Russia Builds a Tank (of a Printer)

Russia has demonstrated the first inkjet multifunction printer manufactured in Russia. On September 13, 2016 at the Import Substitution 2016 International Expo, Service Systems (in partnership with four other companies including XaaR) showed the “Katyusha.” From all indications (and since XaaR is involved) the device is an inkjet MFP (or All-in-One) that has the typical…

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What about HP PageWide Devices in 2020?

Last week Ed Crowley, Photizo Group CEO presented a 2020 Industry Outlook webinar that described some significant technology trends. One of the trends had to do with HP’s positioning of its A4, and now A3, PageWide devices versus the competition. Today HP has positioned its A4 PageWide devices versus color lasers as 50 percent faster…

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Headline Rollup for September 29, 2016

Canon Launches New imagePRESS C65 Color Digital Press for the Creative Community MELVILLE, N.Y., September 23, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new imagePRESS C65 Color Digital Press. Ideal for the creative community, including advertising agencies, graphic design studios, packaging design, marketing departments and more, this model builds…

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Keeping Your Business Model Relevant

One of the megatrends that will effect the business model of most imaging companies is related to the changing workforce and workplace. As can be seen in Figure 1, millennials (age 15-35) are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. The implication is the millennial values, work style, and the non-traditional work environment will…

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The Adventure of a Lifetime – Tokyo, Japan to Beijing, China to Lexington, KY

In 2016 of May, I was officially hired as a translator for Photizo Group. I first came to America in 2014, which was a year in which I failed and succeeded at the same time. Giving up a prospective future as a pharmaceutical student in Japan, I successfully entered a small Christian college in Missouri.…

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Headline Rollup for September 27, 2016

Epson underlines focus on high-tech development Seiko Epson Corporation, Japan’s leading imaging equipment and computer printer manufacturer, has reinforced its commitment to the development of industrial inkjet printers, visual communication, wearable devices and robotics over the next 10 years in a bid to maintain its leadership in the areas Canon Celebrates a Decade of Industry…

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Can Analytics Bolster Graduation Rates?

Purdue University has developed a web tool that can help new freshman adapt to campus and presumably helps students increase the odds they will graduate. Currently, Purdue has a 50 percent graduation rate. According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, a student enrolled in a four-year degree program that takes the student six years to…

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Consolidation Now Hitting Distributors

A week ago Avnet agreed to sell its Technology Solutions Unit to Tech Data for $2.6 billion (B) comprised of $2.1B in debt, $300M in cash, and $200M in stock. The deal is expected to close in the first or second quarter of 2017. Tech Data said it was not interested in acquiring all of Avnet.…

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Headline Rollup for September 20, 2016

Want a Dell Printer? Unlucky – they’ve stopped selling them Warranties won’t continue beyond 2021 Ahead of the mega-merger with EMC, Dell has decided to quit selling printers as part of its hardware portfolio while its imaging business is being scaled back. Voxel Vision: HP Offers Insights into Industry and Technology at IMTS “In 2014,…

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What is Robotic Process Automation?

Seeing a headline with robots in it caught my attention. I’ve worked with robots for years, particularly education robots. Ever since robots have come on the scene, there has been the concern that automation would result in layoffs, in this case, manufacturing and distribution employees. Now, however, the concern may be that robotic process automation…

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Where Will You Find Employees?

One of the megatrends over the past five to 10 years is a move to using freelancers. Studies estimate half of the American workforce will soon consist of freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, entrepreneurs, “electronic immigrants,” and so forth. There are many firms that offer these such as, Upwork, Fiverr, Guru, Field Nation, DesignCrowd, WorkMarket, and…

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Imaging Market Evolution – The HP and Samsung Channel Effect

HP Inc. announced that it plans on becoming the dominant player in the A3 copier space This week HP made it clear the copier industry has lacked the technology to improve efficient service, provide affordable color and keep up with security requirements. And, all while announcing an A3 product line with the intent to disrupt…

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Headline Rollup for September 15, 2016

Canon  Solutions America Examines New Opportunities with Floor Graphics MELVILLE, N.Y., September 13, 2016 – Promotional and informational graphics are everywhere – even on the floor. From retail stores to event venues to office spaces, these days everyone is jumping on board to take advantage of the space beneath our feet. Floor graphics give organizations another…

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Toshiba and Canon in the Drone Business?

