TOSHIBA AMERICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS WINS EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT TO SUPPLY POSTAL CONNECTIONS OF AMERICA WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART COPY SOLUTIONS
Award-Winning Toshiba Copiers Enable Leading Commercial Mail Receiving Agency to Expand Digital Document Services Offerings
IRVINE , California ( Aug 08, 2006 ) :
Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS) today announced its exclusive agreement to supply Postal Connections of America (PCA) , a leading Commercial Mail Receiving Agency (CMRA), with new multifunction document imaging equipment. The arrangement supplies PCA with three award-winning products from Toshiba, the e-STUDIO™281c full-color monochrome multifunction product (MFP) and the e-STUDIO202L and 282 series MFPs. Through the arrangement, TABS also will subsidize 24 to 30 PCA store grand openings nationwide in 2006, enabling customers to receive free copies for one week during the launch.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to supply Postal Connections of America with a solution to meet their complex document production needs,” said Steve Rhorer, vice president, marketing for TABS. “We understand how critical it is for a leading-edge CMRA to ensure first-rate quality and customer service, and we’re confident that the new Toshiba MFPs are an ideal solution to meet their needs.”
PCA chose TABS as their exclusive equipment provider because of Toshiba’s worldwide industry leadership and superior products and services that incorporate cutting edge technologies and product innovation. The new Toshiba MFPs will enable PCA to output high-quality, color-on-demand collateral and general office documents with improved graphics, productivity and reduced outsourcing costs. Customers can access the new MFPs as do-it-yourself or an attendant-assisted service at the same cost.
“Toshiba presents Postal Connections with the opportunity to stay at the leading edge of the copying and printing business with the latest technology and quality service,” said Fred Morache, Postal Connections of America chief operations officer. “Toshiba’s cutting edge equipment will enable our stores to expand digital document services that otherwise would not be available to our neighborhood customers.”
Based in San Diego, PCA currently operates 103 franchises in 24 states. The company offers packaging and shipping through UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, couriers and freight lines, with approximately 20 percent of its revenue generated through copying. Postal Connections stores primarily serve small office/home office businesses and consumers with convenient, on-the-go, time saving services.
About the Products
Winner of a 2006 4-Star Award and a BERTL®’s Best Award from Business Equipment Research and Test Laboratories (BERTL™), the Toshiba e-STUDIO202L and 282 MFPs boast a build-to-order design, several paper handling options, e-BRIDGE technology and environmentally friendly features. Touting output speeds of 20 and 28 pages-per-minute (PPM) respectively, the e-STUDIO202L and 282 have been specifically designed for small- to medium-sized workgroups that produce between 64,000 and 90,000 copies per month.
Also the recipient of a 2006 4-Star Award and a BERTL®’s Best Award, Toshiba’s e-STUDIO281c MFP features monochrome copier, printer, scanner and fax functionality that produces crisp, clear black-and-white output at a rate of 28 PPM, and color documents at a rate of 11 PPM. The e-STUDIO281c offers small- to mid-sized businesses the same running cost, performance and functionality as black and white MFPs, with the added feature of color at an affordable price.
About Postal Connections of America
Postal Connections of America (PCA) stores offer packaging, shipping, mail receiving and forwarding, copies, fax sending and receiving, notary, retail office and packing supplies, Internet access, eBay auction support and other products and services. For added customer convenience, PCA also offers document storage on disk or portable memory stick, and can print digital files, or scan and save hard copy items. Unlike many similar stores, PCA franchise stores feature shipping alternatives, giving customers choices in prices, delivery times and carriers – UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS and others – instead of selling only one shipper’s service. Postal Connections of America is based in San Diego, and has been franchising stores since 1996.
About Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.
Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.
Named the most favored manufacturer seven times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba’s entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the “Copier Manufacturer of the Year” six times by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 “bold” (2005) and “agile” (2004) companies in the world.
TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the sixth largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 72nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2004 was approximately $55 billion.
For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at www.copiers.toshiba.com.