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Konica Minolta launches new online Remote Support solution for re-sellers and distributors to meet ongoing customer needs

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of its Remote Support solution for re-sellers and partners, enabling them to directly support customers remotely. Following a highly successful pilot phase, Konica Minolta is now offering the powerful solution to partners, enabling them to resolve customers’ issues and questions regarding their Konica Minolta printing devices.

 Konica Minolta has been providing its direct customers with remote support for seven years, with more than 70,000 remote sessions held in 2019 alone. Based on this vast positive experience, the company has worked with ISL Online to develop a remote service solution for its re-sellers and distributors.

Nick Ranson, UK Director of Value-Added Services at Konica Minolta comments, “We can now effectively resolve as many as 80 percent of all issues remotely, and we are keen to provide this capability to our dealer partners by offering them this valuable tool.” Using the ISL Online screen share solution, remote administration as well as remote service are possible both via the web or a dedicated app. The packages offer an unlimited number of supporters, with a limit of one active session at a time per package.

 ISL Online is a proven and secure remote service solution that has been rated number one in the Remote Support Software category by Gartner’s Get App. Nick elaborates, “Working with ISL Online makes it possible for us to provide our dealers with this solution at a very competitive price. Branded in a Konica Minolta design, the appearance of the remote service solution reflects the authenticity of this solution to our dealers’ customers.”

The COVID-19 precautions have demonstrated an additional value of remote service solutions from a safety perspective, but other considerable benefits were already clear. Many customer enquiries or issues can be quickly addressed and resolved remotely, minimising business interruptions. Fast reaction times are crucial in maintaining a good relationship with customers. Remote resolution also reduces service personnel’s travel times and expenses, which is not only cheaper and better for the environment, but also means the service team can help more customers.

Kent-based specialist, ARC Managed Print Services, has been part of Konica Minolta’s pilot launch phase and has already successfully made extensive use of Konica Minolta Remote Support. It has proven to be particularly useful in enabling timely direct support for customers needing assistance during the continued period of social distancing.

John Rendle, Service Manager at ARC Office Systems Ltd comments, “Whilst there are a number of remote support options available, Konica Minolta’s solution stands head and shoulders above the others by being the most simple and quick to deploy. By avoiding a long and arduous setup procedure, it ensures we can very quickly address any service needs or other requirements successfully. Our customers also like the Konica Minolta branding, which looks more professional and gives greater peace of mind they are getting the right support for their machine.”

To further support its resellers and distributors in their customer service, Konica Minolta has recently released an open beta version of an additional remote visual support tool, AIRe Link. This cloud-based solution enables a technical specialist to literally see what their customer sees, using the camera on the customer’s smartphone or tablet. With AIRe Link, issues can be identified even faster, and very often the problem can entirely be resolved remotely. As an open beta version, AIRe Link can be tested free of charge.

Cameron Mitchell, Partner Channel Business Unit Leader at Konica Minolta concludes, “COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation and associated changes to how we work. The phased return to work brings new challenges and a demand for a new level of service agility, as those who were once office-based are now increasingly splitting their time between home and office. Remote support will become a key feature of the new normal to allow our Partner community to support their customers safely and diagnose remotely, as well as increase flexibility for both customers and employees. The demand for flexible working is likely to be there long after the pandemic is over, and Konica Minolta is at the forefront of providing the tools to support this.”

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

Konica Minolta’s innovations help businesses to shape the future, today, changing the way people conduct business and use technology to work smarter, faster and better. As a leading Smart Data and Digital IT Services company, we meet the changing needs of customers with our Digital Print, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality solutions.

As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta also delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with intelligent workflow automation, and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments.

Konica Minolta’s solutions are proven to improve quality, reduce cost, eradicate risk, increase accuracy and streamline business processes. Recognising there are no two businesses the same, we pride ourselves on our customer partnerships and tailor our solutions to our customer needs, giving them the competitive edge they need to remain at the forefront of their markets.

Combining our market leading, award winning and easy to integrate technological platforms, with our strategic partnerships, business solutions and services portfolio, Konica Minolta is continually improving quality, reducing cost, eradicating risk, increasing accuracy and streamlining business processes for our customers. Our strategy has our customers at its core. With strong and mutually beneficial customer partnerships, our aim is to achieve mutual sustainable growth through technological innovation – giving shape to our customers’ ideas. We bring flexible solutions that not only meet our customer expectations, but exceed them, time after time.

Part of the global Konica Minolta Group, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd is headquartered in Basildon, Essex and operates out of 10 offices across the UK, employing over 750 people.

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