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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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 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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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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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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Will Konica Minolta Restructure Boost Domestic Sales?

On February 15, Konica Minolta announced that it would be establishing a new company, Konica Minolta Japan, Inc. to take over domestic business across its Healthcare, Business Technologies, and Domestic Measuring Instruments Sales units. This move will consolidate Konica Minolta Japan’s ability to sell multiple products and services under a single company. Japanese companies have…

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Will MOOCs burst the Higher Education Bubble?

College is expensive. According to an article on family budgeting from Straighterline, average tuition costs almost 40 percent of a family’s median earnings today (in 2004 tuition costs consumed less than 25 percent). Another way to look at it is student debt. Forbes reported that two-thirds of students graduating have some level of debt, now…

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Xerox Q4 Performance: Not Much to Write Home

Of the 8 percent YTY revenue decline seen in the fourth quarter, Xerox estimated that 3 percent of this decline was due to negative currency impact. Many major currencies saw significant weakening against the U.S. dollar through 2015. Xerox was impacted because about one third of its revenue derives from non-U.S. revenues with about 25 percent of its total consolidated revenues coming from major foreign currencies.

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Epson Indonesia/ Cartridge World Free Printer/ Polaroid 3D Print/ IBM Watson/ HP HTC VR/ Distribution Management/ Staples SMB/ Yahoo Cuts

Epson to Expand in Indonesia Indonesia Epson plans to spend $3 million to expand its production capacity in Cikarang, West Java. Cartridge World Launches Free Printer Lease Program Cartridge World’s No-Cost Printer Lease program gives free access to the latest printing technology to companies of all sizes, schools and non-profit organizations. Polaroid enters 3D print…

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Cartridge World Offers Free Printer Lease Program for 2016

Cartridge World (CW) kicked off 2016 with a “free printer” lease program for small and medium-sized (SMB) companies, schools, and non-profit organizations. You may have heard some commercials via the internet and radio. Printers offered come from Brother, Canon, HP, and others – equipment includes monochrome and color printers that can print, copy, scan and…

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Wide Format Expands in 2016

The imaging industry continues to transform itself by developing and employing new technology, capabilities, and product sets, taking on new dimensions and evolving into new categories that drive demand for new capabilities. In this mix there exists the potential for multiple growth opportunities, many of which can be found in the wide format market. Are you ready for the opportunities in the wide format market?

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Xerox Partners Spicers for UK MPS, Sells Wilsonville Facilities; New India Printers from HP, Toshiba; HP Uses The Force; Metrofuser PrintSim; IBM Watson; Samsung Patent Appeal; CRN & IT World’s Top 2015 Stories

Xerox Partners Spicers for UK MPS, Sells Wilsonville Facilities; New India Printers from HP, Toshiba; HP Uses The Force; Metrofuser PrintSim; IBM Watson; Samsung Patent Appeal; CRN & IT World’s Top 2015 Stories

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Y Soft Software Subscription Service Just Upped the Ante

On December 7, Y Soft announced its Software Subscription Service that includes software licensing, support, and reduced infrastructure requirements (via private cloud). Is Y Soft Crazy or did it just up the ante?

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Xerox Finds Consumers Want to Live in a Single-Brand Technology Ecosystem

Xerox’s new survey report, “The State of Customer Service 2015,” shows consumers are increasingly willing to sign on with a single company to provide all of their technology, communication, and media needs. 51 percent of the 6,000 consumers surveyed said they are comfortable with this single-brand “ecosystem” idea, with 40 percent already having at least two devices from the same brand.

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Will Icahn Catalyze or Crash Xerox’s Future?

Carl Icahn let the world know he had taken a 7.1 percent stake in Xerox, becoming the second largest shareholder. What’s in store for Xerox’s future with Icahn’s maneuvering? Will he create real friction with management or be a strong catalyst to help the firm reach orbit?

