Covering Industry Developments in October 2022

  • Headline News: "Scanner Vendor Visioneer Enters the Americas Printer Market" - If there's one thing the printer market doesn't need is a new niche vendor, especially not one that has zero experience with printing and whose first product is a low-end laser printer with a sheetfed scanner glued to the side that can't even scan. Sadly, that's exactly what scanner maker Visioneer has done with the launch of its $199 Rabbit PC30dwn printer/copier.
  • The Editorial: "Everything Old Is New Again" - Something pretty monumental has happened, but I don’t think it’s been widely appreciated. I believe we’ve already quietly witnessed the launch of the last truly new — “cleansheet” in the parlance of the industry — A3 office MFP platform. Don’t ask me which one it was, when it happened, or who did it because I don’t have it in me to go back and do all the research. But it clearly was a few or even several years ago.
  • In Other News:  "Brother’s PaaS Plan Is Aimed at Channel Partners" - Brother’s VSP program is more comprehensive than its existing EZ Print supplies subscription service and it's designed for “businesses looking to eliminate the complexity of managed print services.” ... "Sharp Is Going Its Own Way in Helping Dealers to Diversify" - Sharp deserves credit for espousing a clear vision of how it sees its MFP business evolving over the next few years. It wants to be in the business of selling “devices to view information.” That means laptop PCs, all sorts of displays, and digital projectors. And that will be a tall order. ... "Q3 Results Show One of These Vendors Is Not Like the Others" - Supply chain and logistics issues are gradually improving, but these challenges will continue well into 2023. More importantly, there's clear and growing divergence between printer vendors who are aggressively addressing these challenges and those (we're looking at you Xerox) who are unable to make much of a dent. 

  • And Even More News - Brother tries humor in videos to promote its supplies. ... Kyocera announces a major expansion in Vietnam. ... Xerox rethinks its overhyped investments in diversification. ... Fujifilm cancels planned sale of low-end MFP factory in China. ... ThinPrint adds mew versions and features for its ezeep Cloud Solution. ... Ricoh finally has its stake in Fujitsu's PFU. ... Epson adds its lowest-priced EcoTank AIO. ... Canon launches its first ink tank AIO just for dealers. ... Ricoh debuts new GelJets in Japan. ... Lenovo adds two-dozen refreshed mono laser models OEM'd from Brother. ... HP focuses on Instant Ink with three not really "new" AIOs. ... Pharos adds scanning to cloud print management solution. ... Lexmark expands cloud offerings and targets small workgroups with enhanced A4 mono MFP. ... Sharp brings its latest enhancements to the B&W side of its A3 line. ... Konica Minolta Bundles WiFi in Japan to mask a big price increase. ... Turns out Amazon didn’t create its failed sticky note printer. ... Plus more!