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A Year From Now You May Wish You Had Started Today

No company, organization, or team will sustain long term success without improvement. If a hockey team keeps the same players with the same tactics, over time other teams will pass them with better players and superior tactics. Companies are no different. Companies who rely on the same performance year after year will gradually fade away into ...

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The Woes of a Windows Phone User

Hello, my name is Scott, and I am a Windows Phone user. I have been for many years. Take a moment for that to sink in as you survey your surroundings… chances are that no one else in your vicinity can say the same. Windows-based phones are the extreme minority in a smartphone market dominated by Android and iOS devices, and their share ...

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gappy tumblr 8: The Remote gapper

It’s officially been a month since I packed my bags and moved from the sunny beaches of San Diego, California back to my home state of Colorado. If you’re at all curious as to why I did that, you can check out my fellow Colorado-born gapper, Karen Hartzman’s blog: San Diego via Colorado and Back Again which will provide ...

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gappy Tumblr 7: gap Groups #problems and #perks

Part of being a gapper means being a member of multiple different teams, departments, and culture clubs. These groups can encompass who we work with in our daily jobs, who we collaborate with to expand our culture, and even who we go to yoga or volleyball with. Because there are so many different groups at gap, sometimes we don’t ...

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Lessons From Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes

High school science class taught us entropy and that all systems are in decline.  Entropy causes disorder and change and those who can successfully evolve in these systems are the ones who will survive; whether a species, a person, or a company. 

Through gapUniversity, gap intelligence offers a Masters of Business Administration ...

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Design, the Next Area of Innovation for Notebook Makers

The earliest and most important technology event of the year has come and gone, and it brought with it some products and technologies that left our mouths wide open. CES 2015 saw launches and announcements by major and not so major manufacturers, including an overwhelming number of notebooks and tablets.


I attended the show for the 5th time this ...

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Go, gap, Go!

2014 was a relatively quiet year for gap intelligence. We didn’t make any drastic changes or reinvent ourselves. We didn’t launch a volley of new services and tools. We just stayed the course this year.

What we did do in 2014 was focus on the things that we do best. We focused on our data and how to collect data with nine-nines (99.9999999%) of ...
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“All I have learned, I learned from books [that I read in the gap Book Club]” - Abraham Lincoln

I’ve always heard that the human brain is like a muscle--the more you work it out, the stronger it gets. And no matter how weak or strong it is, there’s always room for more growth. On the flip side, it seems the latter is also true. The more we use our brains for mundane and passive activities, the more they atrophy and become increasingly ...
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Liberty Station 4 Year gapiversary!

165648_10150126999442345_715058_nWhen I came for my first interview at gap intelligence in October 2009 I made sure to arrive early. My friend Aidan that referred me told me that gap’s office was located on the 3rd floor in downtown San Diego at the corner of 7th and C Street. That seemed easy enough to find since I lived near downtown. After easily finding parking, I headed ...
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gapForecast: What to Expect from the Print Industry In 2015

There are a lot of reasons to feel confident in what 2015 has in store for the print industry. The economy (at least in the US) is looking as strong as it has in recent memory, there are a number of interesting strategies and initiatives emerging, and many vendors in our industry are now posting solid profit and revenue growth. However, there ...
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Vendors Target On-the-Go Professionals with Mobile Inkjet SFPs

As a declining number of users are printing at home, inkjet manufacturers are working to grow sales of inkjet devices by focusing their efforts on other new segments. While inkjet manufacturers have found an opportunity for growth in the business inkjet AiO segment, vendors are also focusing on the mobile inkjet SFP market to target on-the-go ...
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gappy Tumblr 5: How to be Zen

September 22nd marked gap intelligence’s second yoga challenge at Yoga Six in Point Loma. A handful of gappers have been committed gap-yogis ever since last October’s yoga challenge, including yours truly. While I was a skeptic of yoga in the beginning, I've learned to love it and all the health benefits that come from it; ranging from toning ...
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Decline of Digital Cameras in the OSS Channel

