Mopria Alliance Expands Membership Roster

Yesterday, the Mopria Alliance released an update on the group’s progress since its formation in September 2013. The Mopria Alliance is a global non-profit membership organization formed to promote and simplify wireless printing from mobile devices. It seeks to bring together the entire industry to drive selected standards adoption, support app developers in bringing mobile print functionality to their products, and certify products to carry the Mopria logo. The organization also seeks to educate consumers and business customers about the ability to print from mobile devices.

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Konica Minolta’s Strong Performance in Business Technologies Unit Produces Momentum and Growth

Konica Minolta, Inc. recorded very strong performance in its Business Technologies Business for its fiscal year 2014’s third quarter that ended December 31 (October – December 2013). Because of the business unit’s performance the company had improved sales and profits for the quarter. Net sales for the third quarter were 232.4 billion yen ($2.33 billion),…

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Why Imaging Companies Should Keep an Eye on the Digital Signage Expo

HP is among just three imaging industry manufacturers exhibiting at the Digital Signage Expo, taking place yesterday and today at the Sands Expo and Convention center in Las Vegas. At the event, HP showcased a new 55-inch LED display, a full portfolio of touch and value digital signage displays (DSDs), and new digital signage players. According to HP, its 55-inch HP LD5535 offers businesses stunning images with 178-degree viewing to create video walls or a network of displays throughout the organization. HP’s built-in USB player allows prompt deployment for content changes.

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Mopria Alliance Reports Progress, Expanded Membership Roster

Yesterday, the Mopria Alliance released an update on the group’s progress since its formation in September 2013. The Mopria Alliance is a global non-profit membership organization formed to promote and simplify wireless printing from mobile devices. It seeks to bring together the entire industry to drive selected standards adoption, support app developers in bringing mobile…

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Toshiba Recycles Toner Waste, Spreads Green Message

Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) announced yesterday that it had recycled nearly 200 tons of toner waste in 2013, nearly doubling 2012’s recycling efforts. Working with internationally-recognized recycler, Close the Loop, TABS’ “Zero Waste to Landfill” program has collected nearly 450 tons (or 180 full-size pick-up trucks) of e-waste since 2008. Close the Loop breaks…

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Fuji Xerox Expands Offerings in Multiple Directions

Fuji Xerox released a new entry-level laser printer in China on February 10. The new laser printer, DocuPrint P115b, is a monochrome single function device with a print speed of 20 ppm. Like the new low cost toner cartridges that Fuji Xerox announced a half-month earlier for its DocuPrint P105b/158b, the new printer also aims…

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The Shocking Truth about MPS

In the process of preparing for our move to a newly outfitted office, I came across a shocking revelation. Firms are still trying to sell a traditional copier lease under the guise of an “MPS” contract! What was most shocking was not the fact that a local reseller did this but that many “dealers” say…

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Imaging Industry Supplies Forecast Perspectives

These forecast perspectives provide detailed information on worldwide shipments of ink, toner, and media, and worldwide revenue from the sale of these products. The reports are segmented by region, including North America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; and Latin America and reconcile supply and demand for consumables with developments in the hardware business.

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Samsung Provides Galaxy Note 3 for Olympians

Seven lucky Olympians were given a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to capture and share their experiences in Sochi. As listed on the Samsung website, Shelley Rudman, Eve Muirhead, James Woods, Billy Morgan, Kelly Gallagher, Charlotte Evans, and Elise Christie are in this group of athletes and are using the hashtag #SamsungGalaxyTeam on Twitter, as well…

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HP Exec Don Dixon Joins Xerox Team

HP’s chief strategist for its worldwide MPS business, Don Dixon, recently announced his departure from the IT giant’s team to join Xerox to lead the Global Document Outsourcing Business Group. His new responsibilities include managing Xerox’s managed print services (MPS) and centralized print services (CPS) offerings. Dixon joins an advancing team as Xerox continues to…

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Can New Jersey Fight High Ink Costs?

New Jersey legislators recently reintroduced a bill seeking to require manufacturers of printers and cartridges to include the average ink costs to print 1,000 pages on their product packaging. The bill’s backers are upset about the high cost of ink. According to a New York Daily News article on the topic yesterday, violators would face…

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Konica Minolta to Open Development Centers

Konica Minolta Holdings has announced plans to open five development centers for new businesses around the world by the end of fiscal 2014. According to a February 11 Nikkei article, Konica Minolta will open locations in London, Shanghai, Singapore, and the Silicon Valley, as well as a location in Japan. The first location, opened this…

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Who Will Lead the Imaging Industry Transformation in 2014?

