Sharp Becomes FIRST MFP provider to partner with Alexa for Business!

MONTVALE, N.J.Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), is pleased to announce that the company is the first multifunction printer (MFP) provider working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance technology in the workplace through Alexa for Business.

Alexa for Business is a new service that enables businesses and organizations to bring Amazon Alexa into the workplace to help all types of workers be more productive and organized on both personal and shared Amazon Echo devices. In the workplace, shared devices can be placed in common areas for anyone to use, and workers can use their personal devices to connect at work and at home.

As the first and only MFP provider working with Alexa for Business today, Sharp is providing key capabilities to customers by working with the service designed specifically for business. Integrating with Alexa for Business will allow Sharp’s customers to interact through simple, verbal commands with their Sharp Digital MFPs and the rest of the Sharp B2B portfolio, including AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems. This will improve overall usability while minimizing the necessity for product-specific training.

“We are excited to be the first MFP provider working with Alexa for Business,” said Vince Jannelli, Associate Vice President, Software Product Management, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “This feature is an important step in bringing Sharp’s vision for an open, smart workplace to life, providing greater value to our business customers.”

Alexa for Business was announced during AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas on November 30. For more details, visit or

About Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, professional displays, robotics and energy systems. Sharp Imaging and information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets Sharp’s business products, including MX Series multifunction print (MFP) systems, professional and commercial displays and Skywell atmospheric water generators.

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Millennium Business Systems Honored to be Recognized as 2017 Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine

Toluca Lake, CA (Oct. 18, 2017) — Affinity Business Communications, publisher of ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging, is proud to announce the list of 2017 Elite Dealers. This annual Who’s Who of the office technology dealer community, which has been bestowed upon the industry’s leaders since 1988, will be featured in the December issue of ENX Magazine. Click here to view the article:

The 100-plus 2017 Elite Dealers were selected based on numerous criteria, including growth initiatives, innovative marketing programs, outstanding customer service, charitable contributions to the community, progressive workplace cultures and adaptability to an ever-changing market.

“We’re pleased to present the 2017 Elite Dealers and congratulate this year’s honorees for their remarkable entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments in a challenging marketplace and leading their dealerships toward the path of continued success,” said Susan Neimes, managing editor of ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging.

Added Erik Cagle, editorial director of ENX Magazine, “While the industry continues to consolidate, our roster of high-ranking performers continues to grow. I am particularly impressed with the caliber of this year’s entries, and their laundry list of forward-thinking initiatives only underscores the health and vitality of the office technology dealer space. I believe this bodes well for the future of our industry.”

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Sharp Aquos Board wins Best of Show!

MONTVALE, N.J., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, is pleased to announce its iconic AQUOS BOARD® interactive display system product line won three awards during InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Fla.: the 2017 Commercial Integrator BEST Award, the AV TECH Best of Show InfoComm 2017 and the Tech & Learning Best of Show InfoComm awards.

The Sharp PN-C805B AQUOS BOARD interactive display received nods from both the 2017 Commercial Integrator BEST Award and the Tech & Learning Best of Show InfoComm award. The PN-C805B interactive display is designed for presentations and lessons in a variety of settings including corporate and education. It is part of the new value-priced PN-C display series, recognizing up to 10 touch points with four-person simultaneous use.

The PN-C805B is the first model to include direct bonding technology in an AQUOS BOARD interactive display line, allowing for a highly ergonomic touch and feel. This technology offers customers the same Pen-on-Paper™ writing experience as a flip chart or whiteboard, while at the same time provides all the benefits of an electronic whiteboard, creating a user experience as close to pen on paper as possible. The protective glass is bonded directly to the LCD panel without any air gaps. This minimizes parallax difference, allowing for smooth writing operations and clear visibility.

