Smaller is Better!

Many imaging companies have focused on improving product features, but there are some that have instead turned their attention to decreasing the footprint of their devices. Ducada has announced the launch of its PocketScan product, while Primera Technology has released what it calls the world’s smallest All-in-One portable printer.

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Is the Augmented Reality Market Truly for Consumers?

Two recent deals in the augmented reality market highlight the question manufacturers and developers are facing: Who should the target consumer for this technology be? While the high-profile Google Glass was aimed at the consumer – and seemingly fizzled with that audience – activity continues in the market.

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Toshiba Develops Unbreakable Encryption with Spy Detection

Toshiba Corp. has branched out from its traditional power system and memory chip operations by creating a quantum-cryptography system, which delivers photons through a custom-made fiber optic cable not connected to the Internet, meaning any interception on the cable would change the form of data and allow spying attempts to be detected.

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Best Selling Monochrome Laser SFPs

These charts from Context show the best-selling monochrome laser single-function printers (SFPs) amongst the top 50 best-selling laser single-function printers, from April 2014 to March 2015, based on unit sales from the channel to end users in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All average sales prices (ASPs) are presented in local currency…

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Monochrome Laser Single-Function Printer Market Share

These charts from Context show the market share for selected monochrome laser single-function printers (SFPs) in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for April 2014 to March 2015. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com. Photizo’s View Although it is difficult to draw conclusions from shipment market share as shown on a month-by-month…

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Best Selling Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printers

CONTEXT World Limited These charts from Context show the best-selling monochrome laser multifunction printers amongst the top 50 best-selling laser multifunction printers, from February 2014 to January 2015, based on unit sales from the channel to end users in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All average sales prices (ASPs) are presented in…

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OKI Data Americas Joins the Square 9 SmartSearch Community

OKI Data Americas has announced it will resell Square 9 Softworks SmartSearch document management solution for use with its smart Extendable Platform MFPs. Square 9 SmartSearch has become very popular among OEMs and within the dealer community. Besides OKI Data Americas, several other OEMs have entered into partnerships with Square 9 including Toshiba and Konica Minolta.

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Samsung Leaves Support to Technicians with its Android Printers

Samsung’s latest Android-powered MFP, the MultiXpress 7 (MX7), features an enhanced 10.1-inch display that runs Samsung Smart UX 2.0, Samsung’s improved Android-based user experience (UX). Smart UX 2.0 lets users preview and edit files directly from the printer before printing. An interesting finding about these new MFPs: technicians will need to update the touch panels and provide support after installation. A device in need of an update could present a security risk in an enterprise environment, so this support is vitally important.

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Imaging Channel Executives Speak Out on Seat Based Billing

There has been a great deal of buzz in the industry around “Seat Based Billing (SBB)” for Managed Print. The one thing that has always been missing is a recorded journal of the voice of the dealers. One of the opportunities I took when at Photizo’s Navigator event was to start documenting dealer excitement and concern over SBB. I made my session at Navigator a bit of a working round-table in which I asked dealers to list the reasons SBB could work as well as their thoughts on why it wouldn’t. With that many business owners in one place, it seemed the perfect forum to get past mere conversation and into something more concrete and measurable.

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HP Pays Shareholders for Autonomy Fallout

HP has agreed for its insurer to pay $100 million to shareholders who bought HP stock after the 2011 Autonomy acquisition and then felt the value of their shares drop when HP later announced its $8.8 billion writedown.

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Funai Releases First Kodak Printers

Earlier this year, Funai Electric entered into a license agreement to design, manufacture, and sell Kodak brand consumer and SOHO inkjet printers. On June 12, the company announced its first Kodak-branded product. The new VERITE 55 is an all-in-one inkjet printer marketed as addressing the problems of the high cost and low yield of typical ink cartridges.

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Wearable Technology More Than Apple Watch and Fitbit

Despite a sort of cultural amnesia about this fact, textiles are and have always been technology. This is not a new perspective that arrived with the concept of “wearables.” This may be a truth the imaging industry grasps better than the general public.

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Market Trends Impacting OEMs’ Financial Performance: A Comparative Analysis

Imaging industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been through difficulties in the most recent quarter due to currency changes and trends within the market. Photizo Group releases individual insights detailing a number of OEM’s quarterly financial results; however, comparing OEMs allows for a much more complete look at the market and the various overall forces acting on it.

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My Take on HP’s Industry Analyst Summit 2015

This week I attended HP’s Industry Analyst Summit (IAS), which was held in Las Vegas concurrent with the HP Discover event. This was a massive event, with over 10,000 customers, HP staff, partners, and analysts. This is the first year that HP combined their IAS event with HP Discover, their customer-facing event traditionally focused heavily on HP Enterprise products. I have several observations to share about what I heard.

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3D Printing Medium of the Future: You

Sanofi Pasteur, a division of pharmaceutical company Sanofi, has developed a bioprinting method that could one day allow scientists to print living tissue inside of the body. Several organizations have already been able to bioprint skin and liver tissues outside of the body to use in drug testing, but as research continues, it is ultimately…

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Tires Powering Your Car and Self-Powered Sensors Running Your SmartHome?

