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(IKON) – I Know One Name and it’s Ricoh

March 1, 2011

Many years ago Alco Standard decided to buy up a large number of Independent Copier Dealerships. Then they merged these separate companies into IKON. The most common story that you heard as to why they chose the name “IKON” was it was an acronym for I Know One Name.

Today I stopped by the Dunkin Donuts across from what was the IKON office in Boston and all of the many IKON signs that use to adorn the generous store front windows were all gone, replaced by Ricoh signage. Only the one metal IKON sign that is attached to the side of the building remains, and I doubt that it will be there long.

IKON was quite a well know name not just in the Northeast, but nation wide. their strength was both the size of their nationwide distribution, and the diversity of their product line (Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, HP, Kyrocera Mita). Soon the once mighty IKON will exist only as a footnote in the “copier” history books, the Borg-like entity that assimilated so many, has itself been assimilated. The first noticeable change was the loss of their diverse product line, now it is the name. So I guess that IKON still stands for I Know One Name, the only change is that name is now Ricoh.

That’s My $0.02
Vince McHugh
vince.mchugh@necs.biz
WWW.NECS.BIZ

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