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Data Capture in Transportation and Logistics

CaptureMANUFACTURING INSIGHTS OPINION
Manufacturer supply chains are becoming longer and more complex and have real challenges getting timely and accurate information to the right place at the right time. These globally distributed supply chains present the largest challenge to the transportation and logistics organizations whose efforts to make operational and execution processes more efficient and effective are regularly hampered by late, inaccurate, and incomplete data caused in large part by the inefficient transfer of logistics data through the use of manual forms and input to capture that data.

Although the use of digital capture devices appears slightly more mature in the transportation and logistics part of the supply chain, there is still the view that substantial improvements can be made in the business process. While nearly 80% of logistics functions still use paper forms and 52% of the data is input manually, more worrisome is that one-fifth of the data captured manually is not entered at all. This leaves only 28% of the data being entered either with a digital scanning process or through the use of a digital pen. Certainly, this lack of automation is contributing significantly to the poor level of data accuracy and corresponding shipping errors within transportation and logistics.

The benefits of moving to digital capture of transportation process data are significant. Respondents identified improvements in their ability to store/retrieve information, improved process efficiency and lower costs, improved data accuracy and timeliness, as well as a more robust form of signature capture for regulatory compliance. This last point is significant as we are seeing a lot of interest in governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) in the supply chain in general and in logistics specifically. Management of trade and customs compliance, anticounterfeiting, and supply risk management are all increasingly dependent upon accurate transportation process data to function seamlessly. It is the view of Manufacturing Insights that automated, digital capture of logistics data is a critical foundational capability to effectively manage GRC and a distributed global supply network.

Powered by OKI Printing Solutions, Carolina Wholesale Delivers “Solutions for Success” Exhibit at ITEX 2011 National Expo & Conference

<p>MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., March 7, 2011 -&#160; OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today announced the company’s sponsorship of Carolina Wholesale “Solutions for Success” exhibit at ITEX 2011 Expo &amp; Conference in booth #501 in Washington D.C. on March 22-23.&#160; Powered by the OKI Printing Solutions brand, Carolina Wholesale, one of the largest office machines and supply distributors in the U.S., will exhibit OKI Printing Solutions’ BTA exclusive line of CX products, in addition to other print solutions to help customers manage their devices and streamline business processes. </p> <p>Carolina Wholesale is an OKI Data Americas Master BTA Distributor, providing sales and support to indirect BTA dealers who wish to purchase the OKI Printing Solutions MPS Ready and CX product lines.&#160; Last year, Carolina Wholesale launched a new OKI Printing Solutions Dealer Advantage Program, offering a comprehensive selection of products, programs and services to enhance BTA dealer support coast-to-coast and provide a one-stop-shop for their print and copy needs. </p> <p> “As a trusted partner of OKI Printing Solutions’ for 20 years, Carolina Wholesale serves the specialized needs of BTA dealers throughout the U.S., providing them with such benefits as: competitive pricing, warehousing and inventory storage, faster delivery times, free hotline support, and service and warranty support, to name a few,” said Jackie Paralis, OKI Printing Solutions’ Senior Marketing Manager for Channel Development.</p>

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OKI Data Americas Announces Select Products are National Master Standard Offer (NMSO) Authorized by Government of Canada

<p>MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., February 28, 2011 - Select color and monochrome printers and multifunction products are available to Canadian government agencies at a fixed cost through authorized OKI Data Americas resellers </p> <p>OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today announced several of its products are National Master Standard Offer (NMSO) authorized by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). The products available to Canadian government agencies at a negotiated cost include: the C711dn digital color printer; the B411d, B411dn, B720dn, B730dn and B930dn digital monochrome printers, and the MB470 MFP (multifunction product). </p> <p>The NMSO is a list of pre-approved vendor suppliers from which federal government departments’ save time and money in the procurement process by establishing preset pricing, terms and conditions for products and services.&#160; With OKI Data Americas on the NMSO, government agencies and departments can now deal directly with the company to procure print technology, while also budgeting effectively through pre-determined pricing. </p>

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OKI's MC361 and MC561 Color MFP's Receive BERTL's "4-Star, Highly Recommended" Award

