The Key Point Blog

03/12/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

With a 30-year history of innovation, HP leads the charge in the print industry and its recent breakthrough announcement continues on that path. A new toner formulation; redesigned cartridge chip technology; smaller, lighter, faster and more energy-efficient printers/MFPs; and the availability of cloud-based private print functionality were key messages of the day.

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03/06/2015

Kaitlin Shaw

This year’s Konica Minolta show, quite aptly titled “The Art of Disruption,” revolved around disturbing the status quo and sailing ahead of, rather than with “the fleet.” And one can’t talk about forward thinking and innovation without talking about software, which is as at the forefront of the ever-changing digital imaging industry. “The days of simply selling hardware are diminishing at a rapid pace,” said KMBS Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence Services Sam Errigo.

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03/06/2015

George Mikolay

When Rick Taylor, president and chief operating officer for Konica Minolta’s US operations, came to the stage to kick off the company’s 2015 dealer meeting in L.A. wearing “The Taylor 2000,” the industry’s first wearable technology, he was only half-joking. It actually set the stage perfectly for the expansive technological offerings that would be showcased over the next several days, many of which move well beyond not just the hardware, but even the software and services, we’ve become accustomed to in the digital imaging industry.

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02/18/2015

Marlene Orr

Primera recently introduced the Trio All-In-One Printer, a mobile inkjet MFP that claims to be the smallest and lightest portable inkjet printer available, at only 2.7 pounds (2.8 lbs. with battery). While portable printers have been around for more than twenty years, what’s significant about this announcement is that it makes working from anywhere truly possible.  

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10/06/2014

Kaitlin Shaw

The Mopria Alliance, a global, non-profit mobile printing organization, continues to expand its membership, with a number of Brother and Epson devices recently receiving certification. Founded in September of last year, the Alliance is made up of leading document imaging technology companies with the stated goal of providing simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Brother and Epson are joining the ranks of dozens of other companies, including Canon, HP, Samsung, Xerox, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Ricoh and others.

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10/06/2014

Jamie Bsales

While it seems the strategies of some OEMs is to focus on direct sales and enterprise solutions, leaving their independent dealer partners out of that loop, Xerox Corp. is looking toward its dealer base to help fuel further growth. During a briefing with key analysts, the company outlined several products and initiatives that should bolster its channel support and offerings.

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09/25/2014

Carl Schell

“An opportunity to disrupt means an opportunity to grow,” said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), during his presentation at the company’s 2014 National Dealer Summit in Dallas. This simple yet telling statement was an apropos precursor to the rest of his comments, which were rife with eye-opening statistics and lofty goals.

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