There’s an App for That!

Several years ago Photizo Group hired a developer to build us an app to use at our MPS Conference in Orlando, Florida. It was a custom app that allowed the user to search and find the specific sessions the user wanted to attend. It also had links to the bios for the speakers, a link…

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What’s up at Lexmark?

Normally, Lexmark or Xerox are the first of the printing and imaging OEMs to announce earnings each quarter. This time Lexmark moved its fourth quarter and full year 2015 earnings results to February 23, about a whole month later than normal. This was… unusual. Rumors have swirled. On top of this, Lexmark has recently announced…

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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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Customer Pricing Trend in MPS

Photizo once again explores the topic of pricing trends in MPS to promote healthy and candid conversations between vendors and the customers they serve. In this report, we analyze user-based pricing trends that are impacting vendor and customer, alike, to arm you with the tools necessary to navigate, negotiate, and succeed in a compressing market.

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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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Lexmark and Most Printer OEMs Gain a Major Win

Can a patent owner restrict what happens to its products after that product is sold? The answer is “yes” based on the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals this past Friday, February 12. The court ruled that patent owners do have the right to protect their goods (even if it is first sold overseas)…

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HP Announces High-capacity Ink Tank Printers in Select Asian Markets

HP announced the availability of the HP DeskJet GT All-in-One series in the Philippines, Taiwan, and India. The new series of ink tank printers is targeted at small businesses in select markets in Asia Pacific. The models are currently available in the Philippines and Thailand and will be rolled out in select emerging Asian markets…

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Epson Making Significant Progress in India

Epson reported it had sold more than 1,000,000 of its InkTank inkjet printers in India since 2011. According to its press release it claimed the “number 1 spot for inkjet printers in India.” In the past, Epson said it designed its inkjet printers without really consulting consumers. Several years ago it modified its product development…

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Broadband for the Masses

Do you remember several years ago about the movement to install Wi-Fi throughout cities? Apparently, the movement stopped mainly due to competing interests by telecom companies. Recently though, news from the Big Apple might refire the kindling in that movement. New York has started to install the fastest public Wi-Fi in the world in the…

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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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Konica Minolta Reports Revenue Flat, Operating Profit Down in Q3 FY2015

Konica Minolta, Inc. (KMI) took a different approach and reported the nine months ended December 31, 2015 for its review of business performance. Using that report, the consolidated revenue was 762.2 billion yen an increase of 4.7 percent YTY. However, operating profit for KMI was 41.5 billion yen which declined by 11.7 percent. Once again, currency played havoc with its results as the impact of the weaker yen against the dollar helped revenue, but the appreciation of the yen against the Euro hurt operating profit.

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Canon Announces Third Generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE

uniFLOW Version 5.4 also announced Canon USA announced its third generation of it imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR Adv) platform and revealed its latest version of its award-winning uniFLOW software. The iR ADV 6500 and 8500 series are the first models of this third iR ADV generation models (see Figure 1). All models are available now; speed…

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Brother Announces New High Print Volume Monochrome Laser Line

Less than a week from its groundbreaking launch of new monochrome laser printers and multifunction printers (MFPs), Brother International has released a series of five printers and MFPs specifically designed for its BTA ‘class’ channel partners. Those partners that are committed to Brother’s Authorized Partner Program (BAPP) will be able to offer these models. Jeff…

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Global Economic Growth Rates Affects Canon Results

Canon held its Fiscal Year 2015 earnings conference call on January 27, 2016. Right out of the chute, Mr. Toshizo Tanaka, EVP and CFO of Canon, Inc., launched into the concern that global economic growth was at “its lowest levels since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.” Canon’s office equipment was impacted negatively by emerging markets’…

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Implications of the Xerox Split (Part 2 of 2)

On January 29, 2016 Xerox announced its intentions to cleave its operations in two—less than 6 short years after acquiring ACS. One business will be focused on business process outsourcing (BPO); the other business will be focused around its document technology (DT) business. Read part 2 of 2 in this series to explore what this means for Xerox and the broader print and imaging industry.

