Toshiba gives awards to its dealers

– Following won awards as top performing dealers in the U.S.:
o Donnellon McCarthy Enterprises of Cincinnati, Ohio
o Higher Information Group of Harrisburg, PA
o Lioce Group of Huntsville, AL
o Appalachia Business Communications of Tennessee
o James Imaging Systems of Brookfield, WI
o Nauticon Imaging Systems of Maryland
o Kelley Imaging Systems of Idaho

Ricoh financial issues update

– Some reports state that the company will launch a second large layoff of branch personnel, this time affecting the major account team (previous layoff of 1200+ was primarily SMB territory reps)
– According to the Nikkei newspaper of Japan, the company is attempting to sell off 2 divisions to raise cash
o Logistics Systems division handles logistics, warehousing, with annual revenue of $636 million and employs 3000 people
o Electronic Devices division makes power chips for smartphones and other devices
– Goal is to reduce annual costs by 100 billion yen

Fujifilm financial issues update

– Fuji is maker of most printers and MFPs that carry the Xerox name
– Company announced it will finally release its delayed annual report for FY2016 this coming week
– Appears likely to revise past earnings reports as it takes a larger-than expected hits to profits from accounting irregularities
– Will also receive a report from an independent probe which will also be released
– What was examined is questionable bookkeeping involving copier leases
– May involve a hit to bottom line of 22 billion yen
– Next stockholders meeting is 6/29/17

HP exec says printer/MFP attacks growing

– Speaking at recent Infosecurity 2017 event, Paul McKiernan, HP’s Print Security Advisor made some comments
– “We are seeing more incidents reported to us this year than last year.”
– “Just last night in Denmark, a user noticed a memory corruption error.  The device was not connected to a SIM (subscriber identity module), and viewed by a SOC (system on a chip) or it would have been seen instantaneously – nonetheless, the user spotted it and told the IT department”
– Claims most are “blissfully unaware that printers might be an attack vector”
– Hackers can see a printer or MFP as an “ingress or egress point” or a “propagation node”
– Stated that purchasing departments should get CISO (chief information security officer) input before making decision on printers and MFPs


– Many network vulnerability scanning software solution packages do not provide details on printer and MFP security risks
– “If you are not monitoring your printers (and MFPs), a hacker could execute malware on the printer and not on the computer which is monitored”
– “It would wait until the document is printed – which is a stream of data that can carry malware instructions to deploy”

HP wins production print contract

– Award from Plastic Card Services of Macclesfield, England
– Installed an Indigo 5900 production color system
– Will be used to print cards for membership, loyalty, gift cards, hotel and other key cards, ID cards and security cards

HP exec unloads lots of stock in company

– Enrique Lores, president of HP Inc., filed a legal document to disclose that he sold 59,000 shares of stock in HP
– Value of stock was over $1 million dollars

Xerox wins production print contract

– Award from Minuteman printshop in Fort Worth, Texas
– Installed two Versant 180 production color laser systems
– Will be used to produce direct mail, brochures, flyers and business cards
– Included inline booklet maker, hole punch and cover inserters
– Reasons for choosing included; top speed of 80ppm, 350gsm media handling, and accurate registration

Sharp ships two new high speed color MFPs

– Launched the MX-6580N and MX-7580N
– Top speeds of 65ppm and 75ppm respectively
– Both are A3 color laser engines
– 4 tandem OPC drum design
– 10.1” full color touchscreen LCD control panel
o OSA equipped allowing for optional panel integration with solutions
– Comes standard with 1200 sheet letter drawer, 800 sheet letter drawer, two 500 sheet universal drawers and 100 sheet bypass
o Maximum paper capacity with options of 8,500 sheets
o Max sheet size of 13”x19”
o Maximum of 220gsm in paper drawers
o Maximum of 300gsm in bypass or optional side mount paper deck
– 55 second warmup time
– 220v power required
– Max print resolution of 600x600dpi for color (interpolated to 9600dpi) as copier, and 1200x1200dpi as color printer
o Up to 1200x1200dpi for b/w
o Does not offer true 8 bits per pixel imaging
– Document feeder has top scan speed of 100opm
o Scans both sides of original at same time or 200ipm
– Optional fax board
– Finishing options include cover insertion, stapling, booklet making, hole punch, tri fold
– Built-in print controller
o Actual maker unknown


o 1 terabyte hard drive
o 10/100/1000BaseT & USB ports standard
o Comes standard with PCL and PS print drivers
o Scan to TWAIN, email, desktop, FTP, SMB, USB, HDD
§ Comes standard with OCR board
o Optional EFI MX-PE12 Fiery print server

Lexmark launches new A3 color MFPs

– Ninestar of China (aka Lexmark) unveiled the new CX920 series of color laser MFPs
– Unknown who actual maker of these products is
– Will ship in fall of 2017
– Fastest model is the CX924, with top print speed of 65ppm
o Print only version is the CS920 series, up to 55ppm
– 4 tandem OPC drum design
– Maximum duty cycle of 275K/month
– 10” full color LCD touchscreen control panel
– Toner yield of 34,000 pages based on 5% coverage per page per color
o Fuser life of 720,000 pages
o Developer yield of 600,000 pages
– Document feeder scans up to 80opm
o Scans both sides of original at same time
o Top scan speed of 160ipm
– Maximum paper capacity of 6,650 sheets
– Optional finishing includes stapling, booklet making, tri folding
– Built-in print controller
o Actual maker unknown
o 1.2GHz processor
o Advertised as offering data security standard
o Advertised as offering “Pantone Matching”
§ Features “Color Replacement” for spot color matching

Cartridge World new ad campaign

– The printer, MFP and cartridge retailer announced its new “Why Buy a Printer?” promo
– Allows for businesses to purchase its branded remanufactured print cartridges, and receive a printer for free, which includes free on-site service
o Free training also available
o No other details published (unknown what monthly spend requirement is)
– Mark Pinner, CEO, stated; “Whether a business is in need of a replacement printer, printer maintenance solution or additional scanning, faxing or copying abilities, Cartridge World is committed to meeting each customer’s office needs through our Why Buy a Printer program”
– “eliminate businesses’ out-of-date hardware, put an end to expensive long term leases and added maintenance costs”
– Program offered through all 1,000 locations worldwide
– Plans to open an additional 2,000 locations by 2019

Idaho dealer acquires another dealer

– Allied Business Solutions (ABS) of Boise, Idaho, announced it has completed its acquisition of Idaho Business Systems (IBS)
– IBS has locations in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, as well as Ontario, Oregon, and a Toshiba dealer
– ABS is owned by Stacy and Tom Beeles, and also is Toshiba dealer

Large dealer makes large acquisition

– R. J. Young, headquartered in Nashville, TN, announced it has acquired Bristol Office Supply (BOS), headquartered in Bristol, Virginia
– RJY already has 27 locations across Tennessee and Mississippi, and is a Canon, Lexmark, HP & Ricoh dealer
– BOS also has locations in North Carolina, and is Canon/Samsung dealer

HPE to announce huge layoff

– Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no affiliation with HP Inc.) announced it expects that up to 12,200 employees will exit by end of 2018
– Plans to incur separation costs of $1.1 billion

IBM wins huge cloud service contract

– Award from Lloyds Banking Group, headquartered in London, England
– Has 12.5 million online customers and 8 million mobile users
– Contract is for $1.66 billion for 10 years
(Lloyds was hit by hackers earlier this year)

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