What Is Scan By The Box?

Scan by the Box is a low risk, no commitment way to digitise your paper documents. For a flat fee of £129/box, you transform your office and go paperless. We will scan all the documents you can fit in the box: business documents, large format, small format, colour and black & white. By digitising your paper documents, you create a paperless work environment where your employees can easily find and use documents.

Fast Turnaround

We have locations in London, Dartford and Bridgwater and provide a fast, efficient turnaround, regardless of where you are in the UK.


We can scan any volume - no matter the complexity - and almost any type of document.

£129.00 per box (15"x12"x10")

What’s included?

  • Storage box from ARC
  • Scan to PDF at 200 dpi
  • 3 fields of indexing
  • ARC link to download data
  • Uplift & delivery within 20 x miles of an ARC UK location
  • Upload to customers own portal - Upon estimate

Our entry level price of £129.00 per box is applicable to ‘Scan-Ready’ content only | Scan-Ready denotes single setting text enhancement and pre-prepared content - including clearly defined section breaks - prior to scanning.


Low-Risk Document Scanning Solution

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Turnaround Time

  • 1-5 boxes - 10 business days
  • 5-10 boxes - 15 business days
  • 11- 20 boxes - 20 business days
  • 21+ - upon estimate

Additional Service (rates are per box)

  • Additional indexing per field – 0.05p
  • Searchable OCR - £0.01 per page
  • Shredding - £3.50 Per Box
  • Content Preparation - £25 Per Box*
  • Data on USB drive - £25.00
  • Upload to customer specified portal - Upon estimate
  • Custom batch uploads - Upon estimate

All prices are subject to the addition of VAT at the standard rate

You have the option to pre-prepare the content of your boxes for scanning; ensuring there are no impediments to your documents being applied directly to our document feeders for image capture. Please contact our Scanning Bureau for any further information or clarifications | 0203 985 0160.

How It Works

It’s easy as 1,2,3 (almost): You stuff your box. We scan. You’re now paperless. It’s that simple!

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You Pack

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We Scan

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You Have A Paperless Office

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Why Scan By The Box?

  • Stop wasting time searching for physical documents
  • Stop spending on storage fees
  • Stop utilising precious square footage for storage
  • Stop putting your organisation at risk (disasters, non-compliance)

How much paper do I have for scanning?

Easily estimate the paper volume you have around the office. We can scan them all for you. It’s easy and fast.

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Security & Compliance

Going paperless is about more than just digitising documents — you need to take security into consideration. We keep your documents safe and protected throughout the process.

Tracking Paper & Chain of Custody

We keep track of your documents using barcodes. No lost or misplaced files. Chain of custody is tightly maintained during the process to track things like location, handler’s information and time.


Scanned documents are encrypted to ensure confidentiality and integrity of data.

Physical & Onsite Security

Your documents are safe with us. We keep tight security protocols, at every stage of the process, thanks to the provision of like tamper-evident tape, locked storage, and 24-hour surveillance cameras…


Give It A Try!

You have nothing to lose with our low-risk, no commitment document scanning solution. ARC’s Scan by the Box service is a simple, quick, and cost-effective solution to digitise your documents. Try a box today and see for yourself.

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Customer Success

Scan by the box - FAQs

Document Scanning is the process of converting hard copy paper documents into electronic file formats to reduce storage costs, and allow more flexibility in searching and sharing the documents with others.

Our new “Scan by the box” system will cost you £129 per box. We also have several optional a la carte add-ons such as:

Additional indexing per field -£5.00
Searchable OCR -£5.00
Shredding -£7.50
HIPAA request documents -£30.00
Data on DVD or Hard drive -£25.00
Upload to customer own portal -Upon estimate

Yes, and Yes, We will provide the boxes (15”x12”x10”) but you can also use your own boxes as long as they are 15”x12”x10”.

The rate of £129/box will include the following:

  • Storage box from ARC
  • Scan to PDF at 200 dp
  • 3 fields of indexing
  • ARC link to download files
  • Pick up & delivery Within 20 miles of an ARC location

We do our best to scan your documents as fast as possible, here is our typical turnaround time (business days):

1-5 boxes -10 days
5-10 boxes -15 days
11- 20 boxes -20 days
21+ boxes -upon estimate

Yes, ARC scanning facilities are GDPR, ISO 27001 (ISMS) and HIPAA compliant

We can scan paper as small as a business card, all the way up to Maps and Drawings 60” wide by any length, even 20 feet long!

Yes, our methods of scanning can create a multi-page file, most commonly PDF, even having thousands of pages into one PDF file.

95% of all paper we scan will be converted to a PDF file. On rare occasions, we also scan to a TIFF file format and sometimes others.

Yes, be sure to ask for “Colour” or “Auto-Colour” when requesting service from your vendor. Auto-Colour is a method where the scanning equipment examines the page image as it is being scanned, and if there is colour present on the original page, then the images saved will also be in colour. Otherwise, if there is no colour on the original, then the image is saved as Black & White.

You certainly can, but be aware that images containing colour are much larger than images of just black & white. This is why the Auto-Colour option has become a very popular choice for customers.

OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. When scanning paper, the immediate result is an image (or picture) of the page. The text on the page is not actually held as “Text”, instead it appears to you and I as text, but it is actually a series of pixels (dots) that form the shape of text. Therefore, in the immediate scanned image, no text is actually present. Next, we run the image file through specialized software that examines the shapes that are formed by pixels, comparing the shapes to actual text characters and then finds the closest match, to create a representative text file. Most commonly, the representative text can then be searched to find specific words or phrases that might have existed on the hard copy paper.

The OCR result is only as good as the original hard copy image that it was scanned from. If the original was clean “machine printed” text, then the OCR result can be as accurate as 98% or 99% at the character level. However, if the text on the original was obstructed, or if the original page images was weak in contrast or poor in image quality, then the accuracy of the OCR will quickly diminish

Yes, the OCR result can be saved to .doc or .docx format, but understand that much of the formatting characteristics, such as tab indenting, numbered or bulleted lines will be lost or not carry the actual formatting characteristics. If you are seeking to have pages scanned to MSWord formats, be prepared to spend time editing the results, and cleaning up the OCR’d text to make the Word file fully usable.

In addition to the file naming and/or naming of folders; There are two other ways to search and find electronic documents. First involves associating metadata (aka index data) to the files created. By associating this metadata, some software tools will allow the user to search the metadata to find specific documents. As an example, you can associate a document type such as “Contract” to your electronic result, and also associate a date of expiration of that contract. Therefore, you could search for “Contacts” that expire between a certain date range. The second way to search is by applying OCR technology to create a text representation from the original, where that text can also be searched. So now, you could search for “Contacts” that expire between a certain date range, and that also contain a specific name or phrase, to further refine your search.

Scanning can be useful and beneficial to all industries.

Any departments.