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NEWSLETTER: 13/05/2013

VOLUME: 1 | ISSUE: 32

Expressing Ourselves Article from Robert

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by Robert Berkeley, CEO

Message from our CEO

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Beauty of Nature Meet our Employee of the Month A Systematic Approach to Design Training Express KCS welcomes new members! Recent Announcements Know your client… Roll Honor for the month... Our Recent Events ‘The Glorious Three’  Contest Results

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Expressing Ourselves

Beauty of Nature Honestly, the beauty of nature is hard to

I sometimes stare at the sky and wonder why

describe. Nature is a beauty of hidden

we have made such a mess of things. It is such

paradise and has provided us with wonderful

a tragedy that we are damaging things so fast

gifts. It is filled with scenic landscapes, mystic

and they will soon be way beyond repair.

caves, colorful flora and fauna, splendid waterfalls, lofty mountain ranges, dazzling

Man-made threats to the Earth’s natural

deserts. Preserving nature is one thing and

environment include pollution, deforestation

appreciating it is quite another. There is so

and also have contributed to the extinction of

much beauty around us to see, hear and feel.

many plants and animals. Hence, it becomes

It is so amazing that no matter how many

very important for us to protect this incredible

times you look at something, it is

beauty of Nature for generations to come

always different.

otherwise they will not have the natural things

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature. - Joseph Addison

to enjoy as we have had. When we wake and see a sunrise, when we walk and feel a breeze, when we gaze at the

Hena Dwibedy - Express KCS, Gurgaon

mountains, when we see the earth renew its beauty at each season of the year, and when the stars shine at night, we should be thankful to the God for giving us all these wonderful and miraculous things. Nature brings a lot of beauty into our lives. It has a way of affecting our moods. Nature is responsible for the sun, clouds, rain and snow. We feel cheerful inside when it is sunny and bright outside. We often feel gloomy, when it is cloudy and rainy. The moonlight makes us feel romantic, when there is a beautiful and starry night.

Employee of the Month - Mohit Seth What is your role and describe the type of work you do? I am working as a team leader in our Johnston Press Studio. My job role includes interacting with client (via chat, e-mails and calls), job allocation tasks, scheduling & getting advertisements delivered back on time, right - the very first time. How long have you been with Express KCS? 8 months Best part of my current job: Direct client interaction is the best part

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of my current job. I like it most and feel content when I resolve artists’ queries within stipulated time frames. Where do you relax best? At home with my family. One hidden talent or unusual skill: I am a good cook. Since my childhood I have been very fond of cooking. I wish I had: A few more inches in height. I have a great physique. But, I think it would have been magical if I had a few more inches of height.

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I wish I hadn’t: A few inches in width. Though I have a maintained body. But, it would be artistic if I could lose few pounds of unnecessary weight. My next challenge: To lead or become an inherent part of new project development team.

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Expressing Ourselves

A Systematic Approach to Design Training which includes the structure of the communication. Lastly, aesthetics is also an important area that we are focusing on.

Why do you think we need to have a design training program? Well, a graphic designer needs to be trained on four key aspects. The first is global scientific theories of graphic designing. The second is training on all modern cutting edge training tools like Adobe Platform or Maya 3-D animation software and whatever helps the graphic designer to communicate effectively keeping in view of all aesthetical parameters.  The third key aspect is to know and understand the complete sense of brand and aesthetics. I have observed that the most of the institutes that teach the science of graphic designing would directly focus on brand aesthetics. The fourth key aspect is management and empathy. I believe that designers need to be trained on day to day management functions like how to manage a project, how to do priority management, time management and the list goes on. Last but not the least, any designer also needs to know how to communicate his idea verbally. A good designer would have astound belief in his thought and communicates the process with his team members before the project takes shape. So, our particular design training program is based on the four quadrants and we have also taken one more quadrant which is client driven guidelines that includes putting across your ideas effectively so whatever the nature of our client is, we include cultural training aspect as well that helps our designers to adopt a client focussed approach to work effectively on their assigned projects. What domain of learning is being targeted: knowledge, skills or attitude/behavior? I would say, all of these are being

