Covering Developments in August 2020

  • The Big News: "To No One’s Surprise, OKI Plans to Leave the US Market" - OKI Data Americas on September 1 somberly reported that parent company OKI Electric had decided it “will no longer sell printer hardware under the OKI brand in North, Central and South America effective March 31, 2021. The only two aspects of this announcement we found surprising were the fact that OKI is exiting only from the Americas, and that it took the company so long to arrive at this decision. The news means very little for OKI, for US dealers, and for the US hardcopy market, but it doesn't bode well for other third-tier printer vendors.
  • The Editorial: "Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste?" - Whoever coined this phrase never met today’s hardcopy execs. You don’t need all the answers and a new vision in 90 days. How about just admitting times are tough, and say that you’re working on much-needed changes? A simple “stay-tuned” would buy some time. Get on Zoom. Say what you’re seeing. What’s changed? What’s working? What have you learned? What are you going to do differently? Keeping mum is really not the way to go!
  • In Other News - In ten years, Sharp has gone from global A4 innovator to a company that OEM's half its A4 lineup, first from Pantum and now from Lexmark. ... HP at its virtual Reinvent partner meeting previewed low-end LaserJet Enterprise models, a toner subscription service, and a an Upland Workpath app for cloud document capture and workflow. ... Ricoh failed when it purchased an IT company in the US, but it's on a roll in Europe with two more acquisitions this month. ... MFP chipmaker QBit just got more investor money. ... Fuji Xerox and US-based Ripcord have formed a joint venture for robotics-based document capture. ... Epson said its US dealer revenue this year will easily surpass 2019 sales. ... China's G&G has added branded MFPs from sister company Pantum. ... Canon has finally embraced its IRIS unit for US capture software sales. ... Kodak Alaris has broken new ground in scanner management for MPS deals. ... And Amazon's Alexa for Print now taps into more content and can reorder printer supplies. ...   Plus a whole lot more!