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Here are the latest industry headlines from Copitex, the leader in Boston Copier Sales, Rentals and Leasing for over 20 Years!

Xerox to be acquired by Fujifilm?

– The Wall Street Journal reported that Xerox Corp. ”is in talks to do a deal with Japanese camera maker Fujifilm Holdings Corp. that could include a change in control of Xerox”

– Xerox declined to comment, while Fujifilm said it would not comment on speculative reports. 

– “Xerox desperately needs new leadership as it was slow to launch new products and increase revenue”, activist investor Carl Icahn wrote in an open letter to shareholders in December, a day after nominating four members to the board. 

– Xerox currently has $4 billion in debt, and almost all Xerox branded hardware is manufactured by Fujifilm.

Toshiba to launch smart home hub

Fujifilm of Japan unveils 3 year plan

– Fujifilm CEO, Shigetaka Komori launched the “VISION2019” plans for FY2017-2019

– Goal to reach 2.6 trillion yen in revenue and operating profit of 230 billion yen in 2019

– Predicts revenue growth of 12% and operating profit increase of 33.5%

– Has allocated 500 billion yen for acquisitions

– 47% of total current worldwide revenue is from printers/MFP division (Document Solution Division)

o Also represent 48% of total profit

o Predicts only a 1.8% increase in revenue from this division

o Forecasts total division revenue in 2019 of 1.1 trillion yen

o Hope to increase division profit by 14.9% via expense reductions

– “healthcare

is a top priority for the company”

– “establish a new value proposition by integrating MFPs and cloud services to realize Smart Work Gateway for the Office”

– “maintain high profitability………by high end products for the SMB market and expanded solutions”

– “combine two separate organizations, Solutions Business and Service Business”

– “grow further by executing high value-add proposals……particularly in

vertical markets”

Xerox receives security certification

– Xerox announced that its AltaLink MFPs and printers received NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership) certification for the latest Common Criteria security protection profile for hardcopy devices

– The Protection Profile for Hardcopy Devices v1.0 (HCD-PP v1.0) intends to protect the information processed by an MFP from security threats and includes stringent new requirements for cryptography, authentication and secure protocols.

– “Detecting and preventing cyber threats is a 24/7, 365 days a year requirement for all enterprises and a fundamental focus for Xerox,” said Tracey Koziol, senior vice president, Workplace Solutions Business Group, Xerox.

– “NIAP and Common Criteria Certification gives our customers – particularly federal government agencies – assurance that our new AltaLink devices have world-class security protection built-in, and that their critical information is safe.” “Security is always number one priority for Xerox”

Fujifilm issues with division in Australia

– Fujifilm’s office equipment division in the country significant decline in revenue and a 30 percent reduction in employees.

– generated revenue of $774.7 million for the 12 months to 31 March 2017, according to numbers only recently reported to corporate regulator ASIC.

– That was a fall of $120.2 million from its revised 2016 revenue, and a $190 million decline from the near billion-dollar revenue the company originally reported in 2016.

– initially reported 2016 revenue of $964.3 million, but was forced to revise that down to $894.9 million following a financial investigation by its parent company that found major discrepancies in its accounting and led to heads rolling in Australia and Japan.

– According to annual reports for 2016 and 2017, the number of people employed by the Australian company and the entities it controls, which include print management business Upstream Print Solutions, fell from 2196 to 1506 in the course of a year, a cutback of 690 staff.

– $66.1 million net loss in 2017, a deterioration from its revised 2016 net loss of $44.9 million.

– eight directors have resigned since the start of the 2017 financial year.

– investigation found that division had overstated revenue on managed service agreements, brought forward revenue to hit targets, repeatedly avoided recognizing losses and fabricated monthly accounting numbers.

– According to IDC data, the one-time market leader saw its share of the combined monochrome and color A3 market almost halve from 38.90% in the third-quarter of 2016 to 22% in Q3 2017. 

o Konica Minolta overtook Fuji’s market share in the July-September quarter.

Xerox wins production print contract

– Award from Trevecca Nazarene University of Nashville, TN

– Installed a Xerox Color 1000i production color laser system

– Includes EFI Fiery print server and EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print solution

Xerox to hold security summit

– security experts and partners will discuss how organizations can implement cybersecurity practices and explore strategies to keep data, documents, and devices secure at the Xerox Security Summit that will be held January 23, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET at the New York Stock Exchange in New York

– Xerox personnel will also "ring the bell" for the daily opening of the New York Stock Exchange.

