How Well Do You Know Your Print Services Vendor?

There are a lot of great vendors when it comes to outsourcing your print services. And, there are a lot of not-so-great vendors who can create unnecessary costs and headaches for your organization. Whether you are already engaged with a vendor, or are in the process of selecting a partner to outsource your print services to, here are a few things to consider.

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Canon Announces: 5 imageCLASS MFPs, C1000VP, Varioprint i300, imageRUNNER ADV Desktop, PRISMADIRECT, image processing tech; New HP Printing Boss; EFI Midmarket Productivity Suite; Amazon’s $50 Tablet; Yotaro Kobayashi

Canon Announces: 5 imageCLASS MFPs, C1000VP, Varioprint i300, imageRUNNER ADV Desktop, PRISMADIRECT, and image processing tech; New HP Printing Boss; EFI Introduces Midmarket Productivity Suite; Amazon Will Introduce a $50 Tablet; Ex-Fuji Xerox Chairman Yotaro Kobayashi Passes Away

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Business Intelligence Digest – August 2015

Enjoy all of the Business Intelligence articles that we published in August… in one convenient PDF document.

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Facebook Continues its Push Toward Indispensibility

Earlier this week, Facebook hit a significant milestone, with 1 billion users (or 1 in 7 people on Earth) logging onto the service in one day.

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HP Slims Down Further Ahead of Split

HP has confirmed that it will achieve the ‘no cost’ layoffs promised in its most recent earnings call by offering positions at partner firm Ciber to newly laid-off employees in its Enterprise Services division.

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UK’s LumeJet in Administration

LumeJet, known for its “inkless” printing method and for being named one of the top 10 most promising businesses in the UK, has entered administration.

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HP Expands Instant Ink; New Xerox Brand Strategy; Bulk Mail Costs Up in Australia; Staples Lowers Copy/Print Prices; Toshiba Postpones Securities Report; PrintFleet Partners ACM; Print-Rite Brother Comp. Chip; Acer for Sale; Amazon Limits Two-Day Shipping

HP Introduces New Instant Ink Subscription Program Printers; Xerox Introduces New Brand Strategy; Bulk Mail Costs Go Up in Australia; Staples Lowers Copy/Print Prices; Toshiba Further Postpones Annual Securities Report; PrintFleet Partners with ACM; Print-Rite Releases New Brother Compatible Chip; Acer for Sale; Amazon Limits Two-Day Shipping

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Hewlett-Packard Expands Instant Ink

HP has announced improvements to its Instant Ink program, alongside the announcement of three new inkjet models (two for consumers and one for SOHO) that can take advantage of these improvements. HP is reinventing printing as a service.

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Off Lease and On to Resale

While it may not seem as flashy as the market for new office devices, with their new technology and new features, the market for used hardware equipment is nevertheless interesting in its own right. The environmentalist’s manifesto is “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” and ideally all three of those aspects should be considered as part of a product’s lifespan.

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Imaging Supplies Coalition Files Brief Supporting Lexmark International

The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Property Protection (ISC) has filed a brief supporting Lexmark in the case between Lexmark and Impression Products, case No. 14-1617. The brief, called an amicus curiae or “friend of the court,” was filed with the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit (USFC). The filing encourages the court to uphold current case law regarding the rights for patent owners and the use of these patented products in the U.S. if the goods were originally intended for sale abroad.

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Ricoh HotSpot Express; Canon PRINT Business; ECi Naverisk 2015; Print Tracker Customer List Import; Polaroid Scientist at Impossible Project; Facebook and Google Photo Tools; AI at Amazon, Alibaba; Hitachi Robots

New Mobile Printing Solutions: Ricoh HotSpot Express, Canon PRINT Business; ECi Naverisk 2015; Print Tracker Customer List Import Feature; Polaroid Scientist at Impossible Project; Facebook and Google Photo Tools; AI at Amazon and Alibaba; Hitachi Robots

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“Who is that bespectacled man?”- Japan Develops ‘Facial Un-Recognition’ Glasses

Japan’s National Institute of Informatics has announced it has developed eyeglasses that can fool a camera’s facial recognition system into effectively thinking its wearer is not even in the photo. The government-affliliated institute worked with an eyeglass maker to create the Privacy Visor.

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HP Q3: “One for the Money, Two for the Show, Three to get Ready, and Four to Go!”

Hewlett-Packard (HP) posted quarterly earnings above analysts’ projections; however, the “challenging macro economic and IT spending environment, with soft consumer spending, continued weakness in Russia and China” and currency impacted its reported revenue. With two months left until the company splits, HP reported adjusted earning per share (EPS) of $.88 (versus a provided outlook of $.83 to $.87/share). Revenue fell 8 percent to $25.3 billion (B). HP’s revenue has fallen 15 of the past 16 quarters.

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Epson Not the Only Kid on the Block to Offer CISS Printers

Brother recently introduced its Refill Tank System series, which utilizes the same strategy as Epson’s L series. Released this spring, these models are currently only available in China, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, and other ASEAN countries — but will they follow the path of Epson’s L series and come next to the U.S.?

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5 Questions That Can Reveal “Out of Control” Printing Costs

According to Photizo research, the cost of a company’s printing operations is generally between three and six percent of revenue. But how can you be sure? What is the actual cost of running all of your printers and copiers, and what impact is that going to have on your business?

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Samsung Rolls out LoopPay-based Mobile Payment Service

Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out its new mobile payment solution, Samsung Pay, in South Korea, beginning on August 20. This will be quickly followed by its U.S. introduction on Sept. 28. Samsung joins Apple and Android in offering a contactless payment system, but thanks to its acquisition of LoopPay earlier in the year, Samsung’s system is based on a different technology.