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Vijaybahu Joshi VP & Country Design Head at Express KCS

targeted in our program. We have started our program with core level bunch. There are three areas that we are focussing on very keenly. One is overall graphic designing skills, second is typography and paragraph layout which is linked to the scientific theories in graphic design. It has been well accepted by the participants. Third is the aesthetical part and fourth one is brand aspect because brand knowledge is far more deeper as it works under the quadrant of perception. For e.g. how does our mind knowingly or unknowingly gage a larger value to one particular brand.

What are the desired outcomes of this training? The desired training outcome is designer deciding and knowing instantaneously within a span of 2-3 minutes that this is the projected view from the client, this should be the entire theme and objective of the company. So, when our staff gets trained on a common platform across all tiers, they would know the client’s expectations and the kind of outlook and feel I indent to bring into my work today. They will be able to connect back to the scientific theories of graphic designing. And they will be able to collaborate their vision with the entire group and later on if we are able to educate the client as well, the communication fall out becomes very-very robust.  How will design training tie to our corporate vision? We all want to be right on the first go. It saves so much of effort and gives delight of first deliverance to the customer. It’s like setting up a perfect process in place. 

A good designer would have astound belief in his thought and communicates the process with his team members before the project takes shape. What areas of improvement your team is currently focussing on? Currently, we are focusing on the theories that make the graphic design happen, other areas of improvement is typography and paragraph layout

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Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. - Henry Ford


Expressing Ourselves

New Joinees from Sept to Dec 2012 Heartiest welcome to the new members of the Express KCS community. We extend our best wishes to the new joinees and look forward to a fruitful association / relationship with them. Let’s all harness our capabilities and strive towards fulfilling the company’s vision and objectives.

