The Key Point Blog

04/06/2020

Christine Dunne

Face Shields and Ventilators Just Two of the Contributions

Industry OEMs are using innovative technology and services to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. 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.

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04/02/2020

Catherine Cresswell

Mimaki’s Mantras at Virtual FESPA Press Launch: Bigger is Better, Collaboration is Key, and Flexibility is Favourable

In light of the postponement of FESPA 2020, Mimaki Europeresponded 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.

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04/01/2020

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.

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04/01/2020

John Shane

Reduced Printing by Vertical Sector Caused by the Coronavirus

By looking at the various vertical industry sectors and their contribution to office printing, we have estimated the best- and worst-case effects on print.

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04/01/2020

India Tatro

Canon Launches varioPRINT iX-Series of Sheetfed Presses

On April 1, 2020, Canon announced the latest update to its varioPRINT series of digital printers. Designed with commercial printers in mind, the varioPRINT iX-Series offers a wide variety of capabilities to improve automation, productivity, and media handling. Following on the success of the original varioPRINT platform that was introduced in 2015, this announcement demonstrates Canon’s continued efforts to combine digital capabilities with the quality and productivity of offset.

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04/01/2020

Carl Schell

Mega Dealer Exec Discusses Making an Impact in Managed IT Services

With over 20 years of IT experience, Layton has seen it all. He started with Novell to Windows NT upgrades and segued into the dot-com bubble, after which he entered the consulting space.

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03/27/2020

Catherine Cresswell

The Softer Side of Innovation: Kornit Announces Neopigment Robusto Softener Solution

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03/26/2020

Jamie Bsales & David Sweetnam

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

Recent legislation measures introduced by governments across the globe have forced businesses to take much more seriously the safeguarding of our personal data, with the threat of serious punitive fines for those who breach the rules.

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03/25/2020

Colin McMahon

Konica Minolta’s GenARate Attracts New Audience in Marketing/Advertising

Konica Minolta’s flagship augmented reality (AR) software platform, genARate, launched back in November 2018, but the company has been supporting, developing, and expanding its usage ever since. For those who may not be familiar, genARate is best described as a content creation tool for the AR space. Like many solutions, it has a mobile component – which currently includes an app that users can download (as well as a web solution…more on that later), and it also has a backend content creation studio that helps clients create intriguing and engaging AR experiences.

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03/24/2020

Eve Padula

bliQ Subscribers Speak Out

Keypoint Intelligence very recently conducted a survey of its bliQ subscribers to determine how dealers, vendors, salespeople, and others are responding to the outbreak.

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