Mario Diaz, Photizo Group VP of Consulting, Named to ENX Magazine “Difference Makers”

ENX Magazine released its “The Difference Makers: Celebrating People Making a Difference in the Document Imaging Industry” article. In this article they showcase those professionals in the industry who are launching bold new strategies; serve as thinkers, teachers, innovators, or running a successful business; or players behind the scenes of the imaging industry making an…

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Touchable Ink Provides Cheaper Alternative to Braille Embossers

A Thai company has invented a tactile, touchable ink to help the visually impaired read printed content. The ink is undergoing further testing but it could be used to help make products and packaging more accessible for the visually impaired. Printed content for the visually impaired now requires the use of a braille embosser, which…

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Newly Released Reports

Photizo has released four new reports. Each report includes ‘behind the scenes’ insightful commentary with supporting documentation. Each subject hits on a current topic in the imaging industry to inform, educate, and make you feel like an expert you are. Members: Navigator members may access the content here (after logging in) Non-members: To purchase this…

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Secrets Being Revealed?

After such a major announcement as what occurred last week concerning Lexmark International being acquired by a consortium comprised of Apex Technology, PAG Asia Capital, and Legend Capital, a watcher of the imaging industry could surmise there must be a strategy behind all of this M&A activity. Some believe Lexmark’s recent buying spree of business…

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Lexmark Finds a Suitor

Following months of uncertainty and an exhaustive ‘strategic alternatives’ review, Lexmark International is being acquired by a Chinese consortium led by cartridge manufacturer Apex Technology Co., Ltd. and private equity firm PAG Asia Capital (PAG), including an investment firm Legend Capital Management. Lexmark was spun out from IBM in 1991, went public in 1995, acquired…

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What Can We Learn From the Windows 10 Upgrade?

According to data released by the Digital Analytics Program, which mines data from traffic to U.S. government agency websites, 20.2 percent of devices used Windows 10 of all devices using Windows Operating Systems. Windows 7 was most popular at 63 percent, followed by Windows 8 and 8.1 at 12 percent, Windows XP at 3 percent,…

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Epson Announces a new MPS Program

Epson Netherlands has announced its latest MPS program proclaimed as the “simplest MPS concept in the business printer market.” Epson is calling this program Print365 and is targeted at IT resellers, partners and small-and-medium businesses customers. This program will use Epson’s RIPS (replaceable ink pack system) business inkjets that were launched in 2014. These inkjet…

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Lexmark Labor Dispute Shines Light on Global Code of Ethics

After a five month protest outside a Lexmark factory in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, workers have reached agreement with former employer, Lexmark. Workers protested low pay and poor working conditions, including sexual harassment and a lack of adequate safety gear, reaching international attention as Lexmark courted buyers for its business. Under the agreement, both parties were prohibited…

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The Era of Big Data and Little Privacy

For all of you conspiracy theorists out there, Uber’s first-ever transparency report seemed to characterize government’s intentions as a skosh far-reaching (dripping sarcasm intended). Uber went on to caution that disclosing massive amounts of trip data (including GPS coordinates) could reveal patterns of behavior that could be used to target citizens. Uber’s intention in disclosing this…

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Turning Culture-Killers into Profit

Executives are out of synch with their teams, according to recent research. What can you do to turn this problem into an opportunity?

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Canon Unveils 11 New Monochrome imageCLASS Models

On April 1, 2016 (of all things), Canon USA announced its spring launch of its monochrome devices – 11 devices in all. The announcement ranges from Canon’s SOHO imageCLASS LBP151dw printer sold by select retailers to the 65ppm imageCLASS LBP352dn printer sold by Canon’s exclusive channel resellers. All 11 of the devices are wireless and most have…

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They Smuggled Drugs in WHAT?

We have heard stories about drug smugglers using a variety of tricks to move their product. Narcotics smugglers have always been fairly creative in their methods including using bras, wigs, garden hoses, prosthetic limbs, luggage wheels, book covers, bananas, frozen meat, surfboards, etc. Just last week, a stewardess was arrested after a random search found…

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Printing and Imaging IT Services Under Scrutiny

It has been reported that Dell, Inc. is in the throes of selling its information technology consulting arm to Japan’s NTT Data Corporation. This brings to mind several other printing and imaging firms that have offloaded IT services groups: Xerox sold its ITO business to Atos and HP split its printing and imaging unit from…

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The Productivity Unicorn?