Location

Name

Location

Name

Pune

Aarti T. Maurya

McClatchy

Pune

Abhijit Durugkar

MediaNews

Gurgaon

Mahesh Kumar

Layout & Premedia

Pune

Surendra Vasantrao Ghayar

MediaNews

Pune

Sachin S. More

Johnston Press

Gurgaon

Nikhil Chaudhary

Imaging

Pune

Rakesh Sharma

Johnston Press

Gurgaon

Navin Kumar Roy

Johnston Press

Gurgaon

Kamal Kishore

Imaging

Pune

Prateek Shrivastava

MediaNews

Pune

Yethinder Kumar

Johnston Press

Pune

Santosh A Divekar

MediaNews

Pune

Swapnil Subhash Dalvi

Johnston Press

Pune

Saiprasad Sawant

McClatchy

Pune

Narke Amrut Ashok

Johnston Press

Pune

Pankaj A Pinjarkar

Training

Pune

Nitin Mhaswadkar

Gurgaon

Gagandeep Singh

Johnston Press

Pune

Lahu Chandrakant Pol

McClatchy

Pune

Lokesh Ashok Vighare

Pune

Chinchole Ashish Anant

McClatchy

Pune

Amruta Ramakant Khandare

Pune

Nandkishore Dilip Thorat

McClatchy

Pune

Yogesh Dhanlal Shendre

Pune

Sameer Takidar

McClatchy

Pune

Milind Omprakash Patange

Training

Pune

Pravin Sakharam Rawool

McClatchy

Pune

Thorat Babanrao Patilba

Training

Pune

Mayur  Narendra  Patil

McClatchy

Pune

Yuvraj Vishwanath Sutar

McClatchy

Pune

Yogesh  Dhundappa Patil

McClatchy

Gurgaon

Manoj Kumar Gupta

Gurgaon

Pawan Kumar

MediaNews

Pune

Rahul Suresh Khollam

Pune

Subrata Ghosal

McClatchy

Pune

Avdhut Dinkarrao Gaikwad

Gurgaon

Anurag Dhiman

MediaNews

Pune

Omkar Anant Keer

Gurgaon

Pradeep Kumar Tiwari

MediaNews

Gurgaon

Hena Dwibedy

Pune

Robin Paul

NewsQuest

Gurgaon

Thomas Tep

Imaging

Pune

Shrikant B. Jagtap

McClatchy

Gurgaon

Amreek Singh

Imaging

Pune

Bhushan Madhukar Joshi

McClatchy

Pune

Chandrashekhar D. Shingare

Training

Pune

Vivek Hiraman Gohane

McClatchy

Pune

Mahadev Gangaram Bhujgurav

Gurgaon

Bhavana Kocher

Sun Media

Pune

Anup Burande

Training

Gurgaon

Anamika

MediaNews

Pune

Yogita Rajgure

Training

Gurgaon

Hemant Singh

MediaNews

Pune

Abhijit Devkule

Training

Gurgaon

Alok Phogat

Johnston Press

Gurgaon

Arun Lohaan

Pune

Rajender  Singh

McClatchy

Gurgaon

Mohammed Imran

Gurgaon

Gaurav Sharma

Imaging

Gurgaon

Garima Sethi

Gurgaon

Vineet Kumar

Sun Media

Gurgaon

Vishal Kumar Chaturvedi

Support IT

Pune

Pramod Maruti Kamble

McClatchy

Pune

Swapnil Devidas Meshram

Support IT

Pune

Pradeep D. Hupare

McClatchy

Gurgaon

Anil Kumar Sharma

Support Admin

Gurgaon

Pintoo Kumar Roy

Digital Publishing

Gurgaon

Manoj

Support Admin

Pune

Gurav Pramod Baliram

MediaNews

Gurgaon

Om Prakash Ray

Pune

Ingale Sarika Laxman

MediaNews

Names of employees who joined between January to April 2013 will be included in our next newsletter.

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Studio

McClatchy Training MediaNews

Johnston Press Training McClatchy MediaNews McClatchy

MediaNews

SoftwareDevelopment Support IT Software Development

Support IT


Expressing Ourselves

Recent Announcements Renewal of ISO Certification for Express KCS 

Digital Team Consolidation

We are pleased to  announce the successful renewal of our ISO  9001: 2008 certification. This is an important milestone for us as it shows our continued commitment towards our customers, employees and other I would like to inform you about

Himadri Sarkar:

stakeholders. ‘International Organization

consolidation and changes in the the

Developing online modules for design,

for Standardization’ has recognized that

digital teams. We have decided to

Research tools, HTML5, iPad Ads,

our organization is fully capable to

consolidate all the digital teams internally

Developing WordPress themes, Social

deliver high quality services to

into a digital department that is going to

Media Marketing & Training, Internal

our clients.

be managed by Karan and Himadri. In

Tools Testing, Code Research, New

addition we will also be using the digital

development technologies & training,

The secret to this milestone lies in our

expertise from Abdul’s teams that are

Quick fixes expresskcs.com website,

customer-focused approach which

being managed by Ajmal. I want to clarify

Social Media Application development

forms the basis for the client servicing,

each person / team’s expertise so that

 

process workflows, data tracking and the

you are better informed about who to

Ajmal:

reporting procedures. Besides

contact regarding any future digital

App development

improvements in the work processes, our strong principles and ethics have

prospects or projects. Moving forward please contact

also contributed to this success, as these

We are doing a variety of digital creative

appropriate subject matter expert for

have now become the heart of Express

production that includes Flash and

your enquiries, projects, trials, etc. These

KCS’s day-to-day operations.

HTML5 ads, website creation

teams will be jointly reporting to Vijay

configuration and coding (CMS driven),

and Ashish so feel free to contact us if

I would thank all the teams who have

eBooks, iBooks, Mobile Apps, EDM’s,

you have any questions.

contributed towards improving the work processes with an aim to deliver quality

Newsletters, Web Ads, Mobile & Tablet Ads, Websites, SEO, SEM, interface

Ashish Khanna

services whilst meeting client deadlines,

mockup designs and research.

