The Benefits of Tiered Billing in Printing

When running a business, of any size, a major concern at the forefront of your mind will always be how to best keep costs low. At times, it can become a headache trying keep track of all company expenditure and manually monitor price fluctuations. Thankfully, there is a solution available, and it comes in the form of a metered price plan.

Tiered billing is an innovative way of cutting printing costs to your business by up to 50%. Rather than a single rogue hyperlink leading you to be charged for a whole page of colour, tiered billing ensures that customers are only ever charged for what they actually use.

This ingenious three-tiered billing system is fully available on the UTAX range of colour multifunctional printers, meaning that companies will never be overcharged for their printing usage. The cost is entirely dependent on the consumption, making it an easily manageable sum.

By determining the exact number of coloured dots on each printed page, the total colour coverage is calculated to give a precise reading of how much colour has been used.

That number is updated to UTAX’s three-tier system, with prices referring to a low, mid, or high colour usage. For example, a black and white document would of course contain no coloured ink, while a document classed as low colour coverage would include a line of coloured text, a logo on the document, or something similar. Medium colour coverage would include highlighted text or a coloured image, while high colour coverage is expected for brochures or printed internet pages, with large images or colour graphics.

Traditionally, printers have billed using a fixed rate for black and white copies, and another for colour copies. This fixed rate is based on the industry standard, a high colour coverage, despite most business printing falling into the low or medium categories of colour coverage. This means that companies end up spending far more on printing ink than they should, ought, or need to be.

By providing an intelligent three-tier system, UTAX offer their customers a fair printing system that reflects their actual usage rather than the assumed usage of the masses.

Printing practice and cost becomes completely customised and transparent when customers can adjust their printing expenditure, without necessarily having to alter their company’s behaviour. Without compromising on print quality, businesses are able reinvest their savings more efficiently, with the reduced use of toner benefiting both the budget and the environment.

If you’re interested in finding out more about tiered billing, or would like to know some more information about the range of UTAX multifunctional colour printers, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our helpful advisors today!