October, 2011

According to the Gartner Group, printing is the third highest business expense after payroll and rent. Businesses may spend 7% to 12% of their total revenue on document production, management and distribution. For a business with $10 million annual revenue, that could mean $700,000 is spent on document management each year. A $500 million business could spend $35 million!

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It’s probably no surprise that the global workforce is going mobile. In its first three days of availability, Apple sold 4 million of its new iPhone 4S. That was a record and sales of internet devices keep growing.

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Have you seen those square, black and white patterns on signs in malls and in magazines? You’ve probably been wondering what they are and what they do.

They are Quick Response (QR) codes — two-dimensional barcodes that can be read by most modern smart phones. They started in the automotive industry in the 1990s as a way to track vehicles during the manufacturing process. Today they’ve become popular for everything from product marketing to commercial tracking, entertainment ticketing, and in-store product labeling.

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