How Big is the Gig Economy in the U.S.?

There have been many articles written about the transformation of our hardcopy industry. But how about the ongoing transformation of traditional jobs that are becoming, in effect, freelance ‘gigs.’ Airbnb, Lyft, and Uber are companies that have created online marketplaces to transform jobs like working in hotels or driving taxis, into independent work. The gig…

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Who Works More Hours – Americans or Europeans?

A new study has attempted to measure the differences between the total number of hours worked by American and European workers. It was not an easy task to accomplish. The original intent was to make it easier to compare countries to each other. It incorporated the length of a work week, retirement, unemployment, vacation, and…

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“Valuing People, Supporting Personal Best”

Such is the tagline for Shelley College located in Shelley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, U.K.. Unfortunately, Shelley College was taken for a ride by two of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) employees as reported by The Huddersfield Daily Examiner by way of RT Recycling Times.  Two of its employees stole close to £100,000 ($122,000) worth…

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Will Recent Patents Create Havoc for Remanufacturers?

The Recycler magazine has two current articles concerning patents generated from Canon and Brother. Both articles mentioned the patents could affect remanufacturers. The one from Canon spoke about a “seal between two components” while the article about Brother’s patent had to do with “steps” required to manufacture an ink cartridge. On the surface, both of…

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Will HP use Samsung’s R&D personnel now?

HP announced an updated line-up of six mobile-enabled monochrome LaserJet Pro printers on October 5th for U.S. customers. These are low-end A4 LaserJet Pro devices – single-function (SFP) and multi-function (MFP) with speed points of 23ppm and 30ppm and price points between $99 (SFP) and $329 (MFP) – some will be sold by Wal-Mart. Additionally,…

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How Have Imaging Firms been Doing since Q1 2014?

Most, if not all, of the imaging OEMs are struggling to grow profits and most operating profit margins have declined (see Figure 1). Here’s a few insights from Figure 1. Focus does pay – Epson has focused its strategy on disrupting the inkjet business model. It appeared to be working until Q415. HP shows market…

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HP Introduces New Family of Affordable, Mobile-Enabled LaserJet Printers

Announces first sub-$100 HP LaserJet printer PALO ALTO, Calif., October 5, 2016 — HP Inc., the global leader in printing1 , today announced six new fast, affordable and mobile-enabled monochrome LaserJet Pro printers for individual and small office use. The updated lineup of single and multi-function HP LaserJets are the most productive of their class –…

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What about HP PageWide Devices in 2020?

Last week Ed Crowley, Photizo Group CEO presented a 2020 Industry Outlook webinar that described some significant technology trends. One of the trends had to do with HP’s positioning of its A4, and now A3, PageWide devices versus the competition. Today HP has positioned its A4 PageWide devices versus color lasers as 50 percent faster…

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Keeping Your Business Model Relevant

One of the megatrends that will effect the business model of most imaging companies is related to the changing workforce and workplace. As can be seen in Figure 1, millennials (age 15-35) are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. The implication is the millennial values, work style, and the non-traditional work environment will…

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Can Analytics Bolster Graduation Rates?

Purdue University has developed a web tool that can help new freshman adapt to campus and presumably helps students increase the odds they will graduate. Currently, Purdue has a 50 percent graduation rate. According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, a student enrolled in a four-year degree program that takes the student six years to…

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What is Robotic Process Automation?

Seeing a headline with robots in it caught my attention. I’ve worked with robots for years, particularly education robots. Ever since robots have come on the scene, there has been the concern that automation would result in layoffs, in this case, manufacturing and distribution employees. Now, however, the concern may be that robotic process automation…

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Where Will You Find Employees?

One of the megatrends over the past five to 10 years is a move to using freelancers. Studies estimate half of the American workforce will soon consist of freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, entrepreneurs, “electronic immigrants,” and so forth. There are many firms that offer these such as, Upwork, Fiverr, Guru, Field Nation, DesignCrowd, WorkMarket, and…

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Toshiba and Canon in the Drone Business?

The Japan Times announced that both Toshiba Corp. and Canon Inc. will be starting separate commercial drone services for clients. Toshiba plans to launch a service that will inspect power cables and steel towers while Canon announced it will sell drones that use Canon’s cameras for surveillance, farming, and remote infrastructure inspection. As Photizo has…

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Predictions for BI, Analytics, and Big Data

The 2016 Pacific Northwest BI Summit took place in Grants Pass, OR. The conference brings together various IT consultants and vendor executives to discuss technology issues and trends. Each year one of the sessions allows participants to provide their outlook and predict the future in BI, analytics, and big data. The first prediction the group…

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HP Inc. Accelerates Disruption of $55B Copier Segment with Acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s Printer Business

Aims to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing Palo Alto, Calif., and Suwon, South Korea, Sept. 12, 2016 — HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), the world leader in printing, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s (005930.KS) printer business in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. The acquisition positions HP to…

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Data Driven Service

New technology is often used to create competitive advantage and improve efficiency. In the office printing and imaging industry, we have been in the midst of a shift from product sales to managed services for several years. Customers expect results when they purchase managed services, and they are essentially looking for an outcome – in this…

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Channel Competition Heats Up

Amazon Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) was announced last October 2015 and went live in January 2016. So far, the only imaging OEMs that have signed up have been Brother and Samsung. DRS was available to U.S. customers and just recently it has become available to the Samsung customers in UK and Germany. DRS uses the…

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Is Counterfeiting Wrong?

