FedEx Office debuts self-service printing from smartphones, flash drives

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FedEx Office announced the introduction of FedEx Office Print & Go, a technology designed to enable customers to access and print documents directly from BlackBerry smartphones and USB flash drives on its digital copy machines. The smartphone printing feature is enabled by the HP ePrint mobile printing application. FedEx Office Print & Go can be found on select Canon printing devices within the self-service area at the company’s retail locations.

FedEx Office Print & Go now is available at more than 1,600 locations and will be offered at all U.S. stores later this year. Customers can plug their USB flash drive or enter a retrieval code e-mailed to their BlackBerry smartphone into FedEx Office Print & Go machines and use the digital screens to select, preview and print Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe PDF documents. In addition, customers can choose to have their print jobs produced at the full-service counter.

The launch of FedEx Office Print & Go is a result of the alliance FedEx Office formed with Canon U.S.A. Inc. and HP last April to create a network of printing and imaging capabilities. “With the launch of FedEx Office Print & Go, we are giving customers exactly what they have asked for – a convenient and simple way to convert digital content into printed material at FedEx Office locations across the country,” says Brian Philips, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Office.