Before long, voice assistants will be overtaken by the Internet of Things(IoT) and Artificial Intelligence(A.I.). Smart homes will learn the habits of their inhabitants and anticipate their needs; robots will participate in cleaning or cooking and there will be sensors that will read our emotions.
Thanks to Big Data, homes will become intelligent spaces where all devices are integrated. Technological advances will reach such a point that A.I. assistants will manage homes, learning about their residents and coordinating all their devices.
As A.I. and IoT develop in our homes, keeping us safe will be vital and we will invest in surveillance and security. Every device connected to the internet will be a potential target for hackers, so we must protect our devices and all sensitive and private information.
Finally, connected devices in every home have a collective potential, which is to integrate into a larger smart community. It will be possible in this way to detect a risk in one of the houses, alerting the other homes and acting in time. Technology based on A.I. and IoT will protect people.
But as futuristic as all this sounds, it is something that is already being done. For example, in the printing industry, the cell phone monitors the printing equipment and a central server that receives the data, analyzes it and decides how much stock should be kept to ensure supply to customers, when is the best time to ship cartridges and even automatically groups shipments when it identifies that the customer will need multiple consumables in the near future. Nubeprint, with 5 registered patents, offers a managed MPS solution with algorithms and dynamic filters, in 2013, we developed the first A.I. engine for MPS and, since 2017, it has a Machine Learning (ML) developed specifically for MPS, this machine learning is a subcategory of artificial intelligence through which the system develops pattern recognition or the ability to learn continuously, with predictions based on Big Data, after which it makes the necessary adjustments without having been specifically programmed for it.
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Subscription models already existed, but in a more traditional format, such as paid-for newspapers. It soon spread to other sectors with catalog sales. It began in the 1920s in the U.S. for customers in rural areas and those who wanted to shop from home. With the spread of the telephone and the use of credit cards, new “distance models” appeared which, years later, would lead to the birth of teleshopping.
Today we have the Marketplace (example: Amazon), on-demand service sales (example: Glovo) and automated subscription models (example: in printing we find multiple examples implemented by resellers, all using Nubeprint technology), which allow users a wide range of possibilities thanks to an intelligent use of technology. Their expansion has been so rapid that by 2023, 75% of companies will offer some kind of subscription.
What does subscription consist of?
It involves selling products, services or content to customers on a recurring basis in exchange for periodic fee payments. As a result, it increases the company’s revenue on a regular and predictable basis and builds customer loyalty through services.
What are the benefits of subscription?
1. Provides value to the customer – Depending on the type of subscription, the added value is different. Translated to the world of printing, it can be something as simple as sending an alert to the customer’s cell phone when a cartridge is low, to something as comprehensive as taking care of all the printer’s needs, including automatic delivery of cartridges and paper, detecting printer technical incidents and repairing them, replacing the printer when needs change, and maintaining a circular economy dynamic that makes the printing activity neutral and 100% sustainable.
2. Recurring sales.
3. Customer loyalty: customer contact is maintained.
4. Cross-selling or upselling: by maintaining contact with the customer, new needs are identified and consequently sales opportunities are created.
5. better stock forecasting: monitoring technology applied to a subscription-based model makes it possible to anticipate needs to the point of being able to increase sales without the need for stock.
6. Low marginal cost that allows scalable models: the market offers technologies to create your own subscription-based sales service with free access to monitoring agents such as the Nubeprint app available on the App Store and Play Store.
Clearly, there are many variables and the model continues to evolve. Almost everything is now available on a subscription basis. We are even starting to see new companies for whom this format is the basis of their business. The goal is always the same: to build customer loyalty in order to sell not on the basis of the best price, but on the basis of a healthy balance between perceived value and fair price.
Nubeprint is a pioneer in offering IT resellers the tools for their own subscription-based sales service.
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Analyzing B2C market sales worldwide, the first place in the ranking is held by China with 44% of incidence. For its part, the Latin American eCommerce market reached a retail sales value of $80.5 billion in 2021. E-Commerce in Spain had a turnover of 57.7 billion euros in 2021 and the penetration of online shopping grew to 78% of internet users aged 16 to 70. The hybrid eCommerce + physical store channel is the ideal combination requested by users, so stores without an online portal must implement it now, or risk disappearing.
Convenience, offer and price are still the determining factors for purchase. But trust continues to play an important role in the decision to buy online (74%), and this is achieved by maintaining the relationship with the customer even after the sale has been made.
According to users themselves, the opinions of experts and friends/family are the most influential in their final purchase decision (75%). Marketplaces (Amazon, for example) continue to be the reference for online portals among users: 6 out of 10 buyers go directly to these sites. Regarding after-sales behavior, almost 7 out of 10 online shoppers have left their shopping cart half-finished at some point, either to think it over or because there were hidden costs (shipping costs, insurance or VAT). 12% of online shoppers want to receive their order within 24 hours at the latest and 48% within 2 days at the latest.
