SmartSoft to offer its PressWise MIS to Alliance Franchise Brands’ member network

Alliance Franchise Brands (Plymouth, Michigan) has finalized an agreement with SmartSoft, a leading provider of print MIS and workflow automation solutions. The partnership offers SmartSoft’s PressWise MIS application to the franchise network of 300 marketing and print communications franchises across North America. Alliance sought a solution to help its high-volume franchise members who were seeking greater automation in their workflow – from estimating through to job management, shipping and billing. They selected PressWise for its ability to provide a robust, cloud-based platform and integrate with other key software tools that form the network’s WorkStream technology package.

Kevin Cushing.
Kevin Cushing.

“We pride ourselves on providing our members with vetted technology platforms they need to most efficiently manage their businesses,” said Kevin Cushing, President of Alliance Franchise Brands Marketing & Print Division. “PressWise delivers with its robust platform by building processes and automation around key systems. This enables our franchise members to drive greater profitability and growth.”
Tony Tarpey.
Tony Tarpey.

According to Tony Tarpey, Chief Operating Officer at SmartSoft: “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship, and we look forward to helping contribute to the franchise network’s continued growth and global expansion. We’re pleased to have arrived at this ‘win-win’ partnership.”
PressWise is an end-to-end SaaS-based (Software as a Service) MIS and Print Workflow Automation solution that includes features such as unlimited web storefronts, estimating, quoting, order processing, workflow management, complete shipping integration, fulfillment and the ability to integrate with most other third-party storefronts (including Pressero, PrinterPresence, PTI, PrintNow, PixFizz, PageDNA, RedTie, Prisme and more) as well as existing back-end accounting systems. SmartSoft provides desktop and enterprise-level workflow solutions for print management, postal address correction and postal discounts. Products include the AccuMail suite of data and address correction and verification software, the all-in-one mailing software solution SmartAddresser 5, the IM barcode mail tracking service MailSpotter, and the end-to-end print workflow solution PressWise.
Alliance Franchise Brands (the parent company of Allegra Network, KK Printing Canada ULC and Sign & Graphics Operations), is a leader in marketing, visual and graphics communications, linking more than 600 locations in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The company’s Marketing & Print Division, headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, is composed of the Allegra Marketing Print Mail, American Speedy Printing, KKP and Insty-Prints brands of marketing, printing, mailing and web-services providers. Its Sign & Graphics Division, headquartered in Middle River, Maryland, is composed of Image360, Signs By Tomorrow and Signs Now brands of sign and graphics communications providers.

Tony Curcio
Tony Curcio is the news editor at Graphic Arts Magazine.

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