Konica Minolta’s Bizhub Series Recognized with Prestigious Award

With another brilliant display of melding beauty and functionality, Konica Minolta has won the coveted “The Good Design Award 2012”, which is organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). This honor was awarded to seven distinct models of color multifunction printers that Konica Minolta offers the market. The award comes as no surprise, as Konica Minolta has always been well known as a steward of great design concepts that also perform very well in the field.

Specifically, Konica Minolta’s color multifunction printer bizhub series was highly evaluated for the user interface of the device. This interface allows users to operate seamlessly and consistently among various devices making it outstanding in terms of both functionality and design. Paving the way for the future, Konica Minolta’s devices have always been staples of innovation and end-user compatibility.

Consolidate Your Office Devices Today

Consolidating the devices that you currently operate in your printer fleet is always a means of making your office more efficient and more affordable in the long run. Instead of walking into a crowded printer room full of outdated equipment, why not invest in a long-term strategy designed to promote cost savings and low-maintenance costs? It is becoming increasingly popular to rid the office of the “one machine for one job” mentality and switch to a multifunction system that promotes all the staples of office work into one functioning machine.

In short, printer and device consolidation aims to reduce and optimize the number of devices in an office’s printer fleet to decrease the cost of hardware, consumable products (paper, ink, toner, etc.), electricity, and overall maintenance. Even though this type of implementation may seem like a no-brainer, many businesses are still reluctant to the idea of consolidating their devices for easy and efficient use. What some businesses aren’t aware of is how small of an investment the switch actually is and how many benefits arise from making the switch to a multifunction system.

New Innovations from Canon Are Sure to Impress

Canon announced on September 17 that it is unveiling its newest product and adding to their already impressive digital imaging solutions line. The products are known as the PIXMA-PRO -10 and the PIXMA-PRO-100 and will be upgraded additions to the already well- established PIXMA-PRO-1. They are built with the same quality of design and output as the existing PIXMA-PRO-1, however, the new editions offer black and white printing like no one has ever seen. Canon has also improved the end-user compatibility of the workflow software and will be available with wireless capability and faster printing speeds.

So what does this all mean for the end-user? For one, it means that Canon is continuing to deliver quality products with innovation that is found nowhere else in the industry. It also means that they have an added feature referred to as PRO mode. This mode allows the device to map color gamut for unrivaled performance and balance of color. The color-printing mode has also been said to be able to make slight adjustments to the finished product that takes into consideration the characteristics of human perception. With these kinds of additions, many businesses will find it hard to resist upgrading to the new versions.

Major Printing Trends Coming your Way

Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and breed efficiency in the office. Sometimes an internal audit of systems and how things are managed can offer valuable information and insight on how things can be improved. It is becoming an important trend to alleviate expense in unnecessary areas, especially in an age of digital solutions and services.

One area that companies may be taking a look at first is how they are handling their inter-office printing strategies. Firms realize that there is a ton of money to be saved by just cutting down on the amount of printing that is done in the office. The major trends seem to point to more of an electronic data filing and storing method that eliminates the need of superfluous printing.


Selling More Print Equipment in a Down Market

When the markets are up and businesses are free with budgets, selling virtually any product is very easy. When revenues and profits are up, it is easy for budgets to be free.

The challenge that every business has during a down market is to prove their worth in a way that allows clients to see the value in what they have to offer. Selling in a down market can be a real challenge when the most common objection heard by a sales rep is, “I am sorry, but we just can’t spend any money right now because of the economy.”


Missouri-based Company to Offer Award-Winning MFPs, Digital Presses, Printers, and Solutions

Springfield, MO and Ramsey, NJ – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) recently announced that Pearson-Kelly Office Products headquartered in Springfield, MO has become an authorized dealer partner of Konica Minolta. Pearson-Kelly now offers Konica Minolta’s complete line of award-winning office systems, digital presses, printers, as well as an extensive portfolio of document management and workflow solutions.

Pearson-Kelly is southwest Missouri’s premier document solutions source with over 25 years of experience. Since 1983, owner, Mike Kelly has provided office equipment to Missouri-based businesses. The company provides industry leading office products combined with support and services to address all of a customer’s office equipment and workflow needs. Pearson-Kelly uses a consultative approach to fully understand customer concerns and customize a complete office solution.

Multifunction Printers Can Give Your Office A Boost

Businesses are constantly evolving with the times. Everything from customer service down to a business' appearance and positioning change over time to better fit the market conditions. This shouldn't be any different for your printing practices. As your company and technology evolves, it only makes sense to segue into more efficient and effective printing methods for your business.

Every business out there is aware of multifunction devices now that combine printing, scanning, faxing and other office functions. What they may not know is how to fully utilize this technology to benefit their company's processes and save them time and money overall. Here are just a few of functions that can save your business:


Hidden Costs of Printing Part 2

As we mentioned in a previous post, there are many printing costs that aren’t apparent at first. Only once you've made your purchase and begun using the equipment do these expenses begin to show. Here are just a few more.

Repair costs on a $100 inkjet printer may never be a consideration, but as larger workgroup and departmental printers break, it is not as practical to simply replace those devices. Sometimes the repair is as simple as replacing a feed roller, sometimes it requires more work. You can have someone on staff repair the device, but without proper experience, it could actually cost you more in wages and opportunity costs than you realize. You might outsource that, but if your repair contract is in line, you may be paying far more for that repair than you should.


The Important Specs for Home Printers

When looking at buying printers and other office equipment, there are so many specifications that it can be difficult to sift through them all to find the important figures. Well let us help you out here. The specs below are the main ones you'll want to take into consideration when looking for printing equipment. While others will aid in your decision, these figures must be known before any purchase decision is made.

Auto Duplexing - A printer that can print on both sides of the paper automatically saves paper, time and money. If you plan to use significant volumes of prints, be sure that your printer has automatic duplex printing capabilities.


Hidden Costs of Printing Part 1

Even though an average of 2% of annual revenues are consumed with office printing, most companies have no idea how much they are spending to operate their fleet of laser printers. Most costs associated with printing go unaudited and most organizations spend far more in print reproduction than they realize.

Print reproduction is expensive. In fact, it might be more expensive than you realize. There are three key areas of cost in print reproduction. They are toner and supplies, maintenance and inefficiencies in printer usage.



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