Digital cameras have it rough in the retail channel these days, as do retailers themselves in some regards, as both adapt to changes that connected technology brought to the way we take pictures, and the way in which we shop. Across the retail landscape, the historically vast presence of digital cameras has waned in recent years as chains ...
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We Bought Quixel Research

Occasionally I’ll get spam emails that I actually enjoy. Today, for example, “Acquisition International” emailed me that our recent acquisition of Quixel Research was named “Deal of the Year.” Acquisition International offered to broadcast our award on its website and send us a crystal trophy for as little as $5,000. While the award is ...
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HP: Waiting for Big Wednesday

HP_webos_OSSI loved WebOS.

When former HP CEO Mark Hurd bought Palm’s mobile operating system in 2010, I thought that the company had struck gold. Everything about HP and WebOS was dreamy. WebOS was one of four mobile platforms in the marketplace, but with HP’s business model WebOS was a legitimate contender.

HP’s advantage was that it could potentially ...
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Fantasy Football: An Unpredictable Statistical Fiasco

In my blog post this week, I will show my findings from a regression analysis done on the correlation between Rushing Yards in a given game vs Defensive Rushing Yards Allowed. Fantasy-Football Contrary to popular belief, Fantasy Football is not a game of complicated stats, but a game of simple choices made in your initial draft and the subsequent lack of ...

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Haaave you met Charlie?

Hey All! My name is Danielle Regello, I have been working at gap for a few months now in the Laundry and Home Appliances categories, and I am loving it!


Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, snuggling my adorable dog and practicing yoga. Most nights you will find me at home, glass of wine in hand, trying out recipes and testing them on my guinea ...

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gappy Tumblr 4: The Dreaded Full-Calc

One of the biggest time-sucks out of any gapper’s day is the dreaded full-calc of a large file. Depending on the file it can take anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour, and during that time a gapper is left wondering what to do while they wait – and pray – for the calc-ing to finish. At the end of last quarter, I was fortunate enough to get one of ...
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Introducing the Weekend Warrior!

To kick-off the summer season ahead, we here at gap intelligence are unveiling a brand-new component to our blog series...the Weekend Warrior! As a company and as collective individuals, we each strive to contribute to something bigger and better than ourselves day in and day out. Within our office walls and out into the world, our passions, ...
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Scott’s One Cool Thing: Mastering Timelapse with Michron

Some of the most innovative ideas in today’s imaging realm can be found as campaigns on Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform. The site is a boon to ambitious startups with bold and creative ideas that require an extra push from consumers like us to become a reality. One of these ideas that successfully materialized into a finished ...
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Satya’s Search for the Meaning of Microsoft

In interviews during the final months of his life, Steve Jobs gave some of his best advice on business as well as his harshest criticisms. Jobs’ most potent venom was aimed at once innovative companies that had lost their way by promoting the head of sales to the head of the company. Jobs’ most specific example of an innovative company gone bad ...

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Camera Market Returns from Four-Year Ride Bruised, but Wiser

Digital cameras have it rough these days. Statistics being released from numerous industry sources are continually quantifying the decline in digital camera sales and shipments over the past years, which at this point has become very real to many photographic industry players. Competition in the marketplace from devices like smartphones, ...
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A Spring gappy Tumblr Blog 3

New quarters bring new challenges to most of us gappers, and this quarter was an especially challenging one for this girl. From getting back into the groove at the start of the year to wrapping up the quarter with a challenging project, this addition of gappy tumblr will focus on my personal journey in dealing with the last eventful few months. ...
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gap intelligence Enters the Hedgehog Market

It is with great excitement that gap intelligence announces a new addition to its category offerings with the introduction of tracking live and toy hedgehogs. With the booming pet industry, it is no surprise that gap intelligence decided to enter the market. The company will track live and toy hedgehogs at all of the major pet vendors in the ...
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The Pursuit of gappyness

Hey there blog readers! My name’s Matt and I’m one of the new(er) gappers here at gap intelligence, although I’ve been working in Data Operations for almost 9 months now. That being said, I’m not going to give you the standard biographical introduction you may have come to expect from newbies, I’ll just keep that part brief… I am a native ...
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second annual Drives for Rides golf tournament!!