– Keynote speaker at the conference will be Kevin Mitnick, computer security consultant, author, and hacker.  Other speakers:

o Dr. Alissa Johnson, chief information security officer for Xerox

o Steve Hoover, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Xerox

o Mike Feldman, executive vice president and president for Xerox North American Operations

o Ersin Uzun, vice president and director of system sciences laboratory for Xerox’s PARC

o Candace Worley, chief technical strategist for McAfee

o Dov Yoran, senior director of strategy and business development for the Cisco Security Business Group

o Sergio Caltagirone, director of threat intelligence and analytics at Dragos

Xerox Business Services fined $1.1 million

– The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued Xerox Business Services LLC, now Conduent Business Services, a $1.1 million civil penalty for its failed software, which allegedly led to incorrect consumer information being sent to credit reporting agencies.

– The CFPB filed a consent order against Xerox and fined the company for flawed software that allegedly caused more than 1 million borrowers’ consumer information to be mistakenly sent to credit reporting agencies. 

– “Xerox provided flawed software that resulted in incorrect or incomplete credit reporting information on more than a million borrowers," said then CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a news release. "The company compounded the problem by keeping lenders in the dark about the defects. Mistakes on credit reports can greatly harm consumers, so we are ordering Xerox to fix its flawed systems."

– According to the CFPB, Xerox used a third party software application for five auto lenders, which automatically generated and transmitted borrowers’ auto loan information to consumer reporting  credit agencies. 

– The incorrect reporting could cause consumers to be denied credit or not qualify for more favorable credit terms.  In addition, the mistake could affect qualifying for employment, insurance or rentals.

Xerox loses executive

– Plockmatic International of Stockholm, Sweden announced that it has hired Jerry Sturnick as new VP and GM of its division in the U.S.

– Plockmatic is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of document finishing technology

– will report to CEO Jan Marstorp and is based at the company’s Rochester, NY headquarters

– will lead the sales, technical support and logistics teams supporting dealers and OEM customers in North America, covering all in-line and off-line solutions sold under the Plockmatic and Morgana brand names. 

– Previously spent 40 years with Xerox

o For the last 20 years Jerry served as the Xerox Worldwide General Manager of Finishing Solutions within the Graphic Communications Business Group

Toshiba financial issues update

– Toshiba announced that its Infrastructure Systems & Solutions and Energy Systems & Solutions divisions have implemented personnel reallocation and early retirement incentive programs to reduce costs

o The early retirement program is for employees aged 50 and above,

o Applications will be accepted from February and the accepted applicants will leave the company by the end of March 2018

o Expects to incur total operating expenses of approximately 1.6 billion yen 

– Its TEC division announced it will feature its digital signage solutions at the world’s largest retail tradeshow, the NRF (National Retail Federation) 2018 Retail’s Big Show taking place Jan. 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. 

o Based on its theme, “The Joy of Shopping,” Toshiba Tec will demonstrate its latest suite of products and solutions at booth 2553, including the company’s innovative digital signage solutions tailored to retail customers. 

§ XSellRate integrates an array of features for a more “engaging and enriching” shopping experience. 

 The multifunction kiosk enables shoppers to place deli orders, find in-store items and receive meal preparation ideas.

§ Up Sell – interactive application displays product information whenever an item is lifted from its in-store shelf

§ Cross Sell – mobile application is designed to provide sales associates with the information needed to influence shopping behavior

 Through the use of a mobile POS system and digital content, sales associates may check inventory based on an item’s size and color while making recommendations based on other items of interest. 

Ricoh layoffs continue to cut costs

– The Houston Business Journal is reporting that Ricoh USA will be cutting some 150 jobs at its call center located in Houston, Texas.

