Update from Toshiba

Most of us have read in the news recently about Toshiba and their Westinghouse group.  Today Photizo received an update in a letter from Scott Maccabe, President & CEO Toshiba America Business Solutions / President & CEO Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) is majority-owned by Toshiba Tec Corporation (TTEC) who themselves…

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Finally, Data on Assessments and the MPS Sales Cycle

Insight: Finally, Data on Assessments and the MPS Sales Cycle 2016 Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners To compete in the near future, channel partners will need to take the right steps to be competitive. To help move in the right direction, it is critical to know the real level of performance when measured against…

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Casio Exits the Office Page Printer Market

Casio has recently announced that it is exiting the office page printer market, a market it has participated in since 1985. Like other printer manufacturers who have exited the business over the past five years it was because the printer business was a small and non-strategic portion of their overall business which is certainly the…

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Headline Rollup for April 11, 2017

How Printer Cartridges Could Change Patent Law as We Know It Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a suit between printer manufacturer Lexmark and a small business that makes its money refilling printer cartridges. The issue, on the surface, if fairly boring: Printer giant Lexmark sued small-time printer cartridge refiller Impressions Products on…

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Is The Imaging Industry Under a “Positive Illusion”?

Investors tend to be overly optimistic and too confident when it comes to forecasting returns[1]. Newlywed spouses routinely hope and believe that their relationships will thrive, but research shows these hopes are often overly optimistic[2]. People are basically overly optimistic (okay – it’s a generalization and I certainly can name a few people whom I…

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HP A3 Printer Preview

HP A3 Printer Preview   News Byte – April 6, 2017 Ron Iversen   Although we don’t have a lot of details on HP’s new A3 Product Line-up (Laserjet and Pagewide), we are beginning to get a feel for their product strategy.   New A3 Laserjets and A3 Pagewide devices Products will be MPS Ready…

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Headline Rollup for April 6, 2017

HP Inc. Ships World’s Most Advanced and Secure A3 Printers Powerful multi-function printers deliver world-class security and accelerate office of the future Trump officials alarmed China may bid for Toshiba’s Westinghouse unit The Trump administration is so alarmed that Chinese investors may try to purchase Westinghouse Electric Co.’s nuclear business that U.S. officials are trying…

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Clover Imaging Group (CIG) Announces Acquisition of DC Imaging’s ColorLabs Ink Innovations Business

As many companies, whether they are printer manufacturers, consumable manufacturers, print providers, service providers, or resellers, continue to seek growth opportunities outside the “office printing box”, Clover’s acquisition of DC Imaging’s ColorLabs Ink Innovations business (ColorLabs) extends Clover’s reach into the mailroom with a line of aftermarket supplies for mailing, packaging, and printing. Now, the…

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Inkjet Printer Ink Waste and Impact on Cost/Page

  For years, there have been a number of articles written about ink used for cleaning/maintaining inkjet printer print heads.  What isn’t talked about very much is the impact that these cleaning/maintenance cycles have on cost/page which will vary considerably based on the how the printer is used.  For example, if an inkjet printer is…

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Headline Rollup for April 4, 2017

Konica Minolta Showcased a Revolutionary Concept for the Workplace of the Future at CeBIT At CeBIT 2017, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe (Konica Minolta) was showcasing revolutionary concepts for the Workplace of the Future. As a representative of this year’s partner country Japan, Konica Minolta used the stage to give insights into what will drive…

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Business Intelligence Digest for March 2017

Download the Business Intelligence Digest – March 2017. Enjoy all the articles that we published in March … in one convenient PDF document.

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New Xerox Announcements – Far Beyond Printer Hardware

The announcement from Xerox’s event in NYC this week goes far beyond hardware speeds and feeds. Yes, Xerox announced 29 new products and two new printer brands, all sharing a common UI (User Interface) and all are powered by Connect Key. This has to be the most extensive announcement in Xerox’s 110 year history. 29…

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Three Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting Out in Predictive Analytics

After two years of developing Photizo’s Advanced Analytics business, I thought it would be good to share a few of the key learnings we have observed during our past engagements. Here are three key ways to avoid pitfalls during the development and deployment of advanced analytics solutions. Let the use case be your guide –…

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Headline Rollup for March 30, 2017

Largest Product Launch in Xerox History Delivers New Technology to Transform the Workplace Xerox (NYSE: XRX), the company built on innovating the way the world works, is leading another workplace revolution – today launching 29 ConnectKey®-enabled printers and multifunction devices with simple and secure on-the-go capabilities, cloud connectivity, and access to productivity boosting features and…

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Three Imaging Trends You Need to Know – Webinar Recording

Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners – a collection of partners that are the gold standard in managed print and document services. Find out what makes them different and how they are positioned to support the evolving customer needs of tomorrow. Ink in the Office – timely information on the Inkjet printing transformation taking the office by storm. Driven by Pagewide technology and…

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Printer Manufacturers are Using Patent Law

Claiming that it is illegal for users to Refill Cartridges – taking it to the Supreme Court This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a patent dispute, Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc.  The issue comes down to a very key issue that has huge ramifications to the printer industry but…

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Headline Rollup for March 28, 2017

Printer makers are fighting to make it illegal for you to refill their cartridges. Yes, it’s bonkers. By This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a patent dispute, Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc. Unlike most patent cases, this one directly affects the daily lives of nearly every American. It requires the court…

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How Disruptive Can Seat Based Pricing be to the A3/BTA channel?

