This Week in the Copier Industry 5 Years Ago (Last Week of July 2014)

 

Yesterday marked the end of the month for me. Thus we have seven months in the books and so far 2019 has been awesome.  August brings us those "dog days" of summer and many objections due to vacations, not enough time, get back to me after Labor Day or you can't get anyone to respond. I get it, and I've adjusted my habits over the years. August needs to be one of the biggest prospecting months in the year. The time you spend prospecting in August will pay HUGE dividends moving into the last quarter.  Yes, we are measured by our month to month sales, but we're also measured on our quarters and year end.  Ours is not a thoroughbred horse race each month. It's not about who gets there the fasted. It's more about the strategic month, the strategic quarter and the ability have a plan in place to get you where you want to be.

Enjoy these threads from 5 years ago this week!

Loffler Companies Introduces New Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1085/C1100 and Canon imagePRESS C800/C700 Devices

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(PRWEB) July 30, 2014 Loffler Companies, the leading business technology and services provider in the upper Midwest, is pleased to announce new production printing machines from Konica Minolta and Canon to help busy work places print faster, smarter and better. With blazing 100 page-per-minute output speed in brilliant color, the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1100 color press raises the bar in digital productivity, saves space on the production floor and saves time and labor costs with simple
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This Week in the Copier/Office Equipment Industry 10 Years Ago Third Week of July 2004

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on the site here I can't find it. I have a shot at beating Kyocera and canon . Please reply Thank you. Aficio 2232 - 2238C 7/22/04 9:06 PM Topic by Guest manufacturer amassing an 85% market share in 2003. Infosource also reports that Ricoh held a 26.3% overall market share for black and white devices in 2003 to maintain the number one position over second and third placed rivals Canon and Sharp . In addition Sharp Adds Unique Advanced Finishing 7/19/04 6:37 PM Topic by Guest Sharp Adds
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Konica Minolta Receives 6 Buyers Lab 2014 Summer Picks

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RAMSEY, NJ, Jul 24, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announces that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) has awarded Konica Minolta six 2014 Summer Picks for its bizhub series of multifunctional peripherals (MFP) and its PageScope mobile application. The Company has been awarded three Summer Picks in the A3 monochrome category, two Summer Picks in the A4 monochrome category, and one pick in the mobile print application category. The
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RICOH BRINGS ‘CLOUD PRINT’ TO BUSINESS-CLASS MFPS

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Malvern, PA, July 28, 2014 - Print servers can cost an organization thousands of dollars to buy and manage, but in 2014, they’re not always necessary. Just print through the cloud. That’s why Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the release of an application that will make its business-class printers and multifunction products (MFPs) Google Cloud Print Ready. With the Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print web printing services, organizations can print from smartphones, tablets, laptops and
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5 Reasons Why I Like Print Audit Best Over PaperCut

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Print4Pay Hotel members that helped me with this! Also, yes, Print Audit is a sponsor the Print4Pay Hotel. However, from someone who owned a copier dealership for 12 years, and33 years of down the street sales allows me the see the value of Print Audit Premier. -=Good Selling=-
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Canon U.S.A. Expands imagePROGRAF Lineup with Six New Models Featuring Faster Print Speeds and More Intuitive Software Options Than Predecessor Models

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24-inch printers now also come standard with a Flat Stacker/Basket that provides the capability to neatly stack up to 20, 24 x 36 inch plain paper prints. Simple, Intuitive Software Addressing the needs of a diverse range of users, Canon's Direct Print Share 2.0 software is a downloadable cloud portal solution for expanding printing workflows. This software empowers users to view, share and print a variety of files, including PDF, TIFF, JPEG and HP-GL/2 formats, from virtually anywhere. Users can
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TerraSky Inc. Forms a Relationship with Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., to Expand the Portfolio of Cloud-Based Offerings with Canon’s Forms and Print Services

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." Canon’s Forms and Print Services for Salesforce allows users to create and print sophisticated, professional looking documents, such as sales reports, quotes, proposals, invoices and purchase orders, from data across the applications on the Salesforce1 platform. The PDF documentscan be generated effortlessly right from the cloud, even with a mobile device, and then printed on-the-go, at any FedEx Office location in theUnited States. TerraSky's history of working with complex enterprise customers
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Seminole Office Solutions becomes Ricoh Certified Services Provider through CHAMPS program

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Scouts to name a few. For more information about Seminole Office Solutions, visit http://www.sosfla.com | About Ricoh | Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,236 billion yen (approx. 21.7 billion USD). The majority of the
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Welcome Back!

