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

 

I like to start these updates with some interesting things that happen to me in the last week or so.  I received two leads and closed both of them from Linkedin.  It was net new clients reaching out to me via Linkedin and requesting to set a meeting.  Yes, this was the first I ever had two in one week.  So I keep moving forward and keep growing my connections because you just never know when one of those calls might be for 20, 100 or 1,000 MFP's #nevergiveup

Enjoy the threads from ten years ago this week!

Weekend Copier Notes from 10/19/08

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720,000 non-Ricoh products in the field) o After acquisition, Ricoh’s office equipment revenue will surpass that of Xerox worldwide o Currently, Ricoh’s revenue is $16 billion, while Xerox’s is $17.2 billion o Canon’s office equipment revenue is $11 billion, but $24.9 billion overall - Ricoh claims that during the Total Print! Show in England, it sold 18 of the new Aficio PRO C900 production color systems. The company will also sell the product in its InfoPrint division, which it acquired from IBM
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Konica Minolta Launches Sleek and Quiet bizhub C20 Series of All-in-One Printers

Ramsey, N.J. – October 16, 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, today unveiled the bizhub® C20 Series of all-in-one printers (AIO). Serving both small offices and multi-platform workgroups with seamless productivity, the sleek bizhub C20 and bizhub C20X AIOs are color tandem, multifunctional document services workhorses. Equipped with Konica Minolta’s new
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New Xerox Wide Format Printer Delivers Technical Documents

at Graph Expo, the printing industry's largest annual exhibition in North America, Oct. 26-29 in Chicago. Pricing and availability Order taking for the Xerox 6279 Wide Format Printer with FreeFlow(R) Accxes(R) Print Server will begin this quarter in North America and Europe, and worldwide in first-quarter of 2009. Installations begin in November, depending on a customer's location. The U.S. list price starts at approximately $23,000.
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Konica Minolta New Offerings at Graph Expo '08

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again expanding its robust offerings for the production print market, all of which will be showcased during Graph Expo(R) 2008. The new offerings -- highlighted by innovative print systems and software enhancements -- enable commercial printers to improve productivity, quality and efficiency. Konica Minolta will showcase the following offerings at Graph Expo, which takes place at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 26-29, 2008: -- bizhub PRO 2500P Series -- Printing up to 250 duplex
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Re: Ricoh to purchase IKON Office Solutions

Ikon’s last 12 months of sales or 8.2 times its earnings before income taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA. In contrast, Xerox Corp. paid $1.72 billion for Global Imaging in 2007. That’s 1.6 times sales, or 12.2 times EBITDA. Still there’s a world of difference between a deal proposed in 2008 and one done in 2007. The current times are more like the no-no days, rather than the go-go days. Goldman did include another 2008 deal in its comparison. Konica Minolta bought Danka Office Imaging
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CANON INTRODUCES NEW 24-inch S-SERIES LARGE FORMAT PRINTER

Lake Success, October 15, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of office imaging systems, inkjet technology and digital photography equipment, today announced the release of the imagePROGRAF iPF6000S, a 24-inch wide large format printer using eight colors of LUCIA pigment ink, specifically targeted for graphic art professionals and print-for-pay (PFP) establishments. The iPF6000S is a new addition to Canon’s award-winning, speedy, eight-color large format printer line, the S-Series
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Ricoh Announces New Universal Print Driver

Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced the latest release of its PCL6 Driver for Universal Print designed to expand the versatility of an organization’s printing network. The Printer Command Language (PCL) driver enables users to print from a wide range of systems without downloading separate drivers for each output device, reducing a company’s total cost of ownership. It is compatible with a wide range of PCL printers and multifunction
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Océ launches versatile wide format color printer

prints have high durability for many years of outdoor use. The pigment inks are 100% water-based and solvent-free, resulting in a healthier working environment. Double printhead design combines speed and productivity Another new printing technology in the Océ CS2344 is the double integrated printheads. These combine high speed, quality and productivity on all types of printing work. Print speed is less than 2 minutes per full-color A0 print (draft mode with Océ standard paper). Further
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New Xerox 6279 Wide Format

Looking for any information on this newly released (yesterday) unit. Here are a couple of attachments Good selling all!!
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Ricoh Introduction of the MP C2800/C3300 & MP C4000/C5000

, coupled with competitive pricing, will allow us to maintain our #1 Market share for Color MFPs, expand our reach into color-intensive workflows, and continue our successful B2C conversion strategy. RICOH AFICIO MP C2800/C3300 & C4000/C5000 SERIES HIGHLIGHTS; Faster output speeds (equal BW/FC speeds on all models) Benchmark image quality (New PxP toner, 1,200 dpi print resolution) Faster warm-up and first copy out times Better paper handling (up to 140lb. Index from all front trays) Side LCT
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Re: Some of my observations....

