Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The survey is now closed.
The results of the survey and our comments about the survey results will be posted before the end of January. The results and comments will be posted on the IRgA website (irga.com)
Friday, December 21, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Ricoh wins bid for “reprographics services”. I did not know they were in the reprographics services business! Reprographers, were you aware of that?
Broward County Public Schools (Ft Lauderdale FL area) recently held a BID competition for “Printing Services for Legal Reproduction of Construction Related Projects and Correspondence”.
Here’s a link to the bid tabulation and recommendation for award:
While I was aware that Ricoh’s Business Solutions group offered Managed Print Services, I was not aware, at all, that Ricoh was pursuing bids for reprographics services. Perhaps this is an outcome of Ricoh merging IKON’s document solutions group into Ricoh’s Business Solutions Group? Will there come a time when all of the major copier/printer equipment manufacturers push into the reprographics services business? Canon and OCE? Konica-Minolta?
Do you remember when Xerox operated Xerox Reproduction Centers? Is that where Ricoh is headed with this?
Thursday, August 2, 2012
While I may, periodically, post on this blog-site, simply to keep it active, I’ve already begun to publish Reprographics 101 on the IRgA.com website.
IRgA membership Sign-up is now open on the IRgA web-site. If you are not already an IRgA member, I encourage you to sign-up for IRgA membership. There is no cost to sign up as a member.
IRgA membership is open to:
- - reprographers, printers and imagers
- - vendors and suppliers to the reprographics and/or printing industries
- - investors and financial analysts who follow the reprographics and/or printing industries
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
NEW YORK | Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:01am EDT
(Reuters) - Single-family home prices rose for the fourth month in a row in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, suggesting the recovery in the housing market continued to gain traction, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.
The S&P/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 0.9 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping economists' expectations for a 0.5 percent gain.
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, prices fared even better, jumping 2.2 percent.
"With May's data, we saw a continuing trend of rising home prices for the spring," David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor's, said in a statement.
Still, Blitzer cautioned that spring and summer are traditionally strong buying months and that gains need to continue into the rest of the year.
"The housing market seems to be stabilizing, but we are definitely in a wait-and-see mode for the next few months."
The rate of decline on a yearly basis moderated, with prices down 0.7 percent compared to a 1.9 percent drop in April.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Off topic from reprographics, it’s “one of those days”…. Zynga shares were trading at around $15.00 per-share back in the first week of March 2012. After reporting disappointing results, Zynga shares are now trading at $3.13 per share. (Disclosure, I don’t own, nor have I ever owned, Zynga shares.)
Why does it not surprise me that an analyst’s call proved to be wrong? I guess for the same reason that opinions rendered by Moody’s and S&P (about the credit risk ratings of CDO’s) proved to be way off base (to the negative side, of course.) Does anyone still trust the prognostications of analysts and credit ratings given to bonds, CDO’s, etc. by ratings companies? Using the word “trust” and “financial opinions” in the same sentence is, nowadays, an oxymoron.
From Bloomberg News
Zynga Bullish Call Prompts ‘Embarrassed’ Analyst to Apologize
By Danielle Kucera on July 26, 2012
Richard Greenfield, an analyst who covers Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) (ZNGA), downgraded the maker of social games and apologized for overestimating earnings after the company reported revenue and profit that missed projections.
In a note titled “We Are Sorry and Embarrassed by Our Mistake,” the BTIG LLC analyst downgraded Zynga to neutral from buy after the company showed it’s making less money from individual users than he expected, Bloomberg.com’s Tech Blog reported.
“We firmly believed that the small fraction of Zynga users who pay was increasing and that monetization per user was improving,” Greenfield said in a note yesterday. “Paying players on Facebook are clearly paying less due to the mix of games.”
He added, “Our confidence in Zynga management diminished.”
Zynga, the biggest developer of games played on Facebook Inc. (FB) (FB), fell short of analysts’ second-quarter revenue and profit estimates as the company competes with a growing number of apps on the social network and mobile devices. Sales were $332.5 million, less than analysts’ average estimate of $343.1 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit excluding some items was 1 cent a share, less than the 6-cent estimate.
Zynga, based in San Francisco, makes money by selling virtual goods within its games -- a gun in “Mafia Wars” or a tractor in “FarmVille.” Greenfield revised his earnings projection for the full year to 7 cents, down from 31 cents. The new estimate would represent a 70 percent drop from last year.
A jump in monthly unique players was driven primarily by “Draw Something,” a mobile game Zynga acquired earlier this year for $200 million that doesn’t generate much revenue, Greenfield said.
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