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Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss   

Kyocera has spent its last couple of dealer meetings placing a heavy focus on solutions, even when there was big hardware news. And while the same could be said of this year’s event, there really was a notably big hardware announcement in the most literal sense of the word, in the form of the TASKalfa Pro 15000c, a production printing system that tops out at 27.5 feet and 4,000 pounds.

Patricia Amesby Patricia Ames   

Living up to their reputation as problem-solvers, ACDI took it upon themselves to host a unique event recently that brought together technical folks from their home team, as well as from the product development team at PaperCut and the resellers that are out in the field every day helping their clients manage their print environments. For the first time, ACDI also invited a few members of the media to peek behind the curtain.

Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss   

There was a time when cybersecurity was relegated to computers; when the imaging channel was more of an ancillary character in the story; collateral damage to a network breach, if you will. But of course, that has long since changed — with most MFPs/copiers being networked devices as well as the ever-increasing investment in managed IT services, cybersecurity is very much an imaging channel issue.

PA 2018 120by Patricia Ames   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions recently introduced the IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer, an automated color and image control system. With so many dealers looking for revenue streams outside of traditional office print, different areas of commercial and production print have become a hot topic, and we recently attended Print 17, where the IQ-501 system received a “Must See ‘Em” award. We wanted to learn more about this system, which integrates into the AccurioPress product line, and so we sat down with Dawn Olson, who is responsible for Konica Minolta’s U.S. production print and industrial print business development strategy.

John McIntyreby John McIntyre   

If dissecting the Printing numbers by culling out the S-Print contributions wasn’t complicated enough, HP added a new wrinkle in YOY Supplies and Hardware revenue comparisons: For FY 2018, HP implemented an organizational and business unit financial reporting change that essentially re-classified revenues from a portion of Long Life Consumables (fusers and maintenance kits) from Commercial Hardware to Supplies. These items really are consumables and probably should have been included in the Supplies revenue line all along so this change makes sense. As a result, the Supplies revenue line for Q1 18 includes these supplies. Further, the company re-stated its full earnings reports for FY 2017 and FY 2016, showing the revenue reductions to Commercial Hardware and the additions to Supplies. On average, the additional revenues amount to under 1 percent of Supplies reported revenues in those periods, although the dollar amounts added to Supplies don’t equal the dollar amounts deducted from Commercial Hardware – they are less. The net effect is to make Commercial Hardware revenues look lower for Q1 of 18 and the last eight fiscal quarters, while increasing Supplies performance. The change does not affect reported earnings for any period involved.

Patricia Amesby Patricia Ames   

Power in numbers has always been a successful survival strategy for human beings. Our ancestors figured out that they could secure food, water, shelter and other essential resources, plus reproduce and protect their offspring much more efficiently together than they could apart. At the same time, the humans who developed and used new tools that helped them adapt to their environment thrived. Not only did this enable some of our ancestors to outcompete rivals and survive the harsh environments of the ancient world, but they also emerged from it as the masters of the modern world.

Amy Weissby Amy Weiss   

There was a brief period of time a few years back when it seemed that live events might be replaced. Virtual meetings, webinars, podcasts — everything about the virtual office felt like it might transfer over to meetings and conferences, rendering the need to interact in person obsolete. But that didn’t happen — and for good reason.

John McIntyreby John McIntyre  

On Feb. 22, HP Inc. released its Q1 2018 earnings report, covering the company’s performance for the period from Nov. 1, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018. Financial highlights for the period included:

LarryTrevarthenby Larry Trevarthen  

Document imaging has many commonalities across businesses in different vertical segments. All require speed, high image quality, exceptional paper handling and affordable solutions. Today’s businesses are looking beyond the hardware for complete solutions that integrate into their document management systems, provide document security, and are fully network compatible. In many ways, these multifunction solutions can be placed horizontally across many vertical segments. 

Patricia Amesby Patricia Ames  

A frequently stated fact in the imaging industry is that while office print volumes are either declining or steady, depending on how optimistic the research, opportunities still abound in the specialty and production print space — including label printing. But not just any label printer will be able to keep up with the specific demand. According to Konica Minolta, the demand for high-mix, low-volume label print jobs is increasing, and print companies of all sizes that rely on analog label printers are struggling to keep up with the pace. Now, not only do they have to deal with shorter lead times, they also have to deal with the same amount of prep work for each job , like exchanging print plates. At the same time, wasteful yet necessary processes, like trial printing, are corrosive to the bottom line.