaluating entry inkjet press options, we let our customers compare the image quality of Rialto against the competition. They all agreed that Rialto was superior – it defied their expectations of inkjet after seeing those first prints.” Dominique Cluts-Seghers, Operations & IT Director, Manufast (Belgium)

Driving costs out, bringing value in

“With inkjet, we can take full advantage of both sides of the page for full colour personalisation. This required change to our whole workflow – from data and design through production. We thought that change would take one to 1.5 years, but with Rialto it took less than three months. Rialto addressed all of our challenges while opening up new opportunities to be more profitable, efficient and flexible!” Markus Buchroithner, Managing Director, Smart Letter and Services Versand GmbH (Innsbruck, Austria) Watch the video ›

Excited with inkjet

“In a word, we’re elated. Our operators are excited about running the Rialtos. We’re past any concerns and challenges of migrating to inkjet, and eager to embrace what’s next.” Harold Howard, Operations Manager, Arista Information Systems (Duluth, Georgia)

My favourite machine

“In my 27 years, the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press is my favourite machine– it’s a workhorse, it’s easy.” Karl Melzer, Print Services Manager, Hemet Unified School District (Hemet, California)

This press enhances our offerings

“Our Xerox Rialto 900s have allowed us to streamline our letter production process. The addition of these presses has enhanced our offering with a production of more than 4 million letters per month. We are pleased with the growth of our inkjet fleet and look forward to creating further efficiencies in our day-to-day operations.” Michael Vitch, President, Compu-Mail (Grand Island, New York)

Our greatest addition

“Customers trust us to deliver millions of their time-critical transactional documents. Our presses generate documents daily that must be dispatched the same day, so reliability is everything. Our clients also need more bespoke paper options to meet environmental and marketing needs. The Brenva helps us consistently deliver and is a great addition to our inkjet family of presses.” Robert Hoon, Managing Director, Datagraphic Limited (Rugby, Warwickshire)

Building our business in a winning fashion

“Not only do we have a winning rally race team, we also ordered the very first Brenva because of the great potential to win with it! Since November 2016, we have raced this equipment and won millions of colour and mono-only impressions utilising unique Xerox capping technology. Brenva is exceptionally fast, easy to operate and extremely economical to run. With Brenva, we have continued to build our business in winning fashion!” John Hume, President, Hume Media Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Leaders in our market

“We want to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, by being the leaders in our market. With the addition of the Iridesse and Brenva presses we have expanded the offerings to our clients.” BJ Chandler, Owner, Mountain View Printing (Alberta, Canada)

Karl Melzer Print Services Manager Hemet Unified School District (Hemet, California), Michael Vitch President Compu-Mail (Grand Island, New York), Robert Hoon Managing Director Datagraphic Limited (Rugby, Warwickshire) and John Hume President Hume Media Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Karl Melzer Print Services Manager Hemet Unified School District (Hemet, California), Michael Vitch President Compu-Mail (Grand Island, New York), Robert Hoon Managing Director Datagraphic Limited (Rugby, Warwickshire) and John Hume President Hume Media Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Systems Print continues digital migration with Xerox

Johannesburg-based corporate printing specialist Systems Print has continued its migration towards a fully digital printing service with the installation of a Xerox Color Press from Altron Document Solutions and channel partner XBC.

Founded in 1975, Systems Print began introducing digital services to complement its litho-based high-volume corporate print production five years ago and expanded its digital footprint two years ago with the Xerox press. Don Naidoo, Systems Print owner and principal, says the company faced numerous challenges before taking the decision to introduce digital services into the mix.

“Where litho is adept at printing high-volume runs of the typical products we print for corporate clients, it’s always a challenge to consistently reproduce full colour products accurately, and production time is not very economical,” says Naidoo.

“Moving to digital was the next logical step once we realised the time savings made possible by the technology, along with the colour accuracy and consistency of Xerox’s industry-standard machines.”

Systems Print services mainly corporate companies with print solutions such as NCR books, instruction manuals, flyers and stationery, and also warehouses and distributes these products to branches around the country.

