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April 2014

Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled new color laser printers and MFPs that are ideal for small offices and corporate workgroups, and can help significantly increase productivity and efficiency. 

The RICOH SP C250DN/SP C252DN Color Laser Printer Series and SP C250SF/SP C252SF Multifunction Product (MFP) Series feature standard Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile printing capabilities and reduced energy consumption. They produce 21 pages per minute from a compact platform that, combined with the wireless support, expands placement options in small offices, home offices, school offices, law firms or on retail store counters. Image quality is strong with a range of settings for economy or high resolution printing up to 2,400 x 600 dpi.

The RICOH SP C250DN/SP C252DN and SP C250SF/SP C252SF support today’s mobile workforce with Ricoh’s RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, which enables smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android) to seamlessly interoperate with MFPs and printers through the cloud. 

“Adding wireless and mobile capabilities to the solid foundation of our predecessor models makes these devices ideal for a new world of work,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “They combine maximum flexibility for mobilizing information with a very aggressive cost of ownership.”

The devices extend Ricoh’s commitment to the environment with aggressive typical electricity consumption (TEC) values, with the printer-only versions consuming 1.37 kWh/week and the multifunction versions, which print, copy, scan and fax, consuming 1.48 kWh/week. TEC is a method of comparing product energy performance via an evaluation of typical electricity consumption (measured in kilowatt-hour) during normal operation over a specified period of time, as specified in the ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Test Method. Both models meet the latest ENERGY STAR specification for superior energy performance, and the toner cartridges are part of Ricoh’s take-back program.

The RICOH SP C250DN/SP C252DN and SP C250SF/SP C252SF are part of a broad range of Ricoh printers and MFPs that can operate independently or be managed collectively as part of an orchestrated fleet in a comprehensive business information solution. 

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the printer-only RICOH SP C250DN is $360, and the printer-only RICOH SP C252DN sells for $550. The RICOH SP C250SF MFP costs $599 and the RICOH SP C252SF MFP costs $899. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 17 - RICOH UNVEILS NEW COLOR LASER PRINTERS AND MFPS WITH STANDARD WI-FI  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Forty-four years of Earth Days (April 22) have clearly emboldened employees to demand a greener workplace. 

A full 3 out of 4 employed U.S. adults* (75 percent) say they would insist upon change if they saw obvious wasteful practices at work, according to a new online survey of over 900 U.S. workers conducted in March by Harris Poll and commissioned by Ricoh Americas Corporation. Two out of 3 employees (67 percent) would “report” their company if it harmed the environment. And, remarkably, more than 2 in 5 (44 percent) agreed with this statement: I would rather be unemployed than work for a company that’s knowingly harming the environment.

More than 1 in 10 (11 percent) say they actually are aware of activities at work that could damage the environment, and more than 1 in 3 (35 percent) believe their employer would sacrifice the environment for revenue.

“It certainly is a new world of work,” said Jason Dizzine, Director, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Forty-four years ago, whether a workplace was conservation-minded or not, being green just wasn’t a substantial part of everyday conversations. Today’s workers, however, are more mindful of the fact that natural resources are scarce and that the planet can sustain only so much consumption. This is a wonderful cultural evolution, and it aligns perfectly with our tradition of optimizing document processes and mobilizing information.”

Guilt, yet hope
As environmentally concerned as the employees responding to the survey are, they say they often fall short in their actions. Nearly half of employees (46 percent) say they feel guilty that they’re not doing enough to help the environment, and more than 2 out of 3 employees (68 percent) agree they do more for the earth at home than at their workplaces. Still, there’s every reason to be hopeful. Nearly 3 in 5 (59 percent) believe our world will be more sustainable in 2050 than it is today.

One playful survey question resulted in some interesting responses. Employed adults were asked to classify themselves by choosing one of the following descriptions:

1. Army Green (I find ways to be green at work every day and demand that my co-workers do as well) 
2. Forest Green (I recycle paper only since there is a recycling bin next to my desk) 
3. Emerald Green (I do something green once a day) 
4. Olive Green (I do something green once a week) 
5. Sage Green (I do something green once a month) 
6. Dusty Green (I can’t remember the last time I did something green at work)

Emerald Green was the most popular choice (26 percent). A generational twist emerged in this part of the survey: those aged 55-64 were far more likely than younger employees to describe themselves as Army Green. Twenty-seven percent of the 55-64-year-olds chose the answer vs. 14 percent of 18-34-year-olds, 17 percent of the 35-44-year-olds and 14 percent of the 45-54-year-olds.

Methodology
The Ricoh survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll using its QuickQuery Omnibus platform between March 18 and 20, 2014, among 2,063 adults aged 18 and older, of whom 948 are employed full/part time. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please see media contacts below.

*Employed full/part time

| 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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 16 - EARTH DAY 2014 SEES EMPOWERED EMPLOYEES DEMANDING GREEN WORKPLACE  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation named a winner in its Philadelphia Eagles VIP Office Party contest this week. Liberty Resources, a not-for-profit, consumer-controlled organization that advocates and promotes independent living for all persons with disabilities, scored the winning entry and will host a party for up to 50 guests at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex.

Ricoh evaluated over 100 entries to determine the most creative, inventive, depictive and compelling story based on a series of questions. Participants were asked to submit a story in 250 words or less about making information work in todayApr 15 - RICOH SELECTS WINNER IN PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VIP OFFICE PARTY CONTEST  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced RICOH Streamline NX software for managing fleets of multifunction products (MFPs) and laser printers to help improve cost-effectiveness, productivity, sustainability, security and mobility.

The solution helps organizations improve document management efficiency by leveraging a modular platform that can combine print, scan, device management, accounting, reporting and authentication functionality with incredible scalability. It also simplifies administrative tasks to help reduce total cost of ownership.

“MFPs are important engines for mobilizing information in this new world of work,” said Jason Dizzine, Director, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Streamline NX lets organizations take advantage of their MFP-based document management capabilities on a large scale with minimal administrative overhead. With Streamline NX, customers can optimize their document processes on fleetwide, workgroup and individual levels, configuring capabilities, controls, workflows, security profiles and much more.”

Organizations can manage hundreds or thousands of devices from a single administrative workstation, controlling security print features, scanning, quota management, comprehensive reporting and more. At each MFP, users have easy access to a wide range of document management tasks from the customizable home screen – no need to toggle between each application.

The Streamline NX server tracks usage volumes across dozens, hundreds or thousands of MFPs, reporting print/copy volumes, color usage and duplexing on an individual or aggregate basis. This detailed data enables organizations to monitor their use of paper and toner. They can then reduce costs through new usage policies that are enforced by the software and customizable for each user, group or individual. The base module also calculates the cost of individual, workgroup or department device usage, making it easy for accounting teams to manage chargebacks.

Options galore
Streamline NX is available in myriad configurations with optional modules that enable:

• Security print features, which require users to swipe IDs or log onto MFPs to scan, fax, copy and release print jobs. This authentication requirement helps ensure that only authorized users see private information and creates audit trails to help support regulatory compliance. The optional print server enables users to release their job at any Streamline NX-enabled MFP, laser printer on the network, or desktop printer and delete early drafts they never printed, thus saving on paper and toner. 

• Client desktop printing, which brings security and chargeback capabilities to personal printers connected to an employee’s desktop PC or laptop. The module enables delegation so that a clerk, for instance, could release private documents sent to printing by an executive. The module can also be configured to route printing jobs to more affordable network printing devices than the one initially selected by the user.

• One-touch scanning, via the optional scanfax server, enabling users to scan paper documents and automatically send them to folders, fax servers, enterprise content management systems, file transfer systems, email or many different connected services, including Microsoft SharePoint®, Microsoft Exchange®, FileNet and DocumentMall®.

• Print release station, which enables organizations to implement Ricoh print capabilities with other vendors’ MFPs or printers giving them the same user experience they have on Ricoh MFPs.

• Mobile printing with Hotspot Enterprise, which lets smartphone users email a document, receive a release code and retrieve their printed document from any Streamline NX-enabled device. No longer do they have to log onto networks, download drivers, or burden IT with simple print requests. Streamline NX also integrates with RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan, an app that enables smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android) to seamlessly interoperate with multifunction products and printers through the cloud. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 14 - RICOH’S STREAMLINE NX CAN HELP ORGANIZATIONS IMPROVE DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCE COSTS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation was named a top winner at the CIO Impact Awards earlier this year. Frost & Sullivan recognized recipients of the CIO Impact Awards Best-in-Class, Technology Partner, and CIO Game-Changer honors, at an awards gala held at the 2nd Annual ConNEXTions 2014 Executive MindXchange in San Francisco, CA.

Winners of the CIO Impact Awards are recognized as individuals and companies enabling breakthrough new business models and strategies through the innovative use of transformative technologies. Ricoh received three awards – Enterprise Architecture, Best in Class and CIO Innovator of the Year – for facilitating a five year strategic systems integration roadmap initiative that brought together HR, field services, CRM, and ERP systems, while also embracing mobile, social, and cloud technologies to better service both employees and customers.

