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Why You Should Recycle Your Toner Cartridges

At the moment, the recycling of glass, paper and plastic is a fairly common practice across the UK but when your printer runs out of ink, you may not give a second’s thought to throwing away the cartridge. Perhaps you might think twice if you knew that the toner cartridges you don’t recycle will take around one thousand years to decompose in your local landfill? This equates to 12.5 times the average human lifespan.

Believe it or not, toner is actually a dangerous waste if it ends up on a landfill and is very bad for the environment. The cartridges are composed of a complex mixture of materials, including plastics, metals, ink, foam and toner. Over six pints of oil are used in the manufacture of each new laser cartridge and three ounces are used in the manufacture of inkjet cartridges. This is a significant waste of a natural resource.

By throwing cartridges away rather than recycling them, you are contributing to the rising problem of electronic waste which harms animals and their habitats, contaminates water and poisons surrounding soils.

Recycling printer cartridges is not only much better for the environment (since they can be refilled an average of 5-7 times) but also beneficial to you, since remanufactured cartridges cost as little as 10% of the original cost, despite being exactly the same quality.

Below are some more great reasons to recycle your toner cartridges:

  • It saves energy
  • It protects our natural resources such as oil, timber and minerals
  • It decreases air and water pollution
  • It reduces greenhouse gas emissions which influence global climate change

If your business is keen to promote an environmentally friendly office, it is extremely important that you incorporate the recycling of toner cartridges into your own policies to help sustain the environment for generations to come.

Mode has a very clear policy on toner recycling for our clients. To find out more visit www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk/green/toner-re-cycling or email service@modeprintsolutions.co.uk

4 Advantages of an All in One Printer

You probably don’t realise how much your business relies on its printer. Typically, the most ideal choice in printer for an office is a multifunctional model that offers various capabilities such as printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing.

By grasping an understanding of the benefits of owning this type of printer, you will be able to make an informed decision when upgrading your equipment. Below are four advantages to an all in one printer.

  1. Limits Waste

With an all-in-one system, you reduce your carbon footprint by having less disposables and recyclables (i.e. ink cartridges). Buying only one type of toner for one brand of equipment will also reduce your overall costs.

  1. Saves Space

Many small companies do not have the required space for several bulky pieces of equipment, each dedicated to a different task. Having one multifunctional device (MFD) will save a substantial amount of space, which is ideal for home offices where space is often limited. This will free up some room for other necessary equipment or furniture.

  1. Saves Money

Buying one machine is significantly more affordable than buying three or four individual machines. It is also cheaper to power, maintain and clean only one piece of equipment, so you will most definitely notice considerable savings.

  1. Saves Time

An all-in-one system conveniently removes the need to walk from one device to another; you can get all your jobs done at one device. If you have space for more than one multifunction printer, your staff members won’t have to waste time queuing, like they would if you only had one of each device. An all-in-one system will also decrease your maintenance time so that you can focus on more important business tasks.

All-in-one printers have certainly improved in quality in recent years, offering several important benefits. But before purchasing a new printer, the best thing to do is to assess your requirements and discover what’s the best option for you and your business.

How to Use Your Printer Effectively to Reduce Your Office’s Carbon Footprint

There are plenty of simple ways to make your office more environmentally friendly without spending a fortune on state-of-the-art technology or affecting business practices. An ideal place to start is by measuring the carbon footprint to determine what areas you can improve.

By reducing your office’s carbon footprint, you will detect some immediate benefits. Most noticeably, tougher management of office equipment will result in obvious cost savings, without affecting the performance of the business. Below are some easy yet effective ways to change the printing habits in your office, consequently improving the carbon footprint.

Combine Your Equipment

Rather than having individual machines for printing, scanning, faxing and photocopying, you should upgrade to a multifunction printer that can carry out all of these tasks in one. As well as reducing your carbon footprint and using less energy, you will also free up some space for other equipment or furniture.

Printing Rules

An easy way to reduce the carbon footprint within an office environment is to instigate some printing rules that the entire workforce must follow. For example, employees should be limited to what they can and can’t print. You could even incorporate pop-up warnings to alert users of the printing rules and the impact their printing is having on the environment. However, in order for your new rules to work, all members of staff must abide to them, including the managers and executives.

Follow Me Printing

Follow me printing is a great way to limit the number of abandoned print jobs that are often thrown away. The simple process starts with the user activating the print job as usual from their workstation. Rather than printing immediately, the print job must be executed using a method of authentication once the user reaches the printer. This could be an ID badge, for example.

Provide Digital Copies

By printing hardcopies of everything, you are often wasting ink, paper and energy. A lot of the time the document only gets thrown on top of a pile of paperwork anyway. Instead, you should scan your documents so that they become digital copies and aim to distribute them via email wherever possible. Scanning documents is a great way to limit your paper use, which will reduce your carbon footprint and your overall costs.