Chris Stoltz, production systems specialist at XBC, says the Xerox Color Press was the next logical step in System Print’s digital evolution.

More advanced

“While the company’s initial foray into digital was successful, what they needed was a more advanced machine that could not only simplify and automate colour accuracy and consistency — which is critical in corporate printing — but also further reduce production time and make printing more efficient and cost effective,” says Stoltz.

“One of the added benefits of the Xerox Color Press is its versatility and scalability. Systems Print has been able to add a bevy of new products, including short-run books, menus and even packaging, using different stock weights and ink technologies to add variety and quality to the product bouquet. This means more opportunities for sales and more options for corporate customers that want to use Systems Print as their one-stop shop for all their printing requirements.”

The Xerox Color Press is a versatile, high-volume, high performance, modular and scalable print solution designed for medium-to-large businesses wanting to produce high-end, market-ready print solutions for both walk-in and corporate customers.

Featuring Xerox’s industry-leading 2 400×2 400dpi print quality, the press also has load-while-run capability, advanced registration technology for tighter print control, custom paper registration profiles, Xerox’s Simplified Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) toolset, and Xerox’s patented EA low melt Dry Ink system for maximum versatility, speed and reliability.

“Since moving to Xerox, we can now do a full-colour run in half the time with better quality and colour matching, and overall production time has halved despite us being able to offer a far larger range of products to our customers,” says Naidoo.

“Moreover, the service we’ve received from XBC, who are always only a WhatsApp message away from resolving any issues we might have, has been consistently outstanding. Moving forward, we’re going to start converting more of our products to digital-only and start to phase out four-colour litho production as digital takes over. We’ll also be moving to new premises and hope to continue our long and successful relationship with XBC, Altron Document Solutions and Xerox.”

About Altron Document Solutions

Altron Document Solutions is Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 sub-Saharan African countries offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. ADS forms part of JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron).

Xerox

Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) makes every day work better. We are a workplace technology company building and integrating software and hardware for enterprises large and small. As customers seek to manage information across digital and physical platforms, Xerox delivers a seamless, secure and sustainable experience. Whether inventing the copier, Ethernet, the laser printer or more, Xerox has long defined the modern work experience. Learn how that innovation continues at xerox.com.

NetFlorist sharpens gift production and delivery with Xerox Versant 180 printing magic

NetFlorist, South Africa’s leading online florist and gift delivery service, has embraced the quality and versatility of the new Xerox Versant 180 press from Altron Document Solutions and channel partner XBC-IT. With this boost in printing ability, NetFlorist’s printed products (such as cards and packaging) can be created in-house, with ‘blooming’ amazing results!

The new Xerox Versant 180 press will allow NetFlorist to sow the seeds of further success and grow their in-house capabilities. How is this done? With advanced colour calibration and device reliability, NetFlorist can reduce the amount of print products they outsource and with lower costs per print, and improved print quality across a wide variety of print applications. NetFlorist has increased their productivity by printing the amount ordered, when needed, and in turn saving money and improving turnaround time, thus getting orders out quicker.

This is essential as NetFlorist is launching exciting new photographic products that will take full advantage of their new press. With photo books and new photo-related products in-store, it was the ideal time for NetFlorist to upgrade their printing capabilities.

The Xerox Versant 180 is an industry-standard production press that features some of Xerox’s key technologies, including Emulsion Aggregation (EA) Toner, a 2 400 x 2 400 dpi engine with 10-bit RIP and an advanced Compact Belt Fuser that provides just the right amount of consistent heat and pressure for a given stock.

Rated to print at 80ppm on stocks up to 350gsm, the Xerox Versant 180 press features an X-RiteInline Spectrophotometer that automates colour calibration, eliminating guess work and saving time on complex designs. It also features Xerox’s Simple Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) functionality that automates three critical components of the print job throughout the run: image-to-media alignment, image transfer adjustment and density uniformity adjustment.