Productivity is at an all-time-low despite advances in technology, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article. It’s estimated that today’s executives receive over 30,000 external communications every year now, and line managers have less than 7 hours of individual productivity time during the week. What gives? Apparently, productivity is on the decline, according to…

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Sometimes the Answer is Right Under Your Nose

Xerox will lay off 325 call service center employees in Redmond, WA effective May 6 according to an article from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Xerox said the layoffs were not tied to the upcoming split, but instead to an agreement with an unidentified client. In general, call centers have high turnover so Xerox brought…

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Ransomware: The Uncounted Cost of Digital Assets

As we are bombarded with mounting evidence of the inevitable transition into fully digital workflows, many of us wax poetically about the efficiency of business at the speed of digital. However, there is an untold cost rapidly emerging on this digital frontier–Ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in…

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MPS Driving Cartridge World Franchises Out of Business?

A Recycler article reports that a Cartridge World store in York, England is being redeveloped into apartments. The Cartridge World franchise lease was “about to expire” so the owners were assessing the best option for the future of the space. This is not an unusual occurrence as several Cartridge World stores in the United States…

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Mobile Phone Tricked By Inkjet Printer?

Many smartphone users use a fingerprint scanner in order to protect the important information contained in their smartphone from prying eyes. However, it is possible that this security feature can be deceived using a simple inkjet printer. Researchers from Michigan State University scanned and printed fingerprints on photo paper and then used these printed fingerprints…

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Can Print Be Part of a Customer Experience Strategy?

Increasingly, customer experience is making its way to the forefront of C-level executives’ minds as the world continues to march toward digital dominance. What’s an industry to do?

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HP Backs Channel, Moves 30 Percent of Customers to Partners

In recent news, HP announced it would shift 1,500 services-customers (about 30 percent) to be supported by its partners. Is this a smart move by HP?

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Amazon Dash Turns Printers into ATMs for Printer OEMs

Should consumers trust Amazon pairing with printer manufacturers to automatically order new supplies?

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Denver + Xerox = Real Solution

With weekly announcements about faster print speeds, more paper capacity, or a new application APIs from a copier and printer manufacturers, real innovation seems to be few and far between. Will the new partnership between the City of Denver and Xerox be more of the same?

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Odd Couple: Copier Dealer and Marketing Firm Merge

While mergers and acquisitions have become the norm in the printing and imaging industry, I was surprised to see copier dealer, Laser Resources, Inc., acquire a marketing firm, Freaky Fresh Marketing. I’m not sure how a company with a mission statement that reads, “We are an independent, Iowa-based organization dedicated to providing superior printing system…

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2016 Marketing Spend to Increase

Print Business referenced a report from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising that said after review of marketing spend in 4Q15 that spending on marketing will rise in 2016. Additionally, the CMO Council reported that global spending on media will “rise at a compound annual rate of 5.1 percent during the next five years to…

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What the Sanctions Have Brought: 2015 Russian Office Printing Market

Photizo Group has engaged with a Russian office printing market insider, Dr. Stanislav Malinskiy, delivering an in-depth analysis of the Russian office printing market, and the impact of United States sanctions. Dr. Stanislav Malinskiy and Photizo Group work together to help you understand: how sanctions are impacting buyer intent key shifts occurring in the procurement…

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Cost Per Page for Monochrome Laser SFPs

These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected monochrome laser single-function printers (SFPs) in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for May 2014 to April 2015. All cost per page data is presented in local currency (the euro for France and Germany and the British pound for the United Kingdom). For more…

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Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter…. Look, Squirrel!

Microsoft Corporation has completed a study of the impact of digital technologies on attention spans. The researchers surveyed 2000 Canadians over the age of 18, finding an average attention span of eight seconds, down from the 12 second average noted in a previous study completed in 2000. The decrease was seen across all age groups…

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News Byte: It’s all about that real estate

Two significant developments this week have the potential to change the landscape of your local shopping center. Staples has announced it is making a second attempt to acquire rival Office Depot, while news out of Radio Shack is that the venerable electronics company is finally truly on its way under. Among the vultures circling Radio…

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News Byte: Staples Seeks to Avoid Starboard Fight, Will Acquire Office Depot

New Staples will have annual sales of approximately $39 billion Staples began discussions to acquire Office Depot (Depot) last September. This comes 18 years after antitrust regulators blocked the merger of both companies, citing monopolistic concerns. The speed with which the acquisition came about has surprised many in the office super stores (OSS) industry. Most…

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News Byte: Xerox Shifts its Large Enterprise Operations into Xerox Services

Effective today, Xerox Large Enterprise Operations (LEO) will become part of Xerox Services. Mike Feldman, head of LEO, will report to Bob Zapfel, head of Xerox Services. Prior to the move, LEO had been located within Xerox’s Technology Business. According to Xerox sources, the shift is aimed at increasing collaboration between the account teams, enabling…

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