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December 2015

The healthcare industry is undergoing an information revolution as regulations encourage a transition from document-based information to electronic health records (EHRs) and protected health information (PHI). As hospitals and healthcare organizations adapt their processes to embrace the revolution, a new IDC InfoBrief, commissioned by Ricoh Americas Corporation,* highlights enhancements to data management that can help organizations achieve information mobility – the ability to capture, transform and manage information from anywhere and at any time. With nearly 83% of hospitals reporting opportunities to integrate workflows across departments, the healthcare industry is poised to see significant gains from information mobility related to meaningful use and accountable care.   

“The healthcare industry has historically invested less in technology than other industries, but government regulations incentivizing technology upgrades have spurred the next wave in information mobility for healthcare,” said Lynne Dunbrak, Research Vice President, Connected Health IT Strategies, IDC Health Insights. “The need to access the right data at a moment’s notice is even more critical in the healthcare industry when patient care is at stake. As hospitals realize the benefits to population health, meaningful use gains and accountable care, they are steadily making investments to improve their workflows and IT infrastructure for greater access to information.” 

Healthcare organizations working toward a goal of EHRs and electronic health information exchanges require technologies that support this digital transformation. They are seeking to improve care coordination and clinical processes across departments to achieve these long-term goals. In fact, 84.7% of hospitals noted their internal departments could optimize their document workflows. Importantly, they also reported document image data is as critical as paper documents to their business needs, as doctors and nurses need access to electronic versions of documents for proper patient treatment.  

Hospitals have identified key challenges, including workflow inefficiencies, departmental silos and lack of access to mobile and cloud applications that could impede their information mobility goals. Streamlined workflows and data communication can help ensure patient healthcare information, including document images, is easily and securely accessible to health practitioners when and where they need it – the core components of information mobility – which helps to enable the highest quality of care. Although 68.7% of hospital employees are satisfied with their ability to print, scan and access applications from a mobile device, improvements to the way healthcare practitioners capture, transform and manage patient data can be improved, particularly related to helping them attain meaningful use goals for EHR use. Recognizing the benefits of mobile document capture, hospitals are in the early stages of mobile technology deployments that will expand immediate access to critical patient data for employees and patients.

Hospitals are reporting the strongest improvements from information mobility technology in work quality (28.3%), information flow within departments (27.3%) and time employees dedicate to their patients (27.3%), contributing to enhanced patient care and satisfaction. As organizations continue to see efficiencies and process enhancements in these areas, they will supplement ongoing gains in meaningful use and accountable care. Ultimately these benefits to patient care can translate to business benefits for hospitals, as patient perspectives of care influence hospital reimbursement rates. 

When hospitals improve their means of capturing, transforming and managing healthcare data, they are better able to identify key trends in population health and provide proactive, preventative treatment for patients. Information mobility technology practices can lead to healthier populations and healthy finances for hospitals. 

“Ricoh is committed to helping our customers improve the ways they manage data for business benefits and to improve the overall patient experience,” said Ron Nielson, Vice President, Healthcare, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We understand how improvements to workflow efficiency and information mobility can benefit hospitals, their staff and the patients they serve, and we are working with healthcare organizations to implement technologies that will help improve overall population health.” 

Ricoh is dedicated to improving healthcare organizations’ information mobility by understanding their workflow processes, improving their employees’ access to critical healthcare information, and helping them effectively meet an ever-changing array of business challenges and regulatory goals. 

To learn more about this IDC InfoBrief, please read this article on workintelligent.ly: https://www.workintelligent.ly/vertical/healthcare/study-shows-importance-of-information-mobility-in-achieving-quality-care/?source_vertical=healthcare. 

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

*IDC InfoBrief commissioned by Ricoh, Information Mobility at Hospitals Drives Accountable and Quality Care, July 2015.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyDec 14 - MORE THAN 80% OF HOSPITALS REPORT OPPORTUNITIES TO INTEGRATE WORKFLOWS TO MEET ACCOUNTABLE CARE GOALS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
IDGDec 8 - COMPUTERWORLD NAMES BALAJI RANGASWAMY AND BOB LAMENDOLA PREMIER 100 TECHNOLOGY LEADERS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today announced that it has earned its fifth leadership position related to managed print services and managed workflow services from the IDC MarketScape. According to the new “IDC MarketScape: U.S. 2015 Managed Workflow Services Hardcopy Vendor Assessment — Building on MPDS (managed print and document services),”* Key factors that contributed to Ricoh’s positioning include: strong overall strategy to transform to a services-led organization, large sales and services organizations and broad product range, and a variety of skill sets that enable the company to craft industry-specific solutions for each customer. The research evaluated companies’ offerings through business briefings and extensive vendor demonstrations as well as responses from thorough interviews with customers throughout the United States. 

The 2015 MPDS IDC MarketScape focuses on managed workflow services, the most mature type of MPDS, encompassing an evolution to a set of professional and managed services that automate and optimize vertical and horizontal document-intensive workflows and business processes with results and benefits that are aligned with specific business outcomes.

“Throughout our research, Ricoh was consistently recognized for its ability to improve access to information, helping customers to achieve their business objectives while reducing costs,” said Holly Muscolino, Research Vice President, IDC. “As Ricoh continues to build out and refine its portfolio of solutions for vertical industries, it is well-positioned for ongoing success in building enterprise partnerships.” 

According to the report, “Ricoh remains committed to the services-led transformation strategy that it first announced at the beginning of this decade.” Ricoh’s recognized managed services portfolio is organized into eight global service lines — Managed Document Services (MDS), Business Process Services, Communication Services, Application Services, IT Infrastructure Services, Sustainability Services, Workplace Services, and Production Printing Services. Its verticalized approach, which aims to help its customers face and overcome challenges that arise in today’s new world of work, have made a strong impact in its overall solutions offerings. 

“Our consistent positioning as a leader in this IDC MarketScape report is a strong testament to our commitment to continually improving our services-led approach with our customers,” said Tim Vellek, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We’re honored by the customer recognition and endorsements of our services that these results represent, and we’re proud to help our customers improve the ways they capture, transform and manage data to overcome their business challenges today and to help ease their transition into future evolving workstyles.” 

In addition to this newest IDC MarketScape report, Ricoh was also named a leader in Managed Print and Document Services in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Print and Document Services 2014 Hardcopy Vendor Assessment — Focus on Managed Workflow Services”.** Ricoh was also named a global market leader in MPS for the fourth consecutive year in a report from Quocirca entitled “Managed Print Services Landscape, 2015.”*** Gartner has also positioned Ricoh in the Leaders Quadrant in their annual “Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services Worldwide”**** 2014 report. 

For more information on Ricoh’s services portfolio, visit http://solutions.ricoh-usa.com/services.

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyDec 3 - IDC MARKETSCAPE NAMES RICOH A LEADER IN MANAGED WORKFLOW SERVICES FOR THE FIFTH TIME  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the formation of its Ricoh Consulting Group, aimed to empower production print customers to reach new business goals. This newly formed team of production experts leverages practical, real-world experience to deliver professional services via a practice-based approach focused on specific production areas including color management, workflow automation and strategic business systems consulting. Knowing that customers are seeking to gain new efficiencies, achieve a strategic advantage and convert cost savings into both top and bottom line growth, this team focuses solely on uncovering new ways to improve output quality and an improved customer experience. The formation of the Ricoh Consulting Group is the company’s latest step in its services-led go-to-market approach, as it looks to deliver resources beyond hardware and software offerings to help customers achieve success.   

In today’s fast-paced, high pressure business world, printers are hard-pressed to find ways to adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace. The Ricoh Consulting Group takes aim squarely at the pain points that keep many printers today from reaching their goals. Its experts embrace and leverage industry-specific insight, operational experience and expertise to make informed assessments and recommend practical solutions.  

“For many years, I’ve trusted Ricoh to help me develop a strategic business plan and implement new technologies to reach our business goals – and we’ve proven to be successful,” said Jim Sinclair, Print Production/Reprographics Manager, Lions Clubs International. “The partnership and dedication I’ve seen from my Ricoh team is unmatched. It’s due to this relationship that I was happy to embark with them as they launched the Ricoh Consulting Group. I’m looking forward to the results of this next journey, and I’m confident the Ricoh team will deliver.”

The Ricoh Consulting Group offers the following services:
• Strategic Business Systems Consulting – a practice focused on delivering a holistic and hands-on analysis of crucial areas of a customer’s operation. Ricoh’s consultants examine overall business plans, operating strategies and potential workflow gaps. Common services performed include Operational Reviews, Voice of Customer Studies, Market Rate Development and Project Management services for complex solution implementations such as MIS and e-Commerce. With an eye toward increasing operational efficiency and delivering on the ROI of complex projects, the team also develops strategic business plans to address growth strategies.
• Workflow Automation – a practice focused on conducting in-depth workflow assessments of e-Commerce, Web Storefront and MIS technology platforms via an extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis. The end result of these assessments is a strategy and roadmap for customers to leverage existing and new technology investments required to integrate and automate manual intensive workflows.  
• Document Composition & Multi-channel Distribution – aimed to help customers with communication management strategy development and execution. Features of this service include: streamlining design; determining invoice distribution paths for electronic presentment, payment and distribution; creating business rules to create content, splits, sorts, grouping and house-holding; identifying content required from host applications; funneling jobs according to their requirements; and helping to ensure high efficiency and throughput while driving down waste and cost.
• Color Management – an offering that uncovers ways to help ensure an end user’s vision matches their execution. Ricoh’s color management consulting services address common issues with color “gaps” or limited color capabilities, including providing G7 Master certification services. This service addresses the needs of both small print service providers and large enterprises that seek to streamline the color management process and automate a heterogeneous environment including toner, inkjet, and traditional offset.  
• Business Continuity Services and Disaster Recovery Services – empowers customers to assess their business continuity plan in the case of a variety of disasters, as well as helping them develop strategies and enable Disaster Recovery as a Service to minimize losses and maintain business continuity in the face of those disasters.

“Today’s print business is increasingly complex and advances in technology and customer expectations have accelerated the pace of change beyond the reach of most companies,” said Brian Balow, Vice President, Professional Services & Strategic Vertical Markets, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Seeing this change, our vision with the Ricoh Consulting Group is to help accelerate and transform the way our customers think about and do business in the future. We’ve seen printers struggling to adapt, unsure of how to proceed in this new world of work. We’ve also seen thriving service providers unsure how to take their business to the next level. That is exactly why we’ve tapped these experts with vast amounts of ‘street knowledge’ to help our customers solve these complex issues and capitalize on services that address new market opportunities. We know that together we’ll achieve benchmark performance levels.”

To find out more about how the Ricoh Consulting Group can help your business grow, evolve and protect continuity in a measurable fashion please visit: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyDec 1 - NEW RICOH CONSULTING GROUP LEVERAGES DECADES OF CONSULTATIVE EXPERTISE TO HELP CUSTOMERS GROW THEIR BUSINESSES  News pressrelease also available in pdf

November 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced enhancements to its flagship critical communications software, RICOH ProcessDirector, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to deliver the best results and value to each individual customer. RICOH ProcessDirector, a modular, scalable workflow-driven solution, now more effectively helps customers capture, transform and manage information in ways that streamline operations, improve process integrity, enhance operator productivity, reduce errors and lower costs.    

“We serve a wide variety of customers with a wide variety of needs, and, as such we have always aimed to ensure that RICOH ProcessDirector is as flexible and feature-rich to match our customers’ requirements,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In the new world of work, where customers are constantly looking for the utmost efficiency, both in terms of processes and price point, it’s very important that we strive to provide the right solution for the job, and also help for the best value to match their specific needs.”

As part of Ricoh’s Critical Communications solutions suite, the new, flexible RICOH ProcessDirector offers many exciting features, including:
• Document-level processing of PDF jobs, which allows greater user control deeper into the production process.
• Optional AFP Feature, enabling use of the powerful AFP document architecture; the baseline product with this feature included costs less than previous versions of AFP-capable RICOH ProcessDirector.  
• Optional advanced transform capabilities, allowing users to work with a variety of file formats; the baseline product with this feature costs less than previous versions of the base RICOH ProcessDirector.
• Optional Mailroom Integrity feature, which helps ensure mail is efficiently and accurately directed, a package deal with RICOH ProcessDirector that brings mailroom integrity at a lower price point than previous versions.
• Delivery Preference Management, which enables multi-channel communicators to easily, automatically match a communication’s channel to its recipient’s preferred medium based on their stated preference, at a lower price point than previously available.
Further RICOH ProcessDirector enhancements bring added value to customers, thanks to the software’s new, flexible, ultra-modular approach including AFP and added document level controls. For more information on the new RICOH ProcessDirector and how it can adapt to your specific needs, read the brochure here: http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/about/press-releases/ricoh-unveils-enhanced-ricoh-processdirector-to-help-customers.

For more on how Ricoh’s Critical Communications solution suite can help your business, watch this video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh_ACSj5yEU&list=PLvWA5U4t_MHF3qYZ6zdLfqRh16nHt0LxL.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyNov 23 - RICOH UNVEILS ENHANCED RICOH PROCESSDIRECTOR TO HELP CUSTOMERS SEE COST- AND PROCESS-EFFICIENCY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today introduced its brightest projectors to date, enabling presenters to deliver new, crisper presentations to larger audiences in conference rooms, auditoriums, churches and classrooms.

The new RICOH PJ WU6181N Projector and RICOH PJ WX6181N Projector enable presenters to use PCs, Macs and flash drives to display big, bright and sharp images as large as 500 inches diagonal. A choice of six interchangeable lenses makes it easy to project from the most convenient spot, whether two feet or 168 feet from a screen.

The new RICOH PJ WU6181N offers true widescreen HD 1920 x 1200 dpi resolution (WUXGA) with a brightness of 6,200 lumens. The RICOH PJ WX6181N Projector offers 1280 x 800 dpi (WXGA) resolution and a brightness of 6,700 lumens. Their 16:10 aspect ratio displays movies in their original widescreen format with sound from a built-in 10-watt speaker.

Both projectors are packed with functionality for displaying presentations, video or digital signage. Wired and optional wireless networking enables a presenter to download content to the projector on the fly and present through multiple projectors located around a building or the world. Meeting management apps enable presenters to hand off screen control to audience members from their laptops. The projectors can be stacked, ceiling-mounted, or rotated to project in portrait mode, and keystone correction ensures a squared-off image even when projecting from odd angles. 

“The RICOH PJ WU6181N and RICOH PJ WX6181N give organizations new ways to make the information they share more powerful, accessible and shareable,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Presenters can serve up HD images, video, PowerPoints, designs and more for presentations without constraints in room size, projection distance, source device or location. In this new world of work, these systems make it easy to share information with any audience.”

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $5,100 for the RICOH PJ WU6181N Projector and $3,499 for the RICOH PJ WX6181N Projector.

For more information on Ricoh’s full-line of projectors, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/projectors.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyNov 16 - INFORMATION GETS CRISPER, BRIGHTER AND MORE SHAREABLE WITH RICOH’S NEWEST HIGH-END PROJECTORS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced a new, enhanced version of RICOH Smart Presenter aimed to enable collaboration and sharing of documents, images and other information across organizations of any size for meetings. This paperless meeting solution streamlines document preparation and centralizes meeting management for improved document workflows and collaboration. Comprised of the RICOH Smart Presenter iOS app, and RICOH Conference Center server edition for larger meetings and organizations, the solution addresses challenges organizations face in the evolving work environment. New features help ensure that meetings and the information, people and resources that support them are managed securely, efficiently and quickly. Users now have more control over meeting documents, can share information in real-time with user access controls and authentication, implement meeting permissions, and have their uploaded documents converted automatically for viewing compatibility.  

As the need for collaboration during meetings increases, so does the need for collaboration tools that enable organizations to move beyond static paper documents. RICOH Smart Presenter offers a modern way to conduct both planned and spontaneous meetings, workshops, seminars and lectures across a distributed audience. It simplifies and removes tasks associated with business meetings, including handout creation and binding and distribution of materials, as well as solving challenges created by document updates, reprints and distributed materials containing confidential information. Participants can view agendas, documents, images and more directly from the smartphones, tablets and laptops they’re already carrying. The solution enables meeting organizers to easily prepare, upload, change and distribute meeting materials, and present information to all meeting attendees on the fly. It also supports larger meetings, broader device compatibility and local storage. 

RICOH Smart Presenter solution empowers users to:
• Tailor your message — and who sees it — at any time: Set document access and download controls for increased document security, and grant certain user permissions through the admin portal. Share documents, photos and links and change the order of document presentation in real-time.
• Host meetings in minutes, while giving your audience more time to act: Participants can access the information directly from their personal mobile device or Windows® PC. 
• Dispense critical information in the format you and your audience prefer: Display the RICOH Smart Presenter app for meeting attendees in the same room via Ricoh wireless projectors that don’t have a personal mobile device. Hardcopy documents can be scanned directly to the RICOH Conference Center server from supported multifunction printers.
• Reach more people, more ways with RICOH Conference Center: Larger organizations can use the on-premise server software version of this solution to schedule and conduct meetings with up to 350 users, including those without iOS devices.

“Meetings are where business gets done. As the workplace evolves and the demand for digital collaboration becomes more intense, managing meetings and sharing related information needs to be done in a modern way,” said John Brophy, Vice Present, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Many organizations still struggle with logistical challenges of managing meetings and giving their employees access to information where, when and how they need it. With this new version of RICOH Smart Presenter, we’re giving meeting organizers the control and peace of mind that they need to manage the ever-changing 21st century meeting – whether they’re an enterprise, small business, or something in between.” 

To learn more about how these enhancements to RICOH Smart Presenter can help manage meetings and information as they become more mobile, please visit https://www.ricoh.com/software/smartpresenter/. 

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyNov 12 - SECURE COLLABORATION FOR SMALL- TO ENTERPRISE-SCALE MEETINGS MADE SEAMLESS WITH RICOH SMART PRESENTER  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Heeter, a leading provider of commercial print, digital, direct mail and fulfillment solutions, has installed the RICOH Pro VC60000 next-generation continuous feed inkjet platform to expand how it produces high-quality commercial print collateral by streamlining operations with fewer steps, more savings, and more efficiency. Heeter will use the RICOH Pro VC60000 to more quickly deliver eye-catching, targeted, and critical output into the hands of its customers and their audiences.

With more than 70 years of experience serving marketers, Heeter’s highly trained, innovative team manages a wide range of campaigns for customers in the casino, life sciences, retail and higher education fields. As one of the first in North America to adopt the RICOH Pro VC60000, Heeter is continuing its commitment to utilizing cutting edge production technologies to deliver leading commercial print applications. 

When Heeter began its competitive search, the priorities were to streamline production and lower costs committing to technology that could be leveraged for years to come. Their team sought to remove manual steps to reduce the potential for errors and increase efficiency, while driving down ink costs and overall cost-per-piece – all without sacrificing quality or having to change their existing prepress and finishing equipment. Ultimately, they discovered that the RICOH Pro VC60000 achieved these requirements. 

“Quality is paramount for our customers, and exceeding their expectations by delivering that quality with fast turnaround times is at the heart of our operation,” said Scott Heeter, President, Heeter. “Ricoh’s insight on the reduced touch points, variable data advantages and cost per page savings of inkjet piqued our interest, and their team of end-to-end experts with focus on today and tomorrow’s needs closed the deal. The applications the RICOH Pro VC60000 can produce demonstrate that inkjet is ready to meet the challenges that come with the industries we serve. With this new technology in-house, we are eager to show our clients the accuracy, engagement and momentum impact inkjet can bring them, while getting a return on investment with this technology added to our operation.”

The RICOH Pro VC60000 combines vibrant color, high-fidelity rendering, and the agility to efficiently produce customized campaigns that have the potential for higher reader retention and engagement. The platform’s proprietary drop-on-demand printheads intelligently adjust ink use for the job to save on ink costs, while maximizing near-offset quality. With support for a wide selection of paper stocks, users and their customers have more freedom to choose the right medium to reach the right customer. 

“Heeter prides itself on being a single source solutions provider, and Ricoh is proud to enable them to do even more for their customers with the RICOH Pro VC60000,” said Andre Brazeau, Vice President of Production Print Solutions, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Their decision to adopt inkjet is more than an investment in our next-generation technology platform. It’s an indicator of how far inkjet has progressed and how flexibly it can deliver the high-quality, data-rich applications that are driving a more personalized chapter in commercial printing and direct marketing. We’re excited to be a partner to Heeter and see their success grow alongside their new workflow and output capabilities.”

To learn more about how Ricoh and the RICOH Pro VC60000 can help your business capitalize on new commercial print opportunities and increase your ROI, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/continuous-feed/ricoh-pro-vc60000.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyNov 11 - INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF COMMERCIAL PRINT: HEETER TAKES FIRST STEPS INTO INKJET WITH RICOH’S NEWEST CONTINUOUS FEED INKJET PLATFORM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Nov 9 - [GLOBAL] RICOH RECOGNIZED BY CDP AS A LEADING COMPANY IN CLIMATE CHANGE DISCLOSURE
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that A2Z Printing, a Mississippi-based commercial printer, has upgraded its print operations with solutions from Ricoh. As a result, A2Z Printing is now better equipped to bring in new and repeat business by leveraging capabilities now accessible with the affordable five-color RICOH Pro C7110X and meet and exceed customers’ expectations with the speed, efficiency and quality provided by its RICOH Pro C901 and RICOH Pro 8110e devices. 

“Our customers want faster and faster turnarounds,” said Allen Taheri, Partner, A2Z Printing. “With Ricoh production printers, we can complete jobs with fewer delays and less downtime, which has helped us to experience dramatic revenue increases. And, best of all, these devices are like tanks; no matter what, they keep running. We could print any project, any time. And in an industry where nobody is ever fast enough, we’re turning jobs around the same day. We were ready to handle anything our customers could ask of us.” 

Established more than 20 years ago after its cofounders impulsively bought a printer in college, A2Z Printing is now an established, successful commercial printer that serves a wide range of clients, including politicians, news organizations, realtors and more. Over the years, Taheri and his partner have put more thought into how they run their shop, and in 2011 they began introducing Ricoh devices, as their current fleet struggled to meet growing volume demands. Today, A2Z Printing consistently meets customer demands and deadlines, enabling them to accept more types of jobs – and more profitable, high-volume jobs. 

Soon after implementation of the RICOH Pro C901, which brought in much-needed capacity, business doubled, according to Taheri. A2Z Printing experienced revenue increases of almost $800K in the first year, utilizing the RICOH Pro C901 for more than 600K pages each month.

When Taheri saw the RICOH Pro C7110X in action at GRAPH EXPO ‘14, he knew its five-color capabilities and price point would make it a game-changer. He immediately requested one be added to his shop as soon as the product achieved general availability.

A2Z Printing’s client base is incredibly varied, but each one shares a single demand: They need the job completed as soon as possible. The RICOH Pro 8110e, which can produce up to one million black-and-white pages every month, allows them to meet and exceed existing, large service-level agreements for recurring projects – such as the weekly black-and-white newspaper they print – without sacrificing the ability to add new black-and-white business.

“A2Z Printing is yet another great example of how Ricoh’s diverse production print portfolio can help printers meet their customers’ various needs,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Whatever the key pain point – whether it’s needing faster turnaround time, increased volume, higher output quality, or added portfolio applications, such as those provided by five-color printing – our experts can find a way to help you. It’s great to see A2Z Printing doing well while drawing on capabilities from several corners of our portfolio.”

To learn more about A2Z Printing’s success, visit http://bit.ly/1QgigQx.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyNov 9 - A2Z PRINTING DOUBLES BUSINESS AFTER INCREASING THROUGHPUT, DECREASING TURNAROUND TIMES WITH RICOH DEVICES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced its roster of innovations on display at SGIA EXPO, November 4-6, including its portfolio of hardware, software and services aimed at helping sign shops get their jobs out fast and with impact. Whether it is a point-of-purchase display, indoor/outdoor advertising or a digital banner, Ricoh’s heritage in imaging combined with its proven offerings help empower customers to improve quality and efficiencies for better business results, all at an affordable price point. 

Ricoh’s booth will showcase technologies that address the many challenges sign shops and commercial printers face as they work to produce great signage that can stand out from the competition. With vibrant eye-popping visuals and hands-on solution demos, attendees will get to experience firsthand the powerful capabilities Ricoh’s solutions provide for expanding business, increasing competitive advantage and driving new revenues.   

