Top News for the Week of 9/8/2014 – Major Initiatives from Xerox, HP, Samsung; Ricoh In-House 3D Printers; More
This week, our big news is from Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, with both companies making big announcements – with Xerox focusing on small- and mid-size business MFPs and more, and HP focusing on printer/MFP security.
Of note with Xerox is a new managed print services program available for its channel partners under which channel partners provide a free Xerox color printer, and for a fixed monthly rate, customers just pay for supplies. The program is aimed at small and mid-size businesses which don’t have access to enterprise-level MPS plans, and should appeal to many.
For HP’s part, the firm is seeking to reach enterprises with a suite of solutions and products for securing the one network device many IT professionals neglect when it comes to security – the network printer or MFP. Please see our stories – here for Xerox and here for HP – for in-depth coverage.
Not to be overlooked is news from Samsung. Last week, Samsung acquired PrinterOn, which markets cloud-based solutions for mobile printing – including pull-print cloud-printing for public locations such as universities. One question is, now that Samsung owns PrinterOn, what will happen with Ricoh’s HotSpot printers and MFPs that use PrinterOn’s mobile-printing technology? Will PrinterOn continue its relationship with Ricoh? PrinterOn also has relationships with other vendors such as Xerox. Will these vendors have to look elsewhere now?
This week, Samsung also launched a new marketing campaign for its B2B printer/MFP business called “Smartify,” which will prominently features its new Android-powered user-interface MFPs introduced last week. The new Android-powered 10.1″ touch screen features the same user interface used by Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The touch screen provides Web browsing and printing from the Web, and is also incorporated into 10 new Smart MultiExpress MFPs (below) previewed at Samsung’s annual dealer meeting held in Dallas, Texas, this week. There’s also NFC (Near Field Communication) Pro, which enables users to connect to the MFPs with non-Samsung mobile devices and provide mobile-printing solutions such as user authentication, wireless setup, and secure printing.
While Samsung has certainly been aggressive in the office-imaging industry, keep in mind that other multi-industry giants (IBM, Eastman Kodak, 3M, Panasonic) have entered into the office-imaging industry only to leave it. Samsung, however, with both strong business-to-business initiatives, and growing dealer base, seems to have established good position at this point, however.
New Products and Solutions
- HP Locks Down Printers with New Security Features, Advisory Services, ArcSight Printer Integration, Cloud Pull Print, More – Read more here.
- Xerox Targets SMB Segment with New MPS and (Free Printer) Plan; New ConnectKey MFPs for SMB; More – Read more here.
- New Xerox Color C60/C70 for Light Production Print on Broad Range of Media, Including Linen, Magnets, More – Read more here.
- Kyocera Adds Microsoft Exchange Connector for Scan-to-eMail – Read more here.
- Ricoh Aiming to Bring its Own 3D Printers to Market in 2016 – Read more here.
- Samsung Launches New Marketing Campaign, ‘Smartify,’ for its B2B MFPs – Read more here.
- OKI Data Multifunctionals Now Offer Business Solutions from more than 3D Partners – Read more here.
- With More than 90 Percent of Shares, Lexmark Set to Acquire ReadSoft – Read more here.
- Ricoh Signs on to Sell and Distribute Xante Commercial- and Graphic-Arts Printing Systems – Read more here.