Sep 27, 2012
Photokina 2012 closed its doors on Sunday 23 September. According to Photokina, around 185,000 visitors attended the show this year; an increase of about 2% on the visitors’ number of 2010. This demonstrates that the digital imaging industry continues to pull in the crowds. However, it is a slowdown in number of visitors compared to 2010 when there was a 7% increase over the 2008 show. Photokina follows hot on the heels of IFA, a consumer electronics and home appliances trade show in Berlin, and it is possible that some visitors chose to attend just one of these two shows. Read more »
Sep 25, 2012
During the third week of September, many of the press and analysts that cover the photography market were in Cologne, Germany at the bi-annual Photokina trade show, Europe’s largest photography show. InfoTrends was there covering the show and even hosted an InfoBriefing about the trends that will shape the market over the next few years. For those of us that were not in Germany, the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular event in New York City gave us a chance to see some of the new cameras that were creating a buzz at the Photokina show and have not hit the shelves here in the U.S. yet.
Nikon's new D600 SLR
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Sep 24, 2012
Once I got to hear a presentation from the great Frank Maguire, who was one of the first employees Federal Express (now FedEx) ever had. As Maguire’s story goes, he was sitting across the breakfast table from Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express 40 or so years ago at a time when the company’s primary business was transporting paper documents across a long distance in a short time. Maguire described Smith’s reaction to an advertisement for an inexpensive fax machine as an ultimate “Uh-oh moment”, a point in time where something occurs where you just know there will be big challenges ahead for your business.
Today Hewlett-Packard added to its line of Designjet T-series printers with two new models that may represent that similar “Uh-oh” moment for the wide format reprographics business.
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ExpoRecilador, held August 30-31, 2012 at Expo Reforma in Mexico’s Distrito Federal, is an annual event in Mexico for independent office equipment dealers, aftermarket resellers/distributors, and ink/toner cartridge remanufacturers. The forum was created to provide information to maximize a company’s efforts in growing market share, launching growth initiatives, and learning trends impacting the aftermarket and remanufacturing industry. The aftermarket industry (like many others) is constantly moving and developing. ExpoRecilador is focused on keeping Mexican companies up to date with specific aftermarket industries movements in a setting and venue to view the latest developments and new market niches in the Mexican market.
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Sep 17, 2012
The 2012 Photokina trade show opened its doors to the press on Monday, September 17, and although the finishing touches are still being put on the booths we were able to take a look around. There were a number of press conference and other press events taking place, as well. Read more »
Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax have been in the news lately for declining revenue and profits. The office superstores (OSS) face an immense challenge to transform as there is less demand for some of their biggest sources of profit (ink and toner cartridges) and less use of one of their biggest assets (retail stores). How they pivot at this point will likely determine their direction for years to come.
Sep 13, 2012
The inaugural Luminance conference, a show put on by PhotoShelter, was held in New York City, this week on September 12-13 at the Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in Tribeca. The conference had a good crowd on the day I was there and featured interesting speakers that touched on a variety of photography-related subjects. Topics covered on the first day included the increased skepticism of digital photography due to the popularity of advanced image editing tools at our disposal today (presentation by Kevin Connor from Fourandsix Technologies, Inc), photo retouching (presented by leading retoucher Amy Dresser) and social photography (with presentations by Facebook’s Cory West and Hipstamatic’s Lucas Buick).
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Sep 12, 2012
Excerpt from Photo Industry Reporter’s State of the Industry 2012
The imaging industry has entered the Connected Era where consumer behavior and expectations are primarily driven by smart devices and online services. Consumer spending is being diverted from traditional digital cameras and photo prints to smartphones, tablets, apps, and social media. To stay relevant, traditional camera companies and photo print service providers need to align themselves with the forces of mobility, social media, apps, and cloud services.
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Sep 11, 2012
Reaching and communicating with consumers used to be easy, or at least simpler. At one time, 80% of the U.S. population could be reached through three major network television channels. Today, it would take more than 200 television channels to reach that same audience. The prevalence of the Internet and rapid technological advancements (e.g., imaging, mobile, bandwidth, processing speeds) have dramatically changed the communications landscape over the past decade.
The printing industry is in the midst of a rapid evolution. Technology is expanding the number of offline and online media channels that consumers are prompted to engage with. Consumers are changing their behaviors in terms of media and communication, and their preferences are forcing businesses across all industries to make adjustments in how they interact with customers and prospects. Because print is now just one of many media channels that consumers are accessing, the value and role of print is changing.
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