Innovations showcased at the booth (#1027) include:
• RICOH Pro C7110X – a high-speed production cutsheet digital printer with a 5th color station for white or clear toner. The added color capability enables shops to expand their application portfolio and deliver unique output, including oversize media up to 27.5 inches, and near offset image quality to their end customers.
• Ricoh Pro L4160 – a latex wide-format color printer capable of producing superior print quality and color matching for brilliant signs, banners, wall coverings, indoor and outdoor advertising, point-of-sale displays and more. Using the powerful Ricoh Software RIP, designed specifically to simplify printing graphics-rich output, with the RICOH Pro L4160 users can deliver high-quality output of up to 63” wide and as long as the roll being printed on. Leveraging its eco-friendly, aqueous latex ink and outstanding seven-color printing, users can print on clear, plastic, vinyl, textile and backlit substrates, offering a much wider color gamut to customers.
• Mimaki JFX200-2513 – an entry-level inkjet flatbed wide-format printer powered by Ricoh’s piezo print heads that can print on virtually any substrate (even wood, stone and tile) up to two inches thick and up to 4x8 feet. By using Ricoh piezo printheads with three drop sizes, the JFX200-2513 helps ensure smooth natural color gradations and beautiful pale colors. Meanwhile, the Mimaki Advanced Pass System 2 applies ink in gradations during several passes using a mask pattern in combination with UV light that helps minimize the effect of banding. 
• RICOH TotalFlow Prep – a workflow automation software for printers featuring a new and easy-to-use interface and preview capabilities for reduced waste and an improved user experience. Additional enhancements include imposition features with templates, one-stop tab management to track tabs from multiple sources throughout the print process, ticket-based templates and User Code support to help facilitate pattern recognition, workflow improvements and chargeback programs. 
• RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder – simplifies and automates the batching and scheduling of short-run digital work for centralized job control. The vendor-neutral offering empowers users seeking better ways to meet production demands from high volumes of short-run and on demand jobs, while minimizing labor costs, increasing efficiency and throughput, and more effectively managing jobs.
• Ricoh’s Color Management Services – help ensure customers’ color delivery is precise and consistent, every time, across the customer’s entire production fleet. Consistent color helps customers stay productive and profitable, and confidently use their fleet at maximum capacity. From color matching to calibration and standardization to G7 Master Printer Qualification Services, Ricoh’s G7® Expert certified engineers can ensure no matter what the device or what the project consistent color  is produced on every job. 

At SGIA Expo, Ricoh will also demonstrate new solutions and services from MarcomCentral, Avanti and strategic partners. These offerings address challenges customers face in the graphics arts space and help them expand production capabilities, improve collaboration and enhance information mobility to help grow their business.

For more information on Ricoh’s solutions, visit: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. If you are a member of the media or analyst community attending the show and are interested in speaking with Ricoh executives, please contact Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyNov 4 - RICOH BRINGS POWERFUL PRODUCTION PRINT CAPABILITIES TO SGIA EXPO 2015 TO HELP CUSTOMERS ROUND OUT THEIR BUSINESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Nov 4 - [GLOBAL] RICOH ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL COP21 PARTNER

October 2015

While nearly everything that can go digital has gone digital, people still love getting physical packages in the mail.

College students are no exception. In fact, a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh found that nearly all adult Americans (95 percent) believe college students look forward to receiving packages at school from family/friends. And with the rise of online shopping for electronics, textbooks, medications and other needs, today’s students likely get more packages than ever.

Unfortunately, too many recipients fail to get their mail and packages on time, with 494 million pieces not reaching their destination within their allotted time frame**. Part of the problem with students particularly could be that no one tells them they have something to retrieve at the campus post office. Approximately 3 out of 4 (76 percent) college students in the Ricoh survey said it would be helpful to receive immediate notification of a package and/or mail delivery when attending college/university.

And what’s the best way to connect students with their packages? Over three-quarters (77%) of adults believe packages and letters are safer being delivered to a mailcenter than to a dorm or off-campus apartment.

The Ricoh survey findings reflect changing trends in mail and package volume. Between 2008 and 2014, the US Postal Service’s first-class single piece mail volume (mail bearing postage stamps, e.g., bill payments, cards and letters) was down 39 percent, prompting many students to quit checking their mailboxes. Meanwhile, shipping/package volumes rose by 21 percent.

Despite the shifting mix of mail and package volume, too many college campuses have mailrooms engineered for the 1950s, when a student may receive letter mail daily but just one or two packages per year. “Old-fashioned mailrooms devote too much space to mailboxes designed for letters in envelopes and too little space to the growing volume of larger packages,” said Renaud Rodrigue, Vice President, Higher Education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “To provide students with a satisfying mail and package experience, campuses need to reengineer the physical space, technology and workflows – an investment that can actually reduce operating costs to deliver a surprisingly quick return on investment.”
 
New solutions for campus mail
Ricoh Campus Mail Solutions for Universities – implemented at campuses such as Lehigh University, Loyola University Maryland and University of South Alabama – support the way students live today. The solutions include technology and processes to notify students when mail of any kind arrives. Packages are tracked throughout the mailcenter, and students have new ways to quickly pick up their packages without the long lines that plague many campuses. Ricoh’s customized solution is an example of information mobility, getting information to those who need it anytime, anywhere.

Designed specifically for each client’s campus by Ricoh consulting professionals, the solutions typically include a high-density mail system that uses space-saving barcoded mail sleeves for letters. When a package or letter arrives at the mailcenter, the addressee receives an email notification and visits the mailcenter at their convenience. Upon arrival, they swipe their student ID card at a self-service kiosk near the mailcenter window.

Swiping their card sends an electronic alert to mailcenter workers along with the location and physical characteristics of the student’s package. A worker retrieves the items and presents them to the student as they reach the front desk.

Behind the counter, mailcenter staffers operate in a way that fits the new world of work. They often use small scanners, worn on their fingers, to scan barcodes on each slot into which they deposit an envelope, or on each space where they store a package. The barcode scan triggers the email alert to the student, who can pick up the letter or package any time.

Furthermore, moving letter mail behind the counter enables universities to reallocate space to accommodate the increased package volume or other uses, and eliminates the need to manage keys and/or combinations for staff and students. Mailbox locks or combinations should be changed when a mailbox is reassigned – a process at many universities that tends to be manual and cumbersome when dealing with thousands of mailboxes.

“Colleges and universities are competing intensely for the best students, and that competition hinges in large part on the quality of the student experience a campus can deliver,” said Rodrigue. “The mail experience is an important differentiator, and improving it can also be a great way to contain costs.”

Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States between August 31-September 2, 2015 among 2,053 adults (aged 18 and over), among whom 170 are college students, by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh via its Quick Query omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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

*U.S. Census Bureau News, 8/17/2015, Quarterly Retail E-Commerce Sales
**Washington Post, 8/26/2015, Post Office canOct 28 - COLLEGE STUDENTS RECEIVING PACKAGES NOT ‘OLD SCHOOL’  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the new RICOH MP W7100/W8140 wide format digital imaging system, a versatile, affordable multifunction device which enables users to capture, transform and share wide-format information quickly, conveniently and economically from a single device – whether colleagues and clients are in the boardroom, on-site or on the manufacturing floor. Users can produce wide-format technical drawings, schematics, presentations and more for a hands-on, up-close look at key details and other critical information with the W7100/W8140’s high-quality black-and-white printing, copying and built-in color scanning.

The RICOH MP W7100/MP W8140 is ideal for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) firms who are looking to manage wide-format output with ease from a single multifunction device with a compact footprint while keeping more mid-volume, wide-format projects in house. Users can simply walk up and print up to 14 D-size wide format monochrome documents per minute, or scan full color originals and send to recipients with the press of a button. An intuitive 9-inch color VGA operation touch panel enables users to take advantage of thumbnail previews and check their work to avoid any errors before sharing it with colleagues and clients.

“Architectural, construction and engineering firms create every day, and they often have to share their ideas with a high level of detail and a high level of urgency,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We’ve designed the RICOH W7100/W8140 to handle wide-format drawings, schematics, and presentations in the variety of forms this information is needed – whether it’s printed in the hands of a site manager, or shared digitally on a screen in a meeting. The device’s speed, accuracy and ease of use goes beyond the function of scanning and printing; it helps empower users to make faster, more informed decisions and stay ahead of their jobs’ deadline and budget constraints.” 

The RICOH W7100/MP W8140 wide-format system also offers users the following features and benefits:
• Digitize information to speed up collaboration: Users can put information into the hands of the people who need it by distributing plans, maps and drawings electronically via high quality, built-in color scanning to e-mail, USB drive, SD card, folder, FTP site or document server.  
• Ease of use for smooth workflows: With icon-based, one-touch control from an easy-to-use, 9-inch-wide, color VGA operation panel, users can move between tasks seamlessly and avoid lengthy downtime with animated guidance to help access paper jams or changing toner easily from the front of the device.
• Protect information, secure more work: Advanced encryption tools, including Windows Authentication and PDF encryption, help thwart threats to password-protected information. DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS) overwrites latent images and data on the hard drive automatically. Jobs can also be held at the device until released by swiping an ID card or entering a password at the control panel.
• Make adjustments to fit unique environments and preferences: The optional scanner separation unit allows the printer to be separated from the scanner for big scanning and printing jobs that need to happen at the same time, minimizing delays and keeping deadlines intact.   
• Manage the device from any location: Web Image Monitor allows documents and job details to be viewed and managed remotely. Nearly any file, in many formats, can be printed easily, even when managing files created in disparate applications. With the optional Ricoh PrintCopy Tool, users can print jobs and build sets — including TIFF, CALS, PDF and more — via a web browser, wherever their work takes them.
• Use powerful controllers for precise prints: Powerful PC drivers enable precise, accurate reproductions of browser-based CALS, HP-GL, HP-GL2, PDFs, TIFFs, and even direct AutoCAD files.
• A sustainable tool: The RICOH MP W7100/MP W8140 is ENERGY STAR® certified and EPEAT® Gold* rated. 

To learn more about how the RICOH MP W7100/MP W8140 can help you manage a variety of wide-format projects from one device, visit the Ricoh website for further information: http://bit.ly/RICOHProW7100.

*EPEAT rating is applicable only in the USA

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyOct 28 - NEW WIDE FORMAT SOLUTION ENABLES AEC MARKET TO SHARE BIG IDEAS AND CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the success of its inaugural Publishing Executive Symposium, a two-day event that recently took place at the company’s Executive Briefing Center in Boulder, Colo. Executives from the world’s leading publishers convened to debate where the publishing industry is headed and how technology can support it. Attendees discussed publishing trends, exchanged best practices and lessons learned, and experienced first-hand how the latest generation of inkjet technology, and the media, software, and services that complement it, are playing a role in the industry’s evolution. 

The publishing landscape continues to shift, and the resulting changes demand new technologies, paired with an in-depth understanding of how these changes impact different stakeholders in the ecosystem. From the general rise of on-demand and short-run printing, to the popularity of customized publishing in the educational market, to paper preferences in trade press, publishing executives have a unique perspective which shapes demand for the rest of the supply chain. The globally diverse group at the symposium also brought insight from their experience in markets across North America, EMEA, and developing economies. Translating what the advances and benefits of inkjet technology mean for business imperatives of the publishing industry – such as reducing inventory and warehousing, decreasing turnaround time, and speeding up editioning - was a key element of the event. Adding to the educational value for attendees were explorations of the end-to-end needs and solutions for the publishing industry, including pre-press workflow software, high-quality paper, complementary cutsheet and finishing solutions, implementation and consulting services.

Presenters included Marco Boer, vice president of analyst firm IT Strategies; David Hetherington, chief operating officer, Klopotek; and representatives from leading paper manufacturers Crown van Gelder, Finch Paper, JP Gould Specialty Papers, Mitsubishi Imaging and Mondi. Feedback from attendees on the value of the technology and event included: 
• “The detail and the sharpness of the inkjet samples were better [than expected]. The RICOH Pro VC60000 can do well for POD [print on demand]. Getting single-copy only production is the goal.” - Johan Van Slooten, Elsevier
• It’s fair to say that 4-color inkjet is ready for primetime.” - Bill Barry, Macmillan
• "The symposium presented by Ricoh on inkjet printing and paper was first class. A lot of valuable information was learned about the future of the printing industry,” - Mira Perrizo, Big Earth Publishing 
• “It was valuable to me on many levels. The education of the power of the RICOH Pro VC60000 is top of mind. It is definitely a game changer. It was also valuable to learn about the different substrates being developed specifically for inkjet. And networking with all of you, as well as other publishers, is always well worth it.” – Lynn Terhune, Wiley

“The publishing industry is undergoing monumental change, and Ricoh is in a unique position to serve as partner to the industry as they navigate this change,” said Ted Takahashi, Senior Vice President, Production Print Global Marketing Center, Ricoh Company, Ltd. “This symposium enabled us to exchange ideas about the concerns and pain points of publishers in an unconventional setting that encouraged candor. As publishing business models are refined, learning about the dynamics of how inkjet and complementary software and services play a role in trends such as short-run and on-demand is increasingly important. We look forward to continuing these enlightening conversations at our next publishing symposium.”

For more information about Ricoh’s solutions for publishers, please visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/discover/publishing.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyOct 19 - RICOH’S PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE SYMPOSIUM ILLUMINATES THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE NEW WORLD OF BOOKS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Today, Ricoh Americas Corporation attended the White House Summit on Climate and the Road through Paris. The Summit gathered leaders from the government, private sector, academic, technical and scientific communities to focus on cross-sector efforts to tackle the climate change challenge here in the United States as well as on a global scale. Specifically, the event focused on how to further efforts around carbon mitigation, sustainability, and resiliency, as well as how technologies are emerging to support and scale these efforts. Additionally, participants discussed how to further engage and organize in support of the upcoming COP21 Paris climate negotiations.

At the event, Ricoh announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 60 companies from across the American economy that are standing with the Obama Administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.

THE AMERICAN BUSINESS ACT ON CLIMATE PLEDGE:

We applaud the growing number of countries that have already set ambitious targets for climate action. In this context, we support the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.
We recognize that delaying action on climate change will be costly in economic and human terms, while accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy will produce multiple benefits with regard to sustainable economic growth, public health, resilience to natural disasters, and the health of the global environment.

We put forth our pledges as follows:

• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 
Advanced nations need to reduce their environmental impact to one-eighth the fiscal 2000 levels by 2050. Based on this, the Ricoh Group has established mid- and long-term environmental impact reduction goals for three key areas: energy conservation, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. Ricoh sets the target to reduce the company’s total lifecycle of CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 and by 87.5% by 2050 from the 2000 level.

As part of Ricoh’s commitment, we have continuously improved the energy efficiency of our products. As a result, the average energy consumption of our ENERGY STAR certified color Multifunctional Printers has decreased more than 70% over the last 7 years.

In addition, we will install a solar farm system at our ENERGY STAR certified corporate facility in New Jersey by 2016 in order to partially offset its energy expenditure. 

• Resource Conservation and Recycling
Ricoh’s goal is to reduce the new input of resources by 25% by 2020 and by 87.5% by 2050 from the 2007 level. To reach that goal, we utilize materials in the most effective way possible. We are making our products smaller and lighter, employing parts with longer lifecycles, recycling and reusing parts and products, and expanding the use of renewable resources.

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyOct 19 - RICOH JOINS ‘AMERICAN BUSINESS ACT ON CLIMATE PLEDGE’  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Allison Payment Systems, LLC (APS), a full service communication solutions provider, added yet another InfoPrint 5000 GP platform to its expanding nationwide operation in its newest facility in Las Vegas. Serving primarily the finance, healthcare and utility industries, APS has seen its business grow considerably throughout its partnership with Ricoh, both in its Indianapolis and now its Las Vegas locations. Working with Ricoh, APS continues to meet the growing demand for its print and mail, postal processing, and business continuity services.

“It goes without saying that our investment in the InfoPrint 5000’s proven technology has been very successful for our operations and overall business,” said JP Thomas, CEO, APS. “But this decision to expand our relationship went beyond the hardware Ricoh provides. We’ve had the opportunity to work with the Ricoh portfolio and experts more than 15 years, and we know the level of service, knowledge and experience they bring to bear in any given situation. If we need something done, or an informed opinion on how to tackle a need, we can rely on them to have an answer, 24/7. You simply can’t get that just anywhere.”

APS specializes in digital transactional document presentment, print and mail services, and a host of electronic document delivery and management (EDDM) tools. During its 127 year history, the company has evolved from a coupon payment booklets developer and manufacturer into the versatile, full-service organization it is today. It’s new Las Vegas facility spans 16,000 square feet and is a fully integrated, full color print, high speed insertion and data processing facility and boasts solutions such as Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 to showcase the latest high speed, high efficiency technology available with fast delivery turnaround. 

“In APS, we see a company that deeply shares our values,” said Andre Brazeau, Vice President of Production Print Solutions, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “By going into situations exploring what their customers need, and what they may not yet realize they need, APS is able to grow efficiencies and deliver on business principles which serve as an excellent example for businesses everywhere. This resonates with us as it is also our approach: deliver proven service, engage trusted experts and continually look to supply advanced technologies to help our customers grow.”

To learn more about the InfoPrint 5000, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/continuous-feed/infoprint-5000-gp.  

APS is holding an Open House at its new Las Vegas facility in October. To inquire for more information regarding attendance, please reach out to Deb Owens at dowens@apsllc.com. 

About Allison Payment Systems, LLC
Allison Payment Systems, LLC, a payment systems provider since 1888, embraces a culture of technological and operational innovation that not only provides “state of the art” print and mail and electronic delivery products, but also provides services and support products that improve overall customer service activity and significantly reduces costs in the billing and communication process.  With a strong history of successful servicing to the Finance, Utility, Mortgage, Healthcare and Insurance markets, APS is uniquely qualified to support the efforts of our customer to optimize these segments of any operation

APS has developed and introduced innovations specifically for individual customers that have saved millions of dollars in billing, notification and processing costs, while improving the quality and effectiveness of their communications vehicles.  Clients can expect in utilizing Allison Payment Systems as a communications partner to benefit from continued innovation and flexibility in operations with a commitment to optimize all aspects of the print, mail and information delivery process.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyOct 14 - ALLISON PAYMENT SYSTEMS BOLSTERS RELATIONSHIP WITH RICOH TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS AND FURTHER GROW ITS FOOTPRINT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Building on an enduring partnership, Ricoh today announced it is providing customers new options for achieving higher levels of business productivity with the release of three enhanced information workflow solutions.

As Ricoh consulting professionals assess each customer’s challenge and design a complete business solution, their toolbox will now include new versions of Nuance AutoStore, Nuance eCopy ShareScan and Nuance Output Manager software. These products seamlessly interoperate with Ricoh multifunction print/copy/scan/fax products (MFPs) to increase customers’ information mobility. 

“Organizations are determined to swiftly move information to the person or place it’s needed the most, and in the form required, to make important business decisions,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “To help them with this challenge, we are combining Nuance’s powerful new solutions with our consulting, design, technology, training and support to significantly improve our customers’ performance.”

With only 2 in 5 organizations having automated most/all their workflows*, these new solutions will present new opportunities for many organizations looking to move information more effectively throughout their business.

New capabilities
AutoStore captures documents from PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, MFPs, scanners, email and the Web and seamlessly integrates the information into an organization’s operations. AutoStore is a powerful solution for automating processes like e-discharge in hospitals, order processing in manufacturing companies, and procurement in government agencies. 
 
AutoStore 7, released today, adds a host of new workflow features, including dynamic text redaction for enhanced security and compliance, and automatic image enhancement for photos of documents shot by smartphones and tablets. 

eCopy ShareScan is best suited for collaboration work streams where team members, bound by a common goal, such as a project, contribute documents and content to the team for further review and enrichment. The new eCopy ShareScan 5.4 offers enhanced integration with MFPs enhancing user productivity and efficiency. For example, users can capture documents faster by selecting options and adding data even while scanning is under way. The new version also adds connectivity with cloud document management solutions such as Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive™ and Dropbox.

Output Manager helps organizations gain control of printing workflows so they can reduce costs, improve security, enhance productivity and keep employees happy. Output Manager 4, released today, includes specific support for Epic electronic health record systems, enabling the automated tracking of private data and password-protected print release. Output Manager also integrates usage data with Equitrac office print management reporting, giving Output Manager users consolidated enterprise-wide visibility into their print activities.

“Ricoh’s customers, like any organization, want to gain control of inefficient paper and electronic business processes,” said Michael Rich, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Document Imaging. “We’re deeply committed to helping them secure that control and become more productive and profitable.”

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

*According to research from Ricoh and IDC.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyOct 7 - RICOH AND NUANCE EXPAND PARTNERSHIP, OFFERING CUSTOMERS NEW SOLUTIONS FOR STREAMLINING WORKFLOWS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced it has been named the “Best Manufacturer” of the year by THE CANNATA REPORT, published by Marketing Research Consultants LLC. 

The award is based on responses to The Cannata Report’s 30th Annual Dealer Survey, where 280 dealers provided feedback on which manufacturer they believe offers the best products – everything from desktop devices and MFPs to continuous feed inkjet and digital presses. It comes on the heels of Ricoh being recognized for the previous two years as “Best MFP Manufacturer” of the year.

“We posed three questions addressing production print in our most recent survey,” said Frank Cannata, President, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Cannata Report. “More Ricoh dealers (80%) who claimed they were involved in production print indicated movement of the greatest number of different models from a single manufacturer than any other, including Canon, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Sharp and Toshiba.” 

“This recognition from The Cannata Report is a testament that dealers and customers agree with RicohOct 7 - RICOH NAMED ‘BEST MANUFACTURER’  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today unveiled a new color multifunction product (MFP) packing high productivity into one of the smallest footprints in its performance class.

Ideal for small businesses and workgroups, medical offices, real estate offices and other similar settings, the 31ppm RICOH MP C306 produces sharp color documents and paper up to 8.5 inches by 14 inches. It consumes minimal office space at 20.1 inches wide, 23.1 inches deep and 19.9 inches tall.

“This new MFP was designed specifically to support new ways of working,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Mobile workers can print and scan from their mobile devices and – with cloud services only a tap away – capture, transform and manage their business information through the tablet-like interface. The experience is the epitome of what we mean by information mobility.”

The first Ricoh device to offer Ricoh’s 10.1-inch Smart Operation Panel as a standard feature, the RICOH MP C306 lets users drag, drop, pinch, flick and swipe to capture, transform and manage business information. The RICOH Smart Device Print and Scan app makes it easy to capture and generate documents from smart phones and tablets. The embedded Web browser connects users to the Internet, including Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment.

The RICOH MP C306 offers standard near field communication (NFC) technology allowing users of smartphones and tablets with NFC capabilities to use the RICOH Smart Device Connector app to control the MFP and send print jobs from their mobile devices. An optional NFC card reader also allows users to simply swipe their company issued NFC-enabled ID card at the MFP for quicker authentication.
 
The RICOH MP C306 is among the most energy efficient A4 color desktop MFPs in the industry with a faster first print/copy time for reduced power consumption. Other new features include:
• Poster copy, which lets users transform a standard-size document into a poster created by combining nine sheets together.
• Silent mode for printing quietly in libraries and meeting areas.
• Device Software Manager, a PC-based utility that simplifies and automates print driver installation and updates.
• Easy to use embedded apps to streamline functions, such as ID card copying and Scan to Folder.
• A standard 320 GB hard disk drive and embedded Java for a solution-ready desktop MFP.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $4,419.

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyOct 5 - RICOH INTRODUCES NEW COMPACT COLOR MFP DRIVEN BY INTUITIVE INTERFACE  News pressrelease also available in pdf

September 2015

Sep 28 - [GLOBAL] RICOH LISTED IN THE DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDICES (DJSI) FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW
Ricoh today announced it has won eight Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) Summer 2015 Pick Awards for its hardware, software and environmental solutions. 

The semiannual awards from BLI, a leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware and software, identify products “that provided the most outstanding performancesin BLI’s unique evaluations …(and) rise above the competition in key areas such as value, feature set, ease of use, ease of administration, hardware compatibility, software integration, security and support.”

