Lexmark to Hold a Special Meeting of Shareholders

Lexmark has released its invitation to a special meeting of its shareholders for July 22, 2016 (see Figure 1). At that meeting shareholders will be asked to vote on the proposal “to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger” with Lexmark, several LLCs and Apex Technology. Lexmark provided the Securities and Exchange Commission Schedule 14A,…

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Does the Global Urban Population Lack Internet Access?

A study by the Wireless Broadband Alliance found that 57 percent of the global urban population remained unconnected to broadband Internet, with 37 percent living in some of the world’s wealthiest cities. Europe has the lowest percentage of urban unconnected at 17 percent while the Middle East and Africa has the highest proportion of urban…

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What’s Not in a Name?

A recent blog post by Xerox vice president and chief marketing officer, John Kennedy, gave his viewpoint of the name generated for the new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company that will be split off as of January 1, 2017. He explained the strategy and the mission that inspired the name. In addition, the current Xerox…

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What does Ashok Vemuri Bring to the new Xerox BPO Company as CEO?

On June 14, Xerox announced the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company after the separation. Vemuri will join Xerox on July 1 as CEO of Xerox Business Services and executive vice president of Xerox until the separation is complete. Vemuri has served in leadership positions at Infosys; worked in…

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Microsoft Spends $26.2 Billion For Your Personal Data

On June 13, Microsoft announced the acquisition of LinkedIn. The social networking site data will be used to expand Microsoft Office and Office365 with your digital resume, jobs currently available, skills needed for these jobs, and the Lynda.com software which can provide training in those skills. LinkedIn is active in over 200 countries with 433…

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Where are you going to spend your marketing dollars?

After reviewing Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2016 report, a reader could rationalize that social media is on the ‘hockey-stick’ growth pattern. For example, the number of photos shared on Snapchat, Facebook (FB), FB Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp has increased from 300 million in 2012 to over 3 billion in 2015, a 120 percent compound annual…

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HP Indigo Hits Homeruns with Cimpress and Shutterfly Deals

In only its second day at drupa 2016, HP’s deals with Cimpress (parent company of VistaPrint) and Shutterfly (previously owned by HP) have paid for its “largest exhibitor at drupa 2016” title. Shutterfly has leased 25 new HP Indigo 12000 Digital presses making this the “largest deal in the history of Indigo,” said Alon Bar-Shany,…

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2015 Smartphone Growth Slowed

A new report on the growth rate of smartphones in the United States showed a decline from 18.9 percent in 2014 to 9.6 percent in 2015. Despite the growth rate decline the number of smartphones increased from 208 million in 2014 to 228 million in 2015. Apple has been impacted by this slowing growth with…

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Is There a Reason Armor is Leading with Financial Incentives?

Armor, a laser cartridge remanufacturer in Europe, is marketing itself to resellers by stating that its Armor brand cartridges have higher margins than the margins available on OEM consumables. This financial incentive is one way that Armor is attracting the channel. Another way that Armor is positioning itself is as the responsible, higher quality but…

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Toshiba Features Digital Signage as Retail Opportunity

Expanded Product Fair Caps Off a Successful LEAD 2016 Conference  Photizo Group attended Toshiba’s annual partner and customer conference in Las Vegas on May 16-19. This year brought a change with America Business Solutions and Global Commerce Solutions combining the LEAD and Connect events to demonstrate the synergies available from the two Toshiba companies. The…

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Copyright Infringement Censoring Printer

IBM filed a patent on a printer that could stop a user from printing any text or images belonging to copyright holders. Legally, copyrights expire 70 years after publication or a small percentage of text. The printer would double-check files for copyright infringement before printing a document. The printer would check an external database to…

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Staples and Office Depot Antitrust in Amazon Age

In a recent New York Times article, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) choice to block the Office Depot and Staples merger is based on the fact that companies and individuals do not purchase products, such as toner or ink, in the same way. Amazon serves as an effective competitor against brick and mortar stores for…

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Epson Seeking Greater Returns in China

In a recent article, Minoru Usui, Seiko Epson’s (Epson) President and CEO, said Epson was focusing on two key areas, “production and sales in China.” Usui went on to say that Epson is not only concerned about its traditional markets (inkjet printers, inkjet consumables, page printers, and toners), but also in new fields such as…

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Xerox Turns to 3D Printing to Transform

In the past, Xerox had participated in the 3D market but it appears that Xerox has focused on the now mature 3D printing market as a means to transform. Investors are putting clear pressure on Xerox after it announced its first quarter 2016 financial results. Xerox’s 3D printing ventures will be contained within its PARC…

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Another Use for Printers?

Children in a kindergarten class at a Montana elementary school were given the opportunity to take apart a broken printer as part of their free periods during the school year. Using tools such as screwdrivers assists them in use of fine motor skills as well as giving them the opportunity to explore and learn how…

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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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