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received on my BlackBerry but can't view because of the small screen. With this, I could walk into a Books-a-Million that has this and walk out with the print. The new MFP Platform is called Cosmos. Be watching for Big Bang information coming the week of November 17-21. During this week, Ricoh will be launching the new color boxes in 25 different cities. Ricoh's new selling strategy is called REV = Real Enhanced Value. Part of this initiative is 5 websites: ricohconnects.com for training
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Re: Vision News 08 Orlando

Got it, well they are not A4, alas will this be a missed opportunity with the market changing to A4. Xerox, Samsung, Muratec and Sharp (Frontier, just heard their first commecial last night) all have seen the light with the coming of age of A4. I'm sure these units will be fantastic, however it will be tough to comepete in a tough economy with the likes of the Sammy 40ppm color that has an MSRP of under $6,500. I can't wait for the Big Launch to learn more about these units!!!
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HP Unveils Innovative Large-format Printing Solutions

productivity along with high print speeds and standard three-quarter automation. The HP Scitex FB950 Printer, which provides consistent high-quality point-of purchase/point-of-sale (POP/POS), tradeshow and event signage on virtually any rigid(2) or flexible media.(3) The HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer, which delivers higher print speeds and quality at lower costs than its predecessor. The U.S. debut of the HP Designjet L65500 Printer, the first of a new category of large-format signage printers to feature HP
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today introduced the Xerox 6279

So, Xerox released a 7ppm and 9ppm version today of this cool looking unit. Here's another instance of the option for color scanning. We are now the only manufacturer that does not offer and embedded color scan option. What gives???? The world is not black and white anymore.
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Ricoh Americas Unveils Color MPC2050/2550

Ricoh Americas Unveils Color MPC2050/2550 Awesome, to say the least, I haven't been very patient waiting to have our own A4 devices. To tell you the truth I would have been satisfied with monochrome devices, however to have three different COLOR models the MPC2030, MPC2050 (20ppm) and MPC2550 (25ppm) is Go here for rest of specs and features on blog
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Some of my observations....

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It was refreshing seeing Yoshida back at the helm, however Ricoh obviously has a tremendous amount of damage control to do within the dealer channel. There were a number of dealers not present at the dealer awards dinner, and Ricoh obviously had no knowledge of this as they called out names only to get no replies. Quite a few whispers about Cannon agressively seeking out these disgrunteled Ricoh independents. Congrats to fellow P4P,er Drew Murrah as his company won an award in Black/White MFP
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Vision News 08 Orlando

Well, I only heard from one person so far at Vision. Here's a few notes that were taken: First off, Ican't get clarification that a new A4 color device was shown. Can anyone comment? Ricoh spoke at great length to win back the confidence of Ricoh Dealers. Each Regional VP is now responsible for Ricoh, Lanier and Savin Dealers. Ricoh C900 was there, however it was reported it was not running and notes were taken that it will run heavy stock at rated speed! WOW Launching in December 08 (maybe
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Oce Business Services Shares Winning Document Management Strategies in an Economic Do

internally, can help organizations lower costs and streamline operations during a downturn. These processes include enterprise-wide print/copy management. According to Gartner, most enterprises do not manage their office printers well, having too much and often the wrong equipment and supplies for their needs. Actively managing office printing can reduce spending by 10 percent to 30 percent while reaping real environmental benefits ("Key Issues for Print Management, 2008," Pete Basiliere, March
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Osceola County, Iowa

County auditor Barb Echter presented the board with a proposal to lease two color copiers from Office Elements in Storm Lake. The $12,000 Sharp copiers could be leased for 63 months at a cost of $120 per month each, which would include all maintenance and toner supplies. The machines also have the ability to send e-mails and double as fax machines. No decision was made on the proposal.
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Re: U.S. Launch Of Ricoh Pro C900 Set For GRAPH EXPO

Ricoh shocases Pro C900 at TPE Tim Sheahan, printweek.com, 14 October 2008 Ricoh has announced it is to build upon the awareness of its new high-volume Pro C900 digital printer at Total Print! Expo. The show is the first time the machine has been showcased in the UK following the worldwide launch at Drupa earlier this year. Ricoh is the largest exhibitor at this year's show, and has praised the "targeted" nature of the event. Kristiane Bottom, marcomms and PR manager at Ricoh, said: "There's
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Re: Former Mount Vernon schools purchasing agent charged with bribery