With Ricoh’s acquisition of IKON Office Solutions in 2008, there was an opportunity to create an enhanced, streamlined organization. Not only was efficient operations important, but there was a desire to tap different resources and cloud applications to help all employees become more knowledgeable and bring efficiencies in workforce especially sales productivity. The overall architecture Ricoh implemented is easy-to-use, more efficient due to the use of cloud-based applications, and offers access to more services for the customer.

“The CIO Impact Awards Judges were very impressed with how Ricoh Chief Information Officer Balaji Rangaswamy and his team built on an ambitious end-to-end infrastructure integration initiative to enable a host of new benefits such as enhanced field services, improved sales productivity and better customer engagement,” said Jeff Moad, Frost & Sullivan Research Director. “These achievements not only saved Ricoh millions, they also reinforced the company’s position as a leader in information services.”

Balaji Rangaswamy was named CIO Innovator of the Year for leading the successful integration initiative which was completed at the end of 2013. Rangaswamy served as the primary driver for the majority of budget and technology decisions involved with this rollout plan. 

"ItApr 7 - FROST & SULLIVAN HONORS RICOH AT 2014 CIO IMPACT AWARDS GALA  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today announced that Fifth Third Bank, a diversified financial services company that is among the leading money managers in the Midwest, has transformed its in-plant operations by tapping Ricoh to support its new, more efficient way of working – providing increased flexibility and cost-savings.  Fifth Third Bank has selected the market-leading InfoPrint® 5000 continuous feed print platform and RICOH® ProcessDirector™ workflow software for the production of full-color transactional MICR documents for customers from 1,320 full-service Banking Centers in 12 states.

Fifth Third Bank produces 170M impressions annually and nearly 70M annual mailings in addition to the Bank’s significant online customer base that receives digital documents. With such an immense volume it is vital for the company to provide clients with three important things: the highest quality documents; delivering these confidential, critical communications accurately; and, meeting important regulatory requirements and deadlines. By adding the InfoPrint 5000 platform to its print environment, Fifth Third Bank is no longer burdened with legacy software and hardware, limited marketing opportunities, inevitable operating cost increases, restricted flexibility and outdated black and white documents. 

“Traditionally in-house print operations are a cost center for a company.  In our case, even more so than a more traditional bank, it is not enough to be cost-neutral, we have to be able to prove that our operations will ultimately save the company money,” said Mark Kearns, vice president, Bancorp Mail & Print Services, Fifth Third Bank. “The InfoPrint 5000 has allowed us to bring in the value of color, while decreasing costs.  Shortly after installation, we quickly had a high visibility internal customer bring previously outsourced work back in-house thanks to the new color solution. A win for our customer and a win for us.”

Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 platform and RICOH ProcessDirector Express bring Fifth Third Bank an unprecedented level of cost effectiveness, scalability, flexibility and expanded marketing opportunities.  Because Ricoh software and hardware are able to meet all regulatory requirements and deadlines, the Bank can now better capitalize on the demands of its credit card business, deliver transpromo output in full, variable data color faster and more effectively, and save on marketing campaigns with onserts, all of which means bringing more work in-house.

Fifth Third Bank has also streamlined hardware costs by returning all leased legacy equipment and converting currently owned assets into a disaster recovery low cost back-up solution, ensuring uninterrupted communications for all customers.  

“The diligence Fifth Third Bank has shown in transforming their in-plant operations demonstrates the passion they have for delivering the best value to their customers in today’s new way of work. This is a key milestone for us, enabling Fifth Third Bank to decrease costs, expand business opportunities and exceed customer expectations,” said Winston Liu, vice president, Commercial Solutions, Continuous Feed, Ricoh.  “There are many reasons Ricoh was named market leader by IDC for six consecutive years.*  We think one major reason is customer satisfaction, like that represented here through our work with Fifth Third Bank.”

More details on Fifth Third Bank’s installation of the InfoPrint 5000, Transforming In-Plant Customer Communications at Fifth Third Bank, can be viewed in the Xplor Webcast, available for download here: http://xduonline.net/video/XplorRicoh120413/XplorRicoh120413.html 

* IDC’s U.S. Quarterly Production Print Tracker

| 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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 3 - FIFTH THIRD BANK WORKS WITH RICOH TO TRANSFORM IN-PLANT OPERATIONS, DELIVERING GREATER VALUE TO CUSTOMERS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Ricoh Americas Corporation a 2014 ENERGY STAR Award winner for Excellence in Energy Efficient Product Design for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by designing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Ricoh’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.

Ricoh Americas, an ENERGY STAR partner for nearly 20 years, is being honored for its leadership in designing products that earn the ENERGY STAR, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.

Ricoh’s design philosophy is to provide energy efficient imaging equipment without compromising business productivity. Many Ricoh devices deliver superior energy performance by adopting unique technologies and features such as Quick Start-Up (QSU), energy efficient toner and low sleep mode electricity consumption. 

Ricoh played an active role in the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 specification development process which resulted in publishing Recovery Time from various energy saving modes, allowing the consumer to select a device with minimum recovery time to enhance business productivity while achieving energy savings.   

As part of Ricoh’s ongoing commitment to fight climate change, Ricoh has developed the Green  Mode Activated program: an awareness campaign to minimize the environmental impact with the smart use of the features of the device.  

“Ricoh is deeply committed to our partnership with ENERGY STAR – it is a very important component of our business,” said Dominic Pontrelli, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Our customers benefit greatly from using ENERGY STAR products, which can save them energy and money, while helping to protect the environment.”

Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“With Ricoh’s help, Americans are saving energy and money while protecting the environment and fighting climate change,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Their innovative efforts to promote ENERGY STAR products are helping consumers make smarter choices about the products they buy.”

The 2014 Awards for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion are given to a variety of organizations in recognition of their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. 

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

| 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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 3 - EPA RECOGNIZES RICOH AMERICAS WITH 2014 ENERGY STAR® AWARD  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today announced that it has been named by International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading provider of global IT research and advice, as the unrivaled leader in the high-speed inkjet continuous feed market.  For the sixth consecutive year, Ricoh’s InfoPrint® 5000 production print platform has been named the high-speed inkjet market share leader in the United States, according to IDC’s newly published U.S. Quarterly Production Print Tracker.  Ricoh’s market share increased from 39 percent in 2012 to 42 percent in 2013, with the next closest competitor ranked at 31 percent.  

Released quarterly, IDC’s Production Printer Tracker provides a detailed database of information on the laser and high-speed inkjet market segments.  The report includes data on overall market size, share by vendor and five-year projections.

“In a market that is showing modest growth, Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 continues to gain market share every year, which says quite a bit about the reliability and popularity of its production print technology,” said Amy Machado, senior analyst in IDC’s Hardcopy Peripheral Group.  “The numbers bear out, year after year, that high-volume printers continue to invest their future in the Ricoh platform.”

“The InfoPrint 5000 has outsold itself every year, and this year we’ve gone beyond the 40 percent mark, which is quite a milestone for our flagship system,” said Winston Liu, Vice President, Commercial Print Solutions, Continuous Feed, Ricoh.  “The InfoPrint 5000 is much more than hardware – with an ever-expanding and innovative suite of software and professional services, it delivers a strategic digital investment and has consistently proven to be an undeniable success.”

In the past year, the InfoPrint 5000 family achieved a variety of milestones to add to these most recent rankings, including the printing of 60 billion production impressions worldwide, using up to 50 percent less power than other inkjet systems and more.  

To read more about the InfoPrint 5000 family, please visit http://bit.ly/infoprint5000. 

| 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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 3 - RICOH NAMED MARKET SHARE LEADER IN U.S. HIGH-SPEED INKJET PLACEMENTS FOR SIX YEARS RUNNING  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today introduced new flexibility, efficiency, cost savings and instructional potential to educators in the United States and Canada.

The Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution enables educators to create their own bubble-sheet optical mark recognition (OMR) tests, print them on plain paper from their nearest Ricoh multifunction product (MFP), and automatically grade completed tests using the MFP’s scanning capability. No special equipment is required, and educators no longer lose time and money shipping completed tests across the country for grading. 

“The Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution is a breakthrough in efficiency and analysis that accelerates educators’ progress in a new world of learning,” said Tom Brown, Vice President, Government and Higher Education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Educators of today and tomorrow require a new level of information mobility that the traditional standardized test hasn’t offered. With the Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution, this enhanced information mobility is embedded in the DNA of every Ricoh MFP and, now, is available to every classroom with a Ricoh MFP nearby.”

Personalized bubble-sheet testing with the Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution saves tremendous amounts of time for educators who traditionally grade tests by hand, and then uniquely provides detailed analytics on the automatically compiled test results. With this new control, educators now have a better ability to discover and address new individual or system-wide improvement opportunities.

The Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution powered by Remark installs on a PC and directly interfaces with a Ricoh MFP. Educators can create test forms from a variety of word-processing software programs and can include barcodes for identifying classes or schools. Completed tests are scanned at the MFP, with results exportable in more than 35 formats, including SPSS, Microsoft Excel, Access, SQL Server and more. The software produces an individual report for each student.

