The shift to a work-from-home (WFH) model, thought to be merely a stopgap measure back in the spring of 2020, is starting to look more and more permanent, requiring many businesses to make long-term decisions on how best to equip home workers with the tools and hardware needed to do their jobs. Some of those decisions were easy – the procedures for ordering and provisioning additional laptops, for instance, didn’t necessarily change. But what about printing and scanning needs? A workgroup copier will probably not fit in people’s home offices, kitchens, or walk-in closets (yes, home workers with kids attending virtual school, we see you).
And if you’re reading this and thinking, “everything is digital – no one needs to print” – well, no. Many jobs still require printing, and those digital documents are not, in many cases, born digital and require scanning into the system. Many remote workers will still require MFPs – just not the ledger-sized behemoths that sit in the common areas of an office. Organizations seeking to outfit home workers need smaller devices. Printer manufacturers, cognizant of this shift, have also turned toward a broader range of more agile letter/legal-sized devices, many of which are well-suited for home-office use. This means a broader range of buying options.
SOURCE Sharp Electronics