If all eCommerce sites were the same, the customer would choose the one offering the best price 9 times out of 10, so it is critical to offer services that the customer values. For example, once the customer has purchased their printer, they just want to print and don’t want the purchase of replacement cartridges to be a hassle, which is why one of the most successful services is automatic cartridge replacement. Amazon solves this problem by inviting the customer to subscribe to a service whereby they will receive a new cartridge automatically at a frequency of their choice. Cartridge resellers can however go even further in their offer of an automatic refill service. In effect, your customer, from his own cell phone and with the help of the universal Nubeprint app, activates the service he has purchased on the eCommerce page together with the printer or cartridge. In doing so, the customer’s printer monitoring is activated and the eCommerce, which is connected to the app, is able to automatically generate the cartridge replacement order based on the level displayed by the printer becoming low. The result is an outstanding customer experience after their purchase in the eCommerce: they control on their cell phone the status of their printer, the real durability of the cartridges they receive automatically from the reseller, and, in case of any technical incident, they can contact the reseller from the Nubeprint app on their cell phone.
Nubeprint offers its Personal Shopper product, a plug-in that connects the e-commerce platform with Nubeprint’s monitoring ecosystem. As a result, the customer shopping on the eCommerce portal can subscribe to this service and automatically have the eCommerce portal generate an order for a consumable when the printer will need it.
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Today, providing security goes beyond traditional surveillance: technological advances and data collection have enabled the creation of new services. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics systems, security companies give added value to customers when it comes to protecting their interests. In addition to guarding people and facilities, protection seeks business continuity, whether at the logistical or energy efficiency level, for example. All variables are protected so that companies do not see their day-to-day operations interrupted: from the environmental conditions of a warehouse to the remote monitoring of machines on a production line.
The proliferation of hybrid environments and the digital transformation of businesses increase the risk of cyber-attacks. Protecting digital assets and their physical media is vital for any company, so the prevention of this potential risk is constantly evolving.
Due to climate change, security is evolving towards protecting our ecosystem, from forest fires to extreme storms. Companies specializing in fire protection offer new services to prevent and avoid damage as much as possible. In our globalized world, the pandemic has demonstrated the contagiousness of certain risks, which generate effects of all kinds (health, economic and social) and also affect safety. Prevention systems try to identify them in order to minimize their impact.
Nubeprint also uses artificial intelligence and Big Data to monitor its printers and respect the circular economy, all in a secure environment based on 4 pillars:
1st Security in the protection of its data, complying with a wide range of security directives.
2nd Security against cyber-attacks, since Nubeprint is not intrusive and does not leave access ports open unnecessarily.
3rd Monitoring of consumables and technical alerts, ensuring timely replenishment and immediate notification of any incident.
4th Protection of the circular economy, with A.I. applied to the optimization of resources and reducing waste, committed to sustainable printing.
The International Space Station has enabled the installation of powerful antennas that pick up all kinds of signals, however weak and distant they may be, as well as having an orbit that covers almost the entire surface of the Earth twice a day. ICARUS has its own Internet of Things (IoT) system: the animals carry small transmitters that send data to the Space Station, which is then collected and sent to a station on Earth for Big Data.
These transmitters carry a solar panel, a battery and a sensor, in addition to being compatible with the animal. They can store 500 MB and the access to the data is done from the Cloud, being recyclable and with a useful life that exceeds beyond that of the animal. Using GPS, acceleration is also measured and environmental conditions are recorded.
The project plays a decisive role in the study of climate change, monitoring what environmental changes the movements of species respond to. Natural disasters can also be predicted, as many animals behave differently hours before they occur; worldwide, 900 animal species already have mini-transmitters implanted for the global Big Data. Thanks to an App that anyone can install on their smartphone, interested parties can follow a bird, feline or fish as it migrates and is tracked in real time.
Nubeprint monitors any brand and type of printer (inkjet, laser, large format, label and 3D), allowing distributors to manage fleets in and track consumables to prevent any from going missing and check their performance.
The Nubeprint App for smartphone allows you to monitor the printer via mobile, ideal for the teleworker or home customer, alerting them when they need to change a cartridge before it runs out: the printer will always be ready, with no last-minute unpleasantness, and the cartridges are tracked to ensure they are managed within the circular economy.
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Kuiaitsi (“Boby” on the internet) has a Facebook profile and uses Whatsapp. Thanks to social networks, he contacts other Kuikuro friends who now live in Sao Paulo and interacts with other people.
Among the positive aspects of the new technologies, the village leader, Afukaka Kuikuro, highlights that they now have information about what is happening outside and that young people use electronic devices to record their day-to-day lives, which will preserve their culture. But he is concerned about how information from the outside world influences young people.
