Headline Rollup for June 22, 2017

Konica Minolta’s Press C1085 Helps Golden Paper Cups in short run jobs UAE – Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East, today announced that Golden Paper a UAE based packaging company has added Konica Minolta printing solution to their business. The leading packaging company sought to improve turnaround times, increase production capacity and better quality at…

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Headline Rollup for June 20, 2017

Xerox Signs Two Multi-Brand Dealers on Strength of Company’s Broad Technology Portfolio, Custom Apps Support NORWALK, Conn. — Xerox is recruiting multi-brand dealers seeking to sell the company’s comprehensive and connected office hardware and managed print services portfolio—and Memphis Communication Corporation and Standard Business Systems are the latest to join the Xerox channel partners program. Why Are…

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Headline Rollup for June 15, 2017

Lexmark announces resignation of president and chief executive officer David Reeder, Lexmark president and chief executive officer, has resigned for personal reasons, effective immediately, the company announced today. Xerox Signs Two Multi-Brand Dealers on Strength of Company’s Broad Technology Portfolio, Custom Apps Support NORWALK, Conn. —  Xerox is recruiting multi-brand dealers seeking to sell the company’s…

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Headline Rollups for June 13, 2017

Battle of the Supertank Printers: Canon MegaTank vs. Epson EcoTank Both models save you lots of money on ink, but one clearly outperformed the other. Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots They’re almost invisible but contain a hidden code – and now their presence on a leaked document has sparked speculation about their usefulness to…

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Headline Rollup for June 8, 2017

Toshiba Honors Seven Top-Performing Resellers Toshiba America Business Solutions recognized seven of its top-performing U.S. independent resellers with Dealer of the Year recipient, Cincinnati’s Donnellon McCarthy Enterprises leading the list. Toshiba also recognized Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Higher Information Group as its All Star reseller with first-year dealer partner, The Lioce Group in Huntsville, Alabama earning Rookie of the…

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Will the Future Include Job Destruction or Job Creation?

A study by CBRE Workplace stated that “50 percent of occupations will no longer exist in 2025,” and a 2013 Oxford study forecasted that by 2034 that “47 percent of jobs would be automated.” Finally, a McKinsey&Company study showed that current technologies could automate “45 percent of the activities people are paid to perform.” Some…

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Lexmark Announces Next Generation A3 Printing Solutions

June 6, 2017, Lexmark International, Inc., announced their next generation A3 color laser printers and multi-function printers (MFPs) totaling nine (9) new products targeting demanding print environments. CX 920 Series, CS 920 Series Features CX 924 65 ppm MFP CX 920 80 ppm scanner High capacity input bin(s) – 6500 sheets Monthly Duty Cycle –…

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Business Intelligence Digest for May 2017

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

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Will Singapore be the first smart nation?

There have been news articles and social media postings that have examined in-depth the growing interest in Artificial Intelligence, technology, innovation, and anything smart. Most every country has provided press releases on its technology innovation, mobile apps, or IoT devices that are disrupting the traditional ways of thinking. It seems that if you put the…

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Headline Rollup for June 6, 2017

HP Overtakes Lenovo as Leader in PCs Chinese computer behemoth Lenovo (LNVGY) flourished for years in a mature PC (personal computer) market through cost cutting. However, for the first time in four years, the PC maker has slipped to second place in the PC market. HP Inc. (HPQ) has taken the crown. A tale of…

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Lexmark Loses Supreme Court Case

The U.S. Supreme Court said companies give up their patent rights when they sell an item, in a ruling that puts new limits on businesses’ ability to prevent their products from being resold at a discount. The ruling is a defeat for Lexmark International Inc., which was trying to stop refurbished versions of its printer…

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The Battle for the A3 Market

A recent report by a Wells Fargo analyst indicated that they believed HP would be able to ‘flip’ the A3 channel due to their lower service costs on products, providing an opportunity for higher margins for dealers. While my view is that HP certainly has a shot at capturing A3 share, this report is one…

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Headline Rollup for June 1, 2017

Supreme Court allows resales of used printer cartridges The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in favor of a company that sold refilled printer cartridges in a patent case with wide implications for the technology industry. Lexmark’s new leader hits reboot button Lexmark International, Lexington’s storied maker of printers and a key economic engine here…

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HP’s New Laser MFPs

Earlier this month, HP made the much anticipated announcement of their 600 Series Laser mono and color A4 MFPs and SFPs about 5 months following Xerox’s announcement of 29 new products about 5 months ago and following HP’s earlier announcement of their impressive new laser A3 products.   The following are the highlights of the…

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What’s up with Pocketable printers?

