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gap intelligence Upgrades gapTCO and gapCompare

- Upgrade brings user experience enhancements and wider device compatibility -

SAN DIEGO – March 15, 2017 – gap intelligence, a values-led market research firm focused on the information technology, imaging, consumer electronics, and home appliance industries, announces a refresh of its gapTCO and gapCompare tools.

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HP’s Channel Inventory Pivot and Message to the Industry

Early this summer HP Inc. initiated a pivot in its distribution strategy that will fundamentally change the manufacturer’s printer supplies go-to-market operations forever. It was a bold and surely painful decision, but also very necessary given the changes that are taking place across the print industry and considering HP’s ...

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“I Want More.” The Simple Statement that will Kill the Inkjet SFP

Consumers and businesses love products that serve multiple purposes. Similar to how smartphones replaced point-and-shoot cameras and “dumb” cell phones, the all-in-one inkjet will quickly replace the inkjet SFP in consumer channels. In the print industry, evidence from gap intelligence and a number of other research firms suggests ...

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The Print Consolidation Curve

Industries consolidate. It’s a fact of life.

Industries form with generally one or two companies maintaining a monopoly (2016: ridesharing), before becoming fragmented as new competitors enter (2016: smartwatches and fitness bands), followed by a sometimes decades-long process of consolidation (2016: PCs), that concludes with a small ...

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Big Data and Big Insights from the Printer Installed Base

There are no two more important metrics in office and production printing than the size of the installed base (aka MIF/Machines in Field) and the volume of pages being printed across these devices. The reasons for this are simple. Like any mature and service-driven industry, the sale of new office and production printing equipment almost always ...

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Epson Launches EcoTank Series in US to Address Pain Points of Printing

In August, Epson officially launched its new EcoTank range of inkjet AiOs in the US market. The lineup is headlined by the fact that it ships with high-yield inks, which are designed to last up to two years before replacements are needed. The inkjets are equipped with large, externally-housed reservoirs that hold ink volumes of up to ...

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Inkjet Manufacturers Continue to Grow in A3 Business AiO Segment

In April, I wrote that vendors are looking to the A4 SOHO inkjet AiO segment as a place to grow their business. As it turns out, inkjet manufacturers may also be looking to the low-end A3 business inkjet segment as an avenue of growth. With that, inkjet manufacturers will continue to focus their efforts on both A4 and A3 business inkjet ...
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Vendors Find Growth Opportunity in A4 Business Inkjet AiOs

Amid market disruption and a continued decline in home printing, inkjet vendors are working hard to change business customers’ perceptions and increase demand for business inkjets. In the SOHO market, customers have historically associated inkjet AiOs with home and photo printing, as well high costs and slow speeds. On the other hand, these ...
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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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NFC Gains Support in Inkjet Industry

It’s no secret that mobile device usage is directly impacting the inkjet industry. Vendors are looking for new ways to differentiate their inkjet AiOs with added connectivity capabilities to complement a growing market for smartphones and tablets. Vendors are also adjusting to a shift in content consumption and productivity from PCs to mobile. ...
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the pico-letter V9.09 - gap intelligence 2012 Office Printing Year in Review

Believe it or not, 2012 was a positive year in the office printing industry. Sure there was no shortage of doom and gloom, which make for a good headline or scare tactic, but amid the challenges, something very encouraging happened. After years of dealing with the obstacles facing the printing industry in a tactical manner, this year it appears ...
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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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Seeing a Distributed Future

By now the theory of A3 MFP pages and placements migrating to A4 devices is far from groundbreaking. Most industry watchers have been beating that drum for years and the key printer vendors have touted the A4 value proposition for even longer. We’ve all agreed on the hardware price, page volume, page size, and emerging market reasons behind ...
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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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