Analytics are key difference
The Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution includes powerful analytics that give educators insight into a variety of important areas, including individual student needs, student body weaknesses, poorly phrased test questions, pass/fail percentages and distribution of scores.

The Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution helps save school systems money by using plain paper instead of pre-printed bubble-sheet forms, and can integrate with selected student management systems. It is part of a series of Ricoh solutions dedicated to education that includes University Kiosk and Inbound Mail. 

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 2 - RICOH INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION OF THE ‘BUBBLE-SHEET’ TEST, ENABLING EDUCATORS TO EASILY CUSTOMIZE THEIR OWN  News pressrelease also available in pdf

March 2014

Mar 31 - [GLOBAL] LANIER AUSTRALIA INTEGRATES WITH RICOH AUSTRALIA
Ricoh Company, Ltd. and Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd. are pleased to announce the launch of Spherical Report 360 (SR360), an advertisement feature on the CNN website. SR360 is a fun and interactive contest which equips citizens with a free RICOH THETA spherical camera and presents them with the unique opportunity to become a photojournalist by reporting on local news and events.  

Thanks to its unique design and advanced technology, the RICOH THETA enables users to capture immersive imagery that truly replicates the complete surroundings of an individual. The resulting output presents an incredible imaging experience that expands the possibilities for journalistic photography. 

As part of the SR360 contest, 360 RICOH THETA camera units will be distributed free of charge to selected applicants to use as they document local happenings and news stories and submit them to the engaging and interactive website. Interested parties should visit http://advertisementfeature.cnn.com/sr360 March 27, 2014 through April 10, 2014 to enter to receive a RICOH THETA camera. 

Starting May 1st, selected recipients will be encouraged to document the events surrounding them, similar to a photojournalist, and post the images they’ve taken with the RICOH THETA 360-degree camera to the SR360 website.  The photo-submission contest will take place over the course of four months with a Most Valuable Photographer (MVP) being selected each month.  The contest will end on August 31st, 2014 and images shared on the SR360 website will be judged by a panel of distinguished guests.  From the submitted images, one Grand Prize winner and two Gold Prize winners will be selected. In addition, current RICOH THETA owners are also invited to submit images for consideration.

Award winners will be invited to an exciting round-table discussion in September 2014 to discuss their image and inspiration and accept their award.

A full list of terms and conditions can be found at http://advertisementfeature.cnn.com/sr360.   

Contest Outline
Application: The application period for the 360 units of the RICOH THETA (limited to residents of the US) will run from March 27, 2014 to April 10, 2014. The product will be delivered to the selected candidates by the end of April. (Candidates will receive the product without prior announcement.)
*Those who post one image a month during the project period will be able to keep the RICOH THETA camera after the close of the contest.

Posting Content: Images should be posted to the SR360 website during the image posting period which starts May 1, 2014 and ends August 31, 2014. The posting of content is open to the public and is limited only to images shot with the RICOH THETA. Posting from outside the US is also accepted.
During each month of the posting period a Most Valuable Photographer (MVP) will be selected and announced. 

Winning: Contest winners will be selected and announced at the close of the posting period.  The top three prize winners will be invited to an award ceremony and round-table discussion which will be held in September 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. 
*Please check details on the Spherical Report 360 special site.
- A Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner: Digital single lens reflex camera, the PENTAX K-3 18-135WR kit
- Gold Prize will be awarded to two winners: Compact digital camera, the RICOH GR Limited Edition
- Monthly MVP will be awarded to four winners: Multifunction wristwatch, the RICOH COMMANDER)

Judging: Details of the panel of judges responsible for selecting the winners will be posted on the SR360 website on May 1, 2014.  

Spherical Report 360 special site: http://advertisementfeature.cnn.com/sr360
RICOH THETA official site: http://theta360.com/
SR360 operating office: SR360@SR360.info

For product inquiries, please contact RICOH IMAGING Customer Care at (800) 877-0155, or visit http://ricohwebform.tosystems.com

|About Ricoh Imaging Company|

Ricoh Imaging Company is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., 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.

The company now known as Ricoh Imaging Company, was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, Ricoh Imaging Company continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh’s offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features. 

For further information, please visit:  www.us.ricoh-imaging.com

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Ricoh Imaging Company LTD.Mar 27 - RICOH HOSTS COMPETITION INVITING CITIZENS TO BECOME PHOTOJOURNALISTS USING RICOH THETA 360-DEGREE CAMERAS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation, Xerox Corporation and Lexmark International, Inc. today filed two Petitions for Inter Partes Review of U.S. Patent No. 8,488,173; and certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,477,410 at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The new actions are being filed jointly by all three companies in a continuing effort to protect Ricoh, Xerox and Lexmark customers and dealers against the assertion of these patents by MPHJ Technology Investments LLC.

As part of the Inter Partes Review Petition, Ricoh, Xerox and Lexmark are seeking a ruling from the USPTO that the claims are unpatentable and were fully anticipated by various prior art references.

This is the second in series of actions that the companies have undertaken to demonstrate their commitment to their customers and authorized dealer networks. In May 2013, Ricoh and Xerox filed action to nullify U.S. Patent No. 7,986,426 and help disable MPHJ’s licensing campaign against its customers.

In addition, MPHJ’s business practices are currently under investigation or have previously been investigated by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as well as the Attorneys General of Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Vermont.

In a joint statement, the companies said “Ricoh, Xerox and Lexmark have clear positions on the protection of intellectual property. We feel strongly that the infringement claims are without merit and the licensing demands of MPHJ are unsubstantiated. We feel it is important to take this action to support our customers and dealer networks from these frivolous claims.”

Ricoh, Xerox and Lexmark will continue to monitor MPHJ’s licensing efforts and will update their customers and authorized dealer networks with any further developments regarding the USPTO’s Review.

About Xerox
Since the invention of Xerography more than 75 years ago, the people of Xerox (NYSE: XRX) have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, we are the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations. Learn more at www.xerox.com.

About Lexmark
Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) is uniquely focused on connecting unstructured printed and digital information across enterprises with the processes, applications and people that need it most. For more information, please visit www.lexmark.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 26 - RICOH AMERICAS, XEROX CORPORATION AND LEXMARK FILE ACTION WITH U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE TO COMBAT PATENT-LICENSING DEMANDS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Mar 20 - RICOH AND MINDSHIFT TO PARTICIPATE AT ABA TECHSHOW 2014
Every print service provider aspires to become a marketing service provider to expand its business opportunities, but many companies fail to make it over the crucial hump. 

Pacful, Inc., a 50+ employee company headquartered in California and a Ricoh customer, is an exception to the rule. The company, which describes itself as a print and fulfillment provider, has succeeded in becoming indispensable to national brands around the country.

“We’re well over the hump,” said Jennifer Hudek, President of Pacful. “We are now a full-fledged marketing service provider.”

Over the past three years, Ricoh has helped with Pacful’s transformation by combining strategic insight with powerful tools, specifically the over 40 customized Web-based storefronts Ricoh has helped Pacful create for clients.

Pacful clients, typically marketing / event departments at large companies, store their branded content – high-resolution logos, document templates, collateral designs, contact information and other digital assets – in these custom-branded websites. Central storage helps clients maintain critical brand consistency as they order print jobs, event materials, promotional items, even branded garments directly through the shared sites. Orders flow directly into Pacful’s print / inventory management systems, where they are swiftly executed.

“When clients work in our Web storefronts, they often don’t even realize they’ve left their own intranets,” said Hudek. “That’s because our print management infrastructure is so well integrated into their normal intranet experience. It’s seamless, and with Ricoh’s support, we’ve effectively become an extension of their marketing team. As repeat customers, they don’t need heavy consultation. They get exactly what they want, with consistent quality and turnaround, every time.” 

Ricoh leads the way with Pacful
Pacful deploys its Web storefronts using MarcomCentral software from Ricoh strategic partner PTI Marketing Technologies®. MarcomCentral is a comprehensive Web-to-print system that automates the creation, ordering, printing and delivery of static, personalized and variable data pieces. Clients use it to automate marketing, creative, fulfillment and distribution – even 1-to-1 mail or email campaigns – with comprehensive tracking. Clients can easily extend their campaigns to microsites and mobile platforms with MarcomCentral.

“No matter how smart we are, print service providers need the right tools to become successful marketing service providers,” said Hudek. “Our tools come from Ricoh – MarcomCentral backed up by RICOH Pro C901 Graphic Arts+ Edition color production printers. These 90 page-per-minute workhorses handle the growing volume MarcomCentral has generated for us. We get near-offset quality at a significantly reduced cost per page compared with the large, expensive digital presses, which are falling out of favor in the industry. We can then pass this savings on to our clientele.”

Pacful started out three years ago with a single RICOH Pro C901. In the ensuing years, the company has quintupled its fleet with two in Sacramento, two in Redwood City and one in Fort Wayne, Ind., all buttressed by a stable of black and white Ricoh production printers.

