RJ Young is proud to announce they have received the 2019 Ricoh Family Group (RFG) Circle of Excellence award. In addition to this award, RJ Young had four service technicians achieve top scores for the Ricoh prestige testing. RJ Young is proud to recognize the technicians who were awarded prestige status: Andrew Keeley, Roger Ballard, Steve Richards, and Chris Herauf.

“Being named a recipient of this award again this year is truly an honor. I am extremely proud of our service techs who earned their prestige certification and continue to ensure that our customers are taken care of every day.” – Matt Baker, RJ Young Service Director

Established in 2013, the RFG Circle of Excellence is awarded to Ricoh dealers who demonstrate both technical proficiency and service operational efficiency. As a qualified dealer, RJ Young’s service techs, who had taken a Ricoh training course within the past three years, took an online test pertaining to Ricoh products and how to troubleshoot various problems. The individuals with the top 75 scores across the country earn Ricoh prestige status and RJ Young is proud to have four technicians earn this status.

Every year, since 2013, RJ Young has been a proud recipient of the Ricoh Circle of Excellence award. RJ Young is proud to partner with Ricoh and provide top-of-the-line equipment to their customers.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the Southeast, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, IT services, process automation, and office imaging. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been in business since 1955 and has over 600 employees across 8 states in 27 locations. Under the corporate tagline “your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage information, maintain vital information technology systems, and empower businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about all the office solutions that RJ Young provides, please visit https://www.rjyoung.com

Few people are print experts. It’s a highly specialized industry that not many are aware of until it’s time to plan an event or develop a marketing strategy. Besides the owner of a print shop, it’s unlikely that you know enough about large-scale print jobs like those created on a wide format printer. Banner advertising or in-store events could turn into a disaster without expert input. Fortunately, print consultants can provide assistance throughout the entire process. An experienced consultant can help figure out the finer details of more complex print projects. Without a doubt, working with a consultant makes projects easier to execute and ensures optimal results.

A few key aspects of promotional material creating those print consultants can help with include:

  • Handling issues with print suppliers
  • Providing accurate estimates
  • Determining the best print strategy
  • Assisting in setting up specific print projects

No matter what the end goal is, consultants can help determine the best way to get there and advise along the way. This helps make sure that print jobs are more cost-efficient as a result.

How Effective are Print Consultants?

Print consultants can be a valuable asset when print requests are communicated clearly. Effective business marketing achieved through print advertising can create a snowball effect, with new customers bringing in additional customers. Whether a business is just getting off the ground or looking for new revenue streams, a successful print advertising campaign can consistently generate new leads.

The initial expense of a print consultant is small compared to investing in full-time resources. A consultant can come in and advise during pivotal moments of important projects. Some businesses don’t require a full-time print expert, but when they do, they can’t afford to let people make decisions who aren’t familiar with the intricate details involved in wide-format printing.

A print consultant can be provided with price matrices that define a set budget for a new marketing campaign. Simply put – print consultants make sure that printing quotes remain within the set budget. That’s why getting a quote from a consultant will offer greater advantages than purchasing print and promotional items directly. When directly purchased, all of the costs associated with those materials are not made clear, allowing for the possibility of being overcharged for a project.

That is where a print consultant can truly make a difference – by finding the best quote available for a specified budget. Without an experienced professional to offer advice, decision-makers often find themselves with no clear direction, which could result in monetary loss. For small to mid-size businesses operating on smaller profit margins, this can be a financial loss that they suffer from for a long time.

Expert Print Consultants Make A Huge Difference

In short, getting a quote from a consultant has key advantages over buying print and promotional items directly. No matter what the needs are, a print consultant is more efficient and effective than any other method. For a point of purchase display, trade show display, banner printing, or any other type of print advertising, there is no better choice than putting print jobs in the hands of an experienced print consultant.

At RJ Young, we have a team of top-notch print consultants on hand to help with all of your wide format printing and advertising production needs. All you need to give us is your logo and an idea. Our team will take care of the rest. Contact us today.

In our digitally connected world, it has become easier than ever to conduct business. However, the connections people create among themselves and organizations online have also created a profitable environment for hackers who want to steal money, data, and disrupt business leaving business owners to wonder, how can Managed IT Services protect my company from VPN hacks & ransomware attacks? As technology continues to advance it is safe to say that threats from hackers will continue to grow hand-in-hand.

