A team member approached the marketing manager at a global fortune 500 company, handed her one of the 15,000 380 page catalogues - which had arrived from halfway across the world that morning - and took cover…

The bottom corner on the very front page read “Your Text Here”.

Countless hours of hard work had been poured into the brochure and the final sign-off had come from the marketing manager herself. They were scrapped. 10,000 brochures, 5.7m pages and almost 70 trees were wasted.

Going to print is a big commitment. Not only do missed typos or mistakes risk embarrassment if they make it into the hands of customers and prospects, but fixing those mistakes can be costly and result in massive paper wastage.

Whereas human error can never be eradicated altogether, the consequences can be vastly reduced.

A blunder can be prevented from becoming a nightmare.

Why is that important? One recent example is of an education institute leaving inaccurate text in its brochure and printing 10,000 copies. Easily done, such errors can make it past even the most diligent proof processes.

Such a mistake, although small, could have cast doubt on the institution’s general competency and have had profound consequences. As a result, it scrapped the 10,000 brochures and ordered 10,000 more. More than 20 trees were destroyed unnecessarily.

This isn’t as rare as you might think. Considering the vast amount of printed material in continuous circulation, coupled with human error, the potential wastage is huge.

We’ve seen some resourceful companies try and avoid waste by applying stickers over inaccuracies or creating a new insert with updated information. Although saving scrappage, it’s a time consuming endeavor that is better avoided altogether.

The solution: print on-demand in smaller batches and more often .

There has been a tendency to print in large volumes in order to achieve cost efficiency, but things are changing. We disrupt the old model by providing organizations with a printing solution for managing print jobs centrally, which are produced and distributed locally. The process is quick and easy. By enabling those that need printed materials (whether they be local offices, sales representatives, resellers or whatever they may be) to order prints ‘on demand’, volumes are reduced significantly. In fact, together with our clients we set a joint ambition to reduce delivery distances of prints by up to 90% and cut volumes by 50%.

So if you find a typo or mistake, only a low volume of materials are affected. Once the source file is updated, the problem is solved in time for the next re-order. With this approach you can manage waste (and overprinting!)

Small mistakes no longer need to cause big problems!