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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best Printers by Business Choice Awards 2015

Business Choice Awards 2015: Printers
Here are the companies making the best printing equipment and providing the best support.

The world talks a good game when it says "paperless" is the way to go, but printers are here to stay, especially in the work environment. Whether you work from home or at the corner office in the corporate tower, your desk is covered in print outs, and the printer in the corner is likely humming along all day long.

That's why, as part of the regular Readers' Choice Survey on printers every year conducted by PCMag, they made sure to ask not just about the little inkjets used to print the kids' art projects, but how readers feel about the high-end printing systems they use. After all, they can't stress-test all the printers in PCMag Labs reviews, so it helps to get the perspective of the people in the trenches.

The follow page reveals the results: the printer makers you should turn to when you want low costs, high reliability, and just an overall excellent experience. The magazine will also compare the results to what they saw last year, so you get a better idea of who is improving and what vendors are worth reconsidering. After all, even at a bargain price, an unreliable printer will get you nowhere.

Printers for Work
Last year the results were a neck-and-neck race between three favorite printer makers: Brother, Canon, and Epson. This year, things got even closer, yet in many ways easier to call.

Brother had the clear lead last year with an overall score of 8.6 (on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 indicating perfect overall satisfaction). For 2015, it fell back, leading to a three-way tie at 8.4 between Brother, Epson, and Xerox.

Overall Printer Scores
Red indicates a Business Choice winner.

In the end, PC Mag had to give the Business Choice Award to the two winners from last year, Brother and Epson. Both of them have best-in-class-scores for reliability (8.7 for each), a low number of products that needed actual repair (Brother at 6%, Epson at 5%), and excellent likelihood to recommend numbers (8.5 and 8.4, respectively).

Xerox, while it did well in that overall satisfaction question, can't compete in any other way. Its reliability score of 8.3 is behind most of the vendors that made the cut (only Dell and Lexmark did worse). Xerox also continues to have an embarrassingly high numbers of products that require repair, at 23%. That's almost one in four Xerox printers getting sent back to be fixed.

The big fall this year goes to Canon. A favorite in PCMag's Readers' Choice for over a decade, this is the first year the company has dropped out of favor in the home survey and now in the business-end survey. Canon's overall score of 8.2 puts it on par with HP, another huge name in the industry, but one that has never had the affinity with our audience that Canon has—or had. That said, Canon still had pretty excellent marks for reliability of 8.6, just behind Brother and Epson's 8.7. Canon's likelihood to be recommended is also just a hair lower than Epson, if you factor the Net Promoter scores, which show Epson at 51% and Canon at 48%.

When it comes to these numbers, the world of work printers is an open field. Samsung also has a fighting chance in a year or so, if it can improve reliability and cut back that 10% of units needing repair. It really could be a contender for the office printer market award. We'll see in 2016.

For the 2015 Business Choice series, PCMag emailed survey invitations to their community members, specifically subscribers to their Readers' Choice Survey mailing list. This survey was hosted by Equation Research, which also performs PCMag's data collection. This survey was in the field from June 22, 2015 through July 12, 2015.

Respondents were asked to rate their business printer. They were asked multiple questions about their overall satisfaction as well as experiences with technical support within the past 12 months.

Because the goal of the survey is to understand how the printer compare to one another and not how one respondent's experience compares to another's, PCMag use the average of the printer manufacturer's rating, not the average of every respondent's rating. In all cases, the overall ratings are not based on averages of other scores in the table; they are based on answers to the question, "Overall, how satisfied are you with your printer for work?"

Scores not represented as a percentage are on a scale of 0 to 10 where 10 is the best.

Net Promoter Scores are based on the concept introduced by Fred Reichheld in his 2006 best seller, The Ultimate Question, that no other question can better define the loyalty of a company's customers than "how likely is it that you would recommend this company to a friend or colleague?" This measure of brand loyalty is calculated by taking the percent of respondents who answered 9 or 10 (promoters) and subtracting the percent who answered 0 through 6 (detractors).

Source: Business Choice Awards 2015: Printers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HP to be Sued for False Advertising

HP Printer Supplies
HP faces false advertising class action in the USA in a case alleging "its printers don't operate as advertised".