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July 28, 2014 A little over 3 years a go we lost an account to a Global (Xerox) Branch selling Konica Minolta. It was a school that by all accounts they said that we were doing a good job supporting the equipment, and that our Canon equipment had run well. I think part of the problem was they asked us to include in the bid a price for a Document Management system with an AP Workflow. Our price was about $10K higher than the Global quote. Which I think pissed them off and made them think we were
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Grohe Improves How Work Gets Done; Cuts Costs with Xerox Managed Print Services

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, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Switzerland, Xeroxdelivers print behavior analysis, IT infrastructure planning and implementation, device maintenance and proactive supplies replacement. To keep information protected, Xerox’s secure print feature requires employee badges to be swiped to copy or access printed documents. Grohedecreased print volumes and related costs as unnecessary printouts areavoided or deleted after an extended period of time. The company alsoreduced help-desk calls by
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Konica Minolta Releases Automated Workflow Solution for Financial Documents

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RAMSEY, NJ - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ( Konica Minolta ) today announces a new automated workflow solution to help financial providers securely capture, process, and distribute financial documents with ease while meeting regulatory demands. Part of Konica Minolta's EnvisionIT Finance solution portfolio, Dispatcher Phoenix Finance helps banks, financial institutions and accounting departments streamline paper-based document processes to reduce costs, increase efficiency
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Its Time For A Print Audit

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automatically), and it connects and is ready to go. Merrily print away. When toner or a printer cartridge is needed order it through the approved office supply company and make the change. If there are 10 or 20 printers that get connected this way, the costs associated with operation can really quickly escalate. Unfortunately, unless a true print audit is done no one will identify that these costs are even occurring. read more here
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New SmarTech Report Projects that 3D Printing to Generate $1.4 billion in Plastics Sales in 2019

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July 31, 2014 According to " Plastics In 3D Printing Markets: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast ," a new report from the industry analysts SmarTech Markets Publishing, the market for polymers used in 3D printing has already reached $310 million and will grow to $1.4 billion by 2019. With a rapidly growing user base in the consumer and professional market, SmarTech believes that high value-added plastic materials used by 3D printers represent a high-margin opportunity for materials companies
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Epson Enhances Managed Print Service Offerings through Validated Device Support Status with ECi FMAudit(R) Software

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LONG BEACH, Calif., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America today announced its WorkForce(R) Pro business printers have achieved validated device support status with ECi FMAudit(R) software, a leading provider of innovative Managed Print Services (MPS) technologies. Epson's validated device support status with FMAudit enables extensive access, data monitoring and collection to streamline MPS deployments. Together, Epson and FMAudit deliver a powerful solution for IT network professionals
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WOODHULL BECOMES RICOH CERTIFIED SERVICES PROVIDER THROUGH CHAMPS PROGRAM

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Malvern, PA, July 31, 2014 - Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Woodhull has been officially confirmed as a Ricoh Certified Production Printing Professional Services Provider through Ricoh’s CHAMPS program for dealer transformation. Individual workstyles continue to quickly evolve in today’s dynamic work environment, and as a result Ricoh is focused on information mobility: helping workers at organizations of all sizes access relevant information from anywhere and at any time to
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RICOH AMERICAS CORPORATION RECEIVES EMC GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARD FOR GOVERNMENT WORKFLOW SOLUTION

