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Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. Honors a Record 87 National and International Dealers with the 2008 ProMasters Service Award

IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Mar. 19, 2008 Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) proudly announces the recipients of its annual ProMasters Service Award and Top Achievement Award, recognizing technical support and customer service excellence among its network of office equipment dealers during the 2008 Toshiba National Dealer Meeting. The ProMasters Program, along with its Service Award, were developed by TABS in 1992 to consistently ensure the highest standard of technical expertise and customer service in the industry for both independent and company-owned dealers.

"At Toshiba, we fundamentally expect our dealers to deliver superior levels of customer satisfaction, and the ProMasters Program provides us the opportunity to publicly recognize and celebrate these successes," said George Colborn, vice president, Service, TABS. "Toshiba maintains that outstanding customer service yields a superior customer experience - and the fact that the number of ProMasters Award recipients keeps increasing means the number of well-served Toshiba customers grows as well."


Print Audit Appoints New Sales Manager

Calgary, Alberta - March 19, 2008 - Print Audit, the leading print management software developer, is pleased to announce that Karl Morrey has joined Print Audit as the new Sales Manager.

Karl Morrey has over 19 years of experience in sales, management and customer service. Prior to joining Print Audit, Mr. Morrey worked as the Operations Manager for a large retail services company. There he was responsible for the Western Canada division of sales and operations, and helped the company achieve a sales growth of 25 percent over an 18 month period. Karl also assisted in the integration of two companies after the organization acquired a large competitor. 


U.S. Wealth Management Leads Small Industry Firms By Employing Laserfiche® Electronic Document Management Solution

Braintree, MA – March 18, 2008 – U.S. Wealth Management, LLC, a firm specializing in providing wealth management programs through professional firm affiliates, has taken a leading edge in the industry in choosing the Laserfiche® electronic document management solution as part of a straight-through processing (STP) system designed to streamline operations, reduce expenses and increase profitability for the firm and its professionals.

John P. Napolitano, CFP®, PFS, MST, CEO of U.S. Wealth Management, said this state-of-the-art technology positions the firm as a leader among the smaller to mid-sized wealth management broker-dealers. Immediate benefits to affiliates include a secure platform, conversion from paper to electronic documents, electronic signatures, and greater ease with which to transact business.


Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Partners with Ringdale, Inc. to Offer Secure Output Management Solution

IRVINE, Calif., (March 18, 2008) – Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) is proud to announce a newly formed strategic alliance with Ringdale® Inc., offering the all-in-one secure document output management solution, FollowMe®, to Toshiba’s e-STUDIO™ family of products.  This partnership provides Toshiba’s dealers and customers with one of the most advanced and easy-to-use secure document output management solutions on the market today. 

"Businesses are focusing on security and confidentiality now more than ever,” said Joseph Contreras, director, Product and Solutions Marketing, TABS.  “By teaming up with the industry’s foremost authority on secure print management, Toshiba can now offer the highest level of security and confidentiality to our customers without the need to replace their existing printing fleet.”


Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America Expands Direct, Local Sales Operations with Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas

MAHWAH, N.J. --(Business Wire)-- Mar. 18, 2008 Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) today announced that it is continuing to expand its direct regional sales operation with the opening of a new Sharp Business Systems branch in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas opened today as the seventh branch of the division.

SIICA purchased Charlotte, North Carolina-based Copy Data Network to launch Sharp Business Systems in the North Carolina area, serving both North and South Carolina. The Copy Data Network management team has served the market for almost 20 years, gaining a reputation for superior service and commitment to its customers. All 300 employees of Copy Data Network have been asked to join the Sharp team and will provide seamless service to new and existing customers across the Carolinas -- the largest employee base to join a SBS branch to date.


Buyer's Laboratory, Inc. Honors Ricoh's DocumentMall 9.1 Storage Soution with Five Star Recognition

West Caldwell, N.J.,   March 17, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that its online document management and storage solution, DocumentMall™ 9.1, received a “Five Star” overall rating from Buyers Laboratory, Inc. (BLI), the leading global provider of critical test reports on document imaging products. This enhanced version of Ricoh’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solution provides users with a simple interface and more document management flexibility to improve day-to-day business operations.

