For a set of mostly smaller daily newspapers, DCG was asked to help meet profitability target across the corporate group. The projecy resulted in over $20 million in reduced costs, and included initiatives in news, advertising, production, and circulation. Ten production facilities were consolidated or outsourced, circulation carrier routes were restructure,d and best practices were implemented across departments.
The demand for accuracy and quality in this mailroom was complicated by the age of its equipment and the very large number of ad zones and the volume and variety of inserts. While none of these factors are unusual in themselves, the combination and caliber of them here led to some extreme and costly efforts to control the production output.
Through the use of a well-tested workload simulator, DCG helped establish staffing models and machine setup routines that allowed this client to dramatically reduce expenses without sacrificing quality.
This fast growing client was preparing to meet its increasing volume demand by adding a new press line when we began the project. Best practices, improvements in work flow, and coordination with all departments made it possible to meet the challenge without the huge capital investment in new press equipment.
This major West Coast metro serves a compact and complex city zone, a densely populated and highly competitive suburban zone, as well as a far flung, full state region, all of which demand on-time, early-morning delivery. Annual transportation costs were reduced by more than $4.1 million by a combination of re-scheduled truck runs, re-configured loads and routes, and the implementation of distribution centers.
DCG laid out every route and run and helped determine how to meet the newspaper's delivery goals without adversely affecting news, advertising, or production deadlines.