“These and all of Ricoh’s innovations are designed to support customers’ information management workflows in a rapidly changing world of work,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We’re committed to helping high-performing organizations deliver just the right information to the right people for making smart business decisions.”

Ricoh’s BLI Summer 2015 Picks include:

Hardware Awards
• RICOH SP 213Nw – Outstanding Personal Printer
• RICOH SP 3600DN – Outstanding Budget-Friendly Printer for Small Workgroups
• RICOH SP 4510DN – Outstanding Printer for Mid-Size Workgroups
Solution Awards
• Ricoh Streamline NX – Outstanding Document Imaging Solution Suite
• Ricoh Device Manager NX Enterprise – Outstanding Fleet Management Solution
• Ricoh HotSpot Enterprise – Outstanding Enterprise Mobile Print Solution
Environmental Awards
• RICOH MP C6003 – Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency
(Its energy consumption at the time of testing was about 48 percent lower than the competitive average.)
• RICOH MP C401SR - Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency 
(Its energy consumption at the time of testing was about 41 percent lower than the competitive average.)

“A BLI Pick is a hard-earned award that buyers and IT directors can trust to better guide them in their acquisition decisions,” said BLI Lab Director Pete Emory. “Our lab-based evaluations are notoriously rigorous, and Ricoh is a perennial winner. Its portfolio is strong, deep and focused on energy efficiency and the needs of specific markets.”

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 23 - RICOH LANDS EIGHT INDUSTRY AWARDS FOR ‘OUTSTANDING’ PRINTERS AND SOFTWARE  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Sep 18 - [GLOBAL] RICOH ANNOUNCES START OF FOREST ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION PROJECT IN MEXICO
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that DirectMail.com, a pioneer and market leader in direct marketing solutions, is benefiting from increased productivity and decreased costs by implementing solutions from Ricoh. DirectMail.com has upgraded its operations with Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 MP continuous feed monochrome inkjet system to enable the migration of a large percentage of their legacy toner equipment work to inkjet. This transition allows the company to address increased capacity associated with new jobs while maintaining the existing operation schedules allowing for minimal disruption in the customer’s day-to-day workflow.

“We had two things happening at the same time,” said Chris Zarnosky, Vice President, Data Services of DirectMail.com. “Our legacy toner equipment was reaching its end of life, and our clients’ focuses were shifting toward high variability and smaller jobs with shorter turnaround times. That shift, coupled with our increasing volume of work, meant we had to re-evaluate the types of printing solutions we needed. Between its versatility for short-run jobs and its ability to print documents of the same quality as our legacy equipment at a lower price point, switching to Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 was an easy choice.”

A 40-year-old company, DirectMail.com has state-of-the-art headquarters near Washington, D.C. Its 225 employees help more than 200 of the nation’s leading brands and fundraisers maximize their return on marketing investment by leveraging data and analytics across multiple channels. One specific way the company has seen ROI is through its preprinted forms program. By switching from aging toner equipment to monochrome inkjet, DirectMail.com is able to produce variable content on those forms in a more efficient and simpler manner, more cost-effectively, improving time to market for their clients’ direct mail campaigns. Ultimately, with Ricoh’s inkjet technology, DirectMail.com has exceeded quality requirements for current clients and is now creating revenue opportunities with new ones. 

“Part of our mission at Ricoh is to become a partner to our customers and assess their end-to-end operation so we can help determine the best solutions to address potential challenges and help them grow their business,” said Andre Brazeau, Vice President of Production Print Solutions, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “By working with DirectMail.com to make technology changes at a time when their systems were reaching end of life, we were able to help them capitalize on the ROI potential of inkjet while also giving them the opportunity to explore a technology that could help them expand their business. Given the positive response by DirectMail.com’s clients, we anticipate a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the company.”

To learn more about the InfoPrint 5000, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/continuous-feed/infoprint-5000-mp. 

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 15 - DIRECTMAIL.COM INCREASES CAPACITY, MAINTAINS HIGH QUALITY BY ADOPTING RICOH’S INFOPRINT 5000  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that OSG Billing Services (OSG), a leading provider of integrated multi-channel print and electronic solutions, is the first North American company to successfully implement the RICOH Pro VC60000 next-generation continuous feed inkjet platform. Due to the success of the first installation, OSG has purchased a second system furthering its partnership with Ricoh.  OSG is using the RICOH Pro VC60000 to streamline its operations, enhance their future growth and more quickly meet customer demand for high-quality, high-volume transactional documents.

With over 25 years’ experience as a business outsourcer for total customer communication management, OSG is an award-winning business technology partner that serves the needs of the telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, homeowner associations, local governments, and home services markets. OSG offers comprehensive and flexible solutions including electronic billing and invoice/statement services, a suite of multi- and cross-channel marketing solutions, and transaction document printing and mailing for thousands of customers. 

OSG was seeking a reliable solution that could keep up with its increasing rate of impressions, enable new customer applications, and open up new revenue streams while continuing to meet its customers’ strict demands for quality, accuracy and speed – all without requiring additional operator oversight or costly power use. With the RICOH Pro VC60000, OSG is able to consolidate a wide variety of applications that were previously printed on multiple systems onto a common platform, decreasing inefficient shifts in work, and increasing speed and productivity. The RICOH Pro VC60000 prints at high-quality 600x600 resolution at nearly 400 feet per minute, enabling OSG to produce enhanced customer communications at a rapid pace. The forthcoming second RICOH Pro VC60000 system will help OSG continue on this growth path. 

“Reputation is everything in our business. Providing outsourced transactional document services alongside customer communications management demands that we be productive, efficient and cost-effective, while always striving to keep up with our customers’ demands for new applications and reliable quality,” said John Springthorpe III, President and Chief Operating Officer, OSG. “Productivity was a key factor in why we chose the RICOH Pro VC60000 inkjet platform, and we were so impressed with the technology that we’ve purchased a second system.  Ricoh’s commitment to service was equally important in our choice to partner with them on streamlining our operations.”

“We’re dedicated to raising expectations for high-volume document production and outpacing demand. The print quality and speed of the RICOH Pro VC60000 offer compelling value for our mission,” said John Delaney, Executive Vice President of Operations, OSG. “The capability to print our transactional documents at 600x600 resolution at 400 feet per minute isn’t just another spec. It’s an invaluable technology that quickly delivers quality, engaging transactional documents to our customers, and to their customers, in a market where enhanced client communications is critical to the competitive landscape.”

The RICOH Pro VC60000 is capable of producing customized direct mail, books and marketing collateral, and provides a function-rich, comprehensive solution for customers who are already using digital print but want to streamline their operations, as well as those who are new to digital color. The platform’s proprietary printheads and dynamic variable drop technology is capable of producing near-offset physical resolutions of up to 1200x1200 dpi. It supports a wide range of ink types, paper stocks and file formats, along with support for process and spot colors and International Color Consortium (ICC)-based color management.  With its modular architecture, the RICOH Pro VC60000 is highly configurable to meet users’ unique needs, and highly scalable to grow with users and protect their investments as those needs change.

“As the transaction printscape evolves, print service providers like OSG are looking for more opportunities to increase value and ROI for their customers, and themselves,” said Andre Brazeau, Vice President of Production Print Solutions, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We’re honored to be working with them as they’ve implemented the RICOH Pro VC60000 to transform their operations and to realize the return on investment that next-generation inkjet provides. Their purchase of a second system symbolizes that our technology and service deliver on the promise of next-generation inkjet.”

To learn more about how the RICOH Pro VC60000 can help your business streamline operations and capitalize on new application opportunities, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/continuous-feed/ricoh-pro-vc60000.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 14 - HIGH QUALITY AT HIGH SPEEDS: OSG BILLING SERVICES TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND BUSINESS GROWTH WITH TWO RICOH PRO VC60000 SYSTEMS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced enhancements to RICOH TotalFlow Prep, RICOH TotalFlow Path, and RICOH TotalFlow Print Manager and Production Manager, aimed to help customers increase workflow efficiency, decrease turnaround times and avoid errors. These enhancements make leveraging the software’s considerable power easier than ever before, with added features and, in the case of RICOH TotalFlow Prep, an all-new, intuitive interface.  

With short-run, on-demand jobs on the rise, printers are taking on more jobs of smaller sizes, making it more difficult than ever before to keep efficiently processing their workload. Repetitive and/or focus-intensive prepress tasks, such as tab management and imposition, can become a major hurdle for printers working hard to keep up. That’s why RICOH TotalFlow Prep, RICOH TotalFlow Path, and RICOH TotalFlow Print Manager and Production Manager help take certain tasks out of overburdened printers’ hands, automating them to help improve overall quality of work – and speeding things along, so more work can be taken on.

These enhancements further Ricoh’s work to leverage its expertise – in the production print, software engineering, and workflow automation spaces – to help customers increase efficiency and quality throughout their operations. 

Capabilities new to RICOH TotalFlow Prep include:  
• A completely new interface aimed at a vastly improved user experience. Jobs are visually represented within the interface, and adjustments are reflected in this preview, working to eliminate the need for multiple wasteful test prints to ensure accurate settings.
• Imposition features that, in addition to employing a similar visual preview feature to help ensure rapid and confident sheet layout, include templates, so frequent job types become a snap to impose.
• Simple, one-stop tab management that automatically inserts or converts tabs, even from multiple sources, into your document, leveraging clear visual representations so you can track your tabs throughout the print process.
• Ticket-based templates that make returning to familiar job types quick and easy, including new support for exception pages that further reduces manual touch points.
• User Code support to provide greater insight into how RICOH TotalFlow Prep is used, facilitating pattern recognition, workflow improvements, and chargeback programs. 

RICOH TotalFlow Print Manager and Production Manager have added the following features:
• PDF print drivers, which allow jobs to maintain PDF content and associated production print options much deeper into the production process, allowing late changes and redirection for when conditions demand last-minute tweaks.
• User Code support to enable greater insight into costs and usage associated with operation.
• Support for long paper, banner-style media used in conjunction with many Ricoh printers, simplifying use of these substrates without retraining.
• GW subset stapling, which enables the submission of multiple copies of subset stapled jobs without requiring time-consuming, error-prone manual collation.
• Specific to RICOH TotalFlow Production Manager, preflight server integration, allowing replaceable profiles to be executed on PDF job files and generating a full report, significantly reducing time and materials waste associated with improperly handled PDF files and automatically correcting many related errors.
Meanwhile, RICOH TotalFlow Path brings a renewed capability, in conjunction with other members of the suite, to provide a simple, smooth connection from Web-to-Print and MIS systems to production workflows. 

“I cannot overstate how helpful workflow automation is in production print environments,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The ability to reduce a printer’s workload with intelligent, reliable task automation is key to not only increasing speed and efficiency, but it’s also a major step in helping to ensure work is done right. Manual touch points are a liability busy shops cannot afford. That’s why this software suite was first designed, and it’s exciting to see how we’ve enhanced it to help our customers flourish in the industry they serve.” 

For more information about RICOH TotalFlow Prep, RICOH TotalFlow Path, and RICOH TotalFlow Print Manager and Production Manager, please visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/software/manage. 

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 14 - RICOH CONTINUES TO HELP CUSTOMERS IMPROVE PRINT OPERATIONS WITH ITS NEWEST TOTALFLOW ENHANCEMENTS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder, a new, enhanced version of its industry-first software solution that simplifies and automates the batching and scheduling of short-run digital work for centralized job control. The enhancements further address print service providers’ pain points around short-run and on-demand jobs through improved tracking and alert capabilities to increase efficiencies, improve costs and minimize waste.  

Efficiently, effectively handling short-run and on-demand jobs can require time-consuming, hands-on management to avoid waste and missed deadlines. This can often be a proposition even more difficult for printers running installations with digital printers from multiple vendors to manage and monitor. The original RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder software was developed to help commercial printers, as well as publishing printers, in-plants, franchise printers and service bureaus, resolve these issues by simplifying and automating many of the steps in short-run digital production. Through a single web-based user interface, the software allows users to develop pre-defined rules for jobs helping to automate many of the manual steps and then batch like jobs together for simpler routing and finishing. This allows for increased job production resulting in improved revenues.  

Capabilities new to RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder include:  
• The ability to add barcodes to batch tickets around shipping. This allows for status and location update tracking throughout the production process. 
• A new user interface for manually scanning barcodes.
• A new dashboard with enhanced instant views of jobs being batched, enabling immediate status updates.
• New alerts around due times for orders, mismatches for specific filter requirements, duplicate orders and low disk space, that can be seen on the dashboard or sent via email to ensure when problems happen, they are addressed immediately, helping ensure SLAs are met.
• Already vendor agnostic, the software now has 3rd party integration of imposition capabilities.

“The desire for short-run and on-demand print jobs is increasing, especially in commercial publishing,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “While these needs open up new revenue possibilities for printers, they also create efficiency and cost challenges that weren’t there before. We originally developed RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder to use job information to automatically and intelligently group and process similar jobs, thus helping users overcome these challenges. With this new version, we have streamlined the view, tracking and alert capabilities in order to further help printers ultimately improve efficiencies and even venture into new market opportunities.” 

These enhancements continue Ricoh’s work to help its customers drive efficiencies and increase control in their output environments. For more information about RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder please visit the website at http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/software/books/. 

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 14 - RICOH EMPOWERS CUSTOMERS TO INCREASE EFFICIENCIES AND MINIMIZE WASTE ON SHORT-RUN AND ON-DEMAND PRINT JOBS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced its new RICOH TotalFlow Print Server software, designed to help operators of hybrid print environments get the most out of both their digital and offset presses. The new offering, compatible with both the RICOH Pro C7100 and RICOH Pro C9100 series, aims to eliminate extra steps in transitioning jobs meant for offset devices to digital printers without sacrificing quality.  

With more digital printers being integrated into offset environments, many organizations are struggling to reap the full capabilities of their diverse fleet due to headaches associated with shifting jobs between platforms. Transitioning offset jobs to digital costs time and introduces extra opportunity for user error – two major pain points that would encourage a printer to utilize a digital device in the first place. Usually, when a print job is set up for offset but is then required to print on a digital device, it must be manually submitted to the digital workflow and then carefully edited again to fit these new requirements. In addition to being slow and leaving the transition open to errors, these steps pull operators’ focus from other important tasks within a shop. With RICOH TotalFlow Print Server, this challenge is instantly resolved. 

RICOH TotalFlow Print Server is a unique solution that fills a gap faced by printers during the offset to digital transition and offers seamless connectivity with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 7 and Heidelberg’s Prinect, further allowing information to move unencumbered throughout a print operation. With this solution in a commercial, in-plant or print-on-demand environment, customers can now trust that their end-to-end workflow is seamless, their job management is more streamlined and effective, and their color and layout consistency between devices is improved. 

“Many of our customers run operations that use both offset and digital printers, and we were seeing so many of them struggling to efficiently leverage both sides of their shops,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We knew we had to act, especially due to the lack of effective solutions addressing this need. In today’s increasingly fast-paced production print environments, digital and offset have to be able work together seamlessly, completing jobs with the quickness and quality people have come to associate with our customers’ operations.”

RICOH TotalFlow Print Server, leveraging its Rules-Based Automation (RBA), boasts the following capabilities:
• Automate workshop and server tasks (such as moving files) to increase efficiency and reduce manual touch points;
• Send emails to keep relevant parties up to date and allowing adjustments when necessary;
• Schedule tasks to maximize efficiency by leveraging information about device availability and capabilities;
• Make decisions based on data stored within a job, helping to ensure systems run as smoothly as if print experts were evaluating and handling jobs;
• Interact with other machines and integrate with other applications, such as MIS, to create a unified print operation.
For more information about Ricoh’s production print portfolio, www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. 

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 14 - RICOH FACILITATES FLOW OF INFORMATION BETWEEN OFFSET AND DIGITAL PRINTERS WITH NEW SOFTWARE  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced its roster of innovations on display at GRAPH EXPO 15, including its portfolio of new and enhanced hardware, software and services. With proven offerings spanning from critical communications and workflow enhancements, to marketing and color management services and next-generation hardware with high quality output, Ricoh is helping customers improve their workflows for greater efficiency and better business results, all at an affordable price point. 

Ricoh’s booth showcases technologies that address challenges customers face in today’s new world of work, including superior output, broader portfolio capabilities and new revenue drivers. Attendees will experience just how alive print is as they explore the booth and experience Ricoh’s vibrant, eye-popping visuals with a range of high-end finishes.

Innovations showcased at the booth (#1231) include:
• RICOH Pro C7100X is a high-speed production cutsheet digital printer with a 5th color station for white or clear toner. The added color capability enables shops to expand their application portfolio and deliver unique output and near offset image quality to their end customers.
• RICOH Pro C5110s is a full-color digital production imaging system for in-plant print centers and print service providers. It offers application flexibility, high productivity and cost-effectiveness for businesses looking to improve performance, expand their production printing programs and meet organizational goals.
• RICOH Pro C9110 is a high-speed, heavy segment production color digital printer that prints up to 130 ppm and supports paper weights of up to 400 gsm in simplex and duplex. It simplifies and expedites print production and allows printers to offer their customers more options, giving them time and flexibility to expand their business.
• RICOH Pro 8100e is a series of monochrome production printers that give users the information they need, in the format they prefer, to capture audiences’ attention quickly and help users bring in more business. With print speeds of up to 135 ppm, users can produce high-volume print jobs quickly and get critical information in front of audiences when they need it most. 
• RICOH Pro VC60000 is a next-generation continuous feed inkjet printer that enables users to quickly deliver eye-catching, targeted, and critical output to their customers. The device streamlines operations for fewer steps, more savings and more efficiency in producing high-quality commercial print applications. The RICOH Pro VC60000 offers the ability to print up to 394 feet per minute with 1200 x 1200 resolution, while still providing with the agility to efficiently produce customized campaigns to capture, manage and transform variable customer data at a moment’s notice. Its drop-on-demand printheads intelligently adjust ink use for the job to save on ink costs, while maximizing near-offset quality. 
• RICOH TotalFlow Print Server is a hybrid prepress workflow software that provides commercial printers and in-plants primarily in the print-on-demand market with connectivity to a specific workflows. It serves as a go-between between offset and digital print equipment to give users direct connections to offset workflow systems and connectivity with Kodak Prinergy and Heidelberg Prinect. The device is compatible with both the RICOH Pro C7100 and RICOH Pro C9100 series to enable job management from one centralized tool. 
• RICOH TotalFlow Prep is a workflow automation software for printers featuring a new and easy-to-use interface and preview capabilities for reduced waste and an improved user experience. Additional enhancements include imposition features with templates, one-stop tab management to track tabs from multiple sources throughout the print process, ticket-based templates and User Code support to help facilitate pattern recognition, workflow improvements and chargeback programs. 
• RICOH TotalFlow Print and Production Manager, part of the Ricoh TotalFlow software suite, have added features to improve functionality and automate workflows, allowing printers to improve the quality, efficiency and scale of their work and focus on growing their businesses. New PDF print drivers enable changes and redirection to PDF content even at a late stage in the production process, User Code support gives users deeper insight into costs and usage, and preflight server integration on RICOH TotalFlow Production Manager allows replaceable profiles to be executed on PDF job files and generates a full report for proper document management. 
• Ricoh’s 1to1Create Marketing Services is a cloud-based subscription service to help small to medium sized Print Service Providers create, launch, track, manage, modify and optimize turnkey cross-media marketing campaigns. This Best in Show MUST SEE ‘EM 2014 award-winning service helps businesses make key marketing decisions with ease and helps to increase overall profits. It offers printers a website portal equipped with all the tools, templates and tips needed to execute ROI-generating marketing campaigns, as well as the ability to select prepared graphics, target customers’ audiences, acquire mailing lists and set pricing.
• RICOH ProcessDirector, part of Ricoh’s Critical Communications solution suite, offers print professionals a solid solution that enables control, tracking and reporting on production of critical customer communication, for execution with precision and confidence. New features, including capabilities to enable traditional printers to embrace multi-channel communications, allow users to use their audiences’ expressed preferences to address them via the communication channel of their choosing. 
• Ricoh’s 5th Color Kit is a selling tool developed to empower commercial printers with practical samples that highlight the capabilities of the RICOH Pro C7100X series. It is a collection of five-color applications on a wide variety of substrates developed on the RICOH Pro C7100X that commercial printers can show their customers. The applications are bundled with step-by-step instructions for users looking to replicate them, as well as procedures and best practices for printing tasks. 
• RICOH TotalFlow BatchBuilder simplifies and automates the batching and scheduling of short-run digital work for centralized job control. The vendor-neutral offering empowers users seeking better ways to meet production demands from high volumes of short-run and on demand jobs, while minimizing labor costs, increasing efficiency and throughput, and more effectively managing jobs.

At GRAPH EXPO, Ricoh will also demonstrate new solutions and services from MarcomCentral, EFI, Avanti and other strategic partners. These offerings address challenges customers face and help them expand production capabilities, improve collaboration, and enhance information mobility to help grow their business.

Attendees at GRAPH EXPO can hear from Ricoh’s experts and our leading customers in panel sessions about the future of print. Join us for discussions on inkjet opportunities for on-demand printing, tech opportunities in digital cutsheet and wide format printing, and digital print opportunities. 

For more information on Ricoh’s solutions, visit: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. If you are a member of the media or analyst community attending the show and are interested in speaking with Ricoh executives, please contact Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 13 - RICOH BRINGS INNOVATIVE, NEW PRODUCTION PRINT AND COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES TO GRAPH EXPO 15  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled new additions to its award-winning production print portfolio, aimed at helping printers increase their profitability. The RICOH Pro 8100e series of monochrome production printers, along with the Ricoh Peripheral Interface Port (RPIP), bring new capabilities to automate commercial, data center and corporate production tasks more efficiently while enabling more options for in-line finishing. As clients’ needs continue to become more time sensitive and require the flexibility of printing on larger sizes with thicker stocks, these additions help printers deliver the information their customers want affordably and effectively.

The RICOH Pro 8100e series features both multifunction RICOH Pro 8100se series models and printer-only RICOH Pro 8100e series models with speeds up to 135 pages per minute. These models enable printers to churn through high-volume jobs quickly and deliver critical information to the right audience at the right time. With the RPIP, users now have the ability to expand their in-line finishing options, increasing the speed and flexibility of their operation. RPIP aids printers in reducing manual touch points and wait times between printing and finishing, which can lead to fewer errors, faster turnaround times and, by extension, more business.

“Whether we’re speaking with commercial printers or corporations with in-plant operations, we often hear the same requests: ‘We need to do more in less time,’” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Helping our customers grow profitability is directly tied to addressing this need. With the additions of the RICOH Pro 8100e and RICOH Pro 8100se models and RPIP, we’re confident commercial printers of all sizes can do just that. And we’re not stopping there; we’ll continue to expand our portfolio to help our customers meet their clients’ demands time and time again.”

With the RICOH Pro 8100e series, printers can: 
• Print longer runs with fewer interruptions: With the ability to print up to one million impressions per month, these models offer nine paper trays with capacity for up to 12,650 sheets to handle even the largest jobs;
• Automate more jobs with RPIP: With a comprehensive list of in-line finishing options, including compatibility with CP Bourg, Duplo and Watkiss, printers can now confidently deliver professional-grade booklets, reporters, brochures and more. Jobs are also less reliant on manual tasks as automatic stapling, hole-punching, saddle-stitching, de-curling and cover insertion are now fully automated; 
• Reduce energy consumption: In addition to the RICOH Pro 8100e series’ ENERGY STAR® rating, its standard duplex scanning helps to maximize efficiency. It also qualifies as a Gold level for EPEAT® (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), based on the IEEE 1680 International Standards; 
• Meet more deadlines: With the ability to integrate with RICOH TotalFlow® Prep, Print Manager, Path and BatchBuilder, printers can streamline the output and workflow processes, helping to keep both individual jobs and overall revenue flowing;  
• Share messages with more types of media: With the RICOH Pro 8100e series, printers can print on stocks up to 350 g/m and can transition to textured, coated or specialty stocks automatically without slowing down job flow. MICR capabilities are also available for check printing, helping to expedite processing and reduce costs.

For more information about the RICOH Pro 8100e series or the RPIP, please visit: http://bit.ly/RICOHPro8100e.  

