Another View on Print Volumes

Just about when we have all have succumbed to the idea that an increase in digital content meant that future print volumes would be decreasing, we hear another view as to why this may not be the case.  According to a survey by Danwood, a print/document management Company based in the UK, print volumes are…

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Headline Rollup for December 1, 2016

Ricoh launches Pro 8200 series Ricoh has launched its new Pro 8200 series of mono digital printers as direct replacements for the Pro 8100 series. Xerox Launches Multifunction Printer Designed for Smaller Healthcare Providers MFPs step in as an efficient, affordable, compliant approach to sharing basic patient data securely across the healthcare ecosystem Brother extends…

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Apex / Lexmark Acquisition Complete – What’s next on Apex’s Itinerary?

Part I: Apex / Lexmark Acquisition Complete – What’s next on Apex’s Itinerary? Part II (Coming Next): Apex / Lexmark Acquisition Complete – What’s next on the Aftermarket Itinerary? The sale of Lexmark has been approved. According to Lexmark’s Newsroom, dated November 29, 2016 the company confirmed the Acquisition of Lexmark to Apex Technologies. The…

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Headline Rollup for November 29, 2016

Lexmark announces completion of acquisition by Apex Technology and PAG Asia Capital Lexmark International, Inc. today announced the successful completion of the acquisition by a consortium of investors (Consortium) led by Apex Technology Co., Ltd. (Apex) and PAG Asia Capital (PAG). Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was announced on April 19, 2016, Lexmark…

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Lexmark Sale to Apex Approved November 29, 2016

The sale of Lexmark has been approved. According to a release on Lexmark’s Newsroom dated November 29, 2016 confirmed the Acquisition of Lexmark by Apex Technologies. The sale of Lexmark International to Apex Technologies was first reported on April 19, 2016. The decision to sell Lexmark, or explore “Strategic Alternatives” was announced by Lexmark in…

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Customer Experience Study – EMEA

In an HP sponsored study, conducted by Photizo Group, users of HP monochrome and color LaserJet devices were surveyed about their experience using HP and non-HP toner cartridges. Survey participants were from seven (7) separate European Countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and United Kingdom. At least 129 users from each countries participated in the study. For…

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Customer Experience Study North America

In an HP sponsored study, conducted by Photizo Group, users of HP monochrome and color LaserJet devices were surveyed about their experience using HP and non-HP toner cartridges. Survey participants were from two (2) North American Countries: Canada, and United States. A total of 2,030 HP monochrome and color LaserJet business users were surveyed. For participants to qualify…

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Why are Some Printer Manufacturers Bullish Despite Financial Declines?

Recently, many printer manufacturers released their latest quarterly financials. Across the board, printer revenues are down but operating profits have declined considerably more when comparing latest quarter in 2016 to the same quarter in 2015 (see table below).  Despite this, why are printer manufacturers continuing to be somewhat bullish? It is not unusual for any…

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HP Upbeat Despite Lower Annual Printing Revenue

Printing Operating Profit Also Declines Yearly HP, Inc. Q4 revenue of $12.5 billion (B) up 2% Y/Y, 4% in constant currency (CC) HP FY16 revenue of $48.2B, down 6% Y/Y, down 2% CC Q4 Printing revenue declined to $4.5 B (8% Y/Y, 6% CC FY16 Printing revenue of $18.3, down 14% Y/Y, 9% CC Printing…

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What’s in a Job Title … Could Millennial’s create a new paradigm in a job title creation?

We have often heard the age-old saying, “Too many cooks (job titles) in the kitchen spoils the broth.” Business Translation: “In business, when there are too many cooks (job titles) in charge of a job or project, they all tend to make their own changes and it just ends up ruining the broth.” This statement…

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Threat of Aftermarket Cartridge Suppliers to Printer Manufacturers

Supplies or consumables revenue can account for at least 50 percent of a printer manufacturers’ printer business and even a higher percentage of the printer operations’ profits. Therefore, it is critical for printer manufacturers to do whatever it can to maximize their capture of consumables sold to its installed base. Most printer manufacturers are already…

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Headline Rollup for November 17, 2016

Fuji Xerox Announces 16 Multifunction Devices Based on Smart Work Gateway Concept to Innovate Business Processes TOKYO, November 15, 2016 – To realize its new Smart Work Gateway concept, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. announces 16 models of digital color multifunction devices—eight models for each of ApeosPort-VI C and DocuCentre-VI C series—which have evolved to link with its…

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Is it Legal to Obtain R&D Competitive Intelligence?

Knowing what the competition has cooking in their development labs certainly is desirable for decision makers planning their company’s course forward. But is it legal? Action movies sometimes weave industrial espionage into the plot. That activity might make a good story, however, it is not a suitable process for ongoing competitive intelligence for many reasons,…

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The Changing Photo Printing Market

Some of us remember days when we were all were using digital cameras, storing our photos on secure digital (SD) cards, and then printing them with one or many dye sublimation or inkjet small format photo printers. Digital cameras were getting smaller, cheaper, and image quality and storage capacity were increasing. At that time, it…

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Another One Bites the Dust

The New York Observer is the latest in a line of publications to cease publishing a printed edition and will only be published in a digital / on-line format at the Observer. “We reach more people in an hour online than we reach in a week through print and will continue to focus on bringing…

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Headline Rollup for November 15, 2016