Legal Newsline reported on the class action begun by consumer Anne Wolf at the US District Court for the Central District of California, which has targeted HP for alleged "false advertising". Wolf's suit against the OEM contends that its printers "don't operate as advertised" as the machines "can't download necessary software from the internet even though the company advertises they can".

Wolf's suit – case number 5:15-cv-01221 – has been taken on by lawyers Todd M. Friedman and Adrian R. Bacon, and lso seeks to "prevent HP from advertising" that its printers feature the 'HP Smart Install' option, which reportedly means "products can automatically download software from the internet". The case argues that this feature "has been disabled on some of the printers even though the company continues to advertise it".

In turn, the lawsuit alleges that "on the outside of the boxes of these printers, there is a statement assuring customers that these printers will be easy to install because of the inclusion of the 'HP Smart Install' feature". Wolf is seeking class action status for both the case and "for those who purchased the printers expecting the smart install feature", and is also looking to win damages of "more than" $5 million plus court costs.

The OEM previously settled three class actions pertaining to HP inkjet cartridges in October 2014, while another relating to printers was dismissed in 2012, and a class action focused on LaserJets was also settled in 2011.

Source: The Recycler

Monday, July 13, 2015

Large Format 3D Printer in Shipping Containers

US-based company Southwest Florida 3D has turned old shipping containers into a "standard platform" for 3D devices to print in.

The Mille 3D printer can be stacked, shipped and parked in a driveway or garage, “and at the end of a road trip [you can] open the doors to a new object”, Southwest FL 3D founder Andy Tran told

The news site said the innovation "could dramatically increase the mobility of 3D printing", while cutting production costs associated with the machines. It overcomes the issue that 3D printing is often not feasible for individuals as they cannot store and operate such a large-scale device. The shipping container-stored printer could potentially be "stacked, decorated, and customized however a user would like".

Tran said: "When you start building a large machine, one of the largest costs is the frame. The Mille solves this with its design and uses a watertight weather proof shipping container hull. 3D printer hardware bolts directly to the steel walls. Shipping containers offer standard interior and exterior sizes so virtually any container can be retrofitted."

Containers of lengths 20, 40, and 52 feet can be used, and the inventor said there is potential for expansion modules, including onboard batteries such as the solar-charged Tesla Power Wall, material shredding and extrusion options, a conveyor-belt style print bed and 3D scanners. The containers could become entirely mobile, automated 3D printing workstations.

Tran commented: "One extension module includes an onboard material handling module that shreds plastic to be extruded as filament. The filament can be mixed with other materials for various properties. With the advancement of new material technologies and hybrid filaments the Mille 3D printer will make large objects bigger and better."

He plans to either open-source the design on the forum or to turn it into a commercial product, for creators to make their own with DIY kits.

3d printer supplies are coming soon at Stay tuned!

Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Happy Birthday America

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4th of July - Happy Birthday America!


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Friday, June 12, 2015

How to Save on Printer Cartridges

Compatible and Remanufactured Printer Cartridges, Why Should You Buy Them

Compatible and Remanufactured Printer Cartridges

There are three categories which, explain the "Printer Cartridge" market today. These are the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges, compatible "new built" cartridges and the original OEM remanufactured product (commonly referred to as a recycled cartridges).

The OEM printer cartridges carry a heavy "promotion cost" and are therefore much more expensive in the consumer marketplace. These printer cartridges are priced to recapture most of the discount cost of the printer you purchase. The $89.00 wireless HP inkjet printer can cost you $75.00 every time you replace a set of cartridges. The old Gillette Theory "give them a free razor then sell them the blades" works well for the OEM printer manufacturers, when coupled with the scare tactic of losing the product warranty coverage. As a result of this marketing model the OEM manufacturers price their cartridges at a profit level making their ink and toner cartridge products one of the most expensive liquids in the world.

For an eye opening example, currently (one) 1 oz. of HP 920XLBK ink costs about $38.45 which calculates to $4,921.60 per gallon. For the same amount of money you can buy:

  • 1,922.50 gallons of gasoline
  • 1,235.58 gallons of milk
  • 310 bottles of Jack Daniels Whiskey (750 ml each)
  • 1,971 cans of Red Bull (12 oz. each)
  • 2,485 cans of Coca-Cola Zero (12 oz. each)

While you can purchase the same HP 920XLBK for a much lower price when you buy compatible or remanufactured cartridges. Usually you can save 40% - 70% when choosing quality alternative replacement printer supplies. The key words here is "quality alternative products".