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gap intelligence is a values-led company. We care. We care about our clients, about each other, and about our community. Our Time, Talent, and Treasure committee (3Ts) is driven to inspire community impact through charitable opportunities. On May 2, 2014, we will be hosting the second annual Drives for Rides golf tournament to ...
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The Fridge I Want vs The Fridge I’ll Probably Get

lightswitchSince I moved into my place back in February 2013, the refrigerator light has been out. Not because the light bulb was burnt out, but because the tiny little switch was broken from the previous tenant (See picture above). For months, I just accepted that I would never really be able to see my food when I opened the fridge. I recently decided it ...

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A Christmas gappy Tumblr Blog 2

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas Eve to all! December is always an exciting time of the year for gappers; the gap fantasy football league playoffs, the infamous holiday party, finishing up the end of the quarter, and let’s not forget the wonderful last few work days before Christmas followed by a week of vacation! In my second installment of a gappy ...
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Scott’s One Cool Thing: Holiday Edition

Who says digital cameras aren’t cool anymore? With the majority of casual point-and-shooters reaching for smartphones as their go-to capture devices these days, it seems that less interest is being paid to the dedicated camera segment compared to hotter CE gadget categories that are emerging onto the scene, which I admit, is understandable.

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HP’s Sharp Deal, and Why it's Good News for Canon

If you Google “win-win business relationships,” you don’t have to search long before HP and Canon’s OEM alliance comes up. It’s in almost every win-win-related article, a number of business books, and is taught in business classes across the country.

Like any 30 year marriage, Canon and HP have had their share of their ups and downs, but the ...
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The Twelve Days of Gap

On the first day of Gap
Herbie sent to me:
A new Power Pivot for thee.


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On the second day of Gap
Herbie gave to me:
2 Red Bulls
and a new Power Pivot for thee.


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On the third day of Gap
Herbie sent to me:
3 Ts a Giving
2 Red Bulls
and a new Power Pivot for thee.


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On the fourth day of Gap
Herbie sent to me:
4 Devs Programming
3 Ts a Giving
2 Red Bulls
and a new ...

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Lamborghinis and Vans

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On Friday, November 15th, I was blown away by the Make-a-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area and the citizens of San Francisco. They managed to make a 5 year old leukemia survivor, Miles Scott, dream of being Batkid in Gotham City come true in a grand fashion. I was moved to tears at the outpouring of love and support to make one little boy’s wish ...
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HP’s New Supplies Distribution Policy Goes into Effect

There has been a lot of hype recently around HP’s supplies distribution policy change, which went into effect on November 1, 2013. Ever since the change was announced in May, many have speculated about whether it’s going to disrupt the supply chain or not be as big of deal as others are making it out to be.

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So, what’s changed?

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Tales from the Dark Side of the Channel

Growing up as a Red Sox fan and growing old as a office imaging analyst, it’s been hard not to root for the underdog.

I certainly can’t complain about my last ten years with the Sox (minus 2011 & 2012), but from kindergarten to college I got pretty used to watching my team either finish somewhere in the middle of the AL East or lose in the ...
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TCO: Total Cost of Oawesomeness (O is Silent)

Good afternoon loyal fans,

I’ve been slogging on my blogging. My apologies. I blame my bum knee. You see, a couple months ago, I tore my ACL for the SECOND time. The first time it happened, the culprit was a (perhaps overly enthusiastic) double-back-handspring into side-split-kick into my keyboard. What you might not know, is that the famous ...
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A gappy Tumblr Blog

In the spirit of the many tumblr blogs that I and many of my fellow gappers like to visit, I thought I might start my own gappy tumblr to show our readers how gappers (but more specifically, I) react to the ups and downs of a typical day in the office.

