Major global charity Our Daily Bread Ministries chooses Avanti Slingshot print MIS

avantiodb1-inOur Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) – a non-denominational, non-profit, global ministry – has gone live with Avanti Slingshot Print MIS for real-time visibility into its expanding direct-mail initiatives. Avanti Computer Systems Limited is a leading Toronto-based provider of Print MIS solutions and software. ODB’s Grand Rapids, Michigan print production facility generates 62 million booklets and (over 72 million impressions) yearly in more than ten languages. Its Harris M1000 web press consumes 6 million pounds of paper, its Akiyama sheetfed press consumes 11 million sheets of paper, and its HP7000 and HP5500 digital presses consume 6 million sheets of paper each year.

Ron Underwood, Supply Chain Team Lead for Our Daily Bread Ministries.
Ron Underwood, Supply Chain Team Lead at Our Daily Bread Ministries.

Each mailing project is made up of individual components such as booklets, brochures, address cards and envelopes. Given the breadth of products and the Ministry’s global presence, the company needed a solution that could not only manage the printing requirements of the individual items, but provide the production staff with a comprehensive real-time view of each project – including costs – as a whole.

“We had postage stats in a spreadsheet over here; our third-party inserter had its own measurement over there,” said Ron Underwood, Supply Chain Team Lead for Our Daily Bread Ministries. “There was no holistic view in terms of management.” Underwood looked at several Print MIS vendors. The organization had a history with Avanti, having been an Avanti Classic client since 2006. “Our Daily Bread Ministries was impressed by the simplicity and organization of the user interface of Avanti Slingshot, the company’s next-generation platform. The fact that Avanti Slingshot is browser-based was particularly appealing,” Underwood added. “There are tremendous advantages to a browser-based solution. The visibility we get by having real-time access to our information from both within, as well as outside the plant, is game-changing.”

Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti.
Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti.

The Ministry now has real-time access to all costs, from set-up to fulfillment, and visibility into where they align to each specific mailing. “We were confident from the outset that Avanti Slingshot would identify cost-savings’ opportunities for Our Daily Bread Ministries to analyze and set goals for future growth, retention and membership loyalty,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti. “The more ownership they took for the application, and the more they provided feedback, the more Avanti was able to satisfy their objectives.”

For more than 30 years, Avanti has provided innovative, award-winning Print MIS solutions that help print shops and marketing communication organizations automate all facets of their business and cultivate a more meaningful customer relationship. Avanti’s solutions are the most open in the industry, are JDF-certified, fully integrated, and extend from web-to-print through to production and billing.

avantiodb3-inOur Daily Bread Ministries (formerly RBC Ministries), is a non-denominational, non-profit global ministry with staff and volunteers in over 35 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Its U.S. headquarters is located in Cascade Township, Michigan and is home to almost 300 full-time staff and 100 volunteers. Started in 1938 with a radio program called Detroit Bible Class, its audience has since grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners to millions of people worldwide who use its Bible-based resources.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.