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8 Printer Market Trends To Watch In 2018

The shift toward multifunction printers, competition in the A3 and A4 markets and printer security are among the major trends in the industry.

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While the long-predicted end of office printing has yet to arrive, the print industry is going through massive changes nonetheless -- with major implications for the channel.

"We've been talking about the paperless office for about 30 years. It hasn't happened yet," said Keith Kmetz, program vice president for imaging, printing and document solutions at research firm IDC. "It's still our contention that there is no 'paperless office.' However, we have to realize that printing and copying, as it once existed in the office of the past, is changing. There is a maturity and even pending decline associated with print behavior. But this is still a mission critical task."

Top trends impacting the office printer industry include increased competition in the A3 and A4 markets, shifts toward multifunction printers and increased demand for managed print services at small and medium-sized businesses.

As part of CRN's Printer Week 2018, we've rounded up eight of the top trends to watch in the printer market.

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