<p><strong>Tokyo, February 24, 2011</strong> -- OKI Data Corporation, an OKI Group company specializing in printer business, today announced the receipt of BERTL's &quot;4-Star, Highly Recommended&quot; award for the <a href="http://www.okidata.com/mkt/html/nf/MFP.php?sku=MC361Series">MC361</a> and <a href="http://www.okidata.com/mkt/html/nf/MFP.php?sku=MC561Series">MC561</a> Single Pass Color digital LED multifunction printers. The award follows extensive testing and technical evaluation of OKI Data products by <a href="http://www.bertl.com/">BERTL</a>, an independent testing laboratory whose purpose is to provide objective, independent product evaluation reports and comparative analysis on imaging devices and software workflow solutions. </p> <p>BERTL has identified the <a href="http://www.okidata.com/mkt/html/nf/MFP.php?sku=MC361Series">MC361</a> and <a href="http://www.okidata.com/mkt/html/nf/MFP.php?sku=MC561Series">MC561</a> models as a good return on investment (ROI) for buyers. Some of the key highlights in the BERTL reports include:</p> <ul> <li>HD Color printing technology for outstanding print and copy quality </li> <li>Standard 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder (RADF) </li> <li>Multi-tasking functionality standard, enabling two tasks to be performed at once </li> <li>Full-featured fax with dual access functionality and 4MB fax memory </li> <li>Multiple scan to locations: PC, network, FTP, e-mail or USB memory stick </li> <li>Banner printing capability on sheets up to 52&quot; in length </li> <li>Separate CMYK toner cartridges for lower cost of operation </li> <li>Compact design to fit in the smallest environments </li> <li>ENERGY STAR® compliant </li> </ul>

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OKI Data Americas MC361 and MC561 Color MFP’s Receive BERTL’s “4-Star, Highly Recommended” Award

<p>MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., February 23, 2011, OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today announced the receipt of BERTL’s “4-Star, Highly Recommended” award for the MC361 and MC561 Single Pass Color digital LED multifunction printers. The award follows extensive testing and technical evaluation of OKI Data Americas products by BERTL, an independent testing laboratory whose purpose is to provide objective, independent product evaluation reports and comparative analysis on imaging devices and software workflow solutions. </p> <p>BERTL has identified the MC361 and MC561 models as a good return on investment (ROI) for buyers. Some of the key highlights in the BERTL reports include: </p> <ul> <li>HD Color printing technology for outstanding print and copy quality </li> <li>Standard 50-sheet reversing automatic document feeder (RADF) </li> <li>Multi-tasking functionality standard, enabling two tasks to be performed at once </li> <li>Full-featured fax with dual access functionality and 4MB fax memory </li> <li>Multiple scan to locations: PC, network, FTP, e-mail or USB memory stick </li> <li>Banner printing capability on sheets up to 52” in length </li> <li>Separate CMYK toner cartridges for lower cost of operation </li> <li>Compact design to fit in the smallest environments </li> <li>ENERGY STAR® compliant </li> </ul>

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OKI Introduces Bioplastic in Printers and MFPs Part

<p><strong>TOKYO, February 22, 2011</strong> -- OKI Data Corporation, an OKI Group company specializing in the printer business, today announced it will introduce a bioplastic part consisting of at least 25% (by weight) of plant-based renewable biomass resources in all its printers and MFPs. Products manufactured from March 2011 onward will incorporate bioplastic, marking the first effort among OKI Group companies to use bioplastic in products.</p> <p>OKI Data is currently active in 120 countries, selling approximately 1.1 million printers and MFPs annually. Today's introduction of bioplastic is expected to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by three tons.</p> <p>&quot;Plant-based renewable bioplastics reduce environmental impact by reducing CO2 emissions and the petroleum resources consumed,&quot; said Harushige Sugimoto, President of OKI Data. &quot;OKI Data is proactively developing products and technologies to reduce environmental impact. The company has long considered using bioplastic in its printers and MFPs. However, compared to traditional plastic, bioplastics offer formidable challenges in the areas of flame resistance, strength, heat resistance, and formability.&quot;</p>

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OKI Printing Solutions Showcases its Groundbreaking Graphics Arts and Production Product Line at Graphics of the Americas 2011

<p>MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., February 15, 2011 - OKI proColor™ Series gives users unprecedented power to perform short-run jobs on demand, with consistent color accuracy and variable data capabilities at affordable operating costs. </p> <p>OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, will showcase the OKI proColor™ Series, an innovative line of products for color-critical applications in graphic arts and production environments, at Graphics of the Americas, February 24-26 in Orlando.&#160; Powered by embedded EFI Fiery® and PANTONE® calibration on select models, the OKI proColor Series is a breakthrough in color technology, making short-run jobs faster and more affordable than ever before with the pro810 Series, pro910 and pro930 cut-sheet printers, pro900DP and pro905DP digital envelope presses, and pro510DW digital web press. </p> <p>“The OKI proColor Series defines a new segment in the graphic arts and production market – never before could you print a short-run job in just minutes, with variable data output and guaranteed color accuracy,” said Randy Rickert, Director, Graphic Arts &amp; Production, OKI Data Americas.&#160; “These revolutionary products open up the market for customers who can now equip themselves with short-run capabilities, without the significant investment that is required with competitive products.” </p>

