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Electronic job submission drives print volume

Mar 6, 2002 12:00 AM


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According to document-industry research group Blackstone Research Associates (Uxbridge, MA), electronic job submission is a key driver of print volume increases for corporate computer centers and in-plant printers in large businesses. Nearly 19 percent of survey respondents who reported a print-volume increase attributed it to electronic submission of print jobs. The demand for color, particularly from marketing departments, also is a top driver of print volume increases in Fortune 1000-size companies.

In-plant volumes are increasing by five percent per year, while print volumes in corporate computer centers are dropping by seven percent per year. Top factors driving volumes down include the ready availability of information on the Internet and intranets, which affects 39 percent of respondents, and the on-line availability of previously printed internal reports.

Blackstone Research's report, "Corporate Color," examines print-volume trends, and is based on in-depth interviews conducted with 141 in-plant, computer-center and marketing-department decision makers. For more information, visit www.blackstoneresearch.com.