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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

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

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

Typical challenges Financial Institutions face in their printing 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

3 Steps to a Sustainable Paperless Environment

Posted by Ben Rabe on Jun 19, 2019 12:00:00 PM

How do you turn your business into a paperless environment? Is it as simple as stopping all printing and just doing everything digitally? What about storing and retrieving documents? The list of questions can get really long!

To address this challenge, Green Office’s Business Process Optimisation focuses on the following three steps:


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

Matter Costing - How Print Management Software Can Raise the Bar

Posted by Zandalee Naude on Jun 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Having a print management software to recover matter billing from your clients is no longer a pleasant option, but rather an essential part of your law firm’s IT toolkit.  However, although most firms recognise this need and the importance of this revenue stream, most aren’t sure what the best software is and how to go about it.

Let’s fix that.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office

Who is actually paying for your schools sponsorship deals?

Posted by Wayne Fyvie on Jan 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Think twice before opting for bartered sponsorship deals for your school with Office Automation companies. 

These days there appears to be a trend with Office Automation companies offering sponsorship to schools in order to obtain their business, the question and concern this raises with me is “Who is actually paying for the sponsorship, the Office Automation Company or the School?”

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Topics: Managed Print, print Environment, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Printing Industry