“What we’ve identified for NetFlorist with the Xerox Versant 180, given the company is such a high-profile, high-volume and high-quality brand, is a machine that delivers consistently regardless of demand,” says XBC-IT Production Systems Specialist Chris Stoltz.

Jonathan Hackner, Co-Founder and CEO of NetFlorist, believes the change to Xerox has been most beneficial.

With the increase in order volumes, individual printing costs becomes an important factor in daily operations. The impressive print quality, speed and variety of printing mediums allows for NetFlorist to have greater control over what their customers receive. Whether the order is for a large corporation, or Joe and Jane Soap, the improved efficiency of in-house production means impressed customers, happy staff members, and an even more impressive bottom-line.

Reflecting on past printing issues, NetFlorist can identify Xerox Versant 180 press has been able to eliminate many troubles previously faced by the nationwide e-commerce phenomenon. Alongside in-house production and stock versatility, the full service and maintenance agreement with XBC-IT allows NetFlorist the peace of mind to spread their roots even further, with fewer thorns to remove in the process. Having a service partner that is responsive, and resolves issues timeously, is a huge benefit to the gifting company.

NetFlorist is already considering further investment in additional Xerox equipment. With an optimal production environment, there is an opportunity to upgrade and add additional equipment as requirements increase. With exceptional performance and customer relations, Hackner is confident to refer to Xerox and their partner XBC-IT as NetFlorist’s supplier of choice.

Altron Document Solutions

Altron Document Solutions (ADS) is Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 sub-Saharan countries offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. ADS forms part of JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron).

https://www.bdsol.co.za/

Xerox

Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) makes every day work better. We are a workplace technology company building and integrating software and hardware for enterprises large and small. As customers seek to manage information across digital and physical platforms, Xerox delivers a seamless, secure and sustainable experience. Whether inventing the copier, Ethernet, the laser printer or more, Xerox has long defined the modern work experience. Learn how that innovation continues at xerox.com.

Altron Document Solutions disrupts legacy model as businesses digitise

Altron Document Solutions has announced how the company plans to disrupt the legacy office automation model and overhaul its managed print services offering in response to the growing need to digitise operations.

“The shift to work-from-home (WFH) and remote working operations due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and lockdown regulations has accelerated the transition to a less paper-intensive workplace,” explains Jonathan Osbourne, Executive Head – Intelligent Work Space Services at Altron Document Solutions (ADS).

Remote workforces need to securely access, edit and approve documents digitally. And while digital transformation was already high on the agenda before the pandemic, many businesses opted for a top-down digitisation approach.

“Top-down digital enablement is a capital-intensive process and can limit the pace and scale of digital transformation. This hampered pre-lockdown pivots to seamless WFH models. The need to rip-and-replace legacy enterprise solutions and write-off sunk costs in on-premises systems also makes digital strategies unpalatable amid the current economic crunch,” continues Osbourne.

Instead, Osbourne suggests that a bottom-up approach that allows companies to sweat assets and capitalise on existing hardware can create a self-funding and more responsive digitalisation model.

“Companies can realise incremental cost savings and unlock greater operational efficiencies by implementing our new Xerox Intelligent Workplace Services (IWS) solution. The business can then reinvest these savings or unlock working capital to fund broader strategic digitalisation initiatives.”

Importantly, the IWS solution addresses a major impediment to realising digitisation-based cost efficiencies – fixed-term contract lock-ins for office automation solutions.

“The legacy office automation model ties customers into a fixed-cost hardware contract for on-premises printers as part of the traditional capital recovery mechanism. Issues arise when companies accelerate their digitisation initiatives because they retain the hardware and the associated costs,” elaborates Osbourne.

It is these constraints that Altron Document Solutions aims to address with its innovative Xerox IWS offering. “The need to create a new go-to-market strategy that effectively disrupted our legacy business model was clear,” adds Osbourne.

Through its Xerox IWS consultancy programme, Altron Document Solutions will apply operational best practices and methodologies to assess a workplace environment and its infrastructure footprint to identify areas of inefficiency.

