AutoPrice Speeds Catalog Production

October 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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After years of manually updating our main 900-page catalog, along with numerous smaller ones we produce, we came across AutoPrice, and what a time saver it has been! We can now in a matter of minutes re-price, verify our data, and create our indexes, a job that in the past took weeks of tedious keying, and spot-check proofing. Being a very user-friendly, easy-to-learn add-on, we are looking ahead to other ways we can incorporate its functionality in our chart-heavy applications. I highly recommend Meadows Publishing Solutions; working with them has been nothing short of a positive experience.

Jodi Eyles
Catalog Manager
Nivel Parts & Manufacturing

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AutoPrice & PDF Exporter Customer Testimonial

August 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“I have been using AutoPrice for Adobe InDesign for a number of years. AutoPrice helps us update the pricing on each page of our 3,000+ page catalog much faster than trying to update each price individually, and the reporting features help to catch any errors. We also use the AutoPrice reporting features to let us know what part number is on a particular page. In addition, we recently started to use the new PDF Exporter feature which is a very helpful tool that works with AutoPrice. Using this feature, we are able to link the part numbers in AutoPrice, and then use PDF Exporter to automatically export individual PDF files with hyperlinks in place for every single part number. This is a much faster process than using the linking feature in InDesign, and the fact that it is integrated with AutoPrice makes document setup very easy to manage. I have been working with Meadows for several years, and they are very easy to work with and have excellent technical support.”

Vanita Ellis
Catalog Manager
Mouser Electronics

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AutoPrice for QuarkXPress 9

December 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce that AutoPrice is now available for QuarkXPress 9 for the Macintosh platform!

For purchase or upgrade information, please contact Mike Clancy at sales@meadowsps.com or by phone at 888-983-6746 (U.S. & Canada) or 847-882-8202.

AutoPrice is an easy-to-use plug-in module that greatly reduces production time when formatting, updating and manipulating pricing and product information within a QuarkXPress or InDesign document. AutoPrice has been used by hundreds of well-known catalogers and financial publishers in the U.S. and around the world. To find out more about AutoPrice, please visit our website at www.meadowsps.com.

AutoPrice Automates Catalog Production For Dultmeier Sales!

July 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Dultmeier Sales, LLC located in Omaha, Nebraska has been a distributor and supplier to the Car & Truck Wash industries for over 25 years, and a supplier of equipment to Industrial and Agri-Business customers for over 75 years. They are a small company with 70 employees and two locations, serving the Great Plains market in the U.S.

Dultmeier prides itself on attention to customer service. In fact their company motto is “To have the products and supplies you need, when you need them and to get them to you in a fast and courteous manner.”  Their customers know that they come first, and as a result Dultmeier enjoys a very loyal customer base.

Following is a short interview with Rich Long, Advertising Manager for Dultmeier Sales, discusing how AutoPrice software has helped meet their business challenges, resulting in increased profits and expanded business opportunities.  Rich states that, “AutoPrice has been a godsend!”  We produce four catalogs per year with over 400 pages each, representing 75,000 different products.”

What business challenges have you faced in the catalog production market?

Our catalog production department uses Adobe InDesign on Macintosh computers for layout work.  Our biggest challenge was how to efficiently price our catalogs.  Prior to AutoPrice, it took eight salespeople, two catalog production people, and about four weeks to price and proof just one catalog!

Before implementing AutoPrice, we had numerous discussions with our programmers on how to automate the pricing process of our catalogs. Their answer was always the same, “since our descriptions and pricing are not uniform, it is virtually impossible to do.” It was even suggested that we redo all of the pricing and part numbers in the catalogs to conform with a table format that InDesign could handle. Then, we were told, a program could be written that would transfer pricing from our mainframe to the catalog pages. However restricting the catalog layouts to the InDesign table format would not have allowed us the flexibility requires to design our pages.

Why did you choose AutoPrice to be a part of your catalog service offering?

I spoke to Meadows Publishing Solutions regarding their AutoPrice catalog software. Our Meadows representative explained that the AutoPrice solution was already fully integrated with InDesign.  Implementing it would completely automate our price updates accurately and efficiently while still allowing for complete flexibility in designing our pages.  He was right! After reviewing the AutoPrice software demonstration, we were convinced that it was the solution we had been seeking.

What were the results of your AutoPrice integration?

We easily integrated AutoPrice into our existing InDesign catalog pages. After receiving pricing from our mainframe we run the AutoPrice batch system. The built-in reporting feature provides immediate feedback, flagging any errors or missing data that it may encounter.  The only errors we find are ones attributed to human error and improper tagging, and not from the AutoPrice pricing procedures.  I can now price one of my 400 page catalogs in about 25 minutes instead of the three and a half weeks that it took previously.

C & A Marketing Empowers Their Clients With AutoPrice Expertise

July 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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C & A Marketing  Corp. is a full-service studio in Elmhurst, IL providing creative and production services to national and multi-national clients for 15 years.  Their specialties include packaging, product manuals, catalogs, photography, retouching, illustration and production consulting. In 2006 C & A took a leap forward in serving their direct-marketing clients by adding catalog database technology to their suite of services.

