Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pennsylvanian county cuts costs using remanufactured cartridges

Franklin County in the US state has revealed that by using remanufactured cartridges it has saved over $170,000 in office supplies purchasing.

The county’s purchase of remanufactured toner cartridges has allowed it to save nearly $170,000 between July 2009 and December 2010 on office supplies, according to Public Opinion Online. To add to this, county officials stated that $56,000 was saved on the purchase of printing equipment, with total savings said to be equal to “about one-sixth of a mill[ion] of county real estate tax”.

The county commissioners in the area also wanted an emphasis on “going paperless” with printing, and this has saved 1.36 million printed pages, or 272 cases, in 18 months. The report, made by Purchasing Director Brenda Covert, was released in the run-up to a $122 million final budget for the county.

Other information released by the county officials stated that the initiatives came from the desire to cut eight percent from Franklin County’s budget two years ago, with printing costs reduced through use of a managed print service networking its 83 printers together.

568 items, with 237 of these inkjet and toner cartridges, are approved by purchase by the county, a marked change from 2008, when county departments could order from over 25,000. The specific saving from using remanufactured toner cartridges came in at $41,250.

County Commissioner Robert Thomas stated of the changes that it was “definitely a cultural change in how to do business”, whilst Colvert noted that the county has experienced “phenomenal” successes with its new initiatives so far

HP and Lexmark Toner Increase

HP and Lexmark Toner Increase

Please be aware that Hewlett Packard and Lexmark recently announced price increases effective January 1st, 2012.

Hewlett Packard:

HP will increase the price of toner cartridges by approximately 2%. In addition to the 2% increase, HP will increase list prices on twenty-seven (27) select HP legacy toner cartridges from 12-17%. This announced increase does not include ink. Additionally, HP is increasing the price on select parts, drums, and maintenance kits. According to HP, these price increases are in response to global economic conditions, including currency volatility.


Lexmark is announcing an inkjet and laser supplies price increase of 3-7% across the majority of their product line. According to Lexmark, they experienced a higher than expected increase in supplies product costs, specifically materials and transportation.