“The transition from print service provider to marketing service provider, though difficult, opens up a multitude of opportunities for companies like Pacful that achieve it,” said Tim Vellek, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “By offering campaign management, variable data printing, easy access to marketing materials and much more, a marketing service provider can deepen its relationship with customers and give prospects ample reason to engage with the business. Ricoh is committed to providing the solutions, products, training and business development tools that can help more print service providers succeed in their transition.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About Pacful 
Pacful’s experienced team of professionals delivers on a wide range of jobs “just in time, every time,” including trade show banners, e-commerce sites, on-line ordering of products and materials, immediate tracking and status of orders, fulfillment of orders, personalized 1-to-1 marketing campaigns including printed material, custom embroidery, event support, storage and distribution. 
www.pacful.com.

About MarcomCentral
Produced by PTI Marketing Technologies®, MarcomCentral is a leading provider of SaaS based marketing software solutions since 2000. MarcomCentral is the premiere marketing asset management solution that empowers sales teams, field marketers, partners, and others to produce custom marketing pieces with corporate approved templates using data or a userMar 20 - PARTNERING WITH RICOH, PACFUL, INC. MAKES LEAP; BECOMES TRUE ‘MARKETING SERVICE PROVIDER’  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Innovators never stop innovating, which is why Ricoh Electronics, Inc. three years ago blanketed the rooftop of its Southern California headquarters with electricity-generating solar panels. 

The manufacturing subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd. is now generating more than 10 percent of its electricity at its 1100 Valencia Avenue facility through the enhancement, exemplifying Ricoh’s equally deep commitment to sustainability.

The 996 silicone crystal panels in Tustin, Calif., have generated 1,105 MWh of electricity to date, reducing CO2 emissions equivalent to driving 639,376 miles. These emissions would require nearly 4,362 trees to absorb. Over the past year, the subsidiary has produced 110 percent of its planned amount.

“This project expresses Ricoh’s enduring commitment to addressing global challenges such as climate change, natural resource depletion and ecosystem degradation,” said Eiko Risch, Director of Environment, Health and Safety, Ricoh Electronics, Inc.  “In fact, this work is as significant as our business operations. We carry it out by helping our customers work more sustainably, which often renders significant cost savings, and striving to make our technologies, supply chain, manufacturing processes, materials selection and facilities management as eco-friendly as they can be. Our Ricoh Electronics, Inc. solar power generation in California was our first such installation outside of Japan and is just one example of our worldwide mission.”

Ricoh has set a goal of reducing its total lifecycle of CO2 emissions by 87.5 percent before the year 2050, with an interim goal of a 30 percent reduction by 2020 (baseline year: 2000). Once again, the company has been rated as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world for the 10th consecutive year. Furthermore, Ricoh has Times Square’s only solar-powered billboard. Using LED lighting, the Ricoh Eco Board has saved more than 83,000 Kwh of energy since 2009.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 19 - RICOH TRANSFORMS CALIFORNIA SUN INTO ENERGY ON THE GROUND  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Mar 18 - RICOH PRODUCTION PRINT EXPERT KIRK SZYMANSKI TO PRESENT AT TAGA’S ANNUAL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
Ricoh today announced new additions to its postal optimization solutions portfolio that address mail integrity and enablement for its industry-first Critical Communications suite. The Mail Integrity suite, a professional services portfolio that delivers Ricoh and third-party solutions, end-to-end implementation, integration and training, alleviates the mail workload so that customers can focus on growing their businesses.  Ricoh’s Postal Enablement feature identifies address information, extracts it and presents it to a third-party postal optimization software product early in the mail process, ultimately saving money and valuable time.  These postal optimization solutions will both be on display at National Postal Forum (NPF), March 16-19, in Washington D.C. in the Ricoh booth #1711. 

As mail costs continue to rise, volumes grow, and postal regulations become more complex, Ricoh provides a path to efficiency with a modular, scalable and customizable portfolio of services and solutions that can be tailored to the needs of organizations of all sizes, from simple, low-volume applications to complex, high-volume applications.  Leveraging its award-winning workflow platforms like RICOH ProcessDirector, RICOH ProcessDirector Express and RICOH TotalFlow DocEnhancer and its Professional Services, Ricoh delivers a package that ultimately helps organizations automate, simplify and save. 

Ricoh’s Postal Enablement feature, the foundation of postal optimization solutions, helps organizations save money by reducing the number of incorrect addresses mailed.  It accomplishes this through its process of collecting address information, meaning it is ready to present to third-party software for address cleansing, suppression and sorting.  This flexible feature can be used with fully composed files and is designed to be compatible with postal tools of all types around the world.  It is available as an add-on feature to RICOH ProcessDirector, RICOH ProcessDirector Express and TotalFlow DocEnhancer, allowing users to start small by connecting it to postal-certified third-party software themselves or grow to an end-to-end implementation of Ricoh’s workflow solutions.

Ricoh’s Professional Services team implements entire mail solutions via its Mail Integrity Suite that delivers automated, customized solutions including:  
o Mail Integrity Express (500,000 to 12 million pieces/year)
o Mail Integrity Essentials (up to 36 million pieces/year)
o Mail Integrity Advanced (unlimited volume)

Ricoh mail experts have spent decades solving mail workflow challenges for some of the worldMar 17 - RICOH EXPANDS ITS POSTAL OPTIMIZATION SOLUTIONS PORTFOLIO WITH NEW SOFTWARE AND SERVICES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today announced its newest offerings and demos to be showcased at the 2014 National Postal Forum (NPF), March 16-19 in Washington, DC.  Attendees who visit Ricoh booth #1711 will experience the many postal optimization, critical communications, inbound and outbound mail solutions and services that are empowering customers to benefit from cost savings, increased efficiencies and compliance-driven input and output. 

With the many changes in mail today, companies need solutions that meet inbound and outbound challenges, ranging from compliance issues, to end-to-end tracking, to data management.  Whether it’s direct mailers seeking to maximize digital technology tools or print rooms determining how to maximize postal discounts under IMb regulations, NPF attendees will have the opportunity  to learn about cost effective, streamlined solutions that can address all communications challenges.  Ricoh will conduct live demonstrations that enable small, medium and large mailers to enhance the integrity of each mail piece while delivering compliance-driven communications.  

In addition, Ricoh will give NPF attendees a hands-on interactive booth experience.  This will include a video wall where  attendees can see real world customer case studies that highlight how Ricoh’s solutions eased their mail pain points. Ricoh will also have a digital workflow wall where our postal and processing experts can interactively draw up workflows that meet your specific mail challenges. 

In #1711 booth, attendees will learn about:  
• Ricoh Managed Document Services (MDS) – This adaptable, customer-centric suite of  workflow solutions helps organizations large and small ensure data is secure inside and outside the company, mitigate risks of paper-based information, streamline business processes and optimize information. Ricoh’s MDS approach is the foundation for it’s business process services offerings and the varied solutions that will be discussed at NPF.  Subject matter experts will be on hand to discuss ways this suite will ultimately help your organization meet its mail goals with MDS solutions.  
• Critical Communication Solution Suite that enables faster, more accurate and cost-efficient mail operations through automation, tracking and compliance. At the show,  attendees will see 
o New features and services that specifically address pain points felt by mailers and mail servicing operations.
o Ricoh postal workflow solutions that incorporate  industry leading on-site and cloud solutions from TEC Mailing Solutions and Bell + Howell 
• Ricoh Federal Integrated Mail Services  - A managed services framework that incorporates Ricoh Digital Mail Services, Ricoh equipment, and  workflow software  that address  inbound and outbound mail pain points for federal organizations.  These services  help centralize communications while lowering costs, increasing productivity, addressing security concerns, protecting information and enhancing sustainability.  At NPF, Ricoh Federal experts will be on hand to discuss these services as well as CBRNE detection/containment capabilities, ADF 2.0 (Automated Document Factory), Customer Communications Management (CCM),  and more. 
• A postal production environment demo – featuring the RICOH C5100 printer, , inserter, camera verification and the end-to-end workflow to control the entire production process.  

“This is a critical time for mailers of all sizes.  The nature of our ever-changing industry only allows us a tight window to grapple with and capitalize on new requirements and regulations such as IMb in order to increase operational cost savings and workflow efficiencies,” said Dominic Pontrelli, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation.“With more information than ever flowing through people’s mail rooms, we look forward to showcasing the types of solutions that will help mailers navigate, benefit from and leverage the next wave of mail and print changes and challenges.”

