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PrintFleet Announces LINK Partnership with Q2

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/23/2017

February 23rd, 2017 — Ontario, Canada – PrintFleet Inc., a global leader in managed print services and supplies automation solutions, announced today that they have partnered with Q2, LLC, a national distributor of compatible imaging supplies, to provide a PrintFleet LINK™ enabled just-in-time supplies fulfilment program for the imaging industry throughout the United States.

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CIG’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Worksheets Reveal Cost Benefits of OEM Conversion

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/23/2017

Chicago, Ill. — February 21, 2017 — Clover Imaging Group (CIG) just launched Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) worksheets for imaging dealers. The TCO worksheets demonstrate to print customers their potential savings when they switch to CIG remanufactured cartridges from national brand (OEM) cartridges.   

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HP Inc. Reports Fiscal 2017 First Quarter Results

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/22/2017

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2017) -   HP (NYSE: HPQ) reported its fiscal 2017 first quarter results.

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Ricoh Announces New Black-and-White MFP Series

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/16/2017

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh USA, Inc. today announced a new black-and-white multifunction printer (MFP) series that combines flexible information sharing capabilities with raw processing power and print speed. Aimed to affordably drive productivity and efficiency in today's new world of work, the RICOH MP 2555/MP 3055/MP 3555/MP 4055/MP 5055/MP 6055 MFPs are equipped with a variety of  new finishing options. Additionally, the RICOH MP 2555, RICOH MP 3055 and RICOH MP 3555 models offer Single-Pass Document Feeder (SPDF) versions that scan two-sided documents in a single pass, doubling the duplex scan speed. Further aiding in productivity is the new, standard 10.1"-wide Super VGA Smart Operation Panel, which presents a user-friendly interface with access to customizable features and applications, helping to streamline both complex and everyday tasks.

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Konica Minolta Launches New Series with State-of-the-Art Technology for a Smarter Office Experience

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/16/2017

Ramsey, NJ – February 16, 2017 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), Responding to the latest market trends and client needs in the area of office printing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), has recently refreshed its portfolio. With the launch of the new bizhub™ 458/558 series, Konica Minolta presents premium monochrome office devices, replacing the successful bizhub 454e/554e series. The new series offers even more premium functionalities and finishing modes, while being highly reliable and productive. This combination enables the devices to complement existing, modern office printing environments perfectly. 

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One CIG GreenSweep Dealer Will Ride Away from ITEX 2017 on a Custom Harley-Davidson

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/15/2017

Chicago, Ill. — February 15, 2017 — One Clover Imaging Group (CIG) GreenSweep dealer will get the chance of a lifetime to own a brand-new Harley-Davidson. Dealers can catch a glimpse of the GreenSweep Harley-Davidson April 18-20, 2017 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas during the ITEX Imaging and Technology Education Exposition. The bike is branded as part of CIG’s GreenSweep program, which encourages dealers to target the competition to win new business with OEM conversion.

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Ricoh Broadens Award-Winning Inkjet Portfolio

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/15/2017

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh USA, Inc. today announced the RICOH Pro VC40000, its next generation continuous feed inkjet platform, designed to empower transactional and direct mail customers to deliver high quality output with enhanced productivity features. This newest addition to Ricoh's market-leading inkjet portfolio complements the unmatched quality and application flexibility of the RICOH Pro VC60000 and the highly reliable InfoPrint 5000. As part of Ricoh's drive to help its users find better ways to serve their end customers, the RICOH Pro VC40000 features a powerful combination of speed, resolution and ease of use. At the heart of this solution lies the RICOH TotalFlow Print Server R600A, its high performance digital front end (DFE) that has been optimized to deliver advanced workflow management and to make the production of complex, data-driven direct mail and transactional output even easier than before.

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Ricoh Unveils Two New Color Printers

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/15/2017

MALVERN, PA, February 15, 2017 – Ricoh USA, Inc. today unveiled two new color printers to help businesses adapt to the modern office’s changing needs. The user-friendly RICOH SP C840DN and RICOH SP C842DN printers produce high-volume, high-quality output with numerous finishing options for printing needs ranging from one-off labels in a pharmacy environment to color marketing materials. Its compact size enables companies to eliminate the need to outsource jobs that require higher quality output, as well as additional finishing requirements, ultimately saving needed time and money.  

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Xerox: Inkjet Is a Reality for All Print Providers “Right Now”

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/14/2017

 — NORWALK, Conn. —  Early adopters of Xerox’s inkjet technology say they are seeing measurable business results such as increased page volumes, savings from printing on standard offset coated stocks, and faster turnaround on high-volume transactional print jobs. The Xerox entry inkjet portfolio featured at Hunkeler Innovationdays (HID) in Lucerne, Switzerland from Feb. 20-23, 2017 includes:

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HP Reinvents Security With Global Campaign Starring Christian Slater

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/14/2017

PALO ALTO, Calif., February 14, 2017 – HP Inc. today introduced the first of a series of global initiatives to elevate awareness of the security risks facing businesses and consumers. It kicks off with award-winning actor Christian Slater and the premiere of the newly launched HP Studios’ web series, The Wolf, highlighting how corporate networks can be hacked and what companies must do to protect themselves. Watch and share the trailer and web series at www.hp.com/TheWolf

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MPSA Publishes Best Practices White Paper for Break/Fix Service

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/14/2017

Feb 13, 2017 — The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is pleased to announce that a new white paper, MPS Provider Best Practices: Break/Fix Service, is now available in the Members content area of the MPSA website. Through collaboration with the numerous subject matter experts participating in the MPSA Standards and Best Practices Committee and those outside the organization, the MPSA has compiled a set of best practices.

