What is the future of Lexmark – and its employees?

Lexmark International announced today that it is pursuing strategic alternatives to unlock “the intrinsic value created by the company.” Among the options may be a sale of the company.

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Seiko Epson Delivers 40% Growth

Akita Epson Corporation will invest approximately 3.4 billion yen ($25.0M) to build a manufacturing facility that will triple Seiko Epson’s inkjet printhead production for its high-capacity ink tank printers and business inkjet printers.

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All-Inclusive MPS Contracts See Higher Fallout Rates

Do contract structures have anything to do with why customers are quitting MPS? The current results suggest a deadly mix brewing in the market.

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Adobe Jumps Ahead of EU Digital Signature Provisions

Last week, Adobe announced updates to its Document Cloud software, including a Workflow Designer; digital signatures; Enterprise Mobility Management; Signature Capture; and expanded integrations with Workday, Salesforce, and Ariba. Adobe also announced that it has partnered with Dropbox. This partnership will allow Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud and Adobe Acrobat Reader customers to access and manipulate…

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Canon Looking to Bring Its Own Technology to 3D Printing

At the Canon Expo held recently in Paris, the company announced plans to enter the 3D printing market with a system developed in-house. Canon already sells 3D printers from 3D Systems in Japan, and is entering the European market in February this year. Although an actual commercial product is still some two years away, the company showed parts built by the prototype system and discussed its plans.

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Where did all the photo kiosks go?

In a recent Wired article, Instagram trumpeted it now has 400 million users and that 40 billion photos have been shared on its site. Pretty impressive numbers, to say the least. But then it got us thinking about some of the other social media sites and how they compare.

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Thinking About a Price War with HP? Think Again

In light of the upcoming HP split, HP Inc. has been dedicated to using its R&D arm to innovate. A review of its past few product announcements for hardware and supplies shows the company has evaluated print speed, duplex speed, energy consumption, time to first page, and footprint, among other specs. Several key innovations have occurred and were announced that have improved HP’s offerings with regards to these particular characteristics.

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HP Focuses on Fundamentals with Partner First Program

On November 1, 2015 HP, Inc. will officially launch two replacement programs for its PartnerOne channel partner program, coinciding with the company’s split. Will HP’s plan succeed?

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Will EMC’s Acquisition Be Dell’s Beanstalk?

On 12 October, Dell announced that it would acquire EMC Corporation while maintaining VMware as an independent company. The entire transaction will cost Dell about $67 billion, which is one of the largest deals in the technology field; especially since Dell’s valuation stands at only $25 billion. This deal allows Dell to diversify from the…

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Forecast Perspective Summary: Worldwide Monochrome Laser Printer Shipments to Increase Slightly through 2018, Revenue down

Monochrome laser printers, the staple of many offices, have experienced a decline in worldwide shipments (19.8 million (M) units in 2012 to 18.0M units in 2013) and revenue ($6.3 billion (B) in 2012 to $5.5B in 2013). Photizo expects shipments for 2014 to decline to 17.6M along with revenue dropping to $5.2B (see Figure 1).…

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OKI Jumps Into Wide Format with Both Feet

OKI Data Corp has announced the formation of a new company, OKI Data Infotech Corporation, after acquiring the wide format business of Seiko I Infotech Inc.

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Microsoft “Likes” Email

Microsoft is changing Outlook so that users have the ability to “like” and tag others in emails using the “@” symbol. The ability to “like” an email allows users to approve of an email similar to the thumbs-up buttons on Facebook and Twitter. The tag feature would allow users to nudge those already part of…

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Ricoh Announces Compact Color MFP

Ricoh has announced the new MP C306 color multifunction product (MFP). The 31 ppm device features high productivity and what Ricoh calls one of the smallest footprints in its performance class (W: 20.1 inches x D: 23.1 inches x H: 19.9 inches). The MP C306 is aimed at small businesses and workgroups, medical offices, real estate offices and other similar settings.

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Kathryn Mikells, Xerox CFO, Leaves Xerox and Moves On

On October 5, Xerox announced that Kathryn Mikells, the current CFO, will leave the firm on October 31 to pursue “another professional opportunity” with Diageo PLC, the alcoholic beverages company that produces brands such as Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Baileys, and Guinness.

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One-Third of Managed Print Customers Quit

Why is that over one-third (34 percent) of North American MPS decision makers (2015 Decision Maker Tracking Study) have said they will either quit MPS altogether or switch partners (see figure)? More importantly, is this a sign of things to come in other markets?

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Latin America Leads with Highest Growth Rates in Monochrome and Color Shipments

This forecast perspective provides a backdrop to the worldwide electrophotographic (laser and LED technologies) market including monochrome and color single function printers (SFP) and multifunction printers (MFP) with specific focus on the Latin America region.

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North America Leads in Color MFP Revenue

This forecast perspective provides a backdrop to the worldwide electrophotographic (laser and LED technologies) market including monochrome and color single function printers (SFP) and multifunction printers (MFP) with specific focus on the North America region.

