Covering Industry Developments in July 2022

  • Headline News: "HP Revamps Most of Its Initial A3 Line for Dealers" - The 26 new models make this HP’s biggest launch of dealer channel products in five years. The E700 series consists of two sets of 25, 30 and 35 ppm color workgroup MFPs; and two sets of 30, 35 and 40 ppm B&W workgroup MFPs. And the E800 series consists of two sets of 40, 50, 60 and 70 ppm color departmental MFPs; and two sets of 50, 60 and 70 ppm B&W departmental MFPs. But underlying all of these are just eight base models, all of which are based on a single underlying engine originally developed by Samsung.
  • The Editorial: "So Google This!" - Google isn’t just any company. It’s $1.5 trillion market cap is the third largest in the US, and it earned $76 billion in profit on $258 billion in revenue last year. So what goes on at Google matters. Each of Google’s 170+ offices operates with an average of just 18 printers, serving 50-70 people apiece. Yet the most widely cited number for average number of employees per printer in the US is 4.4. Is Google an inconsequential outlier, or is it a worrisome harbinger of scary things to come?
  • In Other News:  "Second Quarter Results Roll in and Xerox Continues to Lag" - One thing that emerged more clearly in the spring quarter is that hardcopy vendors are implementing price increases nearly across the board, not just for hardware, but also for supplies and service. This was the first quarter in which those higher prices appear to have had a notable positive impact on financial performance. ... "HP Pilots All Encompassing Instant Ink Platinum Program in the US" - The new “a printer subscription program with an all-inclusive monthly payment” provides not only supplies for a set number of pages per month, but it includes one of three inkjet AIO printers, 24/7 hardware support, overnight warranty replacement, an automatic printer upgrade every two years, and even paper.

  • And Even More News - Upland Software gets a big investment despite an unproven business model ... TA Triumph Adler reports a return to growth ... China’s Hannto says it designed Xiaomi’s first laser MFP ... Toshiba narrows down its list of suitors ... Canon integrates its medical IT in Japan ... Kyocera discusses FY2023 forecast and vague long-term goals ... YSoft buys EveryonePrint to boost cloud presences ... DocuWare talks growth ... Xerox  buys Go Inspire in its largest hardcopy deal in 15 years ... Fujifilm sells China factory to printer parts maker EVA ... Konica Minolta pursues B2B2C and back-end integration with Canada ... The pros and cons of a weaker yen ... Pantum's Elite series finally arrives in the US ... Kofax releases Power PDF 5 ... Toshiba adds e-Bridge Global Print to Elevate Sky ... Tighter Google and Microsoft security impacts MFP scan to e-mail ... Plus more!