When I hear someone saying they're going to Starbucks, I’m like:



When we get to Starbucks and ...
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Oh the places he’ll go…

Herbie is neither big nor tall.

Actually he is quite small.

He loves to travel and as you’ll see,

He’s been to more places than you or me.

From coast to coast and sea to sea,

Herbie’s like Waldo; you’ll never know where he’ll be.

He’s traveled to Uzbekistan, chilled in New York’s Central Park, and

he’s even taken pictures in Alaska’s Glacier Bay ...
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Red White and Refrigerators!

What comes to mind when you think of Independence Day? U.S. History? Fireworks? Apple Pie? BBQ’s? American Flags? Home Appliances?

For many of us, major U.S. holidays are synonymous with white goods sales. What is it about holidays that drive retailers and manufacturer’s to offer deep discounts on appliances in conjunction with these events? ...
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I See Smart Appliances…

LG and Samsung have taken the lead with the development of smart appliances, leaving many folks wondering when US based corporations will jump in. To LG and Samsung’s benefit, the Korean manufacturers are well established in the smartphone and tablet industries allowing them a large advantage with pre-existing infrastructures to support ...
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The Battle of the High-End Appliances

What comes to mind when you think of high-end kitchen home appliances? Many consumers will name off brands such as Sub-Zero, Miele, and Viking. It goes without saying that the aforementioned manufacturers produce beautiful, and equally expensive, home appliances, however two European companies are emerging to take the lead in the luxury ...
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Pancakes: More Than Just a Prime Breakfast

The day at gap intelligence began this morning with the highly-anticipated Waffle Potluck Breakfast. With a belly full of scrumptious food from this epic event, and as gap’s resident digital camera analyst, I of course started pondering the photographic impact of other delicious breakfast foods, namely pancakes.

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An Elementary School Recess Sport turned Competitive

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It’s an idea that’s been thrown around the office for a while, and after months of talking about it, we’re now competing in a Vavi Kickball league under the name gapUniversity Fighting Hedgehogs. A bunch of us are very excited about it, and the 3 games we’ve played ...
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Richard Runs California

1Last night, gap intelligence had the pleasure of attending the Homebrew Fundraiser for Richard Runs California at the Local Habit in the heart of Hillcrest. Richard Nares, executive director and co-founder of the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) will dare to tackle the not so easy feat of running from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to San ...
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#gapproblems

If you have read any of the other blogs for gap intelligence, you will see that we have it pretty good. We have fun days at the Del Mar races, gapU events, golf tournaments and so much more! However, life isn't all beaches and sunshine all the time here in San Diego. Here are a list of hardships we face in our Liberty Station office, or as us ...
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Compact Cameras’ Time to Shine

With the ever-growing presence and dependence on smartphones in today’s society, there has been no shortage of articles correlating this trend with a slow and painful death for the point-and-shoot camera. True, that trends within the digital camera market show a shrinking presence, but it is within this overall decline developments are ...
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Battle of the Books!

Here at gap intelligence, we are constantly in the pursuit of knowledge, personal, and professional growth. For those of us that are lucky enough to work here, it goes without question that gap intelligence’s culture fuels this fire.

This month, gap-University rolled out a brand-new program designed to flex our brain muscles while having a ...
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The Platform

I may be young compared to many of my peers in the office imaging analyst community, but my approach to the channels and technologies that I track can be pretty old school. Even as a growing share of my analysis shifts to services and solutions, I’m still drawn to the tangibility of speeds, feeds, and CPCs; I remain fascinated by how they play ...
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Where Do We GoPro From Here?

It is not that big of a stretch to assume everyone at this point is familiar with GoPro and its popular range of POV (point-of-view) camcorders. The brand has impressively become one of the most universally recognized players in the industry, built on a foundation of wearable camcorders that withstand the elements, and the brand’s extreme ...
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Herbie's 2012 Adventures

It’s been an exciting year for the ever popular Herbie the gap hedgehog, as he embarked on some thrilling adventures with not only his beloved gappers but also students from the Geology department of San Diego State University.

