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How to Choose the Right MFP

admin : November 21, 2016 6:44 pm : Main Posts

When you choose a multi-function printer (MFP), you know you’re choosing a device that everyone will love. Choosing an MFP for the office is the smart, efficient way to get your printing, scanning, copying, and faxing done.

However, many businesses don’t know what to look for? What features does my business need? Champion Business Solutions is helping your business make the right decision.

Before you make your decision, ask yourself the following questions about your business, your future, and how your office will function with an MFP.

So Many Functions to Choose From

This depends on your industry, workflow, and work load. Do you deal heavy with documents? Are you printing proposals, creating forms, and making copies every day, or does your business deal in the digital?

Only you can decide what’s right for your business. If you choose an MFP, you have Copy, Print, Fax, and Scan to look forward to.

Color or Black & White?

Think about what the week looks like in the office. Is color an integral component fo ryou business? If so, you may want to consider high-quality laser or solid-ink printing. Many office printers have the high-quality you would find in a professional print shop.

Connecting Your Device

Staying completely connected is a necessity. We suggest that you consider connecting through Wi-Fi and Ethernet cabling access. Look for easy-to-implement systems to avoid set-up complications.

Print Volume and Speed

Do you have a high print volume? Does your office need excessive speed? The number of employers, time-conscious nature of your business, and the volume you produce on a regular basis all play into the correct speed and volume for your office. A trained Account Executive can easily help you determine what will work best in your environment.

Step Up Security

Security is vital to the future of your business. Ensure that all loose ends are sewn up even after you choose a new device. Clear out your old device and dispose of it properly to ensure that your documents are safe.

Why can’t I just “Get what we had last time”?

Here is some of the best news: Technology investments do more than pay for themselves. They can integrate and streamline multiple office processes and free up company resources so you can devote more energy to important business areas. Check the total cost of ownership. Investing in new technology versus maintaining the old will not only minimize direct costs, but maximize all of your business performance.

Choosing the Right MFP in Portland

Contact us to discuss your offices future, goals, and vision. We are just a call or click away from transforming your office into a productive powerhouse. Sneak past the competition with the the quality of Xerox comprehension behind you.

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Stay Spooky with Mobile Solutions

admin : October 11, 2016 6:06 pm : Main Posts, Mobile Printing, Portland, Vancouver

Nothing’s scarier than cobwebs around the office. We don’t mean literally hanging from the ceilings (Though, that’s not good either!). Cobwebs can gather internally as well.

Stay on top of your business by implementing a plan that works. Xerox is always busy creating new technology innovations. From paper and print, to digitizing documents and office assessment; Xerox is the first name in business relations.

Now you can bring innovations with you on the go with mobile opportunities! Xerox and Champion Business Solutions proves printers and multifunction devices that are print capable and easily set up in the office.

Check out the printer that’s so fast, it’s scary! The mobile print capabilities of the Phaser 6022 and WorkCentre 6027 Color Multifunction Printer will boost the productivity of your business tenfold.

Do you know why?

These printers are specifically set up with mobile printing in mind. Just like other Xerox office solutions, these solutions are easy to use regardless of remote IT operations. Champion Business Solutions ensures that you are connected to your network so you can easily access everything from one easy place. Enjoy the luxury that comes with mobile print capable devices. Now you can print documents, emails, photos, and more right from your phone. It’s as easy as printing from a laptop.

Security is not taken for granted regardless of your remote printing. Feel secure with your network no matter what device you’re accessing it from. office. Other productivity boosts for the small office include:

  • Faster print speeds — the Xerox Phaser 6022 and WorkCentre 6027 deliver 18 ppm in color and black and white,
  • Paper capacity of up to 150 sheets; capable of handling 16 lb. bond to 60 lb. cover media (60 to 163 gsm),
  • 15 sheet automatic document feeder on the WC 6027 saves time when faxing, copying, or scanning multiple page documents,
  • Large, intuitive color touchscreen on the WorkCentre 6027 makes it simple to navigate all of the device’s features.

MFPs in Portland

Champion Business Solutions has local solutions for your high workload. Whether you’re a small business or a global conglomerate, MFPs come in a wide variety of makes and models to fit your company. We are providing the Portland area with the best selections for your business. Find the perfect equipment for your business and identify your needs. We’re pushing business towards success with effective and smart business solutions.

Contact us to discuss your offices future, goals, and vision. We are just a call or click away from transforming your office into a productive powerhouse. Sneak past the competition with the the quality of Xerox comprehension behind you.

