WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- XChange 2013, Booth #305 -- Epson America, a leading provider of exceptionally performing business solutions, today announced a new environmentally responsible printer recycling option through its U.S. Volume Bid Program for resellers and Epson ImageWaySM VARs. Today's announcement is made in conjunction with Epson's participation at XChange 2013, an invitation-only strategic conference for IT VARs.


Through the Volume Bid Program, Epson provides authorized dealers and ImageWay VARs bid support services so they can compete more favorably in deals against competitive printers. This now includes the ability for resellers to offer U.S. business customers - from small businesses to Fortune 500-class companies - the added convenience of free recycling of their old desktop printers - any brand - when purchasing three or more new Epson Commercial Workgroup Printers via bid. Other Epson Volume Bid Program options still include printer firmware and driver modifications.

"We are pleased to underwrite this printer recycling program through the Epson Volume Bid Program that channel partners can leverage with their customers as another tool to win new business," said Monika Dees, product manager, Business Imaging, for Epson America. "This addition to the Bid Program underscores our long-term commitment to our commercial resellers and preserving our environment."

To qualify for free printer recycling, resellers must submit a bid for a minimum of three printers of like models. Once the bid is accepted, customers will then have the option to use free FedEx pick-up and shipping of their legacy desktop printers (up to 75 pounds each, all brands) to a certified Epson recycler. The recycling offer is good for one desktop printer for each eligible Epson printer shipped to the buyer.

Free recycling of old desktop printers is available with volume bid purchases of these Epson Color Workgroup printers: B-310N, B-510DN, WF-7010, WF-7510, WF-7520, WP-4010, WP-4023, WP-4090, WP-4520, WP-4533 and WP-4590.

The Epson ImageWay Partner ProgramThe Epson ImageWay Partner Program provides qualified partners with access to the full range of Epson business imaging solutions - business projectors, business printers and document scanners - allowing partners to offer customers a more comprehensive suite of office solutions. ImageWay partners have a variety of channel resources and benefits to ensure their success including enhanced margins, dedicated sales and technical support, product customization for printers and scanners, financing support, and eligibility for a free demo unit1. In addition, qualified partners receive discounts with no minimum purchase; free customer evaluation units; bid support; one-stop pre-sales and post-sales assistance; access to in-depth, current marketing materials and tools including data sheets, sales kits and product training; and the latest program and product announcements.

The Epson ImageWay Partner Program offers an extensive array of award-winning products for business markets including:

-- Business Printers: Epson's innovative portfolio of business-class printers offers high-performance color printing solutions for small-to medium-size enterprise businesses. Designed to maximize productivity, these network printers are ideal for workgroups that value cost-efficient and professional-quality color printing

-- Business Projectors: As the No. 1 market share leader in the projection industry2, Epson delivers high quality projectors with outstanding color brightness and innovative features for business, education and video applications

-- Document Scanners: As the fastest growing brand in the document scanner category, Epson offers a full range of scanners within the portable, personal, workgroup and departmental segments. Epson scanners are certified with numerous ISVs in key vertical markets, including healthcare, education and finance/banking.

Epson's ImageWay Partner Program is currently accepting new VAR partners. For more information about ImageWay or the Volume Bid Program, visit http://imageway.goepson.com or contact an Epson sales representative at 800-947-8247.

About Epson

Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 68,000 employees in 96 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.

You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and (http://twitter.com/EpsonEducation) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).

1 Free printer only for new resellers who are accepted into the ImageWay program on or after August 1, 2013. To receive the free printer, the reseller must purchase three products through the program no later than six months after joining and before March 31, 2014. Limit one free printer per reseller

2 Based upon Q2 2013 worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates.

Printer recycling program subject to change or suspension at any time. EPSON is a registered trademark, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. ImageWay is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

SOURCE Epson America, Inc.

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