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enable citizens to review and print government documents such as deeds, taxes, bills. “As information grows exponentially, innovation in enterprise content management becomes critical to the health and growth of organizations around the globe,” said Karthik Manimozhi, Head of Worldwide Alliances and Channel Sales, EMC's Information Intelligence Group. “Ricoh is not only being recognized as an innovator and valued partner, but as a company bringing significant business value to our customers.” The
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Nikec Solutions upgrades its file sharing software to heighten document security and control

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30th July 2014 - Building on the success of the previous release, the latest enhancements provide heightened security to enhance information integrity and help firms meet data protection regulations. Among the new features, Nikec Docstore offers audit trail capabilities, improved activity reporting on users and/or files and integration with Document Management Systems (DMS), Active Directory and Outlook. It also offers users superior control when sharing files and folders internally or with
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Toshiba e-STUDIO306LP/RD30 Reduces Paper Consumption in Governmental Office

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2014-- Toshiba TEC (TOKYO:6588), a global leader in printing, imaging solutions and services, introduced the world's first eco-friendly MFP system to the governmental offices - Shiga Prefectural Office, Japan. The ground-breaking MFP system was consciously designed to be environmentally friendly. It consists of the e-STUDIO306LP which prints the document in an erasable blue toner, and the e-STUDIO RD30 which erases the identifiable print from paper. At the same
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Tinkerine and PrinterWorks Partner to Launch Nationwide Managed 3D Print Services

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Managed Print Services. From consulting services, to procurement and installation, to total outsourced solutions, PrinterWorks is unique in its ability to support large and diverse fleets of printers, copiers, scanners, MFP's and fax machines. PrinterWorks holds sales and service authorizations from all major printer equipment manufacturers and has forged unique partnerships with the largest printer services organizations in Canada. Contact: Stefano Walker Vice President Sales Marketing swalker
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Bend Mapping Scanning Sales Grow by 50% with Contex HD iFLEX Scanner

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scanning area. Though the HD iFLEX has an A2/C-size footprint, Contex's Nextimage scanning software allows the device to capture an A1/D-size original. The hardware scans the image area in just four seconds, and its camera provides a full 600 x 600 optical resolution. Bend Mapping staffers can easily connect the HD iFLEX to any one of its five wide-format printers. A case study ofBend Mapping and the HD iFLEXis available at Contex's website. For more information, contact salesamericas@contex.com
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Global Engineering Firm Invests More Than $700,000 In A Kofax Accounts Payable Automation Solution

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capture and processing of invoices and provide advanced analytics to monitor and meet internal key performance indicators (KPIs). By deploying the Kofax solution, the organization was able to bring invoice processing in-house to better manage and control costs, improve the quality and security of the data captured, and reduce processing times. The customer estimates it will achieve a 25% cost savings by not outsourcing. “Outsourcing business processes such as accounts payable can be cost
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Middlebury saved $2,500 by joining cooperative to buy map copier

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MIDDLEBURY -- Larry Hutvagner, Middlebury's chief financial officer, saved the town close to $2,500 on a new map copier for the Town Clerk's Office by joining a cooperative with the state of Texas. A salesman for Konica Minolta Business Solutions, which produces the copier, suggested that the town sign the Interlocal Cooperation contract for information resources technologies [--] joining the cooperative for free [--] then benefiting from the lowest bid Texas received on copiers. Hutvagner said
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ONE Awesome Way to Seperate Yourself From Other Copier Reps!

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I've been chomping at the bit to write this blog. Picture this, there are three sales people from three different dealers, all of have secured an appointment with theDecision Makerto replace the aging copier. All three have the same level of tenure and experience, all three are offering a different brand of copier, all three bring a full color brochure. They all tout how good the service is, how amazing the support is, and that their systems are so much more reliable than the existing system
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Stratasys Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D Printer Selected by IDT Magazine as a Top-10 Technology Product for 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS REHOVOT, Israel, Jul 29, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- StratasysLtd. , aleading global provider of 3D printingand additive manufacturing solutions, today announced the Objet30OrthoDesk 3D Printer was selected as the top-10 technology productfor 2014 by the readers of Inside Dental Technology (IDT) magazine. The top-10 list, featured in the July issue, was compiled by IDT’s reader service card data. Each product was assigned a number to accurately track interest from print and digital
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New Middletown schools copiers contract means big savings for district

