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Posted by Willy Franzen on May 24, 2012. Positions below updated every five minutes.
My life is about as paperless as it gets. I avoid having to use a printer at all costs. Yet, I still think I know something about the paper and printing industry. It’s not because my mom is a graphic designer who dragged me along to pick up printing jobs when I was a kid. It’s because I watch The Office, obviously. Believe it or not, printing costs are still significant for most companies–”corporations spend $500 per employee annually on printing costs.” PrintEco is a Chicago, IL based company that claims they can cut 17% off of most companies’ printing expenses and help the environment at the same time. When you see how they do it, I think you’ll be pretty impressed.
For a long time the main role for most computers was to create stuff to be printed. We’ve moved beyond that now, but it’s hard to believe that printing functionality has remained mostly the same the entire time–you print exactly what you see on the screen. Whether you’re printing a proof for a magazine ad or travel directions, the printer reacts the same way. What if instead of trying to replicate what’s on the screen your printing was optimized for paper/ink efficiency? That’s what PrintEco’s software does. You can take a tour here. Basically they have a plug-in for applications like Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and major web browsers that reorganizes your print jobs so that you get more information on a single page while using less ink. It’s crazy that nobody thought of this before. PrintEco offers their software free for personal use, but charges per user fees at the small business and enterprise levels.
If you like what EcoPrint is doing, take a look at their Jobs page. Right now they’re looking for a paid college graduate Marketing Intern. It’s essentially an audition for a full-time job, so don’t overlook it just because it’s an internship. This kind of thing is definitely becoming a lot more common.
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