This Week in the Copier Industry 10 Years Ago, The Third Week of April 2008

 

Tip of the week:  Get out there and knock on doors, it still works and you can get a good eyeball of what's going on in the account!



Weekend Copier Notes from 04/20/08

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Windows operating systems, which can be penetrated by viruses, unlike the Emperon system) - More info on new high-speed color laser MFPs from Toshiba: o Unlike models they are replacing (4500C & 5500C), these are made by Toshiba, not Ricoh o These are not production print models, so are designed to compete against bizhub C451/C550/C650 series o All used the same color laser print engine, from a brand new design o Toshiba claims it filed 365 patents for this design o 4 tandem OPC drums with mylar
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Konica Minolta's New Management Team Members

April 20, 2008 Konica Minolta's New Management Team Members Alan Nielsen is new Executive VP, Dealer Sales and Administration. David Hartman named EVP Dealer Sales, Midwest Region. Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Appoints Alan Nielsen Executive Vice President, Dealer Sales and Administration RAMSEY, NJ, April 15, 2008 -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop
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RICOH SEEN MISSING PRETAX PROFIT TARGET ON SLUGGISH U.S. SALES

loss for the October-December quarter, and they may have remained in the red for the January-March period. Also, the yen's sharp appreciation eroded the value of its dollar-based accounts receivable. Ricoh initially projected that sales would increase 9 per cent to 2.25 trillion yen and pretax profit will jump 10 per cent to 192 billion yen. But due to the yen's advance and sluggish U.S. sales, these estimates were lowered in January. With tough conditions expected to continue, the firm
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Ricoh pro C900 and C900s

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Cant wait untill the new 90 ppm machines come out and the salesman still says that it will fit in the space of a 5560c. Orint up to 300gsm so someone will wanna print on 350gsm lol. They look massive fully kitted so be intresting who will take them on
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RICOH PRODUCTION PRINTING BUSINESS GROUP CONDUCTS EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS

RICOH PRODUCTION PRINTING BUSINESS GROUP CONDUCTS EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS TO IMPROVE CUSTOMERS’ BOTTOM-LINE RESULTS Seminars Provide Solutions to Current Production Printing Challenges Seminars Provide Solutions to Current Production Printing Challenges , April 14, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation announced today that its Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) is offering Smart Business Seminars on critical production printing topics to provide additional value and service to current and
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Ricoh 615c

Last year this machine was getting some bad press and I'm just wondering if things have improved. Is anybody selling it? Hows the color? Hows the service?
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Kodak to Unveil Offset Class Inkjet At drupa 2008

Kodak to Unveil Offset Class Inkjet At drupa 2008 Potentially Disruptive Technology. The Stream Concept Press features resolution that exceeds 600 dpi, small ink droplet size, high accuracy of drop placement, and fast production speeds that exceed 500 fpm. DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, April 16, 2008 — Kodak will demonstrate the next generation of continuous inkjet printing technology, KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, at drupa 2008 when it unveils the KODAK Stream Concept Press. The full color, high
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Ricoh 2400 Wide Format Set Up Problems for Print & Scan

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We recently installed a Ricoh 2400 with the embedded print system. The machine is not able to recognize the cards put in for print, scan and file format converter. Is this a known problem? If anyone has any documentation on prpoer install it would be appreciated as we seem to be doing something wrong or have faulty equipment/cards
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Re: Copier life expectancy

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that equipment, and let that customer tell them how well YOU and your company take care of them. The Ricoh systems will do anything except make coffee in the morning. But the bottom line is still service after the sale. If the potential customer believes you will be there to take care of whatever problem they may encounter, and back it up with service, you will get more sales than what the analysts say. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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RBS "Rules of Engagement"

In a letter to RFG Dealers Kirk Yoshida outlines a new rule of engagement for RBS. Basically RBS is not to solicit business from any account which is a Ricoh, Lanier or Savin customer of an RFG Dealer! send me an email and I will email you a copy of the letter if needed.
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Re: IRGA Show

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Dear Ricoh: Please give us color scanning.
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Re: Used Copier Sales

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I think that my used numbers are about 25%-30% of my totals on average per month. My GM makes sure and has a nice selection of used that he buys off lease and they move well. I will often package used into a multiple system deal to keep the overall cost down and customers love it. Not to mention a healthy GP number that comes with selling used.
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Re: Address Book Upload for Ricoh MP2550

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I downloaded SmartDeviceMonitor from Ricoh and figured out how to import/export the address book and how to back up the existing addresses. Thanks for your help.
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Re: Used Copier Sales

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My used sales still account for 40% of my monthly sales. Several months ago I upgraded a customer with a 10 machine deal, and I have moved all but 2 of those 10 machines elsewhere. Used machines do help out in multiple machine deals to keep the costs down. We always have a good supply of used machines, or we know where to get them if we need them. Not everyone will buy a used machine, but a good majority will if you offer it as an alternative.
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InfoPrint Solutions Company Unveils drupa 2008 Line Up

InfoPrint Solutions Company Unveils drupa 2008 Line Up InfoPrint will demonstrate the power of its solutions for TransPromo, book printing, direct mail, multi-channel marketing, Automated Document Factory (ADF) and workflow management. Boulder, CO, April 14, 2008 -- InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announced its line up of solutions for drupa 2008, Hall 9 booth B44. Transpromo Heads List of Technology on Display InfoPrint will demonstrate the power of
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IRGA Show

Heard today Ricoh is showing a 10ppm (possible upgrade to 480W) and a 14 ppm system. WOW! Jopefully one of these will have color scanning!
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Document Mall

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Looking for some feedback about Doc Mall? Is anyone selling this service, and if so how is it working for you and the end user? Is there much money to be made? Thanks in advance for any replies.
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