Category: Production

Google’s “Mobilegeddon” and the Importance of Mobile-Friendly Web Design

Jason Cardona
Apr 24, 2015

This week, Google made changes to its mobile search algorithm, an event which the public dubbed “Mobilegeddon.” In the new algorithm, Google considers whether a website is “mobile-friendly” in ranking search results. Mobilegeddon is a wake-up call for many businesses that have either neglected mobile design or are not even aware that their websites are poorly designed.

Photo via Inturact

While the new algorithm only affects searches on smartphones, businesses cannot afford to lose out on mobile, which already accounts for 60% of U.S. digital media time.[1] Earlier this year, comScore reported that mobile search accounts for 29% of all U.S. search activity, and 20% of that comes from smartphones. Various estimates put Google around 65-75% search market share, with 80-90% share in mobile search (thanks in large part to the Android OS). In fact, about half of all Google searches are believed to be mobile searches. Despite the apocalyptic hype around Mobilegeddon, this is neither the first nor the last update to Google’s algorithm. It is, however, the most significant update since 2011, when Google Panda began factoring the quality of web pages into search rank.  Read more »

Top Three Trends at ISA 2015

Steve Urmano
Apr 16, 2015

Three trends from last week’s ISA 2015 stand out as I think back on the show:

 

 

HP PageWide XL8000

  • HP’s PageWide announcement, press event, and booth tours garnered the early attention and will represent a validation of the high-speed color, single-pass when the first product becomes available sometime in July 2015. That being said, Canon with its Memjet-based single-pass offerings (such as the ColorWave 900 & 700) can also look forward to a lift in sales as new attention is paid to this market segment. The first available product in HP’s PageWide XL Series will be the 30-PPM XL8000. To follow will be the 14-PPM XL 5000 (November 2015) and the 8-PPM XL4000 and 12-PPM XL4500 (January 2016). All products in the series are four-color and support a 40-inch print width. The speed is the prime differentiator.

    Canon ColorWave 700

     

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HP Unveils Page-Wide XL Series Wide Format Printers

Ron Gilboa
Apr 9, 2015

In the run up to the ISA show taking place in Las Vegas April 9-11, 2015, we expect a range of new announcements, one of which was made today by HP. With fanfare the company revealed to the world their new portfolio of single pass, wide format CMYK printers, aimed at production and workgroup environments that produce CAD and GIS drawings, and also intended to enable migration into graphics applications.

The HP PageWide XL printers are fast wide format print solutions with up-to 75 meters per minute print speed, both in monochrome and color. This product portfolio consists of four configurations, the XL 4000, 4500, 5000, and 8000. The XL 4000 prints eight A1 pages per minute (PPM); productivity increases with each model in the series, up to 30 A1 pages per minute for the XL 8000. The first HP PageWide XL printer to be commercially available will be the XL 8000, in September 2015. In November 2015 the XL 5000 will be available, followed in January 2016 by the XL 4000 and 4500.

HP PageWide XL8000

HP PageWide XL8000

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Neopost takes GMC to SMB market

Kaspar Roos
Apr 6, 2015

Three years after the GMC acquisition, Neopost has done what it said it would do at time of the purchase— adapt the high-end GMC document composition technology as a scaled-down SaaS offering available for its many Small & Medium sized Business (SMB) customers.

Called neoPreference, and marketed by Neopost (not GMC), the solution focuses on helping SMB companies create, send and archive multi-channel communications. Through a print driver, an existing structured document such as an invoice, newsletter or statement can be submitted to the system. At time of writing, the system accepts MS Excel, MS Word, or PDF files and converts them into HTML. At this point, users (using a web-based interface ) need to identify data capture areas (see Figure 1), setup business rules or specify document enhancements just once to create the document template. Once the business rules or document enhancements have been specified and the rules are activated, each subsequent document submission will follow an automated workflow that enables document enhancements, digital signatures (for secure invoicing), multi-channel output, cloud-based archiving and tracking of electronic communications.

