The Key Point Blog

10/14/2015

Jamie Bsales

There was plenty of news that came out of the Samsung National Dealer Meeting, but one of our favorite items on the show floor was something you couldn’t see. Lurking inside select Samsung A3 and A4 XOA-equipped MFPs is a fully functional data collection agent (DCA)—the utility at the heart of all MPS systems that communicates meter counts, device-status information, consumables levels and other pertinent information from the client site back to the dealer.

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10/14/2015

Andrew Unsworth

Your Printer Can Do More Things Than You Think! Like everything else these days, printers have greatly benefitted from computer technology, and the average printer now has enough processing power, storage space and memory to let you work much more efficiently.

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10/13/2015

George Mikolay

This month marks the silver anniversary of the introduction of Xerox’s first DocuTech, a device that played a more than substantial role in ushering in the print-on-demand era, an era which has generated billions of dollars for the OEM and upwards of $30 billion for the document imaging industry as a whole.

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10/13/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

Buyers Lab LLC (BLI) announced that it has acquired the assets of InfoTrends, a division of Questex Media Group LLC.

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10/02/2015

Jessica Modrow

Buyers Lab joined Frank, CJ and Carol Cannata for The Cannata Report’s annual Awards & Charities Dinner at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph, New Jersey. This year celebrated the 30th anniversary of the event, which brings together key members of the document imaging industry for a fun night of socializing, dining and, for some, award winning.

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10/01/2015

Simon Plumtree

The recent incident where 4 million U.S. government employees fell victim to a cyber-attack was a shocking wake up call. It showed that we live in a world in which a staggering amount of information—much of it highly sensitive or confidential—is routinely held on computers that are far from being 100% secure. In the UK, there are many well-publicized cases of laptops containing confidential information on Prison Officers, Armed Forces personnel and members of the public having been stolen, and these show just how easily information can fall into the wrong hands.

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09/30/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

With its historic strength in B2B markets, in the last two years Sharp Corporation found itself on slippery financial ground in large part due to its consumer electronics division’s challenges in the TV marketplace. Mike Marusic, senior vice president of marketing, operations and service for Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, recently sat down with BLI to candidly discuss Sharp’s clouded financial past, and how the company’s licensing of its TV division has reinvigorated its focus on its core market—business users.

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09/29/2015

Carl Schell

The early signs of fall foliage on my drive from New Jersey to the home of Paul Revere and the Red Sox were a fitting metaphor for the BTA East 2015 event: Like the New England leaves, dealers’ “colors” need to adapt to the changing seasons.

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09/29/2015

Keypoint Intelligence

BLI attended as a session speaker to share its knowledge of the progress made by the document imaging industry thus far (based on BLI’s proprietary environmental testing), some of which was originally published in BLI’s 2014 white paper, “Environmental Trends and Projections, A Detailed Analysis of BLI Test Data.” Other sessions included discussions on e-waste, the use of hazardous materials and viable alternatives, closed-loop recycling, green product evaluation and corporate responsibility. Since electronic components can be found in just about everything from cars to kids’ toys, the speakers and topics varied greatly. Scientists discussed redesigning semiconductor packaging, chemists from leading universities shared their struggles with designing natural flame retardants, doctors decried certain chemical restrictions and economists assured us that alternative energy sources won’t be a detriment to society.

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09/24/2015

Carl Schell

Marco was one of the first organizations in Minnesota to offer an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and it’s on a relatively short list of U.S. companies that’s owned entirely by employees. “Whether you answer a phone, drive a truck or sell hardware, or whatever else, we all have a stake in our success,” Gau said. “We return a high percentage of our profits to our employees (dispensed as a percentage of a person’s income), which creates commitment from people who can help build our future.”

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