Company identification, ink pads, signatures… Essential business tools

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In the professional setting, it has always been essential to assert one’s identity through a graphic charter or logo, for example. The stamp of the ink pad is one of them and is essential for signing official documents. Easy to use, practical and robust, they have been best friends with professionals for decades.

The classic ink pad: timeless

Today’s ink pad was originally a simple marking system. It evolved into a rubber stamp, eventually turning into an automatic buffer with a built-in ink cassette system.

It promotes the visibility and memorization of the brand, and even contributes to customer loyalty. To maximize its visibility and impact, having a stamp corresponding to its identity, with its graphic charter and logo, has become paramount. For professionals and individuals, it is possible to customize your own stamp according to the size of the text, the font, the spacing, etc. of the shape of the pad (round or square), or the frame (wood, plastic or metal).

Online stamp sales offer the choice between conventional tampons with a plastic frame that can easily and quickly change the rubber footprint, and professional pads with a durable and comfortable metal frame, well suited for heavy use. Concerned about environmental issues? There are also tampons made of eco-friendly materials, wood and recycled plastic. They are also customizable.

For use, simply ink with the ink every 3 to 4 strokes of tampon. Although it is separated from the ink, this pad is very handy for marking unsytable supports.

Standardized tampons

These stamps also meet ISO 9001 (which deals with the quality of the products provided, and the quality of the relationship between the supplier and its customers) and ISO 14001 for environmental management. By using Trodat pads, which are distinguished by the quality and lifespan of their frames, you are guaranteed to meet these standards.

Many Printers in Bordeaux also remain faithful to ink pads and even make them their specialty. Among them, La Boutique de l’printing by Berg offers a range of stamps for individuals, companies or associations, or the Marking Space, which celebrates the crafting of ink pads. Mr. Duvigneau’s tampon shop, which has been working in the fields of engraving and silkscreen printing for 50 years, also cultivates the know-how of ink pads.

Connected tampon and electronic signature still have some progress to make

The small black box that marked the company’s signature on its official documents ink has been changing in recent years. The birth of the electronic signature and the connected buffer are the main players.

The law of 13 March 2000 stated that the digital signature had the same value as the paper signature: “The written electronic form is admitted in evidence in the same way as the written paper, provided that the person from whom it emanates can be duly identified and that it is established and kept in conditions likely to guarantee its integrity.” This law itself has been strengthened by the European electronic IDDentification Authentication and trust Services (eIDAS) regulation, which is now believed in electronic signatures throughout the European Union.

Electronic signature is a technical process in which the signatory expresses its legal value agreement on an electronic document. It allows to dematerialize a contract, ensures the security of exchanges on the internet and is a real time saver! Thanks to it, we can now secure emails, manage contracts, pay bills and access secure sites.

Saas apps

Many applications jumped at the chance. Among them, Yousign, a young Startup in Normandy, offers a Saas application (software as a service) with different levels of services as well as an API (Application Programming Interface). It allows you to integrate their electronic signature solution into your tools and automate your signature processes. This saves time on the signing of employment contracts, leases and compromises as well as on quotes and commercial offers.

With all the promises that the electronic signature offers us, we would almost forget that it cannot replace the buffer.

Indeed, the electronic signature does not replace in any way the legal mentions that any French company must provide about its documents via ink pads. The name of the company, the address of the head office, its legal form, its amount of capital, its Number of Siret and RCS as well as the intra-community VAT number must always be stamped on paper.

The connected buffer

The connected buffer comes into play, to facilitate the visibility of legal mentions of French companies. ByStamp, the Vannes startup, created the electronic ink pad in January 2019.

It is an innovative digitalized authentication version that relies on an electronic ink pad. It allows you to validate a procedure and to be able to sign a dematerialized document via most smartphones and tablets. There are many uses: mobile payment, access control, data collection, loyalty card stamping…

The connected tampon remains the first step towards an alternative to the classic ink pad, even if the latter remains irreplaceable and still mandatory for all French companies. Ink pads, which can be used for both professional and leisure activities, fulfil many essential tasks. Of these, the most important is the authentication of the brand through the stamp issued by the stamp facilitating the management and processing of documents. Despite many innovations, no digital solution can completely replace the ink pad to date. It remains timeless.





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