– “The job cuts are expected to be effective March 4, 2018, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter. The affected employees are not represented by a collective bargaining agent, and the company does not allow bumping rights, so workers with more seniority cannot take jobs from those with less seniority. However, “personnel are not precluded from seeking other employment within the company,” the letter states.:

Ricoh named CES award finalist

– announced that it has been named a CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree for the RICOH Ri 100 production color inkjet garment printer

– based on technology from a company named AnaJet which Ricoh acquired

– 1,200 x 1,200 dpi in vivid mode

– $4999 MSRP for the RICOH Ri 100, heating unit, software and other accessories

– The RICOH Ri 100 will be displayed at CES 2018, which runs January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Ricoh wins production print contract

– Award from Yale University’s Printing and Publishing Services in New Haven, CT

– Installed two Ricoh Pro C7110 production color laser systems

– Once is equipped with clear/white toner option

Kodak wins production print contract

– Award from B&D Print Services of Preston, Lancashire, England

– Installed a Kodak NexPress SX3300 production color LED toner system

– Reasons given for choosing over competitors includes:

o “The new NexPress processes and runs a lot quicker, and it’s got high-definition inks so images are a lot sharper. It gives us more flexibility and higher quality and the extended feeder means we can print six-page A4 folders on it.”

Man caught using color MFP for fake bills

– The Provo Police Department of Utah announced it has arrested Daniels Levitski, 33, for allegedly making fake $50 and $100 bills using color MFP

– officers responded to calls of a male, who used a fraudulent bill at a store in American Fork, Utah


PrintFleet to cost more after acquisition?

– Former CEO of PrintFleet, Norm McConkey, now owner of Tangent, commented on the acquisition of PrintFleet by ECi

– “If you are an FM Audit/ ECi customer, this acquisition likely means little to you, except for a possible price increase. PrintFleet and FM Audit are the two biggest remote monitoring systems (RMS) in the industry. It only makes sense that in the absence of a competitor, your prices may increase. You do not have as many options to switch to anymore.”

– “If you are a PrintFleet customer, sit down. Of course, your costs will increase. The model of ECi is to acquire companies and technologies that are mature, stable, and have high switching costs.”

– “Your costs could possibly double in the next 12 months. On the upside, before this acquisition a major concern for PrintFleet customers was that ECi would shut down the ability to interface with PrintFleet, and force you to switch. That will not happen now.

– “Longer term? Despite what is written, there will likely be only one RMS platform. Look around for competitors of e-automate. Lacrosse and OMD are no longer options. It may take a year or two, but it is likely that this is the long-term vision.”

– “I would now estimate about 75% of all remotely monitored devices flow through ECi. All monopolies have the same effect; Increase prices, Reduce innovation, & Squeeze out competitors”

Screen launches new label printers

– Screen introducing two new production color inkjet label presses to its range, the Trojan T4, and TC-2.

– The Trojan T4 is an all-in-one label press line with inline finishing. 

– robust printing, laminating, die-cutting, slitting and rewind for an end-to- end solution

– runs at up to 18 meters per minute with a maximum print width of up to 223mm across a 250mm web, with image quality up to 1600 x 1600dpi.

– die-cutter can be fully or semi-rotary and used alone to create die-cut blanks or to finish labels from another press

– Trojan T2-C is a desktop label printer that uses Memjet inkjet printhead technology

o can print on pre-diecut or continuous label reels, for offline finishing.

o Print speed, resolution and width is the same as for the T4, but unlike the T4, a 1200Kg floor-standing unit, the TC-2 is a desktop label printer with a smaller footprint.

o has proper web feed and take up with tensioning and yet fits any size print department due to its compact desktop footprint. Ink supply can be either by internal 250ml cartridges or, for higher productivity, external 2 liter tanks

o features either 1600 x 1600dpi or 1600 x 800 dpi

HP launches wallpaper printer

– introduced HP Indigo Wallpaper, an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press solution for wallpaper manufacturers to transition from analog production to a digital color printing process

– capable of producing endless, high-volume printing at  16,307 square feet per hour with a 29 inch width.

– digitally programmed for repeat, frameless printing, making it ideal for repeated pattern wallpaper applications and more

Kyocera to abandon ceramic drums?

– Announced it will begin to building ths Shilong Plant in China

– Will be manufacturing organic photo conductor drums to be used in its multifunctional products (MFPs) and printers

– scheduled to start production in late May 2018

– total production capacity of OPC drums is expected to exceed 2.5 times the current capacity by 2020

– plans to build a fully automated production system that is far less affected by possible hikes in labor costs

Nuance to offer SaaS model

– Nuance reported today that its Power PDF solution is immediately available to customers worldwide for the first time as a subscription service offered through the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace

– Power PDF is also currently offered in a perpetual license offering.