As I blogged about last June, Herbie accompanied me on a geology field trip where he amazed other students with his ...
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A little “Thank you” goes a long way

Recently gap intelligence’s own president, Gary Peterson, was featured on Forbes.com writing about a lesson he learned in college—the importance of gratitude. One way to express gratitude is through thank you cards.

In today’s technologically advanced world, the thank you card gets lost in the shuffle, and I'm not talking about an iPod. So ...
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A Brief History of the Connected Camera

With WiFi rapidly advancing as the hottest trend in digital cameras these days, connectivity’s impact on the market is definitely exciting and undeniable, although ultimately not a new concept. Connected technology is more visible and essential than ever in today’s world, and will continue to be as future generations grow up with social ...
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Small and Fast vs. Big and Slow

No, I’m not talking about Darren Sproles vs. Philip Rivers (even though I can’t wait for football to start!). I’m talking about companies and the best places to work. I speak from experience thanks to the fact that I’ve been in this industry longer than most of my co-workers have been in this world.

For reference, I’ve spent most of my career in ...
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the pico-letter v9.05 - A Call for a Universal Mobile Print Solution

One could say that the selection of mobile print apps on the market today is almost as diverse as the number of tablet and smartphone platforms they are made for. There is at least one mobile print app from just about every major printer maker, in addition to those offered by software companies. Each app covers a limited number of printers and ...
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Connected Cameras: Fostering the Fundamental Act of Sharing Photos

2012 has seen an influx of connectivity within the digital camera realm that has never been witnessed in the past. While WiFi-equipped cameras are not a new concept, the transformation of the technology from a top-shelf halo specification to a widely-available feature within the market is more obvious than ever. Connectivity faces a growing ...
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A Look into the Nature of Exclusives

This blog is somewhat of a follow up to Gurpreet’s most recent post, inspired by her exploration of the “Showrooming” phenomena in the world of retail (see also: Heard About “Showrooming”?). Within her article, Gurpreet included stats from the digital camera and laptop markets to illustrate her point on the growing trend of retailers offering ...
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Heard About 'Showrooming'?

There is a new word floating around in the wonderful world of retail, and that is “Showrooming.” In case you have not heard about it, allow me to explain. Showrooming is the practice of researching a product in-store and then buying it elsewhere, most likely at Amazon.com or eBay! With the increasing proliferation of data-enabled devices like ...
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the Pico-Letter v9.01 - My Toast at VJ's Retirement Party

Roast and Toast

*Clink**Clink**Clink**Clink**Clink*

I guess it’s my turn now to say few words about the man we are honoring today, Vyomesh Joshi - but we can call him "VJ". Fill up your drinks with whatever you like because I lift my toasting glass often and I have a big glass of Sprite right here. First, let’s all raise our glasses to Carli, Robert, Mark, ...
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What Will Happen to the Templates?

As a self-proclaimed lifelong lover of office supplies, I remember a time when Avery Dennison was synonymous with labels. The company was the standard that all other brands adhered to. When you wanted to print a label, the easiest one was to choose Avery Dennison’s products because of the hundreds of templates right in Microsoft Word. It was ...

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Not All 3D is Created Equal

Although I’ve spent the majority of my career selling consumer electronics and working with consumer electronics manufacturers, I’ve never been accused of being a technology ‘early adopter’ in my personal life. I held onto my ‘flip phone’ until the last possible second, I still don’t have a Facebook page and until last year my TV had a tube in ...
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Rubbing Elbows



Our President, Gary Peterson, is a very busy man. So busy in fact that he often times does not have enough time to squeeze in all of the events that he is invited to into his hectic schedule. When the demands of running gap intelligence keep him tethered to his desk, it often comes with major benefits to the rest of the company because he will ...
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The Gapper’s Newman Survival Guide

Are you tired of letting Newman get you down?

