With manufacturers looking to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), it’s often difficult to know where to start and which investments will return the highest and quickest ROI. Each business has different priorities, balance sheets, markets, and USPs, so there is not a “standard” approach to 4IR’s implementation.
Despite the long-awaited shift towards paperless processes finally taking hold, modern working practices often still require the use of the humble document. A document is the format that allows humans to interact with data. There are few people that can extract the salient information from a data stream and decide what to do next. Whilst people are in business the document will be, but they don’t need to be printed.
Whilst colour print can help you grow your business (innovative packaging, internal and external branding, direct mail marketing, collaboration during design etc.) black and white documents often don’t need to be printed, as many processes and legally compliant documents can be digitised. Whether that’s at creation, transmission, receipt or process.
To make quick wins on increasing efficiency and cutting cost, consider a managed print service to reduce the number of print devices on your network whilst introducing printing rules. But also consider scanning technologies and document management to simplify and automate the movement and storage of documents.