cloudSMART – Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new addition to the Chamber Plus service, cloudSMART (Print and Post specialists). In the last 18 months Chamber Plus has saved members over £2.4 million on indirect overheads and is continuously working to bring further value added services which is why we are confident that cloudSMART will bring further cost savings to its members.

Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK with over 5,000 members. We provide first-class business support through a range of tailored services and networking opportunities and use our influence with local and central government to lobby on behalf of our members as the voice of the Greater Manchester business community.

cloudPOST (a service provided by cloudSMART) is an online postal solution which allows you to send physical letters from your desktop for less than the cost of a 2nd class stamp.

There is no longer a need for in-house mailing, pre-printed stationery, folding and stuffing envelopes, as CloudPOST prints the items in a secure, high quality facility, handing off to Royal Mail for the final delivery to provide a second class service. Utilising CloudPOST not only delivers savings on the hard costs of sending mail (paper, ink, consumables, stamps, franking machine rental, envelopes, etc.) but more importantly on the soft costs (employees time). CloudPOST will ultimately drive efficiencies into a business whilst at the same time deliver a saving.

Key Benefits of cloudPOST:

• No software or setup costs
• No contract or minimum commitments (you only pay for the post you send)
• Send from 1 – 10,000 items with just a few clicks of the mouse
• Purchase targeted address data in seconds to maximise marketing campaigns
• Integrate into your current systems to automate your bulk mailings (e.g. invoices)
• 4 access methods – Printer Driver, Web Portal, Print Spooler or API

Chamber members you will benefit by receiving a big discount against cloudPOST’s standard prices (A4 single sided colour letter).

Save on print with cloudSMART

Despite the claims of the 1980’s ‘paperless office’ print is still key to businesses and an essential tool of communication. It’s often the little things that can make the biggest difference to your business so there is one question you should ask…

‘Do you use a desktop laser or inkjet printer for your office printing?’

If the answer is yes then read on as most businesses do not realise just how expensive the running costs of desktop printers are.

Desktop printers are expensive due to the high price of printer cartridges and they never last for the number of prints they state. On top of this there are hidden costs for worn out imaging drums, fuser units, maintenance kits call out charges if the printer breaks down!

Working with businesses we have delivered significant savings identified through a free of charge audit to establish the amount your business spends on print each month against what we would charge.

Whether your business prints slightly less or a whole lot more cloudSMART have a solution that will not only save you money but will deliver a hassle free service, as regardless of ink coverage we charge 5p per colour print and 0.5p per mono print on our fully serviced Multi-Functional Printers. The figures below represent a typical office environment:

Typical office solution:

-       2,000 mono prints at 4p per sheet (industry standard cost) = £80 per month

-       2,000 colour prints at 10p per sheet (industry standard cost) = £200 per month

TOTAL SPEND = £280 per month

cloudSMART solution:

- 2,000 mono prints at 0.5p (fixed cost per page) = £10 per month

- 2,000 colour prints at 5p (fixed cost per page) = £100 per month

TOTAL SPEND = £175 per month

*includes monthly rental of £65 for colour Multi-Functional Printer

This is a TOTAL SAVING of = £105 per month (£1,260 p.a.)

Makes you think doesn’t it as by just changing the device you print on can make a big difference to your bottom line.