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Optical Character Recognition: The Unsung Hero of the Modern Office

Posted by Craig on April 11, 2018

In the modern office, there are a lot of processes and devices that make life easier. Some are obvious: card authentication, cloud backups, the break room coffee maker. But others are invisible by design. By design, they do the heavy lifting in the background so you don't have to worry about it. One of the greatest unsung heroes of invisible processes is optical character recognition, or OCR.

What is Rules Based Printing?

Posted by Craig on February 13, 2018

Whether you're a small business or a large enterprise, you have a need to track and control your print. Taking a laissez faire attitude toward the print in your organization is a recipe for out of control costs and even data breaches. One of the best tools you can employ is rules based printing.

7 Ways Ricoh GlobalScan NX Streamlines Your Documents

Posted by Craig on December 18, 2017

Keeping the documents within your business properly organized and routed to the right place is undeniably important. And sometimes, it's a little more aspirational than practical. It can take a lot of time, effort and money to implement and maintain these processes. GlobalScan NX from Ricoh makes it easy and worthwhile.

A&A Office Systems Uses AWS IoT Button For Supplies and Service

Posted by Craig on December 08, 2017

By now, you may have heard of Amazon's Dash Button. It's a small device with a single button that you can place in your home. Each Dash Button is linked to a product on Amazon, such as paper towls or laundry detergent. When you have run low on a given household product, you can press the button on the corresponding Dash and Amazon will dispatch that product to in two business days.

The Impact Color Has on Your Brand and Business

Posted by Craig on November 10, 2017

It's no secret that humans are visual creatures. Art, photos, film, we love to take splendor in with our eyes. The truth is, your business is no different and color in particular is important to your brand. Numerous studies have been conducted exploring the psychology of color and why we respond to colors (and brands!) differently.

The Benefits of In-House Production Print

Posted by Craig on November 06, 2017

It's easy to think production print is the realm of marketers, graphic artists and designers alone, but it's not just branding that demands a powerful production machine. Any organization consistently utilizing any kind of standard forms, printed memos or notices has a need for production print.

5 Ways Nuance eCopy ShareScan Will Improve Your Office

Posted by Craig on October 19, 2017

It might come as no surprise that we here at A&A Office Systems think the copier can be a cornerstone to your office. What might come as a greater shock is that it's actually true! When combined with smart business practices and modern software, your copier is a much bigger asset than you may realize.

One of our favorite software solutions is eCopy ShareScan from Nuance. eCopy is great because it offers a whole slew of useful features with centralized administration so it's easy to configure and maintain your whole print fleet.

What is a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO)?

Posted by Craig on October 18, 2017

A group purchasing organization (GPO) is an organization designed to leverage the collective might of its members to get preferred pricing on products and services those members might typically use. GPOs often serve a particular industry or vertical, such as healthcare or education. Purchasing through a GPO usually requires a member to pay a membership fee or to make a minimum purchase amount. What can be purchased through the GPO depends on the industry and the participating vendors. It can be as specific as surgical gloves for a healthcare provider, or as widely applicable as office technology.

Why Your Office Should Ditch the Desktop Printer

Posted by Craig on September 08, 2017

Desktop printers are great. At home, you can count on your desktop for new recipes, for your children's homework, or for driving directions. If your business employs just a few people and produces and manages very little paper, a desktop printer is a great asset. In fact, despite the attention grabbing title of this article, desktop printers may still have a place in your home and small business.

How Do I Recycle My Toner and Ink Cartridges?

Posted by Craig on September 01, 2017

If you've just purchased your first office printer or copier you maybe be wondering, "How do I recycle the toner and ink cartridges?" Heck, maybe you've owned an office copier for years and you're still thinking about this question (if you're just throwing them away, please don't do that!). It's the sort of thing you don't give much thought to until you're standing next to your machine with a spent cartridge in your hand, cursing your luck that the cyan ran out on your watch.