 

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Maximize Your Office with MFPs

admin : September 12, 2016 12:56 pm : Main Posts, Print

Multifunction Printers (MFPs) are business powerhouses. They are a blessing to every office they inhabit. This all-in-one device can print, fax, copy, scan, and much more.

Are you maximizing your MFPs to their full potential?

Within the last few years, MFPs have new features. Major updates are often paired with smaller, quieter ones.

Stay up-to-date with the latest features and make your business the best it can be.

APPlicable

Xerox and Champion Business Solutions are working with the best minds in the business to make your printer do more than just print.

Thanks to a digital shift, features and services are being built with mobility in mind. ConnectKey enabled MFPs use mobile apps to boost productivity. Everyday tasks are made even faster with connectivity and ease.

In fact, Xerox was honored with BLI Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Awards for ConnectKey.

MFPs are growing more intelligent, flexible and customizable with each successive generation. With its 2016 Xerox ConnectKey Technology, Xerox has proven that to be true yet again, says Jamie Bsales, Director of the Office Workflow Solutions Analysis at BLI. The platform’s combination of onboard intelligence and online extensibility put it a step ahead.

Save, Save, Save!

Think green and save green. Energy efficient devices are the future of business. Make the switch if you haven’t already.

Together we can make a difference in what we print, when we print, and how we print. Make the change in your business by initiating a few (or all!) of these environmentally sustainable practices.

  • Buying ENERGY STAR® and eco-label certified devices
  • Use intelligent software to manage energy use
  • Reduce paper usage with default two-sided (duplex) printing
  • Use Cartridge-free, solid ink
  • Take a part in take-back and recycling programs

Fancy Features

Xerox MFPs built with ConnectKey Technology include tools that can be easily implemented in the workplace. Improe workflow, daily processes and more with new features, including:

  • Remotely scanning documents with smart devices
  • Securely scan-to-email to share documents
  • Mobile Printing capabilities with or without a network connection

MFPs in Portland

Champion Business Solutions has local solutions for your high workload. Whether you’re a small business or a global conglomerate, MFPs come in a wide variety of makes and models to fit your company.

Champion Business Solutions is just a call or click away from transforming your office into a productive powerhouse. Sneak past the competition with the the quality of Xerox comprehension behind you.

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Benefits of Doing Business in Portland

admin : August 10, 2016 8:33 am : Main Posts, Managed Print Services, Portland

Benefits of Doing Business in Portland


I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
  Emma Goldman

Blossom your business in Portland, Oregon. Known as “The City of Roses” or PDX,  Portland is Oregon’s largest city.

The city beautifully balances the subtle art of big city and natural beauty. Take a drive from the bustling city center into Forest Park, covering more than 5,000 acres with lush, green wilderness.

The city is on the rise but its popularity and growth is still in it’s infancy. Start-up businesses, companies, and people are “getting in on the ground floor” to find success.

Why Portland?

Yes, it may rain 155 days of the year, but that rain water is nourishing the seeds of the future. Portland is rapidly becoming known as “Silicon Forest,” the green counterpart to it’s Californian cousin, Silicon Valley.

Portland ranked third in Forbes’ 2015 List of Best Places for Business and Careers. Its third place ranking increased a whopping 18 spots, due to an improved economic and employment climate. According to Forbes, The Portland economy is expected to boom over the next three years with an annual growth rate of 7.3%, second fastest in the U.S.,

It’s not the remote city that the East Coast think it is. In fact, the region’s workforce of one million is growing six time the national average.

Innovative people and communities call the Rose City headquarters, and rightfully so. The world’s most recognizable companies Intel, Nike and Columbia Sportswear have set up shop in the Rose City. The recognition of these global entities is creating more jobs, growth and awareness for small-businesses and start-ups.

But what really makes PDX so feasible? Livability and affordability, says Greater Portland, Inc. The area’s abundant natural beauty, mild climate, easy access to Portland International Airport, expansive public transportation system, wide variety of housing options and more make Greater Portland a superb place to work and live.

“Where Business and Quality of Life Don’t Compete”

Cost of living is affordable and salaries simply go farther. On paper, salaries read lower, but when paired with the low cost of living and cost of entertainment, social amenities, and more, the salary is more than acceptable.

Portland is even committing to a functional, feasible future with the 2020 project.

Greater Portland 2020 is an unprecedented, collaborative action plan for the Greater Portland of tomorrow. It’s an ambitious agenda, envisioned and created by over 40 public and private organizations throughout the region to pursue the future we want, not the future that’s handed to us.