The BTA channel and the printer manufacturers are very familiar with a “click” charge model or charging per print on office printers and MFPs.  This model has existed for a long time so why change something where manufacturers and the channel both make money? How do end users really feel about this model?   How many…

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Headline Rollup for March 23, 2017

Product, programme, and profile information for Brother This Japanese-headquartered print vendor can trace its roots to the Yasui Sewing Machine Company, which was founded 109 years ago. These days it manufactures a range of printers, scanners, services and accessories. OKI Upgrades Wide Format with New Teriostar Multifunction Printers Egham – OKI Europe Ltd has launched two new wide…

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How To Measure Channel Partner Success And Improve Performance

2016 Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners To compete in the near future, channel partners will need to take the right steps to be competitive.  To help move in the right direction, it is critical to know the real level of performance when measured against the ‘best of breed’ competitors in the industry. Manufacturers will…

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HP ‘Opens the Kimono’ and Announces the World’s First 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab

HP’s Partner, SIGMADesign, Announces First 3D Materials Development Kit  From the hallowed halls of Corvallis, Oregon, where HP’s engineers and scientists have developed the first handheld calculators, thermal inkjet, pagewide technology, and the T400 HP PageWide Web Press, comes its latest innovation – the world’s first 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab. It is a…

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Epson Previews new 100 ppm Line-Head Inkjet MFP

On March 16, 2017, I had an opportunity to attend an Epson Technology event in Chicago with other industry analysts and potential channel and technology partners.  I did have some suspicions as to what Epson was going to demonstrate based on my March 14, 2017 article, “A Look at Epson’s Moves in the Office Printer…

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Headline Rollup for March 21, 2017

Epson Disrupts High Performance Corporate Printer Market with New WorkForce Color A3 Multifunction Printers LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 20, 2017 – Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing printing solutions, today debuted its first corporate high-speed inkjet line head printer – the WorkForce® Enterprise WF-C20590 A3 multifunction printer – designed for SMB and corporate workgroups. Powered…

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Headline Rollup for March 16, 2017

Brother International Corporation Continues to Deliver Innovation to Businesses of All Sizes with Next-Generation Color Laser Printers and All-in-Ones BRIDGEWATER, N.J., March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Building upon its reputation as a leading provider of business-class document imaging technology and solutions, Brother International Corporation today introduced its expanded line of color laser printers and All-in-Ones. These devices have…

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Moving from ideation to value creation, the path to success for advanced analytics

In the world of advanced analytics, there are several stories of both success and failure. Analytics tools and techniques such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, etc. promise to revolutionize most industries. These are bold claims, which lead to the question, why are some firms more successful in implementing advanced analytics than others. While…

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A Look at Epson’s Move in the Office Printer Market

Epson’s name may not come to mind when we think about office printers or high speed commercial printers but you will know their name when you think about SOHO or office inkjet printers or wide format printers where they hold a very respectable market share. Epson was one of the first companies to address the…

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Toshiba selling shares of Toshiba Tec?

Based on Toshiba Corporation’s apparent plan for a $6.3B write down for it’s U.S. nuclear unit, there have been reports that Toshiba Corp is considering selling shares in Toshiba Tec.  As a result, shares in Toshiba Tec Corp (6588.T) rose more than 6 percent in early March 13, 2017.  This large US nuclear unit write…

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Headline Rollup for March 14, 2017

Toshiba set to push back earnings release again TOKYO — Toshiba reportedly plans to postpone releasing earnings for the nine months ended December, currently due out Tuesday, amid continued disagreement over an investigation into U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric. Toshiba Tec shares rise more than 6 percent on sale report Shares in Toshiba Tec Corp (6588.T) rose…

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Some Key Take-Aways from 2017 One Canon Event

  I had an opportunity to attend the One Canon Event in Boca Raton this year and had some key takeaways that I would like to share.   First, overall, Canon is very bullish about their business since most segments are up from last year.  This News Byte will focus on Canon’s performance in 2016 and…

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Headline Rollup for March 9, 2017

Lexmark patents magnetic anti-counterfeit particles Printer giant Lexmark has been awarded a US patent on a means of uncovering counterfeit ink and toner products. HP CEO Dion Weisler visits Seoul to finalize Samsung merger [THE INVESTOR] HP CEO Dion Weisler visited Seoul last week to finalize talks on the US printer and PC giant’s planned acquisition…

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