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Equip Your Office On A Budget

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Default | Comments Off on Equip Your Office On A Budget

IT IS EASY to get caught up in the latest and greatest furniture and equipment for your office—you want it to look fabulous and make a statement about your success. But don’t lose sight of your budget. Your cash flow could wind up looking like the national debt.

Don’t despair! It really is a breeze to make good decisions about purchasing equipment, ordering franking machine parts and furniture, have a nice-looking office, and make your business run smoothly and efficiently.

Should You Buy New or Used Furniture for Your Office?

Some people think that they have to have the latest equipment to hit the market. Cost doesn’t matter. This kind of thinking can lead you to buy equipment with superfluous features, or furniture that goes out of style next week. Before you equip your office, think about your real needs—what you need to make a fair impression, work efficiently, and be able to maintain a good and continuing cash flow situation.

Check into used furniture and equipment. A good bargain may just be the ticket to fulfilling your needs. If you really want to buy good furniture cheap, consider attending a going-out-of-business auction; I’ve been thrilled with the great furniture that I have picked up at dirt cheap auction sales.

Do You Need an Expensive Phone System?

Do you really need all of the bells and whistles available in certain phone equipment today? Don’t get caught up in the hype—think about your business and what you need to handle your day-to-day communication needs.

Make a list of the types of phone equipment that you absolutely must have to run your type of business professionally. Then shop for prices in at least three different outlets.

In fact, I would consider running the entire business on cell phones. You could even use your personal cell phone. But you need to sound businesslike every time you answer it.

Don’t Get Carried Away with Expensive Software

No matter which computer platform you use, there are a host of programs available that will cut down on the time and expense of accounting, billing, creating financial projections, creating graphics and drawings, and even managing your day for you. Again, determine what you need to adequately fulfill a function and shop for the software package that will best meet your needs and your budget. And you don’t have to upgrade your software just because your manufacturer has decided it’s time to issue a new version.

What If Any Computers Do I Need to Buy for My Employees?

Especially if you are starting a small business, you could ask your employees to use their own laptops. If they balk or don’t have one, you could provide them with a basic computer.

If you really want to make your employees happy, you might want to give them a choice. You can offer to give them a small allowance for the use of their own laptop or to buy a company standardized one that remains company property.

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6 Reasons Product Development Is Good For Your Company

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Default | Comments Off on 6 Reasons Product Development Is Good For Your Company

What drives established UK product engineering to spend valuable resources (time, money, human capital, etc.) on new product development. Here are six reasons to invest in new product development. 

Competitive Advantage:

Staying ahead of the competition should always be front of mind for existing companies.  New products give you a competitive advantage over your competition.  It might be new sales, more shelf space, consumer impressions or other advantages. If you are the market leader, you want to keep your competitive advantage, if you are not the market leader – you need a competitive advantage. New products allow you to focus on taking a competitive leadership position. There’s leadership position in the nut category is clear and their continued focus on new products keeps them in front.  Their new dessert inspired mixes are definitely look mouth-watering.

Innovation Story:

Speaking of competitive leadership, there is the credibility that comes with being the category innovator.  Innovative companies are thought of as creative and ground-breaking bringing more excitement to their brand and solving consumer problems. Being first is always better than needing to flatter your competition by replicating something they did first and you wish you had thought of earlier.

Ancillary Sales:

Every brand wants more sales and new products help. New items might not be your number one SKU driving the most sales, but they drive new sales to your brand or category and they provide a continued look at existing products consumers may have forgotten about keeping your brand front of mind. I’m sure watermelon flavored Oreo’s are not their best seller, but each new offering generates loads of consumer media attention and new purchases.

Reason to See Your Buyer & Engage Your Consumer:
Depending on your category you might see your buyer one to four times a year…maybe monthly if you’re lucky. During those meetings you probably discuss general category data including pricing, promotions and performance, but what about products.  Same story different day doesn’t create a lot of reason for the buyer to schedule an extra meeting with you or give you more business.  New products on the other hand generate new discussion and new opportunities.

