Jim Loffler Named To List Of Minnesota’s Top 500 Business Leaders

From Loffler Companies!

We are proud to announce that Jim Loffler, Loffler Companies’ Founder and CEO, has been named to the list of Minnesota’s Top 500 Business Leaders for his dedication, passion and contributions to the business technology industry and the community. Congrats, Jim!


Ricoh Awarded Highest Gold Rating in EcoVadis Global Supplier Survey Four Times in a Row

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Konica Minolta Recognized For Best Marketing Strategy At 33rd Annual Frank Awards Event

Ramsey, NJ – November 19, 2018 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce it has received the 2018 Frank Award in the Best Marketing Strategy category for the second year in a row. The award was presented at the 33rd Annual Awards and Charities Dinner earlier this month.

Also honored at this event was Laura Blackmer, senior vice president, Dealer Sales, at Konica Minolta, for Best Female Executive. This was the fourth consecutive year that Blackmer has won this prestigious award and industry recognition.

The Frank Awards were established to recognized excellence in the business technology and imaging industry. The awards are determined by a survey of the independent dealer community based on performances evaluated for the 2017 calendar year. The event raised and pledged $180,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic program benefitting the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center. Separately, Konica Minolta is a multi-year sponsor of the Tackle Kids Cancer program through fund raising events sponsored by the company.

“Our awards are determined by the results of an Annual Dealer Survey of independent dealers nationwide that are the customers of the manufacturers in the imaging industry. Because dealers carry multiple lines of products from various manufacturers, their views are backed by a great deal of authority. That Konica Minolta has been honored with a Frank Award for Best Marketing Strategy two years in a row acknowledges that the independent dealer channel values the company’s leading-edge products, outstanding management, and its unique and innovative marketing strategies. That Laura Blackmer has been named Best Female Executive four years in a row is a resounding declaration of her professionalism and leadership,” said Frank G. Cannata, president and CEO, and CJ Cannata, EVP and publisher of The Cannata Report.

“I’m truly honored to have received this Frank Award and the recognition by dealers in the print and imaging industry,” said Blackmer. “Along with these awards, we’re delighted to be associated with the Tackle Kids Cancer program in helping to raise funds for their important work.”

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Konica Minolta Contacts

Stacey Sujeebun
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201-236-4272
PR@kmbs.konicaminolta.us

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Workplace of the Future is a trademark of Konica Minolta, Inc.


Konica Minolta Announces New SVP, HR

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Konica Minolta Announces New SVP, HR

Ramsey, NJ – November 19, 2018 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced today that Victoria (Vicky) Ringwood has joined the company as senior vice president of Human Resources.

In her role, Ringwood will work in partnership with Konica Minolta CEO, Rick Taylor, to drive a meaningful, impactful, human capital resource strategy that facilitates and supports our business. She will work with Konica Minolta’s leadership and HR teams to instill best practices needed to drive business outcomes, and to keep pace with current and future growth of the company.

Ringwood brings nearly 20 years of progressive Human Resource experience to her post, having most recently led HR for the Mobile Division of Samsung Electronics Americas. Ringwood’s background includes talent acquisition, talent management and HR business partner positions in noteworthy companies including, Tyco International, American Standard and Honeywell.

Ringwood holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

“We are delighted to have Vicky join us as we continue to build upon our Workplace of the Future vision,” said Taylor. “Vicky’s talent in assessing high performing human resource capital, combined with her experience in technology-driven industries, will bring new perspectives to guide our transformation as a leading IT services provider, while continuing to offer ‘best-in-class’ multifunction printers and production presses.”

“Konica Minolta’s brand and culture shows a clear commitment towards leveraging organizational talent as a competitive advantage,” said Ringwood. “I am excited to continue to advance the employee value proposition to further this world class organization.”

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Konica Minolta Contacts

Stacey Sujeebun
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201-236-4272
PR@kmbs.konicaminolta.us


Marking Global Success, Transform Magazine Awards Konica Minolta for Its Workplace Hub Brand and Communication Strategy

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Marking Global Success, Transform Magazine Awards Konica Minolta for Its Workplace Hub Brand and Communication Strategy

As Konica Minolta’s digital transformation strategy evolves with the release of new details around the innovative Workplace Hub platform, the brand receives more recognition for its distinctive look and feel for the future.

Foster City (15th November, 2018): With Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) on a transformative journey to become a leading IT services and IoT provider, the technology giant has boldly chosen to create a brand and communications strategy that reflects its strong desire to put innovation for SMBs first. Created for the disruptive product category Workplace Hub (invented by Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Dennis Curry), and aimed at simplifying IT for its customers, the branding and associated communications won accolades at the Transform Magazine Awards for “hitting the sweet spot in terms of balancing heritage with forward momentum”.

