Canon Announces Third Generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE

uniFLOW Version 5.4 also announced Canon USA announced its third generation of it imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR Adv) platform and revealed its latest version of its award-winning uniFLOW software. The iR ADV 6500 and 8500 series are the first models of this third iR ADV generation models (see Figure 1). All models are available now; speed…

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2015 MPS 360 Forecast (Global)

Photizo Group’s 2015 MPS 360 Forecast provides analysis of direct and indirect revenue, total contract value (TCV) trends, page volumes and devices managed, vendor share position, and other key trends in the managed print services (MPS) market.

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Brother Announces New High Print Volume Monochrome Laser Line

Less than a week from its groundbreaking launch of new monochrome laser printers and multifunction printers (MFPs), Brother International has released a series of five printers and MFPs specifically designed for its BTA ‘class’ channel partners. Those partners that are committed to Brother’s Authorized Partner Program (BAPP) will be able to offer these models. Jeff…

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Global Economic Growth Rates Affects Canon Results

Canon held its Fiscal Year 2015 earnings conference call on January 27, 2016. Right out of the chute, Mr. Toshizo Tanaka, EVP and CFO of Canon, Inc., launched into the concern that global economic growth was at “its lowest levels since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.” Canon’s office equipment was impacted negatively by emerging markets’…

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Implications of the Xerox Split (Part 2 of 2)

On January 29, 2016 Xerox announced its intentions to cleave its operations in two—less than 6 short years after acquiring ACS. One business will be focused on business process outsourcing (BPO); the other business will be focused around its document technology (DT) business. Read part 2 of 2 in this series to explore what this means for Xerox and the broader print and imaging industry.

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Implications of the Xerox Split (Part 1 of 2)

On January 29, 2016 Xerox announced its intentions to cleave its operations in two—less than 6 short years after acquiring ACS. One business will be focused on business process outsourcing (BPO); the other business will be focused around its document technology (DT) business. Read part 1 of 2 in this series to explore what this means for Xerox and the broader print and imaging industry.

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Odd Couple: Copier Dealer and Marketing Firm Merge

While mergers and acquisitions have become the norm in the printing and imaging industry, I was surprised to see copier dealer, Laser Resources, Inc., acquire a marketing firm, Freaky Fresh Marketing. I’m not sure how a company with a mission statement that reads, “We are an independent, Iowa-based organization dedicated to providing superior printing system…

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Headline Rollup for 01-28-2016

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

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Kofax TotalAgility Platform Providing for Growth

Lexmark ponied up $1 billion for Kofax. Now, it seems that most of Kofax’s software runs on Lexmark’s MFPs. Such is the case with the newest A4 color MFPs – the CX700 and CX800 series that Lexmark recently announced. Each MFP is empowered with Kofax TotalAgility (KTA) platform of software. According to Lexmark, KTA is…

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Headline Rollup for 01-26-2016

Printing Remains Crucial Although the idea of a “Paperless Office” has been around for over 35 years now, printed pages continue to be a central part of daily office life. Learn more about user preference when it comes to paper according to a newly released, independent survey of over 3,600 European employees commissioned by Epson…

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Imaging 360 2015 Ink Forecast Perspective: Asia Pacific

Executive Summary This forecast perspective covers the Asia Pacific inkjet market. Key takeaways are: Worldwide black ink shipments will decrease 1.1 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 722.9 million (M) in 2014 to 684.1M in 2019 Worldwide single-color ink shipments will increase 1.0 percent CAGR from 706.1M in 2014 to 743.2M in 2019 Worldwide…

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Lexmark Announces Medium Workgroup Color Printers and MFPs

When Lexmark makes a hardware product announcement it is normally a significant event. Since 2012, Lexmark has had at least four major hardware announcements but multiple software company acquisition announcements. Lexmark’s most recent hardware announcement will not disappoint its printer and multifunction (MFP) fans. Today Lexmark announced its new CS/CX720 and CS/CX820 series of A4…

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Brother expands line to target mid-market

INTRODUCTION On January 19th, the Brother team held a product briefing for the analyst community at the ink48 hotel in New York. It was kind of fun to be in a hotel where the theme was around printing (for example having typeface descriptions in the elevator!) for a printer announcement. I’m sure there was some…

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Seiko Epson Expanding PrecisionCore Production Capacity Again

Seiko Epson (Epson) reported it will triple its current PrecisionCore printhead capacity by investing 20 billion yen ($171 million) in a new factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri. Last October Akita Epson (a group company of Seiko Epson) said it was going to invest 3.4 billion yen (~$30 million) on the construction of a…

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Brother Announcements/ Brother Amazon Dash/ Samsung DRAM/ HP Sprout Pro/ Xerox Xplor/ In-Plants/ Digital Delivery

Engineered for Business: Brother Announces Innovative Monochrome Laser Printers, and All-in-Ones The new Brother L5000 and L6000 Series answer critical office workflow needs within a broad range of office environments and industries with faster print speeds, more flexible paper handling capabilities, advanced scanning capabilities, convenient mobility features, and access to business cloud services. Brother Jumps…

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Satisfaction Guaranteed: Does Print Management Software Impact User Satisfaction?

Does Print Management Software Impact User Satisfaction? Find out as we explore recent research that highlights user preference in the print management software space.

