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This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago (Second Week of November 2009)

Did you know that Frank Sinatra was in the copier business for 20 years back in 2009? Hoping Frank is still around he's still in the business and ready to celebrate his 30 years experience. I thought the same thing Frank Sinatra? Yup seems there is more than one. Here's the link https://www.p4photel.com/topic/frank-sinatra-20-years-of-experience-in-the-copier-biz Topic Canon in Las Vegas, Part 2 Powerful Tools for In-Plant Printers 11/8/096:44 PM of commercial printing operations can avail...

This Week in the Copier Industry 5 Years Ago (Second Week of November 2014)

I didn't have to do it but I did. Last week I sent an email to all the sales managers at Stratix with a cut and paste of Section 179 web site. Hoping that they would share will all of their sales peeps. It's crazy that when I speak about Section 179 most business owners have no clue what it is or how it can affect their profit margins. Enjoy these awesome threads from 5 years ago this week! Konica Minolta Named Leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services Art Post ·...

How Buyer's Habits are Changing with Copiers

What you'll read here is a series of threads that was posted on one of our forums about 5 years ago. The threads have some excellent content about buyers and their habits. Please excuse some of the spelling errors since I'm capturing the series of threads and can't correct them. There's some great comments from many peeps who might know in the industry. Enjoy and please feel free to comment! If you'd like to read the original thread you can go here. -=Good Selling=-

XEROX/HP There's a Lesson Here, Let's thank Carl

“Anytime my imagination comes to life; it reminds me to imagine more.” So, it’s been a busy week in the print equipment and its services industry. I say, hang on because the speed of its disruption is going to increase. Thanks, Carl Icahn, for hopefully wakening the industry’s leaders to disrupt themselves. Throughout history, most industries were disrupted by outsiders. So, this move by Carl Icahn is welcomed by those insiders determined to kick the ass of the channel’s complacency and...

3 Things Sales Professionals Do To Prevent Themselves From Losing Their Largest Account's

Are you taking your largest clients for granted? Do you remember the feeling of gratitude you had the first time they decided to do business with you? Do you really understand what your largest clients want? Do you understand what they really desire? What do they crave? Are you delivering what they really want? Do you even know? Some of you may find these hard questions to answer because... how often are you spending heartfelt and quality time with your top clients? How many of you can...

MSP & MSSP Industry Notes for November 9th 2019

November 9 th , 2019 MSP & MSSP Industry Notes Sponsored by Arcoa Group ARCOA has established itself as an industry leader in the recycling and processing of electronics scrap. Our management has over 30 years of experience in scrap and precious metals recycling. As an R2:2013, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified electronics recycler, we can assure you that all of our material processing is done in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Hackers Target ConnectWise...

This Week in the Copier Industry 5 Years Ago (First Week of November 2014)

As with everyday some of my time is spent on Linkedin. Today I was part of a conversation where a third party provider for our industry had stated the data (facts) they have does not support the notion of honest reps. In a nutshell that person was stating that we (copier reps) oversell (he used overprescribed) our accounts for MFP's. I took offense to that and posted some repsonses on Linkedin. You can go to my Linkedin profile and you'll see what I'm talking about. What ticks me off even...

Xerox, HP, Fuji Film, Fuji Xerox "It Just Keeps Getting Curiouser & Curiouser"

Just want I needed today was some blockbuster news about Xerox, Fuji Film, Fugi Xerox and HP. Don't these people know I have a quota to reach by the end of the year! If you've been hiding all day and not staying in touch with industry events, today was one of those days that has everyone talking. Early this AM a press release comes out that states Xerox and Fuji Film has reached a settlement in their law suit. That's the one where Fuji Film sued Xerox because Xerox backed out of the sale.