NPF attendees can also hear from Ricoh experts on the ever-growing mail and communications changes by attending conference sessions including:
• The Mail Psyche: How To Get Along With The Mail (Sun, March 16 at 3pm in Nat’l Harbor 2) – Ricoh expert will discuss the key areas that need to be addressed to help companies tame the many problems inherent in mail operations, allowing them to create a harmonious relationship with these very key critical communication channels for customer communications.
• Outsource Your Operations To The Cloud (Mon,March 17 at 11am in Nat’l Harbor 10) – Ricoh spokesperson will explain how companies can minimize investment in resources, capital and time when managing an efficient mail operation by outsourcing many of the granular pieces of the mail process to the cloud. 
• Mail Workflow: Automating Your Way To Lower Costs And Improved Quality (Tues, March 18 at 8am in Nat’l Harbor 3) – Process control systems which can help companies automate workflow and improve operational efficiencies will be discussed here, along with examples of success stories in this area.
• Assessing Your Mail Operations (Wed, March 19 at 8am in Nat’l Harbor 10) – This session will cover ways mailers can quickly and affordably assess their operations for efficiency and how to use this information to improve systems and generate value.
• How to Reduce Costs in Returned Mail (Wed, March 19 at 4:30pm in Chesapeake D) – Ricoh expert will walk you through potential solutions that can streamline mail systems and help reduce the ever increasing costs of returned mail, while improving quality.

| 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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 13 - RICOH TO SHOWCASE POSTAL OPTIMIZATION SOLUTIONS AT NATIONAL POSTAL FORUM 2014  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Barlop Business Systems has been officially confirmed as a Ricoh Certified Digital Imaging Services Provider through Ricoh’s CHAMPS program for dealer transformation. 

CHAMPS is Ricoh’s innovative program designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program qualifies dealers to analyze customer business challenges and prescribe custom services drawing from Ricoh’s Business Information Solutions expertise. The CHAMPS certification program confirms that a dealer has successfully completed all Ricoh Services certification requirements for a particular specialized service or solution offering. 

Barlop Business System’s professionals have successfully completed expert training on delivering Ricoh’s Digital Imaging Services. Several of the dealer’s employees passed a rigorous certification examination that followed intensive training through the Ricoh Learning Institute, the company’s comprehensive training organization.

“Congratulations to Barlop Business Systems and its newly certified staff,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S.A. “This certification arises from a unique and transformative program in our industry. The overall goal is to enable our dealers to do more to address their clients’ most pressing business problems.  We remain committed to supporting our dealers with programs that allow them stand out as the best source for information management in their region.”

About CHAMPS
Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program combines a proven methodology, best-in-class resources and Ricoh’s industry-leading services to create custom solutions that improve customer business performance. The program makes it easier for the Ricoh family group of dealers to leverage what they need, when they need it, while lowering their document-related capital investment and helping accelerate profit generation opportunities.

| About  Barlop Business Systems |
More than three decades have lapsed since two colleagues united to create an organization reflective of quality products and services. Juan Barroso and Jose Lopez, founders of Barlop Business Systems, were set out to provide small to large companies with business equipment and solutions that deliver elevated performance results.  Their solid commitment to clients makes them unique and their guaranteed personalized service is unparalleled.  Currently Barlop is one of the largest Lanier dealers in the United States, which is owned by Ricoh Corporation, the largest office equipment manufacturer in the world.  Their offerings also include equipment, software, parts and supplies for other top industry brands.

For more information about Barlop Business Systems, visit http://www.barlop.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 6 - BARLOP BUSINESS SYSTEMS BECOMES A RICOH CERTIFIED DIGITAL IMAGING SERVICES PROVIDER THROUGH CHAMPS PROGRAM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today introduced two new color multifunction products (MFP) packing rich functionality into a compact footprint for smaller offices and workgroups.

The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 print 20 and 25 pages per minute respectively while making information work for customers with a wide range of cloud and mobility services. Through an intuitive home screen or optional Smart Operation Panel, the MFPs connect to Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment (ICE), which offers an extensive menu of document storage, management and OCR services. 

“In today’s dynamic work environment, nothing can be more frustrating than trying to access information that’s slightly out of reach,” said Jason Dizzine, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “That’s why we’re introducing two new MFPs with technology that helps customers access, transform and share information from anywhere, anytime.”

Take the lead in mobility
The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 offer more ways to access information and manage documents beyond the office. Mobile print users with wireless access can now utilize the free RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, which lets smartphone and tablet users seamlessly print and now scan directly from these new Ricoh MFPs to mobile devices, as well as send scanned data to or print from their cloud storage services. And while most mobile printing apps offer only basic printing functions, Ricoh’s new app enables users to choose orientation, duplexing, finishing, color/monochrome and more.

Innovation that makes a difference
With the RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 comes the introduction of the new Stapleless Finisher, an optional feature unique to Ricoh, which bonds as many as five pages together without any metal fasteners. In addition to being friendly to the environment, a stapleless bond is safer for situations where food, pharmaceuticals and other consumables are made. It is also ideal for schools and child care facilities or anywhere young children are present.

The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 further support sustainability with Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) values that are among the lowest in this MFP category at 0.72 and 0.91 kWh@h/week. Other environmentally friendly features include programmable shutdown and power-up, automated duplexing, innovative PxP-EQ toner (requires less heat than traditional toner), and an Eco-Friendly Indicator that coaches organizations to reduce paper consumption. The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 are Gold certified by the EPEAT green procurement program.

Media handling and image quality
While document functions are packed into a space saving design, the RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 let loose with support for a wide range of paper stock and sizes.  Choose up to 300 gsm (169 gsm duplex) for media such as postcards, printed envelopes and posters while getting more coverage per print with paper sizes up to SRA3 (12.6 x 17.7 inches).

The RICOH MP C2003 and MP C2503 offer image resolution up to 1,200 dpi with automatic color calibration for superior image quality on the fly. Standard automatic duplexing and a maximum paper capacity of up to 2,300 sheets help further simplify any print job, while optional internal finishing reduces the overall maximum footprint of the device.

Both MFPs are available today. The MP C2003 sells for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $6,890, and the MP C2503 sells for an MSRP of $9,330.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 5 - NEW SMART COLOR MFPS FROM RICOH CONTINUE TO REDEFINE INFORMATION ACCESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation will continue to support the ingenuity of young scientists as an important investment in building a sustainable society by honoring high school students this spring at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).  Winners are those students who have developed brilliant innovations for driving environmentally and socially responsible businesses.

Since 2005, Ricoh has recognized 23 students worldwide and from all walks of life with the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA), and presented scholarships worth more than $325,000 with the help of a distinguished team of judges from academia and business.  Resolving global concerns by creating harmony between business and the environment is one of Ricoh’s founding principles. Therefore, Ricoh established the RSDA to encourage and champion students who share those values to bring about innovations that limit society’s environmental impact.

The company will present its 10th annual RSDA as part of the Special Awards Ceremony at Intel ISEF, which takes place May 11-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, showcasing more than 1,600 of the world’s leading high school students and their independent scientific research projects. A total of $25,000 in scholarships from Ricoh is distributed among the winning projects and represents one of the top prize amounts in the Special Awards category.

Students can learn more about participating in Intel ISEF by visiting: https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef. 

Past RSDA winners have come from all over the globe, including India, South Africa, China, and the United States. Pieter Luyt, a 2006 winner from South Africa, said this about his experience winning the RSDA: “From an educational point of view, the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award has aided me in obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Pretoria. It has also inspired me to promote the idea of sustainability, with emphasis on energy generation, among my peers.” A profile of Pieter’s experience can be viewed here: http://www.ricoh-usa.com/about/environment/environmental_csr_isef.aspx.  Profiles of all past winners will be published over the next few months.

Judging for the Ricoh RSDA is based on the following criteria:
• the originality of the project;
• the project’s potential significance regarding its contribution to sustainability;
• the project’s attempt to solve major environmental issues, without damaging the environment or human in its production or use; and
• the project’s connection with the four Ricoh pillars.(1)

“Our corporate sustainability mission is to not only address the environmental issues society is currently facing, but to research and drive new opportunities that create sustainable growth,” said Ron Nielson, West Regional Vice President, Ricoh USA. “Our company’s ongoing support and commitment to the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award really underscores this mission, and we are proud to support this event since it takes place right in our region. The students participating in the RSDA competition are some of the brightest, most innovative thinkers on the topics of sustainability and we are excited to meet some of the competitors in person at our booth this year.”

Ricoh creates value for clients every day by helping them reduce consumption of resources, such as paper (by digitizing information flows) and energy (by creating efficient office equipment). The company also continuously improves the sustainability of its own operations with measures such as:
• sophisticated networks for resource recovery and recycling;
• ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals;
• ISO 14001-certified manufacturing facilities around the world; and
• zero-waste-to-landfill manufacturing plants.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, brings students together from approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. Each year, the finalists showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $4 million in awards. The fair encourages millions of students worldwide to explore their passion for innovation and develop solutions for global challenges. 

For more details about Ricoh’s care for the environment, please visit here: http://www.ricoh-usa.com/about/environment/environmental_csr.aspx?alnv=env&cpt=Environmental%20CSR.

| 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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 4 - RICOH CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO HONOR INNOVATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH RICOH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that MT Business Technologies, Inc. has been officially confirmed as a Ricoh Certified Managed Document & Business Process Services Provider through Ricoh’s CHAMPS program for dealer transformation. 

CHAMPS is Ricoh’s innovative program designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program qualifies dealers to analyze customer business challenges and prescribe custom services drawing from Ricoh’s Business Information Solutions expertise. The CHAMPS certification program confirms that a dealer has successfully completed all Ricoh Services certification requirements for a particular specialized service or solution offering. 

