Posts tagged: U.S.

More Print Providers Offering Mobile-Enabled Services, Solutions

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 Oct 4, 2012

Print service providers, like many other businesses, are being impacted by mobile technology. Smartphones and tablets are now an integral part of peoples’ daily lives; the pervasiveness of mobile technology continues to influence the “consumerization” of business, and the printing industry is not immune to this trend. Customers increasingly request access to services via their mobile devices, and internal business and production operations are going mobile, as well. Ultimately, the role of mobile technology is going to be increasingly important in business–and not just when it comes to marketing services.

InfoTrends wanted to uncover how print service providers are tailoring their services and operations to be more mobile-friendly. In our most recent annual software investment study, we asked 179 print provider respondents about their adoption and uses of mobile technology within their companies, finding that while adoption is still relatively low, it is poised for growth in the next year.

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Color drives the production printing market

Ralf Schlozer
 Jul 23, 2012
Every year InfoTrends updates its five-year print on demand (POD) forecast, with the latest edition now covering the years from 2011 to 2016. The forecast looks at placements, print volumes and revenues achieved in digital production printing. It is becoming obvious that digital printing is not a niche process anymore. The retail value of digital printing (excluding office, home and large format printing) in the U.S. and Western Europe was $63 billion in 2011 when considering all production printing environments from copy shop and small in-plant to large commercial printers and data center service bureaus. InfoTrends expects revenues to grow by about 4% annually.
What is noticeable in the current forecast is that the growth rate for color impressions in production copying and digital printing has accelerated compared to the previous forecasts. In fact, the growth rate is expected to increase to 18.5% CAGR compared to almost 15% in the last forecast for the United States. Continuous-feed inkjet color and, to some extent, the expected new B2 devices are responsible for this growth. Since there is an increased color share in this forecast, color impressions will have a more pronounced influence on the total POD volume and associated revenues. The color share of all U.S. impressions is expected to grow from 23% in 2011 to 48% in 2016. The decline rate of black and white impressions, however, remains almost unchanged. Western Europe will show an even stronger shift towards color, with an average annual growth of 20.4% for impressions made on color devices- opposed to a decline in impressions on black & white devices of over 7% per year. The European market is already more inclined towards color print and by 2015 more digital impressions in Western Europe will be done on color devices than on black & white devices. This is quite a shift for a market in which black & white accounted for 80% of impressions only five years ago.

From Textbooks to Tablets: South Korea’s Education System Goes Digital by 2015

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 Jul 6, 2011

Students in South Korea will have a much lighter backpack in the next four years. According to a South Korean online news site, all of South Korea’s educational materials will be delivered via electronic devices by 2015. The South Korean government aims to convert all paper textbooks into digital versions, and increase online classes so students can continue their studies outside of school. South Korea’s Education Ministry plans to use smart phones, tablet PCs, and smart televisions to deliver the entire school curriculum though a cloud-based system, which will allow students to download textbooks on their tablets. Read more »

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