Uncovering the Real Cost of Printing

Managed Print Services at Office Essentials in St. Louis and Kansas City

Every day, we help our customers look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save costs. (In fact, we developed an entire program around the process and named it SmartChoice.) Lately, we're finding more and more customers are looking for this kind of help to reduce their printing expense.

The Stats

Estimates show that the average employee prints 13,000 sheets of paper a year, with 1 out of every 7 never even retrieved from the printer. This is expensive, and not very green, for any size company. Another study pegged the actual cost of printing at 13 to 31 times the price of the paper used. A wide range for sure, but real costs incurred by companies every day. Especially when you consider about 20% of all pages printed were not even wanted in the first place -- things like legal disclaimers, and web printouts that span a second page with only a few lines.

Getting a handle on print costs, if you can

It's probably not a surprise to most that paper is wasted at the printer. What is shocking to companies is how much the wasted paper cost them, if they even know. A handy rule of thumb is that printing costs are usually anywhere from 1% - 6% of total revenues. That may not sound like a lot, but it's more than some companies' profit margins.

Managed Print Services to the rescue

Managed print services, when deployed correctly, can reduce printing expense anywhere from 15% – 30% in hard costs. Meaning, if you really want to cut into that expense, you have to print less. Office Essentials’ managed print program is designed to help you do just that. Contact us today and let us show you how we're different.

As an added bonus, these 15 tips to end wasteful printing can help you save even more.

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Greg Bussmann
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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.