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Modeling COVID-19’s Impact on Office Print Volume

John Shane
Apr 1, 2020

Keypoint Intelligence is actively measuring the potential impact of COVID-19 on US office print volume. By looking at the various vertical industry sectors and their contribution to office printing, we have estimated best case and worst-case impacts on print. The two main variables which we regard as critical to estimating print reductions are:  job losses by vertical and print loss from working at home. The model currently assumes a two-month impact which may prove to be optimistic.

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China Ramp-Up, Facility Diversity Easing Manufacturing Impact in Office Hardware Market

George Mikolay

Vendors Speak out on the Ongoing Pandemic

The virus known as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in the United States and drag the economy to a screeching halt. I talked with several of the major OEMs in the office hardware space about the impact the coronavirus has had on their manufacturing to this point, here in the US.

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Now More than Ever, Take Home Network Security Seriously

Jamie Bsales and David Sweetnam
Mar 26, 2020

Your Home Printer and Network Equipment Could Be Putting Corporate Data at Risk

With so many areas across the world now operating under “stay at home” orders, millions of traditionally office-based employees are adapting to life working from home for the first time. The challenges of finding sufficient work space, blocking out the noise from TVs blaring, children playing, dogs barking, online meetings crashing due to the lack of home bandwidth, and other distractions are already becoming all too commonplace. However, there is another, invisible and silent challenge that employers should be very conscious of: data security.

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The Office Scanner Industry Responds to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Lee Davis
Mar 23, 2020

Demand Is Steady, Supply Chains Are Mostly Intact, and Everybody Is Working from Home

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I remember learning about the Bubonic Plague and the Spanish Influenza when I was in school. I was terrified, but also relieved: “At least with modern medicine and medical technology, I’ll never have to worry about dealing with that stuff.”

Boy was I wrong.

The COVID-19 outbreak is wreaking havoc in every measurable way that havoc can be wreaked. Everything is closed. I am running out of toilet paper. My cat is confused why I haven’t left the house in a week. And I haven’t been able to watch a hockey game in 10 days.

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Caught in COVID-19’s Crosshairs

Riley McNulty

Testimonials of Commercial Printers

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As the United States grapples with the coronavirus, all levels of government are moving franticly to stem its impact. Social distancing is now the norm. People are curtailing travel and movement, whether it be international or local. Trade shows, conferences, concerts, sporting events, and school activities are cancelled. Homes are transformed into schools and offices. Even trips to local markets are taken with trepidation. Because of all this, people have far fewer occasions peruse programs, see signs, read promotional materials and brochures, or use course packets. This has led to a decline in printing of materials required to inform, educate, sell, amuse, and decorate. Like all companies in services, travel, and entertainment, commercial printers are experiencing the immediate impact COVID-19.

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Looking at COVID-19 Visually, By the Numbers

Randy Dazo
Mar 20, 2020

Presenting Our Interactive Map of the Ongoing Pandemic

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As the cases of COVID-19 increase, it can be hard to keep track of all the numbers and the effects occurring in our communities. Through DOMO—the visual data analytics tool that we here at Keypoint Intelligence use— and the data John Hopkins University is aggregating from various sources, we have developed an easy-to-use and interactive map to help you follow the changes and understand the impact of the spread of the coronavirus. Refreshes to the map happen in near real-time as JHU updates its numbers.

CAPTION: Our COVID-19 map is here to help you make better sense of what is truly going on.

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Gamification Takes Center Stage at (Relatively) Quiet PAX East 2020

Colin McMahon
Mar 17, 2020

Despite fears of the coronavirus, tens of thousands of attendees flocked to PAX East at the Boston Convention Center from February 27th to March 1st. The event, which managed to be held before numerous tradeshows and industry events were either postponed or cancelled, marked the continued celebration of video game technologies and the gaming culture. Compared to years past, however, this PAX felt quieter than usual.

PAX East 2020 logo

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Impact on Our Industry and the New Style of Work

Randy Dazo
Mar 16, 2020

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By now, everybody in the world is bracing for COVID-19. The personal and emotional effects it is having on us—not to mention the social, business, and economic ramifications—will be felt for a long time. With all the uncertainty, including how long it will last and what the future will look like, one thing is certain: We will all be affected, business will change, and the world will shift, good or bad, based on this global pandemic.

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How Will The Coronavirus Affect The Way We Work?

Anne Valaitis
Mar 12, 2020

As the news and information surrounding Coronavirus or COVID19 becomes more frequent and urgent, many people are faced with the decision regarding how and where to work. If businesses are shut down, for indefinite periods of time, how will employees continue to get work done? If Workers do work from home, will they have everything they need to continue operating as if they were in the office?

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HP Unveils Extensive Updates and Introductions for drupa 2020

German Sacristan and Ron Gilboa
Mar 10, 2020

In anticipation of the drupa event that is scheduled to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany this June, HP kicked off its media event with a raft of announcements. These announcements include new additions to HP’s portfolio of commercial digital printing and labels & packaging solutions. With this newest range of updates, HP is clearly focusing on increasing overall productivity with significant improvements to the entire ecosystem, including inks and chemistry, substrates, workflow, finishing, and industry partnerships. These improvements will enable printers to meet current and future customer demands while also bringing value to their customers’ supply chains.

In what was perhaps the most significant announcement because it reveals HP Indigo’s future direction, the company introduced a new platform 6 V12 Digital Press with LEP Architecture. The HP Indigo V12 marks the first time that the firm has launched a new platform series that is not based on its common impression cylinder technology. Instead, this new technology is based on inline imaging systems using a transfer belt for intermediate image transfer. This 340 mm wide printer is targeted toward label applications and designed for mid- to high-volume converters. The new linear architecture for imaging unlocks faster print speeds of up to 120 meters per minute (400 ft/min).

Figure 1: HP Indigo’s V12 Digital Press with LEP Architecture

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