Aftermarket ink and toner cartridges are not necessary lower quality than the OEMs. When manufactured or remanufactured by established companies, who use approved and certified manufacturing processes and testing standards. These products are produced in ISO 9001 / 1400 certified manufacturing facilities under stringent quality control guidelines to ensure the highest level of quality and reliability. All cartridges go through approved testing and inspection procedures to meet the high standards of OEM quality. The print quality form remanufactured cartridges has been much improved over the years and today meets (and in some cases exceeds) the quality of an OEM product at a much more reasonable cost. You receive the same quantity of ink or toner in a product at substantial cost reduction simply by eliminating marketing and promotion expenses.

There are additional ways to save on ink and toner cartridges. When you purchase from online web-stores check the shipping options (do they offer free shipping with a reasonable quantity order), do they have an additional discounted pricing policy, are you paying a sales or use tax because they have a physical location in your State and finally, what is their Warranty Replacement Policy. Remember, these Warranty Policies, normally cover defective workmanship and materials not whether you run out of ink or toner within a year of use.

Today certain suppliers are offering "Loyalty Rewards" that can lead to substantial savings on your purchases. They reward you for being a long term trusted customer. Instead of paying Google, Bing or any other search engine for the privilege of being found through "Search", these companies would prefer to pay you for your loyalty and referrals.

Our Members Ink Cash Referral Program has already paid out over $47,800 in rewards during the first 8 months, since launch date.

Source: How to Save on Printer Cartridges Download it in PDF format


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Priceless Ink & Toner on the World Wide Web

Priceless Ink & Toner -- Blog & Social Media
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Wide Format Printing Industry Development

Wide Format Printing
My Print Resource spoke to Smyth about "technological developments and application trends within the wide-format space". He stated that inkjet print is "taking a share from the analogue space", while "interesting possibilities are being researched" at an industrial level, and noted that in terms of application "users are exploring new business avenues" including "visual communication, interior decoration, textile, commercial printing, packaging and emerging industrial sectors".

The wide-format sector is "also taking a critical approach towards its processes and their environmental impact", he added, with sustainability "a key trend" and discussions on "advantages and disadvantages" of ink types, substrates, energy usage and recycling "demonstrating the environmental consciousness of the industry". He also believes that textile, print interior decoration and industrial production – which My Print Resource highlighted as "recurrent words" in the industry – are "all important growing areas for wide-format and high-end inkjet as a whole".

Inkjet technology can "provide quality, productivity, economic short run printing capability and quick turnaround", and all of these benefits "have been recognized and increasingly exploited". In textile printing, Smyth pointed to a "noticeable shift from low labor cost-based supply to digital-based premium applications", providing "fast delivery in roll-to-roll and direct-to-garment" items. This, together with "increasing emphasis on quality" is "extremely positive", as it "acknowledges digital textile print as an added value to open up new business opportunities".

In technology terms, Smyth believes inkjet is the "most rapidly-changing area within the print industry", as all of its elements "contribute to push the technology forward". He added that ink manufacturers "are focused on broadening the range of formulations" to add to the applications of inkjet, while "workflow is becoming increasingly important" because it allows "end-to-end control across the production and ordering chain".

Source: The Recycler

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Monday, April 20, 2015

3D Printing Market is Rapidly Growing to $20 Billion Industry by 2019

3d printer
New research suggests that the market could reach the valuation before the end of the decade.

ZDNet reported on the findings from analysts Canalys, who previously announced that the 3D printing market was worth $3.3 billion worldwide. Canalys stated that the sector is on track to generate around $5.2 billion this year, and will "become a double-digit billion dollar market" by mid-2016, before growing to a value of $20 billion by 2019.

The site notes that the results indicate 3D printing "isn't dwindling away any time soon", with the sector including printers as well as "associated materials and services". It also added that the market is set to "continue to upend the traditional manufacturing market, as it allows people to print real-life products and part replacements from their home or office".

