Headline Rollup for March 7, 2017

Will the Samsung Scandal Threaten HP Printer Deal? The heir and de facto leader of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested on February 17th in connection to the corruption and influence peddling scandal that may remove impeached South Korean President, Park Guen-hye, from power. Lee and four other Samsung executives, according to The Washington Post, “will stand trial in the…

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Will Laser’s print attributes prevent Pagewide’s acceptance in the office?

Typical print quality (PQ) attributes of a particular printing technology are a relevant distillation since, after all, they represent the purpose of printing; yet, does PQ dominate the decision-making process when selecting a printing technology? Advocates of Inkjet technology say the PQ is good enough for general office printing such as text and graphics.  They…

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Why does the National Consumer Law Center say that electronic statements can cause consumer harm?

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

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Headline Rollup for March 2, 2017

Brother International Corporation Expands Its Award-Winning INKvestment Color Device Line Providing Small Businesses Full-Featured Printers That Are Cost-Effective And Business Ready BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Brother International Corporation, a leading provider of printing and imaging solutions, builds upon the success of its INKvestment line of color inkjet all-in-ones with two additions to…

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Headline Rollup for February 28, 2017

PrintFleet announces LINK partnership with Q2 Ontario, Canada – PrintFleet Inc., a global leader in managed print services and supplies automation solutions, announced today that they have partnered with Q2, LLC, a national distributor of compatible imaging supplies, to provide a PrintFleet LINK™ enabled just-in-time supplies fulfilment program for the imaging industry throughout the United States.…

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HP Fires on All Cylinders

Revenue growth, EPS beat by a penny  Fiscal Q1 revenue of $12.7 billion (B) up 4% Y/Y, 5% in constant currency (CC) Q1 Printing revenue declined to $4.5B (3% Y/Y, 2% CC) Printing supplies revenue comprised 67% of Printing segment Supplies revenue declined 3% Y/Y (2% CC) to $3.0B Printing hardware units were up 6%…

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Headline Rollup for February 23, 2017

Lexmark announces new imaging solution to help hospitals reach HIMSS Stage 7 Solarity Connector links Lexmark MFPs to leading scanning and indexing software for medical records Canon U.S.A. Announces a New Approach to Premium-Quality InkJet Printing with Océ ProStream Series MELVILLE, N.Y., February 20, 2017 – Building on a decade of experience in inkjet technology,…

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Headline Rollup for February 21, 2017

IBM and Ricoh Transform Corporate Meetings with Industry-First, Watson-Powered Interactive Whiteboards MUNICH, February 16th 2017 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Ricoh have announced a major shakeup in the corporate meeting room with Ricoh’s new cognitive-enabled interactive whiteboard which uses IBM’s Watson intelligence and voice technologies to actively support people in meetings by responding to commands, taking notes and…

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Headline Rollup for February 16, 2017

Why K-12 Schools Need Managed Print Services Many of us know that public schools around the country are experiencing massive budget cuts, which limit students’ academic and extracurricular opportunities. These budget cuts also affect teachers, who often have to spend their own money on school supplies for their students. WiFi can screw up your printer!…

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Headline Rollup for February 14, 2017

Xerox: Inkjet Is a Reality for All Print Providers “Right Now” Early adopters of Xerox’s inkjet technology say they are seeing measurable business results such as increased page volumes, savings from printing on standard offset coated stocks, and faster turnaround on high-volume transactional print jobs. HP Inc. Protects Businesses from Web-Based Attacks with HP Sure…

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Can excellent marketing of Lasers prevent Pagewide acceptance in the office?

Certainly, masterful marketing plays a key role in the success of a product line; yet, will excellent marketing by a world-class brand sustain an inferior product?  For the astute, who are willing to learn from the mistakes of others, IBM’s experience selling printers as the incumbent against a mere printer industry entrant provides a ready…

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Headline Rollup for February 9, 2017

5 Ways Modern Print Technology Can Help Your Business Modern printing is more than just about pumping out pages a little faster. Today, printing is all about working smarter with the cloud and saving money on consumables. HP Inc confirms plans to close Leixlip operation with 500 job losses It has been confirmed that up…

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A Few Potential Game Changers for the Hardcopy Industry

For a mature industry, the hardcopy industry continues to change at a very past pace. Mergers and acquisitions among solution providers, systems integrators, and service providers; the changing landscape of the channel and the continuation of technology improvements in printing devices, such as Epson’s EcoTank models, HP’s PageWide and PageWide Pro series, HP Canon’s Pixma…

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Business Intelligence Digest for January 2017

Download the Business Intelligence Digest – January 2017. Enjoy all the articles that we published in January … in one convenient PDF document.

