What Does HP’s Instant Ink Program Signal for the Enterprise?

HP’s Instant Ink program is focused on retail printing customers, but it has serious implications for the entire printing industry. Consider first what Instant Ink offers the retail customer and then consider what the broad implications are. HP states that the company’s Instant Ink program addresses the two pain points for retail printing customers: Cost/value…

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How Big is the Gig Economy in the U.S.?

There have been many articles written about the transformation of our hardcopy industry. But how about the ongoing transformation of traditional jobs that are becoming, in effect, freelance ‘gigs.’ Airbnb, Lyft, and Uber are companies that have created online marketplaces to transform jobs like working in hotels or driving taxis, into independent work. The gig…

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Who Works More Hours – Americans or Europeans?

A new study has attempted to measure the differences between the total number of hours worked by American and European workers. It was not an easy task to accomplish. The original intent was to make it easier to compare countries to each other. It incorporated the length of a work week, retirement, unemployment, vacation, and…

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Headline Rollup for October 20, 2016

Xerox Services Survey Finds Retention Tops Cost Management for Employers’ 2017 Priorities Employers appear to be loosening their purse strings as they shift their focus from cost control to rewarding top performers. Fifty-three percent of respondents in Xerox (NYSE: XRX) HR Services’ 2017 Compensation Planning Survey report that their highest priority in the coming year…

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Are You Awash in Data?

As Photizo has been developing its Advanced Analytics practice we hear from clients that the problem is not having enough data, the question becomes “What to do with the data we have acquired?” In essence, the key challenge is getting the most value from your data in a manner that creates better business outcomes and…

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What are Potential Game Changers for the Hardcopy Industry?

For a mature industry, the hardcopy industry continues to change at a dizzying pace. Mergers and acquisitions among solution providers, systems integrators, and service providers; the changing landscape of the channel and the continuation of technology improvements in printing devices, such as Epson’s EcoTank models, HP’s PageWide and PageWide Pro series, Canon’s Pixma CISS printers,…

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Headline Rollup for October 18, 2016

Hewlett Packard Laying Off up to 4,000 Employees HP Inc. expects to lay off between 3,000 and 4,000 employees in the next three years amid slumping demand for its products, the company said Thursday. Xerox – Yeah, Xerox – Has Found a Way to Bust Carpool Lane Cheaters JOSEPH AVERKAMP COLLECTS stories about how people break…

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“Valuing People, Supporting Personal Best”

Such is the tagline for Shelley College located in Shelley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, U.K.. Unfortunately, Shelley College was taken for a ride by two of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) employees as reported by The Huddersfield Daily Examiner by way of RT Recycling Times.  Two of its employees stole close to £100,000 ($122,000) worth…

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Headline Rollup for October 13, 2016

Sharp Corporation Appoints Doug Albregts as President and CEO of Sharp Electronics Corporation MAHWAH, N.J., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Corporation today announces the appointment of Doug Albregts to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), their wholly owned subsidiary that manages the Americas business. As part of Sharp Corporation’s recent strategic alliance…

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Will Recent Patents Create Havoc for Remanufacturers?

The Recycler magazine has two current articles concerning patents generated from Canon and Brother. Both articles mentioned the patents could affect remanufacturers. The one from Canon spoke about a “seal between two components” while the article about Brother’s patent had to do with “steps” required to manufacture an ink cartridge. On the surface, both of…

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Is Financial Pressure Reducing Industry R&D spend?

There are many reasons why shareholders have wanted to invest in the imaging industry. A few reasons have been revenue growth, profit growth, the business model (supplies annuity), impressive technology, new stylish products, or even dividends. As shareholder expectations have increased for the industry (and the fact that management bonuses are tied to growth), most…

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Headline Rollup for October 11, 2016

Why HP Thinks 3D Printing is the Future CEO Q&A: George Brasher, the hardware firm’s UK boss, discusses innovating as a big business, disrupting manufacturing and mastering first time management. OKI Data reveals newest ColorPainter printer OKI Data Infotech Corp., announced an addition to their line-up of high end printers with the new 64-inch wide-format ColorPainter 3-64s printer.…

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Where’s the Light (at the End of the Tunnel)?

The proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ appears very faint these days as U.S.-based and Japanese OEMs continue to consolidate, attempt to find profitable adjacencies, reduce expenses or buyback stock in order to make each other attractive to investors. All hardcopy OEMs have reported at least one quarterly earnings for Fiscal 2016. Almost…

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Will HP use Samsung’s R&D personnel now?

HP announced an updated line-up of six mobile-enabled monochrome LaserJet Pro printers on October 5th for U.S. customers. These are low-end A4 LaserJet Pro devices – single-function (SFP) and multi-function (MFP) with speed points of 23ppm and 30ppm and price points between $99 (SFP) and $329 (MFP) – some will be sold by Wal-Mart. Additionally,…

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Headline Rollup for October 6, 2016

HP Inc. Introduces New ScanJet Scanners for SMBs and Enterprise Customers PALO ALTO, Calif., October 5, 2016 — HP Inc. today announced four next generation business scanners that meet a wide range of scanning needs from general office to complex workflows. Significantly faster and more robust than previous models – with optional mobile capability –…

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How Have Imaging Firms been Doing since Q1 2014?

Most, if not all, of the imaging OEMs are struggling to grow profits and most operating profit margins have declined (see Figure 1). Here’s a few insights from Figure 1. Focus does pay – Epson has focused its strategy on disrupting the inkjet business model. It appeared to be working until Q415. HP shows market…

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What Did HP Gain in Acquiring Samsung’s Printing Solutions Business?

When HP announced its acquisition of Samsung’s Printing Solutions Business last month it said one of its reasons for doing so was Samsung’s “compelling intellectual property portfolio of more than 6,500 printing patents.” Photizo enlisted Tim Strunk, our resident patent expert, to delve into the patent count and see what he could find out using…

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HP Introduces New Family of Affordable, Mobile-Enabled LaserJet Printers

Announces first sub-$100 HP LaserJet printer PALO ALTO, Calif., October 5, 2016 — HP Inc., the global leader in printing1 , today announced six new fast, affordable and mobile-enabled monochrome LaserJet Pro printers for individual and small office use. The updated lineup of single and multi-function HP LaserJets are the most productive of their class –…

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Business Intelligence Digest – September 2016

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

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Headline Rollup for October 4, 2016

Launch Digital Transformation from an MPS Foundation Have you started your paper-to-digital transformation yet? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Many organizations put this off because they just don’t know where to start. The whole idea of digital business is overwhelming – but urgent. HP to Stop Blocking Some Third-Party Ink Cartridges HP…

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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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