Following is a short interview with Steve Bailey, Creative Partner for C & A Marketing, discussing how AutoPrice publishing software has helped meet their unique challenges and resulted in increased profits and expanded business opportunities.  Steve states that “With a solution using innovative mix of homegrown content management and AutoPrice catalog publishing software, C & A Marketing has found a profitable balance of supporting catalog production with AutoPrice catalog publishing integration services.”

What business challenges have you faced in the Catalog Production market?

The biggest challenge in catalog production is, quite frankly, making a profit. Catalogers are always looking for faster, lower cost and better. This does not exactly meet the profit goals of an agency where faster means expensive technology and more employees, lower cost means lower margins, and better means hiring top talent. Fortunately C & A Marketing has found a way out of this conundrum.  By offering a catalog solution, rather than simply catalog production, we are able to compete on value, instead of racing for the lowest price. Our clients who purchase catalog solutions find that the service transforms their operations, simplifying their daily business and realizing a net ROI that is greatly in their favor.

For example: A client of ours was entering a new market and needed content collected and published quickly in both print and web channels.  After reviewing their business needs, we determined the best solution was a content portal combined with a method for publishing the content quickly and accurately.

C & A Marketing developed the portal, allowing their client’s 100+ vendors easy access to upload catalog content, images and choice of template. The online portal provides easy status reporting, registrant information and a convenient interface for managing content. Using a combination of proprietary methods, extraordinary service and AutoPrice catalog publishing software, C & A Marketing provided a turnkey solution. The portal provides cross-channel content for both print and web, and has now been in use for five years.

This complete solution includes Content Portal Development, Portal Hosting, Help Desk Support, Content Management, Production Management, Design, Catalog Production and Print Services.

Why did you choose AutoPrice to be a part of your catalog service offering?

AutoPrice catalog publishing software is extremely flexible, and the support from Meadows Publishing Solutions, Inc. is unequaled.  They offer world-class products with service typically reserved for software boutiques.  We were confident that purchasing AutoPrice would mean more than completing our suite of catalog services.  It would allow us to compete as a solution provider rather than just offering standard production services, and we could help clients integrate their own in-house solution.

Whether our client wants to outsource their catalog, or needs help integrating their own solution, C & A Marketing can help.  Our catalog solutions can provide a complete turnkey operation, consulting services for integrating AutoPrice internally, or any combination therein.

What were the results of your AutoPrice integration?

Implementing AutoPrice has improved our service offerings and expanded our business, enabling us to compete as a catalog solution provider rather than a run-of-the-mill production house. Our expanded catalog database capabilities have allowed us to compete with much larger production houses and our linear organization is known for flexibility that others just can not match.

In addition to rounding out our catalog database solutions, we have assisted numerous clients with in-house production departments, in integrating AutoPrice. Our production team has an incredible knowledge base in implementing AutoPrice solutions that empowers our clients with confidence and expertise.


OPMA Improves Efficiency And Increases Profits With AutoPrice

June 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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OPMA is a full-service marketing and advertising agency based in Comstock Park, MI providing creative and production services to national and international clients for over 20 years. Their specialties include custom solutions for catalog companies, including sales flyers, web design, e-commerce, HTML e-mail, multimedia, product photography, image editing, photo-illustration, and B2B/B2C advertising.

Following is a short interview with Kurt Kemperman, Vice President of Design and Production, discussing how AutoPrice publishing software has helped meet the unique challenges of OPMA, resulting in increased profits and expanded business opportunities. Kurt says that, “When it comes to catalog production workflow, the speed and accuracy of AutoPrice is amazing!”

What business challenges have you faced in the catalog production market?

The catalog and flyer production services market has become more complex and sophisticated over the years.  Many campaigns require dealer customization, from unique imprints and custom covers to dealer-specific pricing.  An important service we provide our customers is multiple price-version catalogs that target specific sales territories, countries, and many other variables. Our challenge was to find a software solution that would help us automate the process of creating these unique versions, so we could focus on our core business, which is content design and creation.  We continue to look for ways to use technology to increase our efficiency without compromising the design, quality, or attention to detail that our clients have come to expect from OPMA.

Why did you choose AutoPrice to be a part of your catalog service offering?

We evaluate our production process every year in order to stay abreast of new technologies that could offer us a competitive advantage. We compared AutoPrice  to other competing products and have yet to find anything that comes close to its ease of use, flexibility, and value. AutoPrice adapts to our changing needs easily and the Meadows Support Team always delivers if we need assistance.  AutoPrice has been a part of our production process since 1994, and we can’t say that about any other software solution.

What were the results of your AutoPrice integration?

Implementing AutoPrice catalog publishing software has increased our pricing accuracy while reducing the amount of time needed to create multiple price-version catalogs.  This efficiency has enabled us to grow our business and become more profitable. As a result, OPMA can produce a priced product faster and more accurately than our competition.