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Ricoh Announces New Black-and-White MFPs and Printers

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/13/2017

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh USA, Inc. today announced new black and white multifunction printers (MFPs) and laser printers designed to empower users to produce quality output quickly and easily. Boasting a compact size, high print quality and a low total cost of ownership (TCO), the RICOH SP 377DNwX and RICOH SP 325DNw printers; and the RICOH SP 377SFNwX and RICOH SP 325SFNw MFPs are an economical solution that helps meet the unique document imaging and information sharing needs of small businesses and workgroups.

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FP Mailing Solutions and Innovolt Announce a Partnership to Deliver Best-In-Class Power Protection and Analytics Solutions

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/09/2017

ADDISON, IL (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 06, 2017 — FP Mailing Solutions, a subsidiary of FP one of the world’s leading mailroom solutions providers, today announced a new partnership with Innovolt, the nation’s leader in electronic asset protection for business. The partnership will combine FP’s expertise in innovative mailroom solutions with Innovolt’s market leading power protection technology to bring customers a comprehensive power protection and analytics solution. FP Mailing Solutions will deliver businesses of every size proven solutions to increase uptime for expensive and sensitive technology, while giving them the tools they need to predict, measure and maximize the performance of assets across the distributed enterprise.

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Epson Expands Cartridge-Free Printing Solutions for the Home with New Additions to its Revolutionary EcoTank Portfolio

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/07/2017

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 7, 2017 – Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing printing solutions, today announced the Expression® ET-2650 and ET-2600EcoTank® all-in-one Supertank printers. Created as cost-effective and convenient printing solutions for consumers and businesses, the ET-2650 and ET-2600 Supertank printers feature cartridge-free printing and easy-to-fill, super-high-capacity ink tanks. Up to two years of ink is included in each box, enough to print up to 4,000 pages black and 6,500 page color – equivalent to about 20 ink cartridge sets.

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Square 9 Launches the Convey Canon DR-M160II Bundle for Capture Automation

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/06/2017

NEW HAVEN, CONN., February 6, 2017 – Square 9® Softworks, developer of award-winning Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions today announced the launch of the Convey Canon DR-M16011 Bundle. This innovative new solution combines Square 9’s web-based capture automation solution, GlobalCapture® Convey, with the industry leading power of Canon’s document imaging technology.


Square 9 has worked with Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, to develop a universal solution for managing information being captured through a broad spectrum of input devices. This includes Canon's full line of production scanners, networked document scanners and even documents being distributed through email exchange. This universal approach to image scanning will help meet the demand of customers to capture and transform documents in any office environment regardless of whether centralized or distributed capture is required.

“We're thrilled to be working with Canon to develop an exciting new solutions platform,” said Stephen Young, CEO at Square 9. “We feel strongly that this universal approach to image capture is what the market needs right now, given the tremendous diversity in how people work. Canon is approaching the management of captured information from the perspective of SOHO, SMB and Enterprise users alike.”

GlobalCapture Convey has been bundled as a promotional offering with the new Canon DR-M160II document scanner that boasts speeds of up to 60 pages per minute. This bundle will drive a compact, high performance solution, that is easy to use in any office environment looking to maximize office productivity through enhanced document distribution capabilities.

“GlobalCapture Convey will help Canon to enhance our solutions offering even further with a platform that transforms and distributes the information being captured by our imaging products,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It's an exciting relationship between Canon and Square 9 that will benefit both our customer and our Reseller communities.”

The new Convey Canon DR-M160II bundle will be available to Resellers through a series of educational events throughout the U.S. starting in February 2017.

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Oval Partners Makes Strategic Investment in Cannon IV, Inc.

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/03/2017

(Phoenix, Ariz.)  February 2nd, 2017 – Oval Partners, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, announced today the investment in Cannon IV, Inc.  Cannon IV is a leading independent Managed Print Services (MPS) provider in the mid-west.  Cannon IV integrates best-in-class products and systems to improve document workflow and increase operating efficiencies.  Cannon IV offers managed print services programs nationally to all end-user markets – commercial and public sectors. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis with direct sales in Indiana, Ohio and Texas.

FlexPrint and Oval Partners joined forces to accelerate the company’s national growth strategy by creating a model acquisition platform based on FlexPrint’s award winning business model for national managed print services.  With the recent acquisitions of Laser Options, ProCopy Office Solutions, and now Cannon IV, this managed print platform is further poised to gain national market share in a fragmented industry.

