Who Can Capitalize on PrintWorld - Part II 

Thursday September 15, 2016

As the world grows ever more connected, the need for technology that makes mobile workers more efficient and secure continues to grow. However, remote professionals aren’t the only ones that need access to tech, including mobile printing functionality, while they’re on the go. Students are also a growing demographic in need of mobile printing options.

A Growing Student Body

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 20.5 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities this fall. With school back in session, it is only a matter of time before some 20 million students will need to pull all-nighters cramming for tests and churning out term papers.

However, as tuition rates rise, there has also been an increased interest in cost-effective methods to make the school year more financially bearable. One trend is getting rid of personal printers. In fact, in a recent article for Kiplinger, titled “13 Things College Students Don’t Need,” explained that a new printer is third most unnecessary purchase – after new textbooks and a high-end laptop. An ink jet printer can cost a student about $100 initially and $30 every time they need to replace their ink cartridges on top of $9 every time they need a new ream of paper (which, for English majors, happens a lot).

Easing Students’ Pain Points

When you’re a student, there is nothing comparable to the feeling of finishing a research paper; conversely, there is no feeling more frustrating than finishing it and finding out your printer is experiencing technical difficulties. Colleges and universities are taking it upon themselves to alleviate some of the costs and stresses associated with owning a printer, by providing students with printing options on campus. Printing locations tend to be found in computer labs, lecture halls, and libraries.

However, printing expenses vary widely among different institutions. According to data compiled by Minnesota State University, Yale and the University of Washington both ask students to pay 10 cents per page. The University of Kentucky charges 10 cents per black and white page and 50 cents per colored page. At the University of Minnesota, color copies costs go up to $1 per page. Meanwhile, these options often require students to venture out to areas far away from their dorms and apartments in search of the nearest print kiosk.

As a result, there has been an increased interest in creating printing solutions that better cater to students and other on-the-go consumers who need convenient and efficient access to mobile printing. Cartridge World has developed PrintWorld™, powered by Samsung, a mobile app that allows remote workers to print, scan and share documents from Wi-Fi-enabled locations such as coffee shops, student unions and anywhere else that students find themselves using their mobile devices to work on assignments. PrintWorld helps students locate retail businesses that offer this on-the-go mobile printing functionality. By doing so, Cartridge World is helping students remain productive no matter where they are on or off campus.