• Four Important Questions for your Service Provider

    You’ve done your research, and know what you want out of a copier or printer. Your needs assessment is complete, you’ve taken into consideration things like your network, expendables, and user requirements. Now it’s time to decide where to get that new piece of office equipment.

    Lots of places can sell you a new Kyocera or Canon MFP. But what about service and support? Here is a list of questions you should ask:

    What kind of training do the techs receive?

    At Ameritel, our service technicians are factory trained. As an authorized Canon and Kyocera reseller, our techs have access to genuine parts and supplies. Our technicians spend weeks each year in training, usually directly from the manufacturer. Both our Rockville and Frederick facilities have achieved ATSP (Association of Technical Service Professionals) certification from Canon, and Ameritel recently was awarded quality service distinction from Kyocera.

    2 . Are your technicians company employees or freelancers?

    At Ameritel, our technicians are all full-time, salaried employees. They don’t receive commissions for parts, so they have no incentive to sell you stuff you don’t need. On average, Ameritel technicians have over fifteen years experience, and more than one has over thirty years of hands-on experience.

    3. Does your service department keep spares on hand , or do they have to order everything?

    Ameritel’s technicians travel with a vast majority of the parts needed for maintenance and repair. In addition to our two offices in Rockville and Frederick, we have parts depots scattered throughout the Washington DC metro area, where our technicians can quickly pick up a part while on remote service call.

    4. Do you offer phone support?

    In addition to our field technicians, Ameritel has full-time support professionals in our Rockville and Frederick offices. We can quickly diagnose issues over the phone, and are adept at helping customers resolve minor issues themselves.

    Conclusion : At Ameritel, we long ago dedicated our corporate culture to achieving an unparalleled level of customer service. So we’re happy to answer those four questions — or any others you might have when you’re ready to buy or lease a new copier or printer.

  • Managed Print Services (MPS)

    Pretty much every business is looking for ways to reduce expenses, and improve productivity. What if one solution could do both? Managed Print Services can help!

    Garnter Research tells us that a typical office spends 1-3% of annual revenue on printing and other forms of document production, which might come as a surprise to you, as Gartner’s survey also tells that the typical organization doesn’t really know how much they spend on document production, and have no print strategy in place. Often, the expense associated with hardware acquisition, repairs, and supplies are spread across various departments and different vendors. Pinning down these costs, and identifying areas of improvement with a managed print solution strategy, can offer tangible benefits: a considerable improvement on the bottom line, reduction of waste, improved use of mature technologies, and better forecast future expenses.

    Ameritel’s Mike Hamilton, our MPS specialist, has published a white paper that describes the benefits of MPS, the path to integration, and offers solutions that your organization can use this year. To request a copy of the whtie paper, please contact Mike at mhamilton@AmeritelCorporation.com , or call us at 301-251-0222.