DocumentMall 9.1 scored extremely well in the usability, value and security categories of BLI’s extensive analysis of the solution. The software employs an updated Web interface that features point-and-click navigation and intuitive, menu-driven functionality to optimize performance and shorten the learning curve for new users. To streamline the process of importing documents into DocumentMall 9.1, users can drag-and-drop documents and folders from their desktops into DocumentMall 9.1. Users can also create subscriptions for commonly accessed folders and documents in the system that can easily be accessed through quick-links in a specified directory. A viewer application enables users to view, print and collaborate on documents from a range of programs, even if that application is not available on their desktop.


Konica Minolta Launches bizhub 40P/40PX Series

Ramsey, N.J. – March 18, 2008 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies today unveiled the bizhub 40P/40PX Series of black and white desktop printers. Developed for medium to large workgroups that require significant black & white output, these new network-ready printers deliver simplicity, manageability, and value to both end-users and IT departments.

The bizhubTM 40P/40PX Series featuring Konica Minolta’s own EmperonTM print system architecture, is a high-quality 45 pages per minute laser printer that boasts performance and value along with productivity. Compatible with Windows®, Macintosh® and Linux environments, the Emperon Print Technology in this series supports XPS (XML Paper Specification) file format from Microsoft Vista with a built-in XPS interpreter in addition to PostScript, PDF, and PCL emulations.  Secure prints – via password protected printing – are also possible.


Captaris Announces Evaluation of Strategic Alternatives

Bellevue, Wash. — March 17, 2008 — Captaris, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPA), a leading provider of software products that automate document-centric business processes, today announced that its Board of Directors has decided to evaluate strategic alternatives to further enhance shareholder value. To oversee and expedite this process, the Board has established a special committee comprised of Bruce L. Crockett, Daniel R. Lyle, Thomas M. Murnane, and Patrick J. Swanick, all independent directors of Captaris.

Bruce L. Crockett, Chairman of the Board, stated, “We have received unsolicited inquiries from multiple parties who have expressed an interest in a potential transaction with Captaris. We plan to conduct a fair, orderly and broad-based process. This process will commence immediately and we expect to conclude it as expeditiously as possible. Our Board of Directors is committed to conducting a thorough evaluation of alternatives to enhance value for all Captaris shareholders." David P. Anastasi, President and CEO of Captaris added "While the Board conducts this process, we will continue to execute our strategy. In the last year we have made great progress by significantly increasing our scale, products and market reach toward our goal of transforming Captaris from a fax server company into a leader in intelligent document capture, distribution and process management solutions.”


ONYX Graphics, Inc. Names Jeb S. Hurley to President and Chief Executive Officer

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Mar. 17, 2008 –– ONYX Graphics Inc., a leader in wide format digital printing solutions, today announced that Jeb S. Hurley has been named President and Chief Executive Officer for the company. 

Mr. Hurley brings a wealth of experience in printing and imaging to ONYX Graphics along with a broad set of skills developed while leading multinational businesses as well as small, early stage companies.  His early career included sales, product management and marketing roles at Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. and Oki Data Corporation.  Following Oki Data, Mr. Hurley moved to Digital Equipment Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of its Printing Systems Business.  His experience at Digital led to his joining Eastman Kodak Company as Vice President, Digital Strategy for the Eastman Kodak Professional Division.  Eastman Kodak later appointed Mr. Hurley Vice President and General Manager of its Commercial Imaging business.  As Vice President and General Manager, he had worldwide responsibility for wide format printing, color management workflow software and services, professional digital cameras and professional film, paper chemicals and inks.  Prior to joining ONYX Graphics, Mr. Hurley co-founded Resonance Technologies, Inc., a product concept testing software and services company that helps businesses understand what motivates their customers and why.


Konica Minolta Wins Prestigious Energy Conservation Award from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Ramsey, N.J. – March 17, 2008 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that its bizhub C650 and bizhub C550 color multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system) have won a highly prestigious energy conservation award from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The award – known officially as the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Director-General’s Award – is validation that Konica Minolta continues to produce MFPs and printers that reduce environmental impact. For example, Konica Minolta’s proprietary SimitriTM Polymerized Toner has a lower melting point, and it also boasts an induction heating fixing process that applies inductive heating only to the fixing roller surface, which reduces warm-up time.  The bizhubTM C650/C550 systems both provide optimal power control in each operating mode.

 


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