Become part of a successful future that’s not filled with the worries of today, but the bright outlook of tomorrow! “Portlandia” may have helped facilitate the buzz, but it’s the businesses and people that are making business in Portland the Next Big Thing.

Connecting Your Business in Portland

Champion Business Solutions bring superior service to PDX. As residents of this special pocket of the Northwest, we are proud to call Portland “home.”

Choose from Color or Black & White Copiers, Printers, or Multi-function printers. Champion Business Solutions is a locally owned and operated business run by you, for you. Our experienced technicians are dedicated to providing value, honesty, and the personalized, “old fashioned” service that you crave and expect.

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Get to Know Your Office with Print Assessments

admin : July 6, 2016 5:50 pm : Main Posts, Office Assessment, Portland, Print, Vancouver

“Print Assessment?” You squint at the screen.

We know, it’s not the most glamorous thing you’ve ever heard but it runs in your office’s veins. Printing can be the root to incredible success but it can also be the hidden root to a lost of unnecessary waste and cost.

Do you know how your office is operating? Do you know how many devices you have. When IT leaders were asked how many devices their offices had, an incredible 70% estimated incorrectly.

Take control of your print and your office with Champion Business Solutions!

Where To Start?

First thing is first.

Before an assessment, you need to know how your office is operating on a printing level. We have compiled a few questions that can help you get a feel for office and move towards the next step.

How many printers, copiers and MFPs do you have?

You need to get an exact number of devices. Depending on the size and layout of your business, you can segment devices per floor or office. Once you have the exact number of devices you’ll want to ask the following question…

How many brands of devices do you have?

Do you have one provider or several? Carrying supplies for too many brands can add up to a fortune. It may be time to stick to one brand.

How many people are there, per device? How far do people have to walk to get to a printer? Are there any “personal” printers? 

It’s more than just knowing your printers, it’s knowing who they’re being used by. If there are too many employees to one device in one area of the office, and one printer per a few people, it’s time to rework your office so no employees are left in the dust.

Who You Gonna Call?

This isn’t the sort of call that Dr. Peter Venkman will answer, but Champion Business Solutions will!

You’ve got the answers to the questions about but now what? Now it’s time for a comprehensive print assessment.

Print assessments are often pushed aside for more seemingly pressing matters, but we’re telling you to schedule an assessment now! It’s vital to productivity and comprehensive processes for your office. You need only look at the statistics to see that there’s a big gap in knowledge when it comes to office environment. Analysts believe that over 50% of businesses can’t even assess their print environments. Without an assessment, you can’t find solutions or areas of opportunity.

It’s not all doom and gloom though! There’s light at the end of the tunnel and it’s called a Xerox Print Assessment. The first step to getting control of your workflows is just a call or click away. Comprehensive analytics will give your business answers in real-time with figures including:

  • Accurate representation of costs and workflow
  • Future scenario testing to maximize additional investment
  • Detailed dashboard
  • Comparisons between device cost and utilization
  • Ability to compare over single or multi-site environments

Print Assessment in Portland

Champion Business Solutions is just a call or click away from transforming your office into a productive powerhouse. Sneak past the competition with the the quality of Xerox comprehension behind you. After all, everything starts with your foundation. Your office is the hub of everything you do; shouldn’t it be the best that it can be?

If you don’t think your office is where it needs to be, contact us today!

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Find Your ROI

admin : June 16, 2016 11:16 am : Main Posts, ROI

Know your costs and know your business!

By knowing your Return on Investment (ROI) you can determine the costs to produce graphics, the amount of print volume’s cost and price required to pay off the capital investment, and the amount of profit that can be seen at a monthly basis.

According to Xerox, “One of the most common reasons to calculate return on investment is to validate a proposal’s potential cost savings.”

ROI Calculation

ROI can be expressed in a simple formula: (Benefits – Costs)/Costs = ROI

You can use the ROI calculation to do more than validate savings, but also measure the impact of projects and productivity, IT infrastructure, competitive positioning, and/or reduce a project’s environmental impact.

So what is involved in an ROI calculation?

Gross Revenue

Gross revenue includes price per square foot that the printed piece is expected to sell for and adjusting “hours printing per day” value for volume of work shown or availability of staff to operate the printer.

This feature also allows you to input print speeds, wastage value, and other calculated values that are useful in determining how much blank substrate is required for a specific volume of work and what would be invoiced per month for the total printed work.

Material Costs

Material costs are just that; material. They include items such as:

  • Substrates and UV lamps
  • Substrate type and sheet size
  • Amount purchased
  • Vendor

Depending on all of these variables can affect the total cost considerably.

