Why it’s time to give mid-sized firms the love they deserve

Mid-sized businesses (MSBs) in Europe have a problem. They are the unsung heroes of our economy, yet they are often the organisations facing the biggest barriers to growth. At Ricoh we commissioned research into what we call the ‘Middle Child Syndrome’. We found that Europe’s mid-market was missing out on sales of up to €433bn a year by not being as competitive as they would like. What would you do…

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Do you really know what you are spending on print?

Around 64% of companies don’t and this is why. If 2017 is going to be another year where you need to review operational costs, then you might want to understand what your organisation is printing across the entire business – and not just in the office. The cost of print continues to be at the forefront of most organisations and it is always a target when looking to reduce operational…

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Three predictions for the future of print service providers

Very happy New Year. Like many others, the Christmas break gave me a chance to reflect on what went on in 2016 and what 2017 holds in store for us. We all know how wrong predictions have been recently, but nonetheless that won’t stop me making a few!  So, and specifically on what’s in store for print service providers (PSPs) in 2017, here goes: 1) Service providers embrace data-driven intelligence…

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Three case studies that highlight where outsourcing can add value in 2017

As 2017 approaches, organisations are facing up to the challenge posed by increasingly uncertain economic times and determining whether they have the ability to rely on internal resources alone. The Deloitte Global Outsourcing Survey 2016 states that Finance (36%), HR (32%) and IT (31%) present highest future opportunities for outsourcing growth, but what other areas can outsourcing add value? Outsourcing is an evolving industry – encompassing many areas of operations…

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Data protection: Are you set for GDPR?

Businesses have less than 18 months to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR. But what is GDPR and what challenges might it pose to European businesses? If you’re unfamiliar with the legislation that’s coming into force (officially known as Directive 95/46/EC), here’s a top-line summary: Businesses must have explicit consent to use a wide variety of data Companies will have to hire…

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