3D printing is "also having a remarkable effect on manufacturing, automotive, medical and other vertical industries", which are "finding new revenue streams" in the sector. Canalys Research Analyst Joe Kempton commented that "we have seen improving print speeds, a wider range of materials and new forms of additive manufacturing methods". He added that "an increase in vendors from Asia" has seen the region "take on dominant existing markets, such as Germany and the US".

Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Priceless Ink & Toner introduces Members Ink

Priceless Ink & Toner's Members Ink
Priceless Inkjet Cartridge Co. (Priceless Ink & Toner) introduces its customer loyalty and referral reward program "Members Ink"

Port Charlotte, FL, Mar 31, 2015 – Priceless Inkjet Cartridge Co. (Priceless Ink & Toner), a Florida based printer supplies retailer has launched a new customer loyalty and referral reward program called Members Ink.

Members Ink program is composed of two distinctive parts:
· Members Ink Loyalty Reward Program - with every purchase of compatible or remanufactured printer supplies, the customer is rewarded with a ten percent (10%) credit in their personal rewards account. The amount is based on the aggregate dollar value of the products in the transaction. The dollar amount earned can used later on their next purchase or left to accumulate within the personal savings account.
· Members Ink Referral Reward Program - customers can recommend (refer) Priceless Ink & Toner to their friends, colleagues and business acquaintances by providing them with their "personal referral link" to join the loyalty rewards program. Therefore, when a referred customer completes a transaction with Priceless, not only does the purchaser earn the ten percent (10%) dollar value reward but the individual, who provided the referral link would also earn a similar ten percent (10%) reward deposited into loyalty account. All rewards are based on and calculated on transactions involving products that are classified as compatible, remanufactured or a remanufactured compatible brand.
· Both Members Ink earnings are ineligible when other discounts are used.

"We’ve always valued our customers and their business." said Elena Slipatchuk, CEO of Priceless Ink & Toner. "We strive to maintain that "Priceless Relationship" and make our customers' shopping experience even better by introducing to them the Members Ink program. We think it will be beneficial for both our customers and us. When you introduce a viable rewards program, your customers will appreciate the benefits and continue to introduce new customers to a company they trust."

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Source: Press Release: Priceless Ink & Toner introduces Members Ink

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chance to Destroy Your Printer

Smashed Printer
University Office Technologies will give a new MFP to the winner of its competition, and drop their old device from a crane.

The office products dealer, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced its "Motor City Copier Crush" competition will take place on 22 April. Administrative professionals from the local area can enter the competition to win a new Sharp Multi-Functional Printer, and the winner will get to keep the new device and have an unwanted copier or printer dropped from a 60-foot crane.

The "most compelling submission" as to why someone's printer "deserves to be replaced with a brand new one" will win the competition. University Office Technologies is offering to install the new machine, train users in how to use it and provide a service plan as well. The crane drop meanwhile will take place in the company's own car park, where the winner will watch as their old machine drops into a waste container from a locally rented crane.

The event is related to Administrative Professionals' Day, or "Secretary's' Day", which also falls on 22 April. Admin professionals need to submit their entry to the company before 17 April. The winner will be chosen and notified by 20 April, with the "copier drop" and installation of the new Sharp machine taking place on 22 April.

Any admin professional working in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw or Livingston in a business with 10 to 100 staff can enter the competition, and you can read more about the competition here.

Source: The Recycler

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Schrödinger's Printer

Schrödinger's Printer
Schrödinger's Printer!
Nevertheless when you run out of printing supplies, visit to resupply!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pitney Bowes and HP Renew Global Strategy Contract

The alliance between Pitney Bowes and HP extends their integrated delivery portfolio.

PI World reported that HP will be able to work with Pitney Bowes' innovations such as the IntelliJet Printing System, which is used by printers and mailers to streamline operations. The integrated system they together provide is designed to reduce management complexity for clients juggling multiple providers. The partnership began in 2009.

Lila Snyder, Pitney Bowes' President of Document Messaging Technologies said: "Linking print and mail through the Pitney Bowes White Paper Factory delivers real value by creating impactful communications. The Pitney Bowes Intellijet family of printing systems, as well as the Print+ Messenger color inkjet system employ HP inkjet hardware with Pitney Bowes technology to produce high quality, high impact communications."

