OKI Data Americas Makes an Impression at the National Stationery Show, Introducing Groundbreaking White and Vivid Color-On-Color Printing Solutions

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ—(Marketwired – May 31, 2016) – In collaboration with Mountaincow — an industry–leading invitation software and stationery company, OKI Data Americas demonstrated a powerful suite of high–value stationery printing solutions including its C942 and C711WT at the National Stationery Show (NSS), held May 15–18 in New York, NY. These exclusive offerings incorporate patented OKI Data technology for printing both full color and/or white on colored media at an acquisition cost up to 80% lower than its closest competitor[1]. OKI's proven technology creates new opportunities for stationers to differentiate themselves from their competition at a price point that can deliver new sources of revenue and profit. In addition, the unprecedented media handling capabilities of these OKI devices gives stationers and print shops the ability to bring jobs in–house that would otherwise need to be outsourced, immediately saving time and reducing production cost.

OKI Data impressed NSS attendees, showcasing two unique devices featuring the ability to print white on colored stock and envelopes:

  • The innovative C942 with its CMYK + white configuration represents a new generation of digital production printing devices, incorporating unmatched capabilities at a fraction of the price of competing devices. With output speeds up to 50 ppm[2] and the ability to print more than 40 envelopes per minute — or a box of 100 envelopes in less than three minutes[3] — this powerful device can apply crisp white text and full color graphics to colored card stocks, envelopes and other media in a single pass.
  • The C711WT HD digital color printer with its CMY + white configuration is a desktop digital color printer that works seamlessly with most design software applications. Stationers recognize the expanded business opportunities and value offered by the C711WT with its unique ability to quickly and easily print creative artwork in white on colored envelopes, plus card and cover stocks up to 100 lb.
  • When bundled with PrintingPress Pro Extreme™ software by Mountaincow, stationers have ready–to–use solutions for professional in–store printing of invitations and addressed envelopes that are both flexible and affordable.

The C942 delivers dramatic output on a variety of materials including clear labels and waterslide film for decals. Addition of the optional new EFI® Fiery® C9 Server optimizes the five–color and envelope printing functionality of the C942, further increasing output quality, productivity and profitability. Built upon EFI's robust Fiery FS150 Pro system, the C9 Server offers the most popular Fiery features including Command WorkStation and Spot–On™ to enhance color–matching and production capabilities and improve the operational efficiencies of OKI's C9 Series printers. The C711WT features enhanced High Definition color printing technology with a straight–through paper path for results that ordinarily require expensive manual printing processes.

“OKI Data is creating the future of digital color printing with patented technology that delivers a new generation of white printing solutions at an unmatched price–point. The crisp, vivid color and quality produced by our devices is unmatched in the industry,” said Dan Murphy, Senior Vice President of Marketing at OKI Data Americas. “The speed and efficiency with which these devices operate, combined with a price point that reshapes the production printing market, deliver immediate revenue–generating opportunities and distinct competitive advantages to stationers and print shops which integrate these devices into their business.”

With these devices, invitation designers and stationers can offer fast, affordable in–house printing using white text, motifs and addresses onto dark card stock — a capability that otherwise needs to be out–sourced, and which increases production time and costs.

“OKI Data has once again completely turned the social stationery industry on its head with the new C942 five color printer featuring white printing capabilities,” said Josh Eisen, President of Mountaincow. “For the first time ever, our customers can now print a white base under color in one pass, enabling unprecedented vivid designs on dark card stocks and envelopes, as well as fine control for hobby decal designers. We were excited to demonstrate the C942 and C711WT with OKI Data, both of which generated great interest at the 2016 National Stationery Show.”

OKI Data Americas demonstrated the groundbreaking white and vivid color–on–color printing, plus invitation and envelope printing capabilities of its C942 and C711WT at the National Stationery Show. Show attendees were impressed by the devices' output quality as well as their ability to help save time and money by bringing such capabilities in–house.

