Registration Now Open for XPLOR19 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

Xplor’s Re-branded Event to Feature a New Location, New Format, and New Agenda

Lutz, FL – October 10, 2018 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced the dates and location for their 2019 annual conference. The re-branded annual conference, XPLOR19, will take place April 23-25, 2019 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tweet this: @Xplor_Int announces their 2019 annual conference will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, April 23-25. Their #XPLOR19 event features a new location, new format, and new agenda. https://bit.ly/2QGRPr5

XPLOR19, the Premier Event for CCM & Digital Document Professionals, is a two-and-a-half day event that brings together end-users, analysts, consultants, industry experts, and vendors who will share the latest best practices and trends in the customer communications and digital document industry. It will feature 40 educational sessions, a keynote speaker, daily networking events and leading-edge vendors in the vendor forum.

After being on the east coast for over twelve years, XPLOR19 is heading west to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Conference Center in Las Vegas. Rooms are available at four MGM venues including the Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, and Excalibur with room rates ranging between $89-$159 per night.  All are in close proximity to the conference center.

In addition to a new location, XPLOR19 will also feature a new format as well as a new agenda. For 2019, conference sessions will begin on Tuesday afternoon followed by an opening reception from 7:00-9:00 pm. The conference format blends general and breakout sessions with daily networking opportunities.

“After 12 years in Florida we decided to shake things up with a new location, name, format and agenda” says Skip Henk, President/CEO of Xplor International, “We are working on another major change which we will announce in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.”

For more information regarding XPLOR19, or to access the registration site, please visit www.xplor.org/xplor19. Questions should be directed to Register@xplor.org or +1-813-949-6170 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (ET), Monday through Friday.

Interested in speaking at XPLOR19? Submit during our Call for Presentations and you could receive a full-conference pass. Visit http://www.cvent.com/d/xbqp29 for more information.

Vendors interested in being an exhibitor should visit the Vendor Forum Website here: http://www.cvent.com/d/ngq61k. Additionally, Xplor’s Director of Sales, Lou Brandow, can be contacted at +1-813-949-6170 or via email at Lou@xplor.org.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

The Xploration Tour is coming to Toronto on October 24th in Conjunction with Xplor Canada’s Fall Meet-up

First Canadian stop will dive into the latest trends and best practices in Customer Communication Management

Lutz, FL – September 27, 2018 – Xplor International, today announced the Xploration Tour will make its first-ever stop in Canada on October 24, 2018. The event will be held at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON and front-end Xplor Canada’s Fall Meet-up. Attendees can register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/mgq1yb

Attendees will have the choice to attend the Xploration Tour Toronto from 11am to 5:30pm, Xplor Canada’s Fall Meet-up from 4:30 to 9pm, or both. The one hour overlap will feature a panel session moderated by Pat McGrew of Keypoint Intelligence and attendees of both events are welcome.

The Xploration Tour Toronto is co-sponsored by Crawford Technologies and Messagepoint. Crawford Technologies is also sponsoring Canada’s Fall Meet-up.

The 2018 Xploration Tour, from 11am to 5:30pm, will delve into the latest trends and best practices in Customer Communications. CCM is no longer an option and is playing a more integral role in the Customer Experience.

The event will begin with a session presented by Keypoint Intelligence, who will share their latest research, which will then be followed by lunch. Two additional sessions will focus on industry trends as speakers share their thoughts on why CCM is important, how companies can get started, and what the best practices are when implementing a CCM strategy. The Xploration Tour will finally wrap up with a panel moderated by Pat McGrew.

As the Xploration Tour wraps up, Xplor Canada will begin their fall meet-up from 4:30pm to 9pm. Xplor International has invited all of the fall meet-up attendees to attend their closing session in which Pat McGrew of Keypoint Intelligence will be moderating a panel that sums up the day’s findings. Following this session, Xplor Canada will begin dinner and networking before watching the horse races!

“CCM is no longer an option. Companies that are not looking at it are behind curve”, says Skip Henk, President/CEO of Xplor International, “Whether a company already has or is looking to implement and/or enhance their CCM strategy, this one-day event will provide insight and direction.”

