Last year taught us a lot about what to do and what not to do when running a business during a crisis. And fortunately — or unfortunately, depending on how you view it — there is always a crisis right around the corner, so no lesson garnered during the coronavirus pandemic is ever lost.
Small- and medium-sized businesses experience major — sometimes crippling — challenges due to IT downtime and technology issues. The business disruption caused by downtime is serious and can lead to lost customers and lost revenue.
Two of the most critical focal points in today’s office environment are how to provide cost-effective and efficient print services to maximize staff productivity and how to keep sensitive data safe and within compliance with data privacy legislation.
The trend toward videoconferencing has been growing over the past few years as more organizations are seeing it as the optimal way to connect with employees, remote workers, and customers.
Keeping ahead of all the challenges a company faces today isn’t easy. Improving operational workflows and managing complex technological environments is hard enough, but what if disaster strikes? Is the company prepared to recover? Have they implemented the necessary contingency plans to prevent operations from grinding to a halt? All these questions are essential in a world where business continuity requires an effective disaster recovery plan.
Travel agents rely on vivid printed materials to communicate the splendor of their destinations. There was a time when some agents thought the end of travel flyers was near. This proved to be false as travel agent marketing materials still find wide-scale adoption in the industry. What has changed is the ability of agencies to produce these materials internally, saving on production costs and enabling them to restock promotional flyers on the fly.
Most companies operate under constant cost pressures. The world is speeding up, and companies need to keep up with their competitors. To achieve new efficiencies and increase productivity in the office, companies should adopt a managed print services (MPS) strategy. This can help them save money by outsourcing document output operations to an external service provider.
Every company suffers from some kind of waste in its printing operations. For architects, this can lead to increased costs and lost revenues if they don’t track all prints accurately. As architects can charge reimbursement costs to customers for all their project-related prints, they must monitor all printing tasks in the firm.
It’s common for production print companies to face the same challenges as any other business. Technologies become outdated, new competitors emerge, budgets stagnate, and clients still demand superior service at an affordable price. There’s also the question of waste and tracking of every print that the company produces. In commercial printing, not keeping track of every print run or proof can quickly add up.