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The Great Office Supplies Caper

Ian M. Elliott

With over 30 years of executive level experience within the printing, imaging and aftermarket industries, Mr. Elliott’s portfolio covers start-up’s, sales, distribution, reverse logistics & asset recovery, business development, executive consulting and management services. With a 15-year executive tenure at Nukote International, followed by 5 years as CEO at CertiCell and more recently 4 years as President & CEO at Print-Rite N.A., Mr. Elliott is well versed in aftermarket distribution strategies, supply chains and the effective use of information technology in business.
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Benefits of Technology and the Independent Reseller

by Ian M. Elliott | 1/11/19 8:02 AM

Many independent resellers are finding themselves in a situation where, not only have they fallen behind the technology curve, they may have also relinquished significant elements of control over their business to third-party providers, some of...

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Topics: Business Transformation, Information Technology

Are the Respondents in the ITC Investigation closing in for the kill?

by Ian M. Elliott | 12/11/18 7:47 AM

The third dongle-gear patent dispute, initiated by Canon back on February 28th, 2018 in the forum of the International Trade Commission, named 49 respondents and asserted infringement of 9 patents (containing 193 claims of which 28 were...

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Topics: Intellectual Property

How important is the inkjet & laser status-quo for your business?

by Ian M. Elliott | 9/18/18 7:39 AM

A value proposition consists of a combination of price, quality, and service, with consumers tending to gravitate toward what they perceive as the best proposition. The speed at which the gravitation takes place is dependent on increases in the...

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Topics: Business Transformation, Industry News, Intellectual Property

Why is a transition from laser to inkjet printers going to take place?

by Ian M. Elliott | 9/4/18 6:53 AM

Ever since the transformation from impact printing (typewriters, dot-matrix, etc.) to non-impact (ink and laser) took place during the 1980's and 1990's, the dominant technologies of ink and laser have been divided as such. Laser-based technology...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

Is Canon's dongle gear complaint at the ITC set for early conclusion?

by Ian M. Elliott | 8/1/18 7:38 AM

Almost five months after the Canon complaint was lodged with the ITC back on February 28, 2018, a significant development occurred last Friday, July 27, 2018, with the issuance of the ITC Staff's brief in preparation for the Markman hearing on...

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Topics: Industry News, Intellectual Property

Why is a Fujifilm deal still the most likely outcome for Xerox?

by Ian M. Elliott | 6/1/18 7:46 AM

Following the extraordinary events that led up to the termination of the proposed merger of Xerox into Fuji Xerox, what could be next for a company facing serious risks of marginalization in a mature office products and equipment industry?

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Topics: Industry News

Office Depot CompuCom Results & Pointers for Independent Resellers

by Ian M. Elliott | 5/14/18 7:43 AM

On May 9, 2018, Office Depot released its first quarter 2018 earnings, its first full quarter results since completing the acquisition of CompuCom in November 2017. We've published numerous articles about the $25 billion plus of annual U.S. sales...

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Topics: Business Transformation, Industry News

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