Posts Tagged ‘Les Richardson’

  • Ricoh sets print management sights on top end

    Ricoh Australia is setting its print management sights on the Northern Territory, with the acquisition of Darwin-based print solutions provider, DPS Business Centre (DPS).

    DPS has a long history as a key Ricoh dealer for the top end, providing loca organisations with the technology company’s end-to-end print solutions. The acquisition of the business bolsters Ricoh’s document management focus in Australia.

    For Les Richardson (pictured), Ricoh Australia’s managing director, the move to take on a greater footprint in the Northern Territory comes at a time when the region’s market looks set to expand.

    “We believe that the Northern Territory will be one of the strongest growth areas in Australia over the next 10 years,” said Richardson. “When the opportunity arose, it was a simple decision to acquire DPS – through them we have had a successful and long standing relationship with the Territory.

    “This acquisition offers an excellent opportunity to expand our consulting and document management solutions to Australia’s top end,” he said.

    The acquisition of DPS comes as Ricoh Australia is working to substantially broaden its print and document management standing in the local market, with the company embracing the ‘print-as-a-service’ model as a rapidly growing alternative to the traditional ‘print-as-a-product’ model.

    Around eight years ago Ricoh won a contract with Woolworths to manage the retail and grocery giant’s internal print operations. Since then, the company has signed up around 15 large companies in Australia for whom it provides some sort of document and workflow management service.

    Earlier this year, Brian Nelson, Ricoh’s national manager for its Managed Document Services division, told Print21 that the world of managed document services is now much more than just printing.

    “There’s a difference between MDS [managed document services] and MPS [managed print service],” says Nelson. “MPS is a forerunner to what a lot of the companies have been offering in the marketplace. MDS is about cost control and reducing C02 footprint, looking at workflow in the business environment. It’s not purely about managing print, but what organisations are doing with documents from digital to printed.”

    Now that Ricoh has been flexing its MDS muscle in the local market for more than a few years, the company is branching out into all sorts of management services, most of which are linked to MDS. Now, with the acquisition of DPS in Darwin, the company is working to working to increase its national footprint, as well as its range of services.

  • Go carbon-free with Ricoh Australia

    The future could be carbon-free for Ricoh Australia customers that engage with the company on a rental or finance basis, with Ricoh now offering customers the ability to print and copy totally carbon neutral.

    Under this arrangement and for the duration of the applicable lease, rental or hire purchase agreement, Ricoh Australia will offset the GHG emissions generated.   The company’s latest range of cut-sheet production printers, multifunction devices and printers are eligible for this service.


    Ricoh Australia is also proud to announce it itself as a carboNZero certified organisation, the first imaging technology services based organisation in Australia to achieve this status.

    “This achievement is the latest in Ricoh’s long history of sustainability milestones and reflects our passionate commitment to the environment,” said Les Richardson (pictured), managing director, Ricoh Australia. “We are dedicated to doing our part toward a more sustainable society and through this initiative we can help our customers with their own sustainability goals.”

    The new carbon neutral printing service will also include an automated meter reading service and participation in Ricoh’s Consumable Recycling Programme.

    Ricoh Australia’s approach to carbon neutral print services has already drawn highly positive reaction from customers. Leading organisations, including RMIT have already signed up for the service.

    Neil Sigamoney, deputy director, Procurement, at RMIT said: “RMIT University is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and providing a safe and ‘green’ university for students and staff.

    “The University has a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020, based on a 2007 baseline. Our partnership with Ricoh Australia will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster a ‘think green’ culture within the University community,” he said.

    Ricoh Australia achieved carboNZero certification after being verified under the internationally accredited carboNZero programme. The process required the independent auditing of Ricoh Australia’s existing greenhouse gas footprint and emissions reduction activities.

    Quality accredited carbon credits have been purchased and cancelled to neutralise the organisation’s unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions it has not been able to reduce in the first year of the programme.

    Ricoh Australia had previously pioneered programmes that set industry benchmarks for sustainability. This included developing a waste management programme – in line with their ‘Zero Waste to Landfill Policy’ – of recycling end-of-life machines and service parts to achieve up to a 98 per cent resource recovery rate.

    The company also recently launched its eco billboard in North Sydney, powered entirely by solar energy.   Future initiatives include the building of a 5 star green star distribution centre in Eastern Creek in Sydney where Ricoh plan to increase recycling and remanufacturing activities.