Dealer Insight into Activity during the Age of Coronavirus

Carl Schell
Apr 15, 2020

Service, the State of Print, Managed IT, and More

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We’ve heard how COVID-19 has affected business from bliQ subscribers. We’ve heard from traditional A3 OEMs on the manufacturing impact, scanner vendors too. And over the past month, we’ve spoken with dealers of all sizes on both sides of the pond as well as in Australia. Let’s go!

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What Are You Doing to Adapt to Change during the COVID-19 Crisis?

German Sacristan
Apr 14, 2020

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Darwin famously said, “It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” No truer words could ever be spoken about 2020, the year forever marked by the reality that is COVID-19. Most companies today are struggling, while others have found a way to adapt to the current environment—most likely, this will pave the way to future success.

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COVID-19 Crisis Spurs Interest in Telehealth

Christine Dunne
Apr 13, 2020

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Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, Konica Minolta and its All Covered IT services division have seen quite the increase in inquiries related to telehealth solutions.

“We’ve started getting more inquiries from customers than collectively for five years,” said Joe Cisna, Global Director for Digital Workplace Vertical Solutions at Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A.

Konica Minolta has offered SnapMD’s cloud-based virtual care management solution for five years now, but it took a significant relaxation of Medicare reimbursement rules—driven by the need to stop the spread of COVID-19 as well as free up emergency rooms for affected patients—to really boost demand for this offering.

One view of the SnapMD telehealth solution
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EFI Reggiani Drives Sustainability for Textile and Apparel Direct-to-Fabric Printing Solutions

Catherine Cresswell and Eve Padula
Apr 9, 2020

As is the case for many other trade shows that were supposed to take place during the first half of this year, FESPA 2020 has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Originally scheduled for March 24 – 27, the event has been rescheduled to October 6 – 8. This postponement didn’t stop EFI Reggiani from announcing its new textile solutions, and FESPA attendees will hopefully get to experience these innovations firsthand later this year. FESPA October will also enable the company to introduce further innovations as the product lineup continues to evolve.

EFI Reggiani, an Italy-based provider of complete solutions for the global textile market, has unveiled some solutions that change the way textile products and apparel are designed and produced. Under the theme Innovation in Green, the company is highlighting its continued commitment to the environment with its sustainable solutions. EFI Reggiani is placing a particular focus on direct-to-textile printing for home textiles as well as fashion and sportswear applications.

A Pigment Ink Solution for Natural Fabrics

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COVID-19 Impact on Trade Shows – List of Canceled and Postponed Events

India Tatro

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As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, many trade shows and industry events have been postponed or canceled in order to protect the health of attendees, exhibitors, and employees. Many shows with an original date in March-June 2020 have postponed with hopes to hold the show in the fall, while others have canceled altogether with the intention of returning in 2021. Some canceled events will have a virtual experience instead, utilizing web conferencing services like Zoom.

In the table below, Keypoint Intelligence has assembled a list of upcoming trade shows, with their current status and any new show dates where applicable: Read more »

COVID 19: How Glue’s VR Remote Collaboration Framework is Trying to Improve Working Together

Colin McMahon
Apr 8, 2020

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A short time ago, Keypoint Intelligence did a brief examination of how virtual reality could be used for remote collaboration. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has only continued, with many organizations now painfully aware that months of remote work will be needed to survive the crisis. The case totals have increased, and results from China look complex. It appears that the coronavirus (or some close mutation) may be a reality until a vaccine is developed and distributed. Businesses must take any and all steps to ensure their remote workflow procedures are cutting edge.

To better inform our clients, Keypoint Intelligence sat down for a podcast with Jussi Havu, Founder and CEO of Glue, a promising VR remote collaboration software provider. Havu explained the particulars of the Glue solution as well as how it can help improve the meeting experience overall.

Virtual Reality Glue

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OEMs Making Gear, Equipment to Fight COVID-19

Christine Dunne
Apr 7, 2020

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Industry OEMs are using their manufacturing capabilities to produce various gear and equipment aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Some of these initiatives were mentioned in an earlier Keypoint Intelligence blog post, but this article will discuss several recent efforts in greater detail.

Ricoh face shield prototype (Source: Ricoh Europe)
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Remote Workforce Opportunities Abound for Dealers during Coronavirus Pandemic

Carl Schell
Apr 6, 2020

What the Office Equipment Channel Can Learn from MSPsC

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Despite the coronavirus wreaking havoc around the globe, there is a silver lining.

Hello, remote workforce.

Dale Stein, Co-Founder of the Technology Assurance Group, reports that, based on a survey of TAG members, job tickets over the past month have doubled compared to typical MSP workflow. Traditional office equipment dealers that already offer managed IT services are ahead of the game, and it stands to reason that these organizations have also seen a similar uptick in IT work. Which is very good for the channel, as office print has shifted to the home and, well, businesses with a portfolio that reaches beyond output hardware and MPS can still make money—here are three things that can help…

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Industry OEMs Use Innovations to Combat COVID-19

Christine Dunne

Industry OEMs are using innovative technology and services—often outside of traditional print offerings—to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The fast availability and development of relevant innovations from companies like Canon, HP, Konica Minolta, and Ricoh shows R&D efforts attuned to global needs.

Source: https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=255601&picture=lightbulb-idea-innovation
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Mimaki’s Mantras at Virtual FESPA Press Launch: Bigger is Better, Collaboration is Key, and Flexibility is Favourable

Catherine Cresswell
Apr 2, 2020

In light of the postponement of FESPA 2020, Mimaki Europe responded quickly by announcing its planned product launches via a webinar. Ronald van den Broek (General Sales Manager, EMEA) provided an overview of the product announcements, Bert Benckhuysen (Senior Product Manager, EMEA) went into more detail on the products, and Danna Drion (Senior Marketing Manager) outlined Mimaki’s upcoming series of virtual meetings and customer/press communications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s strategic objectives for this year include continued investments in innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness for all business units. The actual FESPA event, which is now scheduled for October 2020, is expected to bring further announcements. The primary sign & graphics and textile printing announcements from the webinar are outlined below.

The 3DGD-1800 Modelling Printer

The 3DGD-1800, a new gel dispensing 3D modelling printer with UV LED curing, is bigger than any other 3D device in Mimaki’s portfolio. It is capable of printing 3D objects up to 1.8m H x 1.45m W x 1.11m D. By using two interchangeable printheads at 1.8mm and 2.6mm, the device can also print two objects in a single print run or two halves of the same object with different printheads.

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