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Daily Managed Print Industry Notes from Around the World!
SMBs, like larger enterprises, depend on printing for a variety of business activities. Even the smallest office needs a fast, reliable, cost-effective printer capable of professional looking output. Yet SMBs have limited expert resources when it comes to handling common print management tasks...read more
Ricoh unveils new tiered structure as its looks to double print sales in UK Print vendor Ricoh is to debut a new a new tiered structure for its channel partners in the UK. “There wasn’t a strong feeling in the indirect channel about Ricoh – what we do, and what we’re about,” explains Steven Hastings, who took over the role of IT distribution manager at Ricoh last November...read more
India represents a 120 billion-page opportunity over the next three years. Content in India is growing at twice the global rate, and there’s a definite movement from analog to digital printing. India is also the fastest-growing managed print services (MPS) market in the Asia Pacific. To leverage this opportunity we recently announced a three-year growth strategy. We are strengthening our geo-expansion programs to optimize young consumer opportunities in non-metro and upcountry markets...read more
Relevant market insight is priceless and can come from unexpected sources.
“Our greatest competitors are not other restaurants, but TV sets,” said Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado, the former owner of a successful chain of brewpubs [George Will, Washington Post, 09/01/2011]. He had the foresight to open a restaurant in downtown Denver when it was not the “place to be.” His keen market insight led to placing advertising for other restaurants inside his pubs to build downtown customer traffic...read more
Yet SMEs are faced with limited resources and expertise when it comes to the common tasks of dealing with printer problems and ordering supplies. Today, the vast majority of SMEs purchase their printer or multifunctional device separately to supplies such as ink and toner, with most purchasing these on an ad-hoc transactional basis. Printers can place a huge administrative and support burden on staff, which diverts them from their core activities...read more
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The death of the printed page has been greatly exaggerated, and although print volume will remain relatively flat between 2010 and 2015 (0.1% CAGR), combined U.S. printer and multifunction peripheral (MFP) page volume will reach 1.2 trillion at the end of the forecast period...read more