Top 20 Stories of 2021 from The Key Point Blog

Keypoint Intelligence’s public-facing content educates readers, expands in scope



Carl Schell


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We entered this year still in the thick of battling COVID, encouraged by the hope of what vaccines could bring. Now, as we prepare to flip the calendar to 2022, the print industry and the entire world continue to face a chip shortage and a slow supply chain that are becoming more debilitating by the day. In between all that was a gluttony of compelling news such as announcements on products and services, updates from vendors and dealers, and, of course, anything and everything related to digital transformation.


When the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020 and the world was forever changed, we here at Keypoint Intelligence put a plan into motion to deliver more public-facing content—on a more consistent basis, too. A mere 21 months later and The Key Point Blog has progressed from “little engine that could” status to something…else. And we are not stopping until our blog page is even more wholly complete, with other topics that veer away from the traditional print industry.


Office tech junkie, or does your interest lie in the production space? Do you work for a vendor, a developer, or a dealer/technology provider? Are you diversifying through managed IT/cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), or augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR)? Our list of Top 20 stories of 2021 has something for everyone, including you.


Happy New Year, and happy reading!



Articles are in chronological order, from January through December.


New Levels of Success: Thoughts from Impact Networking’s Frank Cucco

CEO of tech provider speaks about print, production, IT, and dealers.



Global computer chip shortage poses threat to print manufacturers.


Has Print’s Grim Reaper Met Its Match?

Print is becoming a communication enabler.


SYNNEX and Tech Data Join Forces to Create World’s Largest IT Distributor

Approximately $7.2 billion transaction to close in second half of the year.


Developing a Data-Driven Communication Strategy

Consumer engagement in an increasingly complex environment.


PODCAST: Dale Stein of the Technology Assurance Group

Directions in managed IT and the cloud.


HP Sells Laser Printer/MFP Manufacturing Site to Foxconn

World’s largest electronics manufacturer will build select HP components and machines.


VIDEO: Interview with Carsten Bruhn, CEO and President of Ricoh USA/Canada

Strategy for the rest of 2021, pushing past COVID among the discussion points.


Supply Chain Challenges Are a Compelling Reason to Own a Production Printer

Xerox Business Solutions technical sales expert sees opportunities amid technology shortages.


HP Discontinues PageWide Office Products

The future of line-head ink for office now resides with Epson.


INFOGRAPHIC: A Snapshot of Imaging and Print Financials over Last Seven Years

While revenue and profit trend is downward, some OEMs are performing strongly.


Top 5 Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

3D print will be manufacturers’ digital disruption—decades in the making.


HP Announces Cloud-First HP Managed Print Flex Program for Hybrid Work Environments

Scalable solution is designed to fit the needs of office and home workers.


Epson Launches Six New EcoTank Models for Small and Home Offices

Company announces next gen EcoTank devices and reports strong sales growth.


HP Work from Home Adds Managed Services Programs for Hybrid Workforces

Includes as-a-service printers, PCs, and support aimed at in-office/remote workers.


FUJIFILM Makes a Move to Enter Xerox’s Space

Company forges ahead in search of channel.


Possible Xerox Tactics to Overcome the Separation from FUJIFILM

What to expect in the continuing saga between the Japanese manufacturer and Xerox.


Five Reasons the HTC Vive Flow Will Win over Consumers

HTC rejoins consumer virtual reality with a new, all-in-one headset.


Top 5 Reasons Why Wide Format Is So Resilient

Durable graphics outlook during economic recovery.


Print-as-a-Service Has Exploded for WFH Employees During the Pandemic

Vendors with PaaS plans will lose out on a big opportunity.


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