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 13 - RICOH EXPANDS PRODUCTION PRINT PORTFOLIO TO HELP PRINTERS CAPTURE MORE BUSINESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the availability of the RICOH Pro C9100 and RICOH Pro C9110 – its newest high speed, heavy segment production color digital printer series – aimed at blasting away the cost-of-entry barrier for small to large print service providers who are  looking to either transition from offset into the high-volume digital market or acquire more feature-rich, less costly equipment.

Producing high quality, high speed digital output with variable data options, the RICOH Pro C9100 series provides printers with a greater feature set for transforming and delivering their information. It offers fast turnaround times and more personalization at a price that enhances profitability. In today’s world of work, this best-in-class solution ultimately gives print service providers what they have been asking for – an affordable solution with a broader range of media capabilities and superior toner transfer technology for producing marketing collateral, such as brochures and flyers, and direct mail pieces, including coupons and postcards.

“Ricoh’s team and solutions have brought unprecedented value to my business in such a short amount of time,” said Lawrence Chou, Chief Executive Officer of MGX Copy. “In our market, we are constantly seeking ways to stay ahead of the competition while driving new sources of revenue. From the first time I saw the RICOH Pro C9110, I knew that it was the system for us.”

The RICOH Pro C9100 and RICOH Pro C9110 print at speeds of up to 110 and 130 pages per minute (ppm) respectively, with 1200 x 4800 dpi at VCSEL image quality. With advanced Fiery controller options and the ability to support paper weights of up to 400gsm in both simplex and duplex while maintaining rated engine speed, the series delivers increased applications and efficiency without degradation of quality. With a maximum standard sheet size of 13x19.2 inches and maximum monthly volume of one million impressions based on A4, with a duty cycle of 1.75M, it offers customers greater flexibility. 

“Producing high quality digital color documents at high speeds and high volumes has traditionally meant an expensive price tag for printers, until now,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Despite today’s ubiquity of digital color, the price point to produce color materials was too high for many smaller print shops. Understanding this, we aimed to level the playing field with the RICOH Pro C9100 series, allowing our customers to attack new market segments, ones formerly controlled only by printers with offset capabilities and higher end digital devices. Bringing this series along with the RICOH Pro C7100 products to market, is our way of rounding out our color production print portfolio, giving our customers a wealth of options when deciding to transition to color or expand their current portfolio.”  

Other value-adds of the RICOH Pro C9100 and RICOH Pro C9110 include:
• An AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt to highlight output on a variety of heavily textured media, which are vacuum-fed from all eight paper drawers (up to 3 LCTs) and provide a total paper capacity of 18,150 sheets; 
• With a duplex 27.5 inches, 400 gsm coated media from the oversize media option; 
• An image feedback system that gives real time information and correction of engine calibration, and mechanical registration that the customer can easily adjust from the operation panel;
• A straight paper path with LED guidance for user intervention;
• An increased color gamut for increased output fidelity;
• Automatic adjustment for media density, resulting in less wasted toner and a lower toner melting point, meaning faster warm-up times and increased energy efficiency;
• A media library that allows users to adjust and associate 99 different parameters per substrate to help ensure IQ and reliability;
• A media identification unit for matching unique media types to those in the media library;
• New Fiery controllers using the latest FS150 platform;
• A complete suite of optional finishing solutions, including the Plockmatic booklet maker, booklet folder and trimmers and the GBC StreamPunch Pro EX for in-tab punching;
• Improved productivity with Ricoh’s TCRU program (Trained Customer Replaceable Units), which enables customers to replace more than a dozen parts for increased uptime and performance.

To learn more about the RICOH Pro C9100 series and its features, please visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/cutsheet/ricoh-pro-c9100-c9110.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 10 - RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF RICOH PRO C9100 SERIES, DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY COLOR AND HIGH SPEEDS AT LOW COSTS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that MGX Copy, a San Diego based online printing company, has added the RICOH Pro C9110 to its shop. MGX Copy, an innovative and forward thinking company, sought to improve turnaround times, increase capacity and develop new applications to further help them deliver industry leading products and services to their customer base. Seeking to transform the way its customers receive information and deliver marketing collateral, MGX Copy selected Ricoh’s newest high speed, heavy segment production color digital printer as it proved to deliver high speeds and high color quality at a low cost. 

“Our competitive edge has always been that we realize our customers seek to deliver new and innovative solutions that transform marketing as we know it,” said Lawrence Chou, Chief Executive Officer of MGX Copy. “Without a doubt, it’s clear to my team and me that Ricoh has this same drive and mentality. The people at Ricoh, the technology, and specifically the RICOH Pro C9110 have really brought a new level of quality and execution to our business. With this addition we are now able to provide our customers with an even larger range of products and solutions – all while guaranteeing to our customers that their deadlines will be met.” 

MGX Copy offers customers around the country a wide range of applications including variable data printing, direct mail, booklet printing, catalog printing, magazine printing, postcard printing, brochure printing, mailing services, fulfillment, and custom business solutions. With the RICOH Pro C9110, MGX Copy is now able to produce more in less time, with improved quality, helping to ensure documents truly “pop” with color. 

Producing high quality, high speed digital output with variable data options, the RICOH Pro C9110 provides printers with a greater feature set for transforming their information. It offers fast turnaround times and more personalization at a price that enhances profitability. In today’s world of work, this best-in-class solution ultimately gives print service providers like MGX Copy what they have been asking for: an affordable solution with a broader range of media capabilities and superior toner transfer technology for producing marketing collateral that pops.

“MGX Copy is a prime example of a competitive, forward-thinking organization who knows they have to invest to drive continued and expanded success.  With the RICOH Pro C9110, they found a solution that breaks down cost barriers and yet delivers high quality digital color documents at high speeds,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In today’s competitive environment, it’s crucial for Ricoh to work with our customers to help find ways to grow their businesses, add new applications to their portfolio and ultimately help spike revenues. Working with Lawrence and his team, I’m confident that together we’ll excel across the board.”

Featuring the fast engine speeds within Ricoh’s color cutsheet lineup, the RICOH Pro C9110 prints at speeds of up to 130 pages per minute (ppm), with 1200 x 4800 dpi at VCSEL image quality. With advanced Fiery controller options and the ability to support paper weights of up to 400gsm in both simplex and duplex while maintaining rated engine speed, the series delivers increased applications and efficiency without degradation of quality. The RICOH Pro C9110 has a maximum standard sheet size of 13x19.2 and maximum monthly volume of one million impressions based on A4, with a duty cycle of 1.75M, offering customers greater flexibility. 

To learn more about the RICOH Pro C9110 and its features, please visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/cutsheet/ricoh-pro-c9100-c9110. To visit MGX Copy’s website, please visit https://www.mgxcopy.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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 10 - MGX COPY TAPS RICOH TO HELP DELIVER HIGHER SPEEDS AND QUALITY, FURTHER TRANSFORMING HOW CUSTOMERS DELIVER INFORMATION  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that its Interact community event successfully returned to Boulder, Colo., June 23-26, 2015, enabling print professionals to become immersed in production print technology advancements, study best practices, discover trends, share operational ideas, and engage with digital communications experts. Interact, deemed “highly informative and network worthy” by previous attendees, once again brought together operations personnel, technical analysts and administrators to discuss how best to leverage new and existing technologies to get the most out of their print operations, better serving their customers and more fully realizing their goals.  

As today’s work environment continues to change, it’s necessary for users of all levels to have hands-on experience with inkjet technology innovations, advanced workflows and next generation services that will help make information work better for them and their customers. To that end, Ricoh convened a diverse group of print professionals to facilitate better understanding – and, by extension, better operations – across each step, task and job involved in the print process. 

At this year’s event, Ricoh incorporated past attendee feedback to provide sessions including:
• A merged RICOH ProcessDirector User Community Event with the Continuous Feed User Community Event, facilitating collaboration among a wider range of industry peers;
• Two additional RICOH ProcessDirector-specific half-day user sessions that focused on group interaction and information sharing;
• A Continuous Feed Inkjet Track that highlighted new technologies, specific best practices attendees can leverage in their own shops, and the relationship between paper science and inkjet; and
• A RICOH ProcessDirector Solution Track that focused on hot topics such as multi-channel output, tracking and compliance, and integration with MIS systems.

This feedback-driven approach resulted in the development of presentations that matched Ricoh’s areas of expertise to the specific topics attendees sought to learn more about. The feedback from the attendees, ranging from production print representatives for Fortune 500 organizations to those responsible for the printing of millions of linear feet annually, was overwhelmingly positive. Positive feedback included:
• “You may think you have it all figured out, but at a conference like this one, you run into new ideas, and you find yourself saying, ‘Oh, this is how I can do things differently,’” said Mike Sharifi, Application Developer, First Data Corporation. “It’s nice to have that face-to-face interaction, both with your colleagues and with the Ricoh experts.” 
• “You get this special, unique customized tour of what Ricoh has to offer in a setting where you can fully understand everything,” said Patty Lindsey, Service Delivery Manager, Amerigroup/Anthem.
• “The information I learned this week will be implemented by the end of next week,” said Bob Kolva, Director of Data and Imaging Operations, Action Mailers.

“We’ve brought together a knowledgeable group of people that represent a cross-section of the print industry,” said Ted Takahashi, Senior Vice President, Production Print Global Marketing Center, Ricoh Company, Ltd. “An event like this allows people from different segments who might not normally talk shop together share ideas, which can lead to the kind of deep, broad understanding that helps drive innovation and foster operational advancements. On top of that, attendees heard from seasoned experts who shared tricks of the trade and fresh ideas for improving established practices – it was a real marketplace of collaboration, and we look forward to future gatherings.”

Some of the speakers who participated in Interact 2015 included entrepreneur Tamara Kleinberg; Peter Holtgreive, Continuous Improvement Director of Manufacturer’s Edge; Jeff Weldon, Vice President of Madison Advisors and Ricoh’s color management expert Tobias Saalfeld. 

For more information about Ricoh’s production print portfolio, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp.   

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 10 - RICOH’S INTERACT COMMUNITY EVENT BRINGS USERS TOGETHER TO DISCOVER NEW TRENDS TO HELP FOSTER OPERATIONAL ADVANCEMENTS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today unveiled a new version of its market-leading laser printer for workgroups needing all-day affordable, reliable color in higher-than-average volumes. The RICOH SP C440DN prints 42 pages of business documents per minute and in sizes up to 8.5 inches by 14 inches at resolutions up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. 

Offering among the industry’s lowest cost per page, the printer also supports today’s newest workstyles. It enables mobile workers to print on demand via the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app. The RICOH SP C440DN can serve as many as two networks at once – e.g., a business’s main and guest networks. An optional hard drive adds additional security options and enables printing on demand of commonly used documents.

“The RICOH SP C440DN updates models that led their market for years, helping companies achieve higher levels of information mobility even as they contain costs,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The new model preserves what customers liked, adds several new things they asked for such as dual network support, and surprises them with capabilities we know they’ll love.”

The low cost of ownership makes it easy for companies to upgrade from monochrome to cost-effective color printing to make a bigger business impact. The RICOH SP C440DN prints documents in black and white at a cost of 1 cent per page and in color for 5 cents, well under typical costs of 7 cents per page and up.

The printer handles the broadest range of media in its class – up to 140lb stock. This more expansive media handling means organizations can save money by bringing more jobs in house, e.g., postcards, banners and point-of-purchase displays. The printer can easily handle envelopes in every tray without special configuration.
	
For companies that keep their printer busy, the RICOH SP C440DN is particularly robust with an average monthly volume of 3,200 pages and maximum monthly volume of 20,000. The printer supports high-volume host printing* enabling a retailer, for example, to automatically print packing slips and return labels as online purchases pour in. 

New energy-saving features include an Eco Night Sensor that shuts the printer down when ambient light fades. PANTONE® color matching support helps ensure documents look precisely as their creator intended.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the RICOH SP C440DN is $1,499.	

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

*IPDS print option available February 2016.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 9 - RICOH IMPROVES ON A POPULAR COLOR PRINTER  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh announced today the release of the RICOH THETA S, the newest model in the RICOH THETA series of spherical cameras that capture 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. Unveiled today in Berlin at IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, the camera features extra-high resolution, fully spherical photos and videos in one simple shot, a live preview function and even greater compatibility with social media platforms. 

The RICOH THETA S, which retains the lightweight portability of the current model—the RICOH THETA m15—captures high-resolution spherical images of up to nearly 14 megapixels. It can also record spherical video in full HD (1920 x 1080*1 pixels at 30fps) with a maximum recording time of 25 minutes. The better quality images are enabled by an enlarged image sensor and fast F2.0 lenses to allow more light through Ricoh’s proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system. 

Also, superior image processing technology and bulb mode for long exposures produce spherical still images with less visual static, even in low-light settings. 

Spherical images can be uploaded to theta360.com, shared via Facebook™, Twitter™ and Tumblr, and posted to Google Maps™, Google+™ and YouTube™360°Channel. The application program interface (API) for RICOH THETA S is based on Google-supported Open Spherical Camera API for compatibility with Google’s services.

Coinciding with the launch of the RICOH THETA S, Google Maps today introduced the new Google Street View app that allows you to capture and publish your photo spheres instantly to Google Maps for people all over the world to explore. The app also offers the ability to shoot photo spheres and to connect to spherical cameras. This new capability to connect to spherical cameras makes it easier than ever to create Google Street View experiences.

The new RICOH THETA S app for smartphones and tablets can be used to configure settings and instantly view spherical photos and video via wirelessly connected devices. An improved Wi-Fi® module transfers data four times faster than the current RICOH THETA model. 

The RICOH THETA S also boasts a fully updated design and user interface. Usability has been improved with an elegant but practical sure-grip black rubber coating and handy face-mounted LED mode indicator. Internal memory has been increased to 8GB.

The original RICOH THETA was launched in 2013 as the world’s first mass-produced camera to capture fully spherical images. Since then, the series has inspired a unique genre of visual creativity for capturing everyday scenes from an all-new perspective. 

The RICOH THETA S will go on sale at a base price of USD 349 (or equivalent) from late October in Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK), North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States), and Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand). Ricoh Imaging will market the RICOH THETA S, which was developed and manufactured by Ricoh. 

Quotes from Ricoh, Ricoh Imaging and Google Maps

Wataru Ohtani, Ricoh’s Corporate Associate Vice President and General Manager of the New Business and Platform Development Center, said: “Ricoh pioneered the spherical camera market and thereby revolutionized how people view the world. This new model offers even higher image quality than before to satisfy both early adopters and people who enjoy communicating creatively through social media.” 

Noboru Akahane, Ricoh Imaging’s President and CEO, said: “We are delighted to offer users increased value and richer 360-degree experiences with our new RICOH THETA S. The model’s enhanced image quality and other exciting new features are sure to expand the scope of RICOH THETA fans in all-new fields.”

Charles Armstrong, Google Maps Product Manager, said: “The Street View app allows people all over the world to explore user contributions, Google’s own imagery, and their own published photo spheres through a seamless world map of landscapes, landmarks, business interiors and more. The RICOH THETA S is a great tool to create this imagery, and we hope it inspires people to contribute to the map.”

*1. 1920 x 960 when playing back

Media Contact

Germany:
Matthias Wowtscherk / Annette Myska
Weber Shandwick München
Tel: 49-89-38-01-79-52/51
mwowtscherk@webershandwick.com / amyska@webershandwick.com 

Austria & Switzerland: 
Wolfgang Baus
RICOH IMAGING DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
Tel:  49-40-53-201-3315
wolfgang.baus@eu.ricoh-imaging.com 

BENELUX:
Evelyne Van Cleven
LVTPR
Tel: 32-2-474-14-70
ricoh-imaging@lvtpr.com 

France: 
Priscilla Jeambeaux / Guillaume Fau 
The Messengers 
Tel: 33-1-40-41-19-63
priscilla@themessengers.fr / guillaume@themessengers.fr 

UK & Ireland:
Naomi Barry
Escapade 
Tel: 44-118-920-7675
ricohimaginguk@escapadepr.com 

Japan: 
Dai Sawatake
Weber Shandwick Tokyo
Tel: 81-3-5427-7318
dsawatake@webershandwick.com 

Canada & US:
Barbara Hagin
Breakaway Communications
Tel: 408-832-7626
bhagin@breakawaycom.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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companySep 3 - RICOH UNVEILS INDUSTRY’S MOST ADVANCED FULLY SPHERICAL PORTABLE CAMERA: RICOH THETA S  News pressrelease also available in pdf

August 2015

Although the new world of work is becoming increasingly mobile, workers often hit the wall when they need to print from smartphones and tablets.

That’s why Ricoh today expanded the options for mobile-minded organizations with Ricoh HotSpot Express, an easy, affordable way for companies to turn on mobile printing for employees, partners and guests.

With HotSpot Express, authorized mobile workers and guests can print content from their mobile device to any network printer through a mobile app, email, Web print portal or Windows application. Since HotSpot Express is an on-premise solution, print jobs never go beyond the firewall.

“Today’s workers expect their information in the right place at the right time to make time-sensitive decisions, so it doesn’t cut it when the critical information you need to share is trapped in your phone,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Paper documents are still relevant collaboration tools, and that means workers need to be able to print on demand. Successful organizations need to provide their employees with this level of information mobility today.”

HotSpot Express powered by PrinterOn® is the latest Ricoh offering in the HotSpot mobile printing family. An ideal solution for organizations with basic mobile printing requirements, HotSpot Express can be easily upgraded as needs change to HotSpot Enterprise for more functionality with features such as cluster server support for scalability, advanced mobile device management software integration, Oracle ERP printing and API access for custom workflow integrations. HotSpot Printer/HotSpot MFP is also available and uses the public cloud to move information from workers’ devices to printers. 

Following a quick download, organizations can use an intuitive Web interface to deploy HotSpot Express immediately across multiple users, networks and locations with little or no IT intervention. Organizations can employ the same printing workflows and security controls they always have, integrating it with LDAP directory services, mobile device management solutions and print management systems. For additional security, organizations can require passwords for guests to use HotSpot Express and for anyone to release documents from the printer.

HotSpot Express supports iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Kindle and Nook devices. Pricing starts at $1,500 for five print devices.

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyAug 26 - RICOH ADDS NEW OPTION FOR ENDING MOBILE WORKERS’ PRINTING FRUSTRATIONS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Action Mailers Inc, a leading direct marketing and mail production provider, has expanded its relationship with Ricoh by adding the InfoPrint 5000 GP full color continuous feed inkjet system to its print portfolio in order to transform their direct mail operations with increased production capacity and overall productivity. The selection complements Action Mailers’ recent installation of an InfoPrint 5000 MP monochrome system and reflects their continued investment in Ricoh’s platforms.  


Established in 1972, Action Mailers has grown into a major direct mail production facility in the Philadelphia area with more than 150 employees, all while remaining family owned. The company is a full service provider focusing on the non-profit segment and has been working with Ricoh to improve its mail operations using the InfoPrint 5000 MP to manage the printing of its full array of black and white mailers. In addition to monochrome printing, they also sought a solution that would allow them to increase productivity and color output capacity while decreasing project time and remaining competitive. The company continued its migration to inkjet and selected Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 GP full color system due to its ability to leverage efficiencies, flexibility in accommodating their current mix of applications, and ability to help them expand.     


“Because we are a family-run business, even as we grow, we maintain personal relationships with many of our customers,” said Bob Kolva, Director of Data and Imaging Operations, Action Mailers. “The time and investment Ricoh delivers made them an easy choice to work with from the beginning. To date, the InfoPrint 5000 platform has met and exceeded our expectations for lowering costs, increasing performance and delivering quality output to our customers. So when it came time to try utilizing color inkjet to expand our business and decrease costs, it didn’t take a lot of convincing for us to add the InfoPrint 5000 GP to our portfolio. We are confident that we’ll be seeing returns on our investment for years to come.”   


Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 GP platform offers Action Mailers scalability, and higher-impact direct mail applications with full color. It supports a wide range of ink types, paper stocks and file formats, along with support for process and spot colors and International Color Consortium (ICC)–based color management. For Action Mailers, the InfoPrint 5000’s PANTONE PLUS and G7 certification afford the company a wider gamut of colors in a consistent manner. Available with one of the longest-lasting printheads available on the market, the InfoPrint 5000 series saves Action Mailers time and money by reducing the frequency with which they need to be replaced.    


“Like so many of our customer relationships, we have come to see Action Mailers as a partner, not just a client. By allowing us to work with them to grow their direct mail business over the recent years, they have helped us to understand the unique challenges of their industry and grow our own product lines as a result,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Having seen many clients grow from monochrome to color inkjet printing, when Action Mailers came to us looking for technology that would help them utilize color cost-efficiently, we knew that our InfoPrint 5000 GP platform would complement their current investment in the platform and empower them with even more possibilities. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Action Mailers.”   


To learn more about Action Mailer’s successful use of the InfoPrint 5000 family, watch the video here: http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/about/customer-success/action-mailers . To learn more about the InfoPrint 5000, visit http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/products/production-printers/continuous-feed/infoprint-5000-gp.   


| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).  


The majority of the companyAug 24 - ACTION MAILERS CAPITALIZES ON GROWING DIRECT MAIL OPPORTUNITY WITH RICOH’S INFOPRINT 5000 GP COLOR INKJET PLATFORM
Aug 20 - [GLOBAL] RICOH SELECTS THE WINNING WORKS OF THE RICOH THETA DEVELOPERS CONTEST
A student walks a mile across campus to the university post office. 

“Did I get a package?” she asks the mail clerk.

“I don’t know, let me check,” the clerk says, disappearing for a minute. “Sorry, not yet.” The student returns to her residence hall, having wasted an hour. She makes the same trek the next day. 

Good news: this scenario is over at the University of South Alabama (USA) with today’s opening of a modernized mail facility providing students with a more efficient way to get mail and packages. The new facility named “USA Mail Hub” – designed, staffed and operated by Ricoh – offers a fully transformed experience on both sides of the counter: now when mail or packages arrive, students will immediately receive an email notification, making treks across campus more fruitful. 

The notification is triggered when mailroom workers use a ring-like optical device on their finger to scan the barcode on the student’s mail slot while filing letters in high-density rolling racks. The racks ultimately consolidate mail storage, freeing up space for the school to use as a sleek lobby.

When a package arrives, students receive a similar alert. The item is placed in a storage rack according to a precise new inventory system until the student arrives, shows his ID and picks it up.

“As with so many universities, our old post office was designed for a bygone time,” said Michael A. Mitchell, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs, University of South Alabama. “The new USA Mail Hub is a mail center for the 21st century and will provide a radically improved experience for our students. Ricoh’s deep expertise in education, information management and workstyle innovation shined through as their team carefully assessed how we could better serve our students.”

How mail has changed
Why don’t students just drop by the post office every day as they did for decades? Email has reduced paper mail volume to a trickle, rendering traditional mailboxes obsolete. And though package volume – including books, clothes and electronics – has soared, it’s still not an everyday thing for most students. Going forward, the university will be able to quantify these changes since letters and packages will be automatically counted.

Replacing mailboxes with the high-density mail system has freed extra space for a new copy/printing/binding center and retail packaging center offering boxes, envelopes, tape, labels and bubble wrap. Students will now have the ability to ship any package anywhere using any major commercial shipping service. Clerks will use special software to shop for the quickest delivery and best rates.

“The USA Mail Hub is an exemplar of information mobility,” said Tom Brown, Vice President, Government and Higher Education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The people, workflow and technology support the way students live, tangibly improving their campus experience.”

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyAug 17 - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA REPLACES CAMPUS POST OFFICE WITH 21ST-CENTURY MAIL HUB  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today announced it has been awarded a patent for its unique solution for remotely collecting electronically stored information for the computer forensics and eDiscovery process, protecting the competitive advantage of customers who choose the solution.

The solution, called Remlox™ (US Patent No. 9,087,207 B2 for Obtaining Complete Forensic Images of Electronic Storage Media), is a unique remote collection tool specifically designed to reduce the cost and time of gathering email and other electronically stored information from litigants’ workstations, resulting in a full forensic image which can be used for litigation holds/preservation, forensic analysis and other eDiscovery requirements. 

