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admin : October 30, 2015 3:21 pm : Main Posts, Office Assessment

Is there a ghost lingering in your office? It may not be the kind that you’re used to hearing about; a spooky semblance of a person long since past, but a technological kind that’s eating up your costs, your ink, and draining your productivity? It’s time to call!

For lingering office ghosts, there’s only one place to call;

Champion Business Solutions!

Office assessments may not be a top priority but once you consider the benefits, you’ll realize that they really should. The technological world is constantly growing, new devices mean upgrades and changes in software. Printers, copiers, and multi-function devices are an integral aspect of your office. From clients to employees, the efficient performance of your printers is a must-have for your business’ success. Xerox says it best,

“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.”

Office assessments are the easiest, most effective way to deal with possible printer issues and develop a solution towards them. Typically there are four areas in an office assessment that we focus on:

  • Management Process
  • Supplies
  • Device Proliferation
  • Hidden Costs

Within each of these, our technicians carefully inspect the devices within your network and IT areas, as well as delve into input, output, and your environmental impact.

When you schedule an office assessment, you are giving experts the opportunity to collect data that can identify areas of opportunity within your document infrastructure and help us develop a plan of action to get your business where it needs to be. It’s not uncommon for businesses to go unaware of these problems. A Corporate Printing study by the IDC identified that companies can spend between 2-3% of their annual revenues on documents and document-related issues. Within your printer and multi-function devices, there can be hidden cost areas that you may not even be aware of.

Don’t waste your time and money with troubled devices; contact us today for your office assessment and start saving today!

 

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Office Solutions in Portland

admin : September 30, 2015 12:36 pm : Main Posts, Portland, Print, Vancouver

“Keep Portland Weird!”

The Northwest corner of the United States is a thriving, up-and-coming area that’s bustling with creativity, and we are lucky to be right in the middle of it! We live next door to some of the most interesting, innovating, and wonderfully “weird” people in the world. Champion Business Solutions are giving our local partners the tools they need to give their team the best solutions on the market. Whether you’re looking for an office equipment solution or an IT solution, we are offering our customer’s quality service and superior products.

Every Day Solutions

Choose from Color or Black & White Copiers, Printers, or Multi-function printers. We are providing our valued customers with trusted industry brands such as Sharp, Xerox, Samsung, Canon and Ricoh. Our services don’t end with office equipment either, we provide document management solutions. We are committed to improving your business’s bottom line. Champion Business Solutions is a locally owned and operated business run by you, for you. All of our experienced technicians are dedicated to providing value, honesty, and the personalized, “old fashioned” service that you crave and expect.

Uncover Hidden Costs

Delve into your print environment by scheduling an Office Assessment. Champion Business Solutions monitor your business on four criteria for maximum understanding:

  • Management Process
  • Device Proliferation
  • Supplies
  • Hidden Costs

Ensure that your office is operating soundly by giving your team the tools they need for an efficient and cohesive office space. We are proud to provide the most reliable products in the industry. We are helping businesses all over the Portland area find the best fit for their business.

If you’re a local business within the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon area and aren’t happy with your office equipment service, contact us today. Champion Business Solutions is committed to exactly that; Business Solutions. Whether you need to cut costs with your printing or need day-to-day solutions to technical problems, our team is helping you every step of the way. We’re just a call or click away!

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Reach for the Cloud

admin : August 27, 2015 1:53 pm : Main Posts

The Cloud.

It sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Rest assured that it’s not, in fact, businesses are turning their heads upwards and thanking their lucky stars. Cloud computing is helping small to medium-sized businesses to compete with larger entities. This “all in one service” enables businesses to have the same high-tech services and server space as large corporations but at a fraction of the price.

Why are so many businesses deciding to store their information in an all-access location? There are several vital reasons that businesses re choosing cloud computing, the top reasons are reduced IT costs, flexibility, and improved security.

Not easily convinced? The numbers don’t lie! Below are facts your business should know about using the cloud:

  • 80% of businesses that switch believe that it helps the organization reduce IT costs.
  • By 2016, 36% of all data is expected to be stored in the cloud.
  • 52% of companies storing data in the cloud report increased data efficiency and utilization.
  • The leading driver for this shift is the need for ‘business agility’
  • 55.2% of businesses indicating this is the reason for moving data to the cloud.
  • Projected spending on cloud computing in 2015 is $183 billion.
  • A new server is added to the cloud for every 120 tablets or 600 smartphones.
  • This growing service is generating new job opportunities — Approximately 14 million jobs are cloud-related in 2015.

For a business solution that’s taking the stress from the job, cloud-computing services are not only an option, it’s the smart one. Champion Business Solutions is assisting small to medium-sized businesses find the tools they need to succeed. With heavy competition comes a larger need for services that will benefit both businesses and customers. Choose the right option for your business and succeed! For all of your office solutions, contact the team at CBS. We are available and waiting for your call.

