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Printing Industry Trends to Watch in 2019

February 13, 2019

Despite a major shift to digital, the traditional printing industry isn’t going away. Instead, leading manufacturers like Konica Minolta and Ricoh have begun revising business strategies to stay relevant in the changing printing landscape. Keep an eye out for the following trends we expect to emerge this year.

Integrated Printing Workflows

As we emphasized above, printing isn’t going away. Rather, it’s evolving to keep up with advancing technologies. While many businesses still use paper in day-to-day operations, proper document management requires digital archiving to be effective.

Other integrated workflows might include investing in smart printers that feature workflow apps, such as ConnectKey on Xerox machines. These apps promote greater efficiency and automation in print activity while helping users get the most out of their equipment.

Greater Emphasis on the Cloud

Similarly, expect more businesses to rely on the cloud for managed print services. Rather than requiring space for physical servers in the office, cloud-based print management moves those servers into the cloud. Not only can this solution be much more cost-effective, but many cloud-based services also offer greater data security for print jobs.

Widespread Artificial Intelligence

Printer manufacturers have started incorporating voice recognition technologies like Alexa and Google into smart printers, helping to streamline workflows and minimize printer bottlenecks across the office. This year, we expect to see several major printer manufacturers introducing this popular technology into new office equipment models.

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