Is Konica Minolta dropping IKON as an Authorized dealer too?

February 16, 2009

That’s what I am hearing! That by the second quarter (Q2) of 2009 IKON will no longer be Authorized to sell Konica Minolta. IKON has sold a rebranded Konica Minolta (KM) line under the IKON name. How will Konica Minolta respond?

Who will service these IKON branded Konica Minolta’s? The problem that customers will have getting some other authorized KM dealer is that the IKON branded KM MFDs have unique toner bottles and firmware that was specifically designed to only be used in the IKON version of the KM MFD. Will  Konica Minolta break their agreement with IKON and begin to supply this special toner bottles and such to other dealers who are still authorized on KM equipment?

One other possible option would be to have the KM Direct Branches pick up this service, but that would REALLY make the independent KM Dealers angry. KM has always stated that they do not give special treatment to their branches, so we will see how this goes.

The other thing that I am hearing is that the DANKA name will disappear completely this year. DANKA will be completely absorbed (PACMAN Style) into the direct Konica Minolta organization.

I think that it is a good time to be an Independent Dealer! Especially for those who carry both the Canon & Konica Minolta lines. Stay tuned for future developments on this story.

That’s my $0.02
Vince McHugh

One comment

  1. Did Konica Minolta drop IKON this quarter?

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