In recent years, hackers have been focusing on businesses and large organizations to maximize their profit potential. Last year, in just a single quarter, Maersk reported a $300M loss due to hacks and the costs associated. Of course, they are not the only business to be affected. Some companies may be unwilling to share details of hacks, which makes estimating the true scope of these hacks nearly impossible. Businesses of all sizes across all industries need to be wary of growing digital threats.

What Are Ransomware Attacks and VPN Hacks?

Both ransomware attacks and VPN hacks have become much more popular in recent years. These hacks are growing more and more sophisticated with each passing day. In fact, nearly 1 million new types of malware are released online every single day. Keeping up with hackers is a constant, ongoing battle.

Ransomware is, as the name suggests, a type of malware that requests a ransom. Of course, in order to demand a ransom, the hacker must have a hostage. In this case, the hostage is your valuable data that could include employee files, sales contracts, customer data, and more. Most ransomware attacks encrypt data and give victims a limited window of time to pay the ransom or lose their data forever. Typically, ransoms are paid in the form of hard-to-trace cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Monero.

VPN hacks are much more sophisticated hacks usually carried out by large organizations rather than small hacker groups or individuals. Using a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your information is a great online security practice. However, a VPN is only as good as the security behind it. Using outdated protocols or simple security keys can make it easier for cybercriminals to access a VPN and the information or devices on the network.

The Best Offense is a Good Defense

No business is immune to hacking attempts. The question for business owners and managers should not be “if” a hacking attempt will be made but, rather, “when.” To be prepared for ransomware attacks and VPN hacks, prevention is key.

This is where managed IT services can make a world of difference. Caring for an entire company’s IT services is no small task. There are day-to-day maintenance activities as well as security patches, updates, and other preventative activities that need to be done. In many companies, these tasks are simply too much for a single salaried staff member. One missed update or patch could spell disaster as it is essentially an open door for hackers to walk through.

In addition to preventing against existing attacks, an IT service provider must constantly be learning and research to stay ahead of emerging threats. If all of this sounds like a lot for one person to take on, that’s because it is a lot for one person to take on. Instead, working with an entire team dedicated to IT services and protection against online threats means there are more hands on deck. Think about it this way: if you were going to move to a new house, would you try to move all of your furniture yourself or would you ask a few friends to come by and help?

Get Constant, 24-Hour Protection

When you are settling down for a night of rest, hackers on the other side of the world may just be starting their day. One of the main advantages to choosing managed IT services is that the team is available at a centralized help desk for whenever a problem may arise.

On the other hand, a salaried IT employee can only work so many hours. They need rest, vacation time, and time with their family. It is simply unrealistic to expect a single person to always be available when a problem may come up.

Should the worst occur and you need to restore services from a backup, managed IT services can begin work immediately and reduce total downtime. This is a level of responsiveness you simply cannot expect from in-house staff.

Protect Your Business with Managed IT Services

RJ Young has been providing managed IT services to small and enterprise level businesses for over 25 years. Their experience, professionalism, and dedication are essential for new and emerging threats.

Want to learn more about how managed IT services can protect against attacks on your business? Contact RJ Young today.

At RJ Young, we are passionate about our people and love recognizing our employees for their hard work and contributions that improve both the culture and abilities of our company. This month we are excited to shine an employee spotlight on Morgan Bishop.

Morgan Bishop joined the RJ Young family back in October 2016 as a Customer Training Associate. Today, Morgan is serving as the IT Project Manager for RJ Young. Since starting at RJ Young, Morgan’s biggest accomplishment has been molding her position into one that allows for the implementation of collaboration between customers and her service team. She loves the chance to be able to work closely with both her co-workers and customers.

The main reason why Morgan says she loves working at RJ Young is that the positive company culture of RJ Young is truly reflected by all of its employees. She enjoys the fact that no two days are the same and that she is a part of a team where everyone enjoys collaborating and problem solving together. In her free time, Morgan likes to explore new hiking trails and camp with her fiancé. When she is not exploring the outdoors, Morgan can be found on Saturdays in the Fall watching Ole Miss football with friends.

Morgan is a valuable asset to the RJ Young family. Thank you for all the effort you put in to help take care of our customers, Morgan.

To check out other employees who have recieved the Employee Spotlight recognition head over to our blog