Headline Rollup for April 19, 2016

​HP to launch 3D printers this year Seeking to exploit a “late mover advantage” HP says they will be entering the 3D printer market during the third quarter for 2016 with models shipping by the end of 2016. They say they have held back from entering the market until they felt the company had a…

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Job Creation Minimal but Future Looks Brighter

The printing and imaging space has had its share of job cuts this year. Xerox has reported 1,205 positions being cut so far, HP plans on accelerating its 3,000 job cuts by the end of this year, and Kodak plans to cut 250 jobs in Harrow, UK. So, it was with much acclaim that Xerox…

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Epson Announces a new MPS Program

Epson Netherlands has announced its latest MPS program proclaimed as the “simplest MPS concept in the business printer market.” Epson is calling this program Print365 and is targeted at IT resellers, partners and small-and-medium businesses customers. This program will use Epson’s RIPS (replaceable ink pack system) business inkjets that were launched in 2014. These inkjet…

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Lexmark Labor Dispute Shines Light on Global Code of Ethics

After a five month protest outside a Lexmark factory in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, workers have reached agreement with former employer, Lexmark. Workers protested low pay and poor working conditions, including sexual harassment and a lack of adequate safety gear, reaching international attention as Lexmark courted buyers for its business. Under the agreement, both parties were prohibited…

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Headline Rollup for April 14, 2016

Lexmark Settles With Juárez Factory WorkersA group of Mexican workers has signed an agreement with their former employer, the multi-national company Lexmark, ending a five month protest camp outside a factory in Ciudad Juárez that gained international attention. EMC Veteran Will Lead Combined Dell-EMC Services GroupNot-so-slowly but surely, Dell and EMC are putting the management…

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Business Intelligence Digest – March 2016

Download the Business Intelligence Digest for March 2016! Enjoy all of the articles that we published in March… in one convenient PDF document.

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The Era of Big Data and Little Privacy

For all of you conspiracy theorists out there, Uber’s first-ever transparency report seemed to characterize government’s intentions as a skosh far-reaching (dripping sarcasm intended). Uber went on to caution that disclosing massive amounts of trip data (including GPS coordinates) could reveal patterns of behavior that could be used to target citizens. Uber’s intention in disclosing this…

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Headline Rollup for April 12, 2016

FTC highlights large companies’ concerns about Staples-Office Depot mergerThe Federal Trade Commission summed up its court case challenging Staples’ acquisition of Office Depot, saying it has shown large companies will be harmed by the lack of competition if the office-supply retail giants are allowed to merge. Former HP Exec, Vyomesh Joshi, Takes Helm as 3D…

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HP PageWide Pro 577dw MFP Unboxing Deep Dive Report

Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced its new PageWide Pro series that replaces its HP OfficeJet Pro X (OJP X) printers and multifunction printers (MFPs). These single-function printers (SFPs) and MFPs use HP’s PageWide technology where the printhead extends across the 8.5” side of the paper and results in quicker and faster print speeds than what you’d normally see from an inkjet device. HP is leveraging its PageWide technology by announcing a new brand simply called PageWide that fits between the lower end OfficeJet Pro inkjet and its LaserJet families.

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Turning Culture-Killers into Profit

Executives are out of synch with their teams, according to recent research. What can you do to turn this problem into an opportunity?

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Lexmark Partners’ Perception About ReadSoft

Earlier this year, Lexmark (owner of ReadSoft) announced the release of ReadSoft Online R8. R8 is a cloud-based invoice processing solution focused on small and medium businesses. Photizo Group was interested in how channel partners were fairing under new management.

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Headline Rollup for April 7, 2016

China’s Apex Technology in Bid to Buy Lexmark Apex Technology Co Ltd, a Chinese company that manufactures ink cartridge chips, is in negotiations to acquire U.S. printer and imaging systems provider Lexmark International Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. The rise of the citizen data scientist When Mark Pickett was captain in the…

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Photizo Group Unboxes the HP PageWide Pro 577dw MFP

Photizo Group will be publishing a deep dive report in the near future on the new HP PageWide Pro 577dw MFP. HP announced a massive 2016 Spring Launch that included 10 printing devices in its OfficeJet Pro and LaserJet series plus and additional 14 PageWide devices for a total of 24 printing devices. HP also…

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Canon Unveils 11 New Monochrome imageCLASS Models

On April 1, 2016 (of all things), Canon USA announced its spring launch of its monochrome devices – 11 devices in all. The announcement ranges from Canon’s SOHO imageCLASS LBP151dw printer sold by select retailers to the 65ppm imageCLASS LBP352dn printer sold by Canon’s exclusive channel resellers. All 11 of the devices are wireless and most have…

