Raluca, a 100% black, woman-owned Epson distributor, has surmount its sales targets in its first year of operation since its appointment as a specialist distributor of Epson’s large format, commercial and industrial printer and consumable ranges in September 2012.
Raluca has exceeded its turnover forecasted on the Epson LFP, industrial and commercial range by over 180%, and on the consumable range by over 160%.
Kabelo Ramasedi CEO of Raluca stated that the company achieved these results through a mix of passion, dedication and good old-fashioned hard work, along with great technical support from the Epson team.
Bernadette Thompson, managing director of Raluca added, ‘Launching a business at a time when consumer and business spending had taken a downward turn may have seemed like an extremely bold move, but we quickly found our niche in the market. Our knowledge of the printing industry, passion for the Epson products that we sell and commitment to excellent service delivery has ensured that we steadily grow our customer base.’
While Raluca distributes products from the entire Epson Surecolor product range, the Surecolor SC T7000 has been its fastest selling product, with 15 units sold since September 2012. This 44-inch large format four colour printer is ideal for applications where speed and economy are paramount, such as CAD, GIS, custom banners, presentations and indoor signage.
As a result of its successful first year, Epson has extended its distributor agreement with Raluca to include its world-leading corporate, education, small business and home entertainment projector range.
Kelvin Reynolds, general manager of Epson South Africa said, ‘Bernadette and her team have proved to be outstanding Epson brand ambassadors in South Africa. It made perfect sense to extend Raluca’s distributor agreement to include our projectors as well. We look forward to working closely with the Raluca team to help grow its business and further expand Epson’s South African market share over the coming year.’