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Ricoh’s mission is to provide excellence in order to improve the quality of living and drive sustainability.
Ricoh is a provider of imaging and electronics products, primarily cameras and office equipment. The company operates three reportable business segments:
Imaging and Solutions – Consists of products used in the office and production printing environments. Specific categories are as follows:
- Office Imaging Products – Include monochrome and color digital PPCs/MFPs, laser printers, GELJET printers, digital duplicators, projectors, video conference systems, facsimiles, scanners, related parts and supplies, services, support and software.
- Production Printing Products – High-speed laser printers designed to be used as a central printing device for print-on-demand and for printing large volumes. Include cut sheet printer, continuous feed printer, related parts and supplies, services, support, and software.
- Network System Solutions – Solutions that enable customized printing and help customers create a networked environment. Include personal computers and servers, network systems, application software, and related services and support such as document outsourcing services.
Industrial Products - Consists of products used in the industrial sector. They include thermal media, optical equipment, semiconductors, electrical components, and measuring equipment.
Other Products - Consists of digital cameras, spherical cameras, watches, and financial and logistics services through subsidiaries.
In 1936 Riken Kankoshi Company was founded in Japan to produce positive sensitive paper, which was used to develop photographic film. Within a short time the firm dominated the country’s sensitized paper market. It then decided to add cameras to its product portfolio in 1938. It reflected this change by changing its name to Riken Optical Company, and unveiled the Olympic 4 camera.
The next two decades saw developments such as the invention of flash bulb and color film, as well as computer-designed lenses and new chemicals for film developing. In 1950 Riken introduced a new camera, the the Ricohflex III. In 1954 it took advantage of its success by listing its securities on the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges.
In 1955 Riken diversified again by entering the copier industry, unveiling a diazo copier called Ricopy 101. The next 10 years saw the release of other office equipment products such as the Ricoh Synchrofax in 1959 and micro enlargement copiers and duplicators in 1960 and 1962. In 1962 the firm established its first U.S. subsidiary, and changed its name to Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Benefits at Ricoh
Business model of Ricoh
Ricoh has a segmented market business model, with customer segments that have slightly different needs. It targets its offerings at consumers and businesses that need imaging and office solutions.
Ricoh offers two primary value propositions: innovation and brand/status.
The company has embraced innovation from the very beginning. It has introduced a number of groundbreaking products and technologies, which include the following:
- The world's first high-speed for office fax machine (RIFAX 600S)
- The world's fastest digital full-color copier (ARTAGE 8000)
- The first multi-function printer with steel parts made from 100% steel scrap (imagio MP 9002)
- Quick Start-UP (QSU) technology, which enables a device to rapidly recover from its energy-saving sleep mode, reducing wait time for reuse
- Color QSU technology, which uses the Direct Heating (DH) Fixing System and Color PxP-EQ toner to simultaneously achieve strong image quality and high energy efficiency
- Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology, which enables the simultaneous emission of 40 laser beams, achieving high image quality and productivity
The company has established a powerful brand as a result of its success. It maintains operations in over 200 countries and regions and serves customers directly in over 50 countries worldwide. It most recently generated annual revenues of US$ 19.6 billion. It consists of over 230 brands, including Gestetner, Nashuatec, Rex-Rotary, Lanier, Savin and Infotec. Lastly, it has won many honors, including recognition as a Leader in the Managed Print Services (MPS) market by Quocirca for five years in a row (2012 - 2016) and two prestigious TIPA Photo & Imaging Awards (2016).
Ricoh’s main channels are its direct sales team, independent dealers of office equipment, and independent office supply retailers and wholesalers. The company promotes its offering through its website, social media pages, advertising, and sponsorship of sporting events and venues. It has been the title sponsor of the Ricoh Women's British Open, a women’s golf championship, since 2007.
Ricoh’s customer relationship is primarily of a personal assistance nature for businesses. It forms contracts with companies upon the sale of products through which it provides repair and maintenance services from service specialists. The company’s customer relationship with consumers is more of a self-service nature.
Customers utilize its products while having little interaction with employees. Ricoh’s website provides a number of self-help resources, including white papers, product manuals, download drivers, safety data sheets, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Ricoh’s business model entails designing, developing, and manufacturing products for its customers, as well as offering product-related support services.
Ricoh’s main partners are the multiple suppliers it uses to obtain the raw materials, parts, and components (including plastics, rubber and chemicals) used in the production of its products.
Ricoh’s main resources are its human resources, who include the engineers that design, develop, and manufacture its products and the service specialists who provide repair and maintenance support.
The company’s important physical resources include its manufacturing plants and the Technology Centers it operates to support customers at each of its locations.
Lastly, it places a high priority on intellectual property, with over 24,838 patents in Japan and over 24,206 patents overseas as of 2016.
Ricoh has a value-driven structure, aiming to provide a premium proposition through significant personal service and frequent product enhancement.
Its biggest cost driver is cost of sales, a variable expense that includes cost of product. Other major drivers are in the areas of sales/marketing and administration, both fixed expenses.
Ricoh has three revenue streams:
- Product Revenues – Revenues it generates from sales of its imaging and electronics offerings.
- Post-Sales and Rental Revenues – Revenues it generates from post-sale services and equipment rentals.
- Other Revenues – Revenues it generates from other sources, including financing and logistics.
info: Zenji earned a graduate degree at Sophia University. He previously held several senior positions at Ricoh, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and General Manager of the Trade Affairs & Export/Import Administration Division.
info: Yoshinori earned a degree in Management Engineering at the National University of Hiroshima. He previously served as Senior Managing Executive Officer and General Manager of Business Solutions Division at Ricoh.
info: Yohzoh previously held several executive positions at Ricoh, including Senior Managing Executive Officer, General Manager of the Research and Development Group, and General Manager of the MFP Business Group.
info: Kunihiko previously held several executive positions at Ricoh, including General Manager of the Japan Sales Division, President and CEO of Ricoh Japan Corporation, and General Manager of its Japan Marketing Group.
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