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article imageDespite eReaders, tablets companies still relying on photocopiers

By Andrew Moran     Feb 4, 2013 in Business
Fort Lauderdale - Although the business world of documents has dramatically transitioned from stacks of paper to the world of eReaders, tablets, smartphones and netbooks, businesses still rely on the six-decade-old photocopier, which was first introduced by Xerox.
Think about this: in the early- to mid-1990s, the office clerk would walk around and post internal memos regarding the office’s monthly sales trend, an upcoming office party for the manager’s retirement or if the company is looking to promote someone.
Heading into any office in the present day and age, an individual may first notice that most of the company’s employees have the latest electronic gadgets to get caught up with these internal memos, the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports and up-to-date news articles regarding the firm’s respective industry.
In 1959, Xerox introduced the Xerographic office photocopying machine and replaced the old duplicating machines. This helped government agencies, businesses and educational institutions get work done cost-effectively and more proficiently. Indeed, these machines were more efficient than its predecessors, like the mimeograph or the Photostat, but a lot of office clerks still have difficulty with this machine, even today.
Most people expect the photocopier, and even the printer, to become obsolete and machines of the past as more and more businesses convert to digital technology. A simple question to ask would be: why would I waste thousands of dollars each year on paper when I could just create and distribute documents through email, Cloud, instant messaging and other forms of advanced technology?
A recent study found that demand for paper copy would decrease by nearly a quarter (23 percent) within the next decade.
Indeed a significant portion of businesses are making that switch, but there are still organizations and enterprises relying on the photocopying machine and there are companies fulfilling that market, like CopierSupplyStore.com, to supply toners and copier and printer parts for Canon, HP, IBM, Lexmark, Toshiba and, yes, even Xerox machines.
By offering copier parts, such as canned air, print cartridges, surge protection, touch screens and much more, it has become one of the nation’s top companies to provide Genuine and Generic supplies and parts in the business-to-business (B2B) marketplace.
Originally founded as a traditional bricks and mortar store in 1973 with a warehouse based in Florida and Nevada, CopierSupplyStore maintains various ways to remain competitive, including a rewards program, offers wholesale pricing and pricing opportunities on bulk ordering for governments and schools and an auto-ship feature. By doing this it still maintains a significant leverage in a market that is considered declining.
What does the future have in store for companies like CopierSupplyStore? Well, much like any other industry in a competitive world, it must adapt or die. In the next generation, most offices will be paperless and this means businesses must find new ways to meet the needs of a specific clientele that has gone completely digital.
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