Our second installation of the year, What’s Happening January 20, 2020 reports on the latest Pixma printer for outputting large quantities of photos and documents. We also cover the newest PhotoPrintMe software upgrades from Mitsubishi. In addition, we look at the newly added product lines in the Photo Finale portfolio and a new hire at Mutoh America.
What’s Happening January 20, 2020
Canon Pixma G7020 MegaTank Wireless AiO Printer
For high-volume printing, Canon debuted the Pixma G7020 MegaTank wireless all-in-one (AiO) printer. The printer is capable of producing a large amount of quality photos and documents without its ink cartridges changed out.
Anchored by a continuous ink supply system and automatic document feeder (ADF) to scan, copy and fax multipage documents, the G7020 printer provides an ink savings of $1,175 from the full set of included ink bottles, announced Canon. In addition, it comes with two bonus black ink bottles.
Boasting a high page yield, it prints 7,700 vivid color pages; 6,000 black text pages; and 8,300 black economy pages per each full ink bottle set. Moreover, the printer uses pigment-based and dye-based ink, allowing for vibrant, colorful images and sharp black text.
Other features include a 350-sheet capacity when using both the front and rear trays. Further, auto-duplex printing provides flexibility. It also offers clean usability thanks to squeeze-free and spill-resistant ink bottles. In addition, it has an improved ink charging time for a faster initial setup compared to previous models. The Pixma G7020 also features wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi. What’s more, for users of compatible mobile devices, the Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy app permits easy setup and basic operation on smart devices.
Notably, via the Canon Print app, users can access Pixma Cloud Link to print photos from popular online social platforms and services: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
In addition, the G7020 supports Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print for printing from Gmail and the Google Docs web-based word-processing program via Google Chrome and Chrome OS operating systems. $399.
PhotoPrintMe Upgrades from Mitsubishi Electric
The newest version of PhotoPrintMe from Mitsubishi Electric, Visual Imaging Systems Division, is more powerful. PhotoPrintMe allows users to create from an online catalog of photo products from anywhere. Among the platform’s new features is enhanced business flexibility; chain stores can set up more printing points on demand.
In addition, shop details are shown in the home page.
The upgrades also permit attended and unattended service. In addition, product details are shown before the start of product creation. Moreover, multi-product orders are now accepted; in the same order, customers can print multiple products and multiple sizes. In addition, they receive on-screen and e-mail tickets. Another new benefit is the counter payment setup, which is joined by on-demand online payments. The available platforms for online payment now include: Stripe, available on-demand; Apple Pay through Stripe; Google Pay through Stripe; and PayPal on-demand.
Additional updates include: discount coupons management; digital signage when the unattended screen is used; the 10×15 order ticket includes advertising (only SmartD90RT) and product barcodes; a fixed order extra fee configuration; and a minimum amount of payment per order.
In addition, the PhotoPrintMe upgrades include a new POS kit, with a renewed design and fresh elements.
MailPix 1 Hour Photo App Earns Kudos
MailPix, A photo printing, canvas and photo-gifting site, announced its 1 Hour Photo app won the Best Specialty Shopping App Award. Further, it was recognized as New Mobile Business Innovator in the Best of 2019 Mobile Star Awards.
As MailPix enters its eighth year in business, the company announced it has the “broadest retail reach of any mobile photo printing app.”
Its 1 Hour Photo app was honored as the only photo print app that works with all five of the largest U.S. retailers with photo services: CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Duane Reade and Target.
“Since our launch in 2012, MailPix has always focused on ease, on convenience and on value,” said Fred H. Lerner, CEO and founder of MailPix. “We started with a simple website and have grown to include several mobile apps. Through careful curation of customer feedback, we’ve learned how to build a loyal clientele.
“With a choice of more than 20,000 retail pickup locations to choose from, with the 1 Hour Photo app, you’re never far from high-quality photo prints made through the convenience of your mobile phone,” Lerner added. “We’re excited to be recognized by MobileVillage with this prestigious award.” The Mobile Star Awards showcase the best and most innovative consumer and business mobile apps; mobile devices; and mobile tech companies. Nominees and winners are chosen by the mobile-savvy followers of MobileVillage.com.
“Receiving a Mobile Star Award is an accomplishment that’s recognized by the entire mobile industry, as well as customers and buyers,” said Jon Covington, founder and CEO, MobileVillage. “Mobile Star Awards winners truly shine among millions of other mobile products as the greatest stars out there.”
Photo Finale Photo Fulfillment Catalog Adds Product Lines
A provider of white-label photo e-commerce services, Photo Finale announced two catalog additions to its Marketplace. The additional product lines—CCI Pro and Fujifilm Wholesale—bring the total number of partners to 15.
CCI Pro Fulfillment from Custom Colour Imaging is now part of the Photo Finale portfolio. It offers boutique products tailored to the professional photography market. The products include superior quality prints; mounted prints; metallic prints; gallery wraps; metals; acrylics; and flush-mount albums. Fujifilm Wholesale’s Personalized Photo Products Group was also added. It is a supplier of photographic and digital prints, as well as personalized and photo products. Moreover, the group offers a range of customized photo products for home and office. Among them are prints, cards, photo books and wall art.
“Photo Finale offers the widest array of photo products to our dealers in the United States, Canada and Australia,” said Steve Giordano Jr., president, Photo Finale. “The Photo Finale platform makes it easy for retailers to choose what products to offer from our extensive catalog.”
Photo Finale is a software company located just outside of Washington, DC. The company provides photo kiosks; photo-ordering websites; professional proofing gallery sites; and also custom iPhone/Android apps to photofinishing retailers worldwide.
Mutoh America Names Director of Marketing, Business Development
Wide-format printer and cutter manufacturer, Mutoh America hired Steve Gluskin as its director of Marketing and Business Development.
Gluskin will focus on developing new business growth opportunities throughout North America. He will also assist in developing marketing and distribution strategies. Moreover, Gluskin will report to Mutoh America’s president and general manager, Brian Phipps.
We are thrilled to have Steve join our team,” said Phipps. “I’ve known him for many years, and his long and diverse experience in sales, marketing and distribution in our industry and others, coupled with his familiarity and understanding of Mutoh products, is a perfect match within our organization.”
Gluskin most recently was director of digital printing/business development for Rowmark/Johnson Plastics Plus. While there, he focused on cultivating new business and growth strategies for GoVivid, as well as providing continued education and support for customers. GoVivid offers one-stop solutions for the UV digital printing market.
“I’ve always been enthusiastic about Mutoh and the excellent printers they design and manufacture,” Gluskin said. “I’ve watched them grow their product line and the company over the years. I’m happy to join their team and assist in the continuation of their growth.” Gluskin can be reached at email@example.com.