Is There a Reason Armor is Leading with Financial Incentives?

Armor, a laser cartridge remanufacturer in Europe, is marketing itself to resellers by stating that its Armor brand cartridges have higher margins than the margins available on OEM consumables. This financial incentive is one way that Armor is attracting the channel. Another way that Armor is positioning itself is as the responsible, higher quality but…

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Headline Rollup for May 26, 2016

Xerox is making paperless office a reality Xerox believes that a great opportunity lies in India where it has started increasing its presence. The US-based printer and copier maker is strengthening its channel presence in sales and service so that it is able to cater to customer requirements. Vendor Q&A Series: Joseph Rayfield, Lexmark The…

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Dell Unveils Its Latest Reliable Smart Printers

One new color and two new monochrome single function models  Today, May 24th, Dell announced three new devices for its line of Smart printers for medium-to-large organizations. These three printers provide organizations with alternatives to replace legacy imaging devices with printers that meet and in some cases, exceed the needs of its customers. All three…

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Toshiba Features Digital Signage as Retail Opportunity

Expanded Product Fair Caps Off a Successful LEAD 2016 Conference  Photizo Group attended Toshiba’s annual partner and customer conference in Las Vegas on May 16-19. This year brought a change with America Business Solutions and Global Commerce Solutions combining the LEAD and Connect events to demonstrate the synergies available from the two Toshiba companies. The…

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Headline Rollup for May 24, 2016

Partners Hopeful Xerox Will Continue Channel Focus After CEO Burns Steps Down Xerox solution provider partners said they are optimistic that Xerox will continue its open-arms approach to the channel after Ursula Burns steps down from the CEO role when Xerox becomes two separate companies. Epson Introduces Fast, Versatile WorkForce 2700-Series Business Printers LONG BEACH,…

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Headline Rollup for May 19, 2016

New HP Contraption Just Might Be 3-D Printing’s Big Moment HP announced its Jet Fusion 3D, which hopes to give the same transformative lift to commercial 3-D printing. HP’s Jet Fusion technology will be able to print electronics in a product Hewlett-Packard today began taking orders for its first 3D printer, the HP Jet Fusion…

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Copyright Infringement Censoring Printer

IBM filed a patent on a printer that could stop a user from printing any text or images belonging to copyright holders. Legally, copyrights expire 70 years after publication or a small percentage of text. The printer would double-check files for copyright infringement before printing a document. The printer would check an external database to…

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Staples and Office Depot Antitrust in Amazon Age

In a recent New York Times article, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) choice to block the Office Depot and Staples merger is based on the fact that companies and individuals do not purchase products, such as toner or ink, in the same way. Amazon serves as an effective competitor against brick and mortar stores for…

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Konica Minolta Reports Q4 Revenue Decrease, FY15 Revenue Growth

Yen appreciation and price competition make for a difficult Q4   Konica Minolta, Inc. (KMI) reported 4Q15 and FY15 results on Thursday, May 12, 2016 (see Figures 1, 2, and 3 below). Q4 Sales of ¥269.4 billion (B), declined 2 percent (YTY) Q4 Operating Profit of ¥5B, declined 1 percent (YTY) 2015 Fiscal Year Revenue…

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Headline Rollup for May 17, 2016

HP Delivers World’s First Production-Ready 3D Printing System With partners such as Nike and BMW, HP takes major step to reinvent prototyping and manufacturing industry with first commercial 3D printers based on open platform. Toshiba Launches 23 Newly-Engineered Multifunction Printers Toshiba America Business Solutions today introduces the addition of five new e-STUDIO™ series to its…

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Headline Rollup for May 12, 2016

Staples and Office Depot to terminate merger agreement  Staples has announced that on May 16, 2016, the company and Office Depot plan to terminate their merger agreement following U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s recent ruling granting the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the acquisition. Canon announces patent…

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“The Password is the Root of all Evil”

So, states Jonathan Klein, past president of Virginia-based enterprise software company, Microstrategy. Time and time again, we are reminded that approximately $250 billion is lost to fraud each year, as well as, another $100B lost to cybercrime. We’ve all heard about Target, Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Michael’s Stores, T-Mobile, and other breaches and data…

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Epson Seeking Greater Returns in China

In a recent article, Minoru Usui, Seiko Epson’s (Epson) President and CEO, said Epson was focusing on two key areas, “production and sales in China.” Usui went on to say that Epson is not only concerned about its traditional markets (inkjet printers, inkjet consumables, page printers, and toners), but also in new fields such as…

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Headline Rollup for May 10, 2016

What’s Happenin’ at the Canon imaging dealer road show Canon kicked off a five-city road show this week at their HQ in Melville, NY. Over 60 attendees from 24 dealers across the US attended this event to find out What’s Happenin’ with Canon. Besides this event in NY, this road show also visit Chicago, Atlanta,…

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Another Use for Printers?

