Canon China Unveils Global MDS Initiative

Last week, Canon China announced the launch of its global managed document services initiative in China. According to Canon, the purpose of the initiative is to make use of its global resources and uniformed service standards to provide continuous services to multinational companies operating in China and Chinese companies expanding their businesses outside of China.…

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Brother UK Invests in Local Schools

Brother UK announced the roll-out of its Schools Enterprise Programme starting February 2014. The program will see Brother UK invest more than £10,000 into local schools as part of the firm’s role as official technology partner of Fulham Football club. As part of the program, participating schools will receive the latest Brother technology – ranging…

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2013 Year in Review: Neenah Leads with Innovation

Each year the io360 reaches out to hardware, supplies, and services businesses within the imaging industry for our annual year-in-review series. Sometimes, we stumble onto a new opportunity to interview a new-to-us business that has never participated in our year-in-review previously. This year, we interviewed Neenah Paper, a newcomer to our series, but a longstanding player in the premium, specialty, and sustainable paper market.

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Is your MPS Sales Strategy Built for the Current Market?

Many have seen the rapid maturation of the MPS marketplace. There is much debate about how mature the market is. Some believe it to be very mature with dwindling opportunity while others believe new opportunity abounds. What about you? One key measure of a market’s maturity is to measure the market penetration. Put simply, this…

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Adapting to Change In an Ever-Changing World

Welcome to 2014, the year of change! I’m sure that could be said for any year throughout history, but this year is sure to be another year full of change. The world around us is changing at lightning speed, and we have to be ready for it, both personally as well as in our businesses…

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Canon Shifts Capacity to Japan As Yen Weakens

Canon Inc. is shifting capacity back to Japan in an apparent vindication of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s yen-weakening policies, which have made it more profitable for some Japanese manufacturers to produce and export from home. A weaker yen means it is cheaper to make goods in Japan and boosts the value of overseas revenue once repatriated. According…

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Photizo Group Expands Consulting Services, Adds VP Consulting

Photizo Group, the leading global business transformation organization, has expanded its consulting services with the addition of a new Vice President of Consulting, Mario Diaz. Midway, KY — January 08, 2014 Mr. Diaz brings a broad array of strategic business experience to Photizo including key marketing and management positions at Apple, Avnet, Toshiba, IO Data…

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3D Systems, MakerBot Announce New Consumer 3D Printers

This week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, popular consumer 3D printing brands 3D Systems and MakerBot Industries announced numerous new consumer 3D printers, 3D printing applications and other solutions. The show has become a staple for 3D printing vendors that participate in the area of consumer 3D printing, whether…

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2014 Trends and Predictions

The holidays have passed. Trees and festive decorations have been put away, and the only remaining sign of the previous merriments seems to be my swollen waistline. With 2013 behind us, it’s time to look forward to what 2014 will bring, and here are my Top 5 trends and predictions. Ink jet in the office:…

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Faster, Cheaper Inkjet-Based Circuit Printing

Researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo, and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and inexpensively make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity ink jet printers and off-the-shelf materials. For about $300 in equipment costs, anyone can produce working electrical circuits in the 60 seconds it takes to print them. The…

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2013 Year in Review: An Industry in Transition

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, really.

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Photizo Group Releases 3D Printing News App

Photizo lends its unique practice of covering industry news with expert insight to 3D printing technology.  The mobile app, Photizo 3D, provides daily content covering news and headlines from the industry with viewpoints vetted by the experts. Midway, KY- Photizo Group has released a new mobile app, providing news, headlines, and expert insight into the…

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CEA Sees Decline in Consumer Electronic Spending for 2014

After a three percent rise in spending on consumer electronics to $1.068 trillion in 2013, Steve Koenig, CEA’s Director of Industry Analysis, predicted at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas that spending would decline to $1.055 trillion, or about one percent, in 2014. Smart phones and tablets drove growth in 2013 as other…

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CES – New Technologies Coming, but Will People Buy Them

Early sessions at the 2014 International CES show, presented by the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA), gives us a glimpse of the future opportunities and threats in consumer electronics. The show officially kicks of today in Las Vegas, NV and runs through Friday. CEA’s Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac called out the trends to watch at this year’s show, including:

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Canon U.S.A. Updates and Enhances its Managed Document Services Program

Canon U.S.A. has updated and enhanced its Managed Document Services program, which was originally announced globally in 2009. At the core of the new program is a new, cloud-based offering called Canon MDS Cloud Platform (MDS Cloud). This offering is hosted at Canon Business Imaging Online and provides tools and services to help businesses design,…

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CEO Corner: M2, Setting the Operations Standard

During my visits with executives around the globe in reseller, enterprise, and manufacturing organizations, occasionally I find someone who has taken a ‘known’ concept and turned it into something very new to the market. During a recent trip to Britain, I had the opportunity to meet with a CEO who has taken something which is pretty well know – Managed Print Services (MPS) – and really turn it into something new. And that gentleman is John Taylor, CEO of M2.

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A Year of Good Intentions

This is the time of year that people traditionally reflect on the need to improve their situations or themselves. These resolutions for the new year might include setting goals of either a personal or professional nature, but the other part of the “tradition” is how quickly many of these well-intended plans are forgotten or neglected.…

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Worldwide Office and Home Hard Copy Media Sales Continue Decline

Photizo Group’s 2013 Second Half Forecast update shows that revenues from paper and specialty media in the office and the home are expected to decline to $29.6 billion in 2017, down from $33.0 billion in 2012. Despite the improvements in the economy and as more people return to work, changes in the workplace, including greater…

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Staples Launches “Make More Happen” Campaign

Staples’ brand re-launch, unveiled today, highlights the retailer’s product expansion beyond office supplies. The new “Make More Happen” tagline and campaign highlights how Staples is reinventing itself “to provide every product businesses need to succeed.” To reinforce that Staples is adding thousands of new products beyond office supplies every day, the company is changing its logo…

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Ownership In the Digital Age

As we move away from hard copy in favor of digital files, we may also find that we are moving away from traditional notions of ownership. Whereas it has been a truism that possession is 9/10 of the law, many of us will no longer “possess” our files in any physical sense. Software and data…

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