MT Business Technologies’ professionals have successfully completed expert training on delivering Ricoh’s Managed Document & Business Process Services. Several of the dealer’s employees passed a rigorous certification examination that followed intensive training through the Ricoh Learning Institute, the company’s comprehensive training organization.

“Congratulations to MT Business Technologies and its newly certified staff,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S.A. “This certification arises from a unique and transformative program in our industry. The overall goal is to enable our dealers to do more to address their clients’ most pressing business problems.  We remain committed to supporting our dealers with programs that allow them stand out as the best source for information management in their region.”

About CHAMPS
Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program combines a proven methodology, best-in-class resources and Ricoh’s industry-leading services to create custom solutions that improve customer business performance. The program makes it easier for the Ricoh family group of dealers to leverage what they need, when they need it, while lowering their document-related capital investment and helping accelerate profit generation opportunities.

| About MT Business Technologies, Inc. |
Originally established in Mansfield, Ohio in 1918 as Mansfield Typewriter, the focus of MT Business Technologies has always been to anticipate customerMar 4 - MT BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. BECOMES A RICOH CERTIFIED MANAGED DOCUMENT & BUSINESS PROCESS SERVICES PROVIDER THROUGH CHAMPS PROGRAM  News pressrelease also available in pdf

February 2014

Feb 28 - [GLOBAL] RICOH ACCELERATES EXPANSION IN TURKEY WITH SECOND ACQUISITION
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Systel Business Equipment has been officially confirmed as a Ricoh Certified Digital Imaging Services Provider and Ricoh Certified Production Printing Professional Services Provider through Ricoh’s CHAMPS program for dealer transformation. 

CHAMPS is Ricoh’s innovative program designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program qualifies dealers to analyze customer business challenges and prescribe custom services drawing from Ricoh’s Business Information Solutions expertise. The CHAMPS certification program confirms that a dealer has successfully completed all Ricoh Services certification requirements for a particular specialized service or solution offering. 

Systel Business Equipment’s professionals have successfully completed expert training on delivering Ricoh’s Digital Imaging Services and Ricoh’s Production Printing Professional Services. Several of the dealer’s employees passed a rigorous certification examination that followed intensive training through the Ricoh Learning Institute, the company’s comprehensive training organization.

“Congratulations to Systel Business Equipment and its newly certified staff,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S.A. “This certification arises from a unique and transformative program in our industry. The overall goal is to enable our dealers to do more to address their clients’ most pressing business problems.  We remain committed to supporting our dealers with programs that allow them stand out as the best source for information management in their region.”

About CHAMPS
Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program combines a proven methodology, best-in-class resources and Ricoh’s industry-leading services to create custom solutions that improve customer business performance. The program makes it easier for the Ricoh family group of dealers to leverage what they need, when they need it, while lowering their document-related capital investment and helping accelerate profit generation opportunities.

| About Systel Business Equipment |
Systel has over 250 employees in ten locations serving the Carolinas and Georgia and is recognized nationally as one of the leading companies in providing the latest in office technology and solutions. Systel has been honored by Office Dealer Magazine with the Elite Dealer Award in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012 & 2013. In 1988 and more recently in 2013, Systel was recognized as an Inc. 500|5000 company by Inc. magazine, which recognizes the fastest growing private companies in the United States. Systel is the only company in the Copier Industry to be named one of the top 100 Private Companies in NC by Grant Thornton, making the list for the last three consecutive years. Systel was recently honored by Ricoh Corporation with their “Strategic Major Account Award", which recognizes the top Ricoh Dealer in the United States in developing strategic major account relationships.

For more information about Systel Business Equipment, visit http://www.systeloa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the companyFeb 27 - SYSTEL BUSINESS EQUIPMENT BECOMES A RICOH CERTIFIED DIGITAL IMAGING SERVICES PROVIDER AND RICOH CERTIFIED PRODUCTION PRINTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROVIDER THROUGH CHAMPS PROGRAM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 25 - RICOH PRODUCTION PRINT EXECUTIVE KIRK SZYMANSKI TO PRESENT AT GRAPHICS OF THE AMERICAS
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that CEI – The Digital Office has been officially confirmed as a Ricoh Certified Production Printing Professional Services Provider through Ricoh’s CHAMPS program for dealer transformation. 

CHAMPS is Ricoh’s innovative program designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program qualifies dealers to analyze customer business challenges and prescribe custom services drawing from Ricoh’s Business Information Solutions expertise. The CHAMPS certification program confirms that a dealer has successfully completed all Ricoh Services certification requirements for a particular specialized service or solution offering. 

CEI – The Digital Office’s professionals have successfully completed expert training on delivering Ricoh’s Production Printing Professional Services. Several of the dealer’s employees passed a rigorous certification examination that followed intensive training through the Ricoh Learning Institute, the company’s comprehensive training organization.

“Congratulations to CEI – The Digital Office and its newly certified staff,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S. “This certification arises from a unique and transformative program in our industry. The overall goal is to enable our dealers to do more to address their clients’ most pressing business problems.  We remain committed to supporting our dealers with programs that allow them stand out as the best source for information management in their region.”

About CHAMPS
Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program combines a proven methodology, best-in-class resources and Ricoh’s industry-leading services to create custom solutions that improve customer business performance. The program makes it easier for the Ricoh family group of dealers to leverage what they need, when they need it, while lowering their document-related capital investment and helping accelerate profit generation opportunities.

| About  CEI – The Digital Office |
CEI – The Digital Office has been providing document reproduction, document processing and office automation equipment throughout the Triangle for nearly 60 years. We are dedicated to offering our customers unparalleled service, coupled with a diverse product line that continues to evolve as new, state-of-the-art products emerge. Conveniently located off Highway 70 near the I-540 connector at 8701 Brickell Avenue, we are ideally located to meet the digital office needs of all businesses in our servicing area. Our facility was custom built to meet the greenest of government standards, and more importantly, we are proud of all of our team members for making the effort to help CEI continue to preserve the environment. 

CEI is fully equipped, from our production print showroom to our business center showroom, and our highly trained Account Executives are prepared to demonstrate the technology which can help your office or production environment improve upon the way you do business. Once a solution is selected, the system is pulled from our 10,000 square foot warehouse and custom configured to your specific requirements. From there our warehouse personnel, IT professionals and Account Executives prepare a workflow to ensure a perfect delivery and installation. Once you are properly trained and satisfied with the installation, the rest is up to us. All service calls, supply requests and contract questions are handled locally by our dedicated administrative personnel..

For more information about CEI – The Digital Office , visit http://www.copycei.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the companyFeb 25 - CEI – THE DIGITAL OFFICE BECOMES A RICOH CERTIFIED PRODUCTION PRINTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROVIDER THROUGH CHAMPS PROGRAM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled three major innovations for mobilizing information in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Announced at the HIMSS healthcare IT conference in Orlando, the solutions improve the capture, transformation and management of faxes, prescriptions and clinical photography.

Enterprise fax
Sixty-three percent of healthcare providers still use fax to communicate,(1) and more than 4 in 10 respondents admitted to having read a paper fax intended for someone else.(2)

The Ricoh Enterprise Fax Server Solution for Healthcare helps eliminate the efficiency and privacy problems of “old school” fax, including phone line and paper costs, through a new software-based “electronic faxing” solution. The solution automates fax delivery from Ricoh multi-function products (MFPs) and a variety of clinical and back-office applications, organizes faxes for more secure retrieval (including mobile), and integrates fax with electronic health records (EHR) and hospital information management (HIM) platforms, labs, pharmacies and claims-processing systems. 

The solution lets healthcare organizations retire standalone fax machines and costly dedicated phone lines. It also helps healthcare organizations comply with new, more stringent privacy protections in the HIPAA final omnibus rule.

Plain-paper Rx
Nearly half of Americans take prescription drugs,(3) and physicians ordered or prescribed 2.6 billion drugs in 2010.(4) To meet CMS rules protecting against copying, modification or counterfeiting, many healthcare organizations are using secure watermarked paper with unique serial numbers and time-consuming chain-of-custody procedures. This approach comes with a steep price: 15 to 25 cents per page for the paper alone, plus more costs for dedicated printers and special ordering and management processes.

The Ricoh Secure Plain Paper Rx Solution for Healthcare offers a more flexible and affordable way to meet CMS mandates. Instead of requiring full chain-of-custody documentation, the software uses microprinting, security feature warning boxes, consecutive numbering and other checks-and-balance features. It eliminates the need for pricey paper, removes reliance on printers with locking drawers, and demands significantly less intervention from the hospital’s human resources staff.

Healthcare camera
Digital photos play a major role in the care of wounds, burns and incisions. Unfortunately, downloading images can be error prone, saved images on the camera can present privacy problems, and most cameras can’t be sterilized.

Ricoh today demoed the G700SE Dynamic Capture camera, designed specifically for these healthcare challenges. It’s a powerful solution for capturing patient images, integrating them with EHRs and documenting patient progress over time. With the G700SE, a clinician uses the digital camera’s built-in barcode scanner to link information – such as images of an injury site – to a patient’s chart. The clinician can then enter any additional metadata such as barcodes, user-defined pick-list items, free typed messages and sound.

