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Proposed NJ Legislation Would Require Printer Packaging to Include Cost per Page

By Lynn Nannariello, Assistant Managing Editor, March 3, 2014

The State of New Jersey is once again proposing legislation that would require manufacturers of inkjet printers to include the average cost per page to print 1,000 impressions on the device’s packaging. The bill, which had been previously introduced but expired without gubernatorial action at the end of the State’s last legislative session, has been reintroduced and approved by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee; it is now bound for the full Assembly.

Under the law, it would be illegal to sell a printer in New Jersey unless the packaging or a conspicuously placed tag or label attached to the packaging includes the average cost per page for printing 1,000 pages in monochrome and, if applicable, for printing 1,000 pages in color. The cost would be calculated by dividing the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for each cartridge by its rated yield. The law would also make it illegal to sell ink cartridges unless the packaging or a tag or label on the packaging displays the ink cartridge yield determined using ISO standards.

Buy or Lease Major Office Equipment?

Companies of all sized face this decision all the time. Large companies may differ from small companies budget wise but both will have to make the decision. What will cost more up front? What will cost more in the long run? What will fit your company and your budget? Can I write this off on my taxes? These are all good questions; here are some things to keep in mind when you need to make large office purchases even if you are just updating your office machines:

  • How much do you print? How much do you print per month? When it comes to copiers, scanners, printers and multifunctioning machines you will need to have a very good idea on the number of pages your company prints per month. Keeping an eye on your printing not only helps you see any misuse of office supplies but also helps you see if you print enough to buy. There is no hard number to say if you print enough for a purchase but a good rule to follow is if you print less then 700 pages a month it may be affordable to just use a medium size desk top machine. If you plan on doing more then 700 a month it would be best for you to lease a machine.

Insights from the Lab: User Interventions

By Marlene Orr, Senior Analyst, Printers/A4 MFPs, October 18, 2013

When deciding on what device to purchase, users must consider multiple aspects of performance: reliability, productivity, image quality, ease of use, toner yields and cost of ownership, to name just a few. When considering ease of use, ease of programming print and copy jobs is just one factor of many. Another factor to consider is how much time users will have to spend interacting with the device for procedures such as changing supplies.  One might think that something as mundane as changing toner or ink couldn’t possibly vary that much from one device to another. But in the research conducted for our extensive White Paper on the HP Officejet Pro X576dw versus laser products, BLI found the results to be quite surprising: For printing 60,000 impressions, the range from the fewest to the most interventions for small workgroup laser models varied by more than 50 interventions! While you’ll have to read our White Paper to get the full results, we can share some key highlights here.

The Importance of Sound Office Equipment

Although it is sometimes overlooked, having quality functioning office equipment at your business can save a lot of unnecessary hassle and wasted time. You want to be able to find the accurate balance between saving oncosts and purchasing machines that are capable of the workload. Should you buy used or brand new? Should you opt for one multifunction system or individual printers for each workstation? These are all important factors to consider when making the decision to purchase new office equipment.

An important factor you must also consider is figuring out the use or function of the new equipment that you are purchasing. If you don’t print much and have a relatively small office, it doesn’t make much sense to get the most advanced multifunction system on the market. Conversely, if you are a growing business that plans on expanding further, an investment such as this may be necessary.

Constructing Efficient Workflows in Your Office

We hear and read about workflow all the time. This is made especially apparent when you’re working in an industry that demands that workflow be efficient and orchestrated properly. Workflow is important because it is the flow of data and communications through your business. As an employer or employee, your aim should be to have the workflow of your company under control and as efficient as possible. By utilizing the proper channels, your business is setting itself up for success.

What are some things that can be done to make sure workflow in your business is set up properly? Since many workflow systems are arbitrarily designed or thrown together, it is worth your time to go through and double check your systems for flaws or potential improvements. We have listed some steps you can take to ensure that workflows in your office are set up properly.

A Paperless Office is Still Popular

If you keep up to date with printing industry news and copier industry trends, then you would know that turning the office of today into a paperless office is typically at the forefront of every list or article. Businesses are realizing that going paperless at the office has many advantages including being more environmentally friendly, saving money, and cutting costs. But to truly go paperless is easier said than done. This involves the entire integration of all communication devices and documents into an electronic format. It also means that printing becomes an archaic and extinct practice at your office; a feat that is hardly easy to do—even in today’s world.

So what are some steps that you can take as a company to move you closer to the goal of becoming a paperless office? We have provided you with some easy tips to follow that will eliminate some need for paper usage and printing and also some tips that will help you accomplish this.

Printing Industry Seeing Growth

According to industry experts, the printing industry has been seeing growth and will continue to see growth in the year 2012. This marks the first increase since the year 2007 and is welcomed by copier dealers and commercial printers alike. That being said, recovery may still remain inconsistent throughout the rest of the year. It is still important for those involved in the printer industry to be wary of changes and fluctuations in sales.

It has been quite a rough couple of years. The recession has made printing, and the printing needs of businesses, take a back seat in many aspects of daily business life. Even though the trends are pointing in a positive direction, the industry as a whole has yet to break the numbers that were showing a number of years ago. This peak was met in the year 2000, and it seems that the current numbers are still roughly -20% from the all-time peak in that year.

Smart Printing Tips for your Office

When it comes to printing at the office, you generally want to put in place a policy that is both cost-effective and good for the environment. This doesn’t mean that you need to start patrolling the printer room and look for rule breakers, but it may mean that you would like to start becoming more conscious of the amount of paper and usage your printers put out everyday. But of course, there is no way that you can monitor the printer usage all the time, and you would most likely be remiss in your duties if you were to give up on the issue entirely. So where’s the middle ground of becoming a responsible paper user and an all around jerk that monitors the printer room 24/7?

Luckily, we’ve complied a few important policies that may benefit your office’s need for responsible printing measures and tips that will save you on maintenance costs down the road for your equipment.

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