Brother Survey Reveals SMBs Could Help Save Thousands on Travel for Unnecessary Business Trips

Brother Survey Reveals SMBs Could Help Save Thousands on Travel for Unnecessary 
Business Trips 
Even With the Well Documented Benefits of Cloud-Based Collaboration
Services, Few Small and Medium Sized Businesses Are Actually
Investing in the Technology 
BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 09/16/13 --  Brother
International Corporation released results from its '2013
Collaboration and Process Management Survey,' which found over 50% of
respondents are spending money on business travel that they believe
could be conducted virtually via web conference.  
The Hefty Pricetag 
Of the 50% of respondents that travel for internal company meetings
or trainings: 

--  55% said that they travel at least 2 times a year for meetings that
    could be conducted using video conferencing
--  59% of respondents said they travel to conduct day-to-day business
    with colleagues located in other offices
--  38% of respondents noted it costs over $500 to travel to a business
    meeting or company training, and 15% noted it cost over $1,000

In a time where companies are reducing headcount and increasing
responsibilities to help save money, Brother sees the use of web
conferencing as an untapped cost savings tool. "Unnecessary
overspending on business travel is a problem for businesses of all
sizes, including mid-sized businesses," said Courtney Behrens, Sr.
Marketing Manager of Brother Online. Brother Online offers businesses
a suite of web-based solutions and services, designed to help improve
productivity, including OmniJoin(TM) web conferencing. 
"While some meetings are more beneficial with in-person
communication, those that aren't can be hosted via collaborative
solutions, like a web conferencing service with HD quality video,
helping to save time and money." 
Untapped Collaboration Benefits 
Survey results also revealed that while small and medium sized
businesses are committed to investing in technology, with 30 percent
spending over $30,000 a year on IT, they have yet to uncover the
potential of collaboration technology. While 90% of respondents noted
that collaboration technology would make them feel more productive at
work, only 50% of all respondents said that their company invests in
collaboration software. Furthermore, more than half of respondents
(57 percent) admitted they do not use cloud-based file sharing
solutions to share documents with colleagues. 
Productivity continues to be a significant hurdle SMBs face on a
daily basis. 33 percent of SMB employees said they spend an hour or
more each day -- about 13% of the workday -- searching for shared
files, emails, and scheduling meetings. However, 66 percent of
respondents said that they would be more productive doing these
administrative tasks if their company offered technology at work to
help them find files easily, schedule meetings quickly and securely
share documents with colleagues. 
"By investing in the right technology, companies are ultimately
investing in their employees to help build a more productive
workforce," noted Behrens.  
To learn more about Brother Online, and the solutions offered to help
improve worker productivity, at  
Web Services from Brother 
 For decades, small office / home office,
small and medium sized businesses, and corporate workgroup customers
have depended on Brother for high-quality, value-packed business
machines. Brother is now expanding beyond simply offering great
hardware products, by launching the Brother Online suite of smart,
web-based business services and solutions. Though OmniJoin(TM) web
conferencing is the first such major service offering, the Brother
Online suite will soon add a variety of scanning and workflow
solutions, which will complement and expand the value of Brother(TM)
scanners, printers, and Multi-Function Center(R) devices. For more
information on Brother Online services, visit  
Survey Methodology
 The Brother Collaboration and Process Management
Survey was conducted in July 2013 by Survey Monkey
( among 350 U.S. business employees of companies
containing 100 to 1,000 employees. Survey Monkey contacted
respondents by email and received responses through an online survey. 
About Brother
 Brother International Corporation is one of the
premier providers of products for the home, home office and office.
The U.S. corporate office in Bridgewater, NJ, was established on
April 21, 1954 and currently markets many industrial products, home
appliances and business products manufactured by its parent company,
Brother Industries, Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan.  
These products include an award-winning line of Multi-Function
Center(R) machines and printers. Brother also provides the number-one
line of facsimile machines in the U.S. and is the leader in
electronic labeling, with its full line of P-touch(R) Electronic
Labeling Systems. For more information you can visit the website at  
EDITOR'S NOTE: Photography available upon request.  
Marissa Ramey 
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