"This longstanding relationship with our valued partner HP shows our joint commitment to our enterprise clients in offering innovative solutions that integrate physical and digital technologies. Through these solutions, our clients have achieved efficiencies by streamlining print and mail workflow to better reach the end customer."

HP's VP and General Manager of Inkjet, Aurelio Maruggi, commented: "Pitney Bowes' expertise in the production mail market enables them to provide unique value to customers looking to diversify their offerings and meet the evolving demands of high-volume, high-integrity print and mail operations. As such, HP is excited to continue our alliance to best serve the transactional market."

Source: The Recycler

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Unhappy printer

Unhappy Printer
Either way, you still need printer supplies! Just visit Priceless Ink & Toner Co. and get the printer supplies you need!
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

HP Releases New Laser Printers and Toner Supplies

HP Printer Cartridges
The new range of printers are the "smallest and fastest LaserJets" released, with HP stating that the launch "represents our most significant laser printing re-engineering since the introduction of the first LaserJet in 1984". The machines, "designed to make businesses more efficient", contain new toner cartridges using JetIntelligence technology, and use "up to 53% less energy, take up to 40% less space and wake up, print and duplex in a fraction of the time", according to HP.

The new machines include the Color LaserJet Pro M252 series, MFP M277 series, and the M552 and M553 series, with all the devices featuring a "smaller footprint, easier set-up and installation" and "up to 40% faster printing from sleep". The M252 series is around 33% smaller than competitors, and is aimed at "small workgroups", with the "fastest first page out in its class" alongside mobile printing compatibility.

The MFP M277 series meanwhile is the "smallest laser MFP" and offers "the fastest two-sided printing in its class", while the M552 and M553 series are "ideal for larger workgroups of 5 to 15 users printing up to 6,000 pages per month", with high speed prints, the "lowest total energy consumption and fastest double-sided printing speeds in their class". These two are also the firs machines to include Google Cloud Print 2.0 for cloud printing.

The toner cartridges feature "the latest in toner formulation", with HP's JetIntelligence technology and ColorSphere 3 toner offering up to "33% more professional-quality prints" and "protection against counterfeits" with "innovative anti-fraud technology". The ColorSphere 3 toner is "the latest in toner formulation", according to HP, and features a "durable shell and soft core" designed to "keep up" with the high-speed of the machines.

Despite the "more durable shell", the soft core of the toner particles melt 'at a much lower temperature, requiring far less heat to melt", with the result "higher page yields from a more compact and energy-efficient printer". The cartridge meanwhile delivers "more pages with fewer interventions", with page maximizer technology allowing for "less internal wear" and "more pages per cartridge", while new print gauge technology "intelligently predicts toner levels".

The anti-counterfeiting technology is "built into every JetIntelligence toner cartridge", with HP stating that customers "have more protection that easily identifies counterfeit cartridges", and assisting "customer-initiated anti-theft and office-wide printing policies". Auto-seal removal meanwhile is said to "make cartridge installation easier than ever". The JetAdvantage Private Print function meanwhile allows users to protect print jobs in the cloud and on the machines.

Tuan Tran, Vice President and General Manager of HP's LaserJet Hardware and Technology Organisation, commented: "Business customers are looking for smart, affordable solutions that seamlessly integrate into today's smaller, more communal work spaces. We started with the customer and designed the new LaserJet platform from the inside out to be leaner, faster and smarter than ever before to help meet the demands of the modern office."

The printers will be available from 1 April, with the M252 at a recommended price of $225, the MFP M277 of $346, and the M552 and M553 of $560.

Source: The Recycler

Monday, March 09, 2015

3 New Business Inkjets from Epson

Epson Printer Cartridges
Network Asia reported on the release of the new printers, which include the WF-2651, 2661 and 2631, with the OEM stating that the devices are "purpose-built" for the SOHO and office markets to "save business's desktop space and lower their printing costs" through "a host of convenience-enhancing features".

The "ultra-compact" printers include an automatic document feeder with a 30-sheet capacity, Epson Connect features for mobile printing – including iPrint for mobile printing, email print and remote print – "flexible shared printing" through wireless connectivity, and Wi-Fi Direct functionality for connecting up to four devices "without the need for a router".

