Tuesday, November 29, 2011
What Happens When You're Numero Uno in Copier & MFP Sales
If you're number one, it always seems you're going to take some heat about something. In 20 or 30 years it would be interesting to see what the likes of Ricoh, Canon, Xerox and KonicaMinolta are doing and how they got there.
I'm thinking the past 4 years and the next 4 years will define how companies like Ricoh, Xerox, KonicaMinolta and Canon will be moved forward or backwards.
I need to get to the chuckles right? I was speaking with an RICOH person today just chomping it up about us being in the business for a long time and that person made a statement that they had to travel to Malvern for a corporate meeting, with that statement I could tell there was some, well...let's just say it was evident with the tone that Malvern is the NEW HQ as GMAN's (Member of Print4Pay Hotel) been stating for sometime! First chuckle!
But, even more unsettling was that I received a "ricoh" document the other day. Nosey me, I clicked on all of the TABS and found out that what I thought was originally a "ricoh" document was actually a document developed by IKON many years ago and then converted to Ricoh. Hey, there was the second chuckle of the day.
Sometimes I wonder....did Ricoh Americas buy IKON or did IKON get paid to take over Ricoh Americas? Ha!! Another chuckle, you really gotta laugh at this stuf.
Here's another, I follow Canon and Oce. Since the Canon take over, the web is flooded with OCE Press Releases, yet I get almost nothing coming from Canon. What gives?
What about this, how the heck can Toshiba, Sharp, or Kyocera Dealers and Direct Branches feel about their manufacturers marketing programs when there are virtually ZERO Press Releases for MFP, MPS or copier related products?
I have alerts set for all four and I see more from Kyocera, less from Toshiba and a minuscule from Toshiba and Sharp. By far the most press releases are in this order Xerox, Oce, Ricoh and KonicaMinolta.
As my father in-law always stated "what do expect from a pig, but a grunt". True, you can take a visit to the Toshiba, Sharp and Kyocera....and where the heck are the mfp's and or copiers?? You really have to get down the page or dig deep to find them.
Thank you to Ricoh for sticking to MFP's and Copier for now, Hoping I'll be around in 30 years to see how all of this shakes out!