The Print Management Blog

The Paperless Office: Really?

The Paperless Office. It’s been “on the way” for at least 25 years.

Yet paper is still here. Everywhere. In briefcases (“for review”), on desks, in copier and printer output trays, and especially in those ubiquitous blue or green recycle bins (next to our desks, copiers, and printers!) It’s still pervasive in the majority of processes we use in business.

So, what happened? There’s no question that paper is critically important. Right? Can we all just admit it? Despite that, we can move to a more “paper-light” environment. Seriously, we can.

Almost Paradise - How Could We Ask for More... Than Another New Building Update.

If you haven’t heard by now, Lasers Resource is getting ready to move into a new office! The new location is being built at the corner of 40th and Patterson, just north of  the airport.  Although it's not exactly the beach paradise you see here, it will still feel like it for us.

If you missed it, you can see my first post on the building here – Whoa, We’re Half Way There! Whoa-Oh, Living… in a New Office Space Soon.


Office Printing Statistics

You buy a copier, you feed it paper and toner, and it just works, right?  Well, believe it or not, printing is one of the most misunderstood parts of business.  Every company prints, but only a few have total visibility into what, how and the cost of what they’re printing.  Below are some statistics that may shock you.

Whoa, We’re Half Way There! Whoa-Oh, Living… in a New Office Space Soon

Lasers Resource is growing and we have run out of room at our office. You know what that means?  It’s time for a new office! 

The Importance of Color

Color is one of those amazing things that is used constantly in our daily lives,  not only for pleasure, but also for survival instincts:

  • See a red can and know it’s Coke
  • Notice the blue/green tint to the sky and know a bad storm or tornado is coming
  • Being subconsciously attracted to people in blue
  • Learning as a kid that “Red meets black, alright Jack – Black meets red, good as dead” or something along those lines for snakes

Color can be used to persuade thinking, soothe someone that is worked up, and even affect your energy consumption.

Installing a Printer Yourself

Printers use to be easy things.  You slap one down on the desk, take your USB (or for you true troopers, your serial cable),  plug it in and you’re good to go.  Then, things had to get complicated. What once was simple “plug and play” has now become a tangle or network settings and, “The printer that I want isn’t listed.”   I am here to tell you how to navigate this stickler and install your own printer.

5 Things to Do Today to Protect Your Printers, Copiers, Network and Data

Hackers are bolder than ever these days. Even Netflix shows aren’t safe from their evil, money demanding clutches.  The worst part is, they don’t just get into your system in the classic ways, email and image attachments; now they attack you through things that use to be safe like your HVAC and POS systems.  Well, believe it or not, your printers and copiers are a BIG target for these attackers. Make sure to protect your system from image device related hacks with these 5 tips.

Making Sure Your Toner Gets to Where It’s Going, Easily and Effectively

Ink and toner are expensive.  Just walk into any retail store like Staples or Best Buy and take a stroll down the toner aisle and you’ll see. If you have a managed print service (MPS) contract in place, that toner doesn’t belong to you, which can be a good thing, but also costly if that toner finds its way into limbo after delivery to your office.  Since the MPS partner provided you with the toner you needed, a replacement cartridge is coming out of your pocket if, by some means, the original one gets lost, which happens more often than you may think.

Drivers Driving you crazy? Get the Most Out of Your Print Drivers!

Here you sit, at the office.  Your department just shelled out a bunch of money for that large, new copier, yet you can’t seem to get the darn thing to work.  You know there is a hole punch in this thing somewhere, yet it never punches any holes. The new copier may be actually fine; the problem may be that you’re not configuring the print driver correctly. 

Not All Paper is Created Equal

There is all sorts of paper. Newspaper, office paper and some paper who's job I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Did you know that print quality and the number of paper jams in your printer can be linked back to what kind of paper you use?  You probably answered “yes”, but I am talking about more issues than just buying paper from the bargain bin. 

Believe it or not, temperature and humidity can affect your paper and change the way that the end print looks.  Scary thought for us here in West Michigan, where the weather can change faster than a teenager’s mood.