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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.

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.

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:

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.    

Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss    

It’s now been about a year and a half since Canon announced its One Canon initiative, designed to strengthen its B2B divisions and reinforce partnerships with its dealers. The February 2018 two-day press and analyst event in Hollywood, Florida, was the second such event held since that announcement, and we were able to see how the One Canon vision is progressing.

John McIntyreby John McIntyre   

Well, the headline is a teaser for something you surely already know - Fujifilm acquired print and copy icon Xerox, and then will merge it with longtime Xerox engine and manufacturing partner Fuji Xerox, creating the largest player in the print/imaging industry with annual combined revenues of $18 billion. In a prepared statement, the firm explained that Fujifilm will own 50.1 percent of the combined company, and made the case for the integration of the two operations:

Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss   

Sounds impressive, but is it really?

The January 31 announcement from Xerox and Fujifilm that they were entering an agreement to combine Xerox with Fuji Xerox was not entirely surprising, considering that rumors had been circulating for most of the month of January, since the Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the month that the two companies were in talks.

PA 2018 120by Patricia Ames   

James Bond would not be pleased. Last week, reports confirmed rumors that vulnerabilities in processors manufactured by Intel, AMD and ARM indeed existed. Somehow, the vulnerability has gone undiscovered for over two decades (at least officially), and affects chips manufactured since as early as 1995. Even more surprisingly, researchers from four different organizations spread out across the globe — Graz’s University of Technology, Cyberus Technology, Google’s Project Zero and Paul Kocher — each reported to Intel that they had discovered the bug within a month of each other. Since the news broke, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and other tech giants have released patches, but some experts are skeptical as to whether they will be effective or not.  

Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss

At Sharp’s National Dealer Meeting in Phoenix last week there were a couple of recurring themes. One, which will come as no surprise, was Foxconn, and its infusion of cash into the formerly troubled Sharp. The other was water. That, on the surface, is a little bit odder, but we’ll get into it shortly. The two-plus day event hosted more than 900 attendees including 605 dealer participants — a 5.2 percent increase over the previous event and just the beginning of some improved numbers we saw from Sharp.