Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lexmark shares plunge by more than 20% - Oct 26, 2010

Shares of Lexmark International Inc. (LXK) on the NYSE dropped precipitously by 21% today, as the company's revenue fell short of Wall Street's estimates. Adding to the concern, the company also announced that Chief Executive Paul Curlander plans to retire in early 2011. Some analysts believe that Lexmark is well positioned in the printer market and can recover from the position they are in right now. The company’s third quarter earnings actually even exceeded some analysts expectations, like Zacks. However the printer market is fiercely competitive, and with HP as the market leader it will be difficult for other brands to easily compete. From a remanufacturing perspective, Lexmark inkjet cartridges have a higher failure rate (when reconditioning them to put them through another cycle of use) when compared to similar built cartridges (with print heads for example) by Hewlett Packard, and this makes the refill process (and thereby the cost to the consumer) more expensive. Lexmark also makes the inkjets used in most Dell inkjet printers. 123 Refills offers OEM (original) brand inkjet and toner cartridges for use with Lexmark ink printers and Dell ink printers, as well as high quality and quality control tested remanufactured cartridges and ink refill kits / toner refill kits and refill supplies.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The new Lexmark inkjet All-In-One Printer - Genesis. Does it live up to the hype?

Lexmark has launched its latest of its Web-connected, all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers - dubbed the Lexmark Genesis. This printer is targeted towards professionals, small business and home office consumers who are looking for a device that is innovative, productive and is also unique and stylish.

"From its unique, sleek upright design to the broad range of SmartSolutions, the Lexmark Genesis is truly an innovative, one-of-a-kind product in today's AIO market," said Paul Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of its Imaging Solutions Division. "Most importantly, after a quick and easy setup, busy professionals will immediately experience its time-saving instant preview, quick copies and unmatched speed when scanning content to the cloud."

Recently also announced by Lexmark, are the Twitter and Facebook SmartSolutions. These SmartSolutions will enable users to scroll through and search their Twitter feeds as well as view their Facebook walls and print photos right from the device. Twitter is currently available for download. Facebook will be available next month (November 2010), according to Lexmark.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The 3rd quarter Xerox story: Double the Profits, but still cutting jobs

Oct 21 - Xerox said Thursday that it doubled its profit in the third quarter of 2010. The Xerox company reported net income of $250 million for the 3rd quarter, compared with $123 million for the same period last year. As the profit growth is being announced, Xerox is also planning to cut about 2% of its workforce, which amounts to around 2,500 job losses. Why cut jobs when profits are growing? Share your opinion here: http://www.facebook.com/board.php?uid=102185573182305

123 Refills offers alternative replacement options to Xerox OEM printer supplies at significant savings compared to Original Xerox ink and toner, and also offers OEM (original) brand cartridges from Xerox as well for customers that demand OEM Xerox supplies. All the ink and toner offering for Xerox printers are listed at http://123refills.net/cic/eg/printers.php?printer=Xerox

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ePrint by HP

HP ePrint Printers allow users to print anywhere from any mobile device. Some of the benefits of the HP e-Print printers are that users are able to send documents directly to the HP printer from a smartphone, easily share the printer with family, friends, and colleagues without having to install, and are able to email photos directly to the printers of family members. Some of the printers in the ePrint line by HP include:

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Wireless e-All-in-One (CM756A#B1H)
HP Photosmart D110A Wireless e-All-in-One Printer (CN731A#B1H)
HP Photosmart Premium Wireless e-All-in-One (CN503A#B1H)
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Wireless e-All-in-One (CM755A#B1H)
HP Photosmart C410a Premium Fax Wireless e-All-in-One (CQ521A#B1H)
HP Photosmart Plus Wireless e-All-in-One Printer (CN216A#B1H)
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium Wireless e-All-in-One (CM758A#B1H)
and more.

Ink and toner supplies for these printers are or will be available from 123 Refills soon.

Friday, October 15, 2010

New HP Ink Technology - Latex Ink

Dubbed "HP Latex Printing Technologies", HP has in their own words "designed (latex ink) with the environment in mind". HP Latex Printing Technologies have been developed for print service providers (PSPs) in mind and offer a printing alternative for a wide variety of outdoor and indoor applications. According to HP's website, "HP Latex Inks and HP Thermal Inkjet Technology (together) provide durable, odorless prints; sharp, vivid image quality; application versatility; and high productivity – all of which enable PSPs to increase their print capacity and grow their businesses while reducing the total impact of printing on the environment."

HP launched its new range of inks for at this year's 2010 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The inks seem to be a step in the right direction in terms of environmental printing impact, as they are less reliant on solvents that can be harmful to the environment.

New ImageClass Printers from Canon

The Canon imageCLASS series has some new models, recently released by Canon. They cater to the small office / home office market, and include the color imageCLASS LBP7200cdn and imageCLASS LBP6650dn, LBP6300dn and LBP6000. Prices are expected between $200 and $600 for these Canon laser printers. 123 Refills is working on after-market refill solutions for these printers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

B700 series of new monochrome laser printers by Okidata

Aimed at medium-sized work-groups, the B700 Series of Okidata monochrome laser printers have toner yields 26,000 pages and a print quality resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.

