Ricoh Corporation Achieves Certification For Its Sales Training Curriculum
West Caldwell, NJ, July 11, 2006 — Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, announced today that it has achieved certification from the Professional Society for Sales and Marketing Training (SMT), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating business results by improving sales and marketing performance, for the Sales Training Curriculum of Ricoh University, a corporate-wide employee training program.
The SMT certification, created in 2002 for both corporate and collegiate entities, involves a comprehensive, four-month assessment of the training programs, staff and progressive education paths used by corporations to prepare its salespeople. With this certification, SMT recognizes Ricoh as a corporation dedicated to the development and success of its sales staff.
The purpose of the SMT certification is to establish the important role that corporations play in the apprenticeship of its salespeople and to provide companies that meet certain guidelines in their employee development programs with recognition for their excellence. Given the clear evidence of Ricoh’s commitment to sales success, such certification should attract preferred sales staff and candidates to the company. In addition, because SMT certification also applies to collegiate programs, Ricoh is now part of a network that can establish direct connections with certified schools and create a “feeder system,” which links Ricoh to top students pursuing careers in professional selling.
“Ricoh is honored to have our education and training department receive the SMT certification,” says Beverley Patterson, senior director, Ricoh University. “Garnering this recognition not only makes us proud of the hard work we’ve put into our training programs, but also increases our visibility as a top developer of sales talent.”
Ricoh University, created to continuously help employees improve skills sets and stay abreast of the latest industry trends, is designed similarly to a college degree program. Employees can advance through levels of the Four Floor Selling Model by obtaining the appropriate number of credits at each level. Upon the completion of each course, employees are awarded a certificate of accomplishment for their work. The curriculum provides comprehensive and effective educational programs that contribute to the professional development of all sales, sales engineer and service professionals.
About Ricoh Corporation Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 70-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2005 sales in excess of $17 billion, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year. Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh’s line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh’s document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information. Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2005, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $3 billion, an increase of 8.1 percent over the previous year.
Information about Ricoh’s complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.
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