Each year, the National Stationery Show attracts a diverse global attendance of 10,000 buyers from stationery, card and gift shops; bookstores; bridal shops; party stores; department, chain and specialty stores; large chains and “big box” mass retailers; online retailers and mail order catalogs; as well as special event planners, corporate marketers, importers and distributors.

OKI Data products are built on parent company OKI Data Corporation's history of leadership and innovation. Most of OKI Data's color printing solutions feature Single Pass Color™ as well as proprietary digital LED and HD Color technologies. These technologies allow OKI Data Americas to manufacture products that require fewer moving parts for increased reliability and outstanding color output quality.

OKI provides live[4], toll–free technical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, with agents based in North America. In addition, OKI Data live chat feature is available to customers within the U.S. and Canada seeking online support on weekdays during normal business hours within the Eastern time zone.

For more information about Mountaincow, visit www.mountaincow.com or call 1–800–797–MCOW.

OKI Data Americas, headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ, and a subsidiary of OKI Data Corporation of Japan, markets PC peripheral equipment and customized solutions under the OKI® brand, including digital color and monochrome printers and multifunction products, serial impact dot matrix printers, thermal label and POS printers, as well as a full line of options, accessories, and consumables. OKI Data Americas serves the graphic arts, production, and specialty printing markets with the OKI proColor™ Series digital production printers, as well as its expanding line of ColorPainter™ and Teriostar wide–format professional printing devices. In addition, its Multimedia Production Platform category of production–quality A3 color devices meets a wide range of graphic arts and commercial printing needs. Utilizing Genuine OKI toner ensures consistent, reliable, and high–quality output that maximizes performance. OKI Data offers a broad portfolio of products built to optimize managed print engagements. OKI Data Americas takes a consultative approach to supporting every customer's needs and delivering individualized print solutions that optimize business performance. The company's innovative technology is backed by Tokyo–based parent company OKI Electric Industry, a leader in telecom, infrastructure, and mechatronics systems, as well as an approximately $4.5 billion multinational corporation according to its FY 2014 financial reporting.

OKI, Reg. OKI Electric Industry Co., Ltd.

Single Pass Color T.M. and design Reg. T.M. OKI Data Corp.

proColor, T.M., OKI Data Americas

PrintingPress Pro Extreme is a trademark, developed and published by Mountaincow, LLC.

EFI, Fiery, Command WorkStation, SpotOn Reg. T.M., Electronics For Imaging, Inc.

ColorPainter and Teriostar are trademarks of OKI Data Infotech Corporation


[1] Claim based on a comparison of the published MSRP for the OKI Data C942 versus the Ricoh Pro C7110SX.

[2] Published performance results based on laboratory testing of letter–size sheets, simplex. Individual results may vary.

[3] Based on the use of Com 10 envelopes fed through the multipurpose tray.

[4] Available in the U.S. and Canada only.

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AnyPerk Launches Rewards to Help Businesses Boost Employee Happiness

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—(Marketwired – May 31, 2016) – Employee happiness company, AnyPerk, today launched AnyPerk Rewards, an employee recognition platform that empowers employees to praise achievements, celebrate milestones and show gratitude. With AnyPerk Rewards, companies can easily increase employee recognition and boost employee happiness, resulting in improved productivity and retention.

AnyPerk Rewards is answering the call of 89 percent of employees who claim that recognition for their efforts makes them happier at work.1 Until now, individually rewarding employees for a job well done has been an arduous task, rife with painstaking data management, stale catalogues and HR–centric, clunky user experiences aimed at global enterprises with limited opportunity for oversight and reporting. As a result, only 14 percent of companies with less than 2,500 employees have software–based rewards and recognition platforms.2 AnyPerk Rewards is the first offering of–its–kind built for scaling, mid–size businesses looking to foster cultures of appreciation and recognition without increased burden on the HR and managerial teams.

