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Top News for the Week of 10/20/2014 – HP 3D Printer on the Way? Wasting Time at the ‘Copier’? More

We know it’s been coming, but it seems October 29th may be the day that HP introduces its first HP-developed 3D printer (HP had at one time been selling 3D printers, but they were sourced from another vendor). We’re just speculating at this point, but HP CEO Meg Whitman has cited slow 3D print speed […]

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Ricoh Expands Fujitsu Offerings to Include Network Storage, Servers, Tablets and Notebooks

Ricoh Americas reports that it’s expanded its partnership with Fujitsu America, so that it will be able to offer Ricoh customers a new, broader range of Fujitsu technologies, including network storage, servers, and tablet and notebook PCs. Ricoh, which is already a partner of Fujitsu, will now offer Fujitsu’s network storage, servers, and end-user devices […]

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EFI Reports Record Revenue of $198 Million for Third-Quarter 2014

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) today reported results for its third-quarter 2014. The company reported record revenue of $197.7 million, up 11 percent compared to third-quarter 2013 revenue of $178.8 million. Operating income was $12.9 million compared to $13.9 million for the same period in 2013. Net income was $4.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, […]

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Mixed Third-Quarter for Xerox; Printer/MFP Revenue Down Six Percent

Xerox reported today results for its third-quarter 2014, with earnings per share of 22 cents, and total revenue of $5.1 billion, down 2 percent. Revenue from the company’s Services business, which represented 57 percent of total revenue, was $2.9 billion, up 1 percent and flat year-over-year. Revenue from the company’s Document Technology business, which represented […]

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New A4 Mono Printer and All-in-One from Ricoh with WiFi Protected Setup

Ricoh Americas reports that it’s introducing a new series of desktop monochrome printers and MFPs featuring all-In-one print cartridges and one-button Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, there’s also “traditional” Ethernet network connectivity and a USB 2.0 port. There are two 23-ppm models: the Ricoh SP 213SNw ($195 MSRP)/SP 213SFNw ($245 MSRP) black-and-white laser MFPs, […]

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Review: Retail Business-Class A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro X476dw is Best in Class

Any office or company whose core business entails paper-based transactions with customers must own a color All-in-One or MFP that can quickly, reliably, and economically produce high-quality color prints. While there are many candidates, Wirth Consulting narrows the field to Business-Class A4 Color MFPs available from the retail channel.  What is our definition of “Business-Class”? […]

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Brother: Big MFP/Copiers are Now the Water Cooler for Employees to Gather ‘Round and Waste Time

As part of its new “Don’t Superize. Optimize” Campaign, Brother International U.S. is releasing a new survey that essentially says the floor-standing, centralized copier/MFP down the hall has become the modern-day water cooler – a place where employees can congregate and waste time – in turn wasting companies thousands of work hours a year. According to […]

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New Kyocera CentraQ Solutions Provide Secure Print-Release, Device Monitoring, and User Controls

Kyocera Document Solutions America is introducing two new solutions for Kyocera MFPs and printers, CentraQ Pro and CentraQ, which provide secure print-job release and monitoring across networked Kyocera MFPs and Printers The new applications, which were developed by Kyocera, provide a a variety of print-job release features. CentraQ Pro adds additional monitoring and reporting capabilities that […]

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Konica Minolta’s All Covered Now Offering Network-Security Services

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.’s All Covered division reports that it’s now offering technology-vulnerability assessments and network scans to help companies identify and address potential security risks. Combined with All Covered IT services offerings, All Covered security experts will work with businesses following an assessment to create and implement a proactive security plan to protect an organization against […]

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Strong Quarter for Lexmark; MPS and Perceptive Software Revenue Forecast to Reach $1 Billion

Lexmark International today reported revenue growth of 3 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, and earnings of $66 million, an increase versus the $65 million for the third quarter a year ago. Both revenue growth and earnings per share exceeded the firm’s forecast. While both Lexmark’s managed print services (MPS) and Perceptive Software […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/13/2014 – New Xerox Hardware, ‘Copier’ Dealer Goes 3D; More

This week, we saw new hardware from Xerox – a standalone desktop printer and a desktop All-in-One based on the printer – both designed for small teams and workgroups. Also new is the higher-volume WorkCentre 4265, designed for enterprises and large workgroups, that prints up to 55 ppm, scans up to 70 ipm, and is […]

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Marco Expands Footprint in Midwest, Now has 39 Locations in U.S.

Marco, Inc., a U.S. digital-imaging services provider that has 36 locations throughout the Midwest, reports that it’s purchased Illinois Valley Business Equipment (IVBE), a copier and printer company with locations in Peru, Bloomington and Peoria, all in Illinois. Marco says the purchase enables it to further expand its footprint nationally and provide technical services in […]

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Three New A4 Laser Systems from Xerox Target Small-Business to Enterprise Use

Xerox is rolling out a trio of new mono A4 office-imaging systems designed for small business, to enterprise use, the Xerox Phaser 3260, WorkCentre 3215/3225, and WorkCentre 4265. Phaser 3260 and WorkCentre 3215/3225 with Wireless Connectivity and Mobile Printing Designed to support single users or small teams, the Phaser 3260 and WorkCentre 3215/3225 feature built-in wireless […]

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Five Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006: Sign #2 – Aversion to Rules-Based Print Savings

From Print Audit: “Five Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006: Sign #2 – Aversion to Rules-Based Print Savings”: “Welcome back to “5 Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006”. In last week’s entry we looked at sign #1 which you can find HERE.  This week, let’s look at the 2nd sign your […]

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Konica Minolta Acquiring Italian Inkjet Textile Printer Sales Company, Verga

Konica Minolta of Tokyo reports that it’s acquiring Verga IT S.r.l., an Italian inkjet textile-printer sales company. Through the acquisition, Konica Minolta has established Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe S.r.l., headquartered in Bregnano, Como, Italy. This is Konica Minolta’s first overseas sales subsidiary for its industrial inkjet-printer business. The firm says the new company is […]

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Konica Minolta to Provide Hyland OnBase bizhub Integration to Customers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s expanded its alliance with partner Hyland Software, developer of its OnBase enterprise content management software. Under the new agreement, that companies’ will extend their alliance to Europe, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific. The companies first announced their alliance in January 2013. Since then, Konica Minolta says both have […]

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Printer and MFP Shipments Down in Russia, Reports IDC

Market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), reports that in the second quarter of 2014, the Russian market for hardcopy peripherals (HCP) contracted almost 15 percent in volume and more than 13 percent in value compared to the same period last year. For the specified period, more than 735,000 single-function printers and MFPs were shipped. Note that […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/6/2014 – What does the HP split mean for HP printing? Samsung and 3D Printing; More

  The big news this week of course was the split of Hewlett-Packard into two companies – HP Enterprise Services, which will be devoted to infrastructure and software for large organizations, and HP Inc., which will consist of HP’s PC and printing groups. While it’s of course impossible to predict what effect this will have […]

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