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MIDDLETOWN The school board is seeking a second capital lease agreement to cut costs on the district’s copiers, projecting five-figure savings every year. The city signed the first of two leases a year ago, although the payments on the contract come from the district’s budget. The board entered into negotiations for the leases in order to consolidate its dozens of contracts for different copiers – 30 agreements for 68 machines – and to upgrade its hardware. more here
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New Ricoh/Xante Envelope Press

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Has anyone sold one of these yet?  Are they available?   Lot's of questions here and can't find nothing more than a brochure (xante) and pricing.   Thanx   Art
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Re: 5 Reasons Why I Like Print Audit Best Over PaperCut

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I do like the control that the dealer has with Print Audit as well as the pre-sale MPS tools if you are one of their Premier dealers. But, turning on various rules in PaperCut is MUCH easier than in Print Audit/PCS Director or other similar products in our industry. Additionally, it works extremely well in environments in which Mac workstations are present, their embedded (PaperCut MF) software works with most product lines which makes it easy to integrate if a client has a mixed environment.
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BTA Southeast & IBPI Partner to Host Consecutive Events

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. Since 1987, the organization has built an outstanding reputation based upon bringing tremendous buying power to its dealer members. IBPI’s membership is composed of more than 350 independent commercial copy, print and IT dealers located throughout the United States. Its members, which have a combined annual sales volume in excess of $4.3 billion, sell and service all OEM copier/MFPs and print devices, along with providing managed print and managed network services. For more information, visit www
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DocuWare and Objectif Lune Announce Connector

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For Immediate Release DocuWare and Objectif Lune Announce Connector New Windsor NY, July 24, 2014 – Industry leaders, DocuWare, in the Document Management field and Objectif Lune, providing variable data printing solutions, are proud to announce the release of a new connector within the PlanetPress Workflow Tool integrating their two powerful solutions. The free connector allows for easy document routing through PlanetPress directly to a DocuWare system. The functionality of the recently
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InnoMark Communications Targeting Efficiency in Comprehensive Production with EFI Radius Software

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Business Intelligence module will be an important feature ,” said Roberts, “ because it will give us the big picture information we need to track down trends .” With its robust technology for planning and managing nearly every converting, die-cutting, laminating, folding and gluing process, EFI Radius is the leading business software for the package printing industry. Those comprehensive features can provide substantial benefits for InnoMark – a leading print, fabrication and fulfillment provider
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Portable High-Volume Production Scanners Make It Easy For Document Management Service Bureaus To Bring On-Site Scanning To Clients

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reflect different results. Image Data’s three KODAK i5800 Scanners run at speeds comparable to other, more expensive scanners, and deliver overall faster throughput at higher dpi and color settings. In general, more customers are asking for color and higher dpi scans in order to assure record output maintains outstanding detail, printing quality (when needed), and photo reproduction. “The i5800 Scanners are significantly more affordable compared to our previous high-volume units, with list prices
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Copier Reps Can Pay it Forward Also

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Just a few days ago, I attended a webinar from GE. The theme of the webinar was to inform GE partners more about social selling techniques. Since I'm an avid fan of social media, I thought the time would be well spent to hear what Mike Kunkle had to say. Hey, you can always teach and old dog new tricks right? Or, is it, that you can't teach and old dog new tricks. Well, screw it, I sure leaned an awesome technique and I'm an OLD DOG! Mike was an awesome presenter! Much of the information that
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5 Reasons Why Cold Calling is NOT Dead

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good at honing their sales skills. Now, do any of us enjoy looking at a client in our database, recognizing that you've called them for four years and you've gained no ground in getting through to the Decision Maker? Yeah, just what I thought, the answer is NO! However, you can make cold calling fun! What I do, is to put on my ultra happy as every to call you mode. Through the tone of my voice, I'm projecting that I'm delighted that I 've called XYZ company. I then ask if the person I'm speaking
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Re: RICOH BRINGS ‘CLOUD PRINT’ TO BUSINESS-CLASS MFPS