With this addition, AnyPerk extends its Perks program of exclusive employee discounts to become the only company to provide both perks and rewards in one unified platform, offering company–to–employee, manager–to–employee and peer–to–peer recognition with customized notes that make employees feel valued.

“AnyPerk's mission is to help companies build places where employees love to work, so a rewards and recognition program was an obvious evolution to our Perks platform,” said Taro Fukuyama, CEO and co–founder of AnyPerk. “It gives companies a way to easily and effectively invest in their employees' happiness, recognize their achievements, and help make their lives better inside and outside of the office. Ultimately, managers are pleased with the platform, because recognition for effort is also the highest contributor to increased employee engagement and productivity. The program actually impacts a company's bottom–line.”

According to a survey commissioned by AnyPerk, only half (48 percent) of respondents agree that their boss cares about their happiness at work with the remaining responses either neutral or disagreeing, and only 15 percent claiming to be 'very happy' at work.3 AnyPerk Rewards seeks to alter those responses by helping companies build places where employees want to work.

“The AnyPerk rewards and recognition platform is a competitive differentiator for any organization,” said Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst of Brandon Hall Group. “It offers a personalized experience with a simple and engaging interface, supported by a dedicated customer success team to ensure a delightful culture is cultivated where meaningful contributions are rewarded and recognized perpetually between managers and employees and among peers.”

Key features of AnyPerk Rewards include:

  • Multiple Recognition Occasions and Designs: Celebrate everything from a job well done to employees living your core values, or create an occasion that matters most to you using designs that delight.
  • Diverse Rewards Options: From movie tickets to charitable giving to shopping, AnyPerk lets employees choose from a range of rewards options, ensuring there's something for everyone.
  • Pile on the Praise: Recognition is most impactful when it's broadcast, so share your recognition with a team or company–wide, that way others can offer kudos too.
  • Centralized Analytics Dashboard: Manage program progress and success including, overall budget spend, available rewards credits, and monitor the most recognized and most generous employees, all in one user–friendly interface.
  • Mobile App for On–the–Go Appreciation: Recognize employees while you're on–the–go, or redeem rewards whenever it's most relevant.

Customers running the beta version of the program have seen rapid increases in employee engagement as a result of AnyPerk Rewards. “The first time we conducted an engagement survey, we found there were opportunities to improve our employee appreciation, engagement, and benefits initiatives,” said Derek Kanehira, Vice President of Human Resources at Hawaii National Bank. “Since implementing AnyPerk, our employee engagement has been 3x more effective. AnyPerk is playing a big part in increasing engagement and improving our benefits package.”

Today also marks a new partnership with leading all–in–one HR platform company Namely, to automate the onboarding and maintenance of AnyPerk Rewards for customers to further ease the burden on HR administrators.

For more information about AnyPerk Rewards, please visit www.AnyPerk.com or email sales@AnyPerk.com

About AnyPerk
AnyPerk is an employee happiness company that helps business leaders build places where employees love to work. With a Perks product that lets companies deliver VIP treatment and exclusive discounts to employees, and a Rewards product that fosters employee recognition, AnyPerk enables thousands of companies to attract, retain and motivate employees. Founded in 2012, AnyPerk is headquartered in San Francisco. Learn more at www.AnyPerk.com.

1 Amsterdam Printing “Employee Recognition Programs Work When Done Right” Survey. [http://www.amsterdamprinting.com/blog/employee–recognition–programs–research] November 2012. Accessed online. 13 May 2016.
2 AnyPerk “Rewards & Recognition Market Landscape” Survey. AnyPerk research conducted by Beehive Research. September 2015.
3 AnyPerk “AnyPerk Employee Happiness Index” Survey. AnyPerk research conducted by Ask Your Target Market. May 2016. 

