The trend of working from home not only has major consequences for people themselves, but also on how people use products. The International Data Corporation (IDC) has assessed the situation in 2020 investigated and concludes, among other things, that considerably less paper has been used, and that this will probably not change in the near future.
That writes The Register, which bought the $4,500 report. The statistics agency has surveyed 4,700 people worldwide about their printer use during the lockdown(s) in 2020. The number of pages printed with printers at work and at home has decreased by 14% in total as a result of digitization. In fact, it’s a reduction of 450 billion sheets of paper worldwide, or 2.8 trillion sheets in total.
Laser printers are most often used by large consumers, and this was clearly visible with a decrease of just over 15% due to the high number of working from home. A3 printers would have seen an even greater reduction in usage. On the other hand, the use of inkjet printers has actually increased by 4%, because people have started to print at home more often. On average, about 50% of the printed pages were for work.
Apparently, that was also evident in HP’s business printer sales, which fell a whopping 22% in HP’s fiscal 2020, which ended in October. In addition, it was struggling with a stock surplus of more than a hundred million euros, so it decided to make printers that can only handle official HP cartridges.
The researchers expect that the number of pages that will be printed at home will not fully match the number printed on the company floor. The argument is that organizations and governments will continue their strategy around the digital revolution. IDC Europe director for the Imaging Devices & Document Solutions division Illona Stankeova expects the number of pages printed to be ‘just’ 2.3 trillion by 2025 — a drop of nearly 18% from the 2.8 trillion in 2020. Nevertheless, an area of 39 football fields would be printed every minute.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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