This Week in Imaging: Our (Tongue-in-Cheek) Predictions for 2017

Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

As 2016 comes to a close, we’d thought we’d take a light-hearted look into our crystal ball and discuss some of our predictions for 2017 for the office-imaging industry and printing in general. While these predictions are tongue-in-cheek, they do reflect some of what’s going in the industry:

  • Ink for home and office printers plummets to 10 cents a gallon – or to put it more understandable terms, costing 1/10,000th of an ounce of Chanel #5 perfume. Nevertheless, users continue to complain that it’s still too expensive.
  • In response, Epson begins giving ink away for free. Users complain.
  • Canon, fresh off its acquisition of Toshiba’s Medical Systems business, introduces the world’s first A3 copier/MFP that takes your blood pressure when you remove a paper jam.
  • The joint HP Inc. and Samsung Printing Solution Group introduces the world’s ultimate mobile-printing app – simply say “print” and whatever’s displayed on your smartphone or tablet is printed – including Web pages, documents, emails, text messages, etc. It’s groundbreaking for sure, but causes lots of embarrassment in many offices, as well as several divorces.
  • A major copier company, in its quest to win over millenials in the office, introduces a revolutionary new copier with a touchscreen that streams Netflix. A rival company responds with a special artisinal millenial copier equipped with vape-refilling station.
  • In its quest to make document management faster and more efficient than ever, Xerox introduces the world’s first implanted microchip that automatically takes scanned documents and routes the scanned data directly into workers’ brains, giving new meaning to the term “stack overflow.”

We’re glad to see that Canon is investing in new inkjet printers, because it is a good strategy from a pretty classy company. Why? We once spent a week in the Tokyo area as guests of Canon Inc. and it was an eye-opening experience. If you’ve ever attended a Canon EXPO event you know what we’re talking about.

As with others in our industry, Canon has suffered with lower sales, not only with their flagship A3 copier/MFP products but with cameras as well, and both of these product lines traditionally provided after-sales revenue such as toner, document finishers, lenses, filters, cases, paper, etc., making their decline even more painful. The new SMB inkjet devices will enable Canon to capture more market share and sell ink in emerging marketplaces where economical printing is on the rise, versus gradually declining as seen in nearly every Western country. Moreover, many other major vendors (Ricoh, Xerox, Konica Minolta) have yet to dip a toe into SMB ink, and, unlike Canon, don’t already have an SMB distribution network in place (including various camera stores in China). That said, we wish Canon – and all of our readers – a happy and healthy 2017!

Office-Imaging News

  • New KYOCERA A4 MFPs Said to Provide Features Previously Not Available for Low-Volume MFPs – Read more here.
  • PrintFleet to Incorporate HP Smart Device Services into Printer-Monitoring Solutions – Read more here.
  • New Canon PIXMA TS Wireless Inkjet All-in-Ones with New Control Panel, Mobile Printing, NFC, More – Read more here.
  • Nuance AutoStore, Equitrac Office Solutions Now Available for Toshiba MFPs – Read more here.
  • Konica Minolta Partners with Teem to Provide Meeting-Room Management Solution – Read more here.

Acquisitions

  • Canon Acquires Toshiba Medical Systems as it Seeks to Branch Out into New Businesses  – Read more here.

Other News

  • Xerox to Stay in Connecticut after State Offers Low-Interest Loan – Read more here.
  • Canon U.S.A. Panel Explores How Millennials are Remaking the Enterprise IT Environment in Their Own Image – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

  • Epson Files Ink-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Lawsuits Against Amazon Sellers, as it Seeks to Deter Internet Resellers – Read more here.

People News

  • Xerox Names Hoover Chief Technology Officer – Read more here.
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