On May 18, Ricoh announced that it had created a material that converts pressure and vibration into electric energy with high efficiency. Materials that generate electricity with mechanical strain, known as piezoelectric materials, have been attractive for their potential for “energy harvesting,” a technology or process through which energy is derived from external sources such…

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Business Leaders Unprepared for Digital Transformation

Although they are well aware of the dangers of status quo business practices, a recent survey finds many business leaders are feeling a lack of confidence in their ability to innovate and roll out new technologies.

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Printer OEMs and Aftermarket Companies Still Betting on Toner

Xerox has completed the expansion of its EA toner facilities in western NY. The company is not alone in investing in toner production and technologies – printer OEMs and Aftermarket supply companies alike have been doing so in spite of the increasing challenge from office inkjet.

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Predictions for the Future: From Robocars to AI Customer Service

The future is a mystery to us, but success in business depends to some extent on identifying the trends and technologies that are likely to take off. Venture capitalists recently participated in a competition to name two non-obvious trends that they believe will experience explosive growth in the next five years. The suggested trends include:…

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Xerox Acquires Ground in Healthcare Analytics Market

Xerox is one of several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that have taken a particular interest in the healthcare industry. On May 18, Xerox announced the acquisition of Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), a cloud-based public health data company. HCI will be integrated with Midas+’s JuvoTM Care Performance Analytics Platform. Midas+ is a Xerox company that provides…

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Samsung Heir Laying Groundwork for Leadership Shift

Samsung heir-apparent Jay Y. Lee, son of the current chairman, has been making preparations for his rise to the head of the company, selling a number of non-core assets and putting more Samsung companies on stock market listings, all while being careful to avoid seeming disrespectful or damaging his father’s legacy.

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Color Laser Multifunction Printer Market Share

These charts from Context show the market share for selected color laser multifunction printers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for March 2014 to February 2015. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com. Photizo’s View Although it is difficult to draw conclusions from shipment market share as shown on a month-by-month basis…

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HP Quarterly Revenues Decline As Company Prepares for Separation

Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced its second quarter fiscal year 2015 revenue on May 21, 2015. It reported net revenue for the quarter of $25.5 billion, a decline of seven percent year-to-year (YTY), and operating profit of $2.2 billion, 8.6 percent of total revenue. Figure 1 shows a breakdown of revenue and operating profit by business segments…

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Cloud Adoption Increases by Almost Half

Two recent studies confirm the steady march into the cloud. Skyhigh Networks found that enterprise cloud adoption had increased by 43 percent in 2014. Research in the UK from the nonprofit industry organization Cloud Industry Forum found the proportion of organizations using cloud services for their print and file management has increased by almost half since 2014.

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Silicon Valley Sees Potential in Digital Document Signing Technology

There has been significant interest in digital document signing technology of late, with several companies identifying the service as an opportunity. In March, Adobe announced that they were releasing Document Cloud, a product that is intended to “take e-signatures mainstream.” DocuSign’s recent round of investment funding is another sign of this interest, with the San…

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Sharp Plots Recovery (Again), but Faces Uphill Battle

Sharp is reporting a larger-than-expected group net loss of ¥222.3 billion ($1.9 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, its third loss in four years. In the previous fiscal year, the company had seemed to be recovering from its earlier financial difficulties, reporting a net income of ¥11.6 billion ($97.2 million). According to the company, while its previous medium term business plan enabled it to return to profit in fiscal 2013, it was hurt by the performance of its LCD and solar panel business in fiscal 2014. This week, the company announced a new 3-year (2015-2017) medium-term business plan for again returning to black. The plan’s three-pronged effort focuses on reorganizing its portfolio, reducing fixed costs, reorganizing the corporate structure, and strengthening corporate governance.

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Konica Minolta Meets Increased Fiscal Year Expectations

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) reported its fiscal year 2015 results on May 13, 2015. During the fiscal year, Konica Minolta adjusted its 2015 fiscal year expectations upward and they met the new expectations for the fiscal year. It reported net sales of ¥1,011.8 billion ($8.49 billion), an increase of seven percent year-to-year (YTY). Operating…

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Study Suggests That Catalogs Are Not Dead!

A 2014 study of 51,969 Australian consumers over the age of 14 found that respondents rated catalogs as one of the top sources of useful information on what to buy. Across all 28 product categories in the survey, either catalogs or the Internet were cited as the most useful media.

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Building an Empire: Apex Acquires Static Control

Static Control Components, Inc. and Apex Microelectronics Co., Ltd have announced a strategic merger of the two companies. While the formal announcement from Apex states that the two companies will maintain independent operations, it appears that Apex has acquired Static Control in full.

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United Stationers CEO Departs as Company Reboots as Essendant

United Stationers has announced the sudden resignation of its CEO Cody Phipps, with Robert B. Aiken Jr. (who rejoined the board of directors in February after a 1-yr absence) serving as interim CEO, effective immediately. Phipps had been with the company since 2003. United Stationers has had a small flurry of changes at the top in advance of its upcoming name change to Essendant, scheduled to take effect in June.

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