The Age of Amazon has wrought changes that are both beneficial and detrimental to consumers, other businesses, and communities. Plenty of articles have been devoted to the “Amazon problem,” whether that means the closing of retail stores and emptying malls and strip malls, the bankruptcies of once-major retail chains, the types of jobs lost and
On April 27, Seiko Epson reported its financial results for fiscal 2017, which ended on March 31, 2018. While Epson has positives to report in fiscal 2017, it was a disappointing year in some respects. The company managed to deliver revenue and business profit growth, but operating and net profit declined. Moreover, Epson’s results fell
On April 17, Epson America announced the newest model in its line of “cartridge-free EcoTank printers”: the WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank all-in-one. The ET-8700 is an A4 inkjet all-in-one, but whereas its siblings in the EcoTank line are aimed at consumers and small-office/home-office (SOHO) users, the ET-8700 is aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
It appears that Epson may soon add two more settlements to the half dozen it has obtained via the wave of inkjet cartridge patent-infringement lawsuits the OEM filed starting in late 2016. Court filings indicate that Epson is finalizing a settlement agreement withInkJet2U LLC and Worf Corporation, related entities that the OEM sued for patent
This week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its third seizure-and-forfeiture order on printer consumables in 2018. The order is particularly interesting because it was directed against Soldcrazy USA, a company with which Epson has ongoing litigation. The ITC issued the seizure-and-forfeiture order on April 9. It says that U.S. Customs and Border Protection
On April 10, Epson America announced three new A4 inkjet all-in-ones for the home: the Expression Home XP-5100, the Expression Premium XP-6000, and the WorkForce WF-2860. Epson says that Expression Home XP-5100 is designed for everyday home printing needs, the Expression Premium XP-6000 is aimed at busy families that print photos, and the WorkForce XP-2860
On April 6, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that hardcopy peripheral (printer and MFP) shipments in Indonesia grew by about 2 million units or 0.6 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to findings from the market research firm’s Q4 2017 “Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker.” IDC says inkjet remains the dominant printing
On April 4, Seiko Epson Corporation and Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd. announced the opening of a new Epson sales subsidiary and office in Vietnam. Epson held an event marking the official opening of the new office at the Hotel Nikko Saigon. The new subsidiary, Epson Vietnam Co., Ltd., began operations on April 1. Epson had
On March 30, Apex Microelectronics issued a pair of announcements about new replacement chipsets. The Zhuhai-based chipmaker announced that it is the first in the market to offer replacement chips for the Canon cartridge 052 and 052H. Apex also announced chips for the ink tanks used in various Epson SureColor wide-format inkjet printers. Canon’s new
This week, Cincinnati, OH-based news station WCPO and its affiliated website, wcpo.com, reported that a recent Epson inkjet printer firmware update disabled the use of some end users’ aftermarket inkjet cartridges. Part of a Broader Trend As noted in WCPO’s reporting, firmware updates that prevent the use of aftermarket supplies are not a new trend.