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Ricoh First Manufacturer to Join Managed Print Services Association at Foundation Member Level

27 Jun, 2011

Ricoh First Manufacturer to Join Managed Print Services Association at Foundation Member Level


Columbus, OH – June 27, 2011 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions, has just signed on as the first manufacturer to join the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) at its highest commitment level, the Foundation Member.  Ricoh Family Group (RFG) dealers may now join the MPSA at a discounted rate because of Ricoh’s Foundation Member status. In addition, Foundation Membership is the premier level of corporate involvement in MPSA, and Foundation Members receive top visibility among corporate members in the organization.

“We are pleased that Ricoh is our first OEM to join the MPSA as a Foundation Member. Since Ricoh is an influential leader within the managed print services community, we anticipate others will follow their lead and increase their involvement in the MPSA. Ricoh was also one of our 2011 MPSA Leadership Award winners, so their experience and innovation in managed print and managed document services are of the highest caliber. All our MPSA membership is important, but Foundation Members are a special group who make a significant commitment to the association. We look forward to working with Ricoh as our newest Foundation Member to drive the growth of managed print and managed document services,” said MPSA President, Joe Barganier.

“Ricoh is fully committed to managed print and managed document services. By becoming a Foundation Member, we can participate at the highest levels of the association to help drive industry standards, best practices and growth. The MPSA offers clear value to managed print and managed document services players of all kinds, so we are pleased to offer our RFG dealers the chance to join MPSA,” said Mark Boelhouwer, Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Ricoh U.S.

RFG Dealers Get MPSA Membership Discount
Ricoh recently announced ChaMPS, a Ricoh Managed Document Services (MDS) Program to help its dealers transform their business to a services-based model to meet customers’ document management needs. The program has three components – Proven Methodology, Best-in-Class Resources and Ricoh’s Industry Leading Services. This new program makes it easier for Ricoh, Savin and Lanier dealers to leverage what they need when they need it, while lowering their document-related capital investment and helping accelerate profit generation opportunities.

An important piece of the ChaMPS offering is the opportunity for Ricoh Family Group dealers to join the Managed Print Services Association at a significantly reduced rate. Because of Ricoh’s strong financial commitment to the MPSA, RFG dealers can join for only $500, a 50 percent reduction. By joining, a dealer gains MPS credibility and access to the MPSA’s strong industry alliances, technical partners and best practices. Visit http://yourmpsa.com/


About the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA)
As an independent, not-for-profit organization, the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) serves the emerging MPS industry through development of standards and industry guidelines, which unite the different segments of the industry.

It is the vision of the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) to establish a worldwide independent and non-profit organization that embraces all industry participants in a collaborative and non-competitive environment, as we strive together to provide the necessary Industry Standardization, Education and removal of Barriers to provide Profitable Growth for all business within this sector. This will directly result in a high value for our mutual end-user customer's who find the path to Managed Print Services (MPS) much clearer, easier to obtain and with minimized risk that provides a positive return to their bottom line.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., the 75-year-old leading provider of advanced office technology and innovative document imaging products, services and software, with fiscal year 2010 sales in excess of $23 billion. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and customizable services and software help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.

Ricoh Americas Corporation, directly or through its network of authorized dealers, markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. Information about Ricoh’s complete range of offerings can be found at www.ricoh-usa.com.

Ricoh’s Managed Document Services (MDS)
Ricoh’s MDS approach is an extension and evolution of Managed Print Services (MPS), which addresses the three fundamental functions relating to the entire document management ecosystem of input, throughput, and output. Ricoh’s MDS aims to streamline core business processes by focusing on process, people, and technology and innovation to create a state of continuous improvement. Ricoh aims to help organizations better manage and leverage information for improved business outcomes through a flexible, partnership-led approach. Services management is the fundamental pillar to govern the print and document services program, aided with expert consultancy as well as proven project and change management methodologies. Ricoh is recognized today by both IDC and Gartner as a leader in the industry.




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