Each printer can also access Apple's AirPrint and Google's Cloud Print, and has an LCD screen, while the 2651 and 2661 have Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology for "versatile, high-speed" prints at 33 ppm. The 2631 has a print resolution of 5,760 dpi and a print speed of 34 ppm and a "small footprint", while the 2661 has NFC (near-field communication) functionality, making it the "first Epson device to offer this functionality", and all three utilize the OEM's DURABrite Ultra pigment inks, which offer "high quality prints that are smudge, fade and water resistant".

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Source: Epson launches three new business inkjets

Friday, February 27, 2015

Curious:Seized Inkjet Cartridges Containing Drugs

Inkjet Cartridge
Customs Today reported on the seizure of 18 lbs of crystal methamphetamine, or 'crystal meth' in Jakarta by Indonesia's National Police, with 11 smugglers arrested who were said to be "members of an international drug smuggling ring" operating in the city, and the syndicate said to have been "controlled from China", with drugs distributed from Jakarta to “other big cities throughout the country".

4.6 lbs of the drugs were "hidden inside 14 printer ink cartridges from China", with Senior Commissioner Rikwanto stating that "the syndicate used a new method by hiding their drugs inside ink cartridges and mini diesel machines before they delivered them here". Chief Brigadier General Anjan Parmuka Putra meanwhile noted that the group "distributed the drugs to Jakarta because they saw a higher demand here where people were willing to pay a lot more compared to the Chinese market".

One pound of 'crystal meth' is sold for around Rp 300 million ($23,341) in China, but in Indonesia drug dealers can sell the same amount for around Rp one billion to 1.5 billion ($77,909 to $116,863). The raids took place in January, with three separate raids resulting in the seizure and the arrest of the 11 men, with all facing "multiple charges" including Article 114 clause two of the country's Law No. 35/2009, which "carries the death penalty as a maximum sentence".

Anjan stated that he hopes "the court will sentence all of them to death, or at least they should get life sentences", and claimed that the raids will have "saved around 8,100 people in the country from drug addiction", while Rikwanto noted that Jakarta's "lavish nightlife" had made it "a lucrative destination for drug-trafficking syndicates". Customs Today pointed out that the Indonesian judicial system “is currently under the international spotlight" as two Australians are facing the death penalty "for trying to smuggle about 17.6 lbs of heroin" into the country in 2005.

Source: Smugglers used cartridges to transport meth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

US Office Retailers Losing Market Share To Smaller Stores

Small Office Supplies Store
MarketWatch reported that the survey showed office supply stores earned around $20 billion in revenue in 2014, but that this has "been declining" at an average of about 2.60% every year for the past five years "mostly thanks to recessionary factors" including "weak consumer confidence and low disposable incomes", as well as the "growing popularity" of both "discount and other retailers that may sell similar items".

This is perhaps reflected in the recent merger between Staples and Office Depot in the USA, which we previously reported on, and which "couldn't have come at a better time" according to Cartridge World North America, as the franchise network's 1,200 stores expanded in 2014 to "become the only international franchise to provide printers, printer supplies and full-service support" to SMBs, filling a need "that big box and office supply stores are not meeting".

IBISWorld stated that "traditional office supply stores have long been under pressure from discount stores, super centers, warehouse clubs and online retailers which are able to offer lower prices, made possible by cost savings achieved through bulk purchasing and low overhead costs", and the article noted that "if you're looking for deals — even on basic stuff for work — you may want to look beyond your neighbourhood office supply store".

In turn, office supply store revenue "is expected to continue to fall over the next five years", again thanks "in part" to "increased competition from discount and other retailers". Among the products that are cheaper at smaller stores include printer cartridges, with "price clubs" offering smaller stores "buying power" and meaning they were "often less expensive". The survey added that online retail customers were also "more satisfied with their purchases", which has meant business has been taken away from big and small brick-and-mortar shops in the US.

The report did add that for balance that "there are plenty of deals to be had" at the main chains, especially if items need to be shipped, while "savvy shoppers" can "score great deals" through coupons, loyalty programs and "aggressive seasonal sales", or through "being opportunistic" when looking for the cheapest price.