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Headline Rollup for February 7, 2017

Konica Minolta to Launch Its AiLingual Service in Spring Tokyo (February 6, 2017) – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) will launch its AiLingual service this spring. As a cloud solution for creating and publishing multilingual job manuals, AiLingual has been planned and developed in collaboration with two start-ups*1 that specialize in developing business solutions. This open innovation…

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Ricoh 9 month results cause amended forecast for sales

Lowered its year-end dividend payment forecast   Ricoh Company, Ltd. reported its Q316 results on January 31, 2017 (please see Figures 1, 2, and 3). Q3 Sales of ¥497.9 billion (B), declined 9.2% year-to-year (YTY) Q3 operating profit of ¥12.0B, declined 59% YTY Q3 Imaging & Solutions sales of ¥439.1B, declined 10.4% YTY Q3 Imaging…

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Headline Rollup for February 2, 2017

Xerox To Spend $100M In 2017 To Acquire More Multi-Branded Resellers, Get Into Emerging Markets Xerox has set aside $100 million for mergers and acquisitions this year to convert more multi-branded dealers into Xerox-exclusive agents and gain a foothold in newer technologies. Carry your printer with you, in your pocket Forget whatever they told you…

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Konica Minolta production print units grow at eight percent

FOREX Hurts Financials Konica Minolta, Inc. (KM) reported Q316 financial results on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (see Figures 1, 2, and 3 below). Q3 revenue of ¥237.7 billion (B) ($2.17B), declined 7% (YTY), 3% increase w/o FOREX impact Q3 operating profit of ¥15.9B ($145.4M), increased 19% (YTY), 65% increase w/o FOREX impact Q3 Business Technologies…

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Epson Q3 Revenues Up Sequentially, Lower YTY

FY16 Outlook Improves, Lower than FY15 Seiko Epson (hereafter Epson) announced its third quarter and nine months 2016 results on January 31, 2017 (see Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3). Epson Q3 sales of ¥ 278.3 billion (B) ($2.6B), down 6% year-to-year (YTY) Printing Solutions Q3 sales of ¥ 192.4B ($1.8B), a decline of…

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Canon Q416 and FY16 Had Sales and Profit Decline

2017 Projection Shows Healthy Increase is Sales and Operating Profit Canon, Inc. announced its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results on January 31, 2017 (see Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3). Canon consolidated Q4 sales of ¥ 965.2 billion (B) ($8.8B), down 7% year-to-year (YTY) Office Business Unit Q4 sales of ¥ 485.9B ($4.4B),…

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“New” Xerox Fourth Quarter Earnings in Line

Exceeds first-year savings target for Strategic Transformation Program Xerox Corporation announced its fourth quarter 2016 earnings on January 31, 2017 (see Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3). Due to the split with Conduent some numbers are estimated for past quarters. Xerox total Q4 revenue of $2.7 billion (B) from continuing operations, down 7 percent…

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Headline Rollup for January 31, 2017

Xerox Adds Two New Directors to Board Xerox (NYSE: XRX) today announced that the company’s chief executive officer, Jeff Jacobson, and Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc., have joined Xerox’s board of directors, effective January 26, 2017. Lexmark wins 2017 Innovative Product of the Year Award Lexmark wins 2017 Innovative Product of…

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Who will win the inkjet war?

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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Headline Rollup for January 26, 2017

HP Inc. Distinguishes FlexPrint National Managed Print Solutions as “Best In Class” Phoenix, Jan. 25, 2017 — FlexPrint Managed Print Solutions has been named as one of HP’s Best In Class MPS partners in the United States.  HP’s goal is to recognize top performing MPS Partners across the nation based on 2016 performance statistics, and…

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Headline Rollup for January 24, 2017

IDG to Be Bought by Chinese Investors; IDC to Spin Out HPC Group US-based publishing and investment firm International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) will be acquired by a pair of Chinese investors, China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. and IDG Capital, the companies announced today (Thursday). The official announcement comes after months of speculation with Reutersreporting…

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Do Pagewide Printers Really Have A Lower Supplies Cost than Lasers?

One of the advantages asserted by Pagewide promoters is that the supplies cost per page comparison to laser printers is very favorable.   The story continues that Pagewide is therefore in a position to challenge the dominance of Laser printers in the business market when the supplies cost advantage is coupled with Pagewide’s lower hardware cost,…

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Headline Rollup for January 19, 2017

Robust Ricoh color A4 MFPs boast productivity and smooth mobile device connectivity, enabling users to do more in less time New information hubs empower workstyle innovation by bringing print, copy, scan, fax, storage and cloud access capabilities to workgroups of all sizes New RICOH Intelligent Delivery Services powers the mail center with enhanced automation and…

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Headline Rollup for January 17, 2017

  Canon’s Continued Innovation Earns Company Position Among Top Three U.S. Patent Holder Companies MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Redefining the boundaries of what’s possible through its strong focus on innovation, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has for the 31st consecutive year, secured a spot among…

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Headline Rollup for January 12, 2017

  Epson Introduces SureColor P5000 Professional 17-inch 10-Color Inkjet Printer LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Epson is once again setting the benchmark for professional imaging excellence with the introduction of the new 17-Inch Epson® SureColor® P5000.  Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, the SureColor P5000 resets the standard for the desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing…

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The 2020 Multifunction Printer (MFP) – a True Workflow Efficiency Hub?

Back in 2011, Photizo completed some primary research and came up with the “ideal” hardcopy device (see Figure 1).  The thought process at that time was to make the next generation of printers and copiers designed for robust, long-term services – always connected and designed for ease of support. As can be seen in the…

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