Xerox making moves to sell itself?
- Submitted paperwork to the Securities and Exchange commission to create a new holding company that would wholly own Xerox as a subsidiary
- Industry analysts are speculating what the purpose of this move is, including following possibilities:
o Keeps owners of Xerox (i.e. Carl Icahn, Darwin Deason, etc.) from being liable to pay the $1 billion that Fujifilm is suing for not honoring original acquisition agreement
o Making it easier to sell Xerox, it its entirety or parts of it
o Company may be more attractive for HP to acquire
Xerox wins production print contracts
- award from Ballyprint of Northern Ireland o installed a Xerox Iridesse production color laser system with 6 toners
o reasons for choosing include: silver and gold spot-colors
maximum sheet size of 330x488mm
print at speeds up to 120ppm
handles media up to 400gsm
maximum resolution of 2,400dpi.
- Award from Lithomaster, a commercial printer in Johannesburg, South Africa o Installed a Versant production color laser system and a D125 production b/w system
Mega dealer hires solutions expert
- Flex Technology Group, headquartered in Mesa, AZ announced it has hired Steve Behm as its new Vice President of Professional Services
- "We’re thrilled to add Steve’s leadership experience and expertise to our executive team," says Tom Callinan, President of Flex Technology Group. "We’re investing in expanding our professional services and support capabilities across FTG, and Steve will lead this initiative. His impressive background will be a key driver in our continued growth."
- Steve was previously Vice President of Sales Americas for DocuWare Corporation, a large vendor of document management and ECM solution software and services
Note from Art: Steve's a talented Exec, I had the chance to interview him a couple times at DocuWare. I'm exciting about his new role and can't wait to see that he achieves!
Dealer acquisitions update
- MCS of Gaithersburg, Maryland, announced the sale of their Konica Minolta dealership to Production Print Solutions (formerly MCS Services, Inc.)
o MCS will focus on core mail manufacturing equipment solutions including industrial inkjet systems, industrial tracking systems and high-speed inserting systems
o Production Print Solutions is third-party maintenance provider for Oce’ printers with Canon sales and service relationship
- RJ Young, headquartered in Nashville, TN, announced it has acquired Automated Imaging Systems (AIS) of Louisiana
o Now has over 600 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states
Note from Art: Wow, 600 employees and covering nine states, it may just be a matter of time before they move East.
Papercut signs up new dealer
- Announced it has authorized VLCM of Salt Lake City, Utah
- Will acquire Papercut software solutions from distributor, ecoprintQ Inc,
- VLCM is dealer for Canon and HP
Papercut wins school contract
- Award from Suffolk Public Schools of Virginia
- spent just under $300,000 this year to convert the 10 schools with 163 output device
Laserfiche announces sponsorship
- Laserfiche, a vendor of DM and ECM software, announced its sponsorship of Clippers SciFest SoCal
- hosted by the LA Clippers and the USA Science & Engineering Festival
- will take place March 22-23, 2019
- features student exhibitions, large-scale displays of STEM in action, hands-on activities from leading STEM organizations and live demonstrations
Canon launches new WF solution
- now offering Océ PrintSight Software
- designed for print-for-pay businesses to monitor their Océ Arizona, Océ Colorado, and Océ ColorWave printers
- real time reporting on ink usage, media type printed, square footage, print time, machine status, and more
- pricing not announced
Note from Art: There's no mention of a costing program, I see the ink usage and the square foot usage. Would be great software if the user could have the square foot cost per square foot for a color image
Canon wins university MPS contract
- award from the University of Arkansas
- included a print management solution (aka follow me printing)
- students will be charged $0.02 for b/w and $0.20 for color pages
Canon closes R&D facility
- announced it has shut down a research and development lab in Sydney, Australia
- was originally opened in 1990
- "has fulfilled its original purpose"
MIT vendor hires MPS expert
- Continuum, headquartered in Boston, Mass, provides a proactive platform that integrates intelligent software with expert services for managed service providers (MSPs)
- announced the appointment of John Schweizer as its first Vice President of Office Technology
o dedicated position for the office equipment (OE) market
o was formerly a senior executive with Global Xerox and Ricoh
- Continuum monitors more than 1 million endpoints for its 5,800 partners
Note from Art: Would have been a cool gig for Greg Walters!