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Canon Debuts 7 US, 3 UK PIXMA Inkjets; LMI: 50% Production Expansion; Konica Minolta Chameleon; Katun MPS Profit Calculator; ECi Acquires JumpTrack; Brother Profits from Domino Buy; Electronics-Store Spending

Canon Debuts 7 New PIXMA Printers in the US, and 3 New PIXMA Inkjets in the UK; LMI Solutions Announces 50% Production Expansion; Konica Minolta Introduces bizhub Marketplace Chameleon; Katun MPS Profit Calculator; ECi Acquires JumpTrack; Brother Profits from Domino Buy; Electronics-Store Spending Down

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There Are Now Twice As Many Smart Devices as Humans

Recent research estimates that the Internet of Things market may grow as much as 285 percent over the next five years, leading to an estimated 38 billion smart devices by 2020. Business use is driving this astronomical growth, with smart devices being used in industries such as travel, transportation, hospitality, banking, and financial services.

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Digitek/Print Audit Partner; Ricoh Patents Remlox; ‘Unprinter’ Gets Funding; Epson EcoTank; Fujitsu Brainstorming Room; Toshiba May Book Loss; Phone Reading; Lenovo Cuts; Wipro, Intel on IoT

Digitek/Print Audit Partner; Ricoh Patents Remlox; ‘Unprinter’ Gets Funding; Epson EcoTank; Fujitsu Paperless Brainstorming Room; Toshiba May Book Loss, Appointing Outside Directors; Phone Reading on the Rise; Lenovo Cuts 3,200 Jobs; Wipro, Intel Joining International M2M Council (IMC) IoT Association

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Business Intelligence Digest – July 2015

Enjoy all of the Business Intelligence articles that we published in July… in one convenient PDF document.

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Foxconn Will “Make in India”

Foxconn Technology Group has decided to invest $5 billion in India over a period of five years. The company will invest in areas of manufacturing, research and development, and other “strategic capabilities,” and will draw on local talent in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Foxconn plans to build a large electronics factory and other facilities in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Foxconn’s move to India is significant for what it says about India and for what it says about China.

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Memjet Sues HP: Alleges HP’s PageWide Tech Too Similar to its Waterfall Tech

Memjet has announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Hewlett Packard Company. The suit alleges infringement of eight Memjet patents related to Memjet’s page-wide “waterfall” printing technology.

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Memjet Sues HP; Epson SureColor Textile Printers; HP Big Data, Security; Privacy vs. Security; ‘Smart’ Objects, Dumb Idea; Domtar Sustainability Report; Reduse Unprinter; Brand Performance Index

Memjet Sues HP for Patent Infringement; Epson SureColor Textile Printers; HP Big Data, Security; Privacy vs. Security; ‘Smart’ Objects are a Dumb Idea; Domtar Issues Sustainability Report; Reduse Receives Funding for Unprinter; Photizo Group’s Brand Performance Index

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Epson Performing Well in Printing but Profits Suffer

On July 30, 2015, Seiko Epson (Epson) reported its first quarter fiscal year 2015 (ending March 2016) earnings. Consolidated revenue for the quarter was reported as ¥260.9 billion ($2.1 billion), an increase of 6 percent year-to-year (YTY). Business profit was reported as ¥16.5 billion ($0.13 billion), a decline of 29.8 percent YTY. Quarter profit attributable…

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FDA Approves First Drug Made with 3D Printer

The ways in which 3D printing can be used in the field of medicine continue to expand. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has created a new version of Spritam, a drug used to treat epileptic seizures, using 3D printing.

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Konica Minolta bizhubs; Canon MAXIFY; Oki Data Textile Printer; IBM Buys Merge Healthcare; Outsourcing; Esko/Serilon Distrib Deal; Japanese Companies to Boost Capital Spending; PCs Not Dead; GE Cloud Hacker Bait

Four New Multifunction Konica Minolta bizhubs; Canon MAXIFY Mentor Program; New Oki Data Textile Printer; IBM Buys Merge Healthcare; Outsourcing; Esko and Serilon Enter a Distribution Deal; Japanese Companies to Boost Capital Spending; PCs Not Dead; GE Cloud Hacker Bait

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2015 Imaging 360 Hardware Forecast

With brand new features, the 2015 Imaging 360 Hardware Forecast delivers the most focused, in-depth analysis of the hardware market available. The new 2015 Imaging 360 Hardware Forecast includes: Three years of historical data 5 years of forecast projections Speed classified segments (NEW) A4 and A3 device split (NEW) Data confirmed regional average selling prices…

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Ricoh Sees Another Decline in Operating Profits

On August 6, 2015, Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh) announced its first quarter fiscal year 2016 earnings. Net sales for the quarter were ¥539.1 billion ($4.34 billion), a 6.4 percent increase year-to-year (YTY). Operating profit for the quarter was ¥20.6 billion ($0.17 billion), a decline of 23.9 percent YTY. Figure 1 is a graph of Ricoh’s…

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Epson Knows U.S. Consumers Hate Inkjet Cartridges, Offers EcoTank Solution

Epson introduced its EcoTank printers to the U.S. market. The five new all-in-one color printers come with large ink reservoirs that Epson says will provide up to two years of prints without replacing the ink. This new ink system not only provides convenience, but offers benefits to both the pocketbook and the environment – fewer cartridge changes mean less expense and less waste. Epson says that compared to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges or more, depending on the model.

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