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Europe/Middle East/Africa Leads in Color Laser Shipments

This forecast perspective provides a backdrop to the worldwide electrophotographic (laser and LED technologies) market including monochrome and color single function printers (SFP) and multifunction printers (MFP) with specific focus on the EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) region.

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Asia Pacific Leads in Monochrome Hardware Shipments and Revenue

This forecast perspective provides a backdrop to the worldwide electrophotographic (laser and LED technologies) market including monochrome and color single function printers (SFP) and multifunction printers (MFP) with specific focus on the Asia Pacific region.

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Konica Minolta, Y Soft Expand in Middle East, HP in India; Less Tablet Use; IT Spending Survey; New instax mini; Epson Scanners; Box; Dropbox

Konica Minolta, Y Soft Expand in Middle East, HP in India; Less Tablet Use; IT Spending Survey; New instax mini; Epson Scanners; Box; Dropbox

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LMI Looks for “Unfair Advantage” with Parts Now Investment

LMI Solutions has announced a ‘strategic investment’ in Parts Now, a North American supplier of printer parts and related accessories. Parts Now offers printer consumables, aftermarket repair parts, training for printer repair technicians and managed print service infrastructure for resellers.

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Toshiba Introduces New e-STUDIO Models for SMBs

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. yesterday announced new additions to its product offerings. The company added the monochrome e-STUDIO 2802AM and e-STUDIO 2802AF multifunction products (MFPs) and the monochrome e-STUDIO 2309A and e-STUDIO 2809A MFPs to its e-STUDIO line.

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Printer Fleet Rightsizing – MPS Buyers Beware

Ensuring that employees have access to the devices needed to support their job functions, while limiting waste is a challenge when implementing a managed print services program. While rightsizing often means reducing device count, rightsizing and downsizing are often incorrectly interchanged. It is true that many organizations need to reduce device count, but this is not the…

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Stronger Aftermarket Ready to Defend Intellectual Property

An unnamed aftermarket supplies company is set to file suit against a printer OEM in October, likely for patent infringement. Aftermarket supplies manufacturers have been on the receiving end of numerous patent lawsuits filed by printer OEMs – this would be the first time the players reversed places, with the supplies aftermarketer charging the printer OEM with violating its patent or patents.

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Aftermarket on the Offense: Aftermarketer Set to Sue OEM

A Chinese aftermarket printer supplies company is planning to sue an unnamed printer OEM in October. The report suggests that this would be a patent infringement lawsuit. For years, aftermarket supplies manufacturers have been on the receiving end of numerous patent infringement lawsuits filed against them by printer OEMs. If this aftermarket supplies maker files the legal document in October as reported, this would be the first time that a Chinese aftermarket company has charged a printer OEM with violating its patent or patents.

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Xerox Versus Counterfeiters: Advantage Xerox

Xerox recently announced two new products, Xerox Printed Memory and Xerox Printed Memory with Cryptographic Security, to combat worldwide counterfeiting. In the imaging industry alone, the U.S.-based Imaging Supplies Coalition estimates the “scope of imaging consumable counterfeit activity is 3.5% to 4%. This represents a cost of over $3 billion.” It’s obvious counterfeiting is a huge worldwide “market,” and Xerox has a lot to gain by coming up with a cost effective and highly secure solution.

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Will FTC’s Feinstein Throw the Switch to Derail Staples/Office Depot Deal?

A source has told the NY Post that the Staples acquisition of Office Depot has hit a roadblock in the form of Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition head Deborah Feinstein. Feinstein’s buy-in is said to be crucial to the success of the deal.

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Toshiba Releases 2014 Earnings After Investigation

Toshiba has been plastered all over the news after a report from the Independent Investigation Committee, launched after an internal investigation into the appropriateness of the percentage-of-completion accounting method used by the company for infrastructure projects discovered that costs had been underestimated and losses not reported in a timely manner. The Independent Investigation Committee found that profits had been overstated in “institutional” accounting irregularities. This discovery led Toshiba to restate its earnings. These restated earnings were released on September 10.

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HP Wants to be Leader in Secure Printing

HP plans to grow its business printer market share by differentiating itself as the leader in secure printing. As part of this effort, HP announced three new LaserJet Enterprise 500 models, rolled out three new device security features, added improvements to tools to help IT managers deploy printer security, and reiterated the importance of JetIntelligence technology by reviewing its recently announced chemically produced (CPT) precision black toner. This is the company’s second major fall announcement in less than two weeks – on September 10, HP announced its LaserJet Pro devices for SMB.

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“We Have Reached a Transition Point in the Growth of the Internet,” Says UN Report

Although Internet access in developed nations is reaching a saturation point, more than half of the world’s population remains offline. Furthermore, growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is actually slowing. According to a recent report from the United Nations Broadband Commission, “the digital divide is proving stubbornly persistent in terms of access to broadband Internet.”

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