The Key Point Blog

09/15/2015

George Mikolay

It’s a good time to be in the production space. As Annette McCrary, director of strategic marketing for Ricoh’s Production Printing Business Group, put it, “Print is not dead, but has become a very interactive, dynamic media that people may have been overlooking.” And judging from current numbers in the production space, people haven’t been overlooking it as of late. In 2014, the market for production digital presses increased nearly 18 percent to over $2 billion, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Production Printer Tracker, and total market shipments were at their highest level since 2009, mainly due to the steady increase in the shipment of digital presses, which were also at their highest level since 2009. And there’s plenty of room for more, as digital pages printed still only account for about 2 to 3 percent of the overall market in production printing, according to Xerox Vice President of Marketing Communications & Customer Engagement Beth Ann Kilberg-Walsh.

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09/09/2015

Rob Watts

It’s no secret that the days of cost-per-page (CPP) billing for managed print contracts are numbered. In April, we covered a Print Audit blog entry predicting the established pricing model’s extinction. In that post, West McDonald, Print Audit’s vice president of Business Development, cited declining print volumes and declining profit margins as a sign of a changing industry.

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09/08/2015

Marlene Orr

Now that the dust has settled from our Summer 2015 Picks, BLI is starting to install the next wave of copiers, printers and scanners for testing. Since our testing is the most extensive in the industry, we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the early phases of testing.

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09/01/2015

Marlene Orr

Many companies in the document imaging industry have moved to a service model for their business customers, but HP has also transitioned home printing to a subscription service with its Instant Ink program. Today HP announced the expansion of the program, as well as three new inkjet models (ENVY 4520, ENVY 5540 and OfficeJet 4650, priced at $89, $99 and $109, respectively). With previous devices, users could sign up for the program and begin the subscription once they received the Instant Ink Welcome Kit. With this trio of new products, three free months of Instant Ink enrollment are included; users just need to activate the service upon installation of the printer.  

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08/19/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the experts in document imaging equipment and solutions, has moved from its New Jersey facility in Hackensack to a larger, modern and newly renovated facility in Fairfield. 

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08/18/2015

Marlene Orr

Now that BLI’s U.S. team is fully relocated to our new lab in Fairfield, New Jersey, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of the devices recently submitted for testing: the Epson Workforce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One, which was part of Epson’s big EcoTank announcement earlier this month.Read on for our initial thoughts on this groundbreaking product!

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08/04/2015

Carl Schell

Supplementing its “revolutionary” Replaceable Ink Pack System, Epson today launched five EcoTank all-in-ones to again help customers reduce ink costs. With this product intro, the company now offers extremely long-life ink supplies that can positively impact TCO from SMBs to the home. “With our EcoTank devices, you no longer have to curb your color printing,” said Nils Madden, marketing director for Epson America’s Consumer Inkjet Division. “For four of the five new all-in-ones, those that have replacement ink in bottles rather than packs, customers will reap the benefit of a lower CPP than that from a comparable mono laser MFP running a third-party cartridge.”

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07/27/2015

Lee Davis

Millennials rejoice! I have seen the ECM platform of the future – and comrades, it’s a flavor we can all appreciate. eXo Platform, a user-centric, open-source social collaboration software, enables users to connect, collaborate, and publish real-time updates in activity streams and build a valuable knowledgebase via a productive and interactive social intranet. But the solution doesn’t stop there; it can also serve as an organizations document management system and integrates with many line-of-business applications. In plain terms: imagine the current ECM system you work off of with the look and feel of Facebook. And like social media, you can access the platform on the go with their mobile devices.

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