The Japan Times announced that both Toshiba Corp. and Canon Inc. will be starting separate commercial drone services for clients. Toshiba plans to launch a service that will inspect power cables and steel towers while Canon announced it will sell drones that use Canon’s cameras for surveillance, farming, and remote infrastructure inspection. As Photizo has…

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Headline Rollup for September 13, 2016

Exclusive – Fuji Xerox NZ’s colossal financial loss The digital revolution has continued its whirlwind of growth, leaving some industries by the wayside and completely destroying others. Now, it could be the printer/copier market’s turn. OKI Previews Large Format Printer Range at Visual Impact Sydney! Sydney, 8 September 2016 – OKI, a global manufacturer of…

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HP Delivers 16 New LaserJet and PageWide A3 MFPs

Plans to Grow A3 HP MFP Revenue Share 10 Times  Lost in all of the excitement about HP acquiring Samsung, HP delivered a ‘Shot heard around the world’ to copier manufacturers and dealers yesterday. Ever since Enrique Lores, president, Imaging and Printing, HP Inc. announced the company’s intent to “Expand into the A3 copier market”…

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Predictions for BI, Analytics, and Big Data

The 2016 Pacific Northwest BI Summit took place in Grants Pass, OR. The conference brings together various IT consultants and vendor executives to discuss technology issues and trends. Each year one of the sessions allows participants to provide their outlook and predict the future in BI, analytics, and big data. The first prediction the group…

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HP Delivers “Shot Heard Around the World”

Announces 16 New LaserJet and PageWide A3 MFPs  September 12 – HP delivered a ‘shot heard around the world’ to copier manufacturers and dealers. Enrique Lores, president, Imaging and Printing, HP Inc. stated, “For decades, the copier industry has lacked the technology to improve efficiency of service, make color affordable, and keep up with security…

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HP Inc. Accelerates Disruption of $55B Copier Segment with Acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s Printer Business

Aims to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing Palo Alto, Calif., and Suwon, South Korea, Sept. 12, 2016 — HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), the world leader in printing, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s (005930.KS) printer business in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. The acquisition positions HP to…

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Headline Rollup for September 8, 2016

Konica Minolta Publishes Case Study on xPrint SINGAPORE–(Marketwired – Sep 4, 2016) – Leader in print and enterprise content management Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia today published a case study based on Malaysian online printing firm xPrint. It highlights how Konica Minolta played an integral role in the firm’s success, and the results of its latest PRESS…

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Data Driven Service

New technology is often used to create competitive advantage and improve efficiency. In the office printing and imaging industry, we have been in the midst of a shift from product sales to managed services for several years. Customers expect results when they purchase managed services, and they are essentially looking for an outcome – in this…

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HP Introduces Imaging Industry’s First SaaS Management Platform

September 7 – HP unveiled the industry’s first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) management platform that provides a marketplace and management of applications, users, and devices. HP has named this HP JetAdvantage On Demand Platform. The platform brings together a customer portal, channel partner (reseller) portal, and HP and ISV solutions all with marketplace and infrastructure services. All…

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Channel Competition Heats Up

Amazon Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) was announced last October 2015 and went live in January 2016. So far, the only imaging OEMs that have signed up have been Brother and Samsung. DRS was available to U.S. customers and just recently it has become available to the Samsung customers in UK and Germany. DRS uses the…

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3D Printing Susceptible to IP Theft or Counterfeiting?

A close associate of mine has recently become very interested in utilizing 3D printing for a hobby of his that he hopes to expand into a small business. 3D printing is, of course, considered an adjacency to the well established field of putting marks on paper. Instead of depositing ink or toner in a single layer…

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Headline Rollup for September 5, 2016

Oki Data Americas Introduces an Expanded Suite of Mobile, Cost Control, and Document Scan and Capture Solutions for Its Printers MOUNT LAUREL, NJ–(Marketwired – September 01, 2016) – OKI Data Americas announces the addition of new embedded solutions available for the award-winning MC873 and MB562 multifunction printers (MFPs) featuring the enhanced OKI smart Extendable Platform (sXP2). These…

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Headline Rollup for September 1, 2016

Laserfiche Announces ECM Partnership with Ricoh USA, Inc. LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Laserfiche announced today it has entered into a partnership to provide enterprise content management (ECM) solutions to Ricoh USA customers. As a part of the new relationship, Ricoh USA has joined the Laserfiche Value Added Reseller (VAR) Program. Xerox Nozzles – Half Width of Human Hair…

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Business Intelligence Digest – August 2016

Download the Business Intelligence Digest – AUGUST 2016 Enjoy all the articles that we published in August … in one convenient PDF document.

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Is Counterfeiting Wrong?

Counterfeit ink and toner cartridges are big business. The Imaging Supplies Coalition estimates the impact for the imaging supplies industry to be over $3 billion annually. The main problem in coming up with a good estimate is detection. A good estimate is around 5 percent of the ink and toner cartridge revenue of a company. For…

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Billing Companies Seeing Growth

Fiserv, a financial tech player, released a survey whose results are not necessarily good news for printing and imaging companies. The survey had several interesting facts: Those in the survey run the scale from financial services to utilities to insurance firms, Of the 130 firms in the survey, more than half offer mobile bill payments,…

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Headline Rollup for August 30, 2016

HP Positions Itself to Reap the Benefits of 3D Printing Market With a focus to reinvent the printing experience for what it calls the “mobile and socially connected” consumer, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) unveiled the world’s smallest all-in-one inkjet printer in fiscal 3Q16. In May 2016, HPQ also announced the world’s first production-ready 3D printer. EFI to…

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