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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Ricoh Expands IT Services Footprint with Acquisition of mindSHIFT Technologies

Ricoh has announced that the company has reached an agreement to buy mindSHIFT Technologies Inc. (mindSHIFT) in February 2014. Ricoh will acquire the provider of managed IT, cloud, data center, and professional services to small and mid-sized organizations in the U.S. from Best Buy Co., Inc. Best Buy acquired mindSHIFT in 2011, in order to…

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Will M&A’s Be Part of Canon Growth Strategy?

Canon’s track record over the past three years shows the firm’s eagerness to give back to shareholders, yet many overseas investors are saying that Canon should direct more money to forward-looking investment, including M&As, according to an article in The Nikkei. During that time, Canon paid a total of ¥450 billion ($4.27 billion) or so in dividends…

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2013 Year in Review: MSE Full Speed Ahead

From MSE’s point of view, the market remains promising for the coming years. I had the opportunity to speak with senior vice president Luke Goldberg about the outlook for the aftermarket supplies market and specifically, MSE Global.

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CES International 2014: Adopting New Technology, Adapting Old Technology

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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New Fujifilm Slogan: Value from Innovation

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of its original founding, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation has created a new corporate slogan, “Value from Innovation.” Beginning this month, the Fujifilm Group will adopt the slogan for its global operations. According to the firm, the slogan expresses Fujifilm’s commitment to continuously creating innovative technologies, products, and services that empower the potential…

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Who is Most Often Involved in MPS Decisions in Western Europe?

In 2013, IT departments once again topped the list of decision makers involved in selecting and negotiating MPS provider’s contracts. Over half of decision makers Photizo surveyed work in the IT department, while another 40 percent indicated that they work in either facilities management or purchasing. Our View Not surprisingly, IT is heavily involved in…

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Inkjet Color All In One Printer Market Share

These charts from Context show the market share for selected Inkjet Color All In One Printers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for December 2012 to November 2013. For more information, contact Context at www.contextworld.com.  

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Does That Benchmark Really Apply to Me?

In our Partner Transformation Assessment Practice, I’ve spent several years consulting MPS providers around the world using benchmarks we’ve established through our research. It has been interesting to see the reactions each time I present the results from one of our assessments. While you might think you’d see a wide variety from all of the…

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2013 Year in Review: Konica Minolta Restructures for Transformation

One of my first year-in-review interviews was with Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. From my viewpoint, the leadership team at Konica Minolta understands the challenges ahead and is actively working to navigate the transformation of the imaging industry.

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Memjet, Image Star Announce Distribution Partnership

Memjet and Image Star announced a strategic partnership yesterday in which Image Star will become a U.S. distributor for Memjet-powered C600 series printers and related supplies, including replacement printheads, ink tanks, and refilled ink tanks. The agreement expands Image Star’s product line to include additional color printing technology, as well as expands Memjet’s market reach.…

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Inkjet Color All In One Printers Cost Per Page

These charts from Context show the cost per page for selected Inkjet Color All In One 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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Forecast Perspective: Worldwide Bulk Toner Shipments Show Increase Through 2017

Surprisingly, with all of the talk about the demise of the hardcopy industry, the bulk toner market is expected to have steady growth through 2017. One of the reasons for this is the movement to color multifunction printers (MFPs) and monochrome MFPs, which show worldwide bulk toner shipment increases of 9.9 percent and 1.2 percent,…

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Fujifilm Releases Portable Instax Share SP-1 Photo Printer in China

Fujifilm launched its Instax Share SP-1 photo printer in China on January 9, calling it the “CheckyCiao.” The CheckyCiao is a wireless portable printer that will print photos received from a smartphone to a credit card-sized film sheet in 16 seconds. The product essentially makes a smartphone an instant camera, similar to a Fujifilm Instax…

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Bulk Toner Shipments Continue to Increase

Surprisingly with all of the talk about the demise of the hardcopy industry, the bulk toner market is expected to have steady growth, according to the Photizo Supplied Advisory Service Media Forecast Update. One of the reasons for this is the movement to color multifunction printers (MFPs) and monochrome MFPs that show worldwide bulk toner shipment will increase 16.6 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively from 2012 to 2013 (see Figure 1). The combination of bulk toner required for color printers and MFPs will draw even with monochrome printers and monochrome MFPs in 2015. Beginning in 2016 it is expected there will be more worldwide toner shipments for color devices than for monochrome devices.

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