Cost Per Page for Select Inkjet Single-Function Printers

These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected inkjet single-function printers (SFPs) in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for February 2014 to January 2015. All cost per page data is presented in local currency (the euro for France and Germany and the British pound for the United Kingdom). For more information,…

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Will Brother Acquisition of Domino Stack Up to Meet Sales Goals or Fall Flat?

Brother Industries Ltd. will buy British barcode-printer maker Domino Printing Science Plc. for about $1.55 billion.

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Xerox Turns Focus to Acquisitions in Middle East

Xerox’s Ursula Burns recently commented that Xerox will be looking to acquire companies outside of the United States, including those in the Middle East.

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Why haven’t fax machines gone the way of buggy whips, answering machines, and cassette tapes?

Fax is still an important tool for government agencies, medical offices, and restaurants. As a matter of fact, in the land of robots and bullet trains, Japan remains firmly in the grips of the fax machine.

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Where Will Your Printer’s Brain Live?

The printers and MFPs of today are increasingly sophisticated and componentized — including features that were only a pipe dream a few years ago. With the advent of MPS and rise of the cloud, providers are realizing the possibilities of equipment serviceability, preventive diagnostics, and even self-healing capabilities. These features rely upon advanced microprocessors — the brain of the device — to perform increasingly complex tasks we might associate with a living organism. And it is this increase in device capabilities that has many manufacturers wondering where the printer’s or MFP’s brain will actually live?

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Street Prices for Color Laser SFPs

These charts from Context show street prices in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for color laser printers from December 2013 to November 2014. All prices are in local currency. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.  Photizo’s View Street price is a variable which can change quickly on a monthly basis. Although some…

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Cost Per Page for Select Color Laser SFPs

These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected color laser single-function printers in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for December 2013 to November 2014. All cost per page estimates are in local currency. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.  Photizo’s View Cost per page is a variable which typically does not change…

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Best Selling Color Laser SFPs

These charts from Context show the best-selling color laser single-function printers amongst the top 50 best-selling color laser SFPs, from November 2013 to October 2014, based on unit sales from the channel to end users in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. For more information on Context research and analysis, please go to http://www.contextworld.com.  Photizo’s…

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Camera and Photo Printing Survey

Photizo Group last conducted a survey of the photo printing market in 2012 A new survey of the United States market was conducted in 2014 This report examines the photo printing market landscape based on this data and identifies potential opportunities for companies currently in the market 2014 Camera-&-Photo-Print-Survey-Report

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Insight: Jack Henry Models a Successful Transformation

Headquartered in the town of Monett (population 8,922) in the far southwestern corner of Missouri, Jack Henry & Associates (JHA) has an impressive transformation story. JHA began building a services business in 1995, and since that time has managed to not only transform their business model, but also to drive impressive growth with a 20.4% compound annual growth rate. Since 2005 the firm has shifted its business model from 67% transactionally based sales (hardware and software licensing) to 90% services (a large proportion of which is outsourcing). From 2009 to 2013, revenue grew from $745M to $1,129M, while earnings per share grew from $1.22 to $2.04. This is impressive performance by any standard. So how did a traditional license/hardware technology provider shift to a high growth services firm with 80% recurring revenue?

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Y Soft expands into the field of 3D printing and invests into be3D, a Czech manufacturer of 3D printers

Prague, 6th of November 2014 –be3D, a Czech manufacturer of 3D printers, received a strategic investment. Brno company, Y Soft, invested into the Prague start-up, they also acquired a 51% share of be3D. The connecting of be3D to Y Soft is the result of several months of negotiations, which took place in the United States…

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Difficult Third Quarter Breaks Canon’s Streak After Five Consecutive Quarters of Increased Profit

On October 27, 2014, Canon, Inc. reported its third quarter earnings for 2014. Consolidated net sales for the quarter were $8.0 billion (a decline of 4.5 percent year-to-year (YTY)). This decline in net sales and an increase in operating expense led to operating profit of $0.6 billion (a decline of 20.7 percent YTY). Within the Office Business Unit, sales of color office multifunction devices increased significantly but were offset by the decrease in demand for monochrome devices. The Imaging System segment saw sales volume for hardware remain similar to that seen in 2013, but the sale of consumables increased YTY.