For more information about the Xploration Tour, visit the Toronto Tour website.

For information on becoming a future Xploration Tour sponsor, please contact Lou Brandow, Director of Sales, at Lou@xplor.org  or +1-352-246-5298.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Registration Now Open for Keynote Breakfast Panel at Print 18

Disruption of an Industry: Print Technology, Re-engineering, and Workflow

Lutz, FL— September 5, 2018: Xplor International today announced that registration is now open for their complimentary keynote breakfast panel during the Print 18 event. The panel will take place on October 1, 2018 from 8:30am to 11am CDT. Print 18 is September 30 – October 2, 2018 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL. Attendees can register for the complimentary breakfast panel here: http://www.cvent.com/d/5gqdlb.

This breakfast session is presented at no charge, thanks to our sponsors Canon Solutions America and Crawford Technologies. Space will be limited to the first 200 people who register.

The 2018 topic has expanded from the initial announcement of the Xplor breakfast panel and will now cover inkjet, re-engineering, and workflow as well as other print technologies.

The print industry is under ongoing disruption by technology and processes that allow legacy processes to be streamlined and communication distribution to be optimized based on customer preferences, legislative changes, and market opportunities.

Some of the disruption is in print technology with the rise of inkjet, the expansion of EP, and the ability to print on more substrates at higher speeds with more color.  At the same time, some of the disruption comes from workflow automation opportunities that allow for legacy document re-engineering as well as automation that leads to operational efficiencies.

Join us at PRINT 18 as Pat McGrew, Senior Director at Keypoint Intelligence, shares her perspective on the industry and engages our vendor panel to share their thoughts on where the industry is, what the future holds, and how their offerings are bringing success to their customers.

When:  October 1, 2018
Where: McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL – S105abc
Time: 8:30 AM-11:00 AM CDT
Registration Fee:   Complimentary (Registration Required)

Questions and requests for additional information can be directed to Xplor Headquarters via phone at +1-813-949-6170 or via email at info@xplor.org.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

 

Xplor to Once Again Host Keynote Breakfast Panel at Print featuring Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends

Inkjet: Disruption of an Industry

Lutz, FL— June 20, 2018: Xplor International today announced that they will host a complimentary keynote breakfast panel during the Print 18 event, September 30 – October 2, 2018 at McCormick Place South, Chicago. The panel will take place on October 1, 2018 from 8:30am to 11am CDT. Registration will be open in the early part of July.

Inkjet technology has proven to be one of the most disruptive innovations within the printing industry over the last 20 years. It has evolved with significant improvements in print quality, range of media, speed, workflow, as well as reductions in operational costs across applications and market segments. As a testament to how influential inkjet has been in the market, Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends forecasts that inkjet will account for 58% of the 871 billion impressions expected to be printed on production digital printing equipment in 2021.

Join us at PRINT 18 as our panel of inkjet users share their experiences with the technology. They will share best practices in determining what to print, selecting a system, optimizing workflows, and other considerations when making the investment!

This sponsored breakfast session is presented at no charge, thanks to our sponsors. Space will be limited to the first 225 people who register. Additional sponsorship opportunities remain open for the event. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Deborah Green, Director of Sales, at +1-770-444-3845 or deborahgreen@xplor.org.

When:  October 1, 2018
Where: McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:30 AM-11:00 AM CDT
Registration Fee:   Complimentary (Registration Required)

Registration will open in early July and will be accessible from the Xplor website (www.xplor.org). Questions and requests for additional information can be directed to Xplor Headquarters via phone at +1-813-949-6170 or via email at info@xplor.org.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement and Xplorer of the Year Awards Presented at Xploration® 18

Lutz, FL — April 17, 2018: Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today named the recipients of the 2018 Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement and Xplorer of the Year Awards. These awards were presented at Xplor’s Annual Conference, Xploration 18, on Tuesday, April 17th during the awards ceremony.