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Paper-Free Pays For Itself

November 6, 2015 was designated as World Paper Free Day. To celebrate, AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) released the results of its new research on digital content and reducing paper use.

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Will There Be Another OEM Joining the CISS Party?

Canon has announced its first foray into the continuous ink supply system (CISS) printer market. This brings the total number of major printer OEMs with CISS products up to three. HP, Ricoh, and Kodak (Funai), among others, have not taken the step to join these manufacturers in this low-cost ink strategy. CISS products from Brother, Canon, and Epson are compared, and the strategies of OEMs both with and without CISS products are discussed.

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Will Fossil Bring Fashion to Wearables?

Fossil Group – which owns the Fossil and Skagen brand, as well as licensing other well-known brands such as Michael Kors, Diesel, and DKNY – has agreed to acquire Misfit Inc., a startup maker of wearable fitness trackers.

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Xerox Workflow Solutions; Canon Au Acquires Converga; HPE/Intel IoT; Kyocera DocuWare Connector; Taopix Expands; RICOH Smart Presenter; Konica Minolta Textile Printer, In Vitro Diagnostics Biz; Cloud Faxing; Singles’ Day Results

Xerox Workflow Solutions; Canon Australia Acquires Converga; HPE/Intel IoT; Kyocera DocuWare Connector; Taopix Expands; RICOH Smart Presenter; Konica Minolta Textile Printer, In Vitro Diagnostics Biz; Cloud Faxing; Singles’ Day Results

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Xerox Mobile Print Tools; MKIC Toner Plant Closes; Paper-free Office; Canon Entry-Level Large Format, Photo Hack Day Participation; OKI Data Americas Pro Printing Strategy; BRICs Era Over; Indonesia as a Tech Hub?; Toshiba Losses, Lawsuit

Xerox Mobile Print Tools; MKIC Toner Plant Closes; Paper-free Office; Canon Entry-Level Large Format, Photo Hack Day Participation; OKI Data Americas Pro Printing Strategy; BRICs Era Over; Indonesia as a Tech Hub?; Toshiba Losses, Lawsuit

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Xerox Rewards Expands; Canon MFP Customer Satisfaction; Canon hdAlbum; NATIONAL Business Equip Acquisitions; EFI Buys Shuttleworth; Dell May Sell Assets; Sharp Bond Risk, LCD Biz; SCC & Apex Execs Speak; Toshiba & GE on IoT

Xerox Rewards Expands; Canon MFP Customer Satisfaction; Canon hdAlbum; NATIONAL Business Equip Acquisitions; EFI Buys Shuttleworth; Dell May Sell Assets; Sharp Bond Risk, LCD Biz; SCC & Apex Execs Speak; Toshiba & GE on IoT

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Who’s Buying Lexmark?

With Lexmark’s recent announcement that its Board of Directors is “exploring strategic options”, inquiring minds want to know just who the various suitors might be. We thought we would expand upon some of our own internal musings and provide some speculative analysis on likely acquisition partners.

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Xerox Considering Structural Options After Third Quarter Loss

On October 26, 2015, Xerox announced its third quarter 2015 earnings. Total revenue for the quarter was reported as $4.3 billion, down 10 percent year-to-year (YTY) including a previously reported pre-tax charge of $385 million, about $240 million after-tax, related to Health Enterprise Medicaid platform implementations.

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Xerox and Lexmark 3Q; Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6590, UltraChrome Ink, and Legacy Paper Line; OKI C942 and ES5162LP; Print Audit Top 100 Seat Based Billing Exec Council; Kodak and Collins Settle; Ricoh 3D; HP Ready to Have Fun

Xerox and Lexmark 3Q; Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6590, UltraChrome Ink, and Legacy Paper Line; OKI C942 and ES5162LP; Print Audit Top 100 Seat Based Billing Exec Council; Kodak and Collins Settle; Ricoh 3D; HP Ready to Have Fun

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