Versatile inkjet printer provides fast, profit-driving output with both single-sided and duplex prints; helps retailers reduce carbon footprint.

HP has announced an industry-first publishing solution that gives retailers the opportunity to expand the breadth and quality of their in-store photo services and capture more of the rapidly growing photo merchandise market.

The HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer is the first dry inkjet minilab capable of producing traditional single-sided photo prints as well as duplex photo book pages and calendars in a single machine in retail.

Retailers using the Minilab can increase their operating efficiency by vastly reducing energy consumption and eliminating hazardous chemicals and water consumption, and lowering labour costs.

Making it possible to expand well beyond film – to offer print and photo products with a reduced or shared labour force – HP Retail Photo Solutions have proven to increase photo department revenue double to triple in year-over-year rates.

With the flexibility to serve as a standalone unit or as part of the HP Photo Center solution, the HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer is the latest addition to HP’s award-winning HP Retail Publishing Solutions  portfolio.

As the compound annual growth rate for photo books alone is projected to double from 2008 to 2013 in Western Europe, HP is providing retailers with an opportunity to capture more share of this lucrative, rapidly growing market.

“Bringing to market the fastest, most versatile and efficient dry minilab available today is just one example of how HP is building solutions that excite both customers and retailers,” said Michael Diehl, director, Retail Publishing Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, HP EMEA. “Retailers implementing the HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer have the unique opportunity to capture market share by delivering to customers what they want – lab-quality prints and a wide variety of photo merchandise, when they want it – in a matter of minutes.”

A faster, more versatile solution

The HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer delivers lab-quality photos as fast as 1,500 prints per hour in up to 16 different single-sided print sizes as well as the two main duplex photo book sizes – making it the fastest and most versatile dry minilab on the market today. The system uses specially designed inks and papers to create smudge-, water- and fade-resistant prints that retain vivid, accurate colours for more than 200 years.

Designed for both single-sided photo and double-sided photo book and calendar printing in a combination of gloss and matt finishes, the HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer offers customers the speed and convenience of picking up not only their prints but also, for the first time at retail, the highest-quality photo book merchandise in minutes.

In addition, operators of the HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer can benefit from the sophisticated health management system of the printer, including reminders to replenish supplies, automated colour calibration and self-healing features. These simplified maintenance requirements enable store employees to spend less time worrying about the equipment and more time serving customers and driving sales.

Making smarter environmental choices

The HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer is a milestone in HP’s effort to transform the imaging and printing industry from traditional, analogue systems to digital solutions as well as its environmental commitment.

The Minilab enables retailers to significantly reduce electrical power consumption and eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals and water entirely for the processing of prints. Retailers choosing the HP Photosmart ML1000D Minilab printer over a silver-halide photo finishing system can experience a 64 percent savings in energy and an average savings of 6,000 litres of chemical and water discharge per year.

Additionally, the Minilab’s supplies can be recycled easily and responsibly through the HP Planet Partners Return and Recycling program.

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