Do I Need to Upgrade My Printer?

When starting up a company, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to forget that every once in a while the office will need a spring clean and equipment will need to be upgraded and replaced. You may not always see the benefit in upgrading your printer, particularly if you don’t use it very often, however, just like computers, printers do age and their performance may gradually diminish over time.  Here are some indicators that the time has come for you to upgrade your printer:

Problems with Performance

If your print jobs are taking what feels like an eternity to process, your prints aren’t matching the screen or you’re experiencing recurrent paper jams, then it’s most certainly time for an upgrade.  Although each of these issues may have an underlying cause that you can easily fix, persistent problems with performance suggest your printer is getting old or hasn’t been properly cared for and it will have to be replaced. Mode have recognised this in many new customers who have been regularly let down by their current supplier.

You’ve Hired More Staff

As your business grows so does your workforce and the more people using your printer, the more wear and tear it will experience. There are models available that include special features which are designed to enhance your productivity.

No Multifunction or Wireless Connectivity

The majority of printers manufactured over the past 5-10 years are multifunction, meaning the one device can print, scan, fax and photocopy. They also tend to have a wireless connectivity feature, which allows people to connect their smartphones, tablets and laptops without plugging it in. The popularity of these types of printers has caused the price to drop so that they are more affordable for the average person. If your printer doesn’t have multifunction or wireless connectivity, you should consider upgrading.

So, even if you’re printer isn’t very old, you may have an out-dated model that lacks the must-have features of its modern counterparts. By improving the printing experience in your office, you can expect a more optimised workspace with enhanced performance that supports the growth of your business.

Mode Print Solutions Hosts Star-Studded Sales Awards Dinner for a Second Year Running

Hertfordshire and London – Mode Print Solutions, a leading supplier of digital print solutions, has hosted its prestigious Sales Awards Dinner on 3rd February 2017.

The star-studded event took place at Tewinbury Farm, Hertfordshire and brought together longstanding staff members, suppliers and key industry figures for a celebration and ceremony recognising employee talent.

Dinner was served to guests by a David Brent lookalike, whilst after-dinner entertainment came from a Marilyn Monroe lookalike and Latino dancers who taught attendees smooth moves on the dancefloor.

Among the array of awards up for grabs were Manager of the Year, Mode Top Sales Executive, Mode Academy Graduate, along with recognition awards for staff who have worked with the company for 10 and 20 years respectively.

The event was also attended by representatives from Blue Cross, Together for Short Lives and Marie Curie. Mode Print Solutions has a longstanding partnership with these charities and gives its new customers the choice of which organisation to support whenever a new deal is signed. Over £15,000 was donated throughout the night.

Rob Clarke, managing director of Mode Print Solutions comments:

“Once again we’re thrilled to have hosted such a major event in recognition of the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff. Our company has grown rapidly through harnessing the talents and skills of staff and this awards dinner allowed us to celebrate these achievements.”

David Davis, chairman and founder of Mode Print Solutions adds:

“Mode was founded as a people-centric business, designed to offer exciting opportunities to our employees and world class services to our customers. That’s why we’re thrilled to have come together to recognise our people and their contribution to the company as we enter our 21st year.”

Mode Print Solutions Have Fun with Guns at Team Event

It’s not often at Mode that we can say we are shooting moving targets! However, when it was time to discuss what we should do for our team day we knew we wanted to mix in some pure 80’s music and push the boundaries by trying our hand at Clay pigeon shooting!

We all boarded the Mode mini bus recently and headed to Hampshire!

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Whilst we enjoyed a delicious team meal together we waited with anticipation for the 80’s band to begin so that we could enjoy dancing and boy did we dance!

As a fast moving business, it’s great to just stop and connect with our engineers and other team members who are always in the field and are not office-based because of the high level of service we offer our customers.

So on Saturday it was a very tired and achy Mode team that after a full English breakfast, headed off to try out Clay Pigeon shooting.

After some instruction, one being to definitely not get the urge to shoot each other, we all headed to the range to try and shoot some moving clays!

What struck us was how excellent we all were-however we must confess, the instructors were brilliant teachers. From our Owner and our MD right through to our recent new members in Client Support and our new IT Support Engineer, we all proved ourselves to be quite the marks people! Although we do have to add that perhaps one service engineer should stick to the day job, but we’ll keep who that was a secret!

Shooting in teams with people we may not necessarily talk to on a day to day basis or work with directly, meant that we were able to get to know each more, particularly the new team members and relax and have fun!

What is important to us though is spending some time together away from the day job, where our focus is of course our clients. However, spending this time together ultimately makes us a greater team for our clients because of our bond together.