– enables users to create, edit, annotate, and share PDF (Portable Document Format) documents

Nuance solution for automotive market

– announced Dragon Drive connected-car platform is behind the auto assistant in Toyota’s Concept-i vehicle

– features including "voice-controlled restaurant and point of interest search, navigation, Q&A, sports information, and integration with content providers like HERE and Yelp."

– working with Toyota’s "emotion estimation engine" to account for user’s attention and emotional reaction to deliver more intelligent conversational interfaces.

– Dragon Drive is in more than 200 million cars on the road today

Canon launches new inkjet devices

– launched new refillable ink-tank inkjet printers and All-in-Ones, the PIXMA G series, for home, home-office, and small-office deployment.

– PIXMA G1510, designed for high-volume printing at a low cost per page.

– PIXMA G2510, a high-yield All-in-One with print, copy, and scan.

– PIXMA G3510, a high-yield 3-in-1 All-in-One with Wi-Fi connectivity that supports smartphone and tablet print, copy and scan via the Canon PRINT app.

– PIXMA G4510, a compact 4-in-1 printer with 20-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and wireless connectivity to smart devices with a high-page yield resulting in a low cost per page

– high page yield allowing users print up to 6,000 pages from the black ink bottle, or 7,000 pages from a set of color inks, based on 5% fill per page per color

Canon launches new ID card printers

– reliable lineup of inkjet card printers, thermal re-transfer card printers, along with dye and pigment label printers

– used to produce security credential cards, encrypted ID cards, durable labels and business cards on-demand

– recent study conducted by Statistic Brain, the number of business cards printed in the U.S. can average more than 25 million a day, with a majority of that number printed offsite

o offer cards in four inch (CX-G6400 Inkjet Card Printer) and two inch (CX-G2400 Inkjet Card Printer) sizes

o print speeds of up to 100 business card-sized prints per minute and 45 credential-sized prints per minute on both paper and plastic cards

o 1200 dpi resolution.

– Thermal Re-transfer ID Card Printer, the IX-R7000 allows user ID cards to be encoded (compatible with PVC, PET and other materials)

o from driver’s licenses to student ID cards

o 600dpi

o Print speed up to 145 cards per hour

o card capacity of up to 250 cards

o option to attach a security wire lock

– Pigment based LX-P1300 Inkjet Label Printer

o For producing packing labels

Canon wins award for inkjet devices sales

– received a consumer electronics industry performance award for the "Top Increase in Market Share" in the Inkjet Single and Multi-Function Printer category in North America from The NPD Group

– determined by data from The NPD Group Retail Tracking Service for the 12-month period ending October 2017 for consumer electronics sales (home use)

Canon receives more patents from U.S. gov

– ranked No. 3, with 3,285 patents in 2017

– had more patents in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but its ranking was unchanged.

– IBM topped the 2017 list, receiving 9,043 patents

– Samsung was No. 2, with 5,837

– Intel was No. 4 with 3,023.

Canon launches 3D printer

– launched its entry-level Marv (short for Marvelous) FDM 3D printer

– targeting it at consumers and educations as a safe, light-weight, small-footprint desktop 3D printer

– priced at around $830

– features a safe mode, in which operation is automatically paused when the door is opened and a non-flammable exterior cover

– temperature sensor that stops printing if there’s overheating.

– object build volume is 140 mm x 140 mm x 150 mm

– uses special heat-resistant PLA filaments that minimize objects bending and becoming deformed when exposed to heat

– a wood material – made up of 30-percent wood and 70-percent filament can also be used

Canon shuffles management in U.S.

– announced several new senior executive appointments and promotions that have been in effect since January 1, 2018.

– Ross Held has been promoted from vice president and general manager to senior vice president and general manager of Imaging Technologies Communications Group.

– Richard Antaya has been promoted from senior director and general manager to vice president of Imaging Technologies Communications Group.

– Robert Poseno has been promoted from senior director and general manager to vice president of Imaging Technologies Communications Group.

