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Kyocera Fy15 Pan-American Dealer Meeting: Apps, Verticals, And A Total Document Solutions Approach

By Jessica Schiffenhaus, Associate Editor

A few years ago, inviting several hundred copier dealers to a meeting in Las Vegas that focused little on the bread and butter of their businesses—copiers—might have seemed, well, pointless. Now, manufacturers are making it a point to do just that: shift the focus of the dealer community. Although still a significant part of the business, hardware is no longer in the spotlight. Instead, it runs quietly in the background while dozens of solutions work to leverage, limit, monitor or enhance its functionality. This was evident at KYOCERA Document Solutions America’s (KDA) fiscal year 15 Pan-American dealer meeting, which focused heavily on Kyocera business applications and encouraging dealers to become Total Document Solutions Providers. With the exception of a few new A4 devices, the technology fair was filled to the brim with business applications and third-party solutions, all of which, of course, embedded on Kyocera copiers.

Held at the Venetian Las Vegas from April 15 to 17, the KDA dealer meeting drew a crowd of more than 1,200 attendees, including Kyocera and Copystar dealers, from the United States, Canada, Latin America and Mexico, as well from Europe and Japan. According to Norihiko Ina, president and CEO of KDA, the U.S., Canada and Latin American markets experienced 5% year-over-year growth, while Mexico grew 6%.

Konica Minolta Establishes Sales Subsidiary in Thailand, Aiming to Further Expand Its Core Office Equipment Business in High-Growth Market

Tokyo (May 1, 2014) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that the company has established a wholly-owned office equipment sales subsidiary in Thailand.

Konica Minolta has been distributing its office equipment in Thailand through local distributorship. In light of high expectation for further economic growth and increasing demand, it became essential to formulate a sales strategy to better meet the specific needs in the Thai market and thoroughly focus on the local customers. Konica Minolta decided to establish the new subsidiary, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (BTH), to make committed efforts to increase sales in this promising market.

Cutting Printer Costs

Cutting printer costs

How much is your printing fleet really costing you?

Printing is a cost centre that is frequently overlooked by organisations. They look at printers and copiers purely as capital expenditures, ignoring the significant running costs associated with owning a fleet. The fact is, however, that printers and copiers probably represent a significant part of your ongoing operational expenses - typically 1-3% of revenue on average, according to industry experts - and there are significant advantages to properly evaluating how that money is being spent.

Using a very simple cost per page analysis, it may be possible to save 50% or more of your ongoing printing expenses.

If your organisation is like most, then you’re probably spending far more on printing than you need to. If you’ve ever gone for the “cheap” option when buying printers; if you’ve ignored long term costs when making purchasing decisions; if you allow printing costs to be buried in departmental stationery budgets, then there’s a very good chance that you’re wasting a good deal of money.

The truth is that the cost of feeding a printer, copier or Multi Function Device (MFD) over the course of its lifespan is likely to far exceed the cost of buying it in the first place. In fact, it’s likely that the initial purchase cost of a business printer will represent only a fraction, in some cases as little as 10%, of the money you spend on that printer over the course of its life. 

KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. Joins MOPRIA Alliance as an Executive Member

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – April 16, 2014 – KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, announced today it has joined the MopriaTM Alliance, a nonprofit organization created with the goal of simplifying wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

The Mopria Alliance aims to develop a standard interface that will allow users to connect to any printer —regardless of its manufacturer—with virtually any mobile device. By joining the Alliance as an executive member, KYOCERA is confirming its stance as an active participant in the pursuit of standardized, intuitive, and wireless printing environment.

“This is a concerted effort by software designers, OS providers, mobile device designers, and printer manufacturers,” said Ryuzo Morita, director of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. and senior general manager of its Corporate Strategy Planning Division. “Our mutual goal is to achieve intuitive mobile printing in any environment, regardless of location or platform. It’s where today’s mobile users want us to devote our attention.”

KYOCERA Document Solutions America Introduces Business Applications to Enhance MFP Capabilities

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – April 16, 2014– KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced the launch of four new powerful business applications: AccuSender Fax, OpenText Alchemy Connector, Kyocera PanelPlus, and Kyocera Language Exchange. Built on Kyocera’s HyPAS software development platform, each business application promises to improve workflow in the most demanding environments. Most important, these Kyocera-developed business applications mark the first of many applications that will be introduced by the company in the upcoming fiscal year.

AccuSender Fax solves a critical problem for those who fax documents on a regular basis by freeing users to send scanned documents as faxes directly from a Kyocera multifunctional product (MFP) through their existing fax server. Users need only scan a hardcopy (or select one from stored archives) and enter a fax number as a destination address. It’s simple, cost-effective, and secure. Plus, it provides an audit trail of faxed documents for those who face stricter compliance regulations, such as those who work in the healthcare, manufacturing and finance industries.