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2016 Marketing Spend to Increase

Print Business referenced a report from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising that said after review of marketing spend in 4Q15 that spending on marketing will rise in 2016. Additionally, the CMO Council reported that global spending on media will “rise at a compound annual rate of 5.1 percent during the next five years to…

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IT Spending/ Xerox India/ KM Acquisitions/ Canon Patents/ Clover PrintReleaf/ FlexPrint Oval Partners/ Ziegler Mill Closes

IT spending tanked worldwide last year Worldwide IT spending fell nearly 6 percent last year while U.S. IT spending increased 3.1 percent to $1.14 trillion. How Xerox turned its India business around For three years, Xerox’s India business balance sheet has been in the red, marred by management issues and lack of effective engagement with…

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Lexmark Breakup/Canon/Sharp Assistance/PayPal Spinoff/Driverless Deliveries/CES 2016/Automakers vs. Google/P&G and Paper

Exclusive: Printing Services Company Lexmark Considers Breaking Up – Sources Reuters comments on Lexmark’s consideration the possibility of divesting its hardware and software assets separately. CEO Eyes Surveillance Cameras, Commercial Printers for Sales Boost Canon will focus on surveillance cameras and commercial printers as it resumes its quest for annual sales of $42 billion. Sharp…

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Konica Minolta SA Plans to Solve Content Management Miseries

Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) posted a press release on its new managed content service (MCS) offering. In the release, KMSA quotes several research firms about the amount of time required for knowledge workers to find documents (~18 minutes average) and that 15 percent of all paper documents are either misfiled or misplaced. AIIM presented…

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Canon and Fujifilm both interested in Toshiba Medical Systems?

Much like two rivals eyeing the same partner on the dance floor; Canon and Fujifilm are both considering the acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems. The medical diagnostic imaging systems and medical solutions company announced on December 21, 2015 that they intended to “work on inviting outside majority shareholder(s), in order to strengthen the financial ability…

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Business Intelligence Digest – December 2015

Download the Business Intelligence Digest for December 2015! Enjoy all of the articles that we published in December… in one convenient PDF document.

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Ricoh makes Strategic Investment

Ricoh acquired AnaJet, a 10-year old firm that is a leader in direct to garment (DTG) printing. AnaJet was one of the first companies to manufacture DTG printers and has used Ricoh’s inkjet printheads as components. AnaJet will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. Ricoh is using the acquisition to…

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LMI Solutions Bolsters Its Executive Team

LMI Solutions just hired Doug Johnson as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) giving the company an authority on managed print services. LMI is a manufacturer of aftermarket toner cartridges, remanufactured printers, drums, fusers, and maintenance kits. Additionally, LMI Solutions offers MPS Peak Performance System 2.0 to MPS dealers. Johnson is a printing and industry specialist,…

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CES 2016/Xerox PARC and NRI/5 Reasons/Jet Tec Remans/Iot Out of Gate/FujiFilm Holdings

CES 2016: Cool Gadget Roundup From Day Four Eighteen interesting gadgets from CES 2016 PARC and Nomura Research Institute (NRI) Sign MOU to Better Serve Globally Xerox PARC and NRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a partnership. 5 Reasons Billing by Seat Could Change Everything Blog by West McDonald with advantages of per seat…

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HP’s Courtship of Business Wearables

HP has grown increasingly interested in the business wearables market. HP Inc. announced in November that it was expanding its Engineered by HP program through a new partnership with Movado Group. The collaboration will focus on the design and delivery of smart accessories utilizing HP’s skills as the engineer of “smart technology” and Movado Group’s…

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Samsung Builds Big for Biopharmaceuticals

Samsung BioLogics, the contract drug-manufacturing arm of Samsung Group, broke ground on a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant on December 21, 2015. The new plant is a total investment of 850 billion won (about $720 million) and will be a leader in both capacity and production efficiency. The plant is expected to be completed by 2017…

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FTC rejects Staples’ bid/ Pitney Bowes Commerce Drivers/ MPS Achilles’ Heel/ Kodak Sales/ Moody Lowers Toshiba Bond Rating/ IBM and Box/ M&A Printers Busy/ Amazon Cloud to Fight Crime

FTC rejects Staples’ revised Office Depot bid The FTC rejected Staple’s revised offer without making a counteroffer. A Staples spokesperson has said that they are still willing to continue negotiations in order to reach a settlement that addresses FTC concerns about Staple’s control of the office supplies market. Pitney Bowes Identifies Five Drivers of Commerce…

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Businesses Collect Data, Don’t Use It; India Fav Investment Target; Jobs-for-Life Fade in Japan; Distracted and Device Hungry; Photo Technology; Computer Mouse Reveals Mood; Pollution Printer; Type Museum; Paper Factory Tour

Businesses Collect Data, Don’t Use It; India Fav Investment Target; Jobs-for-Life Fade in Japan; Distracted and Device Hungry; Photo Technology; Computer Mouse Reveals Mood; Pollution Printer; Type Museum; Paper Factory Tour

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Is This the Death of Lexmark? Firm Rumored to Sell to Konica Minolta

Photizo Group has received an unsolicited letter that Lexmark is preparing to sell Lexmark to Konica Minolta. Is this the death of Lexmark as we know it?

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