A Fiscal Vigilante
Myers’ cost-saving efforts also involved implementing emerging technologies and new workflow processes.
“Some of my accomplishments are moving to CTP, putting in a Rampage system [which creates DCS2 locked-down files for the plant] to rip pages prior to going to the plant, our digital asset management system and, currently, an ad portal,” she says. “I have also created budget models for the company to not only budget by, but they will show full-years’ savings on the slightest change in paper or trim size. These models are used daily for several different objectives; they are one of the biggest ways for determining cost savings,” says Myers.
According to James Pizzo, CMP’s senior director of distribution and events billing, Myers also utilized her “expert vendor contract negotiation skills” to bring CMP into co-mailing, co-palletization and other distribution methods to offset increasing postage costs. Myers was behind the move to co-bind CMP’s flagship publication, InformationWeek, with U.S. News & World Report, generating annual savings of about a half-million dollars. This effort also marked the first time weekly publications from two different publishing companies were effectively co-bound.
“As CMP has evolved from a small magazine publisher into a multimedia technology company, Marie has consistently redesigned and rebuilt our production processes to maximize our capabilities while minimizing our costs. Marie’s initiatives have helped our customers work more effectively with us and saved CMP millions of dollars,” says Weitzner.