Test Consumer Trends

Consumers are constantly evolving which means their tastes and preferences change with them. In recent years we’ve see probiotic foods, gluten free, and paleo emerge as just some of the important consumer food trends. Your ability to maintain an active focus on innovation and stay current on trends allows you to be ahead of the curve with emerging consumer trends and test new concepts in early stages of trends and refine them as the trend becomes mainstream. This test and refine concept allows you to see what concepts have potential and which were fleeting while still maintaining a competitive advantage.

Explore Technology

Just like consumer trends drive new products, advances in technology drive new opportunities in various food products as well, typically in the area of food packaging. Food packaging and processing advances have opened up entirely new product opportunities. Your innovation, production and marketing team should constantly be exploring new technology that will aid in new product development.

New product development doesn’t have to be costly, but it must be a priority. Just like we talked about the power of building a marketing-minded culture, it’s equally important to include innovation as part of that ideal to foster continued organizational growth.

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Choosing The Best Printer For Your Office

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Default | Comments Off on Choosing The Best Printer For Your Office

There are a wide range of business office printers London for both Inkjet and Laser to choose from. A key thing to look out for when you’re choosing an office printer is that the print speed is fast enough. Automatic document feeders (ADF) are an invaluable feature for busy offices as they allow you to scan and copy several documents at once, so you’re not wasting time standing feeding individual pieces of paper into the scanner. If you plan on printing regularly, check the monthly duty cycle, as this shows you the maximum number of prints that the manufacturer suggests are suitable. Printing technology has developed considerably in recent years, so if you want to upgrade an older model or you’re getting started in home printing, you might be amazed at the exciting new features on modern printers.

We’ve created this guide to help you learn more about the most important things to consider when buying a printer, and to help you find the one that best meets your needs.

From mobile printing to dealing with the occasional ream of school, college or university work, inkjet printers are ideal for everyday home use.

Typically, inkjet printers deliver better photographs than laser printers, with a number of high quality inkjets making the most of everything from smartphone snaps to high quality DSLR photography. Generally, a full set of replacement ink cartridges are cheaper than laser toner too, making them perfect for home and photographic use.

From mobile printing to dealing with the occasional ream of school, college or university work, inkjet printers are ideal for everyday home use.

Typically, inkjet printers deliver better photographs than laser printers, with a number of high quality inkjets making the most of everything from smartphone snaps to high quality DSLR photography. Generally, a full set of replacement ink cartridges are cheaper than laser toner too, making them perfect for home and photographic use.

Combining a scanner, copier and printer, all-in-one printers provide everything you need for comprehensive home printing. They are available in both inkjet and laser varieties, letting you benefit from home scanning and copying whatever your ink preference.

Some even feature an integrated fax machine, which makes them the ideal printing solution for busy homes and small offices.

Many all-in-ones with fax machines also feature dual and large capacity paper trays, making it easy to switch between high quality photo paper and everyday A4 and A3.

Wireless printing enables you to print documents from your computer, without the need to connect your PC and printer with a cable. As a result, you’ll be able to print from anywhere in your home, allowing the entire family to share a single printer, so you’ll save money and reduce clutter. 3D printers are gradually becoming more accessible for home use, and offer an exciting entry into rapid prototyping and small scale manufacturing. Whatever you can design, you can create, so whether you want to test-fit parts before expensive machining or simply fancy knocking up a unique phone case, 3D printers make complex manufacturing easy.

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Multifunction Printer Evaluation Considerations

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Default | Comments Off on Multifunction Printer Evaluation Considerations

A Multifunction Printer like the Epson multifunctional printer supplier or the oki multifunctional printer suppliers, often referred to as an MFP, is a device that consolidates the functionality of a printer, copier, scanner and/or fax into one machine. Multifunction Printers are a common choice for budget-minded businesses that want to consolidate assets, reduce costs, and improve workflow. If also considering scanners, take a look at our list of multifunction printers, specifically recommended for scanning documents.

To make an informed decision about what multifunction printer is right for you, you need to ask the right questions. Here are the ten things you must know before you buy a multifunction printer.

