By Tracie Hines, Senior Editor, Competitive Analysis Reports, February 15, 2013

In 2013, the landscape for MFPs will continue to evolve, with the industry focusing more on providing complete end-to-end solutions for business and less on traditional speeds and feeds. BLI’s survey of major MFP and printer manufacturers revealed a continuing trend away from page volume and toward software, services and connectivity that enables information to be manipulated more easily, whether from the MFP itself or from other input sources (such as mobile phones and tablets). Indeed, mobile printing apps were in...

With the amount of paperwork that moves through the legal industry, whether it’s paperwork in a law firm, correctional facility, or courtroom, it’s important to take note of what document management is capable of doing. Not only is it important to keep track of all the information that is moving through the office, it’s important to remember that document security in this industry is key. Since the legal industry relies on documents and electronic information everyday, it’s important that businesses in this industry have...

When speaking of new trends and new market shifts within the printing industry, it has become increasingly more difficult to avoid talking about digital printing. Digital printing is the process of moving large amounts of information through the Internet and then being able to print this information at a desired location with advanced technologies like a digital press. A good example of this would be how the publishing industry is able to send information directly to printers and distributers who can then use large digital presses to print the material.

Digital...

We hear and read about workflow all the time. This is made especially apparent when you’re working in an industry that demands that workflow be efficient and orchestrated properly. Workflow is important because it is the flow of data and communications through your business. As an employer or employee, your aim should be to have the workflow of your company under control and as efficient as possible. By utilizing the proper channels, your business is setting itself up for success.

What are some things that can be done to make sure...

By Jessica Schiffenhaus, Research Editor, December 3, 2012

Over 700 attendees gathered at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on November 13 and 14 for Toshiba America Business Solutions’ (TABS) 2012 conference. This was the second year that Toshiba coupled its national dealer meeting with an end-user conference, allowing dealers to invite clients (or potential clients) to the show to attend educational seminars, visit the product fair and enjoy the festivities. In addition to furthering business relationships, extending the invitation to customers at last year’s conference helped to...

According to industry experts, the printing industry has been seeing growth and will continue to see growth in the year 2012. This marks the first increase since the year 2007 and is welcomed by copier dealers and commercial printers alike. That being said, recovery may still remain inconsistent throughout the rest of the year. It is still important for those involved in the printer industry to be wary of changes and fluctuations in sales.

It has been quite a rough couple of years. The recession has made printing, and the printing needs of...

When it comes to printing at the office, you generally want to put in place a policy that is both cost-effective and good for the environment. This doesn’t mean that you need to start patrolling the printer room and look for rule breakers, but it may mean that you would like to start becoming more conscious of the amount of paper and usage your printers put out everyday. But of course, there is no way that you can monitor the printer usage all the time, and you would most likely be remiss in your duties if you were to give up on the issue entirely....

With another brilliant display of melding beauty and functionality, Konica Minolta has won the coveted “The Good Design Award 2012”, which is organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). This honor was awarded to seven distinct models of color multifunction printers that Konica Minolta offers the market. The award comes as no surprise, as Konica Minolta has always been well known as a steward of great design concepts that also perform very well in the field.

Specifically, Konica Minolta’s color multifunction printer bizhub...

Going green is a term that is being used quite a bit this day and age to describe a way of life for individuals and businesses that have become more conscious of the carbon footprint that we leave behind. As the science behind the movement becomes further solidified, more and more businesses are standing behind this trend not only to create a sustainable future, but also to cut costs in areas that were once overlooked. Business owners and employees will be surprised to learn that the techniques used to promote a green lifestyle also promote cutting costs...

Canon announced on September 17 that it is unveiling its newest product and adding to their already impressive digital imaging solutions line. The products are known as the PIXMA-PRO -10 and the PIXMA-PRO-100 and will be upgraded additions to the already well- established PIXMA-PRO-1. They are built with the same quality of design and output as the existing PIXMA-PRO-1, however, the new editions offer black and white printing like no one has ever seen. Canon has also improved the end-user compatibility of the workflow software and will be available with...