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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Aug 29, 2013
Print is driven by applications and production digital printing is no exception. Demand for certain applications, however, changes over time due to various reasons, such as growth in usage, electronic replacement, personalization, and the move to shorter runs. The change in demand will have a profound impact on production digital printing in competition with other processes as well as between different digital product groups. InfoTrends just published its 2012-2017 production digital print application forecast for the U.S. and Western Europe. It details application volumes and volume growth for 28 print applications in seven main application groups for the main categories of production digital printing devices.
Main Production Digital Printing Applications and Application Groups
The application forecast draws from many sources. InfoTrends’ consulting staff conducts ongoing primary and secondary research in the marketplace to determine the print volume share of the applications and volume trends. The underlying print volume forecast is based on published forecasts, which provide market size in terms of installed base, average monthly print volume, retail value of print, and other factors.
As an example, here is a view of some of the top production digital print applications in Western Europe (by absolute page growth).
10 Fastest Growing Applications in Production Digital Print in Western Europe 2012 to 2017
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Sep 2, 2011
InfoTrends’ Emerging Trends: Run Lengths, Turnaround Time, and Print Volume study, which surveyed 268 print-for-pay and 210 print-for-cost (In-plant) respondents, shows the continuing trend toward decreasing run lengths, shortening turnaround times, and increasing digital print volumes. Digital color print volumes have been increasing, with 76.6% of respondents in our recent study claiming that their digital color cut sheet print volumes have been going up. As digital color printing becomes more prevalent, run lengths as well as turnaround times will become shorter.
As we demonstrate in the figure below, the run length segments that respondents report as having the largest increase in print jobs include Read more »
Feb 11, 2011
In the late 1970’s I read an article by a well-known strategic-planning guru (whose name I have now forgotten) that, among other good points, contained the observation that changes driven by technology often take longer than expected — sometimes MUCH longer — to develop, but once they start, they tend to accelerate rapidly. Another observation in the same article was that “technology giveth, and technology taketh away”. Both statements are apt right now for the paper industries in the advanced economies. After more than thirty years of availability of computing power at all levels (I attended the first “paperless office” demonstration in 1977), and 20 years of widespread Internet availability, it is only in the past decade, and more especially in the past five years, that all this technology has started really biting into demand for printing and writing papers. The fruition of these technology trends has made the current recession one in which, for the advanced-economy paper industries, the end of the recession will only staunch the bleeding, not heal the wounds. Read more »
Apr 28, 2009
One of the major questions for our industry in the wake of the economic downturn is: “What impact does this have on the digital print volume?” A partial answer to that question came at Xerox’s financial analyst briefing on Friday (April 24, 2009). In discussing its first quarter 2009 numbers Xerox provided information on its post-sale revenues. This revenue is driven largely by supplies and service for digital print products, which, of course, would be impacted by a drop in print volume.
Three months ago when discussing its fourth quarter 2008 results, Xerox was not ready to admit the extent of print volume declines. The issue, Xerox said, was masked to some degree by the channel’s inventory of supplies. Maybe in these tough economic times users were choosing to stockpile fewer consumables and waiting longer to reorder. If a shift in inventory levels was happening, then print volumes might not be dropping. With another quarter under its belt Xerox acknowledges that print volumes indeed are down.
The main headline in regard to Xerox’s first quarter financial results is that there was an 18% drop in revenue from Q1 2008 to Q1 2009. Some of the impact of the drop was from currency exchange, but even accounting for that the drop was 12%. Post-sale revenue was down 14% (only 8% under constant currency). Xerox attributed this to lower supplies and paper revenue. Equipment revenue was down 30% (26% under constant currency). Read more »