Are you sick of using heavy objects on your desk as a way to punish your computer every time Newman deletes one of your reports? Have you ever cried, cursed, or injured a body part while trying to deal with Newman? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you must read this very important ...
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So Bored of MPS….

Not really, actually. I’m still very interested in it, but I thought it was an attention-grabbing title and would serve as a good warning that this blog will not be about Managed Print Services. Instead, our latest blog will focus on a handful of notable trends ripped from the Price and Promotions Report Excel cells and Market Intelligence ...
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Fantasy vs. Reality

Let me start by saying I’m not trying to be sexist or stereotype women. But, I happen to live with four of them (a wife and 3 teenage daughters) so I have more insight than most men have the right (or desire) to know. You won’t hear me arguing when they talk about being the superior sex and I’m always amazed at their thoughtfulness, sensitivity ...
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the pico-letter v8.08 - Just Give VJ the Damn Ball

True story. The last article I read before leaving for Yosemite was from the New York Times entitled "HP - Palm Deal Looks Better with Time". The August 16th article compared HP's $1.2 billion purchase of Palm versus Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The article reaped praise on former HP CEO Mark Hurd's decision to grab ...
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the pico-letter v8.07 - The End of an Era: HP Wants Out of the PC Business

This month marks 30 years since the personal computer was first introduced to the world - since 1981, companies like HP, IBM, and Apple, among many others, have helped to pioneer one of the most influential industries of our time. And somewhat ironically, as the personal computer celebrates 30 years this month, HP revealed that it is seeking to ...
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A Love Story.

I'd like to tell you a story. It's a story of passion and love, of heartache and sorrow. There are laughs and smiles, as well as some tears. It all started 4 years ago, in September of 2007. At the time, I was just enjoying a summer of all sorts of activities, vacations, friends, and family. It was a glorious time in my life and a summer I will ...
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Move Aside Megapixels, CMOS Sensors Coming Through

To tell the difference between a good camera and a better camera you look at how many megapixels it has, right?

Traditionally, we have all shopped for digital cameras under this basic premise, but there is a growing trend spreading throughout the price bands of the compact camera market that has people buying, and manufacturers making, cameras ...
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the pico-letter v8.05: Apple and the Youth Market

College students have never been more popular than today. No, not in terms of Facebook friends, although that's likely true. Rather, it's because of their role in the consumer electronics market. Every major CE manufacturer is targeting their demographic. David Roman, the new CMO at Lenovo, admitted recently that "the only way to build a ...
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Knock Knock. Who's there? Apple. Apple who?

Knock knock. Who's there? Apple. Apple who?
Knock knock. Who's there? Apple. Apple who?
Orange you glad I didn't say Apple again...oh wait. I did. Darn. But how could I not? The two hottest topics trending on Twitter this week were Apple and a certain Mr. Weiner. And well, the latter would have made for a fairly inappropriate joke.

Monday marked a ...
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the pico-letter v8.04 - The Changing Rules of Retail and the Shrinking Shelf

Ten years ago Walmart superstores opened everywhere. Over the past three years, Target stores added groceries to their already large product assortment. Best Buy became the ultimate electronics store stocking everything from TVs to electric scooters. The theme? Large stores offering anything a consumer might want in a single location and on ...
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Do I like this?

As Bing releases its updated search algorithm today which integrates what your Facebook friends like with your search results, it becomes apparent that the consumer is more reliant on getting previously tested information before experiencing it themselves.



Starting today, when you are linked to Facebook and make a search on Bing, the results ...
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Off the Grid

When a large group of people are all doing the same thing it’s hard not to take notice. As I waited at the airport in San Jose, California the evening of Sunday, May 1, I couldn’t help but notice that everyone was staring intently at the same television screen. I was surprised to see in bold across the screen, “Osama Bin Laden: Dead”.