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Ricoh would try to charge for this. In my opinion, this should be included as a firmware update that brings additional value to the client potentially helps Ricoh and its dealers capture more prints from mobile devices. I do like the idea of Ricoh starting to offer additional features via firmware installation (chargeable or not). If they truly want to be a Services-led organization, we should be able to add features like this or OCR to products across the line. It's ridiculous that if we have
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Re: The Death of the 48, 60 and 66 Month Lease

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daily basis (leasing/banking is very paper intensive), many of our machines work just fine even though they are older than 3 years. During my tenure at this company, our machines are kept from 3-7 years depending on the needs of the users. From a dealership perspective - I have sat in on many training sessions and the industry experts have shown dealers that the most profitable term for the company (not the sales rep) is the 60 month lease.
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Re: The Death of the 48, 60 and 66 Month Lease

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A mandate like that would drastically increase the monthly budget of non-profits and other cost-conscious organizations. The right lease term for a client isn't up to us as salespeople; it's up to the client. Meeting their needs (not setting yourself up to churn your base) should be the priority when discussing lease term options with a client. Some companies want the latest greatest technology and are fine paying more over a shorter term to have that luxury. Others don't care about that so
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The Death of the 48, 60 and 66 Month Lease

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Technology is changing so quickly and 5 years is a long time to wait for contracts to expire... Do any of you feel the industry would benefit from a government law that prohibited lease contracts on multifunctional printers to be no longer than 36 months in length? On the other side, do any of you strictly use shorter lease terms in order to flip your base customers quicker? Cheers!
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The Labeltape Group Installs Epson SurePress to Deliver Short-Run Solution with High Color Quality to Broad Range of Customers

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July 23, 2014 -- LONG BEACH, Calif. , July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America , Inc. today announced that The Labeltape Group, Inc. has purchased and installed the Epson SurePress L-4033AW for its label printing services. The Labeltape Group owns and operates two label printing companies Labeltape in Caledonia, Mich. and A-Flex Label in Willowbrook, Ill. The Epson SurePress is installed at the A-Flex facility, producing labels for both locations that serve a broad range of markets
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Masergy Featured in CRN's Annual Network Connectivity Services Partner Program Guide

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solution providers to locate vendors offering complementary connectivity solutions and services. Masergy's partners include value-added resellers, master agents, OEMs, systems integrators, independent consultants, and more. The company recently announced its new Platinum and Gold partners for FY15 in its Global Partner Program . The Platinum and Gold partner status is based on sales performance for Fiscal Year 2014 which ended June 30, 2014. Masergy continues to offer an exceptional experience
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Newest-version EFI Fiery proServer Creates a 7X Speed Improvement in Inkjet Graphics File Processing

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- to superwide-format inkjet printers. It features the Fiery Accelerated System Technology (FAST) RIP, which processes PDF files up to seven times faster than before. More than a RIP, the proServer provides a high-performance color management workflow, supports FOGRA PSD Print Check and is compatible with more than 540 printers from numerous major manufacturers. “Fiery proServer 6 is a truly innovative addition to the world of wide- and superwide-format printing ,” said John Henze, vice
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Re: ONE Awesome Way to Seperate Yourself From Other Copier Reps!

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Have been vendor neutral for years. Avoids customer objections and has good control of sales track. Makes process a little easier..
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Re: New Products

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Production is partnering with Xante on their Ricoh engined envelope press. I think it uses a SP C831 and the system looks solid. Rumors have new Color production coming soon.
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Re: Scan to Hosted Exchange

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I'm playing Monday morning quarterback so take this with a grain of salt and know that I am not perfect and have made many mistakes like this in the past and still continue todo sofrom time to time. I know the customer is always right, but sometimes you have to take back the posture. In hind sight, maybe you should have said we will come onsite once we have the mail server settings. Remember, even in sales sometimes you have to say No! It seems the issue you are dealing with is because the IT
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