“Deadlines for preserving and often producing electronically stored information are tight and rigorous,” said David Greetham, Vice President, eDiscovery Operations, Ricoh Legal and inventor of Remlox. “The decision to forensically collect ESI often happens quickly which can allow little time for planning.  Previously, this part of eDiscovery required expensive short notice travel and on-site service by computer forensic experts. Remlox however, streamlines the process with same day deployment, providing the ability to forensically collect relevant information quickly, defensibly, and efficiently, while negating the logistical challenges often associated with onsite forensic acquisitions.”

Remlox is deployed from Ricoh’s forensics lab, which was the first private computer forensics lab to be accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Lab Accreditation Board. Remlox has been deployed in 37 countries and data collected by Remlox has been accepted as admissible evidence in a range of matters for clients in response to U.S. Department of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission requests. 

Remlox is available through Ricoh’s full suite of computer forensics and eDiscovery services, including forensic analysis, discovery consulting, early case assessment, processing, and hosting and review. Ricoh’s proven approach to eDiscovery balances the benefits of the latest technology with people and processes – providing tools and expertise to help customers quickly and efficiently identify critical information.

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

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyAug 13 - RICOH AWARDED PATENT FOR REMLOX, A UNIQUE REMOTE DATA COLLECTION SOLUTION FOR COMPUTER FORENSICS AND EDISCOVERY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Aug 10 - [GLOBAL] QUOCIRCA NAMES RICOH GLOBAL MARKET LEADER IN MANAGED PRINT SERVICES FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

July 2015

Jul 30 - [GLOBAL] RICOH EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN TO 2018
Organizations rarely lack information in this new world of work. Unfortunately, information is gridlocked and unavailable to drive business decisions on the fly, according to new research from Ricoh and IDC*. 

Here are six ways your information might be gridlocked: 

1. Lack of collaboration tools – Only 1 in 4 organizations (27 percent) supply collaboration tools to all employees, and only 3 in 10 (30 percent) provide Web conferencing to all employees, according to our nearly 300 Web-based interviews with key decision-makers in the United States. These tools are essential given increasingly distributed workforces and the fact that nearly half of workers (46 percent) are spending at least half their time working outside the traditional office.

2. Weak mobile support – Virtually everyone carries a computer in the form of a smartphone or tablet, but many workers can’t leverage its power for business. Only 3 in 10 employees (29 percent) can access most/all core enterprise software applications via their mobile devices. Only 1 in 4 (24 percent) can print from most/all of the core software applications they use. 

3. Silos – Though decried for decades, information silos still proliferate business, making it hard to see, compile and share valuable information across the company. For example, half of employees need to access 6 or more databases/repositories to do their jobs, but fewer than 1 in 5 employees (18 percent) can actually search across them.

4. Manual workflows – How much time is lost to unnecessary busy work? A lot. Only 2 in 5 organizations (41 percent) have automated most/all their workflows, and only 1 in 4 (24 percent) have seamlessly integrated workflows across department boundaries.

5. Overdependence on paper – Roughly half of businesses’ workflows are based in paper, jeopardizing speed, accuracy and enterprise visibility. 

6. Intangibility – Nearly 40 percent of an organization’s information/institutional knowledge resides in filing cabinets or “employees’ heads.” 

“We’re living in an exhilarating new world of work, but from a technology standpoint, many organizations seem stuck in the 1990s,” said Angèle Boyd, Group VP, General Manager, Imaging/Output Document Solutions & SMB at IDC. “This is the age of information mobility where it’s critical to instantly get the right information to the right people in the right form. Without the right technology applied to the right data and workflows, your information is flat-out gridlocked.”

So what exactly is the antidote?
Information mobility is the ability to move information throughout an organization, regardless of whether that format is paper or digital. It’s also the ability to transform that information – and to repurpose it or search for it – in any format. Ultimately, it means having access to the relevant data one needs anytime, anywhere in any form to drive better business outcomes.

Several technologies have been documented to support an organization’s information mobility, according to IDC’s research for Ricoh, including strong mobile device enablement, enterprise search, self-service portals, business process management software, enterprise social networks (ESN), intelligent data capture, and print/scan support for cloud applications and mobile devices.

Benefits of information mobility
One phase of IDC’s research into information mobility included in-depth qualitative interviews with 12 companies determined to have achieved information mobility maturity. These organizations represented a variety of industries – healthcare, financial services, government, manufacturing, energy, technology and transportation – and all had more than 500 employees. IDC probed the value these businesses experienced as a result of implementing several key information mobility-related technology initiatives. 

Among the findings:
• These companies experienced average net productivity increases of 28 percent.
• Eight of the 12 companies experienced revenue increases, which averaged 24 percent.
• Ten of the 12 experienced cost of operations reductions by an average of 23 percent.

Companies that embraced information mobility saw an average annual revenue increase of $7,210 per employee, a cost reduction of $16,027 per head, higher customer count, and lower churn. Companies with highest information mobility maturity enjoyed annual benefits in excess of $40,000 per employee, with the average being $24,000.

In its phase two research with 292 organizations, IDC categorized respondents based on their information mobility (IM) maturity. Only 17 percent had achieved the highest level (Champions), with the next three categories coming in at 33 percent (Contenders), 32 percent (Beginners) and 18 percent (Candidates).

Champions often dramatically outperformed the less mature companies. For example, 
76 percent of Champions provided mobile support to access most/all core enterprise software and repositories versus less than 27 percent for the others. Two-thirds of Champions (67 percent) had enabled mobile printing from most/all core enterprise applications versus less than 23 percent for the others.

“This research is central in our mission to help more organizations obtain greater business results from the information they create and capture every day,” said Tim Vellek, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Too often, corporate information is trapped in places and formats that are hard to search, access and incorporate into automated workflows. With information mobility as our framework, however, we are helping organizations devise strategies that drive new business results.”

Ricoh is dedicated to improving customers’ information mobility by understanding their workflows, improving their employees’ access to critical information, and helping them more effectively meet an ever-changing array of business challenges.

To learn more about this IDC research, please read this article on workintelligent.ly: www.workintelligent.ly/information/trends-information/2015-7-21-businesses-mismanaging-information

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

*IDC InfoBrief sponsored by Ricoh, Addressing Information Gridlock Achieves Real Business Benefits, July 2015.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 21 - SIX WAYS YOUR CORPORATE INFORMATION MAY BE GRIDLOCKED  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the availability of the RICOH Pro C7100 product line, its latest addition to its production print portfolio that offers customers best-in-class color printing technologies with the ability to print on textured media and custom materials. This four-color RICOH Pro C7100 helps printers expand their portfolios further into the graphic arts market at a price point not available in today’s market for this engine class.

This new addition to the RICOH Pro C7100 series, first announced at Graph Expo ’14, enables small and mid-sized printers to create more revenue streams, offer more competitive applications and produce higher volumes with fewer delays. Printers can now create output that stands out from the competition by offering oversize prints, window clings, VDP, POP displays, printing on textured media and custom materials, at an affordable price point. 

“Commercial printers face the ongoing challenge of completing a growing number of complex jobs, meeting tight deadlines, and doing so affordably,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We developed the RICOH Pro C7100 series as a cost-effective solution that meets our customers’ needs without sacrificing quality. With these latest models, printers can complete their most demanding workloads, expand into new markets and execute shorter print runs to help grow their business.” 

As printers look to maximize operational throughput at lowered costs, device uptime becomes critically important. With Ricoh’s Trained Customer Replaceable Units (TCRU) program, customers can replace more than a dozen parts without the aid of a technician, minimizing downtime needed for maintenance. This allows printers to focus on running their business while keeping an eye on the bottom line. 

The RICOH Pro C7100 series, available in both printer/scanner and printer only configurations, also features the following customer benefits:
• An AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt technology to enhance output on heavily textured media such as vellum and linen.
• Speeds of up to 90 pages per minute and a maximum sheet size of 13 x 19.2, with a monthly volume of 240,000 based on A4.
• Ricoh’s new vacuum feed LCT with an option to enable oversized prints of up to 27.5 inches in length.
• Tight sheet-to-sheet registration through a mechanical registration system that squares the sheet prior to imaging and can easily be adjusted from the user interface.
• A media library that allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to help ensure IQ and reliability.
• A self-contained liquid cooling system that keeps the developer at a constant temperature and minimizes disruptions in extended production runs.
• A complete suite of optional finishing solutions that result in collated, finished documents ready for distribution with no manual intervention. This includes in-line ring bind, perfect bind, as well as new Plockmatic Bookletmakers and GBC StreamPunch Ultra.
• The ability to expand in-line finishing options with the Ricoh Peripheral Interface Port (RPIP), enabling them to produce high quality finished work at higher speeds.

Visit the Ricoh website for further information: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. 

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 9 - NEW RICOH SOLUTION EMPOWERS PRINT SHOPS TO EFFECTIVELY CAPTURE, MANAGE AND TRANSFORM INFORMATION  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced enhancements to its software portfolio, which customers have long relied on to help ensure accuracy, efficiency and quality in their output operations. These updates to RICOH ProcessDirector and InfoPrint Manager address key pain points for print service providers looking to adapt to the new world of work, including those hoping to broaden their reach into new channels of communication, such as email and electronic presentment.

“We work with a lot of print service providers, many of whom have been trying to make the jump to multi-channel communications,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We identified the struggles they are experiencing as they try to efficiently operate additional communication channels. For some of our customers, three times as many channels could mean three times as much work – so we see an opportunity to enhance components of our legacy workflow offerings to help make their transition as smooth as possible.”

New capabilities to RICOH ProcessDirector are part of Ricoh’s Critical Communications solutions suite and help users achieve key objectives, including goals to:
• Cut costs, change up an approach, or meet customer demands by sending all or part of a job’s documents via email. Emailed documents can be set to dynamically pull key information into subject lines, arranging the message in the manner most useful to the reader.
• Allow users easy, secure access to their documents on their terms by setting all or part of a job’s documents to be represented in an accessible electronic format. With these electronic presentment capabilities, users can set separate versions for different audiences, such as internal help desk and external customers, with different kinds of information available. 
• Engage customers via the medium they prefer by leveraging a preference management system that matches communications addressed to a customer to their expressed preferred channel, pulled from a database collected from reader responses the user gathers.
• Reduce waste and increase workspace by utilizing preset AFP forms that are dynamically filled in at time of printing, so users no longer have to store preprinted forms, many of which can go unused.
• Keep data safe while making RICOH ProcessDirector easier to use, integrating its security system into users’ own infrastructure and allowing user accounts to be more easily managed across users’ systems.
• Pinpoint errors and learn from past successes with the ability to archive one’s entire production history.

In addition to these workflow software offerings, Ricoh has also enhanced its InfoPrint Manager solution. With its strong legacy in enabling printers to have centralized control of their print operations to improve visibility and efficiency, InfoPrint Manager now offers added support for Linux platforms, bringing the power of the enterprise output management solution to a broader range of users. Watch this video to see how: https://youtu.be/s-0uKGYiLj4. 

These enhancements continue Ricoh’s work to help its customers drive efficiencies and increase control in their output environments. For more information on how Ricoh can help your business, watch this video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh_ACSj5yEU&list=PLvWA5U4t_MHF3qYZ6zdLfqRh16nHt0LxL

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 9 - RICOH ENHANCES SOFTWARE PORTFOLIO TO HELP CUSTOMERS DRIVE EFFICIENCIES, INCREASE CONTROL IN OUTPUT ENVIRONMENTS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jul 9 - [GLOBAL] RICOH ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTOR IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Urban Fulfillment Services (UFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Lending Solutions, has upgraded its print operations by adding multiple InfoPrint 5000 continuous feed inkjet systems, helping to increase throughput and efficiency. UFS, the nation’s largest minority-owned business outsource services provider to the financial services industry, is now better able to meet customers’ and regulators’ stringent requirements, and exceed customer expectations by leveraging their partnership with Ricoh. 

“We work with our customers and with Ricoh to understand what the requirements are, what the problems are and what the customer has to work with. We then develop systems and procedures leveraging Ricoh technology to provide solutions that best address those requirements,” said Steve Wilson, Senior Vice President, Business Development, UFS. “The Ricoh team has become a proven and trusted partner because we can depend on them to provide honest insights into the technology and solutions currently available in the marketplace.  This helps us properly evaluate what can best address our customers’ needs.” 

Established in 2002 as a title and settlement services provider, UFS is now a major business outsource services provider that provides a wide variety of services to its clients, including document fulfillment services. To improve customer service and increase oversight of their print operations, UFS brought the production of documents in house this year, opening a brand new 25,000-square-foot print facility with a capacity of 1.8 million pages per day and 24/7 production capability. 

When UFS considered what new equipment to deploy in their new print facility, it knew it needed devices that could leverage high-quality inks to increase color gamut and meet corporate graphic requirements. UFS decision makers realized their customers sought the ability to print on heavier stocks for greater whiteness, brightness and opacity. Additionally, UFS wanted to incorporate Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) architecture in its new shop, leveraging this powerful platform to efficiently handle large file print streams. With those criteria in mind, UFS selected Ricoh and the InfoPrint 5000. 

The increased processing power and output quality from Ricoh’s InfoPrint 5000 has helped UFS to become a full service document production company. The platform offers UFS scalability, along with the ability to boost the print quality of complex jobs such as statement processing and marketing collateral on demand. The InfoPrint 5000 ink management tools help improve the accuracy of job estimates and monitor ink usage to lower operational costs. Its open print architecture helps ensure interoperability in multi-vendor environments. The InfoPrint 5000 also supports pigment, dye and MICR inks, and a wide range of paper stocks and file formats, along with support for process and spot colors and International Color Consortium (ICC)–based color management profiles. 

“Urban Fulfillment Services calls us their partner, not their vendor, and that is exactly what we aim to be with all of our customers. By allowing us to work side-by-side with them, we’ve been able to learn some of the particular challenges their industry and business faces and align our solutions to address them,” said Andre Brazeau, Vice President of Production Print Solutions, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Having seen many clients opening new print facilities to increase their production capabilities, we knew that the InfoPrint 5000 platform would give UFS the support needed to manage capacity and expand their service offerings, all while keeping overall costs down. We look forward to a long partnership with UFS.”

To learn more about UFS’ use of the InfoPrint 5000, watch this video: https://youtu.be/3GOfGhpuN10

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 8 - URBAN FULFILLMENT SERVICES INCREASES THROUGHPUT, REDUCES INEFFICIENCIES BY ADOPTING RICOH’S INFOPRINT 5000  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today introduced a new compact, durable and affordable black-and-white printer designed to bring higher levels of productivity to small offices, small businesses and corporate departments.

The RICOH SP 6430DN printer produces up to 38 pages per minute using Ricoh’s new LED imaging technology, which delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution without loss of print speed. Easily handling paper sizes up to 11 x 17 inches on a wide range of media, the device helps businesses save time and money by producing larger-format drawings, floor plans and schematics in house. 

The RICOH SP 6430DN includes powerful technology, including printing from smartphones and tablets with the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, to advance customers’ information mobility. Optional Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print enables the printer to support Google Cloud Print, which makes the device available on the Web to owners and anyone they choose to print from the applications they use every day.

Compact dimensions (18 x 15.5 x 14 inches) make the RICOH SP 6430DN small enough to fit on a desktop, an advantage for small office environments or workgroups. With three optional paper trays, the printer can handle up to 2,100 sheets of paper. A two-component supply design enables separate changing of the toner or drum to help minimize operating costs. Standard duplexing, an ECO-Night Sensor that powers the device down when the lights are turned off, and low energy consumption (ENERGY STAR® certification and EPEAT® Gold rated in the U.S.) help support sustainable business practices.

Advanced security options for the RICOH SP 6430DN include the USB Device Server, which lets workers access a second restricted network to help safeguard sensitive information. The optional hard disk drive helps protect confidentiality by requiring users to enter a passcode to release jobs.

“Whether standing alone or serving as part of a fleet, the RICOH SP 6430DN can play an important role in companies looking for hardworking, affordable machines that support new ways of working,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “While continuously producing high-quality documents, it supports the mobility of both workers and information that is so crucial today in achieving greater business goals.” 

MSRP for the RICOH SP 6430DN printer is $1,729. 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJul 1 - NEW RICOH BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINTER BRINGS AFFORDABLE A3’ POWER TO SMALL OFFICES AND BUSINESSES  News pressrelease also available in pdf

June 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced its participation in SkillsUSA’s 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). SkillsUSA  is a national organization serving teachers and high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. As part of its Graphic Communications sponsorship, Ricoh is providing several RICOH Pro C5100s, one of its leading color digital printing system, offering attendees hands-on technical experience with one of the most popular printing systems operating in businesses today. 

SkillsUSA, taking place June 22-26 in Louisville, KY will feature The SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. It rewards students for excellence, involves industry experts who directly evaluate student performance, and keeps training relevant employers’ needs. 

“In an ever-evolving production printing market, we at Ricoh see great value in participating in events like SkillsUSA, where we are given the opportunity to educate students on the latest trends, technologies and industry demands in this space,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In doing so, we are able to help future small business owners and enterprise executives prepare for what to expect in the industry as they begin their careers. We’re excited to be showcasing the RICOH Pro C5100s at this year’s conference and interested to see how students react to the versatility, speed and ease of use of the system.”

This year, participation in the SkillsUSA Championships’ Graphic Communications competition consists of an eight part contest which includes: digital press, digital workflow, electronic prepress, finishing, offset press operations, oral professional assessment, production planning and technical knowledge test. Ricoh will participate in the digital press segment where students will be challenged to set up a Ricoh device for proper file transfer, create a finished product that may consist of variable data or inline finishing, and finish with a short written test. Ricoh will also be giving away RICOH Theta cameras to this year’s SkillsUSA Championships winners.

For the first time ever, SkillsUSA, Ricoh and other industry partners will bring the Industry Supporting Its Future Workforce booth to this year’s GRAPH EXPO’s Education Main Street with a goal to encourage the youth to consider the graphic communications and printing industry as a career choice.  

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

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 22 - RICOH SHARES EXTENSIVE EXPERTISE WITH STUDENTS AT SKILLSUSA’S ANNUAL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jun 17 - [GLOBAL] RICOH USES GREEN POWER AT SITES AROUND THE WORLD ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Ricoh will demonstrate an exciting array of new solutions to support rapidly emerging workstyles  at InfoComm 2015, June 17-19 in Orlando, Florida, at Ricoh’s Booth #4043.

Visitors to Ricoh’s booth will experience new interactive whiteboards, portable videoconferencing systems and projectors, all designed to help workers meet the new challenges of today’s world of work. The solutions help organizations easily access important, relevant information and collaborate with teams working from home, the office or the road.

Visitors to Ricoh’s booth will sample the power of: 

Big-screen interactive whiteboards – The new RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510 enables presenters to create, edit and share drawings, designs and documents on a 55-inch-diagonal HD touchscreen, incorporating interactive content from their PCs, smartphones, tablets or thumb drives. As many as eight D5510s can be networked to support more than 160 onsite and remote participants at once. Visitors will also get a first look the 65-inch HD RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D6500, set to launch this fall.

Videoconferencing systems – The second generation of Ricoh’s innovative portable business-class videoconferencing system, the new RICOH Unified Communication System P3500, combines the power, security and quality of costly fixed, room-based business-class videoconferencing systems with the simplicity and portability of a laptop. The compact 3.5-pound P3500 helps workers collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners around the city or the planet, sharing real-time HD video, audio and documents as they work. The system includes an HD camera, microphone and speakers, and fits that inside a soft-sided carrying case.

Affordable projectors – The RICOH PJ S2240, RICOH PJ X2240 and RICOH PJ WX2240 are light, bright and versatile projectors offering high-end performance at affordable prices. Ideal for schools and businesses, the portable projection systems display images from PCs, cameras, video cameras and DVD players, projecting images of 30 inches to 300 inches diagonal at a range of resolutions.

A short-throw projection system capable of displaying an image between 30 and 400 inches  diagonal at a resolution of up to WXGA from 26 to 568 inches. Ideal for mounting in education settings, the new RICOH PJ X4241N and RICOH PJ WX4241N projectors enables an instructor to stand in front of a screen without casting a shadow or being blinded by glare. 

A new desk-edge projection system designed to be placed on the end of a conference room table, which frees up working surface and directs heat, glare, wires and fan sounds away from the participants. The RICOH PJ X3351N and RICOH PJ WX3351N projectors are capable of projecting an image 40 to 400 inches diagonal from a distance of 30 to 482 inches at a resolution of up to WXGA.

A new line of brighter “standard install” projectors, including Ricoh’s first HD projector. Designed for table or ceiling placement in small-to-mid-sized conference rooms, the 
RICOH PJ X5460, RICOH PJ WX5460 and RICOH PJ HD5450 projectors display images up to 300-inches diagonal at a resolution of up to 1080p.

“These devices reflect an emerging world where employees no longer have to take information as it comes,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Whether they want their information projected on a wall in front of a crowd, shared globally via an interactive whiteboard, or integrated into a secure on-the-fly videoconferencing session, their information will be working for them, not the other way around. That’s information mobility.”

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 16 - RICOH TO INTRODUCE POWERFUL COLLABORATION SOLUTIONS AT INFOCOMM 2015  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled the 5th Color Kit, a valuable collection of applications that commercial printers can use to demonstrate eye-catching five-color output to their customers. These practical applications – including tickets, fliers, badges and other documents commercial print customers often shop for – are bundled with step-by-step instructions for users looking to replicate them, along with detailed, need-to-know procedures like switching between white and clear toner. The 5th Color Kit is available for viewing at the Ricoh booth, #300, at IPMA in Orlando, Fla., this week.

The affordability of the RICOH Pro C7100X series gives printers the ability to broaden their portfolios. Now they can produce applications that take full advantage of the vastly expanded creative range a fifth color station affords. Expanded capabilities include the use of a much wider variety of substrates, as well as working with designs that could not be adequately reproduced by a four-color process.

“Commercial printers are seeking to expand into new markets, such as retail and fashion, at an affordable price point,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “What’s great about the 5th Color Kit is that it’s a practical guide that empowers them to do just that. It highlights the kind of applications commercial printers are looking for to increase revenues and incremental business – while also helping their customers deliver new, value-added services to their end users.” 

“We are always open to new opportunities and have been looking to break into high-end retail for a long time but we needed the right technology at the right price to deliver the results these types of clients demand,” said Nathaniel Grant, owner of GAM Graphics and Marketing. “Now, with the 5th Color Kit from Ricoh and the RICOH Pro C7100X, we’re doing the work we’ve always wanted to do, and we’re more profitable than ever. And I’m loving it.”

For more information on RICOH Pro C7100X series, visit http://bit.ly/RICOHPro7100X.

| 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 16 - NEW 5TH COLOR KIT SHOWS RICOH PRO C7100X USERS EYE-POPPING OUTPUT AND HOW TO CREATE IT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, today announced that it has received two honors from MSPmentor. Mona Abutaleb, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Joe Croft, Chief Financial Officer, of mindSHIFT were named to the 7th Annual MSPmentor 250 list, recognizing top managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs and experts. Added to this recognition, Penton Technology’s eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 MSPs, placed mindSHIFT among the top five managed service providers around the world. This is the sixth straight year mindSHIFT has placed in the top five.

“Our entire team is honored by the recognition and the accolades from the MSPmentor organization. Providing exceptional service to our customers is a core focus for our team, and this recognition is a symbol that we are continuing to succeed,” said Abutaleb. “Ranking number four on the MSPmentor 501 and having two executives listed on the MSPmentor 250 further demonstrate our commitment to providing customers with both business and technical expertise to help them experience high-quality and unmatched service.”

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in an annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. Rankings are based on Penton Technology’s unique criteria for MSPs, such as annual recurring revenue, total revenue and more.

"Thank you to all the companies who participated in this yearJun 11 - PENTON TECHNOLOGY RECOGNIZES MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES IN THE MSPMENTOR 501 GLOBAL EDITION AND THE 7TH ANNUAL MSPMENTOR 250  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today continued pushing the boundaries of information mobility with a new big-screen interactive whiteboard enabling collaboration with more than 160 onsite and remote participants at once.

The new RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510 – being demoed at InfoComm 2015 now through June 19 in Orlando, Florida, at Ricoh’s Booth #4043 – is ideal for a wide range of presentation and collaboration activities, including all-inclusive corporate strategy sessions, architectural reviews, education, interactive  training sessions, legal team case development and much more.