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Expected Schoolwide Learning Results

I am delighted to inform you that after careful consideration by the Office of Admissions you have been accepted into gap University’s class of 2011.

I could weep with happiness. In-line with the goals and plans outlined in this year’s company kickoff, gap intelligence has created its own university in hopes of building a strong and united ...
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the pico-letter v8.03 - HP’s Trojan Horse

Considering that HP is one of the clear Managed Print Services leaders, at first glance it can be amazingly hard to envy the vendor’s role in the MPS market because of its massive install base of easy-to-manage and often-consolidated printers.

In a best case scenario, HP or one of its channel partners wins an MPS account that mainly uses non-HP ...
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I Saw Bigfoot. Bigfoot Likes MPS.

I Saw Bigfoot. Bigfoot Likes MPS.

Let’s roll the clocks back about four years. A little known company called Memjet made its first public appearance in March 2007. A grainy webcast witnessed by hundreds of the printing industry's most established players showed a video of an inkjet printer spitting out page after page of color documents at never ...
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Office and Production Printing Year in Review

It’s hard to define a year. Some folks may call 2010 a recovery year. Other print industry watchers may call it the year of MPS, the year of services, or the year of the A4s depending on their focus (or bias). Whatever you want to call it, 2010 was certainly quite eventful and I believe set the stage for an even more exciting 2011, especially ...
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Truth Alone Triumphs

One week after returning home from my trip to India, I find myself sitting on my couch watching Slumdog Millionaire. Paying more attention to the background details and scenery than to the dialogue and storyline, I easily get lost in my thoughts and reminiscence of my recent adventure. Now, prior to visiting the country, I will admit that my ...
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Have You Seen Me?

Airlines have lost my bags several times. In most cases, my bags would miraculously appear a few days later, or in one instance, three weeks later and adorned with random stickers from around the world. This latest MIA episode is different as my bag is completely gone, missing, vanished, a runaway. If I could submit a picture of my red suitcase ...
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Environmental Hypocrisy

On April 22, 2010, the world celebrated the 40th edition of Earth Day. According to , it is the largest secular event in the world with over 1 billion people participating in over 190 countries. This number was surprising to me because I barely remember reading anything about the event that allegedly included 1/7 of the population. Other than ...

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Panasonic’s A3 Exit - Not a Transitional Milestone

Here in the office printing analyst community, few forecast drum beats can be heard as loudly as claims of the imminent consolidation of copier vendors and the looming obsolescence of the A3 format. These forecasts have gained increasing clout during the last year as the floundering economy expedited Oce’s path to acquisition and the emergence ...
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Seven Months. Nine Trips.


If you’d like to make plans with me it will have to wait till September. My jet-setting began in February and will continue all the way through August. I have planned nine trips over seven months! My travels include the following cities in this order: San Francisco, Napa, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa ...

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The Demand Creation Vacuum – Who’s Going to Step Up

One year ago last week, gap intelligence’s Market Intelligence reports included an revealing that two thirds of all former Circuit City customers planned to go to Best Buy and Walmart for their future electronics purchases. An understandable, but still immense, 55 percent of Circuit City shoppers planned to make future purchases at Best Buy, ...

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China Vs Google: Round One



American’s love Google and the Chinese people made it obvious that they support Google by going to the company’s Chinese headquarters last week and leaving flowers, lit candles, and signs of encouragement. The impact of Google on this generation is incalculable, but do you believe Google is as heroic as the news is leading you to believe? Or do ...

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The New Normal: Product Maturation in a Downturn

 

As the world waits for the economy to rebound, considerable attention has shifted to forecasting how it will happen and gauging what awaits us once we’re there. One increasingly popular theory involves the emergence of New Normal behavior. Under this theory, consumerism as we know it will undergo a fundamental change as people embrace ...
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Nom nom nom

I’ve always loved baking, but since I bought my first cupcake cookbook on Amazon about two years ago I’ve been kind of cupcake-crazy. Around that time I had just moved to Colorado for school. I found myself living in a dorm (then onto an apartment) with a poor excuse for a kitchen. I was baking-starved.