DocuWare Releases Version 7.2

DocuWare Releases Version 7.2 E-stamps, e-invoice display, streamlined configurations and integrations are among the new features that benefit DocuWare users New Windsor NY, October 30, 2019 – DocuWare , provider of cloud solutions for document management and workflow automation, releases version 7.2 of its flagship software. “User feedback combined with results from our own rigorous R&D form the roadmap when planning DocuWare updates”, says co-president Dr. Michael Berger. “At DocuWare,...

Are Master Service Providers the Key to the Imaging Channel's Success? Short answer NO

Long Answer Follows With the recent ConnectWise acquisition of Continuum, one of the largest Master Service Providers, I thought it was the right time to share some thoughts regarding IT services and the Imaging Channel. It is approaching ten years; where's the momentum? It has been nearly a decade since Master Service Providers started courting the Imaging Channel in an attempt to assist the Channel in delivering IT services to their print services clients. Unfortunately, in this last...

Attention Sales Leaders... Appreciation, It's The Key To Your Teams Growth!

According to Jack Canfield, in The Success Principles , “A state of appreciation is one of the highest vibrational emotional states possible.” What concerns me, while appreciation is a wonderful thing to receive, how often do we give it back to others and practice it ourselves? Appreciation, it generates a feeling of self-worth and creates a human connection. It encourages us towards even more collaborative relationships. As a leader, it's so important to give appreciation because it...

Enabling Innovation is both Old and New

I'd like to introduce Mitch Filby as our guest blogger. I had the chance to catch up with Mitch at Itex 2019 in Las Vegas earlier this year. Mitch and I connected many years ago through this site and I've been asking if he would write a blog for us. Mitch is from Australia and is Managing Director of First Rock Consulting. Enabling Innovation is both Old and New Will divestment, organisational and structural splits, re-investment and a greater focus on core business help to save the office...

MSP & MSSP Industry Notes for October 27th, 2019

October 28th 2019 MSP & MSSP Industry Notes Sponsored by Arcoa Group ARCOA has established itself as an industry leader in the recycling and processing of electronics scrap. Our management has over 30 years of experience in scrap and precious metals recycling. As an R2:2013, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified electronics recycler, we can assure you that all of our material processing is done in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Office1 Partners with Chaparral...

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Xerox-HP merger is ‘a no-brainer,’ says Carl Icahn

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
Activist investor Carl Icahn is pushing for the proposed union of Xerox Holdings Corp. and HP Inc., arguing that a combination of the printer makers could yield big profits for investors. Icahn, who owns a 10.6% stake in Norwalk, Conn.-based Xerox XRX, +2.79% , told The Wall Street Journal that he also owns a 4.24% stake in HP HPQ, +3.07% , valued at roughly $1.2 billion. His stake in HP, not previously reported, could increase pressure on the printer and personal-computer company to strike...Read More...
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Mid America Display Becomes First Company to Operate Two EFI Nozomi Digital Corrugated Printers at a Single Facility

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
NEWS -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mid America Display Becomes First Company to Operate Two EFI Nozomi Digital Corrugated Printers at a Single Facility FREMONT, California -- November 14, 2019 -- Mid America Display , the custom product display and signage division of St. Louis corrugated packaging provider Boxes, Inc. , is expanding its leading-edge digital production packaging supply chain and display graphics operations with the purchase of a second ultra-high-speed EFI™ Nozomi C18000...Read More...
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Konica Minolta Celebrates Print Panther's Big Win at 14th Annual Canadian Printing Awards

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. ( Konica Minolta ), a leader in the Graphic Communications Industry, is pleased to announce Print Panther’s winning entries at the 2019 Canadian Printing Awards, recognized at the November 7 awards ceremony in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian Printing Awards is an annual celebration of Canadian print achievement. Now in their 14 th year, the event is organized by PrintAction, the top graphic...Read More...
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Separating Your Copiers from Your Competitors "Security Matters"

· in Industry Discussion Room · 0 replies
If you're a pro in this business then you'll agree that you're always looking to keep educating yourself on what's new and different, right? For me that's a daily barrage of email alerts from google. I probably have 30 plus alerts scheduled for every day "as it happens". Lately I've been on somewhat of a security kick, meaning that older copiers too me are a risk on the network. That's because I know how our industry works when it comes to firmware upgrades for those older devices. "If it...Read More...

