Ricoh Named “Best Partner” 2006 XChange XCellence Award Winner
Honored as the Top Vendor in the “Best Partner Program” Category At CMP Media’s 2006 XChange’06 Conference
West Caldwell, NJ, August 31, 2006 — Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, received a 2006 XChange XCellence Award during CMP Media’s XChange’06 in the category of “Best Partner Program” at an awards ceremony in St. Louis, MO on August 16. The XChange XCellence award program is sponsored by CMP Media’s XChange Conferences, the global leader in face to face events.
The XChange XCellence Awards measure overall business and technology integrator perceptions of vendor products and services during an XChange Conference. XChange attendees evaluate and score each vendor’s presentation, message and presence during the three day conference. The results are tabulated on site and awards are presented during a luncheon presentation at the conclusion of each XChange Conference.
Exceptional work in several different aspects of Ricoh’s channel program earned the company the “Best Partner Program” Award. Facets of the program that were rated include offering its partners compelling incentives, strong technical assistance, marketing and sales support, as well as cost effective and time efficient training programs. In addition, the effectiveness and user-friendliness of a company’s channel Web site and the communication of product lines and programs contributed to conference delegates recognizing Ricoh as a leader in business partner programs.
The 2006 XChange’06 XCellence Awards cover nine key categories including an Overall Best in Show award. “The XChange XCellence Award winners are selected by top solution providers at each conference and honor the vendors with the most exceptional products, programs and technologies,” said Nancy Hammervik, vice president/managing director, CMP Media’s XChange Conferences. “Ricoh’s partner program demonstrates that it delivers high quality solutions that fulfill the business needs of its channel partners.”
“We are honored that the Solution Providers/Resellers recognize our partner program as the best in the industry,” said Ann Moser, Senior Vice President, Printing Solutions Division, Ricoh Corporation. “This award confirms our commitment to the channel and validates that we are providing experiences and resources to help them succeed.”
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.
About XChange Conferences CMP Media’s XChange Conference Group is the global leader in face-to-face channel events. XChange Conferences bring together new markets, customers and revenue opportunities for solution providers and technology vendors. XChange Conferences offer the best recruiting, training, education and networking opportunities in three & four day events filled with keynotes, lectures, debates and discussions revolving around critical channel issues and trends. XChange Conference information can be found online at www.cmpxchange.com
About CMP Media (www.cmp.com) CMP Media is a marketing solutions company serving the technology, healthcare and lifestyles industries. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP Media has earned the confidence of more professionals and enthusiasts in these fields than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in each of these industries in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Media is a subsidiary of United Business Media (http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.
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