Year in Review 2013: Genius Bytes Expands Offerings

Genius Bytes specializes in helping companies and multinational organizations in the transition to a digital office.

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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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Unisource and xpedx to Merge

Distribution solutions businesses Unisource Worldwide, Inc. (“Unisource”) and xpedx will merge under the terms of a definitive agreement that would result in the creation of a new publicly traded company, according to a press release dated January 29, 2014. The agreement to merge the two businesses was signed by International Paper (NYSE:IP), parent company of…

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Synergy Between Lexmark’s ISS and Perceptive Software Units Helps Lexmark Grow

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 8 percent. Lexmark reported total non-GAAP revenue grew 4 percent to $1,011 million (11 percent excluding ink jet exit). Management was happy to report double-digit growth…

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Year in Review: OKI Refreshes for Growth

In a services-led market, companies must offer great services, but must also have solid devices that end users can depend on to get work done. OKI Data Americas worked to streamline its MPS offerings in 2013, but also focused on creating efficient and friendly end-user experiences on its devices. As part of our year in review article series, we spoke with Carl Taylor, vice president of marketing for North America at OKI Data Americas to discuss this strategy.

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Canon Moves Production Back to Japan with a Robot Workforce

Canon Inc. is bringing production back to Japan, intending to produce 50 percent of its products in its home country by 2015. While rival firms like Nikon and Ricoh have cut their Japan production rations to 10-30 percent, Canon’s domestic production ratio is currently 42 percent and has never been below 40. Canon is going…

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Dell Adds MakerBot 3D Printing and Scanning Solutions for SMB’s

On January 27, Dell announced that it will offer the full line of MakerBot 3D printer and scanning products to its small and medium business (SMB) customers as an end-to-end digital prototyping solution. Dell has previously worked with Dassault Systems, creators of popular 3D CAD solution SolidWorks, to integrate 3D content creation solutions on their…

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Gen Yers: Why do they Matter?

They are known by many names … Gen Yers, Millennials, Echo Boomers, the Peter Pan Generation, Digital Natives. This generation, which grew up with digital technology, will comprise more than two-thirds of the workforce by 2025, according to research by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. The ability to recruit and retain them, and capitalize on their unique contributions, will be critical to your company’s success. Because they’re competent and comfortable interacting with technology, Gen Y is changing the way businesses must work in order to prosper. And the pace of that change is accelerating.

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2013 Year in Review: Diversified Portfolio Gives Samsung Advantage

Although the firm has a very small market share in the printer space, its broad IT portfolio – which includes laptops, tables, mobile devices, and more – provides the firm with unique opportunities to serve businesses. The io360 continues its year-in-review coverage of the imaging industry with an interview with Peter Richardson, Director for Printer Marketing in Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.

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Inkjet Color All In One Printer Street Price

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

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Online Shopping vs Buying Local: Who Are You Going to Believe?

There were two contradictory articles I read within days of each other. One espoused online shopping: “Online shopping’s rise somehow sneaks up on retailers – and consumers win.” The second article was a scholarly article from IBM Research called, “IBM 5 in 5,” in which IBM published five predictions about the next five years. In…

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Recycling Times Buys Recharger Magazine

On January 21, Recycling Times Media broke the news that it purchased Recharger Magazine from 1105 Media for an undisclosed price. The World Expo, a remanufacturing industry tradeshow event that Recharger Magazine organized, was also included in the purchase.  According to Recycling Times Media, the current subscriptions of Recharger Magazine will be honored with Recycling Times…

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OPI Big Interview: Mark Ward

Big box sales and profit growth – not to mention retail expansion – isn’t something you see every day in today’s OP world. One notable exception is Australia’s leading multichannel player Officeworks. In its most recent financial year, sales increased almost 2% to A$1.51 billion (US$1.4 billion) and EBIT jumped more than 9% to A$93 million. When we found out that CEO Mark Ward was attending the World Retail Congress in Paris in early October, OPI Editor Andy Braithwaite hopped on a train and met up with Ward in the French capital to find out more about Officeworks’ recent success and its strategic direction.

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Canon Releases New Printers in China

This week Canon released a large number of printers to the Chinese market, including six imageRUNNER digital multifunction copiers, two imageCLASS multifunction laser printers, and eight ink jet devices. The ink jet devices will be available in the Chinese market in February. The imageRUNNER 2202 and imageRUNNER 2002 series are black-and-white workgroup devices with a…

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CES International 2014: Adopting and Adapting

Say goodbye to the Consumer Electronics Show. Well, maybe. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has dictated on all of its press materials that the name of the show, here forthwith, shall be the “International CES” primarily to get away from just being a U.S. electronic gadgets get together. Too bad the news organizations didn’t get…

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2013 Year in Review: Muratec Realigns Company for Growth

As part of our year-in-review coverage this month, I spoke with Jim D’Emidio, president, and Lou Stricklin, director of marketing at Muratec to learn how the firm is navigating the current transformation of the industry.

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Best-Selling Inkjet Color All In One Printers

This chart from Context shows the best-selling inkjet color all in one printers amongst the top 50 best-selling inkjet AIO 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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