Will Your Next Printer be an Inkjet?

Several years ago, business inkjets were not the most popular device in an office. Managed print services for medium-to-large corporations all but did away with personal printers and most of them were business inkjets or small laser printers. But there has been a resurgence of inkjets. There are several reasons that business inkjets are appealing…

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Is Laser Bias Relevant Anymore?

Several years ago, business inkjets were not the most popular device in an office. Managed print services for medium-to-large corporations all but did away with personal printers and most of them were business inkjets or small laser printers. But there has been a resurgence of inkjets in the small-and-medium businesses (SMB) and SOHO segments. There…

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Imaging Industry Financials Under Major Pressure

Photizo Group follows the earnings for selected OEMs (Xerox, Canon, Lexmark, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and HP) and reports on the results on a quarterly basis. Every once in a while, Photizo develops a synopsis of these company earnings to learn about imaging industry trends related to company revenue and operating income by viewing year-to-year (YtY)…

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Microsoft Spends $26.2 Billion For Your Personal Data

On June 13, Microsoft announced the acquisition of LinkedIn. The social networking site data will be used to expand Microsoft Office and Office365 with your digital resume, jobs currently available, skills needed for these jobs, and the Lynda.com software which can provide training in those skills. LinkedIn is active in over 200 countries with 433…

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Headline Rollup for June 14, 2016

Best Drupa Since 2000 – KBA: Print Makes a Strong Comeback Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and Drupa president 2016, announced a decidedly positive closing verdict on this year’s industry’s leading trade show which closed its doors on 10 June after eleven days and some 260,000 visitors. “Print in all…

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Headline Rollup for June 9, 2016

drupa Continues Proven 4-Year Cycle drupa, the world’s largest and most important trade fair for print and crossmedia solutions, will continue its proven four-year cycle and take place again in Düsseldorf, Germany from June 23 -July 3, 2020. With this decision Messe Düsseldorf is responding to the numerous requests by the exhibiting industry. Xerox launches…

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Where are you going to spend your marketing dollars?

After reviewing Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2016 report, a reader could rationalize that social media is on the ‘hockey-stick’ growth pattern. For example, the number of photos shared on Snapchat, Facebook (FB), FB Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp has increased from 300 million in 2012 to over 3 billion in 2015, a 120 percent compound annual…

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What’s Next on the Horizon with Landa?

At Drupa 2012, Mr. Benny Landa showed prototypes of nanography-based presses.   Now four years later, at Drupa 2016, the company actually demonstrated a number of pre-production cut-sheet and web presses. A brief history might be needed: Landa lead the development of the Indigo press. Fifteen years ago Hewlett Packard acquired the company. According to Landa,…

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Toshiba Pushes Digital Signage as a Channel Opportunity

Ideas and Initiatives Part of 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. Photizo…

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Headline Rollup for June 7, 2016

Report finds wide-format ink market growing he opening up of new markets driven by developments in hardware will mean faster growth for the wide-format ink market, according to imaging industry market researcher Photizo Group. Kodak partners with Komori, Konica Minolta, Landa and Ricoh to add its Prinergy workflow Kodak has now integrated its Kodak Prinergy…

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HP Indigo Hits Homeruns with Cimpress and Shutterfly Deals

In only its second day at drupa 2016, HP’s deals with Cimpress (parent company of VistaPrint) and Shutterfly (previously owned by HP) have paid for its “largest exhibitor at drupa 2016” title. Shutterfly has leased 25 new HP Indigo 12000 Digital presses making this the “largest deal in the history of Indigo,” said Alon Bar-Shany,…

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Headline Rollup for June 2, 2016

Wise Practitioner – Manufacturing Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Edward Crowley at The Photizo Group, Inc. In anticipation of his upcoming Predictive Analytics World for Manufacturing conference presentation, Predictive Analytics – What is 2% Worth, we interviewed Edward Crowley, CEO at The Photizo Group, Inc. View the Q-and-A below for a glimpse of what’s in store at the PAW Manufacturing…

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Mobile Print Comes of Age

HP Announces Software That Makes Mobile Device Printing More Productive HP, Inc. has made it easier to print using mobile devices and at the same time making it easier for IT to manage printing from mobile devices. With the increasing use of screen-based mobile devices, some users would think the need for hardcopy is shrinking.…

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Headline Rollup for May 31, 2016

HP Unleashes Industry-leading Digital Printing Portfolio at drupa 2016 At drupa 2016, HP Inc. introduced a range of digital printing solutions designed to empower print service providers (PSPs) to reinvent their possibilities. With the largest exhibit space at the show (spanning the size of a football field in Hall 17), HP will feature more than…

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To Print or not to Print?