Tweet this: Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement and Xplorer of the Year Award Recipients Recognized at Xploration® 18 #Xplor18 #Awards http://bit.ly/2HnpF0R

The Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2007 and is given to an individual, or individuals, whose efforts and contributions have significantly changed the course and development of the digital document industry. This award is open to Xplor International members as well as non-members.

This year, two Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented.

The first recipient is Basit Hamid, founder of Elixir Technologies. Basit is an innovator in customer communications and has transformed the lives of young professionals while spear-heading humanitarian initiatives around the globe.

As a member of Intran’s development team, he helped design the company’s impressive font and image editing system, which culminated in the release of MetaForm, the first commercial WYSIWYG document composition solution. In 1984, Mr. Hamid and his business partner, Eric Searle, left Intran to found Elixir, launching ElixiForms, the first WYSIWYG forms system on a standard PC, in 1987.

For the past fifteen years, Elixir has partnered with a major medical hospital in Pakistan to administer the TELMEDPAK project. This initiative brings medical help to remote areas of Pakistan affected by the Afghan war by conducting seminars for healthcare professionals and offering concept lectures at medical conferences and institutions.

The second honoree for the Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award is Bob Gullikson.

Bob began his journey in early 1990’s running a transactional print operation. He was challenged to develop a plan for the future and help engineer new technology that would give his company a competitive advantage and drive revenue.  The initial concept his team developed included many presentation modes that didn’t exist at that time and he had to make believers out of skeptical executives in order to garner support for his vision which not only included printing on paper, but also the electronic delivery of documents.

The system simplified the design process to minimize Cobol hard coding and shorten the development time for new documents and changes.  Once approved, FDR’s Enterprise Presentation platform was designed and implemented in 18 months.

In addition to Bob’s professional achievements, he has been a consistent supporter and volunteer to community organizations and charities.  Bob is an honorably discharged U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam War.  He was chosen to serve on Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey’s Military Academy Nomination Committee and participated for several years.

The Xplorer of the Year honors individuals or companies that have demonstrated significant service to the association, dedication to the Xplor mission, and recent notable achievement promoting the interest of the electronic document systems and customer communications industry.

This year’s Xplorer of the year is Scott Draeger, M-EDP.  Mr. Draeger served on the International Board of Directors, retiring two years ago. He is the number one supporter of industry certification and is responsible for the certification of over 35 EDP’s and 150 EDA’s through the EDP Challenge, which Quadient has supported for the last four years.

Scott’s out of the box approach has incubated the idea of the Xplor University Design Competition as well as many other changes to the association in response to an ever-evolving industry.

“I’d like to congratulate Basit, Bob and Scott for their achievements as they are well deserved.” says Skip Henk, EDP, President/CEO of Xplor International. “Our industry as a whole, and the world around us, are better places due to each of their efforts.”

Other Xplor annual awards, recognized and announced at Xploration® 18, include:

Technology of the Year
Winner – Crawford Technologies / Auto Tagger
Honorable Mention – Solimar Systems / SOLitrack 2.0
Honorable Mention – Racami / Alchem-e
Honorable Mention – Indellient / BlueRelay

Application of the Year
Winner: UNUM / Crawford Technologies
Honorable Mention – Volusia County Schools / RICOH USA, Inc.
Honorable Mention – Broadridge Customer Communications / Compart


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Xploration® 18 to Feature Seven News Exhibitors in Vendor Forum

Lutz, FL – April 10, 2018 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced that seven new vendor partners will be participating in the Xploration 18 vendor forum next week. Xploration 18 is being held April 17-19 at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida.

Tweet this: New Vendors Join the Xploration 18 Exhibit Hall next week! @EclipseDoc @EspireInfolabs @kernUSA  @PDFAssociation @CCMInnovators @ScreenUSA @XanteCorp  http://bit.ly/2qir9Bq #Xplor18

Eclipse Corporation (Booth #29) and Kern, Inc. (Booth #23) are returning to the Xploration event after a brief hiatus. Espire Infolabs (Booth #32), PDF Association (Booth #12), Screen Americas (Booth #17), Smart Communications (Booth #8), and Xante Corporation (Booth #14) round out the new vendors, having never exhibited at the Xploration event before.