KYOCERA Document Solutions America ‘EMPOWERS’ Dealers at FY15 Pan-American Dealer Meeting

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – April 16, 2014 – KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today officially renewed its commitment to its dealers and end-user customers. Addressing more than 1,200 attendees from the United States, Canada, Latin America and Mexico, as well as Europe and Japan, Kyocera executives credited the company’s strong performance in fiscal year 2014 to an unwavering dealer-centric philosophy—and pledged to continue the enhance its dedication to the independent dealer channel throughout fiscal year 2015 and beyond.

“Our dealer-centric philosophy is one reason we believe we’re succeeding in this challenging market,” said KYOCERA Document Solutions America president and CEO, Norihiko Ina. “That’s why we’ve made the cornerstone of our meeting: ‘Empowerment! Commitment to Partnership.’ It defines a two-way relationship between Kyocera and its dealers. We empower our dealers, and they empower us. Our commitment to this channel, across the Americas, is unwavering.”

KYOCERA Document Solutions America Introduces Four New Economical ECOSYS Black-and-White Multifunctional Printers to Boost Office Productivity

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – April 16, 2014– KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced the launch of four compact ECOSYS® black-and-white multifunctional printers (MFPs). The affordable ECOSYS M3560idn, M3550idn, M3540idn, and M3040idn are designed to bring multifunctional power and mobility to busy corporate workgroups. All four combine crisp black-and-white output with high-end color scanning capabilities—and boast a convenient seven-inch color touchscreen.

These ECOSYS MFPs promise to increase productivity in the most demanding environments. The ECOSYS M3560idn prints at 62 pages per minute (ppm), the ECOSYS M3550idn at 52 ppm, the ECOSYS M3540idn and M3040idn at 42 ppm. The ECOSYS M3560idn, M3550idn and M3540idn include standard fax capability;

KYOCERA Document Solutions America Color Multifunctional Product Wins 'Winter Pick 2014' and 'Highly Recommended' from Buyers Laboratory

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – March 12, 2014 – KYOCERA Document Solutions America, Inc., one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, today announced that Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) “Highly Recommends” the TASKalfa 5551ci color multifunctional product (MFP). BLI, a leading provider of product intelligence for the imaging industry, also awarded the Kyocera TASKalfa 5551ci color MFP its “Winter Pick 2014” award for “Outstanding 51- to 60-ppm A3 Color MFP.” The independent lab pointed to the MFP’s reliability and overall performance as two reasons for the strong recommendations.

When releasing the results for the TASKalfa 5551ci, BLI cited speeds of 50 pages-per-minute (ppm) in color and 55 ppm in black, as well as “above average scan capabilities, including small compressed color scan file sizes and faster than average scan speeds in duplex mode.” BLI also reported that the robust color MFP exceeded rated toner yields for all four colors. Of equal importance was the MFP’s ability to multitask. BLI found that the TASKalfa MFP “experiences virtually no delays between jobs, and the number of print jobs that can be sent to the device is limited only by memory capacity.”

Kyocera Awarded Green Business Certification

KYOCERA Document Solutions America has been awarded a "Green Business Certification" by the Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC).

Recognizing the burden that business activities can place on the environment, KYOCERA dedicates itself to balancing economic development with environmental preservation. Its green approach to manufacturing and design can be seen throughout its entire line of document imaging devices. One such example, the company's ECOSYS MFPs and printers, boast a remarkably low total cost of ownership, has little or no impact on the environment, and come complete with Kyocera's patented long-life drum technology. Plus, the devices feature an eco-friendly drum design that allows users to replenish toner without replacing the drum — thus reducing consumable costs and landfill waste.

"At Kyocera, we pride ourselves on our green approach to business, products and purchasing," said Peter Hendrick, vice president of marketing, KYOCERA Document Solutions America. "This certification acts as validation that our philosophy matters — and that our approach to the environment is working. We're proud of this achievement, and more important, our customers can be proud of partnering with Kyocera and its products."

KYOCERA Document Solutions America Awarded Green Business Certified Certification

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – January 28, 2014–KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced it has been awarded a “Green Business Certification” by the Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC), the oldest organization of its kind to certify business environmental practices.

Recognizing the burden that business activities can place on the environment, KYOCERA dedicates itself to balancing economic development with environmental preservation. Its green approach to manufacturing and design can be seen throughout its entire line of document imaging devices. One such example, the company’s ECOSYS® multifunctional printers (MFPs) and printers, boast a remarkably low total cost of ownership, has little or no impact on the environment, and comes complete with Kyocera’s patented long-life drum technology. Plus, the devices feature an eco-friendly drum design that allows users to replenish toner without replacing the drum—thus reducing consumable costs and landfill waste.

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