Counterfeit ink and toner cartridges are big business. The Imaging Supplies Coalition estimates the impact for the imaging supplies industry to be over $3 billion annually. The main problem in coming up with a good estimate is detection. A good estimate is around 5 percent of the ink and toner cartridge revenue of a company. For…

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Is IoT a concern to you?

According to a research report by a U.K. company called Zyme, the Internet of Things (IoT) could have a major impact on the ability to gain insights about customers. The report discussed key issues of collecting data, maintaining the security of data, the volume of data collected, and how best to interpret the data. Each…

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Nuance Continues Expansion of its Workflow Offerings

Our View Nuance’s press release shown below announces the company’s new OmniPage SDK that includes modules and APIs.  Nuance continues expansion of its workflow offerings by enhancing new SDK capabilities including a document classifier to categorize documents, an Intelligence Workflow Runner which optimizes OCR results and the Mixed Raster Content compression method which provides both…

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Paper Industry versus Government

Recently an article on WSJ.com reported that American mutual funds estimated their spend at $300 million yearly, destroying 2 million trees and sending out 440 million reports, which many recipients toss out. Regulators proposed the obvious, that certain records be available electronically. Despite the fact that this was the logical solution, notably the American Forest…

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Is Anyone Concerned That Baby Boomers are Retiring?

Most analysts in the printing and imaging industry have written about megatrends – trends that will probably affect the future of printing. Some of these are geopolitical instability, accelerating rate of change, and the millennial effect. (The millennial effect relates to those born between 1985-2005 that print very little). However, what has not been discussed as…

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What’s the Difference Between Predictive Maintenance and Preventive Maintenance?

Some companies abide by the saying, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” In some cases this will work to a company’s advantage because it may not have to pay for expensive emergency repairs. However, with the technology available today (Internet of Things (IoT)) the age-old question needs to be revisited – do the hours…

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Upcoming 2016 Imaging Supplies Coalition Conference

Al Westerfield, President of the Imaging Supplies Coalition, has invited those in the imaging industry to the ISC’s upcoming conference to be held September 18-20, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Photizo supports the ISC mission and would ask that you consider this important event this year. Below is the invitation and more information concerning the…

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Lexmark Reports Q2 Loss – Sixth Loss in Last Seven Quarters

Lexmark International reported its second quarter 2016 on July 29, 2016 (see Figures 1 and Figure 2) below: Company revenue of $863 million (M) declined 2 percent Enterprise Software (ES) revenue of $165M, up 18 percent Imaging Solutions and Services (ISS) revenue of $698M, down 6 percent Higher Value Solutions (comprised of MPS and ES…

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Are you a millennial or ?

According to a recent article on adults receiving paper statements vs. online statements, only 6 percent of millennials (ages 18-25) get their credit card bills and statements in paper form. Those that are not millennials say they like their paper statements for record keeping or a reminder that a bill has to be paid. The…

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Scanning or digitizing?

Canon USA has been using the marketing slogan “Business Problems. Solved.” for several years now, especially related to one of its ‘Business Solutions’ for document capture and distribution. Most OEMs including Brother, HP, Lexmark, and Xerox have focused on reducing costs and boosting productivity through solutions related digitization of paper. Canon USA has developed an…

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Netflix and Instant Ink – what does the future hold?

Wired had an article titled “Netflix Added Way Fewer US Subscribers Than Anyone Expected.” Netflix is a subscription service as is HP’s Instant Ink. HP has touted it took Netflix 43 months to reach 1,000,000 paid subscribers and it took HP only 27 months to do the same with Instant Ink. What has occurred in…

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What’s Changing in the Workplace?

A recent Fast Company article provided some food for thought regarding workplace trends. Some of these are just beginning so the long-range effect has not been determined yet. Others have been around for a few years and seem to be taking hold. For instance, many companies have become “remote friendly,” however, from 2016 and into…

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How Much do Teachers Spend Each Year on Copying and Printing?

Office Depot provided its findings of a survey conducted by the Center for College and Career Readiness that had 5,208 teacher respondents. Several interesting discoveries came forth from the survey: Teachers in the USA spend almost $4 billion every year to copy and print classroom materials, Each teacher spends up to $3,000 on printing, 60…

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