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Xerox Third Quarter Earnings Sends Mixed Messages to Investors

Xerox announced earnings per share (EPS) at the higher end of its prior quarter’s guidance. Services revenue was up one percent while Document Technology declined six percent. Services segment margin fell short of expectations; however, the Document Technology segment margin continued to be strong. The Document Technology group had also announced 17 new products in…

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Forecast Perspective: Worldwide Color Laser MFP Shipments to Climb Through 2017, Revenue Decreases Substantially

Worldwide shipments of color laser multifunction printers (MFPs) continue to increase through 2017 although at a much slower rate than the years from 2010 until 2013. There are still legs on the color laser MFP market, and Photizo anticipates that by 2017, 4.9 million (M) units will be shipped. In 2012, there were 4.0M color laser MFPs…

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Forecast Perspective Summary: Can Color Laser MFPs Stop the Growth of Color Laser Printers?

For years, the imaging industry has heard about the “Year of Color.” Based on Photizo’s 2014 hardware forecast, the year of color (for color laser single-function printers) was 2011 when manufacturers shipped 4.1 million (M) color laser printers. The years following 2011 showed a 7.2 percent and one percent decline respectively, on shipments in 2012 (3.85M) and 2013…

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Who Wins in the HP Divorce: PCs or Printers?

With HP’s recent announcement, the company is set to split its PC and printing business from its enterprise services group. All are likely to feel the ripple of this transition for years to come. But who gets what assets in the “divorce?” Amid speculation, HP announced a plan to separate the company into two smaller…

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Forecast Perspective Summary: Worldwide Ink Jet Cartridge Shipments and Revenue Continue Downward Trek

According to Photizo Group’s 2014 supplies forecast, worldwide ink jet cartridge shipments were essentially unchanged from 2012 to 2013, at 1.66 billion units, while worldwide revenue dropped one percent year over year, from $28.42 billion in 2012 to $28.01 billion in 2013 (see Figure 1). Through the forecast period, worldwide ink jet cartridge unit shipments…

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Xerox Set to Expand Channel to Two-Thirds of Revenue by 2016

Xerox is refining its approach to expand its indirect channel reach by aligning more closely to the go-to-market strategies of different partner types. As part of its broader Channel Partner Operations (CPO) strategy, Xerox will target expanded growth by recruiting managed service providers (MSPs) while sustaining its long-standing relationships with dealers and agents (see figure).…

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Xerox Seeks to Supercharge Channel Partners with App Studio

Xerox has announced the full launch of its Personalized Application Builder (PAB) program that enables partners to create, buy, and sell customized MFP applications. Launched as a pilot program earlier this year, this announcement formally launches PAB to all Xerox partners. PAB is an umbrella term used to describe the collective software tools made available…

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Will New Xerox Partner Play Achieve Channel Groundswell?

As part of its overall Channel Partner Advantage strategy, Xerox has announced a bevy of new products and programs designed to aid channel partners in acquiring new opportunities in the small- and medium-sized business space (less than 1,000 employees) across North America and Europe. Xerox believes that almost two-thirds of its business will come from…

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Which Europe Are You Referring To?

Many colleagues and friends know that I spent nearly two decades living and working in Europe, mostly in international management roles. It was a fascinating and enriching time, and very occasionally I think it might be fun to go back – for example, when we have visitors who stay for three weeks that go back…

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Xerox – Positioning Itself for the Next 75 Years

Xerox now derives 57 percent of its total revenue from its services business. Additionally, its technology segment accounts for 40 percent. Despite this success, Xerox wants to update its company image and has hired John Kennedy as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Previously, Kennedy held roles at Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and, more recently, IBM. Kennedy…

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Who Says MPS Has to be Actively Managed

“Woe is me—my competitors are all telling my customers that they offer MPS, too! But it’s not true MPS like I sell.” If you aren’t guilty of saying this yourself, I know you can think of someone who’s said something like it. But what’s really being said here? What I hear is, “I don’t know how…

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You Don’t Know What You Are Until You Become It

I recently started reading a new book authored by my Australian friend Mitch Filby titled, R.I.P. – Rest in Print. I am still in the midst of reading, and look forward to several more enjoyable hours, but was struck by one comment that came up in Filby’s extensive history of the printing and imaging industry.…

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Xerox Launches New Versant Color Digital Press

On April 25, Xerox introduced the new Xerox Versant 2100 Press, a new cut-sheet color production digital press that will enable graphic communications providers to “do more with more, not do more with less,” according to Chris Irick, worldwide product marketing manager for Graphic Communications Business Group High Entry Production Color at Xerox. As a…

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