“We welcome our new vendor partners who are joining our show this year” says Skip Henk, President/CEO of Xplor International. “They represent a broad range of offering that will be of interest to our conference attendees.”

Vendors interested in becoming a sponsor for one of Xplor’s events or becoming an exhibitor for Xploration 19 should contact Xplor’s Director of Sales, Deborah Green at 770-444-3845 or via email at deborahgreen@xplor.org.

For more information regarding Xploration® 18, or to register, visit www.xplor.org/xplor18. Questions should be directed to Register@xplor.org or +1-813-949-6170 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (ET), Monday through Friday.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

About Eclipse Corporation
Eclipse Corporation’s DocOrigin improves omni-channel communications with customers, partners and employees. Business Communications Center and Dynamic Business Documents are managed by Marketing, HR or Customer Service while compliance-related control can be managed by legal and IT. All this can be done without scripting or modifying your line of business software. Replace your existing forms and documents one at a time or do a complete replacement. 3M, AT&T, Guidewire, Konica Minolta, Tyler Technologies and thousands of others trust us. Don’t change your business software, change your document and customer communications software! A single solution for enterprise wide, interactive forms, documents, labels and high-volume production mail rooms.

About Espire Infolabs
Espire Infolabs is a global IT services company specializing in digital and customer experience transformation. We enable business transformation across the customer journey with our powerful multi-channel customer communication management solutions including interactive documents and personalized video solutions – accelerating customer acquisition, building lasting customer loyalty and maximizing revenue and profit.

Our key offering is our game-changing Customer Engagement Hub (CEH) framework, helping global businesses in the stages of their CCM strategy, such as pre-processing, document composition, post-processing, production and communication delivery. This is powered by our strong expertise on leading technology platforms like Pitney Bowes, Open Text, Quadient, Doxee, Messagepoint and others.

About Kern, Inc.
With over 70 years of experience, Kern has always been a leader in the mailing and production industry. Swiss precision has created quality unmatched by others helping machines last longer and run stronger. Kern inserting systems have continued to be leaders in the industry with our flagship K3600 high speed inserting system with 27,000 mail pieces an hour, as well as our newest machine, the K1600, a highly-flexible compact multi-format system, with the fastest changeovers available. Kern also offers solutions in the card processing industry. Whatever your mailing needs are, hardware or software, Kern will be the quality solution provider.

About PDF Association
Founded in 2006 as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association exists to promote the adoption and implementation of International Standards for PDF technology.

Developers use the PDF Association to share knowledge and experience with PDF technology and to develop best-practices for its implementation.  Decision-makers use the PDF Association to learn about the role and capabilities of PDF and PDF’s subset standards in ECM and other electronic document applications.  End users benefit from improved reliability, quality, functionality and interoperability in their experience of electronic documents.

About Screen Americas
Screen Americas (Rolling Meadows, Illinois), a SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions group company, provides a wide range of solutions to meet graphic communications needs, with a strong focus on production-class inkjet printing technology.

Since 1967, Screen Americas has satisfied customers by delivering the latest innovations that help diverse printing operations profitably grow their businesses. Our versatile, reliable product portfolio includes Truepress inkjet printers serving print-on-demand markets for general Commercial Printing, Direct Mail, Publishing and Financial and Transactional Printing as well as for Labels and Packaging and Point-of-Sale signs and displays.

Screen digital solutions are known for robust engineering, high up-time and reliability, best-in-class color management and print quality. New product development and new advances in every product category, along with ongoing product improvements and software upgrades, offer great value and flexibility to a diverse customer base.

About Smart Communications
Smart Communications™ is the only independent company focused 100% on customer conversations for the enterprise, and the only cloud solution ranked as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for CCM. More than 350 global brands – many in the world’s most highly regulated industries – rely on Smart Communications to make multi-channel customer communications more meaningful, while also helping them simplify their processes and operate more efficiently. This is what it means to scale the conversation.

