Wide-Format Printers: A Buyer’s Game Plan

By Dave Quint | Mar 15, 2017 2:37:21 PM

March Madness is upon us and while many of us look forward to watching some hoops in the next few weeks, investing in a new piece of office equipment is almost as stressful as picking your brackets. Fear not, because with the steady decrease in demand for commercial print, matched with the tremendous cost-savings of bringing your outsourced documents in-house, now has never been a better time to get in the wide-format game.

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Copier Feng Shui

By Dave Quint | Mar 1, 2017 10:21:16 AM

One of the least talked about aspects of buying digital copiers and printers is placement.

Many businesses stick the copier wherever it'll fit (particularly the larger models). Other equipment is placed for personal convenience of whoever shouts loudest in the office. Rarely is much thought given to equipment placement that will maximize productivity.

This placement is one of the hidden advantages of implementing managed print services. By doing some “copier feng shui” your MPS partner works with you to identify your print and copy needs and then places the right equipment in the right place.

Research from InfoTrends, Device Underuse and Unbalanced Fleets, sheds some light on how placing printers, copiers, and multifunction printers here, there, and everywhere in offices hurts productivity and increases costs.

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Toasting 60 Years in Business on Margarita Day

By Dave Quint | Feb 22, 2017 11:42:51 AM

It's that day again. The day that I hum Margaritaville all day long. The day we celebrate how three simple ingredients (silver tequila, fresh lime juice, and orange liqueur) can make a fantastic cocktail.

It's Margarita Day!

Last year, I wrote about how three simple ingredients make for excellent copier service, click here to read it.

This year, in addition to wanting an excuse to look up margarita recipes for “work” (see below), I wanted to celebrate the three “ingredients” for why we've been a successful business for 60 years.

If you've seen our home page, you know that this is our 60th year in business. We'll be writing about and celebrating this anniversary throughout 2017.

And, by the way, if you're reading this and are a customer (or thinking about becoming a customer), THANK YOU!

So what are the three ingredients that have kept us in business for 60 years – and will see us succeed for 60 more?

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5 Myths About Document Management – And Why Believing Them Is Bad For Business

By Dave Quint | Feb 16, 2017 11:35:04 AM

 

While we've built our 60-year reputation on the strength of our ability to supply and be a great service partner for office equipment needs, we also have a robust and growing business providing document management software and helping to automate business processes.

Both Lane Lebahn and I have written frequently about document management benefits and process.

In brief, document management software allows:

  • Business processes to be improved
  • Information and documents can be retrieved faster
  • Workflows can be automated
  • Helps with records management
  • Saves money on storage costs

For more on how document management can help your office, I encourage you to click here to check out our blogs focused on document management.

On to the myths.

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Better Document Security AND Convenience For You With Pull Printing

By Dave Quint | Feb 10, 2017 12:52:11 PM

Have you ever printed something confidential and then raced to the printer or copier to pick it up before anyone else could see it?

That document could have been as inconsequential (albeit embarrassing) as your resume if you're thinking of switching jobs. More seriously, it could be an HR spreadsheet with executive salaries, a list of customers with personally identifiable information, or a patient's treatment regimen.

Documents in the second category, if left unattended, can lead to data breaches or compliance headaches. While many think of security as a digital and a network issue, paper documents are susceptible to being lost, stolen, or “hacked” too.

This is where pull printing makes a difference for both security – and even small amount of cost savings.

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Brother Dominic, Documents, and Your Productivity

By Dave Quint | Feb 6, 2017 11:24:33 AM

 

What can a pretend monk from a long-ago Xerox commercial – and the new remake – still teach us about document productivity? As Brother Dominic knows, it's not a miracle, it's smart use of technology to accomplish a business goal.

As we get older, we start to realize that “the more things change the more they stay the same.” Fads in clothes, arts, and music come and go (though no one sounds like Buffett!) and we begin to filter the present through what we have learned in the past.

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Kick-Start Your Digital Transformation With Digital Copiers and Document Management

By Dave Quint | Jan 26, 2017 3:41:10 PM

 

We're a few weeks into a new year and “transformation” is once again a word being thrown around by a lot of people. There's the “new year, new you” folks talking about transforming your diet, your health, your habits, and all the other “things you should be doing better.”

On the information technology side, “digital transformation” is a phrase that gets kicked around a lot; mostly because it can be used to cover about any new buzzword or IT “new way of doing things” that comes down the from the thought leaders of the day.

If you pay too much attention to it, you can become paralyzed by indecision. Currently, you'll find “digital transformation” discussions around big data and the Internet of Everything (IoT), the cloud, mobile, artificial intelligence, and a few others. Not only will these technologies transform your business IT, but your culture, how you interact with customers, and all good things under the sun.

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