As we begin 2022, it’s time to look back at the big stories from the past year. COVID, of course, looms large this year but we shouldn’t forget other 2021 industry news stories.
As we start 2022, we’re reflecting on the Copier Channel’s successes and setbacks with our 2021 Year-End Update. In our earlier 2021 Mid-Year Update, we highlighted the whiplash employers were experiencing as they transitioned from shutdowns to resurging markets. These challenges have only intensified in the past six months!
Even though the U.S. economy rebounded in 2021, the long tail of the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professional and business services added 90,000 jobs this November alone, but it wasn’t great news for the Copier Channel, where employers have been struggling all year to fill already-open positions.
In mid-November, Toshiba announced its intention to separate into three standalone companies. Infrastructure Service Co. will consist of Toshiba’s energy, infrastructure, building, digital and battery businesses. Device Co. will contain Toshiba’s electronics and storage businesses, including its semiconductor products. Toshiba will maintain its name and will hold its ownership stake in Koxia Holdings Corp and Toshiba Tec Corp. This reorganization is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
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