Smart Communications is headquartered in London and New York and serves its customers from offices located across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The company offers a range of solutions including SmartCOMM™, SmartDX™, SmartCORR™ for Salesforce, and SmartCaaS™ for Partners. To learn more, visit smartcommunications.com.

About Xante Corporation
Xante has been a pioneer of the digital print industry for over 25 years and is dedicated to providing customers the latest technology for simple, reliable, and profitable workflow. Their award-winning digital print systems yield fast, full-color output on a wide range of media and bring production automation to digital print shops everywhere. Xante products include the revolutionary En/Press Digital Multi-Media Press with the Enterprise High Speed Feed System (less than 1¢ cost-per-print for full-color) and the simply brilliant iQueue color workflow. For more info on Xante products and software, please visit xante.com or call 1-251-473-6502.

Xploration® 18 Sponsored by Industry-Leading Vendors

Lutz, FL – March 28, 2018 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced the line-up of conference sponsors for Xploration® 18, being held April 17-19 at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida.

“The support of our sponsors and the vendor community is critical to the success of not only this event but Xplor as an organization.” said Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor International. “We thank and appreciate each of our Xploration 18 sponsors for their commitment and support.”

Xploration® 18 Conference Sponsors include:

  • Registration:
    • Conference Bag– Canon Solutions America
    • Lanyard/Badge Holder– Quadient
    • Conference Guide – Cincinnati Financial
  • Food and Beverage
    • Tuesday Lunch – RISO
    • Thursday Breakfast – Quadient
  • Networking Events
    • Opening Reception – NEPS, Inc.
    • Wednesday Happy Hour Reception – Crawford Technologies and RenderX, Inc.
  • Conference Programming
    • A Morning with Keypoint Intelligence-InfoTrends – Quadient
    • Track – Customer Experience – Compart
    • Keynote Speaker / Jeff Evans – Ricoh USA
    • Industry Awards – Broadridge Financial

There are a couple more sponsorships still available. Vendors interested in either a sponsorship or becoming an exhibitor should contact Xplor’s Director of Sales, Deborah Green at 770-444-3845 or via email at deborahgreen@xplor.org.  

For more information regarding Xploration® 18, or to register, visit www.xplor.org/xplor18. Questions should be directed to Register@xplor.org or +1-813-949-6170 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (ET), Monday through Friday.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Xplor Announces 2018 Technology and Application of the Year Award Winners

Recipients to Be Recognized at Xploration® 18 in Orlando on April 17th

Lutz, FL — February 27, 2018 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced the recipients of its 2018 Technology and Application of the Year Awards. The awards will be presented at a ceremony Tuesday, April 17, 2018, during the Xploration® 18 event at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida.

Tweet this: @CrawfordTech has won the #Xplor18 Technology & Application of the Year Awards! Honorable Mentions include: @RicohTweets @Broadridge @SolimarSystems @Racami1 @Indellient A BIG Congratulations to all! They will be recognized at Xploration 18 on April 17th! http://bit.ly/2EWvAfj

Application of the Year Award:

The Application of the Year Award is presented to an individual, a company or an organization to recognize outstanding achievement in the imaginative application of current technology and/or unique implementation of existing document and communication systems. This award is open to members and non-members alike.

Xplor will award two honorable mentions in addition to the 2018 winner.

  • The winner of the 2018 Xplor Application of the Year is UNUM / Crawford Technologies for their innovative approach in consolidating several data centers, automating over 2000 applications, and creating a process for ensuring efficiency and document integrity when outsourcing. The solution utilized Crawford’s QA in the Cloud and Operations Express products and demonstrated a significant collaborative effort between both companies.
  • An Honorable Mention is being awarded Volusia County Schools / RICOH USA, Inc. for their WebCRD with QDirect implementation that automated workflows and increased time and efficiency, allowing Volusia to take on work from local governments and non-profits to help drive revenue.
  • A second Honorable Mention is being awarded to Broadridge Customer Communications and Compart, NA for their patent pending “Rapid OnBoarding.” This application significantly reduces the time-consuming steps of producing a factory-ready file and document, all from a proprietary point-and-click user interface.

