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Samsung’s Survey Provides Insight into Remote Printing Trends
The latest rage in the printing world is remote connectivity. Virtually every new printer, laser or inkjet, is launched with remote networking connectivity. What this means is that the owners of these printers can send print commands to their printers from their mobile phones. However, even though printing companies are forging ahead with the adding of new remote connectivity features for their latest printer models, it’s still unclear to what extent people are using these options.
In order to clarify this little fact and gain a better understanding of the remote printing trends in the market, Samsung conducted a survey. The survey focused on whether the people were aware of the numerous benefits of using remote connectivity features and whether they were actually using these features. In essence, the survey revealed some interesting remote printing trends.
Samsung’s survey focused on one thousand IT decision makers from three countries which were the United States of America, Germany, and China. In a nutshell, the remote printing trends in these countries show slow adoption of the technology largely because of usability issues. What this means is that while a good amount of people are aware of the benefits of remote connectivity, not a lot are using these features.
For instance, about 40 percent of the people surveyed admitted that they’re aware of the opportunities in remote printing solutions. However, the opposite of these remote printing trends was that only about eight percent of the people said that they actually used these features in their daily lives. Furthermore, approximately 33 percent of the surveyed group said that cloud printing isn’t easy to implement while about 20 percent stated that they weren’t sure of the print quality and document security with these types of features.
The interesting aspect was that awareness and usage numbers remained the same even though Samsung split its survey into two categories of mobile printing and cloud printing. For example, in terms of awareness of the technology and benefits eight percent people knew about cloud printing and used it while nine percent knew about mobile printing and used it. Similarly, while 25 percent of the people surveyed knew about but didn’t use cloud printing, the same type of printing with regard to mobile printing stood at 31 percent.
The remote printing trends showed that there were mainly three reasons why people chose to not use these features despite knowing about them and their benefits. Of the three reasons, one was common in the case of both mobile printing and cloud printing. This was that people thought the technology too difficult to use. About 35 percent of the surveyed group believed that cloud printing was too difficult to use while 22 percent believed the same of mobile printing.
19 percent of the surveyed businesses were also unsure of the security of their documents when they were processed through cloud printing features. On the other hand, the remote printing trends also showed that approximately 22 percent of the people choose to not use mobile printing simply because they believe that the print quality wouldn’t be comparable to conventional printing through computers.
With the remote printing trends that Samsung’s survey revealed, the technology giant has refurbished its mobile printing solutions. The company now offers mobile printing solutions to take care of these remote printing trends and targets both enterprises and personal users. These solutions revolve around Samsung’s Cloud Print app which allows for printing high quality on the go and supports a number of different platforms.
Canon’s Q2 Sales Go up by 5.1% But Profits Drop By 5.3%
Earlier, we had reported on how HP was planning to split up its operations into two companies owing to poor performance on an overall basis. In fact, even after the split, one of the companies would be hamstrung by poor revenues while the other’s profits would be burdened by pre-existing debts. The reason for this is simply the slowing down of the printer industry on the whole.
Continuing the pattern in the global printing industry, Canon specified in its financial report that its overall sales went up by 5.1 percent in the last quarter of the current financial year when compared to the second quarter of the last financial year. However, while the company’s overall sales saw a boost, its profits actually took a hit. Canon’s profits showed a drop of 5.3 percent in the second quarter of the current financial year when compared to the second quarter of the previous financial year.
The reason why Canon’s profits dropped was the poor performance of both, its camera and inkjet printer divisions. According to Canon, the demand for its inkjet printers dropped because of poor market conditions in the South East Asian region. In terms of the company’s camera divisions, the performance continued its downward trend as has been happening in recent quarters.
However, all was not doom and gloom for the Japanese company because the demand for other products that it deals in showed steady increases. For example, the increase in the demand for laser printers and office multifunction (MFC) devices continued to remain steady.
The 5.1 percent increase in the net sales of Canon pushed its turnover to ¥974.4 billion in the second quarter of the current fiscal while its half yearly turnover stood at ¥1,831.9 billion, which was an increase of about two percent when compared to the previous fiscal. The company’s quarterly profit showed a decline of 5.3 percent with the final value being ¥104.7 billion.
A number of factors played a role in the drop in Canon’s second quarter profits. The foremost of these was that its operational expenses went by no less than seven percent to ¥399.1 billion. This occurred largely because of the fluctuations in foreign exchange rates between the Japanese yen and the American dollar. In the relevant period, the Japanese yen depreciated when compared to the American dollar. Additionally, another reason why Canon’s operational expenses went up was that it invested a considerable amount of money on research and development of new products and business sectors.