A great night and day for the Mode team and one that will be repeated soon, maybe we should all take up Clay Pigeon shooting and start a Mode competitive team!

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Mode’s Excellent Service Team Do It Again with Astounding Response Time!

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So many great things have happened in the past year. As a growing vibrant company we always strive to retain, and develop new talent and continue to develop ways to further excel with our high levels of service for our clients.

We always monitor our Service Engineer’s speed of response in order to assure our clients that we continue to offer the high level of service that Mode has become renowned for. Our preventative maintenance provides absolute peace of mind to our clients and allows them to worry about the running of their business rather than the solutions they need.

Personalised, attentive, preventative service has always been of paramount importance to Mode and as a result our clients tend to never need us. However, our engineers are postcode based to ensure that our response times are the best within the industry! Our client support team are on hand to help our clients with any needs they have and manage our engineers to ensure that we rapidly respond should the need arise.

We are so proud of these service response figures that each quarter we celebrate this on our website to allow our clients to see what they can expect from us compared to others in the industry.

Recently we reviewed our yearly response times for 2016. We are so proud to say that for 2016, our Service Engineers responded on average within 99 minutes!!

Congratulations to our fabulous Service Team, we are proud of you.

Printing Resolutions That Save You Time and Money

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Most people enter a new year looking to make improvements, whether they want to lose weight, save money, or spend more time with friends – why should your business be any different? Like most businesses, you can probably improve efficiency in your office or save money by making a few small changes – you can even save the environment in the process!

Save Money on Your Printing

Every business has to be concerned about the bottom line – improving office efficiency typically reduces unnecessary waste and costs. There are a number of ways that you can reduce your printing costs and ensure that you have a more affluent 2017:

  • Use a print management solution: print management allows you to set processes that reduce your wastage – you can set up your system so that print jobs are only released when someone is there to pick them up, for example, which means that you do not waste money on unnecessary printing.
  • Update your defaults: set all of your printing defaults to mono and double sided to avoid wasting toner and paper.
  • Review your print set up to see whether you could rearrange your printers or lease agreement to reduce your monthly costs.

Stop Wasting Time on Your Printer

If your team are spending a lot of time manually scanning, collating, saving into the appropriate folder, or even sorting print jobs out, you need to assess your equipment and print management. Modern printers have a huge range of options that allow you to scan directly into the appropriate folder, scan into an email attachment, and even fold or staple brochures if you print your marketing in-house.

Be a Little Greener in 2017

Every saving – whether in paper, toner, or electricity – helps to reduce your environmental impact. By saving money, you can also save the environment.

Mode Supports Reed Gift Appeal for the Second Year

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Christmas is a special time, particularly for Children. Unfortunately this Christmas, many children will not have the excitement of rushing downstairs to open Christmas presents as they will be in hospital having had an accident or suffering from illness.

Following Mode’s donation last year, and the exceptional success of the Reed Welwyn Garden City branch, where 500 gifts were donated, Mode once again wanted to give something back and try to make this difficult time slightly more enjoyable for a few.

Again this year we wanted  to donate gifts such as books, games, DVDs, art & crafts material, selection boxes and similar, to cater for children of all ages. Reed came and collected these from our Client Support team on 2nd December ready to be delivered to Lister Hospital for the children who will be in over Christmas.  Merry Christmas to all those children unable to be at home this Christmas and we hope that our donations shed a little happiness at a difficult time of year.

3 Ways to Reduce Your Print Needs

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A paperless office has been a dream for many business owners for over a decade, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that completely abandoning paper is both unrealistic and counter-intuitive for many businesses. However, that doesn’t mean that your business cannot cut down on print requirements and streamline processes to reduce your waste.

Reduce Your Number of Printers

Many of our clients come to us with a number of printers – all from different manufacturers and set up differently, which makes it difficult to create a cohesive and useful print environment. One simple way to make your printing easier and create valuable print processes is to have fewer machines that do more. Printers are often shared by just 2-3 employees – increasing that ratio to around 7-8 employees per printer reduces your overall lease costs and allows you consolidate your processes to fewer machines.

Scan and Share

Not every single process requires a printed document. If you still have files full of customer contracts and less and less space to put them, simply scan your contracts and store them in the cloud. This reduces the risk of losing important paperwork and means that you can find files and contracts in seconds without ever leaving your desk.

Print from Anywhere

Cloud printing means that you no longer have to physically be in an office to print, or even need an on-site printer. People can print documents from any cloud-connected device to any printer – whether it’s 2 desks over or in another country. Many printers are already cloud-capable, and just need the necessary apps installed to make the most of those capabilities.

These simple tweaks to your existing system can result in significant savings, both in terms of your monthly lease costs and your daily printing requirements. For a more in-depth review of your print environment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

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