Unused Toners Helps Cancer Research

Unused toners and donations to worthy charities don’t usually work hand in hand. However, Mode is always looking for ways in which we can support our local community, often donating to our local primary school, our local senior citizens’ club, and our local cricket club on a regular basis. We also ensure our 3 nominated charities (Together for Short Lives, Marie Curie, and Blue Cross) are fully supported through the work we do with our clients.

So when Hayley, our Service Coordinator, was contacted by a company whom we have worked with before, Return-a-Toner, regarding our surplus supplies, we wanted to find out more.

Mode already has a strict recycling policy and we work closely with our carefully chosen manufacturers to ensure that we are all responsible in disposing and recycling of machines, toners, and any waste. However, inevitably we often have a stock of toner that for some reason may not have been used or are no longer required for our clients, however are still in excellent condition.

Therefore, when Return-a-Toner contacted Hayley to ask whether we would be prepared to see if we had any unused toner that was no longer required and whether we could donate in aid of Cancer Research, we were more than happy to contribute.

After a hard morning’s work in our warehouse, eventually Hayley emerged from our stock room with 3 large boxes of toner, all in perfect condition, which were sent to Return-a-Toner to be sold on in aid of the very worthy cause of Cancer Research.

In the future we hope to continue our work with all our charities and in the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about our charities go to https://www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk/about/charity/.

Or, if you’d like to know more about how we aid our clients to recycle responsibly, then visit: https://www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk/green/toner-re-cycling/ or call us on 0345 223 2203.


6 Tips to Becoming a Print Pro

In a digital world that is forever changing, print marketing is still a very powerful business strategy. This is especially true when it’s tactically combined with other types of marketing, such as social media or search engine optimisation. The trick is to be innovative and creative in order to interact with your target market. If you aim to produce a memorable print campaign, you should see positive results. We’ve put together 6 top tips to help get you started:

  1. Use Clear Content

Large blocks of content are enough to send anyone to sleep – plus, you’re likely to have a limited amount of space. That’s why it’s best to use clear, concise content with your print ads, to ensure your message gets across without being boring.

  1. Steer Clear of Gimmicks

Taking the cheesy route might seem like a good idea, but readers of your ad will more than likely just roll their eyes. There are ways you can ensure your print campaign is memorable and playful without being tacky.

  1. Include the Element of Surprise

By adding something unexpected to your campaign, you won’t come across as boring and predictable. Challenge the norm where possible so that your audience remember your ad, rather than throwing it out straight after reading it.

  1. Add Visible Contact Information

Add your company’s website and contact information so that, even at a glance, your target market know how to proceed with their next steps.

  1. Consider the Colours

A black and white ad will be perceived as bland and not given a chance. Use colours to make your campaign stand out!

  1. Track the Results

As with any of your marketing efforts, you must track the response. If you fail to do so, you won’t know if the campaign was a success and whether or not it’s worth repeating.

The Pros and Cons of 3D Printing

3D printing holds many promises for the future! It has come a very long way since its initial invention and continues to grow and develop. The medical sector, for instance, has benefitted from the creation of 3D printed organs which have helped save countless lives. Other industries are using 3D printing simply to speed up certain tasks and make office life easier. However, despite the innumerable number of advantages, this modern technology is not without its fair share of disadvantages. So, if you are thinking about using a 3D printer, we recommend making yourself aware of both the pros and cons.

The Pros

  • Fast Production. Using 3D printing, products can quickly advance from design to prototype. Manufacture of the actual product is also speedy.
  • Decreasing Costs. Although initial set-up may be higher, the price of this technology is decreasing in third world countries day by day.
  • Enhanced Healthcare. As previously mentioned, one of the biggest advantages of 3D printing is its effectiveness in the medical sector. By 3D printing important organs like the heart, many people’s lives will be saved.

The Cons

  • Copyright Issues: As 3D printing becomes increasingly more popular, it is easier to build and misuse counterfeit items. It will be very difficult to determine the difference between a real and a fake.
  • Dangerous Items: In addition to creating extremely helpful products, such as human body parts, 3D printing can also be misused to create dangerous items like knives or guns.
  • Size Restrictions: At the moment, 3D printers are limited to only creating small sized items. However, in the future it may become possible to print buildings with ease.
  • Reduced Manufacturing Jobs: Many economies, such as those in third world countries, rely on low skill jobs. Unfortunately, 3D printing will reduce the amount of manufacturing jobs, as people will start making products in their own home.

By understanding the disadvantages of 3D printing and working towards overcoming them, it will become possible for mankind to enter into a new post-industrial manufacturing era where products are built at speed for a considerably lower price.

3 Benefits of Scanning in the Office

Scanning your paper documents allows you to convert them into easily accessible and convenient digital files, which is ideal for office environments. You can share electronic documents with your colleagues at the click of a button and protect them from things like misplacement or theft.

The simple process involves passing a paper document through high quality scanning equipment, which converts it into image form. It is then saved to a PC in the desired location with an appropriate file name. If you’re still not convinced that scanning is the way forward, we have put together three of the greatest benefits of scanning your documents.

  1. Save Time and Space

No-one likes a cluttered desk and filing cabinets take up unnecessary space which could be used for something more productive. If you organise your documents electronically, there will be no need to worry about where you’re going to store them. The data that you can store on one lone DVD can replace nearly thirty filing cabinets. It will also be much quicker retrieving files on a computer than searching through hundreds of sheets of paper.

  1. Access Anywhere at Anytime

By saving a scanned version of a document to your laptop or other portable device, you will be able to access it even if you are not in the office. This, in turn, means you have less to carry around if you happen to be out for a meeting or working remotely.

  1. Increases Security

Data security is often a big deal for businesses and having a cabinet full of important documents is fairly risky. It’s easy for things to go missing or find their way into the wrong hands. When documents are stored digitally, passwords can be set to eliminate any security issues and there is no way for them to be misplaced.

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