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Kornit Digital Concludes a Successful IPO

Ron Gilboa
Apr 3, 2015
Kornit Digital

Kornit Digital

On April 2, 2015, Kornit Digital Ltd. (KRNT) became a member of the Nasdaq stock exchange after concluding a successful IPO with 7.1 Million shares raising over $122 million. The newly minted stock closed at $14 or 40% over its opening price. Kornit Digital, which was founded in 2002 in Israel, develops and manufactures digital printing solutions for the textile and garment industries, from direct-to-garment print systems to roll-to-roll digital presses for fabrics. Kornit is based in Israel and has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and now has customers in over 100 countries worldwide.

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USPS Rate Increase Postponed – What Does an Increase Mean for High-Volume Mailers?

Jason Cardona
Apr 2, 2015

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that it will postpone the April 26th, 2015 implementation date for price increases.

Early last month, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) remanded part of the Postal Service’s rate increase proposal, requiring further USPS review and explanation for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services. Among the concerns raised were unequal commercial and nonprofit discounts. On March 12th, USPS responded with revised rates and further explanations, hoping to stay on track with the April 26th implementation date. However, on March 18th the proposal was again remanded.

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Xeikon Promotes Digital Production for Packaging with 2015 ‘Café’ in Belgium

Bob Leahey
Apr 1, 2015

In this era of equipment suppliers holding their own trade shows, Xeikon added to the list by recently hosting the 2015 “Xeikon Café: Packaging Innovations” at its main plant in Lier, Belgium. The event’s title connotes an intimate setting, but the scene was also a dynamic one, dedicated to digital label and package converting and with over 500 attendees and dozens of market partners. Xeikon drew from far and near, with converters and suppliers from the U.S., India, China, Australia, and Latin America giving the whole event a global look and feel. Meanwhile, before and after the Café (March 10, 11, 12), Xeikon held separate events for European brands and for design and marketing professionals, upping the total guests for the week to over 700.

Xeikon's Event Drew Hundreds of Visitors

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Google Entering the Bill Delivery & Payment Market?

Matt Swain
Mar 30, 2015

Last week, Re/code published an article which reported that Google is working on a project called Pony Express to help customers receive and pay their bills within their Gmail accounts. Google declined to comment.

In our 2011 study entitled The Emergence of Digital Mailbox Services, we explored the possibility of a leading consumer technology service vendor entering—and disrupting—this market. Here’s an excerpt from that study: Read more »

USPS CIO on “Delivering Customer Value in the Digital Age” at PostalVision 2020

Matt Swain
Mar 23, 2015

PostalVision 2020I attended and  presented at my fifth PostalVision 2020 earlier this month. The conference has evolved over the years, with First Class and Standard Mail solutions increasingly pushed aside in favor of discussions about drone delivery (last year) and the Postal Service as a platform, as well as supporting the growing eCommerce landscape. One of the more interesting presentations at this event came from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), with CIO and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane focusing on its investment in technology.

Here are five highlights from the speech:

  1. Viewing the USPS in a new light – Cochrane views the USPS as an agile development company. “Fail, and fail fast” is his philosophy. “Keep going out and doing different things.”
  2. The mailbox at the center of Read more »

HP Opens New Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona

David Stabel
Mar 20, 2015

On March 16, 2015, HP EMEA celebrated the grand opening of their new Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, Spain. This facility is housed at the EMEA headquarters of HP’s Graphics Solutions, which is also HP’s largest R&D lab outside of the U.S. More than 3,000 employees work at these facilities of which more than 450 are in R&D. HP has transformed its existing demo center into a customer facing facility called Graphics Experience Center with 60 end-to-end graphics solutions on display from HP and its partners. At 6,000 square meters, the new facility has almost double the floor space of the old one. This blog describes the highlights of the event.

HP's Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, Spain

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