“Once we understand a company’s necessity for print, we can begin the transition from traditional managed services to digitisation initiatives that can optimise this environment and drive cost savings.”

Altron Document Solutions digitises a company’s environment using comprehensive security, analytics, digitisation and cloud technologies and software to stop the paper onboarding process and automate paper-intensive processes to seamlessly capture, store and integrate information into back-end systems.

This process includes a concurrent effort to back-scan, digitise and onboard historical paper-based data and documents based on a company’s specific requirements around data storage, content management and regulatory compliance.

“Companies must decide how far back to go because, beyond a certain point, digitisation efforts will deliver diminishing returns,” explains Osbourne.

It is at this point when the process should switch to a second-tier archiving exercise as it may become more cost-effective to store older documents in hard copy format.

“While these capabilities will suppress printing requirements, a need for paper will remain to some degree during the transition to a paperless environment. As such, we will still supply hardware at no additional costs, until it is no longer required,” explains Osbourne.

This approach allows Altron ADS to reduce a company’s hardware footprint in step with the pace of its digitisation roll-out.

Once all documents and data are digitised and hosted in a cloud environment, companies can begin to unlock operational efficiencies by automating workflows, enabling secure, seamless access for remote workers. The Xerox IWS solution can also restrict access to specific documents or elements within documents to ensure data integrity while meeting compliance requirements with audit trails.

“Beyond the immediate efficiency and cost benefits, an IWS-centric digitisation programme creates opportunities to advance to full digitalisation,” adds Osbourne.

And Altron Document Solutions is uniquely positioned to leverage expertise within the Altron Group to deliver next-generation capabilities such as end-to-end cloud-enablement, robotic process automation, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).

“Ultimately, a bottom-up IWS-led digitalisation strategy will automate manual tasks and processes to save time and lower costs. The solution also improves compliance, and easily integrates with enterprise applications and third-party systems to effectively redefine the way workers collaborate and interact with content,” concludes Osbourne.

Altron Document Solutions

Altron Document Solutions (ADS) is Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 sub-Saharan countries offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. ADS forms part of JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron).

https://www.bdsol.co.za/

Xerox

Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) makes every day work better. We are a workplace technology company building and integrating software and hardware for enterprises large and small. As customers seek to manage information across digital and physical platforms, Xerox delivers a seamless, secure and sustainable experience. Whether inventing the copier, Ethernet, the laser printer or more, Xerox has long defined the modern work experience. Learn how that innovation continues at xerox.com.

Constrained economic conditions require bottom-up digitalisation approach

By Jonathon Osbourne, Executive Head – Intelligent Workspace Services at Altron Document Solutions

Social distancing and lockdown measures have accelerated the digital transformation agenda as companies shift to work-from-home and remote working models.

This has revealed the fundamental need for businesses to integrate work and personal devices with back-end systems and digitise workflows and processes to enable remote access to documents, with digital editing and approval capabilities to maintain business continuity.

However, the costs associated with top-down digital enablement can limit the pace and scale of the digital transformation process. The need to rip-and-replace legacy enterprise solutions or write-off sunk costs in on-premises systems can make digital strategies unpalatable amid the economic crunch.

Prohibitive costs? Change the model

But costs need not constrain a company’s digitalisation strategy. A bottom-up approach can leverage a self-funding digitalisation model where realising incremental cost savings and greater efficiencies effectively increases an organisation’s buying power.

This model allows companies to sweat assets and capitalise on existing hardware, while reinvesting saved operational expenses and working capital to fund strategic digitalisation initiatives.

In this regard, the foundation for a bottom-up digitalisation plan starts with Intelligent Workplace Services (IWS), which bridges the gap between paper-intensive processes and a workplace environment that uses less paper.

In essence, IWS uses comprehensive security, analytics, digitisation and cloud technologies and software to unlock automation and build seamless processes across paper and digital platforms to enhance collaboration, increase productivity and deliver a better work experience.

