Going Green with Managed Print Services

Many organizations have come to realize that operating according to environmentally sound and green principles not only makes them better global citizens but can also reduce operational costs and improve the reputation of their brand. Traditional corporate printing activities can have a sizable impact on the environment.

Many organizations have come to realize that operating according to environmentally sound and green principles not only makes them better global citizens but can also reduce operational costs and improve the reputation of their brand. Traditional corporate printing activities can have a sizable impact on the environment.

But taking advantage of new technologies and best practices requires a bit of a road map. That's why, during a recent golf outing with my favorite threesome from Ricoh, I was glad to hear about a new white paper that's hot off the presses and free for the asking. I took a quick read of an early draft between sips of single malt during our stop at the 19th hole.

This paper explores opportunities for organizations to "go green" with their office and realize the greatest benefit from a corporate sustainability and cost perspective. You'll learn how Managed Print Services (MPS) offer organizations a way to operate more responsibly in their print operations.

The growing corporate focus on going green is also motivated by the need to reduce operational costs. In many organizations, for example, the power costs have surpassed health care, payroll, rent, and equipment. Paper costs are on the rise, as well, yet in the United States, annual office paper consumption is enough to build a 10-foot wall from New York to Tokyo. In both good economies and bad, it's worth taking a closer look at how to control these costs.

But where should organizations look for opportunities to "green" their office and realize the greatest benefit? In most cases, the lowest-hanging fruit with the highest return on investment falls into the following categories:

  • Carbon footprint size and power consumption

  • Paper consumption

  • Other consumables consumption

  • Obsolete equipment management

The paper goes on in great detail about things like fleet rightsizing, load balancing, and the sort of culture changes that will lead to more efficiency and lower costs. Doc says it's well worth the read. Now, my single malt is calling to me . . .

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