Saturday, September 19, 2009

Huge Score for Ricoh (UK). XRX and HP better get on the stick for MPS.

Twenty countries across Europe should make it much easier to expand into the States. Keep on eye on Infoprint, Ikon and Independents in the USA.

Ricoh’s strong heritage in sustainability and approach to environmental reporting were key success factors.

The ‘Next Generation Print – Europe Project’ could be followed by Next Generation Print -USA Project. The most plausible path might be "Next Generation Print-California' Or "Next Generation Print -Atlanta" Or "Next Generation Print - High Falls, NY. Or "Next Generation Print - PS 96".
Ricoh delivers next generation print to Unilever across Europe:
"London, UK, 17 September 2009 – Ricoh Europe, office and production printing solutions expert has signed an extended contract with existing customer Unilever. The five year contract sees Ricoh extend its Managed Print Services (MPS) for Unilever from five to twenty nine countries across Europe.
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Ricoh's Managed Print Services will be offered as a flexible two-tier model where the scope of the service varies according to the size of the Unilever site. The service includes an assessment of the current document output including security and document bottlenecks. Ricoh Managed Print Transformation Services will reveal hidden costs and then optimise devices while focusing on reducing the environmental impact of energy and paper consumption.

Ricoh and Unilever agreed a selection of multifunctional devices and printers which will be connected to Unilever’s network. The home office solution includes Ricoh’s energy efficient Gelsprinters with GelJet technology. These highly efficient printers not only conserve energy resources but also massively cut energy costs, perfectly aligning with Unilever’s Green IT strategy. The home office solution cost model also gives Unilever visibility of their home worker’s usage.

Ricoh is also providing reporting at site, country and European level utilising @Remote Enterprise-Pro, Ricoh’s remote management tool. This will increase Unilever’s visibility of energy consumption, print volumes, CO2 emissions and toner recycling. The environmental reporting will be incorporated in the overall Green IT metrics.

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