Overheads

Amount paid to operators per hour + Amount of time allocated to an operator to run the printer and conduct related tasks = Daily cost for the operator to run work on the printer. Calculating this gives you, both, the calculated monthly labor cost and combined monthly labor and materials cost.

Investment and Return

Additionally, Investment and Return includes the total amount of the printer purchase, as well as related items including:

  • Starter kits
  • Options and accessories
  • Training
  • Delivery and Installation

MIA ROI?

ROI calculators and its subsequent data is giving companies in every industry insights into their printing costs and identifying areas of opportunity. To learn more about ROI calculation and your business, be sure to call our team today! Champion Business Solutions is just a call or click away from transforming your office into a productive powerhouse!

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Assess and Deliver

admin : May 13, 2016 10:19 am : Main Posts, Office Assessment, Portland, Print, Vancouver

It doesn’t matter what size your business it; if you want to get output costs under control and set the stage for improvements in productivity and work process, you have to start with an assessment.” – Xerox

Assessments have always been a comprehensive way to measure how you’re doing, what you’re doing, and where to go from there. From our early school days to today’s business environment, assessments have provided an unbiased look at what you’re accomplishing.

Champion Business Solutions wants to help your business succeed, that’s why we are offering Office Assessments to local businesses. An office assessment is opening eyes to the wide world of printing. Just like any other business process, there are small nooks and crannies were waste can collect, including cost, workload, and low productivity.

Our team is scraping these impracticality’s from your agenda so you can start fresh!

Four Areas of Expertise

Office assessments are focused on four primary areas to get a cohesive look at your print environment; Management Process, Supplies, Device Proliferation, and Hidden Costs. Within these areas, Champion Business Solutions delves into opportunities in each sector, as well as possible solutions.

Our team is experienced with various print environments. In short, we’ve seen it all! We will work with your unique business to develop the right plan of attack. We understand that print extends long arms into other aspect of your office, that’s why our team ensures that everything is working correctly with your office equipment, IT areas, and overall network.

We understand that not everyone’s needs are the same. That’s why we also provide office assessments at four different levels depending on the size, workload, and environment in your office. Choose from a self guided web-based assessment, TCO and ROI-focused solution, all the way to a full-service, comprehensive solution.

Office Assessments in Action

Office assessments may not seem like a priority but they should be. Take Lincoln Schools, for example.

Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln, Nebraska had its work cut out for them. With 33,000 K-12 students, teachers and staff couldn’t spend their day worrying about printing. Between budget cuts, time restraints, and limited resources, the 52 members of staff in the IT department were beginning to feel the strain.

Cue Xerox.

Following a call and meeting, Xerox provided the Lincoln schools with a comprehensive office assessment that changed everything. Knowing exactly what they needed to print, how often, and when, Xerox was able to give successful and manageable recommendations.

Changes were implemented, time was spared, and by the end of it Lincoln Schools saved over half a million dollars compared to earlier savings!

This seemingly inconsequential office assessment saved this school district more than money, it relieved stress, boosted productivity, and gave teachers and staff time to focus on their students rather than their print room.

Imagine what an office assessment could do for your business…

Assess and Deliver

Champion Business Solutions is just a call or click away from transforming your office into a productive powerhouse. Sneak past the competition with the boost of Xerox quality and comprehension behind you. After all, everything starts with your foundation. Your office is the hub of everything you do; shouldn’t it be the best that it can be?

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3 Reasons Print is Here to Stay

admin : April 5, 2016 5:35 pm : Main Posts

As we shift into a digital world, many people are ready to dismiss print entirely. Despite what naysayers are spreading, print is still here.

Print is adapting but it’s not disappearing.

Champion Business Solutions is here to tell you that it’s thriving. These three reasons are just the tip of the iceberg. Print spans generation. Consumers of all ages, while committed to digital devices, still like something they can hold and feel.

Legitimacy

Print is tangible and therefore bears more trust than any other medium. While the digital world may seem easier and more accessible, it’s over-saturated. The bombarding nature of ads and pop-ups has desensitized users. Make your customers remember you.

Targeted Audiences

Target your audience and make an impact on the customers you’re looking for. Expanding your marketing and advertising strategy into print material will establish a memorable and segmented ad that will get your business notices. Choose by demographics, interests, and deliver it directly to their door.

Engaging Materials

According to Forbes, “Consumers are more engaged when reading printed material, unlike websites, which are often skimmed in as little as a 15 second visit. A study shows that people read digital screen text 20% – 30% slower than printed paper.”