The news of these latest awards follows Konica Minolta’s release of new Workplace Hub product details last week. As part of the same release, the company also highlighted its recent multi-national research1 findings, which revealed that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are settling for IT that under-delivers. Specifically 95% say they are satisfied with their current IT solutions. However, at least a third of respondents reported that technical issues can lead to increased costs, lower productivity and diminished quality of work – all impacting business’ success. To help SMBs overcome such challenges, Konica Minolta is actively disrupting its own organisation to be better aligned to building technologies set to revolutionise the workplace.

In addition to aggressively investing in R&D and opening its own labs to support co-innovation with customers, Konica Minolta has been undertaking extensive work looking at brand extension and communication. In recognition of this, the Workplace Hub brand alongside its brand agency, Frank, Bright and Abel (FB&A), have newly received the following accolades:

From Transform Magazine, North America:

  • Gold Prize – ‘Best strategic / creative development of a new brand’
  • Gold Prize – ‘Best development of a new brand within an existing brand portfolio’
  • Bronze Prize – ‘Best use of copy style / tone of voice’
  • Bronze Prize – ‘Best visual identity from the technology, media and telecommunications sector’

This continues the Workplace Hub brand’s success over the last 12 months, adding to its existing awards received in Europe and Asia.

From Transform Magazine, Europe:

  • Bronze Prize – ‘Best use of copy style / tone of voice’
  • Highly commended – ‘Best development of a new brand within an existing brand portfolio’

From Transform Magazine, Asia:

  • Gold Prize – ‘Best development of a new brand within an existing brand portfolio’
  • Gold Prize – ‘Best visual identity in the technology, media, and telecommunications sector’
  • Bronze Prize – ‘Best use of copy style / tone of voice’
  • Highly commended – ‘Best use of a visual property’

From The Drum UK Event Awards:

  • ‘B2B experiential brand campaign / event of the year’

“The journey to create the IT brand for Workplace Hub demonstrates Konica Minolta’s commitment to its digital transformation. We recognised that we needed a new brand identity that works within the existing, well established and much loved corporate brand. The new brand helps signal to our customers that Workplace Hub is indeed something very new from Konica Minolta and to the industry, to help propel our business within the IT space,” said Stacey Sujeebun, Global Marketing Communications Lead for the Digital Workplace Business Unit. “The journey we are on as we move towards being an IoT company is challenging but tremendously exciting. To continue to receive awards in recognition of our brand and communication strategy is a huge honour for the whole team.”

The brand development of Workplace Hub began in 2015, involving extensive customer research and stakeholder engagement globally. Together with FB&A, Konica Minolta had to create a distinctive look and feel for Workplace Hub, acting as its own brand, but upholding the incumbent parent brand portfolio. The Workplace Hub identity has been created with a focus on rich imagery, simple and human tone of voice, and credible positioning within the IT sector.

Norihisa Takayama, General Manager of the Digital Workplace Business Unit, Konica Minolta added, “At the heart of Konica Minolta is a brand that has transformation, innovation and customer centricity at its core. This really is true of all parts of the business, whether it be within R&D or Marketing Communications. And so to be recognised around the world demonstrates the global expertise of Konica Minolta. Workplace Hub marks a significant milestone in Konica Minolta’s 145 year old innovation journey.”

For more information visit Workplace Hub

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta, Inc. is a global technology company that provides innovative solutions to businesses and society. With its strengths in the combination of its core technologies in advanced imaging, optics, sensing, materials and nano-processing, Konica Minolta is committed to create new values that help customers address challenges in their operations and work processes. Advancing its expertise in digital technologies, the company has been going through business transformation into a digital company with insight into implicit challenges across the board as One Konica Minolta in the era of Internet of the Things (IoT). Konica Minolta is also active in open innovation through various collaborations and alliances with academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Konica Minolta has its Group companies in 50 countries with over 43,000 employees and offers products and services in 150 countries around the world.

For Press & Media Enquirers, Please Contact:

Becca Cross
Global Marketing Communications Specialist
Digital Workplace Business Unit, Konica Minolta Inc.
becca.cross@konicaminolta.co.uk

1 The SMB IT pain-point survey for Konica Minolta was conducted in partnership with Opinium, and targeted 200 SMB senior decision makers per country, across the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany


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Ricoh Awarded Highest Gold Rating in EcoVadis Global Supplier Survey Four Times in a Row

TOKYO, November 15, 2018 – Ricoh Company, Ltd. has received the highest gold rating in the sustainability survey conducted by EcoVadis.

Ricoh has retained the highest standard gold rating four times in a row in the survey. EcoVadis assesses suppliers from 110 countries and across 150 business sectors on corporate policies, initiatives and achievements in areas concerning the Environment, Labor Practices, Fair Business Practices, and Supply Chain. Ricoh submitted its sustainability data to EcoVadis for evaluation and was ranked within the top 5% of all companies surveyed.