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Four Components of ROI Calculators

admin : July 30, 2015 3:41 pm : Main Posts

Assess your printing costs and take control of your office. Every business should use a Return on Investment (ROI) calculator to determine the costs to produce graphics, what amount of print volume produced at a specific cost and sold at a particular price is required to pay off the capital investment, and what amount of profit can be realized on a monthly basis. Canon Solutions America has released helpful tips that exemplifies how a business can use the ROI to identify whether the Canon UV flatbed printer is a profitable investment for their business. In order to understand how the ROI data coincides with your business, look at the 4 key components.

Gross Revenue

Allows for entering the price per square foot that the printed piece is expected to sell for and adjusting the “hours printing per day” value to what it would take to accomplish a specific volume of work shown or match to the availability of staff to operate the printer. This feature also allows providers 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

The calculated value of all material costs, including substrates and UV lamps. Depending on the substrate type and sheet size, the amount purchased, and the vendor, the total cost can all vary considerably.

Overheads

The amount paid to operators per hour and the amount of time allocated to an operator to run the printer and conduct related tasks, such as maintenance, calculates the daily cost for the operator to run work on the printer. This gives both the calculated monthly labor cost and combined monthly labor and materials cost.

Investment and Return

The total amount of the printer purchase and related items including: starter kits, options and accessories, training, delivery and installation, etc. Payback in months represents how long it is necessary to print before the investment in the system has been covered based on what was entered for Revenue, Material Costs and Overheads.

ROI calculators and subsequent data is giving businesses in every industry an insight in their printing costs and identifying areas of opportunity. To learn more contact Champion Business Solutions today.

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How to Print from Your Mobile Device

admin : June 30, 2015 1:49 pm : Main Posts, Mobile Printing, Print

Simplify your office and put the power in your employee’s hands. Mobile printing is an enormous step forward in printing capabilities. Printing from mobile devices saves time, costs, and is incredibly convenient. Xerox has been at the front of this Mobile Wave of innovation, particularly when it comes to printing. The Mobile App from Xerox is making printing Simple, Convenient, and Secure.

Are you spending more time and money simply managing your print? Eliminate the frustration by printing easily, remotely, and securely.

Simplify your printing with Xerox. Print all popular document formats, including Microsoft Office Suite and PDF, without losing your formatting. You can choose to print directly from the Mobile App or simply 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. With simple Mobile printing, you can print from any mobile device, laptop or desktop. Print to any brand of printer or MFP.

Mobile printing is convenient. It raises the bar, giving your company what you need, right when you need it. 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.

Most importantly, Xerox printing is secure. You can control when each document releases to the printer as well as manage allow/block listings to ensure users have the correct access. Choose the Cloud setup for greater control or opt for an on-site setup that installs behind your firewall. You can also use “pull print” to avoid leaving prints unattended. Secure PIN codes keep documents securely inside firewalls.

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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Printing Importance in the Workplace

admin : May 29, 2015 5:58 pm : Main Posts

Printing will never be obsolete despite what many people think. If anything, it’s more important than ever. Print is seeing a rise in their print marketing and, more importantly, they’re seeing results. Forbes highlights 4 reasons why print’s making a comeback: Tangibility, Credibility, Target Marketing, and Engagement. Print is here to stay for many reasons but one of the most noteworthy is that it’s trustworthy. Consumers of all ages, while committed to digital devices, still like something they can hold and feel. Maybe it’s innate or simply nostalgic but there’s something about printed materials that feel (physically and mentally) tangible.

Tangibility

Just as we said above, tangibility is a large factor in trust, call to action, and ultimately success. Even something as simple as EDDM, printed coupon, or brochure gives the consumer a feeling of stability and reliability.

Credibility

There is something about print that gives a sense of legitimacy. The saturation of popups and banner ads on the web can be overwhelming and the fear of spam and viruses is enough make people weary of clicking. There is no imminent danger in a print ad.

Target Marketing

Expand your reach by placing ads in various publications and materials. This can help you reach the target audience of your choice in a memorable manner.

Engagement 

Forbes says, “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. (Alshaali & Varshney, 2005)” Retention is higher among printed materials; they remember what they’re reading and your company’s name will stick in their memory, possibly helping you in the future.

Champion Business Solutions is helping your bottom line so that you can succeed in all of your endeavors. “Wow!” your customers with the highest quality print materials every time.

 

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Xerox Launches New Document Management Tools

admin : April 30, 2015 4:51 pm : Document Management, Main Posts

Xerox is launching new Document Management Tools to the mobile world! They’re set to be released in a few months for mobile apps. Mike Feldman, President of Large Enterprise Operations for Xerox Services, told CMS Wire that “the releases are a continuation of the company’s objective to automate and simplify the document management cycle.” What we know right now is that the apps will be focused on processes and people. There are three stages of print that Xerox is hoping to improve upon:

1. Assess and Optimize

2. Security and Integration

3. Automation and Simplifying Processes

The mobile apps will connect businesses in a more efficient and scalable way. Xerox has been focused on mobile processes for a while now and these apps are showing just how committed they are to extending their services. The apps will range from Supply Chain Optimization to helping employees create and share information without servers or IT support. Business all over the world are working towards a paperless office. Environmental and corporate responsibility is what’s driving companies towards greener practices and we’re on board with this exciting direction.