Technology of the Year Award:

The Technology of the Year Award honors an individual, company or organization that has conceived and developed an original concept leading to a significant advancement in the industry.  This can be a new program, product, or technology that notably enhances the capabilities of document and communication systems.

Like the Application of the Year award, Xplor will present multiple honorable mentions, in addition to the winner of the award, due to the large number of submissions.

  • The winner of the 2018 Xplor Technology of the Year is being awarded to Crawford Technologies for their Auto Tagger for Accessibility product. Auto Tagger allows all types of PDF files to be automatically tagged and converted to Accessible PDF (WCAG 2.0 and PDF U/A) or Accessible HTML5.  Auto tagging saves time and opens the door to making all electronic documents equally accessible to any and all users.
  • An Honorable Mention for Technology of the Year is being awarded to Solimar Systems for their SOLitrack 2.0 with Batching and Mobile Modules. Solimar’s SOLitrack™ product, is a database-centric output management system that uses a PC client view interface to control and track print files on desktops or allows them to be viewed through a web-based interface on mobile devices with SOLitrack Mobile. The Batching Module creates rolling-queues based on mailpiece aggregations that dynamically schedules jobs.
  • An additional Honorable Mention for the Xplor Technology of the Year award is being presented to Racami for their Alchem-e CCM Platform. The platform ties together all other software and hardware within a company to form a master system that forces standards in companies necessary for automation, quality control, and speed to market. The platform reduces IT costs and has many features that assist employees so they are more informed, make better decisions, and run the business more efficiently.
  • An additional Honorable Mention for the Xplor Technology of the Year award is being presented to Indellient for their flagship product BlueRelay. BlueRelay offers a powerful suite of workflow and document management tools that simplifies document approval processes and improves quality and compliance of customer communications. The efficiencies gained at one of Indellient’s clients allowed them to experience “an increase of over 300% in workload without increase to headcount.”

“Once again, the awards committee had a tough time selecting winners from the volume of submissions we received,” said Skip Henk, EDP, President and CEO of Xplor International. “I’d like to thank all who submitted and congratulate our winners and honorable mentions.”

Xplor International will also be announcing the recipients of the Xplorer of the Year and Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement awards at Xploration® 18 on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

For more information regarding Xploration® 18, or to register, visit www.xplor.org/xplor18. Questions should be directed to Register@xplor.org or +1-813-949-6170 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (ET), Monday through Friday.

Vendors interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor should contact Xplor’s Director of Sales, Deborah Green at +1-770-444-3845 or via email at deborahgreen@xplor.org.

About Xploration 18: Starting at $899 USD for a Full-conference Platinum Passport, the two-and-a-half day event is the perfect blend of educational sessions, panel discussions, general sessions, and networking events. Features include:

  • 40+ Educational Sessions
  • Panel Discussions and General Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 35+ Industry Partners in the Vendor Forum
  • Two Evening Networking Events (Tue/Wed)
  • Two Networking Luncheons (Tue/Wed)
  • Thursday Breakfast
  • New for 2018: A Morning with Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends

For more information regarding Xploration 18, or to access the registration site, please visit www.xplor.org/xplor18. Questions should be directed to Register@xplor.org or +1-813-949-6170 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (ET), Monday through Friday.

Vendors interested in being an exhibitor should contact Xplor’s Director of Sales, Deborah Green at +1-770-444-3845 or via email at deborahgreen@xplor.org.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

Xplor Announces Second Annual Communication Design Competition

Xplor Ryerson and Cal Poly University Chapters to Participate

Lutz, FL – February 6, 2018 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced their second annual Communication Design Competition. The contest’s inaugural year was well received and has drawn more interest from students who want to participate in 2018. The contest is open to Xplor University Chapters students and is created to challenge students and promote real life application development, while having a bit of fun.