“We are extremely excited about Cannon IV’s future growth opportunities with this investment from Oval Partners and FlexPrint”, said Jerry Jones, President and CEO of Cannon IV.  “Our business cultures are very similar, and we look forward to synergizing our efforts to further enhance our customers’ experiences on a grander scale.” 

“Cannon IV’s sterling reputation and long-term customer relationships were a very attractive combination, and consistent with FlexPrint’s core business.  Their values and long-lasting reputation for taking care of their employees and customers for the past 40 years is simply remarkable.  They have built a legacy that we want to be associated with, and aligns perfectly with FlexPrint’s national growth strategy,” states Frank Gaspari, CEO of FlexPrint LLC. “We look forward to this new partnership with Cannon IV and the Jones’ family, as we continue to build upon the Nation’s largest and strongest privately held managed print services organization.”

Jerry, Jim, Jeff, John and Jonathan Jones will remain in their current leadership roles to preserve Cannon IV’s successful 40 year history, and will be new equity partners in FlexPrint LLC.

This latest acquisition brings FlexPrint LLC revenues over $100,000,000, along with a strong pipeline of new potential partners that will significantly increase FlexPrint’s national managed print platform in 2017. With these new additions, FlexPrint is positioned to make further investments to improve customer service and provide a growing number of service extensions as a result of the scale they now have as the largest independent MPS provider nationwide.  FlexPrint’s national platform will only enhance the services and solutions for all partners under the FlexPrint umbrella.

About Oval Partners

Oval Partners is a multi-family office investment firm designed to provide liquidity, growth, capital, and acquisition funding to founders of growing businesses across North America. Oval’s capital base is permanent-it is committed, unencumbered, and unconstrained in terms of holding period. Oval offers the capabilities and capital of a private equity fund, but the mentality, partner orientation, and investment timeframe of a private holding company. Oval’s principals have completed more than 75 transactions involving platform investments, acquisitions, exits, and re-financings. Oval focuses on making investments in the Tech Enabled Services, Information Services, Internet, Software/SAAS and Industrial Technology markets.  FlexPrint embodies the essence of Oval’s targeted “buy and build” strategy in attractive service oriented niche end markets. For additional information, please visit www.OvalPartners.com.

About FlexPrint National Managed Print Solutions

FlexPrint was founded in 2005 and has become the nation’s leading privately owned enterprise for Managed Print and Technology Services. FlexPrint’s managed solutions and expertise streamlines business workflow for corporate, regional, and remote locations under a single national service level agreement. The blend of consultative services and solutions encourage client growth through consistent workflow with proactive customer service, a boost in employee efficiency, and driving costs out of business operations. For additional info please go to www.flexprintinc.com.

About Cannon IV – the Managed Print Experts

Cannon IV, Inc. is a leading independent Managed Print Service (MPS) provider and reseller of imaging and printing solutions. Cannon IV, Inc. was founded in 1974 by Richard J. Jones, father of Jerry, John, Jeff, and Jim. Jerry became President in 1978 after Richard passed away.  Cannon IV originally specialized in carbon paper and typewriter ribbons, and the company was operated from the family’s garage.  As technology evolved, so did Cannon IV.  Cannon IV is a nationwide service provider helping clients understand and control the costs associated with printing and imaging.  The company is headquartered in a 15,000 square foot facility on the northeast side of Indianapolis with field sales representatives in Indiana, Ohio and Texas.  For additional info please go to http://www.cannon4.com.

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Xerox and EFI Partner to Give Customers Best in Class Digital Front Ends

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/03/2017

NORWALK, Conn., and FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 2, 2017 – Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and Electronics For Imaging (EFI) (Nasdaq: EFII) today announced a strategic partnership to bring to market a next generation digital front end (DFE) to drive Xerox digital production presses. The agreement includes the sale of Xerox’s FreeFlow® Print Server (FFPS) DFE business to EFI. Under the terms of the deal, EFI will continue to produce and support FFPS so current customers do not experience interruptions in sales or service.

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Epson Announces Third-Quarter Financial Results

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/01/2017

On Jan. 31, Epson announced its financial results for its third quarter and for the nine months ended Dec. 31, 2016.

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BTA Southeast to Host Spring Break March 24-25 in Orlando, Florida

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/01/2017

 Kansas City, MO — The Business Technology Association’s (BTA’s; www.bta.org) annual Spring Break event (www.bta.org/BTAOrlando), hosted by BTA Southeast, will be held March 24-25 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida. Open to dealers from across the country, the event will feature a special keynote address presented by a surprise guest speaker to be announced on-site; seven additional educational sessions led by industry leaders; time to network with peers and 40 exhibiting sponsors, including a welcoming reception; and an afternoon/evening trip to the Disney theme park of your choice: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.

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Canon Reports Financial Results for Q4 and Year-End 2016

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by The Imaging Channel | 02/01/2017

On Jan. 31, 2017, Canon announced its financial results for both the fourth quarter of 2016 and the full fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016.

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