Last spring, when companies sent their employees home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people simply couldn’t find a printer. In fact, a whole secondary market for low-end print devices sprouted up, with people paying three- or four-times retail price on third-party websites.
Looking ahead, it’s clear that many companies will continue to maintain a hybrid workforce of sorts, even after the end of the pandemic. Not everyone will work from home, and not everyone who does will need a printer. But enough people will need to print from home that it’s worth spending some time to plan out the best ways to enable home printing in the future.
Office print environments are already a hassle for IT departments, so it is essential for companies to plan for potential pain points. In particular, organizations must find ways to simplify ink and toner order management, manage costs and optimize their printer fleet for the future of work.