Today, many global companies are eager to improve both their own sustainability record, and sustainability in their supply chain as well. In fact the sustainability performance of suppliers has become an important factor for supplier selection. It is also becoming increasingly common that customers request Ricoh’s sustainability data as part of their supplier selection process and often request the EcoVadis assessment.

EMPOWERING DIGITAL WORKPLACES is our unified global value proposition. We look to broaden the value we deliver through business by covering everything from conventional offices through to the frontlines and society at large, thereby helping to achieve the SDGs. Ricoh recognizes this gold rating as a testament to our sustainable activities to achieve the SDGs. We will proactively make efforts to improve sustainability, thereby consistently meeting the expectations of all stakeholders through achieving business growth and boosting corporate value.

About Ricoh

Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2018, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,063 billion yen (approx. 19.4 billion USD).
For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com


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IBPI Visits Barlop!

By Mark Grice, IBPI – Recently, during our visit to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the IBPI Board of Directors’ Meeting and The Taylor Business Group  Big BIG Conference, Mark Grice and I decided to visit a few local IBPI Members to get a first-hand view of where some of our Members conduct business!  Our travels took us to Barlop, in Miami, FL.

Barlop was nudged into existence in 1983 from necessity, when Saxon, where Jose worked as a National Parts Manager, closed its doors in the early 80s.  Juan Barroso, also a National Parts Manager with Saxon, and Jose, decided to open their own business. They named their company from the “Bar” out of Barroso and the “Lop” out of Lopez; thus, Barlop Business Systems was launched!

Today, Jose Lopez (General Manager) and his daughters, Michele (Supplies and Parts Manager), Monica (Vice President of Business Development), and Mallory (Comptroller), are at the helm of Barlop. Although they started in a 600 square foot space, they have since expanded into 15,000 square feet with 34 employees, 6 of whom are family members! The company services, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward counties, and carries Lanier, Samsung and HP products, as well as managed print and managed IT services.


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Epson Receives Digital Output Top 50 and DPS Magazine Top 30 Readers’ Choice Awards

Epson America today announced its inclusion in Digital Output’s 24th Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards and DPS Magazine’s 8th Annual Top 30 Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year, both publications’ dedicated readership dictates the top winners.

“Our readers are interested in the learning more about the latest technologies. They continuously choose some of the most technology-forward vendors within the digital print and finishing, packaging, and publishing space,” says Tom Tetreault, editor-in-chief/publisher, DPS and Digital Output Magazines.

Using both magazine’s website metric system, DOdirect.net and DPSmagdirect.com, the magazines calculate readers’ interest in companies throughout the year. This is done via requests made on print and web editorial and advertisements as seen in the magazines, on the websites, or in Digital Output’s and DPS Magazine’s weekly newsletters.

“It’s an honor be recognized once again by the Digital Output and DPS reader communities as a 2018 top company in the industry,” said Reed Hecht, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “We continue to research and work with our customers to create innovative products that meet their needs. The recognition of these awards by readers is a testament to Epson’s commitment to deliver useful products that are easy-to-use and deliver amazing output.”

All award winners can be seen at www.digitaloutput.net and www.dpsmagazine.comDigital Output 2018 Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards winners and DPS 2018 Top 30 Readers’ Choice Award winners are in the November issue of each publication, as both a print and the digital publication. Epson’s featured products include the recently announced Epson SureColor® T3170 24-inch wireless technical printer, Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch solvent printer and Epson SureColor F2100 direct-to-garment printer.

About Digital OutputDPS Magazine and Rockport Custom Publishing

Digital Output magazine provides a practical guide for all print service providers (PSPs) working within the wide format printing segment. Its editorial exclusively targets managers and users of digital print. Topics include image capture, design, output, and finishing. Through product reviews, application stories, and monthly columns we inspire marketers with new technology and show PSPs how to grow their business. Digital Output and digitaloutput.net are owned and operated by Rockport Custom Publishing, LLC.

DPS (Digital Publishing Solutions) Magazine spotlights publishing solutions created by the digital revolution. The publication’s mission is to provide a resource of thought-provoking content, spotlighting present applications and success stories in digital-content publishing for business leaders. Its editorial exclusively targets decision-makers charged with harnessing the digital document. Through dynamic implementation of enterprise communication initiatives, DPS readers can maximize their company’s profitability. DPS is the most efficient media resource available, cutting across vertical market boundaries in topic areas including: digital printing, labels and packaging, document capture, storage, document workflow, asset management, content management, customer relationship management, variable data printing, one-to-one marketing, e-billing, ecommerce, and Web publishing.

Rockport Custom Publishing is a leading integrated media company focusing on technology. For more information, visit http://rockportpubs.com/.                                                                                                                                             

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 81,000 employees in 85 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

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EPSON and SureColor are registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2018 Epson America, Inc.


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