Legacy paper processes limit document access and workforce mobility. Traditional IWS management and office automation services applied best practices and methodologies to assess a workplace environment and its infrastructure footprint to identify areas of paper-based inefficiencies and optimise processes to drive print suppression.

However, the current circumstances require a new model. The challenges posed by COVID-19 and the lockdown require mobile and remote workforce enablement, with seamless and efficient access to information through a secure mechanism, and the ability to work on documents and collaborate.

Faced with the challenge of a decentralised workforce, print avoidance and process digitisation have become the key objectives. This strategy begins with back-scanning to digitise mission-critical documents and information.

To optimise this process, businesses must determine a break-even point by prioritising the most pertinent information and documentation from a process and regulatory compliance perspective.

Companies must also decide how far back to go. Beyond a certain point, digitisation efforts will deliver diminishing returns, which is when the process should switch to a second tier archiving exercise. At this point, it may become more cost-effective to store older documents in hard copy format.

Once all documents and data are digitised and hosted in a cloud environment, companies can begin to unlock operational efficiencies by automating workflows and elevating the user experience.

For example, many organisations still operate with silos of buried information, with the average worker spending 2.5 hours per day searching for the information they need to do their job. An interactive IWS interface improves accessibility and enhances searchability and retrieval.

And solutions that leverage open APIs ensure services providers can customise applications that link into back-end systems and leverage existing enterprise applications where possible to contain costs and minimise workplace disruption.

Business will also benefit from these capabilities without sacrificing security and information integrity, as IWS can restrict access to specific documents or certain elements within documents, while meeting compliance requirements with audit trails.

And the enhanced user experience also extends to the customer. IWS can streamline onboarding or application processes via a digital portal, and empowers businesses to engage and communicate quickly and effectively using accurate and relevant customer information.

Beyond the immediate efficiency and cost benefits, an IWS-centric digitisation programme driven from a predominantly print environment creates opportunities to advance to full digitalisation. Companies can then begin to leverage next-generation technologies such as robotic process automation, big data analytics and artificial intelligence.

In addition, once in the cloud, businesses can process documents on hosted platform and start applying analytics and intelligence to this data to create a more connected and intelligent workplace.

For instance, leveraging powerful AI and machine learning enables businesses to automatically capture and validate information from paper or digital mediums, and any source to feed important data directly into the processes that need it.

New opportunities will also emerge around security and data protection, such as proactive risk analyses that can pinpoint security risks and reveal vulnerabilities before a breach occurs.

Ultimately, a bottom-up IWS-led digitalisation strategy will redefine the way a business interacts with content. Managing content in this manner can help organisations automate manual tasks and processes to save time and lower costs, improve compliance through auditable workflows, and more easily integrate with appropriate ERP, CRM and third-party systems.

More importantly, IWS can enhance collaboration with access to content from anywhere and at any time, and speed up decision-making by making data securely accessible at the point of need. These capabilities create the type of nimble, agile organisation that can respond to the dynamic and challenging market environment in which we currently find ourselves.

Altron Document Solutions

Altron Document Solutions (ADS) is Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 sub-Saharan countries offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. ADS forms part of JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron).

https://www.bdsol.co.za/

New Minuteman Press store invests in Xerox Versant 180

Minuteman Press, a digital print and copy store based in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has completed the installation of a new Xerox Versant 180 to supplement its production capacity, supplied by Altron Document Solutions and facilitated by Compleo, a concessionaire of Xerox South Africa. Minuteman Press is the number one printing and marketing franchise on the planet, with nearly 1 000 stores globally.

From left: Helene Labuschagne, Linda du Preez and Duncan Diesel, Minuteman Press

From left: Helene Labuschagne, Linda du Preez and Duncan Diesel, Minuteman Press

“Xerox equipment is state of the art and features high quality, speed and productivity, which helps increase the capacity of what you can do in your store,” said Duncan Diesel, area manager for South Africa, Minuteman Press. “The support from Xerox is great, we have good relationships with all of the branch managers, and the head office looks after us as a national account. The training provided was also good and is ongoing. It is a partnership that keeps evolving and developing in an ever-changing print environment.”

