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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 […]

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Ricoh Signs on to Sell and Distribute Xante Commercial- and Graphic-Arts Printing Systems

Xante, which markets printers, digital presses, and more for the graphics-arts and commercial-printing industry, and is based in Mobile, Alabama, reports that Ricoh is now selling and distribute Xante products. Ricoh has added Xante’s Digital Multi-Media Press alongside Xante’s patent-pending Enterprise High Speed Feed System to its product line, and Ricoh employees have already begun selling […]

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Ricoh Aiming to Bring its own 3D Printers to Market in 2016

According to the news site, Jiji Press of Japan, Ricoh Company of Japan reported on September 8th that it will enter the 3D-printer market, first with its other companies’ 3D printers, and then with its own 3D printers. Ricoh will first set up two offices in Kanagawa Prefecture by the end of September, one in Yokohama and […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/1/2014 – MPHJ Scan Patents Under Review; Samsung Acquires PrinterOn; New Samsung A4 Models with Enterprise-Level Features; More

Samsung continues to strive to bring enterprise-level performance to its A4 laser series, with the introduction of two new ProXpress standalone laser printers and two new ProXpress laser MFPs this week. The new models support Samsung’s XOA open-development platform for adding Samsung, third-party, and custom-developed solutions, including solutions for document workflow, cost-accounting, and print-fleet management. […]

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U.S. Patent Office to Review ‘Patentability’ of MPHJ Technology’s Scan Patents

In a win for three copier companies, Law360 reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s trial board will review two controversial scan patents owned by MPHJ Technology Investments after requests from Xerox, Ricoh Americas, and Lexmark International, which have argued that the two patents are nothing more than a “well-known concept” for allowing PC users […]

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IDC: Worldwide Large-Format Printer Shipments Enjoy Fourth Consecutive Quarter of Growth; Epson Makes Gains

According to the latest data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, the large format printer (LFP) market recorded year-over-year growth of 5.3 percent in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), with more than 77,000 units shipped. Shipment value, however, declined slightly to $786 million in the quarter, with year-over-year […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/4/2014 – HP ‘Instant Ink Professional;” Ricoh, Sharp Financials; More

What do you do if the supplies for your product are being made and sold by unauthorized third parties and are cutting into your revenue stream? You either a) enforce your patents through litigation to end the sale of those supplies, and/or b) make your supplies more economical and easier to obtain. Canon Inc. continues […]

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Modest Growth for Ricoh in Latest Quarter; Slower Copier/MFP Sales Growth

Ricoh Company of Tokyo reports that for its latest fiscal quarter, sales were up 2.3 percent to 526.4 billion yen compared to the same quarter a year ago, mainly due to an increase in sales in both its Imaging & Solutions and Industrial Products segments. The firm reports that while the Japanese economy continued to […]

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Ricoh Opens New Customer Center for Hands-On Demos of its Production Printing

Ricoh Americas today opened its new Customer Innovation Center located in Boulder, Colorado. According to Ricoh, the facility highlights the full spectrum of Ricoh’s production-print offerings, including its cut-sheet and continuous-feed production-printing systems, wide-format printers,  and software for transactional, commercial, and in-plant printers. As part of the new Customer Innovation Center, the Executive Briefing Center […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/28/2014 – Printer, MFP Revenue Slips at Xerox; OKI, Konica Minolta MFP and Printer Revenue Up; More

In this week’s financial news, Konica Minolta, OKI, Epson, and Kyocera continue to roll along, steadily rebounding from the effects of the recession and appearing poised for future growth now that their customers’ budget restraints appear to be slowly loosening. Of note with most of these vendors is that they offer workflow solutions that can […]

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New Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing for Ricoh Business-Class Printers and Multifunctionals

Ricoh Americas today releases a new application that makes its business-class printers and MFPs Google Cloud Print Ready, which eliminates the need for costly print servers, and, in particular, provides mobile printing from Google Chrome tablets, a popular mobile-printing application in many schools, where Google Chrome Book tablets are increasingly being used by students. The […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/7/2014 – Konica Minolta Strategy Conference, Canon Announces New Industry Group for Deterring Patent Trolls, More

This week, we visited with Konica Minolta, which gave us an intriguing snapshot of not only where the company is now, but where it’s headed – and that’s everything from production printing, to A4, managed IT services, cloud and mobile solutions, and 3D printing. Meanwhile, Canon and Xerox each addressed some of the bad guys […]

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R.J. Young Gets Ricoh Direct Accounts in Florida

On July 1st, RJ Young Company announced that it had reached a strategic agreement with Ricoh Americas to expand its footprint of key accounts in Pensacola and Tallahassee, both in Florida. Effective July 1st, RJ Young has assumed ownership for the sales, service, and supplies of specified Ricoh direct-channel commercial accounts in these territories. Approximately 30 […]

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New Enhanced Secure Pull-Printing Solution for Ricoh Multifunctionals

Levi Ray & Shoup (LRS) have announced a new version of its MFPsecure pull printing software. The MFPsecure for Ricoh offering is an embedded software agent that runs natively on modern Ricoh  MFPs. “This new product update enables ‘secure delivery’ support for Ricoh hardware devices, which represents an important milestone in our strategy to expand […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/30/2014 – Good News for Production Printing; Average Copier Sales-Manager Compensation; More

Is this a trend? It sure seems like it. Last week, we reported on IDC research showing that the worldwide large-format printer market enjoyed its third consecutive quarter of growth in terms of both unit shipments and shipment value (7.4 percent and 3.7 percent respectively) for first-quarter 2014. This week, IDC delivered more good news, […]

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Five Vendors Named Global Leaders in Managed Print Services

U.K.-based market research and analyst firm Quocirca has released its report, Managed Print Services Landscape, 2014, which names five digital-imaging vendors the market leaders in managed print services: Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, Lexmark International, and Canon. According to Quocirca, Xerox is currently the leader in the managed print services (MPS) market, with the report stating, “Xerox […]

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IDC: Global Production-Printing Market Achieves Double-Digit Growth in First-Quarter 2014

The worldwide production-print market enjoyed double-digit, year-over-year growth in terms of both unit shipment and shipment value during first-quarter 2014 (1Q14). Unit shipments grew 32.1 percent to approximately 9,300 units (printers and MFPs), and shipment value increased 14.4 percent to more than $1.1 billion during the quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Production […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/16/2014 – What Sets New OKI A3 Apart; 100-ppm inkjet from Epson; More

This week, there was lots of new hardware, from OKI Data, Ricoh, Lexmark, and Konica Minolta. In a sign of the times, this week it was OKI Data and Lexmark adding new A3 hardware, while Ricoh and Konica Minolta added A4 desktop units. (Speaking of Konica Minolta Business Systems [KMBS], this week, we noted that, […]

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