– Peter Kowalczuk has been promoted from executive vice president and general manager to president of Canon Solutions America

o Replacing former president is Toyotsugu Kuwamura 

Laserfiche has annual convention

– Laserfiche, provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, had more than 3,000 attendees at its Empower 2018 Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center

– Theme was ‘Be a Visionary.’ "

– Highlighted Laserfiche Release 10.3

– ability to search for and select documents related to a certain location directly on a map using the Laserfiche App

– enhanced collaboration tools and expanded back-end integration capabilities. 

– Conference featured keynote addresses from:

o Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, who helped advance the Long Beach Police Department’s deployment of a Laserfiche solution to suppress gang violence

o Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive and CIO of Oakland County, MI, who oversaw the development of unique government technology programs such as the G2G Cloud Solutions Initiative and the G2G Marketplace, and was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2017.

IDC predicts growth in 3D printing

– shows that global spending on 3D printing (including hardware, materials, software, and services) will be nearly $12.0 billion in 2018

– an increase of 19.9% over 2017

– by 2021 expects worldwide spending to be nearly $20.0 billion

– 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.5%

– Discrete manufacturing will be the dominant industry for 3D printing, delivering more than half of all worldwide spending throughout the 2017-2021 forecast

– Healthcare providers will be the second-largest industry with a spending total of nearly $1.3 billion in 2018, followed by:

o education ($974 million)

o consumer ($831 million).

– leading use cases for 3D printing are:

o prototypes

o aftermarket parts

o parts for new products

o dental objects

o medical support objects

UniPrint makes acquisition

– announced it has acquired cloud printing solutions provider ePRINTit™, a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Joseph Printing Group Inc., maker of cloud/mobile pull printing solution

o global partner of Hewlett Packard (HP Inc.)

o has over 15 million mobile app downloads and embedded print driver technology in over 100 Million PCs globally

o customers can securely send their documents to geo-located printers in places such as FedEx and UPS retail storefronts, post offices, convenience stores, colleges, and universities

o spanning over 140 countries, ePRINTit’s shared economy model allows users, who submit over 20 documents per second, to print to a global network of over 28,000 locations. 

Xeikon wins production print contract

– award from Taipei-Based K-Lin, a commercial printer in Taipei, China

– installed three Xeikon 9800- production color laser systems

– to be used for digital book printing for travel and education verticals

– included inline Muller Martini book binding systems

–  which accepts direct roll feeding from the Xeikon presses. This combination makes it the most advanced printer of books in Taiwan. 

– Reasons to choose over competitors:

o handles 60gsm to 360 gsm media

o option for inline varnish

o 1200x1200dpi

o fifth color station that can be used for special toners, including spot colors and UV reflecting clear toner

o prints at up to 21 meters per minute on web widths ranging from 320 to 512 mm.

More dealer acquistions

– Eakes Office Solutions, headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska, announced its acquisition of Latsch’s of Lincoln, Nebraska

o Latsch’s was locally owned and operated since 1916

o "We are thankful to everyone that helped us grow over the years," said John Costin, vice president, Latsch’s. "We are excited to join Eakes Office Solutions, and to be able to expand our products and services to all of our loyal customers."

o Costin will be joining Eakes Office Solutions of Lincoln as the sales manager for office products. 

o Latsch’s president, Mike Decker, will assist with the integration of the two companies and, once completed, will retire

o Eakes Office Solutions now has a dozen locations in Nebraska and one in Sioux City, Iowa.

– Datamax announced is has acquired East Texas Copy Systems of Tyler, TX

o “This agreement represents an integral part of the Datamax growth strategy to further expand and strengthen its marketplace presence within Texas and Arkansas.”

o “Rick Fedell (Vice President) and I are beyond thrilled to share what will be the beginning of a new era at East Texas Copy Systems within the Datamax family,” East Texas Copy Systems President Greg Walker said. “Although we will have a new name and new ownership, our customers can expect business as usual.”

Casio launches texture printer

– Casio launched the new Mofrel, with MSRP of $50,000

– adds 3D textures to printouts, turning flat paper into faux leather, stone, wood, and even simulate embossed stitched fabrics.

– Uses special paper, for $10 a sheet, and is noticeably thicker, feeling more like card stock

– made up of multiple layers that include a base substrate of thicker paper stock, a layer of carbon molecules applied as a fine powder, and layers on top of that which can be printed on using standard inkjet inks.

– A black and white image defines what parts of a printout will be raised, creating the textures.

