KYOCERA Mita America Implements New Distribution Strategy to Better Service Dealers Nationwide
New Central Distribution Facility in Memphis, Tenn. to Serve 70 percent of the United States
Fairfield, New Jersey –August 15, 2006 – Kyocera Mita America, one of the world's leading document imaging companies, today announced that a distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee, will become the hub of its new national product distribution network. Beginning September 1, 2006, the company will service 70 percent of the country from a single Memphis location near the Memphis International Airport.
Customized to meet Kyocera’s logistical and technological needs, the new distribution center is 300,000 square feet in size and will join existing California and New Jersey based facilities in managing product distribution across the entire country. Kyocera will eliminate satellite locations from its distribution network, resulting in reduced complexity and improved efficiency for the company and its dealers.
“A centralized distribution facility such as the one in Memphis makes sense on a number of levels, both for us and for our dealers,” said Michael Pietrunti, president and chief operating officer, Kyocera Mita America. “By implementing an integrated and streamlined 3-point distribution network, Kyocera will be able to maintain more efficient inventory levels. In addition our new strategy will facilitate cost reduction, fewer shipping points and significantly increase our ship-complete ratio. Our dealers will realize a lasting benefit. We are excited about the role that Memphis will play in our national strategy.”
Kyocera Mita America will rely on two distribution centers to service the remaining 30% of the country not handled by Memphis. A warehouse in California will manage distribution to dealerships on the West Coast, while a New Jersey facility will service New York, New Jersey and New England. In addition, Kyocera will repurpose a facility in Dallas to handle the distribution of parts to the entire United States. The resulting network will be more efficient and more cost-effective.
Kyocera Mita America: Awards and Recognition
Kyocera continues to earn numerous honors and distinctions for its products’ high performance, reliability and cost efficiency, as well as for superior customer service. Kyocera was named “#1 Copier/Multifunctional Product in Overall Customer Satisfaction Among Business Users” by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2005 Copier Customer Satisfaction StudySM. In addition, Buyers Laboratory Inc. awarded both a Fall “Pick of the Year” Award and “Highly Recommended” distinction to the KM-1820, KM-6030, and KM-8030. Kyocera printers and copiers/multifunctional products (MFPs) have also been recognized by Industry Analysts for outstanding reliability three out of four years. Kyocera has also been honored with a BERTL’s Best Award for the most cost-efficient digital imaging product line as well as a 4-star “Highly Recommended” Award for the KM-8030.
About Kyocera Mita America, Inc.
Kyocera Mita America, Inc. (www.kyoceramita.com/us), headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., is a leading provider of computer-connectable peripherals, including network-ready digital copiers/printers, laser printers, color copiers/printers, digital laser facsimiles, and multifunctional and wide format imaging solutions. Kyocera Mita America is a group company 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 Mita America, the only document solutions company with third-party certified sales data, has earned numerous honors for its products’ high performance, reliability and cost efficiency. Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net revenues totaled approximately $10 billion during the year ending on March 31, 2006