Vice President, Operations

which sets us apart from our competitors. The staff at Express KCS would continue to receive ‘Quality

Therefore we have tried to bifurcate the responsibilities among the 3 managers (i.e. Karan, Himadri, Ajmal) and their teams. Moving forward they will be further responsible for their respective domains as follows:

Changes in Annual Leave Policy

Management System’ trainings that will

Dear Employees,

Tariq Husain 

Please note that our leave policy has

Chief Operating Officer

Karan Khosla:

been revised. With effect from Jan 1,

Website Development (HTML websites,

2013, compensatory leaves will not lapse

CMS websites), SEO, iPad/Tablet &

at the end of the year rather it will get

Mobile Digital Publishing (iBook, ePub,

converted into planned leaves.

take their competence level to greater heights in future.

DPS, iPad and iPhone ads), Interactive Team / Web ads, EDM, Newsletter,

Human Resources Department

Facebook Page development

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Expressing Ourselves

Know Your Client... The McClatchy Company The McClatchy Company dates back to

publishes almost 30 daily newspapers

the year 1857 when Mr. James McClatchy,

and 43 non-dailies. In addition,

an immigrant from Northern Ireland was

McClatchy also operates leading

chosen as the founder editor of their first

websites in each of its markets.

newspaper ‘The Sacramento Bee. Express KCS started to work with In the year 1979, McClatchy expanded

McClatchy in the year 2007. Our high

into the Northwest US with the purchase

quality services, efficiency through

of some local newspapers - Anchorage

consistent performance and innovative

Daily News, Tri-City Herald, Wash etc. In

solutions has helped McClatchy to

the next few years, as McClatchy’s family

simplify its production workflows and

of newspapers multiplied, it went on to

gain benefit of working with an

become the leading media company in

outsourced partner.

the US market. For the first time in the year 1988, the company went public and

It is noteworthy to mention here that

its common shares were listed on The

Express KCS has always considered this

New York Stock Exchange.

relationship to be more like a partnership where our success is linked to theirs.

Today, the McClatchy Company is the third largest newspaper firm in US. It

James McClatchy

Founder Editor of group’s first newspaper

Resource : Wiki

Roll of Honor for the month... September 2012 Location

Name of the associate

Gurgaon

Vipin Kumar

Pune

Alok Kumar

Pune

Kiran Shinde

October 2012 Location

Name of the associate

478

Pune

Rohit Burrewar

623.25

416.12

Pune

Kiran Shinde

575.75

409

Pune

Amar Chavan

572.6

Ad Credits

November 2012 Location

Name of the associate

Gurgaon

Hariom

Pune

Kanchan Khetale

Pune

Alok kumar

December 2012 Ad Credits

Location

Name of the associate

521

Gurgaon

Gaurav Sharma

498.625

Pune

Lahu Pol

440.375

Pune

Nandkishor Thorat

Roll of honor for the period from January to April 2013 will be included in our next newsletter.

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Expressing Ourselves

Our Recent Events Townhall Meeting in Feb 2013

EKCS Carrom Competition in February 2013

EKCS Cricket League 2013

Kite Flying Competition held at Aligarh oďŹƒce in March 2013

Painting Competition held in April 2013

Pictorial game activity held in Jan 2013

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Expressing Ourselves

‘The Glorious Three’ Contest Results

First Award Winner

Name : Sumeet Yadav Photograph - The Lonely Way Employee ID - 4380

Second Award Winner

Name : Aastha Saraswat Photograph - Way to Shiv Khodi Employee ID - 0905

Third Award Winner

Name : Pushpendra Singh Photograph - Way to Vaishno Devi Employee ID - 0940

Thanks to all participants for actively participating in the contest.

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