The folks over at Ketchum stumbled across a recent post I wrote about FedEx Office and asked me if I’d be interested in giving the new FedEx Office Print & Go smartphone app a try. They also offered to give one lucky reader a free Print & Go “Test Kit” that includes a USB flash drive preloaded with instructions on how to use the service and a $25 gift card to FedEx Office.
In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t received any compensation or incentives for writing this review. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the app and details about the giveaway.
As the name implies, FedEx Office Print & Go lets you print presentations, pictures, posters, emails and web pages from your smartphone directly to your nearest FedEx Office location.
I found the set up was really simple, taking less than 2 minutes from start to finish. I downloaded the free HP ePrint app from the Android Market, confirmed my email address and then clicked on a link that was included in an email to activate my account.
From there, I was able to choose what I wanted to print (photos, emails, web pages, and files). Once I selected the document, I was able to locate my nearest FedEx Office by clicking the “Near Me” button. The app also included their phone number, address and a map as well as a list of other FedEx Office locations in my area—a nice added feature.
Once the job was submitted, I was redirected to a dashboard letting me know the print job had been received and would be ready within 15 minutes. I was also given a code that I could use at a machine in their self-service area to preview my order, select my print options, and submit the job. I actually found this step a little confusing as I was expecting the job would be printed and ready to go for me when I arrived. However, it was still much quicker than waiting for my laptop to boot up or paying to use one of their computer terminals.
The app is particularly great for those who get stuck in a pinch when their print cartridge runs out at 11pm the night before a big business meeting scheduled for early the next morning and those who work out of their cars. All in all I have to say it was a fairly smooth process.
Now on to the “Test Kit” giveaway. Leave a comment below about how the new Print & Go app will help you and/or your business. One lucky winner will be chosen at random