Ron Gilboa and Mark DiMattei
Sep 18, 2014
The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) took place from August 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. This event brought together woodworking equipment manufacturers of all kinds, and a wide range of related product manufacturers. The event was split between two main halls: one for equipment producers and one for product manufacturers. This show drew attendees from North America as well as from 70 countries around the world. With almost 1,000 exhibitors (of which, 200 were international), the show catered to over 22,000 attendees looking purchase, learn, and explore new innovations in woodworking-related equipment, materials, and services. Key themes at the show were the growing desire for innovation; automation; and the need for education in new business opportunities, technologies, and applications.
IWF Atlanta Exhibit Hall
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Sep 10, 2014
In August, a variety of printer manufacturers announced their latest quarterly earnings. The table below includes percent changes in revenue and operating profit from last year (for the respective print business units), as well as key drivers for the shifts.
Latest vendor quarterly earnings
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Barbara Richards and Christine Dunne
Sep 8, 2014
Last week, at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, Samsung introduced 10 Android-based office MFPs to the European market. Samsung Electronics America made a similar announcement in the United States, noting that two of its four new office MFPs are powered by Android.
Design of Samsung’s New Android-based MFPs
These are the first printers of their kind to be equipped with the Android operating system, and are part of Samsung’s effort to introduce print technology that “seamlessly fit(s) into the IT and smart office ecosystem.” This ecosystem includes a wide range of technology including smartphones, tablets, wearables, digital signage, security solutions, and vertical solutions; at IFA announcements were made in many of these areas as well.
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Sep 4, 2014
Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, filling the role of not only a phone, but also a music player, GPS, calculator, calendar, flashlight, voice recorder, clock, camera, and many other functions depending on what apps are installed on it. The camera is one of the most popular functions used on the smartphone and many consumers now use a smartphone as their primary camera. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, over 46% of respondents said the smartphone was the type of digital camera used most often, which was more popular than digital point & shoot cameras at just under 33%.
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Sep 3, 2014
HP announced on August 27 that a Czech corrugated converter, Obaly Morava, has recently installed the first HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press to print corrugated liner stock in process colors. The news has two important features: (1) Obaly Morava will be the first to use HP’s thermal inkjet T-Series presses for packaging; (2) the corrugated market gains a major new entrant in the Read more »
Sep 2, 2014
End of summer silliness by Frank Romano
I think that I shall never see
Inkjet ink that is not pricey
Ink that comes in color and black
Ink that always sets me back
Ink that drips but never a flood
Costing more than human blood
Inkjet pricing that is not humane
On a par with vintage champagne
Ink that comes in magenta, yellow, and cyan
Ink that is more expensive than a trip to Cannes
We’re paying for that unique ink storage
But purchase requires a second mortgage
Kodak tried to sell ink really cheaply
Kodak may regret the episode deeply
Ink that takes an age to unwrap
Ink that generates a lot of scrap
But now I recycle those colors and blacks
And I get a peanut-sized discount at OfficeMax
But what does the future hold?
Inkjet ink becomes the new gold
Poems are made by fools like me
But ink is made by folks like HP
Join Frank Romano and InfoTrends’ Jim Hamilton at Graph Expo 14 for a special keynote seminar on “The Future of the American Printer” in Chicago on Sunday, September 28.
Aug 28, 2014
Choosing places to stay and eat can be challenging when travelling to new cities and countries. Over the last few years, I have turned to the service TripAdvisor and have found it to be tremendously helpful. I find much of what I read from reviewers to be very valuable and in some cases, insightful. As my way of paying it forward to others, I regularly write reviews of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and places I have been to.
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Aug 26, 2014
At InfoTrends we have been cautiously bullish about the potential of business inkjet technology for a number of years. Given the market potential we have conducted a good deal of research and project work in this area. This work has resulted in a number of findings and naturally it has raised further questions. We are about to embark on the next phase of business ink research and I wanted to share some of our current thinking and set the scene for what we are doing next.
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Aug 22, 2014
Since 2005, InfoTrends has advocated for connected cameras. In the early days of smartphones, it was their built-in connectivity and the instant sharing that it enabled that helped to nibble away at low-end digital camera sales. Despite obstacles like mediocre image quality and expensive data plans, a large number of consumers chose the convenience of mobile photography over the superior image quality of even the simplest standalone cameras. Today (finally), more than half of the new cameras introduced by major manufacturers feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but is it enough to make a difference? Read more »
Aug 20, 2014
InfoTrends recently published an in-depth primary research study on the accounting horizontal within the Business Process Automation Consulting Service. InfoTrends identified five key accounting workflow areas: 1) Sales Operations, 2) Purchasing, 3) Accounts Payable, 4) Accounts Receivable, and 5) Expense Reporting. Within those areas, InfoTrends discovered several major manual processes that demonstrate the biggest areas for automation opportunity for vendors: purchase orders, expense reports, invoices, contract agreement & terms, credit collections, and payments. Read more »