This Week in Imaging: Another Look at Office Page-Volume Trends
To date, we’ve seen office-page volumes sharply lower since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In general, we’ve seen companies such as HP Inc. and Konica Minolta forecast that page volumes will be about 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
This week, there was a bit of very alarming bit of data from market-research firm Quocirca. According to a recent Quocirca survey, senior IT managers at 203 companies in the U.S. and Western Europe estimated that their current print volumes are 51 percent of pre-Covid-19 levels, and expect them to only rise to 55 percent by the end of 2023. Respondents’ feelings on the importance of print also declined, with 30 percent saying it’s very important, down from 50 percent in 2019.
On the other hand, some reassuring data came from Ricoh Company earlier this year.
According to Ricoh data, Ricoh MFPs’ print volumes have yet to reach pre-pandemic levels. But the decline hasn’t been so drastic, with print volumes averaging at about 85 percent of those two years earlier.
This isn’t based on estimates or forecasts – Ricoh obtained the data from its @Remote print-fleet monitoring service, which it used to monitor print volumes from April 2021 to April 2022 in the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, France, Germany, and the U.K.
Overall, office page-volumes are not going to return to pre-pandemic levels, but the decline is best summarized in an August 2021 forecast from IDC shown below. Meanwhile, beyond the office, there’s still significant opportunity for print, including wide-format printing, laser and high-speed inkjet production printing, graphics printing, and textile printing.
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