Presenters can create drawings, review designs, edit documents and share meeting notes on a 55-inch-diagonal HD screen, incorporating interactive content from their PCs or thumb drives. The RICOH D5510’s streamlined tablet-like design enables even first-time users to easily write, draw, edit, move, resize and save content via intuitive touch-screen controls. No software downloads, calibration or training is required.

Presenters can invite up to 168 participants to view images and information via a virtual private network connecting up to eight RICOH D5510s. Annotations made on one RICOH D5510 appear instantaneously on the other seven and throughout the audience connected to them.

“In this new world of work, presenters need to share their best ideas instantly, broadly and securely in whatever way best enlightens the audience,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “With the new RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510, workers can collaborate and interact using multiple whiteboards connected over a virtual private network, or via their PCs and mobile devices. There are virtually no more boundaries to collaboration, except the ones you want to enforce, and the D5510’s unparalleled security makes that easy.”

Security is paramount
Participants log into RICOH D5510 whiteboard sessions via password, and all data is erased from the whiteboard after the presentation is closed, helping protect the user’s most critical business information. Other interactive whiteboards are essentially full-blown computers, not only making them complex to use but vulnerable to viruses and intruders. The RICOH D5510 is a simple-to-operate firmware-based system that is more resistant to intrusion. 

The RICOH D5510 improves on its predecessor, the RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5500, with new HDMI inputs for true HD video playback and audio ports for speakers. New intelligent character recognition (ICR) capability now captures words on the screen as searchable text in password-protected PDF documents. The new interface includes intuitive nested commands arranged according to common workflows as well as a new set of auto shapes, including lines, arrows and stamps.

The smooth-writing, natural-feeling electronic pen is included with the RICOH D5510 and features a soft-touch nib and erase function in the base, enabling fine lines that are critical for marking up engineering and other detailed documents. Users can easily print, save or email the content from the screen. The whiteboard’s 1920 x 1080 dpi resolution provides optimal clarity for detail created by the pen or presented in drawings or schematics.

Connect to other Ricoh devices for an enhanced experience
Users can extend the power of the RICOH D5510 by creating remote interactive whiteboards on their walls using the RICOH PJ WX4141NI business projection system and a PC connection. The RICOH D5510 can also be used as a high-quality display for Ricoh’s Unified Communication System – the RICOH P3500 or other videoconferencing systems while sharing information via the RICOH D5510’s picture-in-picture function.

The RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5510 is available now at a suggested retail price of $7,140 for the whiteboard, $1,126 for the optional stand and $1,200 for a collaboration license.
 
More interactive whiteboards on the way
InfoComm 2015 attendees will also get a first look at a slightly larger whiteboard system, the RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D6500, set to launch this fall. Customizable for business or education, the RICOH D6500 will feature a 65-inch HD display with enhanced touch capabilities.

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 9 - RICOH UNVEILS NEW SECURED INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD CAPABLE OF HOSTING NETWORKED COLLABORATION FOR MORE THAN 160 USERS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jun 5 - [GLOBAL] RICOH PIONEERS EPEAT REGISTRATION WITH MFPS AND PRINTERS IN INDIA
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that Ethan Novek of Greenwich High School in Connecticut and Robert Z. Halfon of American Heritage School of Boca Delray in Florida have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA) for innovations in alternative energy and waste management solutions at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2015. The award program, bestowed by Ricoh for the 11th consecutive year, honors students who develop innovations that strengthen environmental sustainability. At Intel ISEF 2015, the RSDA highlights the efforts of exceptional students, supporting Ricoh’s efforts to enable a sustainable future for the new world of work.

By demonstrating economic and efficient solutions that will help create a more resilient business climate and support a sustainable future, honorees Novek and Halfon were awarded a total of $25,000 in scholarships from Ricoh.

“It’s rewarding to see students every year who take their ingenuity, talent and hard work and create new innovative solutions that demonstrate that achieving environmental sustainability in today’s new world of work is possible,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Ricoh is proud to support these young innovators in their future endeavors and to continue encouraging students to join us in our mission to enable information mobility solutions that will encourage an environmentally sustainable future.”

Novek developed a low grade waste heat recovery system that generates electricity by engineering a concentration gradient using carbon dioxide emissions and recycled ammonia in an Osmotic Heat Engine. As a result, Novek was able to produce 14.4Wh of electricity per carbon dioxide molecule scrubbed, translating to 180 MWh per day from a 500 MW power plant. This proposed system proved that it could dramatically lower the cost of carbon capture/sequestration and could convert other waste products into valuable urea, while simultaneously improving the efficiency of power plants and industrial facilities.

Halfon took a different approach and sought to address inefficient waste management and harmful nonrenewable energy sources by means of micro-scale anaerobic digestion. In doing so, Halfon tested theories that suggested food substances with a neutral pH would yield high amounts of biogas and that 70 mM of ferrous sulfate would substantially increase its production. The results of Halfon’s project concluded that neutral pH was found to be 417 percent more efficient than acidic pH, ferrous sulfate treatment was found to increase biogas production by 136.28 percent. Ultimately, Halfon realized an overall 976.05 percent increase in biogas production with all variables controlled and implemented.

As part of the Special Awards Ceremony at Intel ISEF, Ricoh presents the RSDA recognition to students who develop new innovations that support the company’s goal to spread environmentally and socially responsible business practices. Ricoh’s involvement in this initiative has resulted in nearly $400,000 in scholarships being awarded to 28 students throughout the company’s 11 years of participation.

The RSDA is an integral part of Ricoh’s mission to pass down its vision of a sustainable society to the next generation, reinforcing Ricoh’s belief in four pillars of sustainability: energy conservation, resource conservation and recycling, pollution prevention, and biodiversity conservation. In support of this vision, Ricoh strives to minimize its environmental impact from resource extraction, energy consumption, chemical discharges, emissions and other activities, and to conserve the Earth’s precious resources. Additionally, Ricoh supports a business model that minimizes the footprint of its activities while maximizing its economic value and contribution to society.

For past recipients’ stories and to learn more details about Ricoh’s care for the environment, please visit 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 2 - STUDENTS WORKING INNOVATIVELY TOWARD ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY WIN RICOH AWARDS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
With so much of the world’s business information gridlocked and unsecured, Ricoh is giving its customers a new, better way to access information through an expanded partnership with EMC® Corporation. Ricoh will extend its services offerings to include EMC Syncplicity®, a powerful enterprise file synchronization and sharing solution, which will serve as another tool to help Ricoh customers improve workflow and make information accessible to those who need it to run their business – known as information mobility.

This agreement expands Ricoh’s increasingly strategic partnership with EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, a longtime partner providing Ricoh and its customers with content management solutions including document capture and document management.

Syncplicity is a subscription service that gives workforces all the mobility and flexibility of personal cloud file-sharing solutions, such as Dropbox, with additional capabilities to help satisfy IT’s growing concerns surrounding security, administration, control, enterprise visibility and audit trails for compliance. Syncplicity is an elegant alternative to using FTP sites, which can be cumbersome and offer limited administrative controls, as well as email to transfer large files, whose size restrictions often block photos and video sharing.

“At Ricoh, we’re focused on helping customers manage their ever-changing workflow needs in today’s dynamic work environment,” said Jason Dizzine, Director, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Having the ability to seamlessly access and share digital files across multiple computing platforms is one essential component.”

Like personal cloud storage services, Syncplicity provides workers with seamless access to documents, files and shared folders from their PCs, tablets, smartphones, and Web browsers both inside and outside of the office. Workers can keep files where they are and share them with one click – no extra dragging and dropping. The software automatically syncs newest versions across all authorized users and devices.

Syncplicity, however, also helps solve a growing security threat posed by the increasing use of personal cloud storage services. These consumer-class services offer IT little to no visibility or control, and put sensitive data at risk. For example, users who leave a company can potentially take proprietary information with them. 

More than 8 in 10 (84 percent) of IT professionals surveyed by Harris Poll in 2014 agreed that “adoption of free file synchronization and sharing products by employees creates a potential security problem.” Ricoh’s deepening partnership with EMC helps customers address this issue. Syncplicity offers industry leading security, administration and control features to help keep files secure and organizations in compliance. IT, for example, can manage read, write and access permissions folder by folder and document by document. IT can also remotely wipe corporate data from workers personal devices if they leave their jobs. With Syncplicity’s policy-driven StorageVaults, file storage can be in the cloud, on premise or in a hybrid cloud (a combination of both). 

That’s why Ricoh and EMC are addressing the problem. Jeetu Patel, GM of Syncplicity Business Unit said, “The new mobile workforce is demanding ways to easily access, share and collaborate on files on all their devices. To enhance mobile productivity and prevent files from leaking into the consumer-oriented file sharing solutions, enterprise file sync and share solutions need to be able to bridge the gap between files no matter where they live – both digital and non-digital. We are excited to be working with Ricoh, a clear leader in helping businesses gain control of both digital and physical documents in the workplace, as they deliver innovative productivity and file security solutions to both their own workforce and to their customers.”

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJun 1 - RICOH EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH EMC TO DELIVER BUSINESS-QUALITY FILE SYNCHRONIZATION AND SHARING  News pressrelease also available in pdf

May 2015

May 27 - [GLOBAL] THE TENTH YEAR OF RICOH GLOBAL ECO ACTION
May 18 - [GLOBAL] "ENERGY-GENERATING RUBBER" COMBINES FLEXIBILITY AND HIGH-OUTPUT
Ricoh today announced seven new projectors that fit into a wide range of business and education applications. This new lineup includes Desk Edge, Short Throw, and Standard Install models that help businesses and schools collaborate more effectively in today’s dynamic communications environment. 

“Our projection technology has evolved rapidly to offer customers a wide range of features and solutions,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These new projectors are brighter, easier to position, and offer greater connectivity to bring participants together for better, more effective information sharing sessions.”

The new systems – which will be on display during InfoComm 2015, June 17-19 in Orlando, FL at Ricoh’s booth #4043 – include:

• A short-throw projection system capable of displaying an image between 60 – 400 inches diagonal at a resolution of up to WXGA from 24” – 169.6”. Ideal for mounting in education settings, the new RICOH PJ X4241N and RICOH PJ WX4241N series enables an instructor to stand in front of a screen without casting a shadow or being blinded by glare. Presenters can use an optional electronic pen to mark up the image or drive the device (PC, laptop, etc.) that is projecting the image. This de facto interactive whiteboard system can be part of an online interactive conference involving more than 160 people.

The series includes improved brightness over predecessor models at 3,300 lumens. A new 360-degree installation capability makes it easy to project images onto floors and ceilings for striking presentations or marketing experiences. Standard Miracast functionality creates a peer-to-peer wireless connection enabling the projector to display content directly from Microsoft Windows and Android mobile devices. Standard wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity on the PJ WX4241N, a first for Ricoh, enables users to simultaneously operate the device from either network, especially helpful for hosting guest presenters. Other new features include 4-point Keystone correction, MPEG4 files played back from a USB drive, and WPA2-Enterprise security.

• A new desk-edge system designed to be placed on the end of a conference room table, which frees up working surface and directs heat, glare, wires and fan sounds away from the participants. The RICOH PJ X3351N and RICOH PJ WX3351N are capable of projecting an image 40 - 400-inches diagonal from a distance of 30.3” – 481.9” at a resolution of up to WXGA. Ideal for business, the portable systems are brighter than predecessor models at 3,500 lumens and include the same 360-degree, Miracast, wired/wireless connectivity and wireless security as the new short-throw models.

• A new line of brighter Standard Install projectors, including Ricoh’s first HD projector. Designed for small-to-mid-sized conference rooms, the RICOH PJ X5460, RICOH PJ WX5460 and RICOH PJ HD5450 projectors display images up to 300-inches diagonal at a resolution of up to 1080p. Full HD is ideal for engineering designs, spreadsheets, and other detailed documents where high resolution is critical.

The systems project their bright crisp images with an output of up to 4,100 lumens, higher than their predecessors, and offer a lamp life of up to 4,000 hours (Eco mode). Like the short-throw and desk-edge systems, these projectors offer keystone correction to rectify image distortion, as well as automatic brightness control and energy-saving standby mode. All of the new systems have 10-watt speakers and support 3D content with optional glasses.

The projection systems are available now. MSRPs are as follows:

RICOH PJ X4241N - $1,175.00
RICOH PJ WX4241N - $1,250.00
RICOH PJ X3351N - $1,165.00
RICOH PJ WX3351N - $1,275.00
RICOH PJ X5460 - $1,020.00
RICOH PJ WX5460	- $1,188.00
RICOH PJ HD5450	- $1,435.00

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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMay 18 - RICOH UNVEILS BRIGHTER, SHARPER LINE OF PROJECTORS FOR BUSINESS AND EDUCATION  News pressrelease also available in pdf

April 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled the RICOH Unified Communication System P3500, the second generation of its innovative portable business-class videoconferencing system. 

With a new HD camera and HDMI input/output, the RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 (built on the VidyoWorks™ platform from Vidyo) combines the power, security and quality of costly, fixed, room-based business-class videoconferencing systems with the added benefits of simple operation and portability.

Using the P3500, organizations can achieve new levels of information mobility by enabling employees to connect and collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners on the road or around the world, sharing real-time HD video, audio and document files. 

“Mobility is the dominant new workstyle, and the P3500 gives everyone a way to stay connected when traveling or working from home,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “The P3500 is the ideal middle road between very-expensive room-based systems and risky consumer tools, and is an excellent way to reduce the time and cost of travel.”

Ricoh will demo the P3500 at InfoComm 2015 June 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 4043).

Portable without compromise
The RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 is about the size of a laptop and just as versatile. The 3.5-pound device includes a HD camera, microphone and speakers that fit inside a soft-sided carrying case. Users simply plug into AC power, Internet connection and display, projector or monitor, and are videoconferencing in about 60 seconds. A 2.0 megapixel camera provides an expansive 125-degree wide-angle view, showing every participant clearly and enabling users to zoom in on individual speakers using the supplied remote control. Data can also be shared with the group from anyone on the call. Once subscribed to Ricoh’s cloud service, starting a video conference is as simple as accessing the address books via the one-touch control.

The RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 can support numerous locations using either P3500s or RICOH Unified Communication System apps (for Windows, Android and iOS operating systems) downloaded to users’ PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets or smartphones (devices require a camera for video conferencing) and display nine locations simultaneously. The system includes business-class security features such as encrypted data streams over wireless networks. It also connects to Ricoh projection systems to create impressive videoconferencing rooms on the fly. 

The RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 ensures a high-quality videoconferencing experience via the H.264/SVC compression standard, which adjusts resolution, frame rate and compression to accommodate available bandwidth.

The MSRP for the RICOH Unified Communication System P3500 is $2,200 plus a subscription fee. 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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 29 - RICOH ADDS HD TO UNIQUELY PORTABLE BUSINESS VIDEOCONFERENCING SYSTEM  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the launch of its CHAMPS Cloud IT Services, a cloud-based services portfolio developed exclusively for Ricoh Family Group dealer partners in the US. This new offering, available via Ricoh’s CHAMPS dealer services program, incorporates proven technology solutions from industry-leading mindSHIFT, a Ricoh Company. CHAMPS Cloud IT Services provides dealers with services such as Total IT Help Desk, Server Management, Hosted Exchange Email, and Email Archiving, helping to deliver extra value-add to customers.   

In today’s technological business world, dealers are seeking ways to integrate reliable and proven cloud IT and mobile solutions without a large upfront investment. mindSHIFT services provide dealers the opportunity to expand their product portfolio to include IT services through a trusted and experienced IT services partner. The 2014 acquisition of mindSHIFT has enabled Ricoh to take this key step in the evolution of its CHAMPS services program. With more than 15 years of proven experience, mindSHIFT will provide dealers with the most widely used and in-demand cloud IT services from a variety of recognized industry leaders through an easy-to-use web-based control panel that provides automated service activation and account management.  

“The relationship we have with Ricoh is one through which we learn and share our feedback and it is clear that Ricoh listens to what we need,” said Dawn Abbuhl, President, Repeat Business Systems, Inc. of Albany, N.Y. and member of Ricoh’s National Dealer Council. “We told Ricoh that our customers want a ‘one stop shop’ for all services – and that we want a partner that will help us expand our portfolio and also enhance the value we deliver to our customers. And, in today’s environment, we look more toward cloud services to give our customers the flexibility and simplicity they are seeking. As a result, they’ve since announced their CHAMPS Cloud IT Services portfolio, and we’re excited about what we’ve heard of it and are eager to dive deeper.”

Components of the CHAMPS Cloud IT Services portfolio include: 
• Total IT Help Desk: U.S. based, quick and efficient technical support to manage end-user devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 
• Server Management: Whether the customer’s servers are on premise, in a datacenter or in the cloud, mindSHIFT’s highly skilled server management technicians know how to manage and proactively support them. 
• Hosted Exchange Email: Enables customers to benefit from business email without the IT management hassles. Email, calendars, contacts and more are available at their fingertips. 
• Email Archiving: Enables users to safely archive and easily access email for storage, compliance, eDiscovery and disaster recovery requirements.

“We mean it when we say our goal is to collaborate with our dealer partners so that we can both be successful. To me, that dedication is evidenced by the launch of Ricoh’s CHAMPS Cloud IT Services,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh USA. “With mindSHIFT’s technologies, services and expertise added to our unique and unmatched CHAMPS services portfolio, we are providing dealers with a services-led approach to grow their businesses without large upfront investments. Our partners asked for support ultimately running healthier businesses, and we’re confident this launch addresses just that.” 

To hear more about Ricoh’s CHAMPS Cloud IT Services, watch this video with Mona Abutaleb, President and CEO of mindSHIFT, discussing its value to U.S.-based Ricoh, Savin and Lanier dealers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCYGne0ZxqI.

Ricoh’s CHAMPS program eliminates the need for dealers to work with or manage multiple vendors, as it is a single source for their copy, printing and IT management needs. Unlike other programs, CHAMPS consists of a unique portfolio of business-expanding services, Managed Document & Business Process Services, Digital Imaging Services, Production Print Services, and now Cloud IT Services. It is an innovative approach that enables dealers to successfully advance their business models and gain the proper knowhow aligned with the expertise to offer advanced services that deliver information mobility and ultimately help customers capture, transform and manage information more effectively in today’s new world of work. 

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

About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.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 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 28 - RICOH LAUNCHES CHAMPS CLOUD IT SERVICES, LEVERAGING AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS FROM MINDSHIFT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, announced today that it has signed a long term lease agreement for the construction of a new data center and office space in Commack, New York.

This new facility is the next step forward in the strategic investment by Ricoh to expand its information technology services portfolio.

Executive quotes
• Mona Abutaleb, President and CEO, mindSHIFT said: “Since mindSHIFT became part of the Ricoh family, we’ve been working diligently to deliver enhanced products and services to our growing customer base. Today’s expansion announcement is a wonderful testament to that effort – providing access to a world class and technologically superior data center to support our customers’ complex IT and cloud demands.”
• Robert Lamendola, General Manager, mindSHIFT said: “Customers today are requiring their cloud partners to be flexible, provide the very latest in technology offerings, and quickly scale as their businesses grow. We hear that message loud and clear and understand not only the needs of our customers but their challenges as well. This is why mindSHIFT and Ricoh are making a significant investment in this facility as it ultimately is an investment to support our customer’s growth and future success.”

Facility capacity and specifications
• The new facility, located in Commack, is projected to have 20,000 ft² of raised floor and additional office space
• The 24/7/365 Network Operations Center (NOC) will offer advanced technologies in monitoring, reporting, and network intrusion detection
• Customers will be able to take advantage of this high end infrastructure cloud hosting facility that can serve either as their primary site for critical applications or as a Disaster Recovery site
• The project will undertake a two-phase construction approach. When fully built out, the new center will have the following capabilities, helping to enhance performance and helping to facilitate system uptime and redundancy:
o 6 megawatts of electrical capacity 
o 2N Uninterrupted Power Systems (UPS)
o Advanced cooling technologies
o N+1 emergency generator support
o 20,000g fuel tank for emergency support 
o Connectivity with multiple fiber providers, with multiple points of entry
o Advanced fire suppression clean agent systems, with N+1 redundant support

About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 27 - MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES DATA CENTER FACILITIES EXPANSION IN COMMACK, NY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled three light, bright and versatile projectors offering high-quality performance at affordable prices.

The projection systems help schools and businesses achieve higher levels of information mobility and better outcomes by dynamically sharing information previously locked in digital files or paper. 

The RICOH PJ S2240, RICOH PJ X2240 and RICOH PJ WX2240 can display images from PCs, cameras, video cameras and DVD players. The projection systems provide a range of resolution – SGA, XGA and WXGA resolution respectively – at a brightness of up to 3,100 lumens (3,000 for the RICOH PJ S2240 and RICOH PJ X2240). They project images of 30 inches to 300 inches measured diagonally, but are as easy to carry as a laptop, weighing only 5.75 pounds in a 12.5-x-9-x-4-inch package.

Ricoh will demo the projection systems at InfoComm 2015, June 17-19 in Orlando, Fla.(Booth 4043).

“These new, affordable projectors were designed specifically for schools that require bright, high-performance projectors, but are working under tight budgets,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Visual Communications Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “New, more engaging ways of learning and working mean better results from time invested in the classroom and workplace.”
 
The RICOH PJ S2240, RICOH PJ X2240 and RICOH PJ WX2240 include an HDMI input for display of Blu-ray movies, a high contrast ratio (10,000:1) for sharper detail, and whisper-quiet operation at less than 34 decibels. An Eco Mode option reduces power consumption, extends lamp life to 6,000 hours and further reduces noise. The systems include a remote control and all cables. Glasses for viewing 3D media are an available option for all Ricoh DLP projectors.

All three models are available now and include a three-year warranty. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are: RICOH PJ S2240, $462; RICOH PJ X2240, $587; and RICOH PJ WX2240, $700.
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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 16 - RICOH ENTRY-LEVEL DLP PROJECTORS STRIKE IDEAL BALANCE OF POWER AND AFFORDABILITY  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today introduced a new printer and multifunction product (MFP) line that brings big-business power and reliability to small offices and home offices. 

The monochrome RICOH SP 3600DN printer and RICOH SP 3600SF/SP 3610SF MFP produce 31 pages per minute using Ricoh’s new LED print technology, which delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution without loss of print speed.

The devices include powerful technology to advance customers’ information mobility, including printing from smartphones and tablets via the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app, and the ability to scan paper documents and convert them to digital files for sending via email and storage on network folders, USB drives and FTP sites. Compact dimensions (as small as 15 x 15 x 10.5 inches) make the devices small enough to fit on a desktop, an advantage for the increasing number of home-based workers.

The RICOH SP 3600DN printer and SP 3600SF/SP 3610SF MFP handle paper sizes up to 8.5 x 14 inches, stocks up to 90 lb. Index, and paper loads of up to 850 sheets. Operating costs are reduced by features such as the machines’ two-part supply design, which enables separate changing of the toner or drum, as well as standard duplexing and low energy consumption (EPEAT® Silver and ENERGY STAR™ certification).

The MFPs supplement printing with copying, scanning and faxing, and include advanced features such as ID card copy, G3 faxing, LAN faxing, color scanning and the ability to create TIFF, JPG and PDF files. The SP 3610SF includes single-pass two-sided scanning for enhanced speed and productivity.

“Our customers told us they wanted compact, affordable alternatives to A3 devices without sacrificing all the capabilities they’ve come to expect from departmental devices,” said John Brophy, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We delivered, putting Ricoh’s award-winning technology into our expanding line of mid-volume A4 devices.” 

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $355 for the RICOH SP 3600DN printer. MSRP for the SP 3600SF is $540, and MSRP for the SP 3610SF is $605.

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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 16 - NEW RICOH PRODUCTS BRING BIG POWER TO SMALL OFFICES, HOME OFFICES AND WORKGROUPS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today introduced AFP2PDF Plus, a new addition to the Ricoh Web Enablement solutions suite that enables customers to transform powerful Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) data streams into Web-ready electronic PDF documents.  In today’s new world of work, AFP2PDF Plus helps customers stay competitive by embracing electronic presentment as an additional method for reaching audiences, addressing them in a popular, cost-effective and easy-to-use format that encourages engagement and facilitates placing well indexed documents within workflows and records management systems. 