When the metadata is complete, the image and data stream wirelessly transmits to the EHR or HIM system through Ricoh’s integration solution, powered by InterSystems software. This workflow helps reduce the need for paper records, exhaustive text descriptions, time-consuming uploads, file associations and manual data entry. 

“These three innovations help our customers address a major challenge of our time: more efficiently delivering higher-quality healthcare while ensuring privacy,” said Patrick Braun, Vice President, Healthcare Vertical, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We look forward to exploring at HIMSS the unique problems that our customers and prospects are facing, and proposing ways we can help.”

See Ricoh at HIMSS booth #3739. For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 24 - RICOH UNVEILS THREE IMPORTANT HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS AT HIMSS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Commercial printing businesses can now easily expand into a growing signage and display market with new wide-format color graphics printers from Ricoh Americas Corporation that employ aqueous latex ink – a more environmentally-friendly ink as compared to traditional petroleum-based inks due to its lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The new RICOH Pro L4160 and RICOH Pro L4130 deliver high print productivity and quality as a result of technological innovations, which include the use of Ricoh piezoelectric print heads. These roll-to-roll large format printers handle media sizes up to 63.8 inches (L4160) or 54 inches (L4130) wide, and support up to seven colors in various configurations, including orange, green and white inks in addition to CMYK. 

The L4100 series – Ricoh’s first entry into wide-format graphics – is intended to help customers expand their service offerings and increase value to their customers. An additional benefit is that the L4100 series may reduce the environmental impacts of printing through its use of aqueous latex ink and ability to operate with low power consumption. Both printers use standard 100-120v power, eliminating the need for rewiring to 220-240v. Additionally, the RICOH Pro L4160 and RICOH Pro L4130 are designed to help lower energy consumption and costs, and have the ability to use a much broader range of heat sensitive media, which make the L4100 series a smart choice for customers.

The L4100 series’ use of latex ink eliminates the need for special ventilation that traditional wide-format graphics printers require. But more importantly, the prints are quickly ready for finishing after exiting the system, because of a low curing temperature. Employing Ricoh’s latest generation of high quality, stainless steel multiple jetting piezo inkjet heads, up to three different drop sizes are produced at once, with drops as small as four picoliters (pL). Varying drop sizes result in smoother gradations and sharper details, especially with fine lines and small fonts.

Ricoh latex inks offer outdoor durability of one to two years, or two to three years with lamination. With white ink, printers’ clients benefit from brilliant color on all substrates – including transparent and dark materials – for signage, branded materials and window displays. The addition of orange and green extends the color gamut to encompass a wider range of vibrant colors, ideal for both indoor and outdoor materials, and to reproduce corporate colors or spot colors accurately.

The L4100 series quickly and easily create durable outdoor and indoor signage, including banners, POS/POP posters, vehicle wraps and wall coverings. Both systems print on a wide range of substrates, including PVC, tarpaulin, synthetic paper, coated paper, non-coated paper and textiles. 

“Our customers are constantly looking at ways to differentiate and increase their market opportunities,” said Tim Vellek, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The L4100 series can be that stepping stone for customers that want to offer multi-tiered marketing campaigns.”

Analysts predict strong growth in the wide-format printing market. For example, InfoTrends expects the retail value of wide-format printing in North America to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent, reaching $23.6 billion by 2016 (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10828358.htm).

L4100 series features summary

• Up to seven color printing — CMYK, orange, green, and white
• Latest generation Ricoh piezo variable drop print head, with drops as small as four pL
• Aqueous latex ink can have low environmental impact
• Durable printing for outdoor and indoor applications
• Fast throughput
• Wide range of media supported, from PVC to paper to textiles and more
• Choice of two print widths (63 inch or 53 inch)
• Lower ink curing temperatures for reduced energy consumption and use of lighter-weight and heat sensitive materials
• Includes Ricoh Software RIP
• Print drivers for third party RIP’s available
• Supported by ONYX

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 20 - RICOH INTRODUCES NEW LATEX WIDE-FORMAT PRINTERS FOR OUTDOOR AND INDOOR SIGNAGE  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Halsey & Griffith Office Solutions has been officially confirmed as a Ricoh Certified Production Printing Professional Services Provider through Ricoh’s CHAMPS program for dealer transformation. 

CHAMPS is Ricoh’s innovative program designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program qualifies dealers to analyze customer business challenges and prescribe custom services drawing from Ricoh’s Business Information Solutions expertise. The CHAMPS certification program confirms that a dealer has successfully completed all Ricoh Services certification requirements for a particular specialized service or solution offering. 

Halsey & Griffith Office Solutions’ professionals have successfully completed expert training on delivering Ricoh’s Production Printing Professional Services. Several of the dealer’s employees passed a rigorous certification examination that followed intensive training through the Ricoh Learning Institute, the company’s comprehensive training organization.

“Congratulations to Halsey & Griffith Office Solutions and its newly certified staff,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S. “This certification arises from a unique and transformative program in our industry. The overall goal is to enable our dealers to do more to address their clients’ most pressing business problems.  We remain committed to supporting our dealers with programs that allow them stand out as the best source for information management in their region.”

About CHAMPS
Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is designed to help dealers transform their business model to meet customers’ most pressing information management needs. The program combines a proven methodology, best-in-class resources and Ricoh’s industry-leading services to create custom solutions that improve customer business performance. The program makes it easier for the Ricoh family group of dealers to leverage what they need, when they need it, while lowering their document-related capital investment and helping accelerate profit generation opportunities.

| About Halsey & Griffith Office Solutions |
Halsey & Griffith Office Solutions has been serving South Florida since 1921, providing the technology and expertise needed to help businesses run smoothly and efficiently.  Halsey & Griffith manages everything from printer and copier networks, document and business workflow, and IT infrastructure with a commitment to providing service excellence. Our service technicians are some of the most highly trained, experienced, and friendly in South Florida. Customers of Halsey & Griffith receive uptime in excess of 95% that results from dedication to technician training and servicing techniques.

For more information about Halsey & Griffith Office Solutions, visit http://www.halsey-griffith.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 20 - HALSEY & GRIFFITH OFFICE SOLUTIONS BECOMES A RICOH CERTIFIED PRODUCTION PRINTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROVIDER THROUGH CHAMPS PROGRAM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 20 - RICOH VP OF STRATEGIC MARKETING TERRIE CAMPBELL TO PRESENT AT 23RD ANNUAL DYNAMIC WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced a strategic partnership with InterSystems to develop new information solutions for acute healthcare that can improve workflow, cost-efficiency and ultimately patient care. Both companies will be exhibiting at the upcoming HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 23-27 in Orlando. 

InterSystems, a global leader in software for connected care, provides InterSystems HealthShare®, a health informatics platform, which enables strategic interoperability and analytics for action across a hospital network, community, region or nation. The Ricoh partnership with InterSystems will enable interoperable solutions designed to better manage healthcare information.

One solution, which will be demoed at HIMSS next week, will enable clinicians for the first time to photograph a newly admitted patient’s injury and automatically insert the photo into the patient’s electronic health record (EHR) without ever leaving the patient’s bedside. Before taking the picture, the clinician would use the Ricoh Healthcare Camera to scan a barcode on the patient’s wristband and add information to describe the injury. The tags could include user- defined items, such as “laceration” and “left leg,” data the clinician enters directly, and even voice recordings. The photo image and data would then wirelessly attach to the patient’s EHR. This solution would quickly and easily create more complete pictures of patients’ progress, supporting improved outcomes.

“Information gaps are a big problem in healthcare,” said Patrick Braun, Vice President, Healthcare Vertical, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The ability to dynamically capture unstructured content objects at the point of care, index them, and intelligently structure this information for secure sharing among caregivers truly advances information mobility across the patient care continuum. For many healthcare organizations, unstructured information remains the anti-matter to interoperability and workflow process automation. Through our strategic partnership with InterSystems, we are eliminating silos of disparate data, streamlining workflows and providing innovative solutions making information work for our healthcare customers globally.”

In the photography scenario, InterSystems HealthShare seamlessly integrates the camera, an EHR, and Ricoh technology, employing healthcare industry standards including, but not limited to, Health Level Seven International (HL7), Xtensible Markup Language (XML) and several Integrating Health Enterprise (IHE) profile standards for healthcare information exchange across disparate devices, systems and organizations. HealthShare is IHE-certified for interoperability.

“Ricoh is an innovator in the capture, transformation and management of information, and our technologies working together promise to enable healthcare breakthroughs for our clients,” said Paul Grabscheid, Vice President of Strategic Planning, InterSystems. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership that helps clients around the world to capture, share, understand, and act upon real-time healthcare data, combining our strategic interoperability foundation with Ricoh’s innovative technologies and solutions to enable safer, more effective and more efficient care.”

