Posts tagged: Quick print

The UPS Store Fires First Salvo in U.S. Retail 3D Print Services

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 Sep 6, 2013

In late July, The UPS Store announced an initiative to test 3D printing services via Stratasys equipment in select stores. The result has been significant publicity and interest in the offering. For example, the Clairemont, San Diego, location has received much attention due to the service since its debut three weeks ago. The owner, Burke Jones, spoke to Forbes about his store’s 3D printing service, the types of customers using it, pricing, and expectations for the future. One of the most interesting takeaways from Mr. Jones’ interview is who his customer base is. The majority are Read more »

Will HP be third time lucky with a scheme to promote print to small business?

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 Aug 17, 2011

For a second time HP has shelved a scheme to drive print volume to SMB and micro businesses.

Print Station, which began in South Africa and was eventually rolled out to 57 sites in 16 countries across the world, will begin a controlled close down later this year. For many in the industry its demise may be the first they heard of it but it’s likely that they will remember a similar scheme from 2009 called MarketSplash, which was scaled back in reaction of an outcry from PSPs, mostly in the US.

For lightning to to strike in the same place twice, especially for a dominant force in the printing industry like HP, is bad luck to say the least. Read more »

Identifying Opportunities in the U.S. Retail and Quick Print Market

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 May 13, 2011

Over the past few years, the retail and quick print market has encountered hardship due to a weak economy and a general move to electronic delivery of many types of documents. As a result, value-added services have become an important component of retail and quick print providers’ service offerings. Recent surveys conducted by InfoTrends indicate just how important value-added services have become for this market. With 50% of revenue coming from services other than print, it is clear that print providers have realized the value associated with broadening their service portfolios. Direct marketing services such as direct mail and e-Mail marketing are among the top value-added services offered by quick print providers surveyed. In addition, there is a growing interest surrounding Internet related marketing services with a specific focus on social media marketing. As the print landscape continues to evolve, opportunities for new revenue growth will continue to arise. Read more »

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