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 equipped with Xerox’s Extensible Interface Platform for adding various business solutions. All three new models are mono and are A4. As such, they’ll appeal to cost-conscious customers who don’t require color or 11″x17″ printing and copying, and they may also be included in Xerox’s managed print service program.
The new additions follow-up on Xerox’s major small and mid-size business announcement in September (see here). That announcement included four new WorkCentre MFPs with ConnectKey 1.5 – and were evenly divided between two color A3 and A4 MFPs, and two mono A3 and A4 MFPs. Also of note under that announcement was the new Xerox Small Office Plan, under which customers can choose a free color printer and then pay a monthly fee based on their mothly print volume.
Also of interest this week is NovaCopy, Konica Minolta’s largest single-line copier dealer in the United States, which appears to be reporting good success with Konica Minolta’s 3D printers sourced from 3D Systems. There appears to be enough interests in 3D printing to warrant NovaCopy to launch its first 3D-printing class.
Have you ever seen an auto maker or dealer urging their customers to drive less? We’re still slightly confused why we continue to see copier/printer vendors urging their customers to print less. OK, we get it, many customers want to reduce printing in the office, so why not attract them by saying that you’ll help them do so? On the other hand, we can’t think of any industry that urges their customers to use less of their product – from the auto industry, to the tobacco and fast-food industry, none ever does – even though, fossil fuels, unlike paper, isn’t a renewable resource, and tobacco and fast food are hazardous to one’s health. Disagree? Let us know what you think on this – or any other digital-imaging issue.
- ‘Copier’ Dealer NovaCopy Embracing 3D Printing, Launches 3D-Printing University – Read more here.
New Products and Solutions
- Three New A4 Laser Systems from Xerox Target Small-Business to Enterprise Use – Read more here.
- New Epson SureLab D700 is Mini Version of SureLab D3000 Professional Photo Printer – Read more here.
- Konica Minolta Acquiring Italian Inkjet Textile Printer Sales Company, Verga – Read more here.
- Konica Minolta to Provide OnBase bizhub Integration to Customers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific – Read more here.
- Five Signs Your MPS Program is Stuck in 2006: Sign #2 – Aversion to Rules-Based Print Savings – Read more here.
- Printer and MFP Shipments Down in Russia, Reports IDC – Read more here.
- Marco Expands Footprint in Midwest, Now has 39 Locations in U.S. – Read more here.