This might be the first year in many that I haven’t had a New Year’s resolution. I wish I could list some great resolutions I’ve had in the past, but like most people, I’ve long-since forgotten them. I’m sure they all had something to do with reading more or eating less – nothing worth remembering,…

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Lexmark International Fourth-Quarter Results Were Impressive

Lexmark’s fourth-quarter results were impressive on top and bottom lines. Revenue (4 percent increase YTY) and net earnings came in above last’s year fourth quarter and better than expected (see Figure 1). As has been normal for Lexmark, guidance seemed to dash the good news and was somewhat disappointing. However, it seems that Lexmark sets…

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Canon Names 18 Companies in Patent Infringement Suit

Canon today announced the filing of 11 patent infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against 18 manufacturers, distributors and sellers of toner cartridges that infringe on Canon’s U.S. Patents. The infringing cartridges are sold for use in more than 50 models of Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser beam…

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Keys to Success

Photizo Group has been really blessed with having a great team, great customers, and some great market success. This success has resulted in two MPSA Leadership Awards, being listed on the Inc 5000 list for two years, making the Tech 200 fastest growth list, and a number of other successes. The company has also grown…

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Canon Laser MFPs Move into Coffee Shops

Canon China and Pacific Coffee Company joined hands last month in Beijing to provide printing services in selected coffee shops throughout China. Pacific Coffee has hundreds of coffee stores in 25 cities in China. Canon installed printers in 20 stores that are located in business districts highly concentrated with office and business users. The purpose…

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Ricoh Net Sales Help Increase Fiscal 2014 Outlook

Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh) achieved its highest consolidated net sales for fiscal year 2014 during the third quarter (Oct-Dec). Net sales increased to ¥555.9 billion ($5.85 billion), an 18.4 percent increase year-over-year. Likewise, the company reported operating income of ¥32.3 billion ($340 million), a 147.0 percent increase year-over-year and net income came in at ¥18.8…

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NewField IT Announced as Sponsor for Transform Global 2014

NewField IT will sponsor Transform Global 2014, the latest conference from Photizo Group. The conference is anticipated to be the largest yet from Photizo Group and a global audience is expected to be in attendance. Midway, KY (PRWEB) February 02, 2014 NewField IT is the most recent sponsor for Transform Global 2014, which will take place…

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More IT Acquisitions: What’s the Deal?

Ricoh just acquired mindSHIFT Technologies, Konica Minolta’s All Covered continues to gobble up managed IT services firms, and Lexmark shows a continued appetite for software firms to add to its Perceptive Software group. What’s the deal with all of these IT acquisitions by print and copy manufacturers? Are these moves simply adding additional capabilities or…

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Lexmark Reports Better than Expected Fourth Quarter Results

Lexmark International has announced better-than-expected quarterly results, mainly due to higher revenues from its managed print services (MPS) and Perceptive Software businesses. Wall Street liked the results, and shares jumped eight percent. Lexmark reported total non-GAAP revenue grew four percent to $1.011 billion (11 percent excluding ink jet exit). Management was happy to report double-digit growth in “high value” segments year-over-year with record Perceptive Software revenue growth of 70 percent ($72 million), record MPS revenue growth of 22 percent ($208 million), and record laser supplies revenue growth of eight percent ($562 million).

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How Did We Ever Get Along without Phones?

My wife and I were having dinner at Melissa’s, a local café where we truly enjoy the ambience. During the meal our conversation turned to things that we no longer use now that we have our smartphones. Our server came over, and we got into a healthy discussion of the things our smartphones have made…

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Seiko Epson Showing an Impressive Turnaround

Seiko Epson has experienced a remarkable earnings transformation this year, turning around a seven year decline in sales through fiscal 2012 to become what a January 31 Nikkei Asian Review article called “a darling among precision equipment stocks.” After peaking in the year ended March 2006, the company’s sales sank for the next seven years…

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Print with Water? Really?

Scientists recently adapted a standard ink jet printer to use redesigned cartridges that print with water rather than costly ink. The system uses specialized paper that is treated with an invisible dye that colors when exposed to water. A dye compound called oxazolidine produces a clear, blue print in less than one second upon application…

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Canon Revenues Up in Fourth Quarter, Year

Canon Inc. continued its winning ways in the fourth quarter 2013 after it had been guardedly optimistic at the end of its third quarter. The company posted its third consecutive quarter of growth in sales and profits although it fell short from its earlier profit prediction. The reason Canon was somewhat coy on its final…

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Mixed Signal with Xerox Services for Q4 and FY

Normally, the fourth quarter for most hardcopy companies provide higher revenue than other quarters because client companies are using whatever budgets they have left to purchase printing devices, software, or supplies. This was the case for Xerox. The fourth quarter revenue for 2013 was $5.6 billion (the firm’s highest of the year); however revenue was…

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Fuji Xerox Released New Lower Priced Cartridges

Fuji Xerox released a new low-cost cartridge for its entry-level monochrome SLED devices earlier this month. The new black toner cartridge for Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P105b/158b, and DocuPrint M105b/158b costs RMB 139 or approximately $23. With five percent coverage, the cartridge yields 1,000 pages, giving it a cost per page of RMB 0.14 or 2.3…

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2013 Year in Review: Toshiba Expands Offerings for Growth

Just under a year ago, Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) placed Scott Maccabe at the helm of the organization to lead the firm through the opportunities and challenges facing the imaging industry. I had the opportunity to speak with Maccabe and Bill Melo, vice president of marketing, services, and solutions, as part of the io360’s year in review article series. Our conversation was candid and informative on how Toshiba is leading, not reacting to, the changing market.

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Unprinted Photos Mean Lost Stories

The photo industry is facing a dilemma: though consumers are taking more photographs than ever — we’ve estimated that there are more than 3 trillion images stored electronically — these same consumers are not printing. So with all of these photos being taken, why isn’t the photo printing market keeping pace? Clearly, part of the…

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