“Organizations can have a love-hate relationship with paper. It remains critical to everything from invoicing to collaboration, but it can also cripple productivity. That’s why workflow automation is a business priority,” said Mike Feldman, President of Large Enterprise Operations at Xerox. “Eliminating the inherent issues of manual, paper-based work streams can improve operations and accelerate benefits derived from managed print services.”

Xerox is paving the way towards the future of business. Anticipating future needs and concerns are vital for any company and Xerox is leading the way, focusing on the innovations in technology and current business practices to assess where we’re going. The apps are scheduled to be released in the coming months so keep an eye out for them. They may just be the next big thing for your business.

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Printers for the Mobile World

admin : March 30, 2015 9:17 pm : Main Posts, Mobile Printing

Xerox has been busy creating printers that can solve all of your office’s need. With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becoming a popular and effective business practice, mobile print capabilities is on the top of every office’s wishlist. Xerox is now making printers and Multifunction devices that are print capable and can be easily set up in your office. The newest addition in mobile print capable printers is the Phaser 6022 and WorkCentre 6027 Color Multifunction Printer.

Both of these printers are specifically set up with mobile printing in mind. The devices, like other Xerox office solutions, are easy to use regardless of remote IT operations. Xerox is ensuring 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 WorkCentre 6027 saves time when copying, faxing or scanning multiple page documents,
  • Large, intuitive color touchscreen on the WorkCentre 6027 makes it simple to navigate all of the device’s features.

Champion Business Solutions is 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.

 

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Cut Your Print and Ink Costs

admin : February 26, 2015 3:46 pm : Main Posts, Portland, Print

Champion Business Solutions is helping you cut your costs in your printing and ink. A few simple tweaks, tricks, and tips is all it takes to take control and make the most out of your office. Don’t waste time and money when office solutions are all around you. We are helping Portland businesses save money while also creating a more cohesive and effective office environment.

Modify Your Document

An easy, responsible way to cut costs and create an efficient printing environment is to simply look over your document. Shrink the document in Microsoft Word or any other program you’re using and look for large, unnecessary gaps or breaks in the document. Make the most out of what you’re printing.

Print Duplex

The unsung hero of the printing world is Duplex, printing on both sides. It’s incredible how easy it is yet how often it slips our mind. Endorse printing duplex and possibly include it in your office printing policy. Print duplex and cut your costs by 50% easily, without having to cut down on the information.

Think Green

As a whole, does your office print a lot? What happens to the majority of those documents? Consider what your printing and think of alternatives. For example, in our highly digitized world, we can now access most things right from our own devices. If you print notes or documents for important presentations or meetings, think of making the switch to digital. Use your phone or tablet to share documents. Think outside the box and think green!

Solid Ink

According to Xerox, “Compared with color laser printing technology, Solid Ink generates up to 90% less printing waste because there are no cartridges to dispose of and less packaging to add to landfills.” Consider switching to Solid Ink and contributing to a greener way of doing things.

Champion Business Solutions is here to help you with every aspect of your office environment. Give us a call and start saving today!

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3 Ways Businesses Can Save With MPS

admin : January 16, 2015 6:53 pm : Main Posts, Managed Print Services, Portland, Vancouver

Managed Print Services (MPS) are creating sustainable, affordable working environments for businesses in the Portland and Vancouver, Washington areas. If you’re not on board the MPS train than 2015 is your year! MPS is more than a service, it’s an inclusive, cohesive way that businesses can manage their print environment, assess risk and subsequent solutions, save money, and build a better system. Champion Business Solutions is offering the best services and support that the area has to offer. Manage your documents and print environments with one easy system. Are your documents organized? Are you using your devices to their full potential? Will your business be here for the long run? With Managed Print Services you can ensure your future.

Organize

No matter what industry you’re in, documents are an integral part of your system. MPS is allowing businesses a way to organize their files in an easier, accessible system. Whether you have electronic or paper files, MPS is building you a better system.

Utilization

Multifunction printers are already impressive in their own right. They have the ability to print, copy, fax, scan, but do you know that you can also use your device to archive, sort, and route documents. Our technicians can train you on MPS and all of its capabilities. 2015 is the year to begin your scanning process! With MPS you can now use ERP, ECM, or other cloud-based systems like Dropbox to scan directly to the designated folders, starting your process towards a paperless office.

Sustainability

MPS is sustainable in every sense of the word; it’s green, affordable, increases productivity, and lowers risk. Managed Print Services can save SMB’s printing costs by:

  • Measuring the total actual costs of printing, including Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for all copiers and printers, as well as any costs associated with outsourced printing.
  • Reduce unnecessary printing, including unwarranted color and/or single-sided prints.
  • Lowering paper costs by utilizing bulk orders.

It is a secure way to ensure that your office is successful, safe, and sustainable. Your employees will thank you for it. They, and you, will no longer have to worry about your print environment. Managed Print Services takes all of your printing concerns and finds solutions so you don’t have to. Lowering the risk in your print environment will help your business run cohesively. Fixing one problem is like a waterfall; other pegs will fall into place because of it.

Champion Business Solutions is making your everyday a little easier with our document solutions. Contact us today to discuss your office’s opportunities.

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