During the golden days of digital camera sales, Best Buy was a dominant retailer. It offered consumers a wide selection of compact cameras at good prices. However, with compact camera sales waning, Best Buy has seen its influence on the market diminish, as consumers and vendors focus on more profitable digital interchangeable lens camera sales (DILCs). While Best Buy has sold DILCs, the selection was limited, merchandising was lacking, lens selection was limited and locked away behind glass, and in-store personnel were not trained to answer probing technical questions.
So much has been written about the Cloud in recent years that it has begun to take on different meanings that are dependent upon the audience. To some, it’s an irreplaceable tool that makes life easier; to others, it’s a modern but somewhat mysterious form of technology; to still others, it’s simply confusing. Read more »
In the past few years we have heard an awful lot about the printers adding additional services to stay competitive in their respective markets. So it was particularly interesting when Bridgeport National Bindery in Agawam, MA, a trade binder at heart, took the opposite course and added digital printing as a service. For most of the company’s history its sales representatives traveled throughout the Northeastern United States convincing print shops to send them their printed material for binding and distribution. This meant shipping and storing printed pages, having extra printed pages on hand in case of errors, and finally distributing completed work or shipping it back to the printer. It’s easy to see how that business process could be streamlined, and since 2005 Bridgeport National has been active in the print-on-demand market (POD). Their origins as a trade bindery, however, left them in an advantageous position when it comes to POD book printing due to the wide variety of applications and experience they have gained.
Last month Bridgeport National Bindery hosted an HP “Print your Future” event at Read more »
As I roamed the aisles at TexWorld USA in New York City last week I was impressed by the high level of awareness of digital print. On top of that, of the two dozen or so booths that I stopped at, about a third were actively using digital printing technologies. Held bi-annually, TexWorld USA is where fabric and garment manufacturers and local buyers meet to exchange ideas and place orders for the coming fashion season. Exhibitors from Asia, the Middle East, North America and many other regions showed textiles for use in clothing for women, men, juniors and infants. About 300 exhibitors from 17 countries were on hand at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from January 19th to the 21st.
EFI Connect, EFI’s annual user conference is currently underway in Las Vegas. Over the years it has grown in size and importance, but has never been as big as this year. An estimated 1,500 attendees have taken three days out of their work schedule to meet and discuss trends in the industry and be educated on EFI and partner offerings. The conference has also attracted a record number of media and analysts; over 70 representatives from 17 countries came to Las Vegas; about 20 of them from Europe. This blog provides an update on some of the interesting happenings and identifies what InfoTrends sees as the biggest news at EFI Connect: the announcement of EFI’s Productivity Suite.
EFI CEO Guy Gecht talking to RR Donnelley CEO Thomas Quinlan III
EFI CEO Guy Gecht’s keynote is always an anticipated event Read more »
On December 5, 2014, OpenText announced its intention to acquire Actuate for around US$330M. One month later, on January 16, 2015, OpenText announced the successful completion of it. This acquisition follows a series of takeovers by OpenText throughout recent years with the objective to become the leader in the Enterprise Information Management (EIM) market. A market that OpenText estimates to be almost US$21B in size.
Some of OpenText’s earlier acquisitions were targeted to strengthen its Customer Experience Management (CEM) suite: Artesia (August 2004), a provider of Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions; RedDot (October 2006), a provider of web site management solutions; Vignette (July 2009), a provider of Web Content Management (WCM) solutions; and StreamServe (October 2010), a provider of Customer Communications Management (CCM) solutions. InfoTrends believes both OpenText and Actuate will benefit from this acquisition. This blog briefly explains why.
On December 11-12, 2014, Ricoh Europe invited European industry analysts to a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, to provide an update on its corporate strategy and goals of its 18th mid-term plan (MTP) starting in 2015. This event follows a global industry analyst summit held in Japan, earlier this year. David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe Plc. and Corporate Vice President of Ricoh Company Ltd., together with his executive management team presented their growth plans for its Imaging & Solutions business. Ricoh’s new strategy can be summarized by an acceleration of a transition to services, a rekindled effort to grow through geographical expansion, a focus on new market opportunities.
This is the fifth year that I have done a video blog review of all the corporate greeting cards I received during the holiday season. This year’s collection includes InfoTrends’ own corporate greeting card, which was designed by the winner of the 2014 EDSF Charlie Corr Memorial Scholarship, Jessica Baratta. Jessica is a graduate student at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. We were also very fortunate to have Mohawk provide the paper for the card, which has a rich beautiful feel because of the Mohawk Superfine Eggshell 120 cover that it’s printed on.
If you have an interesting greeting card you’d like to send me, my address is Jim Hamilton, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Suite 300, Weymouth, Massachusetts 02189, USA
If you would like to see the previous videos, here are the links:
There were some BIG ticket items on people’s gadget wish lists during 2014 – from gaming systems, hybrid laptop tablets, and flat screen TVs. Another one of the most popular gadgets people want are digital cameras (aka Phoneless Cameras).
Although there were many new camera models introduced in 2014, there were far fewer than in previous years. In 2014, there were 98 camera models introduced compared to 127 in 2013 and 146 in 2012 (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). It is expected that the number of cameras introduced will continue to drop by anywhere between 10% to 20% in 2015.
Frank Romano is at it again. His latest, History of the Phototypesetting Era, follows the publication last summer of his History of the Linotype Company. Both books have been aptly described as time capsules. Particularly notable throughout all his writings are Romano’s attention to detail, his desire to document events, and, in the case of this latest book, an “I was there” perspective.
Romano’s History of the Phototypesetting Era is remarkable as much for its Read more »