What are the challenges for the younger generation?
Takuma, one of the tribal leaders in the village, is also an educator at the Ipatse school. He believes that local culture and the Kuikuro language are threatened by the influence of the outside world, so he has created a cultural archive and audio-visual center in the village to document the life of the Kuikuro culture, storing more than 500 videos and audios. This plan to preserve traditions also includes the use of drones.
“That is our struggle: we must make sure that the new technologies we introduce do not destroy our culture,” concluded village leader Afukaka.
Nubeprint, thanks to its App for smartphones, can monitor printers in the most remote place and in any other place where remote work is done: it is enough to have a Wifi network where printer and smartphone are connected. This is enough for a retailer or consumables supplier to monitor and know in real time if the printer is going to need a cartridge.
The experience with the pandemic and now with the energy crisis are causing the cultural change that replaces the traditional daily commute to the office with partial or total teleworking Technological advances are also having a decisive influence on our habits, creating a new model of society.
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In reality, printing is advancing by leaps and bounds thanks to new developments in digital technologies. Although offset lithography dominates at the moment, digital is gaining ground and packaging is expected to account for 60% of the global print market by 2030.
What are the advantages of digital printing?
This is one of the most versatile printing methods for packaging, from labels to food-grade packaging. The range of materials used has also expanded, with digital printing being a preferred option for brands offering product variations. As personalization is more efficient, turnaround time is reduced and products are brought to market at a more competitive cost.
New technologies enable high resolution that produces detailed labels and tags, with razor-sharp results. The wide color gamut and advances in solid white printing lead to great creative freedom, expanding product packaging and business opportunities for brands.
Why is digital printing growing in popularity and profitability?
Creating digital embellishments – as well as automating them according to run length, large-format printing, interactive labels and packaging, all networked – saves time and expense for both printers and brands.
In addition, the ability to print on lighter, recyclable and even reusable packaging reduces CO2 emissions. There are also initiatives to minimize waste by controlling wasted print and chemicals used for printing.
The global packaging printing market will grow from $352 billion in 2020 to $433.4 billion in 2025, with an annual growth rate of 4.2%; Nubeprint monitors printers of every make, model and type, including laser, inkjet, large format (plotters) and 3D, also those that print for packaging or on any other media, allowing the customer to forecast the purchase of ink or toner, automate it and thus focus on what is important: Produce!
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What are these technological advances that the adventure of taking humans into space has brought to our daily lives?
The computer mouse.
It was developed by NASA in 1960 to interact with the spacecraft’s computers and facilitate the astronauts’ work despite the lack of gravity.
For space travel, a lightweight and practical communications system was patented for astronauts to keep their hands free and communicate with Earth.
In 1990, the NASA Laboratory developed technology small enough to fit on a spacecraft but capable of taking high-quality photographs from space.
Several missions in the 1980s used a computer that did not need to be hard-wired and communicated with the other devices on board.
Today’s material emerged from a rubber experienced in astronaut helmets that has shock-absorbing qualities.
For growing plants from space, NASA invented LED technology, which we now have in every home; it is also used in the medical field, in devices that help patients relax muscles or relieve pain. More recently we find it in refrigerators, curiously with a very similar purpose to that for which it was invented: the preservation of fresh food.
The technology to develop these prostheses was part of a project for space vehicles with artificial muscles and robotic sensors, capable of absorbing all kinds of impacts.
The high temperatures endured by astronauts in space travel are extreme, so special polymers were employed for use in fireproof and heat-resistant suits, in addition to an advanced breathing system.
Between 1960 and 1970, NASA developed a system that purified the astronauts’ water, using iodine and cartridge filters that ensured total cleanliness of all types of particles.
In view of this, beyond the milestone of taking us into space, we should thank NASA scientists for the help they have given us to make our lives more comfortable. On the other hand, there is no doubt that research for apparently altruistic purposes ends up providing a return on investment that we imagine to be colossal. How much does NASA bill for the exploitation of all these patents?
Nubeprint, with 6 patents registered to date, is at the forefront of technological advances in the MPS industry. Its MPS solution (using dynamic algorithms and filters), Machine Learning (developed specifically for MPS) and the first and only DCA integrated in a cell phone app (iOS and Android) are some of the examples of developments made by Nubeprint. Nubeprint invests 30% of its resources annually in R&D.
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Charles Babbage, British mathematician and engineer, inventor of programmable calculators and considered the father of digital computers, was the one who designed the first printer, which would not become a reality until half a century later, when a group of engineers took his plans and decided to manufacture it: with more than 4,000 parts and a weight of 2 tons, today it can be visited at the Science Museum in London.