Children in a kindergarten class at a Montana elementary school were given the opportunity to take apart a broken printer as part of their free periods during the school year. Using tools such as screwdrivers assists them in use of fine motor skills as well as giving them the opportunity to explore and learn how…

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Headline Rollup for May 5, 2016

25 Mother’s Day gifts with geek appeal [In honor of Mother’s Day, Photizo thought this might give you some gift ideas.] This isn’t a gadget-heavy list of Mother’s Day gift ideas. It’s a collection of gifts inspired by science, technology, engineering and math. The tech quotient is low, but the design bar is high. Each…

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Mario Diaz, Photizo Group VP of Consulting, Named to ENX Magazine “Difference Makers”

ENX Magazine released its “The Difference Makers: Celebrating People Making a Difference in the Document Imaging Industry” article. In this article they showcase those professionals in the industry who are launching bold new strategies; serve as thinkers, teachers, innovators, or running a successful business; or players behind the scenes of the imaging industry making an…

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Headline Rollup for May 3, 2016

OEMs and Aftermarket Leaders Urged to Address Fraud and Counterfeiting Issues “The imaging industry is in transition.” So says Allen Westerfield, former senior executive at Lexmark and currently President of the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC). The “industry in transition” theme has been picked up as the call to attend the ISCs bi-annual conference, which will be…

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Ricoh Reports Q4 Revenue, Op Income Decrease, FY15 Revenue Growth

Ricoh Company, Ltd. reported its 4Q15 and Fiscal Year 2015 results on Thursday, April 28, 2016 (please see Figures 1, 2, and 3 below). Q4 Sales of ¥565.2 billion (B), declined 2.5 percent (YTY)* Q4 Operating Profit of ¥16.8B, declined 43 percent (YTY) 2015 Fiscal Year Sales of ¥2,209.0 billion, increased 7 percent 2015 Operating…

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Touchable Ink Provides Cheaper Alternative to Braille Embossers

A Thai company has invented a tactile, touchable ink to help the visually impaired read printed content. The ink is undergoing further testing but it could be used to help make products and packaging more accessible for the visually impaired. Printed content for the visually impaired now requires the use of a braille embosser, which…

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Headline Rollup for April 28, 2016

Over one million solid ink machines in use Xerox reported on the successes of its solid ink ColorQube machines. What really motivates workers? (It’s not always money) What’s really driving employee engagement, job satisfaction and career advancement? According to a nationwide survey from BambooHR, money’s only part of the equation. LMI Solutions Announces New Company…

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Canon Operating Profit Drops 39 Percent

Blames Weak Printer and Camera Sales Canon, Inc. announced its first quarter 2016 results on April 26, 2016 (see Figure 1, Figure 2 and Figure 3 below). Canon total Q1 sales of  ¥2 billion ($7.05 B), down 7 percent year-to-year (YTY) Office Business Unit Q1 Sales of ¥3B ($4.02B), down 14 percent Gross Profit ratio…

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Lexmark Acquired by Apex Technology

Lexmark Acquired by Apex Technology The imaging industry has suffered a reduction in revenue and operating income over the past 10 years. Last October Lexmark announced its Board of Directors had authorized the exploration of “strategic alternatives” to enhance shareholder value. We now know the final result, however, this report covers the history, its implications,…

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Headline Rollup for April 26, 2016

Indonesia Epson opens new inkjet printer factory Epson has announced that its Indonesian manufacturing subsidiary P.T. Indonesia Epson Industry has begun production at a new inkjet printer assembly factory as part of the company’s strategic plans for its inkjet printer (printing solutions) business. Toshiba “got paid” before medical unit sale The OEM’s payment from Canon…

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Newly Released Reports

Photizo has released four new reports. Each report includes ‘behind the scenes’ insightful commentary with supporting documentation. Each subject hits on a current topic in the imaging industry to inform, educate, and make you feel like an expert you are. Members: Navigator members may access the content here (after logging in) Non-members: To purchase this…

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Secrets Being Revealed?

After such a major announcement as what occurred last week concerning Lexmark International being acquired by a consortium comprised of Apex Technology, PAG Asia Capital, and Legend Capital, a watcher of the imaging industry could surmise there must be a strategy behind all of this M&A activity. Some believe Lexmark’s recent buying spree of business…

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Lexmark Finds a Suitor

Following months of uncertainty and an exhaustive ‘strategic alternatives’ review, Lexmark International is being acquired by a Chinese consortium led by cartridge manufacturer Apex Technology Co., Ltd. and private equity firm PAG Asia Capital (PAG), including an investment firm Legend Capital Management. Lexmark was spun out from IBM in 1991, went public in 1995, acquired…

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Headline Rollup for April 21, 2016

Intel to slash 12,000 jobs worldwide amid major restructuring Intel Corp. said Tuesday it will restructure the company, reducing 12,000 positions globally — about 11 percent of employees — by mid-2017. The Santa Clara, California-based company said the initiative will accelerate its “evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions…

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What Can We Learn From the Windows 10 Upgrade?

According to data released by the Digital Analytics Program, which mines data from traffic to U.S. government agency websites, 20.2 percent of devices used Windows 10 of all devices using Windows Operating Systems. Windows 7 was most popular at 63 percent, followed by Windows 8 and 8.1 at 12 percent, Windows XP at 3 percent,…

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2015 Aftermarket Toner Report

Introduction This report provides a backdrop to the toner supplies market with a specific focus on aftermarket toner. Photizo Group defines aftermarket as clones, black and grey market, drill and fill companies, third party toner manufacturers and remanufacturers as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that distribute and/or produce supplies products for imaging hardware other…

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