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    I think it's time for my company to start using a W2P solution to keep up with our orders. We provide direct mail products to B2C only and all of the orders come in through our website. We have been using Woocommerce for the past 3 years which has been working well but now that orders are increasing, we need something with automated workflows built in. I have looked at a number of W2P solutions and it looks like Pressero with Print Job Manager will get us the closest to what we want.

    Here are my questions:
    - For those that have used or are currently using Pressero, what is your feedback - both positive and negative?
    - We are working on 130 orders/month with an average order quantity of 3,000. Is that a lot? Do you think that makes sense to get a W2P in a general sense? (I'm not from the print space and don't know anyone else in the space so I have no idea)
    - Are there other solutions other than a W2P solution (plugin for Woocommerce, etc.) - I'm really nervous about shifting to a W2P solution since it will change 100% of our interface to our customers.
    - Is there anything else I should be thinking about?
    - Do you know any process improvement consultants that I can talk to?

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    Hi OpenLetter,


    Okay, little disclaimer - I work for SmartSoft - we are a software developer and market mail software as well as PressWise, a Print MIS system. Part of PressWise is an API where a third party system ( like Aleyant Pressero ) can a B2C (or B2B) order as XML to PressWise, where we process that, impose the PDF and then send that to the printing device as an imposed PDF or JDF.

    Quite a few of our customer love Pressero. They happen to wrangle the XML ( using XSLT Style Sheets ) into the XML "style" PressWise use. This is different than many of the other systems we have integrations with ( where we have to build and test a XSLT Style Sheet to convert their XML, cXML or JSON data into XML that is processable by PressWise API. My point here is a we are very impressed with Presseros developers.

    One of the things they offer - that few other W2P developers offer - is a way to query PressWise to discover if this order is for a new customer, or, and existing / returning customer. If new, they inject a new customerID, if returning, they find that customerID and inject the order into that existing customerID.

    They also have done something quite interesting as it relates to processing pricing. As you can imagine, paper prices change occasionally. If you have a Storefront and Print MIS system, you would need to update that in both locations - with Pressero, they now have a way to capture that change and display the change that was made in PressWise when the customer is "shopping" in Pressero.

    We have integrations with quite a few W2P systems. They all work great. But I wanted to share my opinion with you on how impressed we are with the team at Aleyant.

    Good luck with your hunt for the B2C W2P system that fits you.
    Michael Jahn - Slightly used PDF Evangelist
    Simi Valley California

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    • #3
      The big question is how much are you prepared to spend each month?

      Are you primarily trying to automate conversion of customer input into work order, and then tracking progress through the shop? Or are you looking for a total management solution?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by openletter View Post
        I think it's time for my company to start using a W2P solution to keep up with our orders. We provide direct mail products to B2C only and all of the orders come in through our website. We have been using Woocommerce for the past 3 years which has been working well but now that orders are increasing, we need something with automated workflows built in. I have looked at a number of W2P solutions and it looks like Pressero with Print Job Manager will get us the closest to what we want.

        Here are my questions:
        - For those that have used or are currently using Pressero, what is your feedback - both positive and negative?
        - We are working on 130 orders/month with an average order quantity of 3,000. Is that a lot? Do you think that makes sense to get a W2P in a general sense? (I'm not from the print space and don't know anyone else in the space so I have no idea)
        - Are there other solutions other than a W2P solution (plugin for Woocommerce, etc.) - I'm really nervous about shifting to a W2P solution since it will change 100% of our interface to our customers.
        - Is there anything else I should be thinking about?
        - Do you know any process improvement consultants that I can talk to?
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