Category: Printing tips

3 Ways to Reduce Your Print Needs

A paperless office has been a dream for many business owners for over a decade, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that completely abandoning paper is both unrealistic and counter-intuitive for many businesses. However, that doesn’t mean that your business cannot cut down on print requirements and streamline processes to reduce your waste. Reduce Your Number of Printers Many of our clients come to us with a number of printers – all from different manufacturers and set up differently, which makes it difficult to create a cohesive and useful print environment. One simple way to make your printing easier and create valuable print processes is to have fewer machines that do more. Printers are often shared by just 2-3 employees – read more...

Will the Weak Pound Affect Your Printing Prices?

The long-term effects of the Brexit vote are yet to be seen, but the pound’s performance on markets has been weak, falling by as much as 6% in just 10 minutes. A weak pound has an impact on both personal and business pockets, and may have an impact on your print prices too. Printweek announced that printers and print buyers should be ‘braced for double-digit paper price rises’ if the pound does not recover against the euro. In the week of October 10th, the sterling was down 14% against the euro since the referendum vote several months ago. Since most paper used in the UK is imported – mostly from paper mills in mainland Europe – this will have an read more...

3 Tools to Help Your Remote Workers

Working from home is a dream for many Britons, and the reality for an increasing number who either work for themselves or for an office that has embraced the flexible workspace. Over 10% of employed adults now work from home at least part time, and we expect that number to increase as offices embrace new technology that makes it easier to communicate and work effectively from any location. While the South West has the highest work from home rates, at 17.1%, but 13.6% of London workers work from home (and the figure is rising – 193,000 more people work away from the office compared to 10 years ago). The information and communications industries have the most remote workers, but these read more...

83% of Europeans Say a Paperless Office is Unrealistic

For years, the businesses have been trying to cut down on paper and move to total digitisation – the paperless office has been an aim across a range of industries. However, a survey by Canon Europe showed that 57% of office workers print more documents today than they did 3 years ago, and 78% of decision-makers say that document printing is either essential or very important to their business. The vast majority of office workers say that printers are vital to their work – the humble office printer shows no signs of disappearing. Increased bureaucracy and the need for contracts throughout the lifetime of agreements may be to blame for the increase in printing, but paperwork is more important than read more...

Efficient Printing and the Environment – Why it’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Efficient printing is one of the ways in which you can actively help to create a sustainable environment in your organisation. Efficient doesn’t just mean fast and simple, it can also mean sustainable. The planet aside, efficient printing will also save you money by reducing your consumption of toner and of paper. There are certain key elements which should be put into play to ensure that your print efficiency is working at maximum capacity – they are as follows: Follow me printing: This means releasing your print job through a secure code to any machine in your organisation. Follow me printing reduces the waste caused by abandoned prints. Rules-based printing: Reducing toner consumption by defaulting to mono printing and printing read more...

Your Guide to Managed Print Services

What are managed print services? Managed print services encompass a number of components but the result is always the same – a more viable and productive office. Managed print services allow you to gain power and control over your printing which in turn saves money and time, boosting efficiency as well as output. Less waste means a more environmentally friendly office and less financial outlay in the long term. Do we need managed print services? If you want to reduce the cost and complexity of your printing output, then the answer to the question of needing managed print services is of course a resounding yes. How will managed print services help? Through consolidating devices, ensuring hardware and software is optimised read more...

Printing and the Environment

Concern for the environment is at an all-time high and with global warming a very real concern, there’s little wonder that many enterprises are looking at ways of reducing their carbon footprint. Mode Print Solutions are passionate about their part in the environment and as a result are involved in a number of schemes and innovative programmes to help us all make a difference when it comes to the environment. Recycling Cartridges Mode Print Solutions is proud to be in a position to assist clients with their cartridge recycling and Mode’s Service Department are on hand to offer advice as well as practical help to those who need it. Carbon Zero Mode is also passionate about carbon neutrality and constantly read more...

The Importance of a Print Management Strategy

Rising overheads mean organisations have to find practical ways to reduced costs. Today, business leaders face the challenge of reducing either headcount or overhead expenses which can result in a negative impact on productivity and morale. However, one area that can enhance productivity and provide significant expense control is office printing. Documents drive all business processes, which is why an average of 1-3% of a company’s annual revenues is consumed by document production. On top of growing costs, most companies have multiple vendors for print hardware, supplies and repairs and managing these relationships and multiple invoices can incur unnecessary costs. In fact most companies have no idea what they are spending on office printing because typically these costs are often hidden read more...

The Office of the Future – A Global Workforce

There can be no doubt about the fact that the face of business is changing at so rapid a pace, that some aspects of it may be almost unrecognisable to us in as little as a decade. Businesses today vary of course in the extent to which they have embraced information technology; some industries are built upon being at the forefront of the latest, whilst others continue to coast along using their old, tried and tested methods of working but the fact remains that the way people use the internet is changing. Flexibility equals security Take for example the fact that young people under the age of 18 are among the least likely to use email as a means of read more...

Influencing Change: Moving to the Cloud

Cloud Analyst, David Linthicum, said that ‘technology issues don’t typically stop cloud implementations. More often than not, it’s the people’. As with any new technology, there is often internal resistance to change – what if it doesn’t work out? Do we know the weaknesses and how to deal with them? How will an office cope without paper copies of contracts or the physical processes that businesses have used for decades? Creating change within your organisation means that you need to communicate the benefits to every stakeholder and involve decision-makers early on. Benefits of Cloud Printing In 2011, IBM executive Mark Dean was already referring to the ‘post-PC era’ – a time when people rely more on mobile devices than PCs read more...