The AV TECH Best of Show InfoComm 2017 honored the Sharp PN-L401C AQUOS BOARD interactive display system. This display targets environments that have limited space requirements for interactive signage or collaboration applications. For offices, it enables collaboration and productivity in popular “huddle space” environments, where everyone can engage meaningfully in small group meetings by sharing onscreen information. Intuitive touchscreen operation facilitates active collaboration and lively exchange of opinions, and can act as a sophisticated bulletin board or flipchart.

“We are pleased to have our line of AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems recognized during the largest Pro AV tradeshow in the industry,” said Gary Bailer, director of product planning and marketing for Pro AV products at Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “We witnessed great interest in these displays at InfoComm, owing to the benefits they provide for collaborative settings and teaming initiatives.”

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Millennium Receives Prestigious Sharp Hyakuman Kai Elite Award for 2016




(Cincinnati, OH March 2017) – Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America recognized Millennium Business Systems as a Hyakuman Kai Elite Dealer.  Sharp awards Hyakuman Kai Elite status to exceptional dealers that have achieved $5 million plus in sales during the past year.  Millennium Business Systems is among a select group of dealers recognized by Sharp from the hundreds of dealers that sell Sharp’s advanced business products and solutions in the U.S. This is the second year in a row that Millennium has achieved this distinction. 

“The Hyakuman Kai Elite Award is a distinction given to outstanding Sharp dealers such as Millennium Business Systems,” said Doug Albregts, President, CEO and Chairman, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “This award is not simply a measure of sales performance, but embodies all the qualities we look for in an exemplary dealership, including innovative business practices and long-lasting community relationships through outstanding local customer service. It is truly an honor to recognize Millennium Business Systems for their substantial contributions to Sharp’s success.”

“Our goal is to provide Cincinnati-area businesses with world-class products and support, helping encourage business growth within the community,” said David Bartlow, Millennium Business Systems President.  “We are proud to be a Sharp dealer and look forward to strengthening our customer relationships by supplying the latest technology and comprehensive document solutions.”

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America is a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. For more information about Sharp business products, visit


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Lexmark Color MFP’s and Printers Named BLI Line of the Year!

The world’s leading independent test lab ranks Lexmark line first in reliability, color output, design and value

Feb 2, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Lexmark International, a global imaging leader, today announced it has been awarded the 2017 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year from Buyers Laboratory (BLI).
  • Based on the lab’s product testing in 2016, BLI honored Lexmark as offering the best and most complete color printer/MFP line in terms of excellent reliability, consistently superb color output, intuitive design and outstanding value.
  • Lexmark’s newest, most advanced A4 color devices include the Lexmark CS4150/CS6160 Series printers, Lexmark XC4140/4150 Series MFPs and Lexmark XC6152/XC8155/XC8160 Series MFP’s.  These products also won five BLI “Pick” awards in 2016.
  • Many of the color laser devices deliver the highest toner capacities in their class as well as industry-leading long-life imaging components, resulting in fewer user interventions and Lexmark’s best-ever color total cost of ownership.
  • Driven by a powerful quad core processor, the newest devices boast the fastest print and copy speeds available in their respective A4 classes.
  • Lexmark’s flagship offering, the Lexmark XC8160 Series, offers the highest toner capacity, the largest input capacity and the most flexible media support of any A4 color laser MFP. The Lexmark XC8160 Series is so advanced it rivals the capabilities of A3 products, allowing businesses to bring color production in-house.
  • With a tablet-like touchscreen interface and flexible media handling, these products are easy to use, require minimal training and enable future integration of business process solutions.
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“From small workgroups through large departments, Lexmark offers a color printer or MFP designed to meet the needs of business users,” said BLI Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr. “Lexmark’s color models offer maximum uptime, thanks to strong reliability and high-yield consumables, coupled with an outstanding value, thanks to their low total cost of ownership.”

“Winning BLI’s Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year award further validates our commitment to providing our customers innovative products and solutions that help propel their business forward,” said Allen Waugerman, Lexmark senior vice president and chief technology officer. “By combining quality, reliability, speed and ease of use with a low total cost of ownership, our industry-leading color printers and MFPs deliver best-in-class results for our customers.”

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