Top News for the Week of 10/2/2013

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rouge-2_lIndustry Events

We participated in an interesting webinar presented by Ricoh’s Terrie Campbell this week, and found compelling evidence that Ricoh is doing a lot to be a major player in the business-process solution market.

New Products & Solutions

  • It wasn’t all that long ago that we were speculating whether Dell would even stay in the printer business. Well, once the smoke from its private acquisition by Michael Dell and Silver Lake settled, Dell quickly innovates by rolling out print services with either pay by the cartridge or pay by the page, as well as with new Document Hub A4 MFPs that we reported on earlier.
  • Brother, Hewlett-Packard, et al are going to love this news: Staples announces a new online ink- and toner-cartridge recycling program.
  • By now, everybody knows about the new mobility demands, and Toshiba responds with upgrades to its e-Bridge Print & Scan App with new mobile scan and document-finishing features.
  • Speaking of mobile printing, Kyocera announces two new A3 color MFPs with mobile printing (required for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, but not by Windows 8 Pro tablets that can print to just about anything in the usual manner without app “band-aids”). The new Kyocera MFPs also feature cloud connectivity and an optional Fiery controller. 
  • I can attest to the fact that Océ monochrome printers provide unparalleled performance on 20-lb. bond. Canon is now rolling out the latest Océ monochrome digital production printers, the VarioPrint 6000 + Series.
  • A mobile printing solution to support the most dumbed-down tablet: Epson announces that its Connect-enabled printers now support mobile printing from Kindle Fire tablets . Two weeks ago, Epson also launched its first printer with built-in support for printing from Chromebooks.
  • Wired gets a sneak peak at a home-brewed Hewlett-Packard 3D printer.

Financials

Hewlett-Packard reported encouraging results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year, with earnings up for both. There were also welcome results for its printer division in the fourth quarter: while printing revenue was down 1 percent year-over-year, total hardware units shipped were up 6 percent, with commercial hardware unit shipments up 9 percent, and consumer hardware unit shipments up 4 percent. More installed units = more supplies revenue.

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Business & Research

  • Research from IDC indicates that the worldwide printer/MFP/copier market returned to growth status in the third-quarter of 2013.
  • More research from IDC indicates that the Middle East and Africa printer/MFP/copier market experienced recovery, though small, in third-quarter 2013.
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