Simply put, we are more likely to remember information on a physical material. Print is unique because you can keep it, you can feel the gloss of the paper, raised text, and bright colors. Investing the time and money in your print can establish a wider reach for your audience and give them something to remember you by.

Get Started Today

Champion Business Solutions is just a call or click away from transforming your business into a productive, efficient powerhouse. Blow through the competition with the best tools in the business. If you find that your employees are spending more time trying to get the printer to work, or fussing with printer programs, it is probably time to invest in an office solution.

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New Customer Service Initiatives from Xerox

admin : March 10, 2016 11:02 pm : Customer Service, Main Posts

Customer service is the foundation to every businesses success. It is the glue that hold services and products together. After all, that’s what it’s all about—the customer.

Xerox has identified the newest trends in customer service, and together we are working with businesses to create a full-service, easy, and pleasant experience. Are your best business practices taking consideration of customer service opportunities?

Make waves in your community by delivering the best products and providing the best service

Let’s Get Personal

People buy from who they like.

It’s as simple as that. The best way to provide exemplary customer service it to know who you’re selling to. In return, let your customer’s know who you are.

The easiest (and best) way to get personal with your peers is through the use of social media. Social media pages are a must-have for business today. Initial meetings take place through a screen today, and you want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward.

Facebook is a quick way to reach out to your audience and have them reach back. Encourage messages, inquiry, and make sure that you provide speedy, personal responses. Not only are you addressing their question, you’re reaching out towards them, customizing and tailoring your response to them. Social media pages are 24/7 platforms—a small price to pay for consistently great service.

It’s more than just social media, it’s mobility too!

According to HeyWire Business, a mobile messaging service, reports suggest that text messaging was users preferred way to interact with customer care. Additionally, 53% of respondents aged 18 to 34 preferred electronic media over traditional phone calls for customer service support.

There’s certainly power in numbers!

“Houston, do you read?”

In an ideal world you would be able to connect with your customer’s face-to-face. Unfortunately, we’re busy people and face-to-face interactions aren’t conducive to hectic schedules.

That doesn’t mean you still can’t make a great impression!

You may have noticed our chat pop-up in the bottom left hand corner. Website chats are a great way to always be there for your customers. That’s right, someone is ready to answer your questions.

You can implement chat functions on your website relatively easy. All it takes is a skilled web developer and some time!

Give Credit Where Credit’s Due

Great customer service interactions should always be rewarded. Encourage great customer service with incentives and fun competition.

Employees that consistently provide great customer service not only reap the benefits of a job well done, they also get to know the customers, develop a good relationship with them, and continue to provide excellent service!

Company-wide incentives will also drive fun competition among employees!

Taking Customer Service to the Next Level

Champion Business Solutions is just a call or click away from transforming your business into a productive, efficient powerhouse. Blow through the competition with the best tools in the business. If you find that your employees are spending more time trying to get the printer to work, or fussing with printer programs, it is probably time to invest in an office solution.

 

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A Print Initiative the Whole Office Will Love

admin : February 9, 2016 5:45 pm : Main Posts, Mobile Printing

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year, treat your office to a print initiative that will simplify work and put the power right in the palm of your hand.

Mobility in business isn’t anything new. It’s accessibility and convenience is changing the way we operate, in and out of the office. Is your business making the most of your mobile device.

Beyond BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the ease of mobile printing That’s right! Imagine opening an app and being able to print no matter where you are. Printing from mobile devices saves:

  • Time
  • Cost
  • Service

Printing from your mobile device is just plain simple. Print all popular document formats, including Microsoft Office Suite and PDF, without losing your formatting. Choose to print from App or through your email. No matter what you choose, it’s easy to use. IT managers and administrators no longer need to manage unique drivers for various print devices – print from any mobile device, to any printer, regardless of brand.

Mobile printing is convenient. Increase productivity while you cut costs! Print from the office or remotely. Print Adobe PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, reports, and spreadsheets with full formatting and true Microsoft Office rendering without the need for print drivers.

Xerox printing is also secure. When you print with your mobile device, you control when each document releases to the printer as well as manage allowance and block listings to ensure that your users have the correct access. From the Cloud or an on-site setup, no matter what you choose, you’re safe within your firewalls. You can also use “pull print” to avoid leaving prints unattended.

Champion Business Solutions is helping small to medium-sized businesses take control of their office. Contact us to discuss how our office solutions can help your business inside and out.

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