arifiQ Development introduces arifiQ Entry, designed to give anyone—such as CSRs, print buyers, and print sales teams—the ability to instantly and easily obtain quotes and place orders for custom print jobs, from anywhere. arifiQ Entry relieves the bottleneck—from several hours to many days—between the time a customer approves a job, and when he or she gets an estimate/quote back from a printer. In contrast, arifiQ Entry and the full family of arifiQ solutions return accurate quotes in a minute or less.
Eliminating the long wait for print quotes has been at the top of “wish list” features requested by printers of technology developers. As customer satisfaction (a.k.a., “the customer experience”) is now accepted as primary insurance for business success, arifiQ’s existing customers have found that eliminating the wait has generated dramatic, positive response by employees and customers.
Available immediately at a flat monthly rate, arifiQ Entry uses the company’s powerful arifiQ core engine to give users the unique quotation and optimized production benefits in all arifiQ products. arifiQ Entry also exports to, or integrates with, any MIS, ERP, prepress, or other order management system; and offers twelve of the fourteen major benefits available in arifiQ’s high-end solution, arifiQ PRO.
“Customers usually have an approved version of a job when the salesperson calls or comes to see them, and they should not have to wait days to get the first quote,” says Eva Rosén, who is not only President and CMO of arifiQ Development but is, along with her two co-founders, a print shop owner of many years.
“Print service providers will give their sales reps arifiQ Entry so they can place orders while with their customers, rather than bringing back those laborious RFQ’s,” Rosén says.
With a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop, she says, the rep can access the PSP’s server to get custom quotes instantly, and 24/7, while they are on the phone or sitting with customers.
How arifiQ Entry Works
The salesperson or other professional uses arifiQ Entry to access the printer’s estimating server from anywhere, at anytime, using any Internet connection. In only seconds, arifiQ’s proprietary algorithms generate up to one septillion 1024 (or more) combinations based on the printer’s resources and cost variables, to arrive at a quote. Resources include printing presses, paper stock, and post-press machinery; while cost variables include hourly rates, discounts, and profit margins.
Campaign Feature: Pieces are Imposed Together
The technology powers other features in arifiQ Entry, including Campaign functionality. Using this feature, reps can obtain estimates on many print jobs at one time, and get not only pricing, but also optimized imposition and media (substrate) decisions. Campaign functionality is one of the features available in both arifiQ PRO and arifiQ Entry.
Versions for PSPs, Designers, and In-Plants
In addition to arifiQ PRO and new arifiQ Entry, arifiQ Development offers a plugin for Adobe InDesign, as well as an in-plant solution, arifiQ deQuote, which provides quotes via the “print” function on any conventional computer.
Price, Availability, and On-Demand Demonstrations
arifiQ Entry is immediately available at a flat monthly rate, with no setup fee. Any number of users are included, free of charge. There is also no long-term agreement: If users decide to stop using arifiQ Entry, there is a one-month cancellation period.
Sample pricing is as follows. arifiQ has also provided a price calculator at arifiq.com/pricing:
• Small Print-shop: Two Digital Printers (arifiQ Entry per mo. $118)
• Medium Printer with Hybrid Production: 1 quarter-size offset, 1 half-size offset, 1 full-size offset, 2 Digital, 2 Wide format (arifiQ Entry per mo. $616)
• Large Offset Printer: 2 Large 8 color offset, 2 Full-size offset 4 color, 2 Quarter-size offset 2 color (arifiQ Entry per mo. $1,792)
Interested parties can obtain a demonstration on-demand, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Increasing revenue and customer experience is number one on every CEO’s to-do list,” says Carina Karlsson, arifiQ Development CEO. “The huge potential for these opportunities can begin to be realized with arifiQ products.”