A little earlier, in 1935, Chester Carlson invented xerography (electronic photography), being the founder of the Xerox company. However, since Charles Babbage’s discovery, printing technology evolves rapidly: In 1953, Remington Rand created the UNIVAC High Speed Printer, the first high-speed printer with 4 rollers and capable of printing 600 lines of text per minute; in 1957, IBM patented the dot matrix printer, with a print head that moved laterally across the paper and, in 1959, invented line printing equipment, which allowed overprinting; in the same year, the first automatic photocopier appeared, the Xerox 914 (with more than 7 copies per minute); then came the first EP-101 mini printer from Epson.
In 1969, Gary Starkweather created the first laser printer prototype, which was manufactured at the Xerox research center in 1971. This innovation was a trend-setter because it also printed images; in 1973, Canon developed color printers.
The inkjet printer was invented in 1976, very popular in small stores and homes; the daisy printer appeared in 1978, capable of printing high quality text but only writing letters and numbers; in 1988, the color toner mode was implemented with the Ricoh color 5000.
In the early 1990s, HP marketed the first network-connected printer, the Laserjet III and, in 1998, the first multifunction printer that prints, photocopies and sends faxes; shortly afterwards, new HP models were dual, with scanner, USB port and send emails; today, all printer brands have wifi as standard.
Today, the story evolves with 3D printers, which are used in almost all sectors (architecture or industrial production, for example), allowing to print almost anything on site, avoiding waiting times for shipments and saving on costs: will this printer be the one that will mark the future of printing?
Nubeprint is a manufacturer of monitoring software for printers of all makes, models and types (including laser, inkjet, large format, label and 3D). Making a bit of history, it patented the first cloud MPS solution in 2010 and, just one year later, implemented the Managed MPS Solution with dynamic algorithms and filters. In 2013, he developed the first A.I. (artificial intelligence) engine for MPS and, in 2017, ML (Machine Learning), specifically for MPS. In 2018, it patented the unique and first DCA integrated in a smartphone app. Since 2020, our ZERO Flex product allows you to configure your own MPS application, choosing from 27 Apps.
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“Productivity”: this is the concept on which there is most consensus. According to the OECD report, the benefits of teleworking are increased productivity, better work-life balance and reduction of companies’ carbon footprint through energy savings.
Stanford University conducted a study on remote work for 9 months in one of the largest tourism companies in the world: employees spent 9% more time on their tasks (with shorter breaks and fewer sick days), showed higher satisfaction (resignation rate decreased by 50%), and performance increased by 13% (reaching 22%). The data is pleasantly surprising, especially considering that teleworking was voluntary and not imposed. In addition to improved performance, there was also a lower turnover rate and reduced office costs: these three concepts improved the company’s productivity by up to 30%.
Another study, in this case by the University of Chicago and with more than 10,000 surveys, claims that 30% of employees felt more productive and motivated working from home. According to the U.S. consulting firm Omdia, telecommuting has generated higher productivity for 68% of the 400 companies surveyed worldwide (Netflix improved its productivity per worker in the first half of 2021 to 1.54 million dollars per employee; Apple obtained its best figure of the last five years, 1.16 million per worker).
In Latin America and the Caribbean, remote work increased by 20% on average during the pandemic and increased productivity. However, it is estimated that the growth of this modality will be more linear than that experienced in the early 20’s. On the other hand, it is predicted that 1 in 4 employees in North America will be working remotely on a regular basis by the end of this year.
In Europe, the five countries that rely most on remote work are Sweden (40.9%), the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland and Denmark. Above the EU average (21.5%) are countries such as the United Kingdom (31.1%) and France (28.3%); below, Germany (18.5%) and Spain (14.7%).
In Spain, the evolution of teleworking will increase productivity by between 1.4% and 6.2% annually. Companies such as Vodafone are already strongly committed to this model and allow remote work 3 days a week, with 96% of their staff adhering to it and with the aim of facilitating flexibility and conciliation; in Telefónica, on the other hand, 81% of employees have signed up to the possibility of teleworking 2 days a week. In this way, both companies have implemented remote work to set an example of the use of technology and connectivity, as they themselves market it, fully confident of being more competitive.
Thus, teleworking increases productivity: it increases motivation, improves concentration and brings savings to the company, both in cost of space and staff turnover; it is necessary that the worker can choose to work remotely and in the right circumstances.
Nubeprint supports teleworking and sets an example with 100% of its staff working remotely. Nubeprint technology allows the teleworker’s home printer to be monitored and the teleworker to enjoy MPS services at the same level as printers installed in the company environment. With its pioneering and unique mobile App, the teleworker’s printer can be monitored to alert the supplier when a consumable is low and replace it before it runs out, ensuring that the printer is always at full capacity and the employee does not have to worry about consumables.
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