FedEx Office Cloud-Based Document Management: Printing Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Kinko’s has long been a trusted service provider to small businesses, acting as a great place to make copies, fax documents, and scan documents to e-mail. For start-ups and small businesses unable to afford a full office of equipment, Kinko’s has been an invaluable resource.

But with more and more businesses–and individuals–becoming fully automated, Kinko’s, in conjunction with owner FedEx, is seeking to meet the demands of today’s small business. While FedEx Kinko’s will still offer a wide array of business services at its numerous locations, the company is beefing up its online document management services, offering more options to small businesses on the move.

Having changed its name from FedEx Kinko’s to FedEx Office, the company offers customers the ability to print to a FedEx Office location, where materials will be ready to be picked up at a designated time. You can set up and deploy print jobs for manuals, catalogs, banners, magnets, and other items without even leaving your office.

Even better, FedEx Office has partnered with Google Docs to provide online document storage and management. This not only helps you store your FedEx Office print jobs for future use, it allows you to access your presentation materials from anywhere.

Ideal for people on the go, FedEx Office’s file management system can handle a wide variety of file types, from Word to Powerpoint to PDFs. Businesses can fully manage their files within FedEx Office’s interface, deleting files and creating folders and sub-folders to keep everything organized. If you have trouble finding a file, the interface allows for advanced file search.

Cloud-based file management systems are a booming business, with everyone from Microsoft to IBM offering businesses the ability to manage and share files. But businesses who utilize FedEx Office locations for print jobs will love the ability to access their files from anywhere and create print jobs online. Those same print jobs can be accessed later for update or reprint at any time, for pickup at the closest FedEx Office location.

Another plus for small businesses is that FedEx Office locations can not only print your item for pickup at locations all over the world, it can package up your item and ship it to your specifications, saving you time. Imagine handling a large print run and distribution from your hotel room while traveling. This could save money and time, allowing you to make changes to your documents at the last minute before going to press.

If you’d prefer to have your print job(s) delivered to you, FedEx Office offers that service as well. The company will either ship the item to you or deliver it to your door using the third party courier service e-Courier. This level of support allows you to compete with much larger companies without having to employ large numbers of staff.

While many other companies offer online document management services, the ability to print from the Cloud and update print jobs and send them anywhere is unique to FedEx. It combines the shipping power of FedEx with the small business printing services Kinko’s has always provided.


About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.