With AFP2PDF Plus, the transform process is swift and accurate, producing electronic output with the same fidelity and precision that AFP has come to signify. The solution provides significant performance advances over the previous version of AFP2PDF, with performance tests showing improvement in pages transformed per second by up to four times. Written in JAVA, AFP2PDF Plus runs on a wide range of computing platforms, including AIX, Windows and Linux. 

AFP2PDF Plus, with its high-performance JAVA multi-threaded client/server technology, has been designed to seamlessly integrate with both new and existing installations of IBM Content Manager OnDemand. Integrating AFP2PDF Plus into other software environments is simple due to its robust command line interface and JAVA API set.  

Additional features include:
• Ability to remove sensitive information, such as social security and credit card numbers to help meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements (when used with the optional AFP Visual Environment filter program software)
• PDF Page Piece Dictionary Indexing for loading PDF data into content management systems, cutting data load time 
• Enhanced PDF encryption and security support, leveraging RC4 40- and 128-bit, AES 128- and 256-bit and digital signature protections

“In today’s business world, electronic communications are key. Print-only customers have a major disadvantage if they’re not able to reach that electronic market space with their message,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “In response to that growing trend, we have created the tools they need to stay competitive, maintain customer relationships, and more quickly respond to customer needs. AFP2PDF Plus ensures that customers can quickly and easily provide attractive, effective electronic presentment options for the communications they – and their customers – deliver.”

For additional information regarding AFP2PDF Plus, please contact your Ricoh representative. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 14 - RICOH LAUNCHES AFP2PDF PLUS, BROADENING SUPPORT FOR AFP TRANSFORMS AND MULTI-CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Patients expect their hospital experience to involve nothing less than the latest technology. That’s why the idea of too much paperwork scares them off, sometimes to the point of choosing the Internet for help with medical conditions.

These are among the findings of an online survey conducted by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults in the United States on behalf of Ricoh Americas Corporation. The focus was information mobility in American hospitals, the ability to efficiently move information among clinical and administrative workers regardless of whether it’s paper-based or digital.

Many U.S. adults say:
• Hospitals are drowning in paperwork, which cuts into the time healthcare workers are able to spend with patients (77 percent said this).
• Hospital patients feel more connected to healthcare providers who don’t spend a lot of time on paperwork during visits (79 percent).
• They would rather search treatments on the Internet for non-life threatening medical issues than deal with hospital paperwork to see a healthcare professional (60 percent).
• Hospitals that use tablets or other mobile devices to collect information from patients are more efficient than those that don’t (74 percent).

“Everyone knows that paperwork can be inefficient and that electronic health records are a major goal of healthcare technology initiatives,” said Ron Nielson, Vice President, Ricoh Healthcare, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “But this survey goes further, revealing that patients react viscerally to the red tape they encounter in hospitals. We need to do better now, and we can.”

The same research documented the benefits of reducing paperwork and digitizing hospital workflows. 
• Nearly 9 in 10 (85 percent) respondents said they would feel more comfortable about a hospital’s quality of care knowing it is using the latest technology.  
• More than 9 in 10 U.S. adults (92 percent) support hospitals spending money on technology to allow healthcare workers to spend more time with patients.  
• More than 8 in 10 said that with the increased use of information management technology, hospital visits are more efficient (85 percent) and hospital admission and discharge processes go much faster (83 percent).

There’s even an emotional dimension to the use of newer technology in hospitals: More than half (54 percent) say patients are less anxious during hospital visits when healthcare providers use tablets or other mobile devices to collect information.

“For whatever reason, hospitals seem to lag behind other business segments in the ability of clinicians and staff to access the information they need when they need it,” continued Nielson. “Ricoh has studied the problem in depth and has developed powerful solutions to address common healthcare information needs, such as electronic health records, patient chart scanning, health information management workflow, patient ID wristbands, secure plain-paper prescription printing, and more. All of these are designed to help address healthcare’s needs for privacy, security, cost-effectiveness and a seamless patient experience.”

About Information Mobility 
Information mobility includes the ability to transform hospital information – and to repurpose it or search for it – in any format. The goal is to have access to the relevant data one needs anytime, anywhere.

Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States between February 18-20, 2015 among 2,053 adults aged 18 and over (among which 960 have been an outpatient and/or inpatient in a hospital in the past five years) by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh via its QuickQuery omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. 

For more information, visit Ricoh’s booth (#2875) at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exposition, April 12-16, 2015 in Chicago. For details on Ricoh’s full line of products, services and solutions for healthcare, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/healthcare.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 13 - WITH HOSPITALS ‘DROWNING IN PAPERWORK,’ PATIENTS LOOK TO INTERNET FOR TREATMENT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that it has signed an agreement with Mimaki USA to distribute Mimaki JFX200-2513 and Mimaki JFX500-2131 high-performance flatbed inkjet printers. These models, designed for high quality and larger output printing, are now available for purchase through Ricoh sales channels. With this reseller agreement, Ricoh continues to expand its hardware and software offerings for graphic communications providers interested in growing or creating a wide-format printing business. Attendees of ISA International Sign Expo 2015 can visit the Ricoh booth #805 to see the JFX200-2513 model in action. Mimaki JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 printers are designed to address a variety of wide-format needs including applications such as interior décor, indoor display panels and outdoor signs; and are able to print on glass, metal and much more.

“Ricoh is an industry leader in digital production print, with a talented and vast group of specialists who know the market and help their customers grow their business,” said Ken VanHorn, Director, Marketing and Business Development, Mimaki USA. “At Mimaki, we pride ourselves on delivering solutions that help customers achieve their desired results affordably and effectively. Teaming with Ricoh will help us do just that, more broadly and more quickly.” 

Mimaki JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 models are valuable additions to any printer’s repertoire, especially those venturing into wide-format printing for the first time and looking to expand their specialty graphics applications. The Mimaki wide-format flatbed printers provide high quality color and larger output at an affordable price. As the demand for wide-format printers has increased, Ricoh has worked to offer its customers printers appropriate for their changing needs and the evolving application trends. 

“With the new Mimaki flatbed wide format printer that we purchased through Ricoh, we are now able to print on basically any type of substrate and on materials up to almost 2 inches thick. Bottom line: the applications are endless. It really is an on-demand type of product,” said Vince Lepera, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Pacful, Inc. “We printed a photo stock setting of ‘Route 66’ on double doors in our office using the Mimaki JFX200-2513, and when we have clients come in, it has an immediate wow factor.”

Both the JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 models use abrasion-resistant UV inks that are durable in both indoor and outdoor conditions. They are capable of handling substrates up to 1.97 inches thick, and 4.2 x 8.2 feet in size for the JFX200-2513 model and 6.9 x 10 feet for the JFX500-2131 model. The devices are easily operated from a one-stop control point located on the front of the device. Mimaki wide-format flatbed printers feature a long-life, energy-saving UV-LED curing unit that can help printers avoid time- and energy-cost sinks typically caused by longer warm-up and cool-down periods.

“Our customers are used to best-in-class digital production print solutions from Ricoh, and the addition of the Mimaki wide-format flatbed printers will further enable our clients to expand into the wide-format flatbed business at an affordable price point,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These devices’ unique ability to prevent and correct common errors that affect wide-format print jobs fit perfectly into our customers’ demands for efficiency and quality. Mimaki’s ongoing efforts to create equipment with minimal downtime, footprint and energy cost are initiatives Ricoh is proud to support.”

At the ISA International Sign Expo 2015, Ricoh will highlight key features of the JFX200-2513 flatbed printer, including:
• Two-layer print function – capable of printing separate layers of both white and CYMK color allows for faster printing on clear and transparent substrates. 
• Vacuum table unit – easily controlled with ON/OFF switches located in the front area of the printer. The two toggle switches separately control each of the two vacuum partitions that facilitate secure and accurate media positioning.
• Bulk ink supply system – with Mimaki’s newly developed ink supply system, 1-liter bottles of UV ink are easily and quickly inserted and removed from the front of the printer. The system accommodates up to eight bottles of ink for CMYKx2 or CMYK+W+C and UV Primer ink.
• Direct to media/substrate printing – able to handle all types of media and substrates including acrylics, foam board, corrugated plastics, metal – almost any media up to 1.9” thick.
• Low power, long life UV-LED curing lamps – ideal for printing on media that is vulnerable to thermal deformation or color change due to the lamps’ reduced heat output. 

To make an appointment with Ricoh at the ISA International Sign Expo, please contact Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.com. 

About Mimaki USA
Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial markets. In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrated 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 9 - RICOH AND MIMAKI USA SIGN RESELLER AGREEMENT TO BRING HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLATBED PRINTERS TO MARKET VIA THE RICOH CHANNEL  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation was positioned as a leader in IDC MarketScape’s newest assessment of a dozen smart MFP vendors.

Ricoh’s “smart MFP portfolio appropriately revolves around IDCApr 7 - RICOH NAMED A “LEADER” IN IDC MARKETSCAPE ON SMART MFP  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh today deepened its relationship with the Miami Marlins, becoming the Major League Baseball franchise’s Official Document Solutions Partner. The new partnership builds on a three-year relationship in which Ricoh has helped this dynamic organization improve its accounts payable workflows and ultimately achieve increasing levels of information mobility. 

Ricoh also announced it has become the title sponsor for the most exclusive seating, lounge, and business conference space in Marlins Park. Now called the Ricoh Diamond Club, the elegant setting located just behind home plate will host season ticket owners and VIP guests for dining, hospitality, baseball and business meetings. More than 100,000 people enter the park through the Diamond Club entrance every year.

As part of the agreement, Ricoh will equip the Diamond Club’s exclusive conference room, now known as the Ricoh Business Center, with the RICOH PJ WX4141NI Ultra Short Throw Projector and other powerful business technology to improve collaboration and information sharing. Use of the Ricoh Business Center will be a new 2015 feature offered to Ricoh Diamond Club season ticket holders and Marlins’ partners. 

Ricoh Diamond Club guests will be able to do business before, after or between games at the club. The Ricoh Diamond Club will also be a forum for learning how Ricoh can help companies improve workflow and ensure those who need information are easily able to access it at any time and from anywhere to make critical business decisions. The partnership is effective for the next five years.

“Although baseball is timeless, running a ball club and a stadium today is very much a modern-day information challenge,” said Brendan Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships for the Marlins. “Fortunately, Ricoh has been a driving force in helping us work more intelligently. They have a unique vision for putting information directly into the hands of the people who need it, and the ability to execute quickly on that vision. We know, because we put them under a tight deadline when we moved from Sun Life Stadium into our new home. They delivered.”
Behind the scenes
The move to Marlins Park in 2012 brought with it a tripling of the organization’s document workload. As a result, the Marlins sought to reduce paper and increase information accessibility. The team’s paper-based accounts payable system, for example, was a huge drain on time and labor. Faxing of critical documents, including player contracts, needed to be simple and more reliable. And staffers needed the right combination of shared multifunction products (MFPs) and personal printers.

Ricoh helped the Marlins streamline its accounts payable workflows with a new system enabling staffers to simply email invoices to a designated address. The system sorts and routes each one to the proper recipient. New centralized fax capabilities enabled 250 workers to send and receive faxes just as they do email. And Ricoh began managing 50 MFPs and printers, using special software to monitor output, reduce costs and keep supplies topped off.
 
“We’ve been impressed with the Marlins organization’s focus on delivering an exciting entertainment experience,” said Tim Vellek, Senior Vice President, Marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation. “As the natural next step, we’ve worked together to provide the Ricoh Diamond Club and Business Center, which offer a forum for businesses to meet, collaborate and see how they can benefit from improved information workflow – just as we’ve done for the Marlins.”

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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyApr 6 - RICOH AND MIAMI MARLINS PARTNER FOR BASEBALL AND BUSINESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf

March 2015

Mar 31 - [GLOBAL] RICOH THETA DEVELOPERS CONTEST TO BE HELD
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, today announced the launch of mindSHIFT Managed Servers in Amazon Web Services® (AWS®). 

This latest addition to the award-winning mindSHIFT public cloud portfolio will enable customers to move servers to a secure cloud environment under one umbrella, simplifying IT management and enabling users to gain an edge in the cloud. The mindSHIFT® Managed Servers in AWS offering is available today.

How it Works:
• Companies considering an AWS migration consult with mindSHIFT to assess how best to migrate given their needs around security, performance, reliability and cost. 
• For existing AWS customers who require support in managing their servers, mindSHIFT will provide management and security above the hypervisor.
• Users can take advantage of mindSHIFT’s extensive experience deploying hundreds of IT solutions and thousands of virtual servers to help them select and configure the most cost-effective AWS components.
• On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT, mindSHIFT and AWS will host a webinar that addresses how to successfully migrate from on-premises to AWS. To register for the webinar, click here. 
Why Users Should Care:
• mindSHIFT’s holistic approach can help ensure users optimize connectivity with their IT systems, including those on-site or running in other cloud environments.
• As users continue to migrate more applications to AWS, mindSHIFT Managed Servers in AWS helps manage their growing, complex needs with 24/7 live support, including continuous monitoring.
• All support provided by mindSHIFT is done from within the United States. 
• Get more details on mindSHIFT Managed Servers in AWS: http://www.mindshift.com/en/Services/Cloud-Services/Public-Cloud-Services/AWS-Amazon-Web-Services-Managed-Servers-mindSHIFT.aspx

What is the Pricing?:
• Contact mindSHIFT for pricing.

How to order:
• Contact a mindSHIFT Consultant
o Online: http://services.mindshift.com/mindshift-backup-and-recover-using-veeam-cloud-connect/
o Email: Sales@mindSHIFT.com
o Phone: 877-227-5054


About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 17 - MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES NEW PUBLIC CLOUD OFFERING – MANAGED SERVERS IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled two new document imaging products that help individuals and organizations improve their information mobility at the small office and workgroup levels. 

The RICOH MP 401SPF black-and-white multifunction product (MFP) with print, copy, fax and color scanning capabilities and the RICOH SP 4520DN black-and-white printer output documents up to 42 pages per minute. They employ Ricoh’s new LED imaging technology, which enables 1200-x-1200-dpi resolution printing without compromising rated speed. They also support new workstyles such as mobile printing, and offer an aggressively low cost-per-page. 

“These new devices are specifically designed to support Ricoh’s dealers as they help customers achieve higher information mobility,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Our dealers have specifically requested enhanced capabilities in the important 40 ppm segment of the A4 market to help their customers succeed in this new world of work. These devices answer the call.”
 
For example, dealers have requested faster speeds within smaller footprints, and separate toner cartridges and drums to extend the life of supplies and reduce cost per page. To help customers with mixed fleets shorten their learning curves, the new devices feature a 4.3-inch color touch panel that provides the same user experience found in Ricoh’s A3 line (A3 refers to machines capable of printing documents of up to 13.5 x 17 inches).

Advanced paper handling, mobility and energy efficiency
The RICOH MP 401SPF and RICOH SP 4520DN support standard and legal-size paper with a thickness of up to 90lb. Index and 43lb. Bond from every paper tray. Standard integrated duplexing helps keep the devices compact.

To enable seamless mobile printing with these devices, workers can download the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app to their smartphones and laptops. An optional connection to Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment service equips the RICOH MP 401SPF MFP to leverage popular cloud-based services for document storage via the touch panel. 

For example, users can print from or scan directly to cloud-based services, such as  DocumentMall®, Evernote®, Dropbox or Google Drive™ without expensive on-site servers, system integration or software updates. The RICOH MP 401SPF MFP also includes optional embedded optical character recognition, which can convert scanned documents into searchable PDFs.

The RICOH MP 401SPF and RICOH SP 4520DN support sustainable business practices with ENERGY STAR 2.0 compliance and, in the case of the RICOH SP 4520DN, an ECO Night Sensor feature that powers the device down when departing employees turn the lights off.

Both devices help to protect important information with the DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS), which destroys latent data stored on the hard disk drive by writing over the latent image after printing, as well as encryption of the optional hard disk drive. They also offer optional proximity card authentication to release documents to their proper owner.
	
The RICOH MP 401SPF and RICOH SP 4520DN are easy to manage as part of a fleet using RICOH Device Manager NX Lite or @Remote device management software. Both devices are built on the same advanced controller architecture as Ricoh’s award-winning A3 product line, which ensures Ricoh’s suite of distributed scanning, device management and assessment, and cost recovery software offerings are supported on these more compact workgroup devices.

The new devices are available exclusively through Ricoh’s dealer and direct channels. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the RICOH MP 401SPF MFP is $3,310. The MSRP for the RICOH SP 4520DN printer is $1,025. 

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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 12 - NEW BLACK-AND-WHITE RICOH PRINTER AND MFP ADVANCE CUSTOMERS’ INFORMATION MOBILITY VIA STRONG DEALER SUPPORT  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Mar 11 - [GLOBAL] RICOH NAMED AS A 2015 WORLD’S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY BY THE ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE FOR THE 6TH TIME
Ricoh today unveiled three new black and white multifunction products (MFPs) for small offices and workgroups whose employees are determined to improve their information mobility in this new world of work. 

In addition to streamlining 11” x 17” printing, scanning, copying and optional faxing, the new 
RICOH MP 4054/MP 5054/MP 6054 Series enables easy document printing from mobile devices, cloud-based document management, and promotes cost reduction through energy efficiency.

The new MFPs, which print at 40, 50 and 60 pages per minute respectively, offer up to 1,200 dpi in a space-saving eco-friendly design. A standard 220-sheet Single Pass Document Feeder (SPDF) scans up to 180 color or black-and-white images per minute from paper documents, optionally creating text-searchable PDF files through optical character recognition (OCR).

“MFPs are an integral part of the enterprise, and these devices are in the forefront,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These MFPs are designed to help organizations achieve new levels of information mobility by placing important business information in the right workers’ hands at the right time while accommodating their evolving workstyles.”

A classic example of evolving workstyles is mobile computing. The RICOH MP 4054/MP 5054/MP 6054 Series enables workers to use the new Ricoh Smart Device Connector app (available for iOS or Android) to copy, print, scan and fax directly from their smart device. They simply touch their smart device to the NFC tag on the MFPs’ optional Smart Operation Panel or scan the QR Code to automatically connect to the MFPs to access these functions.

The MFPs’ optional Smart Operation Panel offers users a tablet-like drag-and-drop, pinch-flick-and-swipe navigation experience on a 10.1-inch Super VGA display. The interface includes an advanced Web browser enabling connection to Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment (ICE).  

The series’ energy-efficient engineering softens its environmental impact, earning the platform ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Gold certification. The optional Smart Operation Panel includes an eco-friendly indicator to warn of excessive paper usage. A range of authentication options, including card authentication and PIN code, help ensure information gets to the right people. The new MFPs include a wide variety of finishing options, including a 500-sheet internal finisher for the MP 4054 and MP 5054.

The RICOH MP 4054 and RICOH MP 5054 replace the RICOH MP 4002 and RICOH MP 5002 Series. The RICOH MP 6054 is a net-new 60 pages-per-minute model.

The MFPs are available now at an MSRP of $12,250 for the RICOH MP 4054, $14,725 for the RICOH MP 5054, and $18,925 for the RICOH MP 6054.

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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 10 - NEW RICOH BLACK & WHITE MFPS SUPPORT EMERGING WORKSTYLES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company, announced today that it is offering Veeam® Software users the ability to easily back up their on-premises VMware and Hyper-V workloads in mindSHIFT’s cloud. The mindSHIFT® Cloud Backup for Veeam service is available today.

How it Works:
• Users of Veeam Availability Suite™ and Veeam Backup & Replication™ v8 can use mindSHIFT’s cloud to back up important data.
• Users choose mindSHIFT as their Veeam service provider and point their backups to the hosted mindSHIFT backup repository where the data will be stored. 
• The technology behind the service is Veeam Cloud Connect.

Why users should care:
• mindSHIFT Cloud Backup for Veeam removes the need for VPN tunnels and dedicated repositories — historical hurdles to backing up in the cloud. With this service, the backups take place over an SSL-encrypted connection and cloud gateway.
• Not only can users back up to the cloud, they can also recover entire servers or individual data objects directly from the cloud, without downloading large backup files. 
• Users do not need to incur significant capital expenses by having to invest in a physical second site for backups.
• Users can accelerate their cloud backups using Veeam’s built-in WAN acceleration.
• mindSHIFT’s expertise and experience with Veeam is a result of being both a user and partner for more than five years.
• Get more details on mindSHIFT Cloud Backup for Veeam.

What is the pricing:
• Contact mindSHIFT for pricing: http://services.mindshift.com/mindshift-backup-and-recover-using-veeam-cloud-connect/

How to order:
•Contact a mindSHIFT Consultant
      o	Online: http://services.mindshift.com/mindshift-backup-and-recover-using-veeam-cloud-connect/
      o	Email: Sales@mindSHIFT.com
      o	Phone: 877-227-5054


About mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. 
mindSHIFT, a Ricoh company, is one of the largest IT outsourcing and cloud services providers, serving small and mid-size businesses for 15 years. At mindSHIFT, we’re about keeping your IT systems up and running, providing personal attention and making you more productive. We’re big enough to offer the facilities, services and expertise you expect, but small enough to provide the support and attention you demand. Learn more at www.mindSHIFT.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyMar 10 - MINDSHIFT TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES CLOUD BACKUP SOLUTION FOR VEEAM® USERS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Mar 9 - [GLOBAL] RETURNING 90,000 LOST PHOTOS FROM THE 311 EARTHQUAKE

February 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced the availability of the RICOH Pro C7100X series, its latest production cutsheet device family that offers users a fifth color station to help enable a wider range of applications.  Announced at GRAPH EXPO ’14, these high-speed, production color printers and multi-function devices (MFPs) deliver the ability to print with white or clear via the fifth station. The RICOH Pro C7110X will be on display in the Ricoh booth, # 644, at the Graphics of the Americas show in Miami, February 26 – 28, 2015.  

Ideal for small and mid-sized printers, the RICOH Pro C7100X series, provides these shops with the flexibility and capabilities to create the type of eye catching output their customers want without the expensive price tag normally associated with printing equipment in this engine class. With the ability to produce jobs that use clear or white ink, to producing near offset image quality on oversized media, window clings, VDP, POP displays and custom materials, printers can now create output that differentiates them from the competition.

“Since we implemented the RICOH Pro C7110X six months ago, we have delivered an even wider range of unique applications to our customers and seen a cost savings of 25 percent. These benefits have allowed us to expand our offerings and natively produce previously outsourced jobs,” said Nathanial Grant, President of GAM Graphics and Marketing, a full service marketing firm that offers comprehensive printing and fulfillment services. “From printing on dark stock to linen, both we and our customers have been more than impressed with the level of quality and output this digital system offers.” 

Utilizing fifth-station colors, the RICOH Pro C7100X prints at speeds of up to 80ppm and the RICOH Pro C7110X at speeds of up to 90 ppm, both based upon A4.  They have a maximum sheet size of 13x19.2 and a maximum monthly volume of 240,000 based on letter size.  Printing at 1200x4800dpi with VCSEL image quality on a wide variety of media ranging from tree-based paper to synthetics and envelopes, the RICOH Pro C7100X series supports paper weights of up to 360gsm in both simplex and duplex.  In addition, printers can further expand their offerings and control quality with inline finishing solutions that allow for a variety of options including Booklet Maker, Punching, Saddle Stitch, and more. 

“Cost, not creativity or expertise, has truly been the only factor limiting many small and mid-sized shops from expanding their application portfolios,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Print Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Seeing so many of our customers facing this obstacle, we knew we had to work with them to create a more cost-effective, versatile route to delivering the highest quality output. Now, our small and mid-size printers can spread their capabilities into new markets, shorten their print runs and maintain the type of quality their customers demand, all at a cost that will keep them within budget.”

The RICOH Pro C7100X series also:
• Features an AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt technology to enhance output on a variety of heavily textured media such as vellum and linen;
• Utilizes Ricoh’s new vacuum feed LCT with an option to enable oversized prints of up to 27.5 inches in length;
•Provides the ability to produce jobs that use clear or white ink; 
• Achieves tight sheet-to-sheet registration  through a mechanical registration system which squares the sheet prior to imaging and can easily be adjusted from the user interface;
• Incorporates a fusing belt smoothing roller that helps address fuser burn on the fusing belt; 
• Offers a media library that allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to help ensure IQ and reliability; 
• Comes backed by Ricoh’s TCRU program (Trained Customer Replaceable Units) which enables customers to replace more than a dozen parts for increased uptime;
• Includes a self-contained liquid cooling system that keeps the developer at a constant temperature and minimizes disruptions in extended production runs;
• Offers a complete suite of optional finishing solutions that result in collated, finished documents ready for distribution with no manual intervention. This includes in-line ring bind, perfect bind, as well as new Plockmatic Bookletmakers and GBC StreamPunch Ultra.