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Kofax TotalAgility Platform Providing for Growth

Lexmark ponied up $1 billion for Kofax. Now, it seems that most of Kofax’s software runs on Lexmark’s MFPs. Such is the case with the newest A4 color MFPs – the CX700 and CX800 series that Lexmark recently announced. Each MFP is empowered with Kofax TotalAgility (KTA) platform of software. According to Lexmark, KTA is…

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Lexmark Announces Medium Workgroup Color Printers and MFPs

When Lexmark makes a hardware product announcement it is normally a significant event. Since 2012, Lexmark has had at least four major hardware announcements but multiple software company acquisition announcements. Lexmark’s most recent hardware announcement will not disappoint its printer and multifunction (MFP) fans. Today Lexmark announced its new CS/CX720 and CS/CX820 series of A4…

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Brother expands line to target mid-market

INTRODUCTION On January 19th, the Brother team held a product briefing for the analyst community at the ink48 hotel in New York. It was kind of fun to be in a hotel where the theme was around printing (for example having typeface descriptions in the elevator!) for a printer announcement. I’m sure there was some…

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Seiko Epson Expanding PrecisionCore Production Capacity Again

Seiko Epson (Epson) reported it will triple its current PrecisionCore printhead capacity by investing 20 billion yen ($171 million) in a new factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri. Last October Akita Epson (a group company of Seiko Epson) said it was going to invest 3.4 billion yen (~$30 million) on the construction of a…

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Satisfaction Guaranteed: Does Print Management Software Impact User Satisfaction?

Does Print Management Software Impact User Satisfaction? Find out as we explore recent research that highlights user preference in the print management software space.

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Konica Minolta SA Plans to Solve Content Management Miseries

Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) posted a press release on its new managed content service (MCS) offering. In the release, KMSA quotes several research firms about the amount of time required for knowledge workers to find documents (~18 minutes average) and that 15 percent of all paper documents are either misfiled or misplaced. AIIM presented…

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Canon and Fujifilm both interested in Toshiba Medical Systems?

Much like two rivals eyeing the same partner on the dance floor; Canon and Fujifilm are both considering the acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems. The medical diagnostic imaging systems and medical solutions company announced on December 21, 2015 that they intended to “work on inviting outside majority shareholder(s), in order to strengthen the financial ability…

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Ricoh makes Strategic Investment

Ricoh acquired AnaJet, a 10-year old firm that is a leader in direct to garment (DTG) printing. AnaJet was one of the first companies to manufacture DTG printers and has used Ricoh’s inkjet printheads as components. AnaJet will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. Ricoh is using the acquisition to…

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LMI Solutions Bolsters Its Executive Team

LMI Solutions just hired Doug Johnson as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) giving the company an authority on managed print services. LMI is a manufacturer of aftermarket toner cartridges, remanufactured printers, drums, fusers, and maintenance kits. Additionally, LMI Solutions offers MPS Peak Performance System 2.0 to MPS dealers. Johnson is a printing and industry specialist,…

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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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HP’s Courtship of Business Wearables

HP has grown increasingly interested in the business wearables market. HP Inc. announced in November that it was expanding its Engineered by HP program through a new partnership with Movado Group. The collaboration will focus on the design and delivery of smart accessories utilizing HP’s skills as the engineer of “smart technology” and Movado Group’s…

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Samsung Builds Big for Biopharmaceuticals

Samsung BioLogics, the contract drug-manufacturing arm of Samsung Group, broke ground on a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant on December 21, 2015. The new plant is a total investment of 850 billion won (about $720 million) and will be a leader in both capacity and production efficiency. The plant is expected to be completed by 2017…

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Is This the Death of Lexmark? Firm Rumored to Sell to Konica Minolta

Photizo Group has received an unsolicited letter that Lexmark is preparing to sell Lexmark to Konica Minolta. Is this the death of Lexmark as we know it?

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Dell Maneuvers to Buy EMC and Keep VMware

Dell announced on October 12 that it had agreed to acquire EMC and maintain VMware as a separate company. EMC then started a “go-shop” period where alternative deals were sought. This period ended on Saturday, December 12. No offers were received that were better than Dell’s original proposal. Dell has recently determined that it will buyback at least $3 billion in VMware stock after the EMC purchase.

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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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