Chinese Government Makes Room for Aftermarket Supplies

The central government of China has selected four aftermarket supplies manufactures as its designated printer supplies providers for 2014 according to a February 21 announcement. These four companies are Print-Rite Unicorn Image Products, Zhuhai Seine Technology (Ninestar), Beijing Laser Hi-Technology, and Mipo International Limited. Print-Rite and Ninestar have been on the list as designated providers…

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HP to Acquire Shunra

HP announced yesterday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the network virtualization business and technology of Shunra, a current HP partner. The announcement was posted on the HP Next blog by George Kadifa, executive vice president of HP Software and Bernd Schlotter, senior vice president of Application Delivery Management at HP Software.…

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How a Culture Prevails: Luis Esteter’s HP Experience

“HP puts the right people in the right spots to deliver innovation and the best products for our customers.” – Luis Esteter, sales director for PPS distribution at HP Brazil

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Is Healthcare a Placebo or Panacea For the Imaging Industry?

With Hillary Rodham Clinton keynoting the HIMSS 2014 conference and exhibition, hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and taking place February 23-27 in Orlando, FL, the event is not lacking star power. What grabbed our attention, however, was the number of A-list imaging companies exhibiting at this year’s show. The paper-intensive healthcare…

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Hardware Roundup: Mono MFPs Dominate New Releases December 2013 and January 2014

New releases of monochrome laser multifunction printers (MFPs) have dominated the market in the last half of 2013 and the first few months of 2014. Since August, nearly every major OEM has announced new products or refreshes in this market (See October and November Laser Hardware Roundup and August and September Laser Hardware Roundup). Photizo…

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How a Culture Prevails: Santiago Chan’s HP Experience

“The challenges [HP has recently faced] are not only big corporate decisions, but also the sum of thousands of everyday changes, some of them very tough choices, but all addressed with passion for our customers, with desire to make a difference and with trust and respect for our people.” – Santiago Chan, MCA enterprise manager for HP’s printing and personal systems group (PPS)

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How a Culture Prevails: Matt Barkley’s HP Experience

“I was drawn to the technology of HP. I’m not an engineer, but am drawn to the science and technology, which I think is true of a lot of people here. I looked at HP and thought, ‘this is a really cool company and opportunity.’” – Matt Barkley, worldwide IP and brand protection for HP.

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Has Excellent Customer Service Become a Way of the Past?

In today’s busy world, we are constantly interacting with other people, whether they are co-workers, customers, the gas station attendant, or the clerk in the check out lane. But how many of these interactions are memorable? And what makes us remember that conversation or experience? The sad thing is, most of our experiences are most…

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How a Culture Prevails, the Story of HP

echnology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has a storied history. The company was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, affectionately referred to as “Bill and Dave” by employees. Since its founding days in a Silicon Valley garage, HP has achieved many milestones to be proud of, including noteworthy inventions and innovative employee benefits. In the more recent past, the company has faced its share of challenges with executive changes, layoffs and acquisitions.

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How Photizo Spells Culture? P-O-T-L-U-C-K

Company culture is a two-directional street. In one direction, you have conscious choices that are being made. In many companies, upper management decides what ideals its company is going to represent and builds policies and infrastructure around those goals. At Photizo, servant leadership is one important aspect of our culture, so all employees have a say in this process. Because of this, we have moved to an open floor plan that allows all levels of employees to interact more efficiently.

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Why Do the Oscars Still Use Paper Envelopes?

The Oscars have come to be known for several things: 8.5 pound golden statuettes, 500 feet of red carpet, and 44 beautifully crafted envelopes to announce the winners. While other award ceremonies have turned to teleprompters and other digital devices to announce winners, the Oscars have used sealed envelopes since 1941 when the Los Angeles…

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HP’s Turnaround on Schedule

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has made significant progress “toward its five-year strategic roadmap for turning the company around” and exceeded Wall Street’s estimates on its top and bottom line. HP’s net revenue of $28.2 billion and net earnings of $1.4 billion were helpful in driving cash flow. Although the revenue was down one percent year-to-year it was…

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Over half of US Newspaper Readers Prefer Print

Fifty-five percent of U.S. newspaper readers consume their local paper in print only, compared to 15 percent reading print and digital versions and 10 percent preferring digital only editions, according to a recent survey by Scarborough on behalf of the Newspaper Association of America. The survey included 150 U.S. media markets. Of those consuming local…

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FlexPrint, Inc.: Company Culture Increases Bottom Line

Most people may believe getting real excited about print on paper can be a challenge, but at FlexPrint, Inc., a national managed print solutions provider based in Mesa, Arizona, our co-workers are fanatical about serving a national customer base with this nominal need of office printing from coast to coast. Imagine for a moment…receiving calls all day about printer jams, emails about being low on toner, or online submissions requesting that a broken paper tray be fixed. There’s nothing glorious about that, but each and every co-worker within the FlexPrint family loves taking care of our number one asset, the customer. What’s the secret? In short – our unique company culture.

