We have exciting news about the launch of Northwestern Print this month. Northwestern Print unifies our print services (in what is known as a managed print service or MPS) across the Evanston and Chicago campuses to have a better user experience, save money, and make printer maintenance easier.
Below are some of the primary benefits of Northwestern Print:
- Better user experience: There will be a higher quality, more consistent user experience.
- Follow me printing – print jobs can be released at any available device.
- Touchless and secure print job release – tap to print with Wildcards or mobile devices.
- Mobile printing directly from phones and other devices.
- Budget savings:
- Departments that have already transitioned to a new Ricoh printer have seen budget savings compared to their copiers from the previous contracts.
- In addition to the monthly fee for the device (rate varies) and a price per printed page, under the new Northwestern Print service there will be an additional monthly infrastructure fee for software and services (about $35) and a one-time licensing fee (about $425).
- We anticipate that most departments will still save about 20% compared to their previous copier even when including the above additional costs.
- Better reporting will now be available to local administrators on printing costs.
- Greener printing with reduced waste.
- Time savings: Ricoh will now take on the bulk of the work to manage devices, freeing up Northwestern employees’ time.
- Ricoh will automatically send new supplies, be notified of service needs, perform maintenance, and replace copiers as needed.
Northwestern Print launched first at the University Library and at the Pritzker School of Law. Other migrations will occur this summer and fall. We will work with your local leaders, IT staff, and Ricoh to coordinate your local migration. This new service is aimed at shared multi-function copiers and at this time does not incorporate personal printers.
This initiative could not have happened without the broad group of representatives from our schools and units who served on our planning and testing committees.