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2014 Year in Review: Improving Sales & Market; Inkjet in the Office & Print Shop; 2D Vendors Go 3D; More

We’ve been hard at work in 2014 keeping on top of  the many important events and trends in the printer and copier/MFP industry. Overall, the major trends and developments in 2014 include: a modest overall worldwide recovery for sales and shipments of printers and copier/MFPs; much improved financial results from many Japanese vendors; and the […]

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This Week in Imaging: Canon’s Maxify Strategy; New Sharp MFPs; HP Instant Ink via Staples; More

We like what Canon’s doing with its new Maxify line of inkjet printers for business. While we initially wondered why customers would choose Maxify over the more glitzy Canon Pixma inkjet products, Canon did a yeoman’s job of answering our questions during their recent Webinair. Although similarly priced, the main differentiators are high-yield ink cartridges […]

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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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Sharp’s Direct Sales Force Opens New Showroom and Sales Center in Chicago

Sharp Business Systems reports that it’s opened a new showroom and sales center, the Oakbrook Terrace Showroom and Sales Center, the first of its kind in the Chicago marketplace. The new center is located at 1815 S. Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace, in Chicago, Illinois.  Sharp Business Systems is a direct-sales division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. […]

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Former Sharp Executive Ed McLaughlin Joins IT Firm Continuum

Ed McLaughlin, the former president of Sharp Imaging & Information Company of America, has joined the board of advisors for Continuum, a Boston-based remote monitoring and management (RMM) software company. Continuum’s says McLaughlin will advise the company as it continues to focus on helping office-equipment dealers make the transition to managed IT services. “Ed is universally […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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Sharp Extends A4 Lineup with 30-PPM Desktop Color MFP with Support for Sharp OSA

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is extending its A4 lineup with its new MX-C301W desktop color MFP that’s designed for deployment on small desktops and provides copy, print, scan, and fax, as well as standard wireless connectivity, Adobe PostScript 3 printing, and a 7″ diagonal touch-screen control panel. Print speed is rated at […]

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Sharp Multifunctionals and Printers Receive EPEAT Recognition for Eco-Friendly Electronics

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America reports that EPEAT, a global registry for greener electronics, has added 28 Sharp MFPs and two printers to its product registry for greener electronics. By providing environmental ratings on electronics, EPEAT helps companies, governments, and consumers more easily identify and purchase more eco-friendly devices for improved environmental benefits. EPEAT […]

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Sharp Reports Smaller Loss for Quarter, On Track for Profit for Full Year

Sharp Corporation of Osaka, Japan, reported a 17.98 billion yen ($17.4 million U.S.) loss for its latest quarter, but says it will deliver a profit for its complete fiscal year. The 1.79 billion yen loss is a sharp improvement versus Sharp’s loss of 17.98 billion yen for the same quarter a year ago. The firm […]

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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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GE Capital Expands Financing to Sharp Independent Office-Imaging Dealers

On June 26th, GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business announced that it would begin providing “floor-plan” financing to some 400 independent office-imaging dealers that stock Sharp Electronics office-imaging. GE Capital’s CDF has been providing financing to Sharp’s consumer-electronics dealers for 25 years. “Our goal is to demonstrate Sharp’s continued commitment to the OI dealer […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/23/2014 – Toshiba’s New A3 Mono MFP Family; How Users are Printing; HP Lawsuit; More

This week’s news that Hewlett-Packard announced two new Officejet Pro inkjet models will probably be met with a “sigh, so what” by most of our readers. However, everybody should take note that HP is still very good at innovating on the marketing end of things. Consider its economical and convenient Instant Ink Program, which one […]

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Sharp Develops Free-Form LCD Panel Called ‘Free-Form Display’

Sharp Corporation has developed what it’s calling the Free-Form Display, a revolutionary advance over conventional rectangular LCD displays, and which enables designers to create new, free-form LCD display shapes for various different applications, such as the dashboard of a car. While Sharp has been designing displays that feature slimmer profiles, lighter weights, and thinner bezels, […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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Sharp Wins Contract with North Carolina to Supply MFP/Copiers

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America reports that it recently won a contract from the state of North Carolina to supply MFP copiers. The mandatory statewide term contract (ITS-007228 600B) became effective May 1st for use by executive-branch North Carolina state government agencies. It’s also available as a convenience contract for the use of […]

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Sharp Expands A4 Product Line with MX-C300P A4 Desktop Color Printer

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America today introduced the MX-C300P, an A4 color desktop printer, the latest model in its expanding line of desktop document-imaging systems. The new color printer joins two Sharp desktop color MFPs announced in December 2013, and features both wireless and wired networking as well as direct USB printing. Printing […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/12/2014 – More Good News from Japan, Western Europe, Mopria

Good news this week from Japan and Western Europe. This week in news from Japan, Sharp finally returns to a profitable year, Konica Minolta reports a stellar year, boosted by sales of bizhub MFPs, while OKI also reports a profitable year, with sales of its office MFPs up. Previously in the last several weeks, Epson reported a sharp improvement for its fiscal year, with sales of its […]

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Growth in Western Europe Printer, Multifunctional Market Continues into Fourth Quarter

According to the latest Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and MFP markets grew 7.1% year-over-year in first-quarter 2014 — the fourth quarter of continuous growth in the region. Note that in its hard-copy peripheral research, IDC, IDC includes single-function printers, printer-based multifunctional systems (MFPs), and single-function digital […]

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