Sponsored by Quadient, the winning team will be recognized at Xploration® 18 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Plaza, April 17-19, 2018.   

Tweet this: #Xploration18 Communication Design Competition has been Announced! Participants include @XplorRyerson and @CalPoly. Sponsored by @Quadient http://bit.ly/2BJyxy4

Participating teams consist of up to five Xplor student members from the same university. A team can only submit one entry, but the university can have multiple teams. Each student can only participate on one team.

Teams will be challenged to redesign an ordinary, bland  credit card statement making it more functional, aesthetically pleasing and expanding its purpose to include making the communication a marketing opportunity. It is the responsibility of the team to research and determine how to integrate various options and enhancements while re-designing the communication into a final submission.  The communication needs to be accessible via print, web and mobile. 

“Based on the success, support, and reception of the event last year, we have decided to make this competition an annual event”, says Skip Henk, President and CEO of Xplor International, “This is an interesting and fun way for the students to put their knowledge to practice while also earning bragging rights for the year!”

Winners will be selected based on their team’s presentation and explanation of the re-design to a panel of judges. The winning team will be presented a plaque at Xploration 18 during the awards ceremony on April17th and a cash prize. Each member on the team will receive a complimentary full-conference pass and the opportunity to present their design to Xploration 18 attendees in a 25-minute educational session.

About Xploration 18: Starting at $899 USD for a Full-conference Platinum Passport, the two-and-a-half day event is the perfect blend of educational sessions, panel discussions, general sessions, and networking events. Features include:

  • 40+ Educational Sessions
  • Panel Discussions and General Sessions
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 35+ Industry Partners in the Vendor Forum
  • Two Evening Networking Events (Tue/Wed)
  • Two Networking Luncheons (Tue/Wed)
  • Thursday Breakfast
  • New for 2018: A Morning with Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends

For more information regarding Xploration 18, or to access the registration site, please visit www.xplor.org/xplor18. Questions should be directed to Register@xplor.org or +1-813-949-6170 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (ET), Monday through Friday.

Vendors interested in being an exhibitor should contact Xplor’s Director of Sales, Deborah Green at +1-770-444-3845 or via email at deborahgreen@xplor.org.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk

Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org

RICOH Renews Support of Xplor International as a Silver Sponsor

Lutz, FL – January 30, 2018 – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today announced that Ricoh USA, Inc. has renewed their Elite Sponsorship as a silver sponsor for 2018.

“We are grateful for the support of RICOH USA over the years” says Skip Henk, Xplor’s President and CEO. “Their continued support for Xplor as an organization shows in their enthusiasm and support for the industry. Their sponsorship of our keynote presentation at the annual conference each year allows us to bring in speakers that motivate attendees and set the mood of the conference.”

The Xplor Elite Sponsor program, launched in 2006, supports year round educational programming to Xplor members and the industry as a whole. In addition, the program provides funding for the Xplor Member Scholarship program launched in 2011, providing university scholarships for Xplor members and their immediate families.

“Advocacy and fostering conversations that help move our industry forward are two crucial commitments for us here at Ricoh,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “Xplor has always been an event that encourages dialogue around digital workflows, multichannel campaigns, and next generation innovations all intended to benefit our larger industry.  We’re honored to participate, and look forward to discussions that will help our customers and partners achieve future successes.”

Those interested in learning more about the Xplor Elite Sponsorship Program should contact Deborah Green, Director of Sales, at DeborahGreen@xplor.org  or +1-770-444-3845. You can also contact Xplor HQ directly at +1-813-949-6170.


About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association that provides thought leadership to the customer communications industry. As a community Xplor provides advocacy, education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our members are decision makers and recommenders who are involved in the conception, design, implementation production and delivery of multi-channel client, member and customer communications.

Xplor’s mission is to enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, publications, industry certification, professional development, web-based events, and conference programming. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/XplorInternational
Twitter: twitter.com/Xplor_Int or @Xplor_Int

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Director of Marketing
+1-813-949-6171
Chad@xplor.org