Lexmark Healthcare Launches New Solutions to Better Enable Patient-Centered Care Healthcare Delivery Organizations now have greater access, visibility and control over content that lives outside core clinical systems. Why HP Inc. Needs to Win the 3D Printing Market The PC king’s Achilles’ heel is its printer division, which could be remedied by its full-fledged foray…

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Business Inkjet Printer Revolution

Business Inkjet Printer Revolution Typically, things that happen in the imaging industry are evolutionary, however; business inket printers and the technology behind them, are truly revolutionary and will have a significant impact on the office printing market.  Business inkjet printers are basically defined as those that are suitable for office use where laser printers are…

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Headline Rollup for November 10, 2016

New Photizo 2016 Printer Hardware Forecast and Perspective Today, Photizo Group announced the availability of a new 2016 Printer Hardware Forecast and Perspective. The hardware forecast includes both laser and inkjet printer data, spanning the period 2013 through 2020. The forecast is available as a global forecast covering North America, EMEA, Latin America, and Asia…

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Headline Rollup for November 8, 2016

Konica Minolta Opens a Strategic Business Base in France to Strengthen Its Industrial Printing Business Tokyo (November 7, 2016) – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that it has opened a strategic business base in France to facilitate the growth of its industrial printing business. Established as part of a global management strategy, this is…

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IBM Case Study Highlights Photizo Group

Photizo Group revolutionizing the imaging industry with predictive analytics using IBM’s PMQ (Predictive Maintenance and Quality Tool set) Recently, IBM published a Case Study involving Photo Group’s work in demonstrating how, with the use of IBM’s PMQ (Predictive Maintenance and Quality) software tools, toner waste can be reduced by as much as 50 percent. This…

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Imaging Market Evolution – Mergers and Acquisitions

A look at the future of the Imaging market and sales channel  One of the questions we often hear is what will the market and channel for imaging products and services look like in 5-10 years. This is a huge topic to tackle so we continue to take it in chunks as a series of…

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Business Intelligence Digest – October 2016

Download the business-intelligence-digest-october-2016 Enjoy all the articles that we published in October … in one convenient PDF document.

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Headline Rollup for November 3, 2016

HP Inc. marks one year of reinvention PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 1, 2016 – One year ago today, HP Inc. was created as a result of the largest separation in corporate history. At that moment, the Silicon Valley pioneer began a journey of reinvention as a new company with the heart and energy of a…

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Samsung Agrees on Payouts and Employment Contracts with Printer Group Staff

Samsung Electronics will be paying 60 million won ($52,406) in compensation to each worker at the printing unit sold to HP.  In addition, the 6,000 Samsung workers who are affected by the acquisition by HP, who will be provided guaranteed employment for five years. Upon approval from shareholders at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, October…

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Xerox Generates Strong Margins Ahead of its Impending Split

Revenue Continues to Drop Xerox Corporation announced its third quarter 2016 earnings October 28, 2016 (see Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3): Xerox total Q3 revenue of $4.2 billion (B), down 3 percent year-to-year (YTY) Services Q3 revenue of $2.4B, down 1 percent Document Technology revenue of $1.6B, down 9 percent Xerox worldwide employment…

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Konica Minolta Displays Growth in A3 MFPs Despite FOREX Impact

Konica Minolta, Inc. (KM) reported Q216 financial results on Monday, October 31, 2016 (see Figures 1, 2, and 3 below). Q2 Revenue of ¥232.7 billion (B) ($2.27B), declined 10% (YTY), 4% increase w/o FOREX impact Q2 Operating Profit of ¥9.6B ($93.7M), declined 47% (YTY), 5% increase w/o FOREX impact Q2 Business Technologies Revenue of ¥3…

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Headline Rollup for November 1, 2016

Samsung’s printer employees to receive 60 mln won each in competition SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) — About 6,000 employees of Samsung Electronics Co.’s printer business will receive about 60 million won (US$52,378) each in compensation, an industry source said Saturday, as Samsung agreed to sell its printer business to HP Inc. Epson Marks Construction of…

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Ricoh Q216 Results Causes Step Up of Structural Reform Efforts

H1 Operating Profit dropped 70.5 Percent Ricoh Company, Ltd. reported its Q216 results on October 27, 2016 (please see Figures 1, 2, and 3 below). Q2 Sales of ¥483.7 billion (B), declined 13.0 percent (Y/Y) Q2 Operating Profit of ¥5.7B, declined 84 percent (Y/Y) Q2 Imaging & Solutions Sales of ¥424.9B, declined 14 percent Q2…

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Lexmark Expects Acquisition to Close in 2016

First gain in last 7 quarters Lexmark International reported its third quarter 2016 on October 28, 2016 (see Figures 1 and Figure 2) below: Company revenue of $844 million (M) declined 1 percent Enterprise Software revenue of $156M, up 5 percent ISS revenue of $688M, down 2 percent Higher Value Solutions (comprised of MPS and…

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Canon Q316 Earnings Results in Yet Another Full-year Forecast Cut

Cuts Full-year Forecast for Third Time in 2016 Canon, Inc. announced its third quarter 2016 results on October 26, 2016 (see Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3). Canon consolidated Q3 sales of ¥ 778.8 billion ($7.71B), down 16 percent year-to-year (YTY) Office Business Unit Q3 sales of ¥ 411.2B ($4.07B), a decline of 19…

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