Over the next couple of months, resellers’ supplies prices will increase for Lexmark products and a couple of Clover products. The bulletin from Clover published by Supplies Network announced an increase of between 15 and 17 percent on just two SKUs—the CTG561WN and CTG563WN, which replace the HP 61 and 61XL black inkjet cartridges, respectively.
Last month, under the leadership of Cal Clemons, executive vice president, and Paula Kreuzberg, associate director, the membership and the board of directors of the Business Solutions Association (BSA) approved a new standard definition for a remanufactured cartridge. “What’s the big deal?” you might ask. “I know what a remanufactured cartridge is and don’t need
On January 6, West Point Products announced that it is taking some steps to further consolidate its operations. The company will be relocating its sales and administrative offices in Valley Grove, WV, to its headquarters in Washington, PA. West Point Products will also consolidate its remanufacturing operations in West Virginia into its main North American
The competition for empty ink and toner cartridges just got fiercer. On November 25, Staples announced that it was expanding its empty-cartridge collection program from in-store to online. Staples new online program allows Staples Rewards members to print pre-paid shipping labels to return spent cartridges for recycling. Like the current in-store program, the Staples online
On August 13, Clover Holdings announced that it has acquired Santa Barbara, CA-based American Communications. American Communications (www.go-ac.com) is a global supplier of new and used telecommunications hardware and engineering services for data, wireless, and wireline networks. While we typically think of Clover as an imaging supplies remanufacturer, the company has been busy branching out
On July 9, local news outlets including WTRF.com and wtov9.com reported that remanufacturer West Point Products will reduce its headcount significantly, mainly from its facility in Valley Grove, WV, but also at its headquarters in Washington, PA. According to the reports, the firm has 100 employees at Valley Grove, and it will eliminate two-thirds of
April 22 was Earth Day, and, as happens ever year, companies in the printer and supplies industry made environmental-themed announcements in the run up to the day. To our eyes, some of the more interesting announcements were made by Cartridge World, Clover, and HP. Each firm urged customers to keep spent cartridges out of landfills.
Clover Technologies has long employed various strategies to take in the empty cartridges it needs to feed its enormous remanufacturing business. Now, the firm has announced a new program called Evolve Recycling that offers cash for empties. Clover’s willingness to pay top dollar for cores and the marketing muscle that deep-pocketed Clover can put behind
On October 9, Clover Technologies Group announced that it had reached an agreement with Canon settling complaints filed earlier this year by the OEM in U.S. federal court and with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). In January, Canon alleged that Clover and dozens of other firms had violated certain toner cartridge patents held by
Clover Holdings made headlines in August when news broke that the firm—which many expected to lead the remanufacturing industry’s defense against Canon’s patent-infringement complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) —was working on a settlement with the OEM (see “Stop the Presses: Clover Working on Settlement Agreement with Canon”). Canon and Clover indicated that