|Journal Online: Lexmark Introduces New but Distinct Toner Cartridges for Latest Workgroup Color Laser Printers and MFPs|
[May 1, 2012] When Lexmark introduced the C730 and X730 series of color laser printers and MFPs in 2009, the firm rationalized its toner cartridge offerings so that all of the new workgroup color laser models used the same supplies. With the release of the C740 and X740 series on April 2, Lexmark reverted back to its previous strategy of using unique SKUs for its single-function printers and MFPs, even though all of the models are based on the same engine platform.
Observer Online: Lexmark's Smart MFPs Get Smarter
[April 30, 2012] Two weeks ago, Lexmark introduced the new letter/A4-sized C740 color laser printers and X740 MFPs. Since Lexmark introduced the C730 and X730 series nearly three years ago, the market has changed dramatically, and times have changed. Now, businesses are looking for even more productivity and security features, and they want all of these new bells and whistles to use less power—a tall order indeed, but one that Lexmark satisfies with the C740 and X740 series.
Journal Online: Mohawk Reinvented: Not Your Father's Paper Company
[April 24, 2012] On April 16, Mohawk officially unveiled a new brand, Web site, and promotion campaign that is designed to transform the family-owned New York-based paper manufacturer into a company that is equipped to succeed in today's digital world. As the largest privately owned fine paper company in North America, Mohawk must innovate to survive in an economy and market environment wrought with uncertainty. Mohawk is taking on this charge by reducing cost bases, improving the customer experience, and creating new and innovative revenue streams.
Observer Online: Ricoh Pushes the ADF Envelope at National Post Fourm
[April 19, 2012] Just prior to the National Postal Forum 2012, we spoke with Bill Shaffer, manager of worldwide software solutions for Ricoh Production Printing Solutions (RPPS), to learn more about Ricoh's announcements at that event. InfoPrint Office On-Ramp and InfoPrint ADF Essentials are examples of RPPS's focus on the traditional high-volume marketplace, in this case, with advanced postal solutions.
Journal Online: Dell Introduces Individual Ink Tanks with V525w and V725w
[April 17, 2012] Until recently, Dell's ink jet strategy was firmly focused on consumers, to the point of sticking with black and multicolor tanks rather than one tank per color like the firm's supplier Lexmark to reduce the number of user interventions for home and home office users. With the introduction of the V725w, however, Dell is targeting the small-office/home-office (SOHO) market and has configured this new ink jet MFP accordingly—most notably with individual ink tanks.
Observer Online: Samsung Snares Canon's Tod Pike in Effort to Boost Flagging Copier Business
[April 16, 2012] Samsung Electronics America has hired Tod Pike, the highly-regarded Canon copier executive. Pike's mission is to boost the Korean giant's struggling MFP business. Perhaps the combination of Pike's experience and talent and Samsung's money and persistence will do the trick.