For example visit Priceless Ink & Toner web store and use coupon code "SocialPIC" at the check out to get 10% off compatible and remanufactured printer supplies and 5% off all OEMs. Or visit the office at 3718-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. You can also call (877) 408 3652 and ask for the Members Ink loyalty cash reward program

Source: The Recycler

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HP Applies for InkJet Foam Patent

HP Foam
The OEM is attempting to patent the process whereby the foam acts as an airway in the cartridge in Europe, which could be significant for inkjet cartridge remanufacturers.

HP’s patent application, EP 2 807 032 A1, refers to an inkjet cartridge featuring a capillary material – the block of foam – which is placed in the chamber of the cartridge between a vent and outlet, in order for the material – when the ink level has gone down – to then form an airway between the vent and outlet.

In turn, a wick covering an outlet is provided, or the outlet is otherwise configured to create a break in a liquid connection when the air enters the outlet through the material. This application could be significant for inkjet remanufacturers as the replacement of either the material (the foam) or the wick could be considered an infringing act of the patent, should it be granted by the European Patent Office.

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Source: The Recycler

Friday, February 06, 2015

Staples Buys Office Depot for $6.3 Billion

Staples & Office Depot
The Wall Street Journal reported that Staples has confirmed a $6.3 billion deal to acquire Office Depot following reports that the companies had been in merger talks; with Staples stating that it has been in discussions regarding a merger since September.

The deal would see the US have just "one chain of office supply superstores", compared to three just a couple of years ago, after Office Depot and OfficeMax merged in 2013. As a result, it is expected that antitrust scrutiny will focus on the impact the deal may have on corporate customers rather than consumers; with the article noting that while the federal Trade Commission "waved through" the Office Depot/OfficeMax deal, "the current deal may get a closer look".

Amanda Wait, a former FTC litigator, commented that "this investigation is not going to be about where you and I can buy a stapler it is about where a company can buy 10,000 staplers"; and while the market for business customers has had less scrutiny than the consumer market in past deals, part of the FTC's reasoning had been that "the parties will continue to face strong competition for such customers from Staples", and so the current deal may be reviewed differently.

However, Ron Sargent, Chief Executive at Staples said that "there are really strong players, who bid on contracts all the time, and have been very, very successful"; such as Amazon which has "just launched a business-to-business office products initiative".

Meanwhile, regional office supplies seller W.B. Mason Co.'s Chief Executive Leo Meehan believed it was "too soon to tell whether the merger would hurt his business", noting that while the company is "going to just have this one monstrous competitor every time there's been a merger, each one has over time brought opportunity for us. One way or another, we'll be out there trying".

The Recycler reported that the Office Depot/OfficeMax merger created opportunities for Cartridge World, with CEO Bill Swanson commenting at the time that "mega-mergers create new customer opportunities for local retailers everywhere".

In terms of customers, the article notes that there has so far been a lack of concern over the deal as they are aware of "plenty of places" to buy office supplies; including online sources. However, suppliers may "view the deal as less of a victory" as “when retailers combine, they often use their new size and clout to renegotiate contracts with their suppliers to push prices down".

The decision of the FTC is likely to come down to how much competition is facing the companies, with the article noting that according to experts, "if the FTC believes regional competitors like W.B. Mason and Amazon can provide enough competition to keep prices down for corporate and government clients, they may be more likely to approve the merger", with another factor likely to be “the extent to which companies can buy supplies straight from manufacturers".

Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Scotty the Teleporting 3D Printer

3d printer Scotty
Daily Mail reported on the invention, dubbed "Scotty" after the Star Trek character responsible for teleporting members of the USS Enterprise crew, due to its ability to rebuild objects in a different location to the original as if teleporting it.

Scotty works by scanning an object "layer by layer" using a digital camera. The user is then able to select a 3D printer recipient to "teleport" the object to and press the 'relocate' button, which prompts Scotty to send the object's "encrypted digital blueprint" to the 3D printer. An exact replica of the original object is then printed in layers of plastic.