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Malawi’s Drought Leaves Millions High and Dry

Felistas Ngoma, 72, from Nkhamenya in the Kasungu District of Malawi, prepares nsima in her kitchen. Credit: Charity Chimungu Phiri/IPS

Felistas Ngoma, 72, from Nkhamenya in the Kasungu District of Malawi, prepares nsima in her kitchen. Credit: Charity Chimungu Phiri/IPS

By Charity Chimungu Phiri
BLANTYRE, May 27 2016 (IPS)

It’s Saturday, market day at the popular Bvumbwe market in Thyolo district. About 40 kilometers away in Chiradzulu district, a vegetable vendor and mother of five, Esnart Nthawa, 35, has woken up at three a.m. to prepare for the journey to the market.

The day before, she went about her village buying tomatoes and okra from farmers, which she has safely packed in her dengu (woven basket).

Now she’s just waiting for a hired bicycle to take her and her merchandise to the bus station, where she will catch a minibus to Bvumbwe market. This way, her goods reach the market quicker and safer. Afterwards, she and her colleagues will pack their baskets and walk back home.

“We walk for at least three hours…our bodies have just gotten used to it because we have no choice. If I don’t do this, then my children will suffer. As I am talking to you now, they are waiting for me to bring them food,” Nthawa told IPS.

“I will buy a basin of maize there at the maize mill and have it processed into flour for nsima [a thick porridge that is Malawi’s staple food]. That’s the only meal they will eat today,” she said.

Nthawa added: “Last harvest we only realised two bags of maize as you know the weather was bad. That maize has now run out, we are living day by day…eating what we can manage to source for that day.”

Nthawa’s story resonates with many Malawians today. Almost half of the country’s population is facing hunger this year due to no or low harvests, resulting from the effects of El Nino which hit most parts of the southern and northern regions late last year.

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda said in Parliament on May 25 that 8.4 million Malawians will be food insecure during the 2016/2017 season.

His statement clearly contradicts President Peter Mutharika, who on Friday said in his State of the Nation Address that 2.8 million people faced hunger.

The new high figure follows a World Food Programme Rapid assessment which said over eight million Malawians will be food insecure this year due to the effects of El Nino. Destructive floods in the north have compounded the country’s woes, causing the president to declare a state of emergency in April.

With the drought also affecting Zimbabwe and other countries in southern Africa, an estimated 28 million people are now going hungry.

In order to deal with the crisis, Agriculture Minister Chaponda says the government has “laid out a plan to import about one million metric tons of white maize to fill the food gap”. The authorities project that at least 1,290,000 metric tons of maize are needed to deal with the food crisis, out of which 790,000 metric tons will be distributed to those heavily affected by the drought starting from April 2016 to March 2017.

The government also plans to intensify irrigation on commercial and smallholder farms, with an aim of increasing maize production at the national level. Officials say 18 million dollars is needed to carry out these measures.“There’s too much politicisation and overreliance on maize as a crop for consumption.” — Chairperson of the Right to Food Network Billy Mayaya

In the meantime, food prices continue to rise daily as the national currency, the Kwacha, continues to depreciate, forcing poor farming families to reduce their number of meals per day or sell their property in order to cope with the situation. A bag of maize which normally sells for seven dollars now costs 15 dollars.

As usual, children have been hardest hit by the situation. The latest statistics on Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) show a 100 percent increase from December 2015 to January 2016, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF says it recorded more than 4,300 cases of severe malnutrition in the month of January alone this year, double the number recorded in December 2015.

Dr. Queen Dube, a pediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre – the main government referral hospital in southern Malawi – affirmed to IPS that there has been an increase in the number of malnutrition cases at the hospital.

“At the moment, we have about 15 children admitted at our Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit…they have Marasmus, where they’re very thin or wasted, while others have Kwashiorkor, where the body is swollen. In other cases, the children have a combination of the two. These children suffer greatly from diarrheal diseases,” said Dube.

She added that the hospital offers these children therapeutic feeding of special types of milk and chiponde (fortified peanut butter) for a determined period of time, until they pick up in weight and improve in general body appearance.