– Using a special plugin for Photoshop, a texture is created by first printing a black and white image

– printout is fed back into the Mofrel printer where it’s hit by IR light.

– darker areas of the printout absorb that light, which in turns causes the microscopic carbon particles underneath to expand, pushing the top layer up and creating an added layer of depth and texture you can feel but also see as light falls across it

– printout can then be fed back into the other side of the printer, and finished with standard inkjet inks to add color.

Lexmark conducts webinar to its dealers

– Lexmark (aka Nine Star of China) conducted a webinar, and it was led by Phil Boatman of Lexmark

o also presentations by Clark Bugg, director of the North American Business Dealer Channel, and Cassandra Johnson, manager of partner development, North American Business Channels

o “We have the best A4 platform in the industry, bar none, and our strategy is designed to help our dealers succeed despite some of the headwinds out there in terms of declining pages and declining sales of A3 devices,” Boatman offered.

o “We want to help our dealers exploit some of the fastest-growing segments.”

– Solution partnerships with ACDI(Papercut), Y Soft, Nuance and Ringdale

– Claims a year-to-date total unit shipment increase of 16%

o 14% increase for color machines.

– offering boot camps to some of its top dealers, both in Lexington, KY and also in field with dealers

– scheduled series of roadshows that will be held in concert with future product releases

– gave demo of Lexmark Fleet Intelligence (LFI), a a fleet assessment tool that enables dealers to present customized data-based proposals to their customers to optimize printing fleets and improve return on investment.

Lexmark hires Lenovo exec

– Lenovo North America Channel Chief Sammy Kinlaw is leaving the company for a position as vice president worldwide channel and OEM sales at Lexmark

Samsung ships new color A4 laser MFPs

– (the MFP/printer division of Samsung is now owned by HP Inc.)

– introduced ProXpress M4560FX and M4562FX

– come standard with print, copy, scan, and fax.

– Document feeder scans both sides of original at same time

o Scan speed up to 60ipm

o Holds up to 50 originals

– Toner cartridges yield up to 40,000 pages based on 5% coverage per page

– OPC drums have yield of 100,000 pages.

– First color copy out time of 10 seconds

– Max duty cycle of 60K/month

– Advertised as offering up to 9600x600dpi

– Up to 7” color touchscreen LCD control panel

– Top print speed of 45ppm

– Comes standard with 50 sheet bypass and 250 sheet paper drawer

o Holds up to 220gsm, but duplex up to 163gsm only

– Built-in controller features:

o Actual maker unknown

o 1.5 GHz quad-core processor

o 512MB RAM

o 4GB SD card

o Uses Google Android OS

o PCL and PS print driversCL5

o 10/100/1000Base-T & USB ports

o Scan to email SMB, FTP; HDD; USB, WSD

IBM to lay off 10,000?

– The Register magazine reported, citing unnamed company sources, that IBM plans to reassign up to 30% of staff in its 103,000 computer service delivery business this year with job cuts through attrition of around 10,000

– “We do not comment on speculation,” an IBM spokesman said, when asked about the report. 

– published a slide it said was from an IBM internal document, which showed 10,100 jobs classified as “attrition w/o backfill”. 

Dealer installs a wall of plants in showroom

– Applied Imaging of Grand Rapids, Michigan installed a 198-square-foot LiveWall Living Wall as the main design element in the lobby of its new corporate headquarters

– “The green wall makes our lobby more welcoming and more interesting,” said Laura Katsul, office manager, Applied Imaging. “It brings our values to life and invites conversation about who we are as a company, how we work with each other, and how we do business with our customers.” 

– plants are interspersed with colorful signs, for example, “Kn” for knowledge, “In” for integrity, “Hm” for humility

– the 198-square-foot living wall is 9 feet tall and 22 feet long

– includes 98 planters, which contain inserts that hold mix of 6 different tropical plants

– light fixtures above the green wall use white-light LEDs

Healthcare is now largest employer

– according to an article in the Atlantic newspaper, the healthcare vertical has just surpassed manufacturing and retail verticals to be the largest source of jobs in the U.S.

– In contrast, in the year 2000, there were 7 million more employees in manufacturing vertical than healthcare

– The entire healthcare sector is projected to account for a third of all new employment

– (Print Audit recently published data showing that average healthcare vertical workers prints 37 pages per day)

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