During the scanning process, the device shaves off each layer of the object "using a built-in milling machine" until the original object is destroyed. The reason for this, according to the device’s researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany, is to "preserve its 'uniqueness', rather than simply copying it" in order to enhance “the emotional value of physical objects shared between friends as the transported item is no longer just a copy, but the only version in existence".

In addition, by destroying the original object the researchers hope to address the issue of pirating physical objects which could arise from the use of 3D printers as designs for certain items could be leaked and the items then copied and sold on.

The researchers explained: "When the seller sends the object through Scotty, the system guarantees that the seller's object ceases to exist the moment the buyer receives it Scotty allows transferring objects quickly without infringing on designers' rights to be paid for their designs." They added that Scotty could also allow items bought on online stores like eBay “to be sent instantaneously".

So far, Scotty is only able to teleport plastic objects in only one color, with the objects also required to be "painted black in order to maximize the contrast for the digital camera to 'scan' it". However, the article notes that as 3D printing technology develops, these limitations could eventually be addressed.

Source: The Recycler

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Ink Launched for Printing on Plastics

Ink on plastic
Linx’s Black PE Ink 1130 is designed to “meet the specific challenges of effective printing” on materials for food packaging, cosmetics and cabling.

Linx Printing Technologies announced the release of the Black PE Ink 1130, which it said "offers excellent adhesion" to both polyethylene (PE) and "most" polypropylene (PP) applications, including "non-contact food packaging" as well as "pharmaceutical, cosmetics and personal care, automotive, cable and wire" applications.

The ink is also in-line with Swiss Ordinance 817.023.021, the European reference for inks used in food packaging, and can be used on other substrate materials including ABS, acrylic, aluminium, glass, HDPE, LDPE, PET and varnished card, with the "flexibility to retain a single ink, rather than multiple types" on-site at a manufacturer for "use across all their package and product coding requirements".

The ink, Linx adds, can be used with its own 5900 and 7900 printers that incorporate Midi and Ultima printheads, and "provides excellent print quality" and "fast drying" to "deliver clear, readable codes in even the harshest of production environments".

Ndidi Ihekwaba, Product Specialist for Inks at Linx Printing Technologies, commented: "PE and PP are traditionally challenging substrates to adhere to, due to their low surface energies. Linx Black PE Ink 1130 is able to overcome this challenge and creates excellent adhesion to these substrates, ensuring a quality code each time."

Source: The Recycler

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gold and Silver Color Toners with Fuji Xerox Color 1000i Press

Gold and Siver
Pro Print reported on Fuji Xerox’s plans to release a high-end digital production printer – the Color 1000i Press – this quarter, which will be the first xerographic production printer to include gold and silver metallic toner.

Replacing the Color 1000 device released in August 2010, the Color 1000i Press continues to focus on the high-end professional market, offering print speeds of 100 ppm on media up to 350 gsm, including dark-colored media.

The OEM stated that the metallic toners will enable "printers of catalogs, direct mails, flyers, postcards and business cards" to "add marketing effects and improve the value added to each print, such as giving them a high-class look and seasonal sense". The toners "may also be compatible with other Fuji Xerox printers"; although the article notes that "it is unclear which models could use them".

The metallic toners have been developed through Fuji Xerox's Emulsion Aggregation technology, and "form ellipsoid-shaped inks with the flat reflective pigments completely covered by toner particles". These reflective pigment particles are oriented "in parallel to the print media", allowing them to "reflect light after the image is fused onto the media". The pigments "do not allow light to pass through", allowing metallic printing on a variety of media.

Fuji Xerox highlighted that the process can be completed using a single production printer, which "can improve workflow and help print companies to expand their business through widening printing application with the gold and silver toners".

In addition, the device includes Fuji Xerox's "full width array software which automates printing adjustments", therefore reducing the user's workload and improving efficiency.

Naresh Gulati, Chief Executive of OCA, whose subsidiary Print Bound operates two Color 1000s, expressed interest in using the new toners to enhance marketing materials, commenting: "I would like to run the clear ink on one and gold or silver on the other depending on production needs it would be great for getting marketing collateral like direct mail, brochures, and flyers noticed, and unlocks many possibilities for creative design."

The Color 1000i Press will be released in Japan on 6 February, and will then be rolled out across the Asia Pacific "soon after".

Source: The Recycler

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