To see the RICOH Pro C7110X system at Graphic of Americas, please stop by booth #644 or email Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.com to schedule a demo. 

Visit the Ricoh website for further information: www.ricoh-usa.com/rpp. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,236 billion yen (approx. 21.7 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 26 - RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF RICOH PRO C7100X SERIES AT GRAPHICS OF THE AMERICAS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that its services team will now manage all of KeyBank’s print and mail operations. KeyBank, with 994 branches and $93.8B in assets, currently partners with Ricoh to provide printing of confidential documents and document archival for their retail, commercial and investment banking clientele.  

Large financial institutions like KeyBank are faced with a constantly changing landscape and growing regulatory requirements while operating in today’s digital environment. Ricoh’s services are designed to help KeyBank enhance efficiency, accuracy and compliance. Furthermore, this transition will help KeyBank improve workflow and realize information mobility – the ability to capture, transform and share information to meet the demands of the new world of work.

“Ricoh has long been a trusted partner of ours and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them,” said Dominic Cugini, Director and SVP of Payments and Deposit Operations, KeyBank. “This allows Key to focus on our core business while having a trusted partner who is an expert in the industry to help manage critical print communications and provide us a more robust service than we can provide today.”
 
“KeyBank is making a very strategic and thoughtful move with this transition,” said Bob Brock, Vice President, Legal and Managed Services, Ricoh USA, Inc. “Savvy organizations like KeyBank are discovering the business benefits of turning their critical print communications over to the experts. Not only do we anticipate that they will cut costs but we will also expand the hours, efficiency and output of the facility.”

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 26 - RICOH TO ASSUME KEYBANK’S PRINT & MAIL OPERATIONS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled two new products designed to enhance the information mobility of small offices and workgroups. 

The RICOH SP 4510SF black-and-white multifunction product (MFP) with print, copy, fax and color scanning capabilities and the RICOH SP 4510DN black-and-white printer offer a host of features that make information work for organizations that employ both traditional and newer workstyles, such as mobile computing. The new devices also offer the lowest cost-per-page in their class.*  

The new 42-page-per-minute RICOH SP 4510SF and RICOH SP 4510DN employ Ricoh’s new LED imaging technology, which enables 1200-x-1200-dpi resolution printing without compromising rated speed. Combined with standard integrated duplexing, the new engine also helps keep the devices compact.

“Speed, reliability, affordability, sustainability, manageability and a compact footprint are capabilities our customers have asked for, which are all important for information mobility in today’s new world of work,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These new devices score on every count.”

The RICOH SP 4510SF and RICOH SP 4510DN support standard and legal-size paper with a thickness of up to 90lb. Index and 43lb. Bond from every paper tray. They support sustainable business practices with ENERGY STAR 2.0 compliance and, in the case of the RICOH SP 4510DN, an ECO-Night Sensor that powers the device down when departing employees turn the lights off.

Both devices protect important information with the DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS), which destroys latent data stored on the hard disk drive after printing, as well as encryption of sensitive documents stored on the optional hard disk drive. They also offer optional proximity card authentication to release documents to their proper owner.

Mobile workers can download the RICOH Smart Device Print&Scan app to their smartphones and laptops, enabling seamless printing from those devices on the RICOH SP 4510SF and RICOH SP 4510DN. An optional connection to the RICOH Integrated Cloud Environment service equips the RICOH SP 4510SF MFP to leverage popular cloud-based services for document storage via the 4.3-inch touch panel. Users can print from or scan directly to apps like DocumentMall™, Evernote™, Dropbox™ or Google Drive™ without expensive on-site servers, system integration or software updates. The RICOH SP 4510SF MFP also includes optional embedded optical character recognition, which can convert scanned documents into searchable PDFs.

Both devices are easy to manage as part of a fleet using RICOH Device Manager NX Lite or @Remote device management software.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the RICOH SP 4510SF MFP is $1,099. The MSRP for the RICOH SP 4510DN printer is $725. 

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

*Based on cost-per-page analysis of similar competing models tracked in the Gap Intelligence Pricing & Promotions report for the period of Jan. 18-24, 2015. Ricoh’s cost-per-page is based on MSRP for consumables.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 25 - NEW BLACK-AND-WHITE RICOH PRINTER AND MFP FUEL INFORMATION MOBILITY FOR SMALL OFFICES AND WORKGROUPS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 24 - RICOH STRENGTHENS ITS PRESENCE IN MIDDLE EAST
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled new solutions to help companies improve their business performance by cost-effectively managing large fleets of printers, copiers and multifunction products (MFPs). Adding to an already robust portfolio of solutions currently available through Ricoh and its market-leading partners, RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise address unique customer pain points by optimizing the performance of large device fleet deployments. These new solutions help customers achieve information mobility – the ability to access the right information when and where it is needed – to make critical business decisions.

RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise automate the tracking, performance analysis and configuration of fleets across multiple offices and geographies while also supporting environmental sustainability initiatives by reporting on items such as paper and power consumption.

These two new, comprehensive fleet management solutions combine multifaceted management of Ricoh and non-Ricoh devices in a single software footprint. Continuous uptime and optimized performance of these information platforms is critical in achieving information mobility in the new world of work.

“It’s tremendously challenging to manage large numbers of MFPs across a company or continents,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Now our customers can have clear, deep and detailed control of their fleets, regardless of size, location or device brand. From a PC, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone, they can easily gauge their return on investment and allocate resources more strategically. This is one more way Ricoh is making information work for our clients.” 

Cost reduction, labor savings and user empowerment
RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise are entirely new software solutions coded from the ground up to integrate with the features and capabilities of Ricoh’s next-generation MFP platform and its advanced capabilities, such as DataOverwriteSecurity System (DOSS) and Ricoh HDD encryption. Additionally, the solutions probe deeper into non-Ricoh devices, including USB-connected printers found within the customer’s enterprise. By surfacing real-time device data and automating batch configuration for Ricoh devices, the solutions help companies lower their device costs, reduce their IT effort, and empower their users. 

RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise provide real-time device data and automated alerts to administrators to help optimize their fleets, reduce downtime and enhance user experience. Not only do these solutions enable the configuration and cloning of devices, an audit function helps ensure devices are configured to company standards.

In a significant advance in Ricoh’s device management capabilities, the solutions include a new Web-based interface that simultaneously exposes both broad and highly specific device performance information in a single dashboard view, minimizing the need to drill down and back up through multiple levels of information. The dashboard leverages the ability of a company’s intranet to mobilize information from print capable devices to the RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise server.

The solutions include a new ability to clone the settings of an ideally configured device and automatically replicate that configuration among selected other MFPs. Improved graphical floor map capability now enable administrators to position devices onto floor maps by simply dragging and dropping MFPs into predefined groups.

Extending device management to partners
Customers who wish to hand off fleet management to Ricoh as part of a Managed Document Services initiative can use the new @Remote Connector NX application. The solution works with RICOH Device Manager NX Pro and RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise to enable in-depth device performance analysis, produce green reports (e.g., paper and energy consumption), automate the meter reading process, as well as alert the service provider of any service and supply needs. The solution also enables secure and remote updating of MFP firmware.

To further streamline fleet management, organizations can empower employees to quickly connect to new printers and MFPs without IT help through the use of the new RICOH Printer Driver Packager NX and Advanced Driver Distribution applications. Administrators can quickly and economically configure the printer drivers these employees use, adding user-friendly icons, modifying values, locking settings and enforcing economical duplex printing, for example. The solution also helps eliminate the need for expensive print servers.

RICOH Device Manager NX Pro supports up to 5,000 devices. RICOH Device Manager NX Enterprise offers virtually unlimited scalability. For further mobility, a RICOH Device Manager NX smartphone/tablet app is available for iOS and Android.

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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 24 - RICOH GIVES COMPANIES BROAD NEW POWER TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE OF LARGE MFP FLEETS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation is helping its dealers compete more effectively with valuable business process improvement capabilities via Ricoh’s CHAMPS dealer services program. 

In addition to promoting office equipment, Ricoh, Savin and Lanier dealers can now sell a broad array of Ricoh services, adding powerful capabilities to their portfolios without the time investment and infrastructure costs of creating new services capabilities from scratch. 

“We hear various success stories from our dealers, not only about how Ricoh is helping to grow their businesses and expand their portfolio of offerings, but about how our strong partnerships are helping them increase efficiencies, improve productivity and ultimately run healthier businesses,” said Jim Coriddi, Vice President, Dealer Division, Ricoh U.S.A. “These success stories demonstrate how our dealers are working hard each day to make information work for customers.”

Previewed here are two examples of recent CHAMPS success stories. Ricoh will share several others like these with dealers at its upcoming national dealer conference in Las Vegas, March 2-5.

American Business Center, a Ricoh dealer for more than 17 years, is helping the City of Warren’s Engineering and Planning Department increase efficiency and improve productivity by making hard copy documents more easily accessible at a faster rate. As a government entity the department has had to work with limited resources while making their ledgers and records (still in hardcopy format) available to interested constituents on a daily basis. American Business Center turned to Ricoh for assistance in meeting this customer’s unique needs. Ricoh designed a solution that enables interested parties the ability to scan and print their required materials creating a revenue generating opportunity for the department. This customer self-service process has also helped the City of Warren’s Engineering and Planning Department employees focus on more strategic activities.
 
American Business Center has also engaged Ricoh Digital Imaging Services resources via the CHAMPS program to work closely with customer Lane Funeral Homes to provide a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery strategy for thousands of documents. Some of these documents date back as far as the 1800s and are housed in a storage facility which is becoming too small as the company grows. Lane Funeral Homes needed an easier way to obtain old records, some of which are subject to regulations by the State of Ohio, as well as pre-planned arrangements that have been stored and need to be accessed immediately in the event of a death. In addition, the company required a disaster recovery system should the documents be lost. The backup and disaster recovery system American Business Center engaged Ricoh to put in place has helped Lane Funeral Homes more easily access these documents to meet regulatory and filing requirements, thus avoiding possible costly fines and legal action. The automation is also helping families more quickly access and carry out their loved ones pre-planning requests.

“Having the ability to fulfill all of a customer’s information management needs is vitally important not only for our success but for our customer’s success as well,” said Robert Wagner, President, American Business Center. “The CHAMPS program gives us access to Ricoh services experts, which has helped our business evolve and grow and we’ve become a trusted provider as well as a one-stop shop for ultimately helping customers capture, transform and manage information more effectively in today’s new world of work.”

Ricoh’s CHAMPS program is an innovative approach that enables dealers to successfully redesign their business models and gain the proper knowhow and Ricoh expertise to offer advanced services that deliver information mobility and ultimately help customers capture, transform and manage information more effectively in today’s new world of work. 

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. CHAMPS certification programs are available through the Ricoh Learning Institute and directly through the services organizations. A total of 220 dealers have been certified since the certification program began in February 2012.

“We at Ricoh are committed to being the number one printing equipment and services provider in the country for our dealers,” said Coriddi. “To achieve this, we’re giving our dealers low-risk opportunities to shift their business models, enter new markets and strengthen their valuable customer relationships.”

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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyFeb 23 - RICOH CHAMPS PROGRAM HELPING OFFICE EQUIPMENT DEALERS SUCCEED AND MEET BUSINESS OBJECTIVES  News pressrelease also available in pdf
WHO: 	Ricoh, a global technology company with solutions that help Department of Defense customers improve efficiencies, address security 
        initiatives and discover opportunities to help reduce costs. 

WHAT:   Ricoh combines award-winning products with end-to-end professional services and support. The company has been a valued partner to
        U.S. Federal Government Civilian Agencies and the Department of Defense for over 50 years. The Ricoh Federal team has the technical  
        capabilities and expertise to understand a customer’s unique needs, then deliver best-in-class Ricoh document management solutions – 
        including key security applications tailored for a specific agency or department – through a national network of offices. Additionally, 
        Ricoh offers GSA-based solutions through our vendor partners, leasing and small disadvantaged business partners.

RicohFeb 10 - [MEDIA ALERT] RICOH TO SHOWCASE DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS AT 2015 AFCEA WEST CONFERENCE
Ricoh Americas Corporation and Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions, today announced that Allegra Network LLC, a world leader in marketing and business communications franchises, has chosen Avanti Slingshot as the core of WorkStream℠, a fully integrated web storefront to MIS workflow automation solution that will be offered across its North American network of 270 marketing and print communications franchises.

The Plymouth, Michigan-based franchisor sought a solution to help its franchise members improve customer relationships, more efficiently manage their day-to-day business operations, and maintain a competitive edge. The company selected Avanti Slingshot for its ability to provide a cloud-based easy-to-use platform, support franchises of all sizes, and integrate seamlessly with other key software tools that will form its WorkStream technology package.

“We pride ourselves on providing our franchise community with the technology and tools they need to efficiently manage their businesses, and Avanti Slingshot delivers with its robust suite of modules and ability to handle multiple lines of business,” said Joe D’Aguanno, Chief Technology Officer, Allegra Network. “By having essential business information at their fingertips, our franchise members gain a better understanding of their most profitable customers and products.”

According to Allegra Network CEO Mike Marcantonio, “This network-wide arrangement with Avanti Slingshot is a significant win for our franchise members. A robust and advanced Print MIS solution like this has been out of reach for a small independent operation, but we are now able to make it available in cost-effective solution that is easy to implement and deploy across the franchisee network.

“Our relationship with Allegra is one we are extremely proud of at Ricoh. A truly innovative company, Allegra sees the need for tools that can effectively help their business grow and their operations to continuously enhance,” said John Fulena, Vice President Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Avanti Slingshot is an award-winning and proven solution that has brought similar results to many companies around the world.  We are very pleased that Allegra has chosen this solution and look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Award-winning Avanti Slingshot, launched in 2013, is browser-based, providing franchise members with the flexibility to access the system at any time and from anywhere. It was designed to help users easily get started with a base system for quoting, job ticketing, costing and tracking, right through to billing. Avanti Slingshot scales as the business grows; additional modules can easily be added as the franchise member potentially expands into new lines of business, such as large format.

“Avanti Slingshot is a fantastic tool to help cultivate a more meaningful customer relationship, helping our clients remain competitive in the ever-changing print market landscape,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship between Ricoh, Avanti and Allegra Networks and we look forward to helping contribute to their continued growth and global expansion.”

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About Allegra Network (Alliance Franchise Brands) 
 
Alliance Franchise Brands, the parent company of Allegra Network LLC and Sign & Graphics Operations LLC, is a world leader in marketing, visual and graphics communications, linking nearly 600 locations in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. The company’s Marketing & Print Division, headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., is composed of Allegra, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints, Speedy Printing and Zippy Print brands of marketing, printing, mailing and Web services providers. Its Sign & Graphics Division, headquartered in Columbia, Md., is composed of Image360, Signs By Tomorrow and Signs Now brands of sign and graphics communications providers. For more information, please call (800) 726-9050 or visit www.alliancefranchisebrands.com.

About Avanti
Since 1984, Avanti has provided innovative, award-winning Print MIS solutions that help print-shops and marketing communication organizations automate all facets of their business and cultivate a more meaningful customer relationship. Avanti’s solutions are the most open in the industry, JDF-certified, fully integrated, and extend from web-to-print through to production and billing. www.avantisystems.com. 

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the companyFeb 5 - ALLEGRA NETWORK CHOOSES AWARD-WINNING AVANTI SLINGSHOT FROM RICOH  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled a new offering that, when combined with select Ricoh multifunction products (MFPs), creates a Legal MFP that delivers improved end-user workflows while also enhancing operational efficiencies and helping to lower overall costs. Law firms seeking to reduce redundancies related to cost recovery will benefit from the single, integrated user interface, which helps minimize steps in the process and integrates access to third-party document management systems. Ricoh will preview its Legal MFP at LegalTech, February 3-5, 2015, in New York City in Ricoh’s booth, #231.

With the largest network of document processing centers in the U.S., Ricoh’s certified personnel have hands-on experience with the processing of legal documents. This expertise, and investments in innovative technology offerings, has led to the development of the Legal MFP. With this MFP software solution, law firms will: 

• Reduce unneeded steps involved in the scanning process. Today, using disjointed systems can be tedious and take up precious minutes that could otherwise be dedicated to another matter. With Ricoh’s Legal MFP, redundancies in steps are reduced and the overall scanning experience is more streamlined.
 
• Scan to legal Document Management Systems including iManage, WorldDox, and OpenText. This approach streamlines previously disjointed processes to minimize the number of steps by end-users and eliminates data entry redundancy, e.g. log-in credentials, client matter numbers, etc. 

• Automatically split files to court-specified file size limits and convert them to the appropriate file format.

“Our team of certified legal experts spends many hours with clients truly getting to the bottom of their pain points. These conversations have made it clear that law firms are seeking improvement in two main areas of document output: lowered spend on cost recovery systems and centralization of third-party systems,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Knowing this, Ricoh has made strategic investments in both our people and technologies to help our clients see these improvements. The Legal MFP is a perfect example of a solution developed to meet our clients’ needs – enabling them to streamline workflows and lower overall output costs.” 

For a demonstration of Ricoh’s Legal MFP, please visit the Ricoh booth (#231) at LegalTech or reach out to Tracey Sheehy at tsheehy@breakawaycom.com to schedule a meeting at the show.
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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 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the companyFeb 3 - RICOH ENHANCES WORKFLOWS AND REDUCES COSTS FOR LAW FIRMS WITH UNVEILING OF NEW LEGAL MFP  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Feb 3 - [GLOBAL] RICOH EARNS 16 AWARDS FROM BUYERS LABORATORY LLC

January 2015

Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced that it has achieved kCura’s Orange-level Relativity Best in Service recognition for outstanding and exceptional customer service for Relativity end users.

Ricoh’s legal review solutions provide attorneys with a robust cloud environment, allowing them to benefit from technological advances in document review instantly. The Ricoh team understands the immediate needs of the legal industry and continues to make strategic investments in its personnel and infrastructure to help meet those needs.  And as such, the company’s consultative approach, led by its team of Relativity certified professionals, has assisted legal organizations by customizing matter-specific solutions with best-in-class technology and processes that have helped lead to controlled costs and gained efficiencies. 

“At Ricoh, we know that attorneys are seeking more effective review strategies.  This is why our portfolio includes solutions to help improve attorney workflows by enabling them to quickly browse, search, annotate, and share the latest versions of important case documents efficiently, utilizing a combination of advanced technology solutions and tenured industry-leading personnel,” said David Greetham, Vice President, eDiscovery Operations, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “This recognition from kCura is exciting for us as we continue to make strategic investments to advance our team and our resources - with the ultimate goal of providing our clients with expert guidance to craft the right strategy to help bolster their success rate.” 

Through a voluntary audit, Best in Service partners demonstrate their expertise and experience hosting projects in Relativity. kCura evaluates these partners’ individual data centers in three areas: technical infrastructure, customer service, and product expertise. Additionally, Best in Service partners meet a set of requirements for duration as a hosting partner, size of Relativity installations, and core Relativity certifications.

kCura has two designations for Best in Service partners’ data centers: Orange and Blue. While both designate data centers that meet the same basic qualifications, Orange-level sites are recognized for making additional investments in people, process, and technology to manage installations with above-average user counts.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Ricoh ever since they became a hosting partner in 2011,” said Andrew Sieja, president and CEO of kCura. “Their determination to successfully earn the Orange-level Best in Service designation demonstrates their commitment to providing an exceptional Relativity experience every step of the way.” 

At LegalTech, Ricoh will have a private suite at the New York Hilton Midtown where it will be showing customers how to leverage Relativity and other technologies and services to facilitate workflow efficiencies. To schedule a meeting, please contact Jannelle Prieve at jannelle.prieve@ricoh-usa.com.

For more information about Ricoh’s legal solutions, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/legal or visit the Ricoh booth, #231, at LegalTech, February 3-5, 2015 in New York City.

About kCura
Recognized as a "Leader" in GartnerJan 28 - RICOH RECEIVES KCURA’S ORANGE-LEVEL RELATIVITY BEST IN SERVICE STATUS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Jan 28 - [GLOBAL] RICOH RECOGNIZED “PRIME” ON THE OEKOM SUSTAINABILITY RATING
Jan 28 - [GLOBAL] RICOH AWARDED SILVER CLASS RECOGNITION IN SUSTAINABILITY RATINGS OF ROBECOSAM
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars, which for the first time can penetrate fog, smoke, rain and sand to provide a crisp, clear image even at night. 

The RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars enable marine, military, rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, homeland security and other professional users to push a button on the binoculars and clarify, brighten and sharpen images. The PENTAX Atmospheric Interference Reduction (PAIR) technology reintroduces color that would otherwise be obscured.

The RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars enable users to capture both still and video images of the scenes they’re surveying. Advanced stabilization further improves image clarity, and infrared technology lights up the faintest scenes in the dark of night.

“This is a serious tool for the serious user,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Imagine you’re on a merchant ship and see another vessel cruising into your vicinity. Is it friend or foe? How many crew members do you see on deck? What are they doing? You need to know before your options begin to dwindle.”

Combining advanced PENTAX optics and Ricoh image processing, RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars are water resistant and dustproof and include GPS location – especially useful for charting incidents on the water – as well as a digital compass.

By providing large, well-spaced buttons, Ricoh has made the binoculars easy to use while wearing gloves. Non-slip rubber surfaces provide a sure grip and subdued colors help the user remain discreet. 
 
Availability
The RICOH NV-10A enhanced binoculars are available now at a retail price of $4,195. 

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

NOTE:  This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJan 15 - NEW RICOH NV-10A BINOCULARS PENETRATE FOG, SMOKE AND DARKNESS  News pressrelease also available in pdf
Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled a breakthrough in machine vision with new digital video cameras that provide up to five times* the depth of field of traditional industrial cameras while maintaining brightness. 

That means a single RICOH Extended Depth of Field Camera (EDoF) can capture images it typically would take multiple cameras to achieve – subjects in the foreground and background stay in focus without constant movement, refocusing, or shooting multiple images from different heights and depths. Ricoh has extended depth of field by using a specialized lens and a specialized camera with a built-in image processor and a new algorithm.

The innovative RICOH EDoF camera can clearly detect varying subjects in sharp focus – from tiny text to entire assemblies – as products of different sizes and heights glide by on an assembly line at varying distances from the camera. And with the RICOH EDoF camera, the depth of field is extended while maintaining image brightness. With a typical camera, extending depth of field often makes the image darker. 

The RICOH EDoF camera is ideal for bottlers, printed circuit board makers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, shippers – any company that needs to inspect product and automatically alert managers to aberrations. The cameras are also ideal in certain low-light situations, such as gem inspections where glare can be a problem. The open aperture required for a dim room would constrict depth of field in a traditional camera.

“With this camera, you’ll rarely need to adjust the focus of your industrial camera,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Product Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Just about everyone has assumed that depth of field – the range of in-focus distance in front of a lens – is as inviolable as the law of gravity. But our R&D teams discovered that, astonishingly, depth of field can actually be multiplied. Customers can save money, configuration time and the cost of complexity.”

MSRP for the VGA monochrome RICOH Extended Depth of Field Camera (EV-G030B1) is $3,707.50; the 2M monochrome model (EV-G200B1) is $4,427.50; and the 2M color model (EV-G200C1) is  $4,535.50. Frame rate ranges from 15 to 90 frames per second, and aperture from f/1.7 to f/8.6, depending on the model. The cameras are available with a choice of wide angle (8 mm), standard (12 mm) and telephoto (35 mm) lenses sold separately.

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

*The extended depth of field effect varies depending on the subject pattern.

| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).

The majority of the companyJan 7 - BREAKTHROUGH: RICOH MORE THAN TRIPLES DEPTH OF FIELD IN INDUSTRIAL CAMERAS  News pressrelease also available in pdf

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