Ricoh will have ongoing demos of the solution at their HIMSS booth #3739 and InterSystems will have demos at their HIMSS booth #2741 on Monday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 11:00 a.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:00 a.m. In addition to InterSystems, strategic Ricoh partners also exhibiting with Ricoh at HIMSS include: Nuance, DocuWare, NSi, OpenText and Access.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About InterSystems 
InterSystems is a global leader in software for connected care, with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries. InterSystems HealthShare® is a health informatics platform that enables strategic interoperability and analytics for action across a hospital network, community, region or nation. InterSystems CACHÉ® is the worldFeb 19 - RICOH AND INTERSYSTEMS ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER HEALTHCARE BREAKTHROUGHS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 18 - RICOH TO SHOWCASE SOLUTIONS FOR MOBILIZING CRITICAL HEALTHCARE INFORMATION AT 2014 ANNUAL HIMSS CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
Feb 13 - [GLOBAL] ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS HAPPY? IT DEPENDS WHO YOU ASK
Feb 6 - RICOH TO SHOWCASE DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS AT 2014 AFCEA WEST CONFERENCE
Feb 6 - RICOH FORENSICS EXPERT TO GIVE LEGAL EDUCATION SEMINAR AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced it will offer Managed Review Services, reinforcing the company’s eDiscovery services for law firms and corporate counsel seeking to outsource the entire process to a single, highly qualified vendor.

Managed review is the initial review of information, both paper and electronic, that is relevant to pending litigation. With Ricoh’s new Managed Review Services, clients can now come to Ricoh for this and all of their eDiscovery needs rather than introducing potential complications, delays, errors and unnecessary costs by hiring multiple vendors.

Ricoh announced the new service today at LegalTech® New York 2014, the premier conference and trade show for technology in the legal community, where it is exhibiting in Booth # 224/226.

“With attorney review consuming such a large portion of litigation budgets, we’ve carefully developed a service based on best practices in document management and staffing to help meet our clients’ demanding standards,” said Bob Brock, Vice President, Legal and Managed Services, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Our Managed Review Services help unify eDiscovery, from identification to production, helping make it quick and cost-effective for our clients.”

Ricoh Managed Review Services include:
• A single point of support. Ricoh’s project management team coordinates the project workflow from data capture, data reduction and processing through the managed review. 
• Secure review locations. Ricoh provides multiple urban locations across the United States that include all necessary equipment, software training, data security, screening, contract attorneys, review managers and staff oversight. 
• Experienced Relativity® Premium Partners. Ricoh blends just-in-time attorney staffing with its review platforms offering and expert consulting to improve first level review results. To reduce time and cost of review, Ricoh employs predictive coding options (clustering, email threading, assisted review) and enhances the Relativity interface to improve metadata tagging and information security.

A key partnership
Ricoh is partnering with Hudson Legal, an acknowledged leader in first level review, to provide the service. The award-winning company offers fully screened contract attorneys, locations around the country, expert project managers, efficient review centers and comprehensive productivity tracking.

Ricoh Managed Review Services are especially agile and flexible. For example, Ricoh orchestrated an emergency project over Thanksgiving weekend last year to respond to an organization’s data breach. The project team reviewed and coded more than 70,000 documents containing personally identifying and private health information on clients, employees and donors. The project was successfully and accurately completed in time for notification of affected parties within aggressive HIPAA Omnibus and IRS reporting windows.

“In any situation, emergency or not, Ricoh, in partnership with Hudson Legal, can provide a quick and cost-effective first level review either separately or as part of a full eDiscovery service offering,” said Brock. “We look forward to continuing to deliver to this high standard.”

Ricoh is one of the largest providers of legal document services in the country, providing a full suite of services for law firms and corporate counsel. Customers include the majority of the AmLaw 200 and NLJ 250 firms, and the legal departments of many Fortune 1000 companies. 

For more information on Ricoh’s legal solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/legal.

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 4 - RICOH ROUNDS OUT EDISCOVERY OFFERING WITH MANAGED REVIEW SERVICES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled a new early data analysis service for corporate legal departments combining highly intuitive data culling, a simple user interface, an innovative cost calculator and an affordable, behind-the-firewall method of controlling costs.

Customers deploy the Ricoh Electronic Discovery Insight (REDI) solution within their environment before they ever need it. At the onset of litigation, investigation or regulatory action, they can perform natural language queries and granular culling through a browser-based, intuitive interface. Queries trigger powerful analysis and identification of potentially relevant data, providing valuable insight to reduce data before it is processed and expensive review takes place.

Ricoh announced the new service today at LegalTech® New York 2014, the premier conference and trade show for technology in the legal community, where it is exhibiting in Booth # 224/226.

REDI’s interactive interface allows customers to search and retrieve information by date, keywords, key phrases, file type, custodians and other parameters, refining results with Boolean connectors, in addition to wildcard and proximity searching, without requiring IT support for coding/scripting of complex search algorithms. Users can quickly and easily access very large data sets and identify likely relevant information, enabling them to make appropriate decisions which may have a positive impact on the downstream costs of document review. REDI also provides detailed reports showing analysis results, data volumes involved and projected review costs, among other things – all of which assist the customer in improving litigation strategy and building a defense against overly burdensome discovery requests.

Powerful, yet cost-effective
The REDI service gives customers all the power of permanently installed eDiscovery analysis tools without the capital investment, delays and proprietary lock-ins. It offers seamless integration with other eDiscovery solutions, e.g., hosted review platforms, and eliminates the need for programming knowledge. Employing technology used in some of the most demanding ESI settings, REDI rivals the affordability of tools with a fraction of the power. And unlike software-as-a-service (SaaS) processing tools, REDI helps keep customer data safe and secure behind the company firewall. 

“As a full-service provider of eDiscovery services, we listened to our customers and developed a cost-effective solution that pinpoints their relevant information, mitigates their risk, manages their costs and protects their data,” said Bob Brock, Vice President, Legal and Managed Services, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “REDI is a unique combination of simplicity and power, and our customers are eager to look to a partner like Ricoh to provide simple, yet innovative ways to make information work for eDiscovery clients.”

For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 4 - RICOH ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY INSIGHT SERVICE HELPS MAKE ELECTRONIC DATA ANALYSIS SIMPLER, SMARTER AND MORE AFFORDABLE  News pressrelease also available in pdf

January 2014

Jan 30 - RICOH TO SHOWCASE NEW LEGAL AND MANAGED SOLUTIONS AT LEGALTECH NEW YORK
Jan 23 - [GLOBAL] RICOH IS ONE OF THE GLOBAL 100 MOST SUSTAINABLE CORPORATIONS FOR THE TENTH YEAR
Ricoh today announced that the company has reached an agreement to buy mindSHIFT Technologies Inc., a leading provider of managed IT, cloud, data center and professional services to small and mid-sized organizations, from Best Buy Co., Inc. The acquisition is the latest strategic investment by Ricoh to expand and deepen its services portfolio.

mindSHIFT, a top Managed Services provider in the U.S. for small and mid-sized businesses (SMB), works with more than 6,900 clients in major markets throughout the country. The company’s  IT Services capabilities and comprehensive Managed Services offerings will help Ricoh continue to drive value to existing customers through expanded services offerings as well as support Ricoh’s growth as a provider of IT Services. 

The addition of mindSHIFT’s nationwide expertise and customer service professionals will bring a wide array of benefits to the customers Ricoh is currently serving through its proven services organization of more than 8,000 specialists.

“With the addition of these highly skilled engineering and customer-facing resources to our existing services organization, Ricoh can now offer a greatly enhanced range of services for its customers,” said Martin Brodigan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We are very much looking forward to working with our small and medium-sized customers to maximize these combined capabilities to their greatest benefit.”

“At mindSHIFT, we are proud to have the most comprehensive IT Services portfolio for small and mid-sized business customers in the industry and are excited to become a part of the Ricoh family. With Ricoh’s keen focus on business customers, their leadership position in the small and mid-sized business space and our common philosophy in delivering innovative ways to solve technology challenges, we believe we can deliver even more value to customers together,” said Mona Abutaleb, President and Chief Executive Officer of mindSHIFT Technologies. “We’re excited about what this acquisition means to our customers; the impact of having a well-respected brand like Ricoh tied to our market leadership will bring great benefits to current and new customers around the country.”

mindSHIFT brings their experience in the general business market, in addition to legal, healthcare, financial services, associations and non-profits, and education markets, areas complementary to Ricoh’s proven expertise and experience.

mindSHIFT will continue to operate under its current name, management team and capabilities, which currently include 650 employees at offices in Boston, Chicago, Long Island, N.Y., Minneapolis, Morrisville, N.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, TX.

The acquisition is expected to close in February 2014 at which time mindSHIFT will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh.

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|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 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJan 21 - RICOH TO ACQUIRE MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES, A LEADING MANAGED SERVICES PROVIDER FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jan 8 - [GLOBAL] FRONT-LINE WORKERS NEED BETTER TOOLS TO MEET CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS, SAYS RICOH-COMMISSIONED SURVEY
Jan 8 - [GLOBAL] RICOH STRENGTHENS ITS PRESENCE IN TURKEY

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