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“Free, Perfect, and Instant” Drives Innovation

Last Monday, I attended an event sponsored by the Harvard Book Store at Cambridge, MA’s historic Brattle Theatre. The authors of The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, were there to have a Q&A discussion with a local National Public Radio (NPR) station host. I just picked up the book at the event,…

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Ninestar Moves to New Location in China’s Zhuhai

Ninestar has announced that it moved to a new office location, the New High-Tech Industry Park in Zhuhai, on February 21. The new location will feature an office space of 45,000 square meters when fully completed and is also the home of Seine’s Pantum printer manufacturing facilities. Prior to the latest announcement, other subsidiaries of…

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SCC Acquires M2 Digital to Expand Services Offerings

Earlier last week, SCC, a privately held resale and services provider in the U.K., announced it had acquired M2 Digital Limited, a managed print resources firm with an £31M in annual revenues, for an undisclosed price. Rigby Group owns SCC and ECI Partners own M2 Digital. The deal is expected to be signed early this…

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Have You Met … Ed Crowley?

Uncertainty might be an entrepreneur’s middle name. He sees an opportunity in the marketplace, an unmet need with the possibility to change an industry, and wonders, “Could this be what I was made for?” To leap from the safety of his current position into the prospect of something bigger and more fulfilling is risky – and almost no one ever does it. This was the situation Ed Crowley found himself in during the early months of 2006. A veteran in the imaging industry with a steady career at Lexmark, Crowley began to see the industry-altering possibilities of a new “fad” called managed print services (MPS).

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Color Inkjet Printer Market Share

These charts from Context show the market share in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for color inkjet printers from January 2013 to December 2013. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.    

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Prepare Like an Olympian to Lead Like One

I have been an Olympic fanatic since I was a child. With the winter games just finishing up in Sochi, I’m reminded of some of my favorite U.S. Olympic moments. Mary Lou Retton’s women’s gymnastics all-around gold medal during the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles; Brian Boitano’s triple axel for figure skating gold in…

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HP Posts Good Numbers for 2014 Q1

Hewlett-Packard, in effect, blew past Wall Street estimates on its top and bottom line with net revenue of $28.2 billion and net earnings of $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013. Although the revenue was down one percent year-to-year it was well above the consensus estimate of $27.2 billion. CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement,…

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Is Demand “Soft” For Consumer 3D Printing?

After starting the year with a bang at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, there’s been a lot of negativity, speculation, and rumor spreading about the 3D printing industry over the past two weeks. But most of the negativity is a typical gut-wrench emotional response due to a lack of logical reasoning on behalf of 3D…

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Ricoh Offers Same Product, Different Message in China

On February 18, Ricoh released three monochrome MFPs for small offices and workgroups in China, the Ricoh MP 2553SP/3053SP/3353SP. These devices can print, copy, and scan and offer optional fax functionality. The newly released MFPs are capable of printing documents of up to 11×17 inches at speeds of 25, 30 and 33 ppm, respectively. Two…

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Color Inkjet Printers Cost Per Page

These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected Color Inkjet Printers in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for January 2013 to December 2013. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.  

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HP Announces First Mopria Certified Product

HP has today announced the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476. Aimed at the small-to medium-sized business (SMB) segment, this new multifunction laser printer is the industry’s first product to emerge from the Mopria Alliance’s new certification process. The Mopria Alliance is a global non-profit membership organization formed in September 2013 with the mission of promoting…

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Mopria Alliance Adds Members

Last week, the Mopria Alliance announced that it has expanded to 16 members. Six additional printer OEMs have joined the Alliance: Brother, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Pantum, Ricoh, and Seiko Epson. Adobe, Allion, Conexant, CSR, Marvell, and Monotype Imaging have also joined. Mopria says that with these 16 members, Mopria represents 86 percent of the printer…

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Color Inkjet Printer Street Price

These charts from Context show street prices in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom for color inkjet printers from February 2013 to January 2014. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.      

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The Final Frontier: Occipital’s 3D Sensor Bridges Gap Between Physical and Digital Space

A new product is soon to emerge that will turn any iPad into an extremely powerful 3D scanner. The Structure Sensor, from Occipital, is a small device that clips to the back of your tablet. Using a 3D-sensing camera, the $350 gadget is able to construct highly accurate 3D models of objects and environments within…

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Best-Selling Color Inkjet Printers

This chart from Context shows the best-selling color inkjet  printers amongst the top 50 best-selling color inkjet printers, from January 2013 to December 2013, based on unit sales from the channel to end users in France, Germany, Italy,  Spain, and the United Kingdom. For more information on Context research and analysis, please go to http://www.contextworld.com.

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White Paper: Consumer 3D Printing, A Market At War With Itself

Scott Dunham, Research Manager and lead 3D printing analyst and services manager for Photizo Group has released a new micro report related to consumer 3D printing titled Conusmer 3D Printing: A Market At War With Itself. The report, which is available here, uncovers a pivotal point of friction in the current market for personal 3D…

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