Now that I’ve moved back to San Diego, ...

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Kodak’s Newton May be HP’s iPhone

For over 20 years I have incorrectly predicted that the Philadelphia Flyers would win hockey’s Stanley Cup championship. I thought “Matlock 2020” would be TV gold in 2001 and just three weeks ago I packed a coat for my trip to a boiling hot Rome. Predictions have never been my forte, but after combing through some past pico-letters, I think ...

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MicroCenter - ORGANIZED!!

A few months ago gap intelligence told the world, well at least those that read our blog or follow us on Twitter, that MicroCenter’s toner aisle was a complete disaster. For someone that visits this store each month, the process of moving all the toner boxes to find part numbers and price tags, write that info down, re-stack, grab another ...

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MFP Refurb Economics, in a Six Word Poem

I’ve never considered myself a poetry buff, but I recently came upon a collection of

 

 

that were both understandable and stirring. This is more than I can say for most of the poems that were forced upon me back in school and given the recent emergence of the 140-character Twitter age, the six-word poem may enjoy a brighter mainstream ...
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Who Uses the Yellow Pages?!

I came home the other day and there they were at the front door…all three of them…just laying there…the Yellow Pages. Why oh why do we still receive the Yellow Pages? As I dragged them into the house, I wondered how many people throw them straight into the recycle bin. Who uses the Yellow Pages hardcopy books anymore?


Times have changed and the ...

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Durable Goods and the Light at the End of the Tunnel

You don't have to scroll too far through one of our Market Intelligence Reports to get a clear picture of the struggles that manufacturers are facing. Overwhelming uncertainty has caused consumers and businesses alike to find new ways to extend the life of the products that they already own, delaying purchases and creating huge drops in demand. ...

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Positively Fourth Screen

In recent years digital photo frames have been increasingly identified as the fourth screen of the modern home. The evolution of this title was largely propelled by vendors and content providers, who supported the theory with forecasts of new applications and rapidly improving capabilities. By many accounts, digital frames were well on their ...
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Twitter Me This, Twitter Me That













The buzz surrounding Twitter definitely sparked my curiosity and I decided to check it out for myself. So what exactly is Twitter? Twitter is a social networking site that allows users to blog as well as answer the question “What are you doing?” by sending short text messages called “tweets” to friends, co-workers, family or anyone who is a “ ...

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the pico-letter v7.03 - Energy Efficiency: The New Black

Growing up, my family used to joke that the first sign of spring was the heater turning on in our house. Sure the rest of the world relied on more popular indicators like Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow or pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, but when my dad gave in and finally fired-up the furnace, you could bet that the outside ...
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the pico letter v7.02 -The Tug of War ? Recycling in a Downturn

?We are recycling not only to protect the environment, but for economic reasons as well. Disposal is simply too costly and too dangerous. The challenge is to redirect the flow of raw materials going to landfill into strengthening our declining local economies. The solution to pollution is self-reliant cities and counties.?


-Neil Seldman, ...

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Battle of the Browsers

There are a variety of browsers to choose from including Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Google's updated Chrome 2. Of course, if you are lucky enough to own a Mac (my bias, not gap intel's) there is always Safari. The difference between the browsers goes beyond appearances including speed, formatting, and application compatibility.


decided to ...

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Who Said Inkjet Technology Was Just for Printing?

Apparently a group of researchers at NC State think differently. They?ve combined the adhesive proteins found in the glue of marine mussels and printer inkjet technology to develop a medical adhesive that is both non-toxic and biodegradable. They are leveraging the inkjet technology to gain greater control of the adhesive placement during ...

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30 Years of the Compact Disc?











Happy 30th birthday to the compact disc! It?s amazing that 30 years ago a few Dutchmen at Philips with some help from Sony created the Compact Disc as part of an optical digital audio disc demo in 1979. Three years later on October 1, 1982, Billy ...

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