In the last year we have seen many exciting advances in technology. The continued rise of voice control devices, cloud-based computing, as well as new developments in the internet.
All of this and more is set to transform the printing technology marketplace in 2019 and here we are going to look the top three emerging print trends that we are most excited about…
In 2018 we saw the introduction of voice recognition capabilities within a small number of smart printers. In 2019 the focus will be on offering more ‘smart’ services that are required in today’s workplace. Voice control will remain an opportunity for industry players to position their products and services as innovative and help businesses improve their efficiency.
The packaging industry will witness significant advances in digital printing methods, as the need for sustainable packaging increases. In particular, corrugated inkjet will drive growth in this industry with focus on corrugated board, folding cartons, and flexible plastics.
3D printing is a great example of a quickly advancing technology. 3D metal printing is positioned to be the next big wave in this industry. HP has its Jet Fusion model, which it hopes will make a difference in the metal parts manufacturing sector. GE has been printing metal parts for jet engines and even Nike is using this method for its trainers.
Over the next year, the print industry will continue to innovate and reinvent, and offering printing services that are more relevant to the smart workplace and the modern world will remain a very exciting and expanding area.
Cloud printing was hailed as the answer to a lot of our business issues in achieving that office mobile utopia. It allows users to print from any device on the network. It can connect your digital devices like your smartphones, laptops, tablets and any work stations with the printers in your network. This means that traditional printing, often with software driver issues or device compatibility issues have often been eliminated. Not only that software upgrades are done automatically, its greener and the IT infrastructure is a fraction of the cost!
However, what has become apparent in recent times, is that often conventional printing problems still prevail even though we should all now be able to be flexible and versatile in our approach to working.
Mode looks at some of the common issues with cloud printing you may be experiencing and how we suggest these can be resolved:
For some reason you can’t print:
- Check your devices are cloud print compatible
- If you are using Google Cloud Print, check that the printer you are using is registered properly
- Look at your admin tools and ensure that your printer does not have any basic network connection issues. Ensure you are using the appropriate ports (these are often 80, 8080, 5222, 5353) are open and that your router is not blocking any traffic.
Your printer is not registered:
- Make sure this is completed before you attempt cloud printing.
Removed/Deleted/Duplicated printers keep appearing:
- This is a very similar problem as conventional printing. Cloud printing requires chains of devices authenticating and relaying print jobs. Make sure old printers are removed from your devices and consoles. If necessary, remove all your devices and start again to add new devices.
Print jobs held in the queue:
- Just get rid of the print jobs and start again.
- Check your firewall and any security measures to ensure that they are not blocking your printing.
- Check your connection,
- Check for any updates, printer firmware for example as these can often cause issues with connectivity.
Legacy devices not working; this is often a term that refers to devices you have had for a while:
- There are often too many potential problems to list here, however, Clouding printing works better with devices that have been set up to have this functionality so getting your old device will be good luck!
As you can see there are always resolutions to your cloud printing problems but for more information on how Mode can help you with your cloud printing visit: https://www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk/managed-print/cloud/
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Although many people are complaining about the arrival of Christmas advertising and other festivities before December has even hit, it’s very important for small businesses around the world to start taking Christmas seriously in the run up to the 25th. Like it or not, Christmas is coming! Whether you sell handmade jewellery online, or you’re a freelancer to lots of different clients, here are some tips to help you prepare for Christmas:
Consider Supply and Demand
If Christmas is your busiest period, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to meet the high demand. Ask yourself:
- Do I have enough time?
- Do I have enough stock?
- Do I have enough staff?
- Do I have enough marketing?
It’s vital that you have the resources you need to keep your customers happy, so plan ahead. And don’t forgot; a lot of people will want to take time off over Christmas, so you might need to hire some temporary employees to cover.
Think About Your Marketing Strategies
Give your business a boost with a well thought out marketing strategy that makes the most of the festive theme. Consider your goals be and try to think outside the box and test new approaches. Here are some ideas:
- Update your website
- Send out a newsletter
- Give away discounts
- Give your packaging a festive makeover
- Schedule your social media posts before you take time off
- Write a festive blog post
- Offer a gift-wrapping service for free
Christmas can be quite stressful for many people; the shops are hectic, money is tight and lots of organisation is required. For that reason, you should check in on your employees and try to keep their spirits bright as much as possible. Send your clients Christmas cards and think about getting some sweet treats (mince pies) for your staff. Overall, just try and stay positive!
With our advice and some hard work and organisation, you should be fully prepared to enjoy a fantastic Christmas. Good luck!