Mobile printing has become something of an unsurprising phenomenon, in that several companies are on board with their own version of making printing a convenience instead of a hassle while out of the home or office. In February of this year, FedEx Office announced a document service (which SmallBiz recently wrote about) which would integrate Cloud-based storage capability with document management, allowing more flexibility with getting your materials printed while on the go.
Now, FedEx Office has just recently upped the ante in the mobile printing realm with a new service called “Print & Go.” While previously FedEx had given their customers the ability to print through online submissions, Print & Go expands this function by encompassing mobile devices and USB flash drives. What makes this most convenient is that it can be utilized through Gmail or Google Docs, or even the Chrome browser. Print & Go gives a code that the user plugs in to a self-service print kiosk at a FedEx Office location, or can be given to the folks behind the counter.
The cloud-based interactivity with Google Docs helps set FedEx Office apart from similar services, although at least one is fairly close:
- HP (ePrint Mobile Printing). This is very close to the FedEx service (as you can use it to print docs at a FedEx Office location using their app). It’s great that you can use this with FedEx Office, but it’s no Google Cloud Print.
- Xerox (Mobile Print Solution). Their solution is centered on e-mailing your document, receiving a reply back with a confirmation code, and then entering said code into a Xerox-enabled multifunction printer. Nice, if you have access to a Xerox printer.
- Brother (Mobile Solutions). Their solutions center mostly on the service industry, with receipt and label printers being the order of the day, but they do have the PocketJet, a bar-like, 1.3-pound mobile printer. A great solution for those not close to civilization, such as oil field workers, or even for retailers in need of a mobile POS.
Depending on your business’s needs, the FedEx Office Gmail/Google Docs functionality makes it a tough one to beat, especially with so many businesses utilizing Google Docs when working with freelance writers or employees on the road. Getting in on the ground floor with Google helps set FedEx Office as a standard for mobile printing.