. Between mid-June and mid-July 2005, rose, the former head of purchasing at the school district, accepted a bribe of $3,500 from a sales representative of Ricoh Americans Corporation for his assurance that the company would receive a five year contract from the district for 73 digital copiers, support products and related services. On August 3, 2005, based on Rose’s recommendation, the school district gave Ricoh the contract which exceeded $1 million. Between June and September 2006, Rose
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Re: Gas Price Check

I think if the DOW keeps going lower, so will gas, with that the saving grace for the econonmy maybe lower gas prices. With talking with a CEO of a frieghtliner dealer, sales have been dismal, and to many truckers not making money with the high cost of fuel. However in the last month, profits are back, and consolidation of routes are helping to squeeze additional profit. He and I agreed that if the DOW goes to 4500 so goes a barrell oil to $20. Thus that will be the economic stimulus that
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Re: Vision News 08 Orlando

[b]Just got this from my /b]!! On December 1st, Ricoh will be launching an exciting, brand new, segment 1 color MFP call the Aficio MP C2050/2550 (20 and 25 ppm for color and BW). Some product highlights of this A3 size system are: An internal finisher with optional 2/3 hole punch Standard duplexing at nearly 100% of mainframe speed. Scan to email (w/LDAP), scan to folder (SMB, FTP, NCP), Network TWAIN and Scan to Media (USB/SD Card) Full color VGA/touch panel monitor 1,200 dpi Super G3 fax
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New Heller Layoffs; Axed Secretary Tells of Disappearing Copiers

difficult to work in Heller’s stripped-down offices and being laid off comes as a relief. She said she printed a document, but found that the copier had been been removed before she was able to pick it up. "I have to run down to the ninth floor to get mail and look through 18 bins," the secretary said. "We don't have any records people. They took away our coffee machines. Our cafeteria is gone." Many of Heller’s partners have moved on to other law firms. Those lawyers with expertise in intellectual
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Re: New Xerox 6279 Wide Format

quote: Originally posted by rhutto: Looking for any information on this newly released (yesterday) unit. Here are a couple of attachments Good selling all!!
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Re: Ricoh Introduction of the MP C2800/C3300 & MP C4000/C5000

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The scan to SD/USB device was obviously and afterthought as this device looks and is attached very akwardly. Also it lacks the ability to print files from the flash memory where the majority of our competition can.
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Re: Former Mount Vernon schools purchasing agent charged with bribery

How about the rep and how about Ricoh Business Solutions!!!!!! They should also have the opportunity to GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!
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Re: Ricoh Americas Unveils Color MPC2050/2550

That's correct, good article to read, and also to all the naysayers that beleive A3 will still be the standard in years to come. If you don't have an A4 device to sell, you are gonna get you butt kicked by Sharps new frontier line, the current and proposed Sammy line (next year for 70 & 90ppm A4)
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Re: Gas Price Check

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developing countries such as China, India and Brazil. Fears that turmoil in global financial markets will spark an economic slowdown in developed countries has helped push prices down from a record $147.27 in July. Last week, news of rising U.S. oil inventories, falling retail sales and slowing housing starts fueled concerns that the world's largest economy may face a major recession that will undermine demand for crude. "Oil demand in the U.S. will be a bellwether," Pervan said. "If the US, Europe and
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Re: Ricoh Americas Announces Organization Changes

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I just remember in my former life that when the insurance companies I represented were still being run by "sales minded" people the insurance industry was completely different that the one it evolved into once those companies were bought out and then run by the "bean counters" As long as the "bean counters" surround themselves with good sales oriented support then things can go well, if not, good luck.
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Re: Ricoh Americas Announces Organization Changes

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At Vision 2008 they introduced Martin Brodigan as being the one who doubled revenue and took Ricoh from #3 to #1 during the 7 years he was there (2000-2007)
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Re: Vision News 08 Orlando

That's a real drag and I believe that Ricoh and Dealers will lose clicks and boxes if they do not have competetive A4 boxes. Ricoh touts their new LV color box will be $2,000 less than the MP2000, still that makes the unit higher than the sammy and the proposed frontier box, plus the customer will get 40ppm instead of 25 or 20ppm. I understand this whole value proposition however will the customers understand and enbrace it also. I guess that will be a question that will be answered over the
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Re: What's New MPC 4000/5000

. Improved Toner Quality New chemical toner for improved print quality and support of 1200 dpi printing. Yields are the same as previous models.
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