Photizo Group agreed to develop an automated Just-in-Time (JiT) toner delivery solution with PrintFleet, a leading provider of managed print software (MPS) and data-driven solutions for the imaging industry.

    Combining PrintFleet’s supply chain automation technology with Photizo Group’s predictive engine, utilizing advanced predictive data analytics, the JiT Toner solution will reduce wasted toner and shipping costs for imaging service providers. In reducing the amount of waste residual toner typically found in return cartridges, and associated costs related to inefficient toner cartridge replacement, providers can improve their bottom line, and increase their ability to improve customer satisfaction.

    The collaboration, powered by IBM’s Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ) technology, delivers industry-leading predictive analytic data analysis capabilities with proven expertise and quality. As the premier data analytics solution in the market, spanning multiple industry verticals and applications, including automotive, jet propulsion, and traditional manufacturing, IBM PMQ technology is seen as the best-fit solution to deliver impactful results in imaging. Photizo Group has embraced this leading predictive technology, with a unique ASL license, delivering industry-specific applications to imaging, including optimized toner delivery.

    “Photizo Group is dedicated to consistently providing the most high-impact imaging solutions to our clients. In combining vital imaging consulting skill and industry knowledge with IBM PMQ technology, and PrintFleet imaging solutions, we expect to capitalize on optimization opportunity in the industry, radically changing the current managed services landscape with smarter solutions, such as automated JiT toner delivery,” said Scott Hornbuckle, Photizo Group Practice Director – Predictive Analytics

    Toner cartridge delivery and replacement optimization presents great opportunity in the imaging industry. Currently, on average:
    • Toner cartridges are returned with 15 percent wasted residual toner.
    • Nearly one extra cartridge is delivered per device, annually, as a result of inefficient toner management
    • Organizations spend an additional $20 per device from associated toner waste and unnecessary shipping costs, annually.
    “As the industry moves toward increasingly automated operating environments, data and predictive analytics will be essential to facilitating this transformation. Data has always been the focal point of PrintFleet solutions and predictive analytics is the natural next-step to better utilize the data and device metrics available to us in order to drive efficiencies and automation throughout the imaging industry,” said Chris McFarlane, President & CEO, PrintFleet. “We look forward to working with Photizo on the JiT Toner solution which will undoubtedly offer our customers and partners at every level of the supply chain additional value and material cost savings.”

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    About Photizo Group
    Photizo Group is the leading predictive analytics solutions firm with a dedicated focus on the imaging industry. Photizo Group’s predictive analytics solution is one component of Photizo Group’s broader market analytics and consulting services provided to the imaging industry. Photizo delivers the most deep-rooted and comprehensive imaging insight to clients through subscription data services, consulting, and proprietary research. Photizo partners with clients to deliver unparalleled insight, which allows them to maximize existing opportunities and identify emerging opportunities for revenue and profit growth. Photizo is the first market intelligence and consulting firm to begin providing predictive analytics solutions to the imaging industry. Learn more at www.photizogroup.com.

    About PrintFleet
    PrintFleet connects businesses by providing timely, reliable data, facilitating actionable information that enables automation of processes within the imaging industry – the industrialization of our industry. Industry-leading print management solutions range from simple rapid assessment to advanced, managed services offering unparalleled agnostic data collection, analysis and back-end support. Available in multiple languages, PrintFleet solutions empower OEMs, resellers and distributors in over 100 countries to solve business challenges and foster growth. Additional information about PrintFleet can be found at printfleet.com. Twitter: @PrintFleet