How Disruptive Can Seat Based Pricing be to the A3/BTA channel?

The BTA channel and the printer manufacturers are very familiar with a “click” charge model or charging per print on office printers and MFPs.  This model has existed for a long time so why change something where manufacturers and the channel both make money? How do end users really feel about this model?   How many…

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Epson Previews new 100 ppm Line-Head Inkjet MFP

On March 16, 2017, I had an opportunity to attend an Epson Technology event in Chicago with other industry analysts and potential channel and technology partners.  I did have some suspicions as to what Epson was going to demonstrate based on my March 14, 2017 article, “A Look at Epson’s Moves in the Office Printer…

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Headline Rollup for March 21, 2017

Epson Disrupts High Performance Corporate Printer Market with New WorkForce Color A3 Multifunction Printers LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 20, 2017 – Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing printing solutions, today debuted its first corporate high-speed inkjet line head printer – the WorkForce® Enterprise WF-C20590 A3 multifunction printer – designed for SMB and corporate workgroups. Powered…

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A Look at Epson’s Move in the Office Printer Market

Epson’s name may not come to mind when we think about office printers or high speed commercial printers but you will know their name when you think about SOHO or office inkjet printers or wide format printers where they hold a very respectable market share. Epson was one of the first companies to address the…

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Toshiba selling shares of Toshiba Tec?

Based on Toshiba Corporation’s apparent plan for a $6.3B write down for it’s U.S. nuclear unit, there have been reports that Toshiba Corp is considering selling shares in Toshiba Tec.  As a result, shares in Toshiba Tec Corp (6588.T) rose more than 6 percent in early March 13, 2017.  This large US nuclear unit write…

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Some Key Take-Aways from 2017 One Canon Event

  I had an opportunity to attend the One Canon Event in Boca Raton this year and had some key takeaways that I would like to share.   First, overall, Canon is very bullish about their business since most segments are up from last year.  This News Byte will focus on Canon’s performance in 2016 and…

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Inkjet vs. Nanography – An Overview

There are some folks that that think that Nanography will make inkjet technology obsolete.  What is Nanography?  The Nanographic Printing® process employs a heated blanket onto which very small (much smaller than conventional Inkjet particles) NanoInk® particles are ejected, as well as warm air dryers above the blanket. As the ink droplets hit the blanket…

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Ono Smartphone 3D printer

Despite rapid technology advances over the years, it is often that we see something that is just jaw-dropping, especially in the printer industry where new technology tends to be more evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Take a look at the video at  http://www.3ders.org/articles/20170220-new-video-shows-ono-smartphone-3d-printer-in-action.html.   I had to watch it a few times to really belief what I…

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Photizo Finishes a Month of Unique Personal Webinars

In January of 2017, Photizo announced that it was going to offer imaging industry participants including printer manufacturers, office equipment dealers, MPS service providers, software developers, consumables resellers etc. an opportunity to participate in a personal, one on one, webinar with Photizo.  Unlike typical webinars that companies often conduct, these webinars were personal and tailored…

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A Look at Latest Quarter Financials for top Printer Manufacturers

Now that the latest quarter financials have been released by the top printer manufacturers, Photizo has published an assessment of the financials from each of the top printer manufacturers including Xerox, Canon, HP, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and Epson.  This News Byte provides a quick summary of the latest quarter results from a revenue and operating…

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Office Printer Segments Most Likely to be Impacted by the Transition to Electronic Documents

At Photizo, we are often asked what office printer segments are most likely to be impacted by the transition to electronic documents.   One thought is that since multifunctional printers (MFPs) are becoming the communications hub within the office and support printing, copying, and scanning (scan to PDF, Scan to Cloud, scan to email etc.), that…

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Continuous Ink Supply Systems Update

What are Continuous Ink Supply Systems (CISS) systems?  They are inkjet printers which typically have large ink reservoirs which are filled from bottles of ink. There devices are promoted as being cartridge-less which is smart marketing approach since most people cringe when they even hear the “cartridge” word.  These CISS printers are often shipped with…

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Opportunities Outside the Office Printer Box

With continued declines of office printer shipments, printer installed base, page volumes, and resulting operating profits for most printer manufacturing and resellers, it is not surprising that they are looking at opportunities outside the “office printer box”.  Most of the major office printer manufacturers are participating in the commercial print market with both cut sheet and…

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Printer/Copier Click Charge vs. Seat Based Pricing for Managed Print

On January 4, GreatAmerica Financial Services, the largest independent small ticket national commercial equipment finance company, announced that it has partnered with Print Audit® to present the market’s first Seat Based Billing (SBB) financing options for managed print. Office equipment and imaging dealers now have the option to finance managed print agreements under a Seat-based…

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Office Document Security – How Important Is It?