Every so often the media industry will publish a series of articles, columns, and research reports on “The Office of the Future,” “Paperless office remains out of reach,” “5 Steps to a paperless life,” “ROI on paper-free projects,” and “Why paper still rules the enterprise.” Articles like these espouse the benefits and frustrations of moving…

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2015 Smartphone Growth Slowed

A new report on the growth rate of smartphones in the United States showed a decline from 18.9 percent in 2014 to 9.6 percent in 2015. Despite the growth rate decline the number of smartphones increased from 208 million in 2014 to 228 million in 2015. Apple has been impacted by this slowing growth with…

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HP, Inc. Had a Respectable Second Quarter Despite Declines

Aggressive action on Total Costs and Expenses saved the day (see Figures 1, 2 and 3) HP, Inc. revenue of $11.6 billion (B) declined 11% Y/Y, 5% in constant currency (CC) Printing revenues declined to $4.6B (16% Y/Y, 10% Y/Y CC) Printing supplies revenue comprised 67% of Printing segment Supplies declined 16% YTY to $3.1B (flat…

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Nuance Document Imaging Focusing on Verticals for Future Success

On May 19, Photizo Group was invited to attend the recent Nuance Document Imaging (NDI) Division Analyst Day Summit held in Washington D.C. The summit involved key industry analysts and was supported by presentations from NDI’s management team. The presentations were interesting and provided insights into NDI’s global strategy, vision, product updates and vertical market…

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Xerox Enabling Print-to-Digital Transformation

Linking MPS Next Gen to Workflow Automation Next Gen  In a June 30, 1975 article in Businessweek, people talked about the “paperless office.” Since then it has been embraced as a goal for large and small businesses, unfortunately few businesses have come close. In the same article, Timothy C. Cronin, then the president of Inforex…

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Xerox Turns to 3D Printing to Transform

In the past, Xerox had participated in the 3D market but it appears that Xerox has focused on the now mature 3D printing market as a means to transform. Investors are putting clear pressure on Xerox after it announced its first quarter 2016 financial results. Xerox’s 3D printing ventures will be contained within its PARC…

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What’s up with Monochrome Hardware Announcements?

In the space of six weeks at least 28 monochrome devices were announced in the U.K., Europe, U.S. and South Africa. Brother did announce 20 monochrome printers and MFPs this past January. As a comparison, Lexmark announced 42 mono and color printers and MFPs in late 2012. However, this plethora of monochrome printer, MFP, and…

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Wide Format Printer Ink Forecast Perspective

Is the wide format printer industry really growing and, if so, what is driving its growth? Photizo has written this new Wide Format Printer Ink Forecast Perspective to provide hardware manufacturers, ink developers/sellers, and print providers the real insight into what is driving this industry. Recent developments in wide format printer supplies (ink and media)…

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Lexmark Reports Q1 Loss – Fifth Loss in Last Six Quarters

Higher Value Solutions Not Able to Overcome Strong Dollar Lexmark International reported its first quarter 2016 on April 27, 2016 (see Figures 1, 2, and 3) below: Company revenue of $812 million (M) declined 5 percent (1 percent at constant currency (CC)) Enterprise Software revenue of $143M, up 60 percent (62 percent in CC) ISS…

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“Significant Year” for Xerox Starts Slow

Weak Revenue and Profit Drop Shares Xerox Corporation announced its first quarter 2016 earnings today, April 25, 2016 (see Figure 1 and Figure 2): Xerox total Q1 revenue of $4.28 billion (B), down 4 percent year-to-year (YTY) or 3 percent in constant currency (CC) Services Q1 revenue of $2.5B, up 1 percent or 2 percent…

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Lexmark Finds ‘Strategic Alternative’ in Apex Technology

  The imaging industry has suffered a reduction in revenue and operating income over the past 10 years. In October 2015, Lexmark announced that its Board of Directors had authorized the exploration of “strategic alternatives” to enhance shareholder value. Lexmark completed 2015 with $3.6B in revenue posting losses in four of the past five quarters.…

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Y Soft: A Company Worth Watching

In late March, Y Soft launched a new iteration of its popular print management solution, the YSoft SafeQ platform. In this latest launch, the new platform has broadened its focus in order to facilitate management of beyond print alone, stepping into capture and 3D print management (the first solution we know of that can manage…

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Why Does Foxconn Really Want Sharp?

Financially-challenged manufacturer, Sharp, and Foxconn Technology Group (FTG) have officially approved a landmark plan to purchase two-thirds of Sharp’s stocks for $3.5 billion (USD). After struggling for years, Sharp has finally agreed to accept the reduced offer for FTG. Most analysts seem myopically focused on Sharp’s relationship with Apple and their iPhones. I wonder if…

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Wrong Turns Abound for Lexmark

No company likes to have its name, in the public arena, tied to problems. Recently, however, Lexmark has found itself on the negative side of several issues. The first has to do with its downsizing of its Lexmark Enterprise Software headquarters located in Lenexa, Kansas. The facility is comprised of two 120,000 square-foot buildings. Recently…

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Smartphones, Smart MFPs, and Now Smart Machines

Xerox released a press release today related to its report on The State of Customer Service that discussed four leading trends driving customer care. This report included a survey of over 6,000 consumers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States and over half of the consumers would pay more for…

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