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IDC: 3-D printing goes mainstream

BY Dan Berthiaume

Framingham, Mass. – 3-D printing technology is rapidly gaining traction and heading toward mainstream acceptance and usage. According to a new research study from International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide 3-D printer market will experience tremendous unit and revenue growth from 2012 to 2017, with compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 59% and 29%, respectively.

IDC says the fast-paced evolution of 3-D printing has moved well beyond early adopters and hobbyists, and is now being utilized regularly in business applications where substantial cost and time-to-market benefits are gained. In addition, traditional printer vendors are increasingly seeing 3-D printing as an opportunity. HP is preparing to enter the market in mid-2014, and Konica Minolta is about to sign a U.S. agreement to distribute a leading manufacturer’s 3-D printers. Other printer vendors will look to enter this lucrative opportunity in the near future as well.

In addition to a burgeoning new product line for electronics and office supply retailers, 3-D printing technology represents a potential paradigm shift for the entire retail industry. In the not too distant future, consumers may be able to print a wide variety of products at home, leading to an entirely new sales channel where physical products can be “downloaded” like digital products.

"Print is extending beyond output on media to the creation of an actual object, and that presents incredible opportunity," said Keith Kmetz, VP, imaging, printing and document solutions. "While traditional print technologies are facing maturity, 3-D printers will see worldwide unit shipments grow by 10 times over the forecast period, and worldwide hardware value will more than double in the short term."

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Tile Shop opens third Boston-area store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plymouth, Minn. – The Tile Shop is launching its third retail store in the Boston metropolitan area. The new 15,805-sq.-ft. store will be located in the Worcester suburb of Shrewsbury, Mass.

The new store will join The Tile Shop’s other Boston area stores in Natick and Avon, Mass.

“The Tile Shop and Shrewsbury are a great fit for each other,” said Carl Randazzo, senior VP of retail for The Tile Shop. “Our new store will offer a wide range of tile and stone products that will go well with the architectural styles of the homes located in and around Shrewsbury, many of which were built between the 1960s and the early 2000s, in keeping with the suburb’s population growth.”

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Bulletin releases new dealfinder app

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Diego – Mobile messaging provider Bulletin has released DealSiftr, a mobile dealfinder app for iOS devices. With DealSiftr, users fill out a personal profile to tell the app exactly what they’re looking for, and then DealSiftr will serve up the most relevant daily deals straight to the user’s mobile device.

DealSiftr provides offers from Yelp, Restaurant.com, Amazon Local, and other location-based social networks. The app integrates with iPhone’s GPS to sift through mobile coupons and only present local offers that fit the users’ personal profile. DealSiftr is now available as a free download worldwide in the iTunes App Store.

"We built DealSiftr because we were getting frustrated with the huge crop of coupon apps that just mindlessly spam users with daily deals,” said Michael Messner, spokesperson for Bulletin.”I don’t want to have to wade through coupons for manicures and bumper repair when I’m looking for a coupon for Thai food."

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