The printers range in price from $600 to $1200, and include the Oki B710n, B710dn, B720n, B720dn, B730n, B730dn.

123 Refills is working on after-market refill solutions for these models.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Uni-Kit Toner Refill Kits

Did you know that Uni-Kit manufactures toner refill kits for almost all major laser toner models?
123 Refills sells Uni-Kit toner refills and lists the products by brand compatibility.  There are "multi-brand" toner refill kits by Uni-Kit, and there are printer cartridge brand specific refill kits.  For example, "Toner Refill Kits for Brother", "Toner Refill Kits for Canon", "Toner Refill Kits for Dell ", "Toner Refill Kits for HP" and more.  All major brand types are supported.  Both monochrome and color laser printer models are covered.
You can find a list of the multi-brand and printer cartridge brand specific refill kits at:

and more brands supported.  Visit 123refills.net for a complete list

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New ink and toner products coming soon from 123 Refills

New printer ink cartridges and refills for both inkjet and laser toner that are coming soon to 123 Refills include:
Dell 1230 / Dell 1235 Refills
Lexmark C772 / C780 / C782 Refills
HP P1102 and HP P1606 Refills
Ricoh Aficio SP3300 Refills
Konica Minolta Pagepro 5650en Refills
Samsung SCX 6345 Refills

and many more ink and toner refills and printer cartridges

Pitney Bowes Partners with HP to Commercialize their Print Messenger Color Inkjet System

Pitney Bowes Introduces Print Messenger(TM) Color Inkjet System - MarketWatch: -- Pitney Bowes Inc. has launched their new Print Messenger Color Inkjet System, which enables the high-resolution color printing of customized marketing messages on envelopes during high-speed mail insertion. The new system is a result of the collaboration between Pitney Bowes (a mail technology leader) and Hewlett Packard (an inkjet printing technology leader).

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Rethink how you ink!: HP announces former SAP head Leo Apotheker as new ...

Rethink how you ink!: HP announces former SAP head Leo Apotheker as new ...: "Hewlett-Packard (HP) named former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as its new CEO and president, ending a nearly two-month executive search. 'The decis..."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

HP announces former SAP head Leo Apotheker as new CEO. What is next for Hewlett Packard?

Hewlett-Packard (HP) named former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as its new CEO and president, ending a nearly two-month executive search.

"The decision to accept the position was an easy one," said Apotheker Friday. "No other company can match what HP does in the marketplace."

"HP should be more valuable than the sum of its parts," said Apotheker, the only person offered the job. "Software (which accounts for just 3% of the company's annual revenue of about $118 billion) is sort of the glue to make that happen."

"I believe HP is an undervalued company," he said. Given the company's diversified products and services, he said, it is uniquely positioned to thrive over the next few years.

Though HP is the world's No. 1 PC maker and one of its most venerable names, Apotheker will be its fourth CEO in the past decade, if you include Lesjak. Before Hurd, Carly Fiorina, was pushed out after clashing with the HP board. HP is a printer manufacturer that has struggled to dominate in desktops, smartphones and software, despite an aggressive acquisition approach dwarfed only by Oracle and IBM.

As expected, there are a lot of politics within HP. However, Apothecker has the experience to deal with them successfully. HP now has a growing emphasis around services, following its acquisition of EDS last year. SAP is not a major services company, but Apotheker’s long stint as head of SAP’s customer operations unit will serve him well there.

A partner of HP said that the company is at the center of transformation and that if it fails in moving its full weight in the line of software in about 3-5 years, they might find themselves at the heart of commoditized printer and PC business showing high volume but profit margins utterly low.

In a conference call that served as his formal introduction to Wall Street, Leo Apotheker called software the "glue" that will hold together the different parts of the company. "Software is how we can make sure that the various parts of our technology actually fit well together," he said.

Even before his comments, it was telling enough that HP didn't choose the head of its PC or printer businesses — the company's traditional strengths — and instead tapped an executive who has spent more than two decades in the business software industry and far from Silicon Valley.

"HP is in the midst of a transformation," says R. "Ray" Wang, a partner at Altimeter Group LLC. "If they don't make the move into software in the next three to five years, they're going to find themselves in a really commoditized PC business with high volume and low profit margins."

With its own software business still small, HP will have to resort to acquisitions if it wants to build serious scale, the same way it bought Electronic Data Systems in 2008 to double its services business. Speculation is mounting that it might attempt to buy SAP. HP will face stiff competition from other tech heavyweights looking to position themselves as the leading one-stop shop for information technology.

The real question is how will this new focus on software impact the printer and cartridge business that has been the cash cow for HP? It remains to be seen.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Xerox launches two new MFP's

Xerox has launched two new color Multi Function Printers (MFPs) which it says aim to help businesses “boost productivity and meet their sustainability goals”.
The Xerox WorkCentre 7545 and Xerox WorkCentre 7556 offer color print speeds up to 45 ppm (color) and 50 ppm (black) on the Xerox WorkCentre 7545 model, and 45 ppm color / 55 ppm black on the WorkCentre 7556.

The printers can copy, scan fax and email, and include advanced document management and workflow tools.