Some of you may have noticed that in HP’s recent release of their Q2 2017 financials, it was stated that sales of HP’s pocketable printer sales helped HP achieve their Q2 printer business numbers. HP’s Sprocket printer is an HP labeled version of a printer developed by Zink (Zero Ink), headquartered in Billerica, MA. (By…

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Headline Rollup for May 30, 2017

Toshiba Tec unveils hybrid MFP Toshiba Tec Corporation has unveiled the world’s first hybrid multi-function peripheral (MFP) printer, the e-Studio5008LP series. Robert Keegan replaces Ursula Burns as Xerox chairman Xerox Corp. has named Robert Keegan as non-executive chairman, replacing Ursula Burns, who retired from the board of directors on Tuesday. Separately, shareholders approved a reverse…

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HP Inc. Releases Q2 2017 Financial Results

Yesterday, May 25, 2017, HP Inc. released their Q2 2017 financial results. Overall, given the continued decline of the printer market and relative to competitive printer manufacturers, HP Inc.’s results were quite good as Figure 1 below shows. The following are Photizo’s takeaways from the HP’s earnings conference call and presentation on May 24, 2017:…

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Can a Print Technology Enable the Contractural Business Model?

Many OEMs looking to improve their competitiveness by offering an improved value proposition to their customers are considering shifting from a transactional business model to a contractual business model.  The transactional model is the historical method of selling a printer and then selling supplies and replacement components.  The contractual business model shifts the burden on…

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Headline Rollup for May 25, 2017

IBM’s Remote Work Reversal Is A Losing Battle Against The New Normal Until recently, IBM was one of the first and biggest proponents of remote work. But no longer. In March, the company began directing thousands of employees to work from set locations or else look for another job, an ultimatum it extended more widely last week. The move is…

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What the Imaging Industry can learn from McDonald’s focus on operation efficiency

As many of you, I read a great deal but with so much content out there, we all really need to focus on the important articles; hopefully some that will leave us with a lasting impression like the one posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 in Office Equipment Blog.  Given the state of the imaging…

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Improving Margin by Reducing Supplies Cost

For managed print service providers, properly managing costs is essential to maintaining profitability. When managing printers, the top two costs are labor and supplies costs. To maximize supplies yield, service providers have done numerous different things including: turning off alerts on the device, educating users not to change cartridges until they stop printing or streaking,…

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Printer Manufacturers continuing to look outside the office print box

When HP acquired Indigo back in 2001, many in the industry questioned the move, but today, the acquisition has proven to be a huge success for HP, who like other office printer manufacturers was searching for ways to grow their printing business knowing that the office printing market would eventually be in decline, and they…

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Headline Rollup for May 18, 2017

Group companies pulling money out of Toshiba Major Toshiba group companies are parking significantly less money with the troubled conglomerate, seeking to minimize potential risks and appease wary shareholders. Canon Announces uniFLOW Secure Public Print (SPP) License for Konica Minolta Devices Offering increased versatility through its products, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging…

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Canon Expands uniFLOW to Support Konica Minolta

Secure Print helps to address one of the industry’s major concerns – document security On May 17th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., announced the uniFLOW Secure Public Print (SPP) Device License for Konica Minolta devices. Canon’s uniFLOW software is a one-platform solution for print, scan, and device management that can work across certain mixed fleet environments. Through…

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Xerox Buys MT Business Technologies

On May 15, 2017, Xerox’s Global Imaging Systems (GIS) division acquired an Ohio based multi-vendor dealer MT Business Technologies, the first acquisition as part of the $100M Xerox reportedly has set aside for such acquisitions of multi-brand resellers with the intent to convert them to Xerox-exclusive partners. This acquisition effectively kicks Xerox competitors Ricoh and…

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Headline Rollup for May 16, 2017

Leaders, Innovators, and Builders: The Difference Makers of the Document Imaging Industry For the past few months, ENX Magazine has been asking people in the document imaging industry to name individuals who they feel have made an impact on the industry. Xerox’s Global Imaging Systems Acquires MT Business Technologies; Expands Presence in Ohio Purchase furthers…

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Takeaways from Toshiba’s 2017 Lead Conference

Many of us have read or written articles about some of the challenges that Toshiba, Japan has, particularly related to their Westinghouse nuclear power plant group.  I had an opportunity to attend Toshiba’s 2017 Lead Conference in Orlando, Florida last week.  This event was sponsored by Toshiba Tech, a 50% owned subsidiary of Toshiba, Japan…

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Why HP is Getting it Right

This is the first in a series of insights on strategies and tactics for surviving, and thriving, in a shrinking market.   Last year, after the break-up of HP Inc and HP Enterprise, I made the statement that this was the most enthused and motivated HP executive team I had seen in a long time.…

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Headline Rollup for May 11, 2017

Xerox releases cloud-based content management system Poor content management results in taking too long to find content, duplicated efforts and insufficient re-use Ricoh launches two new Direct to Garment printers Today Ricoh makes their official entry into the direct to garment printing industry with the release of the RICOH Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 printers.…

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Thoma Bravo acquires Lexmark’s Enterprise Software Business

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo has recently announced entering into a definitive agreement with Lexmark International Inc. to purchase Lexmark’s Enterprise Software business which consists of three primary businesses: Kofax, ReadSoft and Perceptive Software. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.  The firm then plans to sell its Perceptive unit…

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