Print Cloud

· in Ricoh Family MFP's · 0 replies
We have a public library that has been using ICE for 2 years that is approaching renewal time. In the past, patrons have come into the library and emailed their documents to print@iceprintcloud.com and were able to receive release codes and print fairly reliably. However, it seems that since the email address changed to print@ricohprintcloud.com they have seen a big increase in users not receiving the release code. This is making this Print Cloud not acceptable for this purpose which is the...Read More...
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Scantron Announces Launch of affianceSUITE EDU Supporting Education Technology Needs

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
EAGAN, Minn.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Scantron Corporation , a global, technology and services driven company whose experts provide comprehensive assessment and technology solutions , today announced the launch of affianceSUITE EDU , a managed IT solution for the K-12 market. This latest offering is a full-service IT support model designed specifically for the evolving IT and compliance requirements of districts and schools. It includes a fixed-cost approach to escalated support and managed...Read More...
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Logically Launches SecureCore, a Fully Managed Next Generation Endpoint Security Solution for ...

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
PORTLAND, Maine (PRWEB) November 13, 2019 Logically , the leading provider of IT Managed Services to small and midsize organizations, is pleased to announce the release of SecureCore , a next generation managed security solution. SecureCore combines Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) with Security Information Event Management (SIEM) and is backed by a 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC). SecureCore enables small and midsize organizations to cost-effectively access best-in-class security...Read More...
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The Fix is Faster with Latest Calix Managed Services Release

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced enhancements to the Remote Monitoring Service (RMS) that improve ease of use while increasing control and management, matching communications service provider (CSP) operating environments and workflows. Now integrated with the Calix Service Center, the new RMS features enable CSPs to manage team notifications, prepare for maintenance windows with selective suppression of incident notifications, and...Read More...
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Tech Data Enters Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo ...

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
CLEARWATER, Fla.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO), a leading global alternative investment manager (“Apollo”). Through the agreement, the affiliate of the Apollo Funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Tech Data common stock for $130 per share in a transaction with an enterprise...Read More...
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County Commission accepts copier bid and reflects on Veterans Day ceremony

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 0 replies
The Saline County Commission deemed the Veterans Day ceremony a success and approved SumnerOne Image Technologies to be the the county's new copying machine service. On Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, the commission held session and announced their decision on the bids for the copiers. Northern Commissioner Stephanie Gooden stated the commission will be offering the copier contract to SumnerOne. “They will be servicing and providing 17 copy machines for Saline County Courthouse and a couple...Read More...
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HP Partners Assail Xerox Takeover Bid

· in The BIG 4 (Canon, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Xerox) "In The News" · 1 reply Art Post
HP Partners Assail Xerox Takeover Bid Top HP Inc. partners are questioning the proposed takeover of the company by Xerox, raising issues ranging from Xerox's inexperience in the PC market to differences in the two companies' channel approaches. Xerox last week made a takeover offer for HP that is reportedly 23 percent higher than where HP shares started the month—a deal that would bring together the leaders in A4 and A3 devices at a time when the print industry is waning. [Related: 5 Reasons...Read More...
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SPECTRUM LITHOGRAPH EXPANDS FOLDING CARTON OPPORTUNITIES WITH FUJIFILM’S J PRESS 720S

· in Managed Print/IT, SaaS, Software Press Releases · 0 replies
Hanover Park, Ill., November 13, 2019 – Spectrum Lithograph , an ISO Certified leader in printing, custom package design, manufacturing and distribution services since 1981 experiences profitable high-end, short to medium runs with Fujifilm’s J Press 720S . “Our core business is folding cartons,” said Shawn Pereira, VP of sales and marketing, Spectrum Lithograph. “We service the medical and pharma industry, retail, and confection markets as well. We wanted to be more competitive within the...Read More...

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