Office printers have existed for a very long time but not until recently, has document security been on the radar for the imaging industry and particularly the printer manufacturers.  Since this is such a huge subject, Photizo will be addressing office document security in two News Bytes, this News Byte addressing the problem and how…

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Office Printing – 2016 Highlights and 2017 Predictions and Trends

2017 Office Printing Industry Trends and Predictions The office printing industry certainly saw some significant events in 2016, particularly in the area of company splits, industry acquisitions, and new entrees into the market: Company splits at HP and Xerox APEX acquisition of Lexmark HP’s acquisition of Samsung’s printing business Amazon enters the market Dash program…

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What’s up with the new breed of portable photo printers?

Those of you who have been in the printer industry for a while may remember the first generation small format printers during the surge of the digital camera market.  There were many offerings at the time, most of which printed on either 3” x 5” media or 4” x 6” media and were based on…

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Why Early Stage Product Life Cycle Planning is Important

Most people are familiar with product life cycles but perhaps less aware of the significance of good life cycle planning and the impact on a business.  The following is a typical life cycle curve.   Why is good Life Cycle Planning Important? Did you know that four out of five new products end up as…

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Office Printers – Pressures on Embedded Technology Licensing Costs

Office printer manufacturers are continually looking at ways to reduce costs in their devices, especially today given continued erosion of operating profits as a result of declining printer shipments and printer installed base that drives the lucrative consumables annuity business. Today, many printer manufacturers continue to license or purchase embedded printer technologies that they have…

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Designing a Really Smart Office Printer

For years, the focus of office printer design was on reducing costs, footprint, weight, power requirements, noise levels, and on improving overall hardware quality/reliability, duty cycle, image quality and ergonomic design.  Today, with more and more printer fleets being managed under MPS provider contracts, it is important to understand the real total cost of ownership…

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Another View on Millennials and Print

  I recently came across an article written by Ashley Leone and published in Direct Marketing Insights regarding Millennials and print.  I was intrigued because Ms. Leone is a Millennial so I thought that I would share some key takeaways from her article along with some supplemental data.  First, I think that many of us…

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3D Printing – Sorting out Hype vs. Reality

At the 2015 CES show, there was a great deal of excitement particularly over consumer 3D printers available from a number of companies with the hype being a bit suppressed with Stratasys (acquirer of MakerBot) announcing massive layoffs. 2016 was the year of reassessing a bit with companies such as HP making huge investments in…

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The Significance of Supplies to Office Printer Manufacturers

We all know that printer supplies are important to office printer manufacturers and we are reminded of the razor/razor blade analogy, but do we know how significant the office supplies revenue and profit really are to printer manufacturers? We can look at some data points that will give us some perspective.  First, let’s look at HP…

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Office Printer Media – Often Overlooked but Still Very Important

Many of us print less today than we did five-ten years ago but despite the decline in office print volumes, print media is still very important. It is important because it does affect print quality and is a key part of the office printer supplies annuity and is also so very important to those in…

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Billboards of the Future – They will be Watching Us

As we travel down the highway we see one thing or another.  Many of these billboards are produced digitally and printed with grand format devices. Over the years, several of these traditional billboards have been replaced by digital billboards with the benefit that they can easily be changed so a single board could support multiple…

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Photizo Survey Regarding Office Print Volume Trends

There are many thoughts regarding office print volume trends which varies depending on who you talk to.  Some folks believe that content is increasing exponentially so, even though the % of actual printed output relative to electronic documents managed may be dropping, the absolute number of printed output is not declining.  Others are much more…

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2016 State of the Imaging Industry, Highlights and Trends

The intent of this write-up is to provide an overview or top level look at highlights of the office printing market in 2016 and market trends and opportunities looking forward. A much more detailed report will be available from Photizo by the end of January 2017. As we approach the end of 2016, from a…

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The Aftermarket Office Printer Cartridge Business is Big and Growing

Photizo focuses very much on the Office Printer Cartridge Market because the revenue and profit contribution to printer manufacturers or to aftermarket cartridge suppliers is so significant.  To a printer manufacturer, office printer supplies can account for 60-70% of overall printer business revenue and a higher % of profits.  Losing a few % points of…

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Is there a New Xerox in Rochester?

I had the privilege to attend Xerox’s 2016 Investor Conference in NYC on December 7, 2016 and to hear what Xerox’s new management team, headed up by Jeff Jacobson, had to say about Xerox future strategy and direction.  I also had an opportunity to attend a round table discussion with Jeff and also a 1…

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Another View on Print Volumes

Just about when we have all have succumbed to the idea that an increase in digital content meant that future print volumes would be decreasing, we hear another view as to why this may not be the case.  According to a survey by Danwood, a print/document management Company based in the UK, print volumes are…

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