“They are also given treatment for any underlying illness which they might have. Additionally, we also provide counseling to the mothers and guardians on proper nutrition so that when they get back home they can utilize the very little foods they have to prepare nutritious meals for their children,” she explained.

Rights activists say it is high time the authorities started taking on board recommendations on how to make Malawi food secure made by independent groups such as the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee-MVAC, which said 2.8 million people faced hunger in 2015.

Chairperson of the Right to Food Network Billy Mayaya told IPS: “There’s too much politicisation and overreliance on maize as a crop for consumption. The government needs to use the data from MVAC as well as consider the Green Belt Initiative (GBI) and modalities to bring it to fruition.

Calling for greater diversity in the traditional diet, he said, “These plans can be effected as long as there‘s a sustained political will.”

In his state of the nation address on May 20, President Mutharika said the Green Belt Initiative was still his government’s priority “in order to increase productivity of selected high value crops.

“I am therefore pleased to report that construction of the irrigation infrastructure and the sugarcane factory in Salima district has been completed…the government has an ongoing Land Management Contract with Malawi Mangoes Limited where land has been provided for the production of bananas and mangoes,” he said.

In addition, the president said the government plans to increase rice production for both consumption and export, as well as make the tobacco industry vibrant again. Malawi mainly relies on tobacco for its foreign exchange earnings.

In February, President Mutharika made an international appeal for assistance, following which development partners including Britain and Japan provided over 35 million dollars. The government also obtained 80 million dollars from the World Bank for the Emergency Floods Recovery Project.

The U.S. government has been the first to respond to the latest crisis, providing the Malawian government with 55 million dollars.

Meanwhile, the struggle for survival continues for poor Malawian families such as Esnart Nthawa’s. Her children are still eating one meal a day, as those in power continue to meet to strategize on the crisis over fancy dinners in expensive hotels.

Allsup Presents Online Mental Health Event for Individuals Living With Chronic Illness and Disabilities

BELLEVILLE, IL—(Marketwired – May 26, 2016) – Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, will host the web event, “True Help Claiming Power to Improve Your Mental Health,” on Thursday, June 16, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CST).

The second in the 2016 series of web events created to empower individuals living with chronic illness and disabilities, the program will help participants re–charge personal power resources that are often drained, including psychological stamina, social support and finances.

Participants will have access to expert presenters including representatives from the Lupus Foundation of America, the EDI Institute, MoodNetwork and Allsup Employment Services, Inc. Accessing tools and connecting with programs designed to empower can help people with disabilities improve their quality life and enhance their health and longevity.

“The EDI Institute is pleased to be a part of Allsup's important mission of spreading innovative ideas, helping people claim power for improving their mental health,” said EDI Founder Steven Koppel. “Through Expressive Digital Imagery [EDI], we promote recovery and resilience through imagery created on mobile devices, enabling the expression of feelings and emotions that are often inaccessible through words alone.”

In addition to the visually compelling EDI demonstration, the web event will feature information on MoodNetwork.org, the first patient–powered research network for mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder); a discussion of mental health issues for people living with chronic illness, the effects of employment on mental health, and re–employment resources.

The interactive event will include group chats, a live Q and A with the experts, instant polls and opportunities to win prizes. After June 16, individuals can access the program on–demand and will be able to submit questions to receive an email reply.

Register for “True Help Claiming Power to Improve Your Mental Health,” at Webinar.Allsup.com.

Additional True Help® Web events are planned for the following dates:

  • True Help Claiming Power to Improve Relationships, August 18
  • True Help Claiming Power Over Your Finances, Oct. 20

Now available on–demand:

For information on SSDI eligibility, visit Expert.Allsup.com or call (888) 841–2126.


Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, re–employment, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, their employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. Visit http://www.Allsup.com or connect with Allsup at http://www.facebook.com/allsupinc.

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