Why Buy from an Authorized Copier and Printer Dealer?

qualityPurchasing a copier or printer for your office or business requires thought and consideration. There are many elements involved in the decision making process, from budget to what features are needed. One element, in particular, should be at the top of your list—who are you going to purchase the product from? With a large purchase like this, it is important to consider the quality of the vendor you are buying from.

Graphic Enterprises is proud to be an authorized Konica Minolta dealer, but what does it mean to be an authorized dealer? And, why should you purchase business equipment from an authorized dealer? There are five benefits authorized Konica Minolta dealers can offer.

1. Access to purchase genuine Konica Minolta products, supplies and accessories

When purchasing a Konica Minolta product, supply or accessory from an authorized dealer, you can rest assured that you are receiving a genuine product with a quality warranty to back it up if something goes wrong. If purchasing from another vender, there is no assurance that the product is genuine. What happens if that business closes its doors and your product breaks down? There would be nowhere to turn.

Protect your investment, be assured of a genuine, quality product and purchase it from an authorized dealer.

2. Access to specialized Konica Minolta Corporate Account Services Program

If you are large business that requires 50 or more units nationwide, or even globally, we can help with your complex needs. Through the Konica Minolta Corporate Account Services Program  we can help make the administrative management of your office equipment easier. You will enjoy unified fleet wide billing, service and support. It also gives you greater buyer power when combining orders for all locations.

You are able to maintain the personal relationship with your local dealer, while benefiting from the support of a national infrastructure.

3. Expertly trained staff

We take training our staff very seriously. As an authorized dealer, we have access to ongoing product training from Konica Minolta. Denny Clark, our technical trainer, takes between two and six weeks of training each year with Konica Minolta. He then becomes authorized to teach those same classes to our staff at our training center here in North Canton, Ohio.

How does this benefit you? Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff know the office products inside and out. They are better equipped to answer your questions in the sales process, provide excellent service should you encounter any troubles, and you can rest assured the service you get is high quality and in compliance with all warranty guidelines.

No one has the extensive product knowledge an authorized Konica Minolta dealer has.

4. Authorized service and repair facilities with access to product and firmware updates

Our service and repair facility and staff is top quality. And we are not just saying that, we have the awards to back it up. For 25 years straight Graphic Enterprises has been the recipient of the prestigious Pro-Tech  Service Award. The award is only earned by those Konica Minolta dealerships that meet rigorous standards and demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction.

Aside from having access to highly trained, expert service staff, you also have access to product and firmware updates. Working with an authorized dealer, you can trust that you will get the product and firmware updates that will keep your office equipment up-to-date and working smoothly.

Only an authorized dealer can provide you with product and firmware updates.

5. Comprehensive support for Konica Minolta warranties

As we mentioned before, if something should happen to your product, you want to rest assured that your investment is protected. Authorized dealers have full access to Konica Minolta warranty support programs, as well as the unique Customer One Guarantee. This assurance puts customers first and lives by the “It Works or It Walks” motto. It guarantees that your Konica Minolta multi-function printer meets factory specifications and is compatible with your network, or it will be replaced with an equivalent model.

If you experience a warranty issue, our authorized staff is ready to assist you and resolve it quickly.

Choosing an authorized dealer for any of your business purchases is always a good idea, but especially when you are investing in equipment such as multi-function printers and copiers. Protect your investment and be assured of the highest quality service, staff and repairs. If you are a business owner in Canton, Akron, Youngstown or Western Pennsylvania, contact us to find out how we can help your business.

How to Create and Print Your Company’s Holiday Cards and Invitations In-House

Holiday cards and invitations can become a large expense for businesses. Printing these items in-house on your multi-function printer or copier can save your business money as well as time, especially if you need to get those cards out sooner rather than later.

In this post, our Marketing Director Denise Dennewitz shares how to use Microsoft Publisher and your multi-function printer to create beautiful holiday cards and invitations. Other publishing programs such as Adobe InDesign could also be used.

1. Select and order paper

 

Our paper specialists recommend ordering a cover stock 60 lb paper.  If you are printing in color, white is your best option. Remember that the color of your paper will affect how a color design looks when printed.

2. Design your card or invitation

 

First, you will want to open Microsoft Publisher and create a new blank document. You will want to divide your page into four quadrants. An easy way to do this is to insert a 2 x 2 table as shown in the image below. This will create two cards per page.

 

Inserting a 2 x 2 table in Microsoft Publisher

 

Next, you will want to insert a duplicate page (this becomes the inside of your card). In the bottom left quadrant of your page, you will want to insert an image for the cover of your card. You can choose to insert an image you already have, possibly a wintry photo of your business, a holiday picture of your staff, clip art or a generic holiday photo. Microsoft Publisher has a gallery of clip art and photos available for use, but if you do not see one you like, you can find reasonably priced quality stock photos on websites such as 123rf.com and pixabay.com.

 

Insert a holiday picture in Microsoft Publisher

 

After choosing and inserting and image, you will want to insert a text box with a holiday greeting. The front of your card or invitation is now complete!

 

Insert greeting on the front of your holiday card in Publisher

 

Next, group together the image and greeting. Copy and paste the grouped image and text into bottom right quadrant.
Group your holiday card image and greeting

Be sure to leave an approximately 1/8″ gutter on either side of the middle line. This allows for easier cutting of the cards when complete.

Add a gutter between your cards

Now we need to create the inside of the card. You will go to the second (blank) page of your document. Insert a text box in the bottom left quadrant of the page and add your message.  Then copy this box and paste it in the bottom right quadrant of the page. Not sure what to choose for a greeting? We found a great list of 44 holiday greetings appropriate for businesses. If you are creating a holiday party invitation, take a look at these ideas on what to write and what information to include.

Add a gutter between your cards

Your card design is now complete!

3. Print your holiday card or invitation

Place your 60 lb. cover stock in the paper tray of your multi-function printer. In the print dialogue box, select duplex top binding.

Print Dialog Box Duplex Printing

In the media settings, I recommend selecting high-quality and 106-135 g/m2 settings to ensure a high-quality finished product.

It is always a good idea to do a test print of one card before printing the entire run. This gives you a chance to make sure that the text and photo are displaying just as you would like. It also gives you the opportunity to proofread the card and show it to several other people to proofread.

After you have printed a test copy and proofread, you are now ready to print, cut and fold all of your cards.

Ta-da! You have a professional holiday card or invitation for you business that did not cost you hundreds of dollars.

Finished Holiday Card

 

The ability to print items like this in-house makes having a color multi-function printer indispensable and cost effective. If your business does not already have a color copier or printer and is located in the Canton, Akron, Youngstown or Western Pennsylvania, contact us.