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Headline Rollup for April 5, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Is Lenovo set to buy Lexmark? According to insider the world’s #1 PC Company is currently in discussions with the US based printer manufacturer Lexmark to acquire the Company who is currently retrenching staff globally. Apex-Ninestar to Buy Lexmark? Everyone is discussing it—both OEMs and the Aftermarket alike! There is no secret that Lexmark’s…

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Headline Rollup for March 31, 2015

Foxconn and Sharp Approve $3.5 Billion Takeover DealThe boards of Sharp Corp. and Foxconn Technology Group approved a plan Wednesday for the Taiwanese electronics assembler to buy struggling Japanese consumer electronics giant for 389 billion yen (US$3.5 billion), a nearly $2.5 billion haircut from its original offer price. Amazon expands Dash Button line-upAmazon this morning…

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They Smuggled Drugs in WHAT?

We have heard stories about drug smugglers using a variety of tricks to move their product. Narcotics smugglers have always been fairly creative in their methods including using bras, wigs, garden hoses, prosthetic limbs, luggage wheels, book covers, bananas, frozen meat, surfboards, etc. Just last week, a stewardess was arrested after a random search found…

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Printing and Imaging IT Services Under Scrutiny

It has been reported that Dell, Inc. is in the throes of selling its information technology consulting arm to Japan’s NTT Data Corporation. This brings to mind several other printing and imaging firms that have offloaded IT services groups: Xerox sold its ITO business to Atos and HP split its printing and imaging unit from…

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Headline Rollup for March 29, 2016

HP Files Motion to Delay HP has put the US District Court (Southern District of California) on notice that it will move for a “Stay of Memjet’s infringement claims, pending Inter Partes 
Review by the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal.” Samsung to give up authoritarian ways, emulate startups SEOUL, South…

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The Productivity Unicorn?

Productivity is at an all-time-low despite advances in technology, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article. It’s estimated that today’s executives receive over 30,000 external communications every year now, and line managers have less than 7 hours of individual productivity time during the week. What gives? Apparently, productivity is on the decline, according to…

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Headline Rollup for March 24, 2016

Lexmark Laying Off 143 in Lexington Lexmark, one of the city’s biggest employers, plans to lay off 143 workers in Lexington beginning May 25, according to a notice filed with the city. The layoffs will be permanent, the notice said. YSoft SafeQ Platform: What’s New? Everything. Today we announced YSoft SafeQ platform, our plan for…

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Sometimes the Answer is Right Under Your Nose

Xerox will lay off 325 call service center employees in Redmond, WA effective May 6 according to an article from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Xerox said the layoffs were not tied to the upcoming split, but instead to an agreement with an unidentified client. In general, call centers have high turnover so Xerox brought…

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Headline Rollup for March 22, 2016

Browse curated headlines from the printing and imaging industry with Photizo Group’s Headline Rollup.

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Business Intelligence Digest – February 2016

Enjoy all of the articles that we published in February 2016… in one convenient PDF document.

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Is the Imaging Industry at Risk of Being Uberized?

Many pundits have been throwing around a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt about how every company in every industry is at risk of falling prey to its own respective ‘Uber’. We’ve all heard the stories about how disruptive business models, like Uber’s and Airbnb’s, have upended extremely mature industries, such as taxi and hospitality. It…

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Ransomware: The Uncounted Cost of Digital Assets

As we are bombarded with mounting evidence of the inevitable transition into fully digital workflows, many of us wax poetically about the efficiency of business at the speed of digital. However, there is an untold cost rapidly emerging on this digital frontier–Ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in…

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Headline Rollup for March 17, 2016

Browse curated headlines from the printing and imaging industry with Photizo Group’s Headline Rollup.

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MPS Driving Cartridge World Franchises Out of Business?

A Recycler article reports that a Cartridge World store in York, England is being redeveloped into apartments. The Cartridge World franchise lease was “about to expire” so the owners were assessing the best option for the future of the space. This is not an unusual occurrence as several Cartridge World stores in the United States…

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Headline Rollup for March 15, 2016

Browse curated headlines from the printing and imaging industry with Photizo Group’s Headline Rollup.

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From Feeds-and-Speeds to Xerox-as-a-Platform

“We no longer measure our achievements in pages per minute or dots per inch,” said Jim Rise, Senior Vice President, Office and Solutions Business Group at Xerox. What was different about Xerox’s new product announcement surrounding the company’s new i-Series MFPs and ConnectKey platform?

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