The Xerox Versant 180 offers automation and quality in a compact footprint, and delivers on speed and productivity, at 80ppm in full colour. It prints on a variety of media types, including coated and uncoated papers, bright papers, labels, glossy brochures, window decals, durable and synthetic papers, tabs, embossed, polyesters, it also prints on a variety of print products such as business cards, greeting cards and lots more, and it supports mixed-media jobs. The press offers variable data printing and can print on NCR (no carbon required) paper for invoice books.

Without replacing their presses, Xerox Versant 180 owners can now offer print pieces that grab even more attention with the Xerox Adaptive CMYK+ Kits. The kits add shiny metallics, bold whites and glowing fluorescent colours to a Xerox Versant 180 press, extending the user’s palette to more than a million colours using 11 new toners. That means more opportunity to bring ideas to life, and more ways to get printed pieces noticed. This opens the door to the fast-growing, high margin specialty ‘Beyond CMYK’ printing market and sets businesses apart from the competition.

“There are enhancements available that will allow Minuteman Press to do special effects and 12-colour printing with these adaptive kits,” said Richard Attwell, Director of Compleo. “It is not necessarily an investment in a new press, but rather you can use your existing press. Some business owners have two Xerox presses, so now they can have one specialised press, and one that is not specialised running together.”

“You have a really awesome product that offers high-definition printing with integrated automation and combined with excellent national support and service,” said John De Beer, National Account Manager, Altron Document Solutions. “If there are any issues, the technicians are very responsive. You need a partner who is going to help you continue printing, because if you are not printing, you are not making money, and that is what Xerox understands. Minuteman Press is not a customer, we are in partnership with them.”

“I first engaged with Minuteman Press two years ago about owning a store,” said Minuteman Press Rosslyn owner Linda du Preez, who left the car rental industry after 19 years to venture into the printing industry. “With COVID-19 retrenchments, the rental company I had worked for offered severance packages and I thought that it was the right opportunity and time to open the store. The support from Minuteman Press has been amazing throughout the whole set-up. I’m sure with their support, this business will go far.”

From left: John De Beer, Altron BDS, with Duncan Diesel, Linda du Preez and Helene Labuschagne, Minuteman Press

From left: John De Beer, Altron BDS, with Duncan Diesel, Linda du Preez and Helene Labuschagne, Minuteman Press Minute

Minuteman Press store owners encourage and support each other, as shown by two other Minuteman Press store owners from Pretoria who were at the Rosslyn branch pre-launch to show their support and welcome Du Preez and her team to the area. Minuteman Press creates a supportive environment for store owners, as well as a networking community. This includes a WhatsApp group, where questions are answered daily, and the launch of ‘lunchtime learning’, starting this week, where store owners get together on Zoom and discuss what has worked, what hasn’t, and new ideas for marketing going forward.

“We have a dedicated research and development team in America, which benefits our store owners, who are buying into tried and tested equipment and ideas,” said Diesel. “We are a very flexible franchise – owners can make their own decisions, they are not forced to buy from anyone, and they can sell whatever products they want. Our owners deal directly with our suppliers.”

One of the initiatives Minuteman Press launched during COVID-19 was Bounce Back South Africa, which helped local businesses ‘bounce back’ by giving them a place to list their businesses for free in local communities, and to supply them with free COVID-19 information posters for their place of business.

Altron Document Solutions

Altron Document Solutions (ADS) is Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 sub-Saharan countries offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. ADS forms part of JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron).

https://www.bdsol.co.za/

Xerox

Xerox Holdings Corporation makes every day work better. We are a workplace technology company building and integrating software and hardware for enterprises large and small. As customers seek to manage information across digital and physical platforms, Xerox delivers a seamless, secure and sustainable experience. Whether inventing the copier, the ethernet, the laser printer or more, Xerox has long defined the modern work experience. Learn how that innovation continues at xerox.com

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Amanda Hetherington
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