Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Top Five Short Notes for MFP & Copier Industry
1. Seems traffic at Graph Expo in Chicago was excellent for Monday and Tuesday of this week, however Sunday was no where near as good with 9/11, and the Bears game.
2. Ricoh seems to have a definite hit on their hands with the new Ricoh C651 series print production color system! Traffic was awesome and reviews were just as good. I for one am chomping at the bit waiting for us to get our first system in the door. More to come on this unit very soon!
3. Even though I run the Print4Pay Hotel forums, and I'm still out on the street selling, I still find the time to make the forums work for my customers. I had an issue with postscript printing of booklets, and internally I had no one to turn to that could help me. With the recent downturn of support and this goes for all manufacturers, I turned to the P4P forums and found a workaround that a fellow P4P'er had posted a few months ago. I turned the customer onto the workaround, it worked and all was good for the account. As one P4P'er stated a few years ago, "The service you have and are providing is INVALUABLE. Any RFG consultant/rep worth their salt should be utilizing your site. I would highly recommend you charge a reasonable fee for these services, as the information you provide from around the world cannot be packaged adequately by the manufacturers. Other associations from other industries charge for memberships; this is a very small investment that provides tremendous "edown-in-the-trenches" resources to the members." BTW, the Print4Pay Hotel has a FREE basic membership.
4. I just read an article about Kodak and about how they are reinventing themselves as a digital player for print production and printers. I'm thinking this was a recycled article and I'm thinking they've been trying to do this for years. About a year ago Kodak was high on my list to sell their print production business, however with Ricoh still struggling with IKON, Canon still trying to join two different cultures with themselves and OCE, Xerox, ACS and Global still buying dealerships, KonicaMinolta??? Anyway you slice it, seems like no one may have the cash to pull off something big.
5. When will it start, meaning it's not a matter of if it's going to happen, however when and by whom. I see Auxilio as a prime target to be bought by like the likes of Ricoh, Canon, Xerox, or KonicaMinolta, hey maybe even Lexmark or Okidata. To me the writing is on the wall. With the BIG 4 focusing on health care, government and law, Auxilio is fruit that's ripening on the vine and ready to be picked!
Well that's for those thoughts that have been pounding around in my head for the last few days, enjoy, comment if you wish but above all good selling to everyone!!