*NEWS* ARE-U CLUELESS ABOUT PRINT COSTS ?

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*NEWS* ARE-U CLUELESS ABOUT PRINT COSTS ?

 user 2006-12-11 at 12:45:00 pm Views: 51
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    uk: Clueless about print costs? You’re not alone
    Save money and the environment anyone?
    DEC
    2006 Businesses are clueless about how much money they are spending on
    printing and many realise they must seize the initiative in order to
    cut costs and reduce carbon waste.Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent)
    of companies are unaware of how much they spend on printing, according
    to recent research, and when additional costs such as power consumption
    are factored in the picture gets worse.Simon Norbury, head of ICT at
    Westminster City Council, said companies have to understand the full
    cost of ownership where printing is concerned, adding he is currently
    addressing such issues within his own function.Norbury said many
    companies may be supporting massive inefficiencies with the maintenance
    of old and outdated printers. They may also have an inefficient ratio
    of printers to staff, making some units “very expensive luxuries”.Kevin
    Fitzpatrick, CTO of Manpower, called for personal printers to be
    severely restricted and the implementation of strategies including “fax
    to email” solutions and consolidating onto multi-function units for
    printing, copying and faxing to keep costs down.Using less paper is key
    and many new copiers and printers include paper-saving functionality
    but Nicholas Bellenberg, IT director at UK publisher Hachette
    Filipacchi, said: “The cost of paper is still the smallest part of the
    office printing bill after cap-ex, consumables and maintenance.”As
    such, power-saving functions are also critical. But more than a third
    of companies surveyed by copier and printer giant Ricoh said the most
    difficult print cost to quantify was spending on consumables like toner
    and ink.Rob Neil, head of ICT and customer service at Ashford Borough
    Council, told silicon.com: “Technology issues are the least of the
    problem – the real issue is the cultural change required to prise
    people away from their ‘own’ desktop or workgroup print devices.”Luke
    Mellors, IT director at Expotel, said: “I would say that environmental
    standards are impacting the reduction of paper and the use of more
    renewable alternatives, but neither currently is encouraging me to look
    heavily at a solution that in the past I have found to be unmanageable,
    not measurable and unattainable
    .