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10 most-endangered office products of 2012

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What are the gadgets and stationery under threat for the coming year” Product supplier Pixmania-Pro has revealed its annual list.

The list, which features portable IT products and even the humble water cooler, was compiled by a panel of specialists who reviewed historical and current sales data as well as the newest technological innovations to predict those products potentially under threat for 2012.

The list of ten most-endangered office products is:

  1. Desk phones to be replaced by smartphones.
  2. USB sticks to be replaced by cloud networking.
  3. Blank CDs again, to be replaced by cloud networking.
  4. Scanners as paper files lose ground, so do scanners.
  5. Calculators use your smartphone instead.
  6. Filing cabinets store your documents online.
  7. Paper in-trays again, send and store your documents online.
  8. The office notice board being replaced by company intranets.
  9. Post-It notes use messaging facilities online instead.
  10. Water coolers being replaced by plumbed-in water filters.

“This year’s list features a great range of products. While the decline in the use of blank CDs and desk phones may not come as a shock to everyone, it’s surprising to see iconic products such as the water cooler and filing cabinet make the top ten,” says Pixmania’s Olivier Chameyrat.

“However, it’s clear that the office environment is continuing to evolve and therefore the technology and furniture in that environment must do likewise. With space at a premium for company owners and the continued rise of cloud computing, these bulky items no longer have a place.”

Has Pixmania missed anything” Which objects do you think will disappear in 2012?

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