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Schnuck Markets, Inc. chooses Kyocera Mita for Pharmacy Printing

Kyocera Mita Printers Present Another Choice for Pharmacy Printing with Printers that are highly reliability, easier to maintain and provide a much lower operating cost

Broken Arrow, OK and Fairfield, NJ - March 27, 2003 - ELT, a Kyocera Mita Key Reseller to the pharmacy market, announced today that Schnuck Markets, Inc. has selected Kyocera Mita’s FS-1800+ RX printers for use in the pharmacy.

Schnuck Markets is planning to move to duplex pharmacy script printing in the next few weeks. “Duplex printing of pharmacy labels is a feature on the Kyocera Mita printer that we didn’t use with our other printer vendor,” said Curtis Hartin, director of professional services for Schnuck Markets. “The pharmacists are really enjoying the Kyocera Mita printers,” Mr. Hartin said, “They are easy to maintain and very reliable.” Mr. Hartin also said that the other printers they were using in the pharmacy were adequate but more expensive to operate. He is pleased with the move to Kyocera Mita FS-1800+ RX printers.

Benefits of Kyocera Mita Printers
Reliability and lowering operating costs were major factors in Schnuck’s decision to install Kyocera Mita printers. Many reliability problems faced by pharmacies today are related to toner cartridges that use OPC drums, specifically when there is a label that jams inside the printer.

Kyocera Mita's "ECOSYS" printer design, where the major imaging components are built in the printer rather than the toner container, provides Schnuck’s lower cost of ownership, increased reliability and shorter repair cycles over their current install base. Long life imaging components and fewer moving parts relate to higher reliability and Kyocera Mita delivers in this area. The ECOSYS design also eliminates the need to manage the empty toner cartridge return program currently in place. Kyocera Mita RX printers provide easy access to eliminate label jams because the entire paper feed mechanism can be pulled from the printer without having to re-install the toner kit.

Kyocera Mita's KX print driver provides Schnuck’s with a common user interface for both their pharmacy and back office printer installations. A single printer driver controls all Kyocera Mita printers and copiers, improving user productivity and printer management. This same print driver controls Kyocera Mita’s connected digital copiers as well.

The long-term costs associated with Kyocera Mita printers are substantially less than the most popular printer models used in pharmacies today. The Kyocera Mita RX printer takes up less counter space in the already crowded pharmacy and weighs only 28.7 pounds.

Kyocera Mita and ELT
When asked about the transition to Kyocera Mita printers through ELT, Hartin replied, “ELT has a great level of customer service and support. The transition was seamless.”

Founded in 1939, Schnucks Markets, Inc. now operates more than 100 state-of-the-art supermarkets in six Midwestern states: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Most Schnucks locations are combination food and drug stores, offering a wide range of dry groceries and packaged foods, over-the-counter drugs, personal care items, seasonal merchandise, fresh baked goods, fine meats, fresh seafood, fresh produce, quality dairy products and more. Many stores also feature an in-store Florist Shop, full-service Pharmacy, salad bar, bulk food section, video rental and film developing.

Electronic Label Technology, Inc. began business as a service bureau in 1980, providing bar-coded shelf labels to the retail grocery store industry. In 1987 the company revolutionized in-store printing of shelf labels and store signs with the introduction of Labelmaster software and table top laser printers that allowed the retailer to print their shelf tags at the store rather than pay the high cost of getting shelf tags from a service bureau. Since 1987 ELT has sold over 50,000 laser printers to the retail marketplace. ELT began working with Kyocera in late 2001 to develop an alternative printer for the pharmacy industry that offers lower operating cost, higher reliability, and is much easier to maintain. ELT is one of only a few Kyocera resellers authorized by Kyocera to sell pharmacy printers to the pharmacy industry. ELT also provides hardware and technical support along with depot maintenance for the Kyocera printers. ELT also offers the highest quality, extended yield, Lexmark compatible toner cartridges found in the industry today. ELT has 2 flexographic manufacturing facilities, one in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and one in Reno, Nevada and a cartridge manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Mexico. ELT employs approximately 115 professionals with 9 sales and support offices across the nation.

Kyocera Mita is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and leading providers of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready digital copiers/printers, laser printers, color copiers/printers, digital laser facsimiles, multi-functional, and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita is part of Kyocera Corporation, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, and electronic components. Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net revenues totaled $7.78 billion during the year ended March 31, 2002. Kyocera Mita’s headquarters for the Americas are in Fairfield, New Jersey.

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