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Washington State, Ecology, and MPS

In an open competitive bidding process, the Washington departments of General Administration and Ecology have awarded a new public-private Managed Print Services contract that will further reduce Ecology's printing and copying costs.

August 24, 2011 by Doc


Government MPS Procurement Down Under

Often purchasing of goods and services is done by a centralized agency in the hopes that volume buying will bring about lower prices, but instead products and services start getting shoved on people who don't really want or need them. Read about the Australian governments MPS Procurement approach.

August 22, 2011 by Doc


Ricoh Makes Champs of its Dealers

Ricoh Americas Corporation recently introduced ChaMPS, a Ricoh Managed Document Services (MDS) Program to help its dealers transform their business model to a services-based model to meet customers' document management needs. The program is comprised of three components—Proven Methodology, Best-in-Class Resources and Ricoh's Industry Leading Services—which will be offered cafeteria-style.

August 19, 2011 by Doc


More Action Over on LinkedIn

Recently, a poster asked: Is there any software to manage/track consumables and machine movements in an MPS environment? A good question and even better answers.

August 17, 2011 by Doc


Reducing Costs and Maximizing Productivity

Recent hardware and consumable manufacturers' studies have determined that office printing consumes an average of three percent of a company's annual revenue. This means a $10 million company may be spending anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000 per year on document output.

August 15, 2011 by Doc

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MPS Moves Mainstream

A recent IBM study revealed that, out of 2,000 midmarket business executives in 20 countries, 75 percent of the midsized firms have started or are planning to make IT infrastructure investments to ensure flexible, scalable and secure IT systems.

August 12, 2011 by Doc

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The Problems with Do Not Mail Lists

More than 3.5 million Americans have jobs that are directly or indirectly supported by advertising mail. Banning advertising mail would be a bad idea in good economic times, but it is a terrible idea during the economic crises currently facing the United States.

August 7, 2011 by Doc


Talking MPS with MPSA President Joe Barganier

MPS has more buzz going for it than a hive of bees on a hot summer day. There are conferences, such as the Global MPS Conference in Orlando in early May. There are countless seminars at office technology dealer meetings. And of course there's all sorts of MPS programs and consulting organizations available to dealers and resellers that can help them transform their business model from a 20th century model of moving boxes to one that is grounded in services. With all this talk about and buzz surrounding MPS, it's only natural that an association would emerge for the industry.

August 4, 2011 by Doc


Commercial Printing Shipments Are Down

Dr. Webb believes that "2011 is likely to be a critical transitional year requiring urgent and decisive actions by print executives. Creative destruction is a painful process, and it often comes without much warning, but our industry has had breathing room to adjust this past year, and many printers took advantage of that."

August 3, 2011 by Doc