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Managed Print Services K–12 Education Case Study

Capture1CUSTOMER BACKGROUND
Westbury School District operates six schools from the pre-K to high school levels, employing close to 400 teachers and serving approximately 4,000 students. As a high-needs school district with an impressive college-acceptance rate, students use computer-assisted programs to help maintain their high performance standards. The programs require that students use worksheets and charts, and the School District had evidence that the use of color piqued students’ interest in learning and helped them better comprehend information, leading to increased testing performance. Westbury School District uses more than 1,600 computers throughout its schools.

THE CHALLENGE
Westbury School District was utilizing an assortment of non-networked, costly printers from a major competitor that included color inkjet, color page printers and desktop mono laser printers. The fleet was expensive to maintain — the District was spending $479,600 annually on printed document output — with high cost-per-page and consumables costs that were expending a significant portion of the technology budget. Further, Westbury School District was not taking full advantage of the benefits of color printing to stimulate students’ learning and improve information retention rate.

THE SOLUTION
OKI Printing Solutions conducted a comprehensive Managed Print Services assessment of Westbury School District’s existing printing infrastructure, with the goal to create a long-term print document strategy that significantly reduced costs while ensuring functionality, productivity and enhanced educational value.

OKI Wins the 2010 Ecohitech Award in Italy

<p><strong>TOKYO, February 2, 2011</strong> -- OKI Data Corporation, an OKI Group company specializing in the professional color printer business, today announced that it won the &quot;2010 Ecohitech Award&quot; in the category &quot;Prodotti Hi-Tech Eco-Virtuosi&quot; (Eco Conscious High-tech Products) in Italy.</p> <p>The Ecohitech Award, sponsored by the Consortium Ecoqual'It and now in its twelfth year, is an important environmental recognition for hi-tech companies that have developed environmentally friendly products, solutions and processes.</p> <p>OKI Data won the award for the environmental performance achieved by through its new product range: The newly launched <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/colour-printers/desktop-printers/detail.aspx?..., <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/colour-printers/desktop-printers/detail.aspx?..., <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/mono-printers/desktop-printers/detail.aspx?pr... and <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/colour-printers/a3-printers/detail.aspx?prodi... Series and <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/multifunction-printers/a4-mfp/detail.aspx?pro..., <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/multifunction-printers/a4-mfp/detail.aspx?pro..., <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/multifunction-printers/a4-mfp/detail.aspx?pro..., color desktop multi-function products are the result of OKI's continually evolving digital LED technology and they proved to be the most sensitive to environmental regulations.</p> <p>In particular, OKI Data won the most significant award in particular for the energy performance of the <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/colour-printers/desktop-printers/detail.aspx?..., A4 color printer and <a href="http://www.oki.it/printers/multifunction-printers/a4-mfp/detail.aspx?pro..., the first color MFP to use Digital LED technology in all its functions.</p>

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OKI Data Americas Exhibits Interactive Color Banner Printing Alongside Affordable K-12 Products and Solutions at TCEA 2011

<p>MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., January 31, 2011 - OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, will showcase its cost-efficient products and customized solutions for K-12 education at the Annual Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention &amp; Exposition, booth #1346, in Austin, TX, February 8-11. With color documents proven to increase learning and retention by 78%1, OKI Printing Solutions enables schools to improve the quality of students’ education with access to affordable color printing in the classroom, while also maximizing technology budgets. </p> <p>OKI Printing Solutions will pilot test its new interactive touch screen demonstration tool at TCEA 2011. Attendees will be able to print High Definition (HD) Color banners to the OKI Printing Solutions C610 digital color printer using the company’s School Communications Pack DVD, which offers more than 100 available templates for popular K-12 school subjects and events. OKI Printing Solutions is the only printer manufacturer with the technology to let users print banners on demand to a desktop device. This interactive forum is a preview of a more sophisticated display the company will unveil at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in June 2011.</p> <p>OKI Printing Solutions will showcase its expertise in printing technology for K-12 education at booth #1346 by displaying the following products and customized solutions, which enable affordable color printing and improved educational lessons: </p>

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