Feb 28, 2011
Manilla, an online account consolidation service, is set to formally launch at DEMO Spring 2011 in Palm Desert, California this morning. If you are not familiar with the event, DEMO is billed as the launch pad for emerging technologies—with notable alumni such as E*TRADE, iRobot, Java, Palm, Salesforce.com, Skype, TiVo, and WebEx.
Manilla, backed by Hearst Corporation, will start providing closed beta access today. Manilla’s CEO, George Kliavkoff, walked me through the service last week and explained that it is designed to simplify consumers’ account management through support of four account categories—finance, household/bills, magazine subscriptions, and travel reward programs. One valuable differentiator for Manilla is that users can access all of their accounts immediately, regardless of whether or not Manilla has established a partnership with the biller or magazine subscription provider. This way, Manilla can build its partnerships in the background while still delivering a fully functional service to its users. Premier relationships announced with this release include Citi Cards and Comcast.Â Here is an example of what the homepage looks like: Read more »
Feb 25, 2011
The Internet continues to have a major impact on printing operations. The ability to submit, approve, and track print jobs via a Web-to-Print system has increasingly become commonplace. InfoTrends estimates that the share of e-enabled commercial print volume (submitted via a Web-to-Print solution) in the United States will double from 15% in 2009 to 30% in 2014. When compared to data from a decade ago (2000) Read more »
Feb 24, 2011
Konica Minolta and Kodak have announced that they are deepening their relationship in the monochrome and colour cut sheet digital printer markets. The move comes hot on the heels of Heidelberg’s revelation that its digital printer partner was to be Ricoh.
Under the terms of the Kodak-Konica Minolta deal Kodak will support its range of mid- to high-volume Nexpress and Digimaster machines with Konica Minolta light production and mid-volume bizhub Press and Pro machines in some sales territories. Konica will extend the territories where it sells Kodak Digimaster and NexPress machines. Read more »
Heidelberg has taken the wraps off the identity of its digital print partner and it is Ricoh, the second favourite in Jim Hamilton’s list of potential partners published last month, that has emerged victorious.
Under the agreement Heidelberg will sell one Ricoh product, the Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition digital printer. This is a 90A4ppm machine with a duty cycle of 580,000 A4 pages per month.
Although it is a global agreement the first Heidelberg territories to sell the machine will be the UK and Germany, starting in April this year. The firm has already begun to gear up for digital sales in the UK with the appointment of Chris Matthews as Digital Equipment Manager earlier this year, who combines experience at Heidelberg and in digital printer sales. Read more »
Feb 21, 2011
Once every two years, followers of the high-volume printing and paper processing industry meet in Lucerne for the Hunkeler Innovationdays. Its importance as a show has risen in recent years by the rapid technological advancements in digital inkjet printing, and like other good shows,Â the Hunkeler Innovationdays provide glimpses into the future of what we can expect next. This makes a trip to (beautiful) Switzerland even more worthwhile.
The main thing that struck me is that all major digital print equipment vendors Read more »
Feb 17, 2011
For the 5th year, O’Reilly hosted its Tools of Change Conference; selling out for the 4th year in a row. Amongst the many publishers was a plethora of information pertaining to eBooks, enhancements, and apps (Oh My!). In addition to keynotes and sessions was a showcase from a variety of vendors and conference sponsors including Ingram, codeMantra, aptara, and MarkLogic.
As in many traditionally print-centric industries, publishing is changing at a speed that was unimaginable even five years ago. After the Apple iPad was released in 2010, a large number of e-reader and tablet devices hit the market trying to grab a piece of this emerging market. Skip Prichard, President of Ingram, said in his keynote that for every 100 paperback books there are 115 Kindles. Read more »
Feb 16, 2011
Yesterday, Xerox announced that it is ready to ship its Espresso Book Machine which can print books on demand at retail locations like your corner book store. Today, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, Borders Group — the second largest U.S. chain of retail book stores — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Are these two items related? Probably not, but I see some irony in the timing of the announcements.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The Espresso Book Machine is supposed to be a liberator of content, a new revenue stream for traditional brick & mortar bookstores, a solution for the busy consumer that wants a hard copy book. Just install one of these machines and watch the customers come in and print their own books on demand. Xerox proclaims, “Self-publishers can print their latest manuscripts at the corner bookstore, classical books are now available for purchase on demand at libraries, cruise-goers can leave their books at home and print reading materials on the ship.”
The reality is that the number of bookstores has been dropping steadily as buyers shift to on-line purchasing through Amazon.com and other sites. Â Why? e-Commerce is a more efficient business model with a better value proposition for most consumers. Read more »
On February 14, at the Hunkeler “Innovationdays” tradeshow in Switzerland, Xerox announced a high speed process color printing system based on phase change inkjet. While there is no indication that the new press will target packaging applications–stated targets are transactional printing, direct mail, books, manuals, catalogs and newsprint–the news highlights Xerox’s potential as an inkjet press supplier. We focus on that here, because of the high potential for inkjet presses in packaging generally, and because Xerox has already made packaging part of its overall strategy. In that regard, since 2009, Xerox has offered its Xerox Automated Packaging Solution (APS) the folding carton printing and converting system based on the Xerox iGen, and electrophotographic device.
With the above as a caution–Xerox has a color inkjet press, but it’s not for packaging–we recommend the news story from Xerox for study by alert clients. Xerox has a lot under the hood in terms of inkjet technology and the company could someday bring that technology to bear in the packaging world. In the long term, we think that an inkjet press from Xerox could be used in packaging converting. Read more »
Feb 14, 2011
In a post last month about Pitney Bowes’ VollyÂ announcement, I also referenced doxo and Zumbox. The past few weeks have included newsworthy items fromÂ each of theseÂ companies. Here areÂ the highlights: Read more »
At last, Xerox has entered the continuous feed colour inkjet fray.
At the Hunkeler InnovationDays event in Lucerne, Switzerland, it announced it will be commercialising the solid ink machine that was shown as a technology demonstration at Ipex in May 2010.
Little has changed in the specification of the machine since Ipex but the marketing message has moved on. Xerox has switched from referring to the technology used as solid ink to waterless inkjet, which does neatly sum up the biggest benefit of the process. The headline specs of the four-color continuous feed machine are a top speed of 152m (500 feet) per minute, web width of 520mm (20.5”) and a stock weight range of 50 to 160 gsm.
Key applications are transactional print and direct mail for the yet-to-be-named machine, which until the branding boffins have done their bit, will be known as the Xerox Production Inkjet System. Orders are now being taken for early installs by the end of 2011 with full commercial availability in 2012. Read more »