HP launches new A4 color inkjet MFPs
- features new "smart" capabilities – including advanced custom shortcuts
- enterprise-level security features
- 39% more compact than previous OfficeJets
- standard 35-page automatic document feeder
- multi-step scan to cloud or email workflows can be created and activated with single click
- scan to editable, searchable documents
- WiFi connectivity
- OfficeJet Pro 9025 comes with dual scan ADF for MSRP of $329.99
o Top speed of 20ppm in color (based on 5% coverage per page per color)
o 500 sheet paper capacity
o 2.65" color LCD
- Security features include; secure erase, secure boot with self-healing, control-panel lock
- Optional Instant Ink Business plan for users printing 700 pages per month and costs $19.99 per month
- OfficeJet Pro 9025 has MSRP of $329 o 24 ppm based on 5% ink coverage per page
o duplex scanning at up to 15 ppm
HP wins production print contract
- award from Maritime Labels and Packaging of Nova Scotia
- installed an HP Indigo 6900 production color system
- will use to produce digitally printed shrink sleeves to its clientele, including craft beer, wine, spirits, cider, spices, juices, and nutraceutical brands
HP recalls batteries due to fire hazard
- recalled 78,500 batteries used in laptop computers and mobile workstations
- batteries could overheat and cause fire or burn hazards
White House sends print to wrong printer?
- According to reporter Vicky Ward, former White House Counsel Don McGahn accidentally sent a print job to a printer in Gary Cohen, former National Economic Council Director in May of 2017
- Apparently did not realize that there were more than one "HP Inkjet 3500" printers in the White House
- The print job supposedly was the letter signed by President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey
Note from Art: Geez, that would explain the leaks! I said it's time for secure print solution or just teach the dummies how to use secure print from the printer driver.
Ricoh to partner with M-Files
- Ricoh announced it will partner with M-Files in the country of Australia for its DM and ECM solutions
- "Ricoh customers are increasingly looking for smarter ways to manage their documents. M-Files complements Ricoh’s existing offering. A number of our partners already work with M-Files, including ABBYY and EzeScan, and we look forward to leveraging the wider M-Files community through this partnership and M-Files’ solutions catalogue."
Ricoh launches new production inkjet
- Now offering the Pro VC20000 continuous feed color inkjet system
- Designed for transactional printing of bills, statements, direct mail, etc.
- Top speed of 75 meters per minute
Toshiba investor wants to change board
- U.S. investment fund King Street Capital Management LP said it will propose board director candidates for Toshiba Corp
- "We intend to propose the nomination of a slate of new independent directors," including King Street’s cofounder, Brian Higgins, "to replace a majority of the [Toshiba] board" to assist the firm’s historic transformation, the fund said
- expected to include a corporate turnaround expert
- "dramatic change" in the composition of the board is important, said the fund
- "a different type of board" is now needed to lead its turnaround plan.
- "Toshiba cannot afford complacency at any level"
Note from Art: Word on the street is that TABS (Toshiba American Business Solutions) is having a rough go of it. Toshiba Tec not happy and tired of investing in TABS, also another rumor has it that there has been or will be job losses at TABS. Frak, April 1st is right around the corner.
Worldwide MFP market to return to growth?
- Report published by Market Insights Report
- Claims that the worldwide market for MFPs will grow at a CAGR (cumulative annual growth rate) of 3.43% by 2023
Marco launches new MPS program
- Mega dealer headquartered in St. Cloud, MN
- "Per User, Per Device Pricing Model"
- No meter readings
- "unlimited print model"
- Consistent monthly invoice
- Pricing tied to number of devices and number of employees using the devices
- Easy to bundle with managed IT services offering