1. Know your requirements

Understand what you need the multifunction printer to do for you and your end users. Beyond printing and copying, how do you want to use the multifunction printer to help manage documents, reduce paper, simplify workflow, manage forms, etc? How many copy, print, fax, scan, and email jobs will you run each day? How many users will share the device? Will you need it to be color capable? There are a number of requirements to consider.

2. Know the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Cost/Value benefits

When evaluating a multifunction printer, beware of looking only at the cost of the initial hardware. There are a number of other factors to consider, including the cost of supplies. Once ink costs are taken into consideration, inkjet multifunction printers, initially perceived as being low cost, often turn out to have an equivalent or higher TCO than the higher performing laser and solid ink multifunction printers. TCO can also increase significantly for devices that are hard to use and maintain, unreliable, or lack the features and capability to efficiently and effectively produce the results you need.

Your multifunction printer can become a useful asset in managing and controlling costs for printing and imaging, and can also add new capabilities to your organization if you choose wisely. Consider how multifunction printers can address total cost of ownership for printing and imaging assets, better consolidate and improve management of resources across the organization, and improve business process efficiency.

3. Know what third parties have to say

Compare the data on the actual performance and management and support issues promoted on the vendor’s specification sheets with data from independent testing agencies. What are experienced people in the industry saying about the quality and performance of the product you are considering?

4. Know how easy it is to connect to an existing network

Consider how easily the multifunction printer system will integrate with your existing network. Is it easy to deploy? Does it require minimal start-up training? Does it come with software or wizards to guide you through installation, troubleshooting, and upgrading?

5. Know how easy it is to use

Prevent bottlenecks and costly employee down time by finding a multifunction printer that’s easy to operate. Check for intuitive user interfaces, minimal training requirements, and easily accessible online help and documentation. If you do need support, check that the product is backed by manufacturer-provided service and support coverage.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Copiers

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Default | Comments Off on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Copiers

Over the last two decades, photocopiers local to buy in Maidstone and printers have become increasingly similar: you can print, copy, scan, and fax from both. However, there are still some significant differences, and some may have a real impact on your business’ time and cost efficiency.

1) Staple and hole punch
You can bolt additional units onto your Toshiba London seller of photocopiers that allow you to staple and hole punch documents while they’re being printed. This makes complicated jobs easier allowing your staff to get on with doing other things.

For example, one of our customers is an advertising agency. When printing presentations for prospective customers, they would spend hours printing them single-sided, then feeding them back through the machine to print on the other sides, then would collate them and finally staple them, all by hand!

Now they can print high-quality, double-sided, stapled presentations at the click of a button. No fuss. No drama.

2) Make booklets
Another bolt-on to Toshiba photocopiers is the saddle stitch finisher. This allows you to print documents that are centre stapled and then folded to make booklets. One of our customers who uses this to good effect is a security business. They print lots of welcome booklets for new customers.

Providing this feature with a specially perforated paper they use means that they can get the customer’s signature, tear out the Terms and Conditions page, and leave the booklet with them. This has huge benefits for the customer. It allows them to produce professional literature in-house, amend the designs and content at the drop of a hat, and print one booklet at a time, rather than needing to print hundreds externally.

3) Software integration
Toshiba photocopies are intelligent pieces of kit, as they use the e-Bridge operating system. This means you can install software directly onto the control panel of the machine, and this allows you to do a whole host of things.

For example, one of our customers deals with financial claims. They print letters of engagement that need to be posted, signed, and returned. And their CRM system creates unique bar codes that allows them to identify that client by the letter. With the right software, we’ve allowed the customer to process returned paperwork, and for it to automatically find its way into the correct case.

This saves them hours of time scanning, checking, renaming files, and importing electronic documents every single month, and we could do the same for you.

4) Reusing your paper
Imagine all the paper that gets left on your photocopy could be reused instead of just being binned. Well, now it can!

Toshiba have a world’s first in the e-Studio 306 LP. the way it works is that you print, as per any normal photocopier, but that page can be erased when you’re done with it. And then you can reuse that piece a paper twenty times.

It’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, so if you’d like to know more get in touch.

5) Making a cup of tea
And of course, no discussion about the labour-saving technology we’ve just discussed would be complete without mentioning the time that *you* now have to make that cup of tea yourself.


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