Green Office Blog

Green Office is on a Drive to Make Greener & More Sustainable Gifts

Posted by Aemey Van Dijl on Sep 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

I have always loved the quote:
The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration.” - by Cornel West

Business owners are becoming more aware of the effect their activities are having on the environment, and because of this, people are showing a greater interest in transitioning from the ordinary, everyday, overdone corporate gifts to now gifting customers with gifts that have “a meaning”. What a better way to inspire your colleagues/clients to be sustainable than to gift them with an eco-friendly gift to remind them of the value of supporting brands that are socially and environmentally friendly.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, GreenABLE, Office Solution, Green Office, office printing environment, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, GO Sustainability, sustainable, ecological footprint

Overcharge: What No One Is Talking About

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Sep 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM

The expectation to deliver on an effective and efficient print environment for customers is becoming more and more important, whether it is a big corporate business with almost 3 000 assets to keep track of, or a small church down the road relying on one device to do the job. No matter your business size, you will most likely need to invest in a reliable partner to manage your devices and office automation space.

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Topics: Service Level Agreement, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Environments, CPC, Vendor Management, Managed Print Expectations, Office Automation and MPS, Green Office, Office Printing

What and Why are people still printing?

Posted by Zandalee Naude on Sep 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It’s all good to manage print costs and have a strategy for going digital, however can you answer the question of why your people still print and what are they printing? We have found that understanding this can actually uncover areas of inefficiencies within your business.

Typically, businesses identify areas of inefficiencies by means of manual processes or escalations within a department or from clients, due to tasks being missed or not attended to. This is a top-down approach where the business would then identify the inefficient process and reach out to consultancies or technology firms to assist with the automation or digitization of this process.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Office Automation and MPS, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry

One Planet Living - Sustainable Water

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Aug 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

South Africa is considered to be a water scarce country.  In fact, we are ranked as the 30th driest country in the world, receiving an average of 450 mm rainfall per year compared to the global annual average of 870 mm.  Increasing population growth and climate change is sure to exacerbate this, as we have already witnessed with the severe droughts experienced in Cape Town in 2017/2018 where “day zero” was terrifyingly close to becoming a reality. 

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, GO Sustainability

Do you know if your contracts are up to scratch?

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Aug 7, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It is imperative for businesses today to work in an optimal environment to increase efficiency. Office automation is one area in which a business can reduce costs and increase productivity significantly, provided you do your homework. Office Automation is critical for many businesses and because you are replacing many devices such as scanners, printers and multifunctional devices, the partner you choose becomes even more important.

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Topics: Office Automation and MPS, Efficient, Green Office

This is how we helped save the planet in 2018...

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jul 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Green Office’s mission is to make businesses efficient and sustainable, and what is important to remember is that these two terms are interlinked.  Moving towards a more sustainable business model will allow for the identification of inefficiencies within your business, thus reducing operational costs. 

Looking specifically at the print environment, Green Office has assisted their Managed Print Service (MPS) clients to do exactly that, by implementing various sustainability initiatives – reducing print volumes, reducing energy consumption, green procurement and printer cartridge recycling.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Environments, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry

Outcomes of a Print Audit – What Should You Be Getting?

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Jul 17, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It is not unlikely that most businesses do not know the number of printed pages they are currently generating or what their entire print environment is costing them.  It takes a lot of time and industry experts to inventory all the devices, analyse the related cost to each device and understand the current picture of the business environment.  If done properly, a print audit can be extremely helpful, as this critical information is used to measure the success and to identify opportunities to revitalise your print environment, reduce costs and improve end-user productivity.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Environments, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry

Challenges Financial Institutions face in their Print Environment

Posted by Chasthi Grant on Jul 10, 2019 12:10:07 PM

The South African Financial Institutions are well known, as ambassadors for the country.  Their contributions in sport, art and education has made phenomenal strides in improving revenue and reputation, a mutual benefit for both the institutes and the country.  The major financial institutes share similar challenges within the core industry.

These are namely:
  • Growth and market-share of the business and their portfolios,
  • Creating or improving on their customer experience ie. customer relationship,
  • Conquering new revenue streams, and last, but not least
  • Digital Transformation of their legacy systems and moving towards a paperless environment

Despite the future vision the above challenges offer, printing is still a major focus despite its challenges for the majority of the financial institutes.  Even with the launch of the newer digital platform banks (as seen in the media - Tyme and Discovery Bank), many South Africans are very much loyal to the traditional financial houses.  Ergo, printing is and will still be a requirement for many years to come.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print, Office Automation and MPS, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry

Are your printers vulnerable to a Cyber Attack?

Posted by Riaan Jansen van Rensburg on Jul 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

This question often comes up, and the answer to it is certainly yes. Your printing devices connect to nearly every device in your corporate network and most printers are not even designed with cyber security in mind. If hackers are hungry enough for information they will use any possible way to get “inside’’ your network. Their intent is to get access and control of your printer and from there your network. If they have access to the network, they will have control over your data.

The hackers want data that contains sensitive information that they can use to harm your company financially or place malicious software on your network to bring your business to its knees, harming your company’s IT infrastructure.

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Topics: printers/copiers, POPI Act, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry

One Planet Living - Health & Happiness

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jun 26, 2019 11:45:00 AM

The first One Planet Living principle we will be exploring is health and happiness.  When thinking of the word “Sustainability”, one doesn’t normally think about what we dish up on our dinner plates, or our well-being for that matter.  The reality is however, that a happy and healthy community is a sustainable one, and it’s no different with respect to happy and healthy employees contributing to a business’ sustainability.  This tends to be overlooked by employers, yet it is arguably one of the most important aspects to keeping customers happy – vital to any business’s success.  Consider the following benefits of ensuring that your employees are happy and healthy.

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Topics: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly