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Xerox "Unable to Adjust"

About four weeks ago I was told that that Global Imaging was going to be absorbed by Xerox in the next few months. In addition it was mentioned that this absorption would result with the loss of many managerial positions. In fact one of those managers called me to ask a favor in reference to a past issue that was posted on this site. It didn't take long for me to put two and two together and I agreed that most of what I heard could come to fruition. After that initial conversation the last...

Architect in New Jersey Adds Ricoh MP W7100

front view It’s not often that you can place a Ricoh MP W7100 in the field. In most cases the Ricoh MP W6700SP is more popular because of the lower price point from the Ricoh MP W7100. It’s also about the print speed too. The W7100 will print at ten pages per minute. The Ricoh MP W6700 prints at 6.7 pages per minute. Our existing client had an older Ricoh W2470 (owned) and the Ricoh W5140 (end of lease) in place. However, their volume has increased to about twenty thousand square feet a...

Copier Industry Update 12/10/2018 (with notes from Art)

MFP installs decline - IDC published report stating that worldwide hardcopy peripheral (HCP) market declined 1.2% during last quarter - 25 million units shipped in 3rd quarter of 2018 - Inkjet based units down 1.5% - Laser/LED based units down 0.7% - Includes all devices that print (A2, A3 & A4, inkjet, laser, LED, home use, office use, photo printers, etc.) - Color laser based installs up 2.3% Note from Art: I'm thinking 0.7 for laser/LED isn't that bad especially since color was up...

Sales Stories Sell... How Well Are Your Stories Being Heard?

Everybody loves a good story, if you want to sell your products, your vision, or your ideas to the business world, you must recognize the power and importance of great storytelling. You must become an expert in telling your own story! We all have a story and it deserves to be told. The question becomes, how well do you know your story? Reflect on this for a moment... Most seem to tell stories just to tell them. However, when you start asking why people listen to and then share stories, often...

This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago, The First Week in December 2008

Enjoy these awesome threads from ten years ago this week! Weekend Copier Notes from 11/30/08 Neal · 12/1/087:06 AM . to strengthen its sales network in the U .S. after losing IKON to Ricoh . - Canon announced it has sold an imagePRESS C 7000VP production color system to The Processors, a printshop in Irwindale, CA. - Kodak announced it has sold a NexPress S2500 production color system to Evergreen Printing of New Jersey. - More details on Memjet Technology, the company that promised to...

Twelve Days of Christmas "My Copier Company Gave to Me"

Twelve Days of Christmas "My Copier Company Gave to Me" I have two of these, one my wife did and I did another. I got her point of view, typical office worker scenario. Mt wife will be ready this so, thank you for your input dear!!! We'll see which one is liked best by all of you! On the 12 th day of Christmas, my Copier Company gave to me: 12 Scan2cloud apps On the 11 th day of Christmas, my Copier Company gave to me: 11 Cartridges of Toner On the 10 th day of Christmas, my Copier Company...

This Week in the Copier Industry 5 Years Ago, The First Week in December 2013

Okay, we're back to doing three of these a wee. Where we look back on the threads from, 5, 10 & 15 years ago Enjoy these threads from 5 years ago this week! Canon U.S.A. Unveils Océ VarioPrint 6000+ Series of High-Speed, High-Volume Digital Production Printers Art Post · 12/5/139:45 PM deliver critical savings to print providers. This black-and-white printer is ideal for burgeoning industries -- such as on-demand, digital book printing -- due to its registration accuracy, outstanding...

Value Prop Out of Alignment? Disruptors bet on that

It seems when looking at disrupted industries you see the familiarity of a false sense of comfort. When products decline in need, they also decline in value. Those two things are tied together. Value propositions are hypnotic; they can hijack the common-sense of reality during market shifts causing the disease of Product-Centric Thinking. The speed of innovation disrupting a deliverables current circumstances continues increasing. Today innovation not only changes the customer’s desired...

Copier Industry Update 12/3/2018

Ricoh launches new production system - now offering the new Ricoh Pro VC70000 production color inkjet system - continuous feed (roll fed) system - top speed of 150 meters per minute, producing nearly 12,000 duplex B2 sheets per hour - capable of running multiple millions of impressions per month - piezo crystal drop on demand print heads - 1200x1200 dpi - handles uncoated, offset coated, inkjet treated or inkjet coated papers - The dryer unit, patent pending, supports a wide range of media...

How Scannx Changed My Fear Of The Library Coin Box

I'd like to thank Monte (p4photel member for sending me this blog the other day. After 15 years of writing blogs for the industry, it can get interesting to try to write about something new. Monte delivers with this nice blog about copiers and coin boxes How Scannx Changed My Fear Of The Library Coin Box I don’t know about you but in my 20+ years of experience in our industry whenever a client came to me wanting a solution for a public library that included a coin box or some other pay model...

Attention Sales Leaders: What Could Your Team Do With $7.2 Million Of Sales Opportunties?

Observe those successful in sales, and you'll soon notice they're good at the art of conversation. If you think this sounds easy, think twice. Having engaging sales conversations takes a tremendous amount of skill, practice and patience. With so many leaning heavily on social media for their interactions, the less face to face communication is practiced, the less skilled your team becomes in having business conversations. If your business relies on your sales team to win clients, the better...

This Week in the Copier in Industry, The Last Week of November 2003

Looking back there was one incredible thread from 15 years ago and that had to do with a new member that refused give information that we required in order to approve them for membership. Those days were the early days from when we transitioned from an MSN community to a real web site. Back then all we had was the forums. Graham & Ted were also key players in getting the forums launched back then. Enjoy the threads from 15 years ago this week and make sure you check out that thread!

This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago, The Last Week in November 2008

I guess the BIG news of the week from ten years ago was ere 50 cuts that Ricoh performed that week. However, that was right after the IKON purchase and within four months (end of Japanese) there was to be major cuts with high level legacy employees. Seems to me that one of the covenants if the Ricoh purchase was that all high level Ikon peeps would replace those at Ricoh. AS Vince would say "that's my two cents". Enjoy all of the threads from ten years ago this week. Weekend Copier Notes...

To Ricoh "What I Want for Christmas 2018"

I always like to start these Christmas blogs with a small story about Christmas tradition in other countries. In Ireland, people celebrate Christmas in much the same way as people in the UK and the USA , but they also have many of their own Christmas traditions and customs. Christmas for Irish people, who are Catholics, lasts from Christmas Eve to the feast of Epiphany on January 6th, which some Irish people call 'Little Christmas'. Epiphany isn't now widely celebrated in Ireland. There is...

MFP Industry Notes for 11/24/2018

November 24, 2018 Toshiba financial issues update - Nikkei News of Japan is reporting that Toshiba is attempting to sell its Westinghouse nuclear plant manufacturing division. - Jiji News of Japan is reporting that talks between Toshiba and Western Digital have broken down again, and did not lead to an agreement to settle Western Digital’s lawsuit aimed at preventing Toshiba from selling its NAND memory chip division to Bain Capital for $18 billion - Toshiba finalized plans to sell more...

Color Label Press University "Glossary of Terms" Part Ten, Course One

In the past I've called my self a hunter of wide format devices. I'm know moving on to call myself a hunter for color labels, which will lead me to placing net new label presses. Over the last month or so, I've noticed multiple rolls of color labels in Wawa's, Quick Chek (both of these are gas station/food markets here in New Jersey). In addition I also scoped multiple rolls of labels in McDonalds and Dunkin Doughnuts (or Dunkin as they have re-branded). See and ye shall find color labels...

This Week in the Copier in Industry, Third Week of November 2003

My sales month ended today, thus allowing time for our beloved bean counters the chance to close the month on the calendar end of month. don't mind and I'm kind of use to it. I figure that closing the month early gives me two end of the month chances to close some orders. Of course one is our actual close and the other is calendar end of month. December this year is a little frightening since Christmas falls on a Tuesday. Which means most will not be working on the 24th. Thus December only...

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TOLUCA LAKE, Calif. , Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging announced that Benchmark Business Solutions has been selected as a 2018 Elite Dealer. This annual Who's Who of the office technology dealer community, which is published annually, will be featured in the December issue of ENX Magazine. The 132-strong 2018 Elite Dealers were selected based on numerous criteria, including growth initiatives, innovative marketing programs, outstanding customer service,...Read More...
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CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iManage , the company dedicated to transforming how professionals work, today announced that Stronachs LLP – one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms – has selected iManage Work for its document and email management, all in the iManage Cloud . “The goal was to move to iManage,” said Ken Roberts, IT Manager, Stronachs. “All my research on iManage – including its prevalence among the top 200 UK law firms – showed that it was truly a superior...Read More...
"It's an honor to be named a gold winner of the Best in Biz Awards and be recognized by industry peers and leaders for our innovative receipt scanning solution," said Dave Hawkes , product manager, Scanners, Epson America . "This award is a testament to Epson's continued commitment to delivering cost-effective solutions that increase productivity for businesses of all sizes." The WorkForce ES-500WR wireless document scanner was designed for small businesses and home users with a...Read More...
MONTVALE, N.J. , Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), today introduced a new line of Advanced and Essentials Series color document systems for the technology-driven workplace. The eleven new models include seven that are available now, and four models that will be available in early summer 2019. All the new models offer Sharp's award-winning, easy-to-use touchscreen display, which is common...Read More...
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MALVERN, Pa. , Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Ricoh USA , Inc. announced its fifth consecutive inclusion in Training magazine's annual Training Top 125, which ranks companies' excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs. Throughout Ricoh's transformation to a services company that empowers digital workplaces, employee training was identified early on as crucial to establishing new and building on existing competencies and culture. Ricoh has continued to build on...Read More...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. , Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Versiant , an International IT Managed Service provider that offers clients, managed, professional and support services for enterprise IT infrastructure, today announced the addition of IT industry veteran, Mark Whetstone as the company's Managing Partner, VP of Sales & Business Development. Mark brings more than 25 years of enterprise IT sales and leadership experience to the role. He will oversee Versiant's sales organization,...Read More...
ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ControlScan , a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, today announced that its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services are now available to businesses utilizing Microsoft Office 365. The move further assists businesses that struggle with timely threat detection and incident response due to a lean IT staff and/or limited information security expertise. An additional risk for...Read More...
LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 12, 2018--Evergreen Services Group, a family of leading managed IT services providers, announced today that it has made an investment in NetGain Technologies, LLC, its 12th investment this year. NetGain Technologies is a leading provider of IT services to mid-sized businesses across the South Central United States. The company will continue to operate independently under its leadership team. “NetGain Technologies is one of the largest and best operated IT...Read More...
DocuWare Receives Buyers Lab Award in Document Imaging Software Category New Windsor NY, December 13, 2018 – DocuWare , provider of cloud solutions for document management and workflow automation, received a coveted Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI) award for DocuWare version 7. Launched in June 2018, DocuWare version 7 is supported by fourth-generation cloud architecture. This new version provides users with vastly improved performance, scalability and stability. Searches are 50...Read More...
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Lexmark , a global imaging solutions leader, today announced the availability of Smart Document Portal for Insurance , a solution that provides insurance teams immediate access to up-to-date materials needed for business activities that improve customer service and drive growth. The solution enables on-demand printing of the latest versions of promotional material, forms and other documents through Lexmark smart multi-function printers (MFPs) in area offices. “Things are...Read More...
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MALVERN, Pa. , Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh USA , Inc. has been named a gold winner in the Most Innovative Company category of the Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America . In the past year, Ricoh launched its RICOH Ignite global growth strategy which outlines the company's plans to push traditional technology boundaries to empower digital workplaces to facilitate...Read More...
FAIRFAX, VA , Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - CGI (NYSE: GIB ) (TSX: GIB.A ) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) announced a long-term agreement for IT management and software services that will allow the association to focus on its core mission of enhancing the effectiveness and advancing the common interests of the state boards of accountancy as they license and regulate U.S. certified public accountants and firms nationwide. "We are excited about our...Read More...
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- By the end of 2019, over 69 percent of enterprises will operate in multi-cloud or hybrid IT environments as a first step in the transformation of their businesses. To address the demand for hybrid cloud solutions, ServerCentral, a leading managed IT infrastructure provider, today announced its acquisition of Turing Group, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner. The acquisition comes one year after ServerCentral made a minority...Read More...
Today, HP Inc. announced a new expansion of account opportunities for U.S. print premier channel partners. Beginning immediately, thousands of Managed Print Services (MPS) Speciality accounts that were previously directly engaged by HP will begin to be made available as premier channel opportunities. The program is a next step in the company’s office printing strategy to concurrently grow contractual and channel this year, while earning incremental market share in both the A3 and A4...Read More...

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