Archive for June, 2008

   Going Green With Your Copiers

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I loved this blog post by David Murphy on June 4, 2008 on “Simple things your company or organization can do to save electricity:” I have posted them below – pass them on to your co-workers!

1. Power down: Copiers consume the most energy of all types of office equipment and use power even when sitting idle. Turn copiers and printers off at night and on the weekends.

2. Print duplex: Electricity is not only used to create documents, but also for the production of the paper on which it is printed. Set your printer and copier to automatically default to making two-sided copies.

3. Re-use: Reduce paper usage by printing on the back side of used paper. Many schools set a paper box beside the copier for discarded copies so the the next person can use the back side of the paper.

4. Preview before you print: Cases of paper end up in the dumpster due to documents not printing as the user expected. Use your “print preview” to reduce the number of unwanted prints.

5. Sleep to save: Copiers and printers are on all day but only used for a small part of the day. Use the “stand-by” and “sleep” modes available on the device.

6. Don’t print it: How many times do you print an email or memo to read it and then just throw it out. Save electricity and paper and just read it from the monitor, you can always print it later if you need to.

7. Get the right size: A mid-volume (20 to 44 copies per minute) copier in a low-volume office can use 70% more energy per page than an efficient low-volume (under 20 copies per minute) copier.

8. Strategic placement: Place printers and MFPs strategically around the office so several people or groups can use the same printer.

9. Get out of the heat: Buying more office equipment raises energy consumption and also makes work areas hotter and this requires more power for cooling. Put printing devices in areas with natural ventilation and good airflow to reduce the need for air-conditioning.

10. Energy Star: Look for the Energy Star logo when buying office equipment. The logo ensures that the device has automatic power-management features and therefor a better use of energy.

original post date June 23rd, 2008

   The Importance of Doing Business with an Independant Dealer!

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Yesterday’s post of a flyer, “Do you know who is servicing your copier”, is a marketing piece that my company sent out last summer. The intention of this marketing awareness flyer was to educate local businesses that many of the larger independent dealerships are selling out to the Big Guys!

When your company decides to purchase a copier you need to investigate the size of the independent dealer and choose one that is not focused on selling out.  Last summers shakeup of TML copiers being bought by Global and then Global being absorbed by Xerox, changed overnight the product offerings of these companies and their ability to service their clients existing equipment.

Before you sign on the dotted line – ask your rep if the owner is involved in the business and could you meet him/her to gauge their sincere interest in the community and remaining in the industry. A company the size of 8-12 million is your best bet. Make sure that the owner has worked on both sides of the fence  – Service and Sales. An owner of a copier company who was once a service technician is your best bet, as they understand the importance of keeping machines running. An owner who is strictly sales oriented will be less concerned and more likely to oversell you on equipment.

original post date June 13th, 2008