Print industry players have no doubt had to strive to remain relevant in the highly digitized markets of the modern era, and have become more successful in doing so throughout the past several years as evidenced by the return of demand for such services and products. However, one of the more important trends in consumer and corporate purchasing behaviors is increased attention to detail with respect to the selection of brands that achieve and sustain strong environmental friendliness.
Sustainability is only going to continue to become a hotter item in the discussion of the print industry's future, and some of the more forward-thinking leaders in the sector are already beginning to focus on research and development in efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. To ensure that the the print industry does indeed have a place in the corporate and consumer landscapes a decade from now, or even further, eco-friendliness will need to remain a widely discussed matter, to say the least.
What is being done?
Chem.info recently explained some of the ways in which the print industry is working to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, including the more advanced equipment and practices that are helping to drive down pollution in this centuries-old sector. One of the more widely embraced methods of becoming more ecologically sound is to reduce waste within general operations through the use of advanced technologies such as automation software.
When a company has completely eradicated all internal waste from its operational procedures, it will be in a far better position to reduce its carbon footprint within core processes that cannot necessarily be thrown out. According to the news provider, workflow management software has been a critical asset for many printers, as the tools are generally viewed as advanced measures to reduce the chances of poor process execution that leads to waste.
The source also affirmed that digital technologies such as workflow automation software can be used to substantially increase the efficiency of a printing operation at large, while simultaneously bolstering scalability of processes for when demand expands or contracts. Considering how turbulent demand for print services and products has been throughout the past several decades, this flexibility will be key to maintaining optimal and profitable operations in the coming years, and technology is there to help.
What comes next?
Global attention paid to environmental causes and troubles is reaching a tipping point of sorts, and studies are already beginning to indicate that consumers and corporate purchasers are becoming increasingly likely to only do business with firms that focus on sustainability and low carbon footprints. As the paper industry has long been a target of environmental friendliness debates, the need to focus on sustainability will inherently intensify in the coming years.
Additionally, businesses that want to comprehensively manage their brand image should always work to identify and partner with printers that can attest to optimal waste management and ecological sustainability. At the end of the day, this practice can pay dividends for all involved.