A leading insurance broker was looking to better control the spiralling costs of its print facilities across its network of branches by reining in any unnecessary use of colour. With binary options of either mono printing or auto colour, the only cost-effective way to combine colour and black & white elements was to manually collate the different pages which was time-consuming and easily prone to mistakes, so there was an obvious need for an automated alternative.
Step forward Elmdale IT Services Ltd, the insurance broker’s trusted IT partner, which developed the Elmprint software solution in collaboration with print manufacturer Konica Minolta and its bizhub multifunctional print devices. Elmprint now automates the process to deliver intelligent usage of colour and mono printing, which has enabled one of the insurance broker’s branches to significantly reduce its monthly print costs from £4,000 to just £600, whilst preserving the professional standards that customers expect
Whilst a large percentage of the paperwork only needs to be printed in mono, certain documents require colour for clarity of information and therefore each branch requires the ability to print in colour. With colour printing being considerably more expensive than mono, costs had spiralled, and it was clear that an intelligent solution was required that would balance both high quality results and costs.
Having thoroughly examined the needs of the business, Elmdale worked closely with the insurance broker and its print supply partner, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd, to install a fleet of over 200 bizhub devices, including C3350i, C4050i, C300i and C450i models. Konica Minolta’s powerful bizhub multifunctional print devices already work in conjunction with the flexible Papercut print software, which enables the business to achieve reductions in waste and provides valuable information on branch performance. However, the insurance broker was still looking to reduce its colour output considerably and it was essential to find a suitable solution across its branches.
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“SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION, THE INSURANCE BROKER HAS ENJOYED SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS, WITH ONE BRANCH TRIALLING THE ELMPRINT SOLUTION REDUCING ITS £4,000 A MONTH PRINT COSTS DOWN TO JUST £600”
Sales Manager at Elmdale