Posted on May 1 2014 - 8:31am by John Peters
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Vive la difference The benefits of scanning are well established, as you would expect for a technology that has been around for decades. Today, businesses of all sizes are using scanners to eliminate paper from business processes, to improve access to documents or just to save a bit of space. For green-minded organisations, scanning offers a quick way to shrink one’s carbon footprint. It can also...

Posted on Apr 1 2014 - 8:35am by John Peters
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We won’t stand for higher costs May 12-16 sees the return of Avery’s Green Office Week when businesses are encouraged to turn off the lights, recycle waste, turn down the thermostat and adopt other green measures. The week is a useful reminder of our environmental responsibilities, but today green practices are much more likely to be adopted for sound business reasons – to save money or improve...

Posted on Mar 1 2014 - 8:39am by John Peters
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Stay agile, even when wet This month, as Tube workers went on strike and storms battered the UK, creating travel chaos and sometimes shutting down businesses altogether, large numbers of desperate organisations will have turned to remote working and collaboration technologies to get work done. The same happens every time there is a freak weather event or any other interruption to the smooth flow of...

Posted on Feb 1 2014 - 8:42am by John Peters
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Make the most of paper’s enduring qualities With Christmas fast approaching, consumers will be celebrating the news that Royal Mail is expanding its small parcels category to include shoebox-sized items (see page 15). The change in allowable dimensions means that more parcels will qualify for the industry’s cheapest tariff: small parcels under 1kg, Royal Mail, second class. The change will be...

Posted on Jan 1 2014 - 8:45am by John Peters
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A Funny Kind of Progress It is with interest that I read about Keep Me Posted, a new campaign set up to protect the interests of consumers as banks and utilities encourage – or should that be coerce? – customers to move to paperless billing (see page 8). Inevitably, its prime movers are those with a vested interest in hard copy communications, among them Royal Mail and the Post Office. But that...

Posted on Dec 1 2013 - 8:58am by John Peters
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I have some sympathy with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s opposition to home working on the basis that it impairs collaboration and innovation. There are clearly times whenworking from home lets you get more done, more quickly. But it is equally true that you lose something if you no longer have face-to-face interaction with colleagues. In a recent survey by Overbury (see page 5), 61% of respondents...

Posted on Nov 1 2013 - 8:35am by John Peters
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What weighs almost as much as a Smart car and is 34 times longer than War and Peace? The answer, The Sunday Times reveals, is a Government report on the environmental impact of the London to Birmingham high speed rail line. According to the paper, the printed document is 50,000 pages long, weighs half a ton and may require a Commons vote for it to be delivered and shared electronically. Paper has...

Posted on Oct 1 2013 - 8:38am by John Peters
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A few weeks ago I visited Autodesk’s new offices in Farnborough (see pages 35-37) and not for the first time wondered why I ever turned my back on corporate life. Current trends in office design have made the office a much more inviting place – Autodesk even welcomes dogs. Office interiors companies tend to emphasise how investment in design is indicative of a company’s attitude to its employees....

Posted on Sep 1 2013 - 8:40am by John Peters
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Its all one-way traffic from print to digital HP’s second quarter results make grim reading for the printer industry, especially for those that rely on strong consumer sales. A 23% fall in consumer hardware units shipped by the Imaging and Printing Group (year-on-year) underlines how challenging this sector has become since tablets and smartphones took over from PCs and cheaper, easier alternatives...

Posted on Aug 1 2013 - 8:44am by John Peters
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Why send six letters when one will do I recently moved into a new office in Winchester, much to the delight of my family who, for the first time in years, have the house to themselves (“Homeworking sucks!”). I’m happy, too, because at last I have a half-decent broadband service: it’s not as good as my Mum’s in London, but it’s miles better than what was on offer in the sticks. Getting...