Survey reveals that UK businesses have no control over print costs

A new survey, commissioned by Oki Systems UK, has revealed that printing costs are still out of control in the majority of businesses.

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Its survey of decision-makers, which included finance managers and directors, office managers, CIOs and IT managers, revealed that 52% don’t know how much they’re spending on printing, with the figure rising to a staggering 66% for businesses at the larger end of the SME spectrum.

The poll also revealed that forward-looking predictions of paperless offices are inaccurate, with the 44% of SMEs who are aware of their printing overheads spending over £10,000 a year and 47% of them printing more than a standard size box of paper per week.

Alarmingly, those SMEs who stated that they do understand their costs and acknowledge their print volumes also believe that much of their printing is unnecessary and that it contributes to a lack of cost control – with 39% saying that their company is overspending because of unnecessary printing by employees.

Andrew Hall, marketing manager, OKI, says of the lack of awareness; “It’s a worrying finding that even after the economic climate of the past few years, when businesses have been forced to tightly control their costs, so many companies are still unaware of how much they spend on print, or even how much they print” and; “Evidence shows that working with a managed print services provider can help small to medium sized businesses take charge of their print costs, removing it as an unknown expense and enable a more efficient workflow at the same time.”

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