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Best Buy talks

tanking tablets

CEO Joly interview with Walt

Mossberg re tech & retail trends


31 Jul’14

Re/code’s highly respected tech guru Walt Mossberg interviewed Hubert Joly, CEO of Best Buy, the last standing nationwide big-box, bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailer, with over 1,000 main stores and hundreds of smaller mobile device stores.

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iBuy flying high
in office supply

We interview web wonder Weber
on productivity success secrets 


6 Jul'14 (Complete)

In 2011, we profiled ex-Fellowes executive Ron Weber of of Plymouth (MN) who founded the etail start-up in 2007. He has doubled sales in the past 3 years with plans to achieve $20m+ in 2016.

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Gentile’s 3D

Growth drivers

Independent Stationers’ chief

discusses digital destiny dilemma


1 Jul'14 (Complete)

Mike Gentile, CEO of Independent Stationers is about to complete 10 years as leader of the progressive marketing group. We discuss his early challenges, its marketing transformation and its new direction…

Titan Tencent tag
Amzn & Facebook

Tech war raging in China... a 
winner seems set to emerge.


26 Apr’14
Amazon dominates ecommerce in the US; Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are vying for dominance in China with eyes on western markets. Tencent’s lead in mobility looks like giving it a major edge.

New managed

services model?

Handybook duo growth plans

in cleaning and office services


14 Apr’14

On-demand services provider Handybook enables users to hire a cleaner, furniture assembler, plumber or handy man with a tap on your iPhone.

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Greenwood gains
top AOPD award

Key differentials drive George

Wood's specialist services sales 


31 Mar’14
Last week we attended the annual meeting of the original dealer group AOPD and sat down with Greenwood Office's George Wood whose growth, deservedly won its best dealer award in 2014. Follows on Friday

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darrell-bracken-logitech-signLeader lifting a
leaner Logitech

New blockbuster wireless
accessories in the pipeline


10 Sep’12

Wall Street Journal’s John Revel interviewed Logitech’s new president Bracken Darrell about his plans turnaround the innovative #1 computer accessories maker.

Read more: Leader lifting a leaner Logitech

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Betty-Mills-hanna-webpage12Betty’s tasty
growth plans

Original jansan etailer bakes
a better business supply brand


14 Aug’12 (Complete)

The Betty Mills Company, based in San Mateo (CA) was built on a simple brand plan of delivering a jansan supply service with a snack rewards program. We talked with Chief Betty Victor Hanna....

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Red Cheetah:
chase up partners

Is it competing with wholesalers
and groups with marketing services?


6 Aug'12 (Completed 13:00 ET)

One of the OP industry’s leading software houses Red Cheetah has recently launched its Guided Partner Services program with positive results. We speak with CEO Andrew Morgan and some leading its leading partners…completed shortly

Read more: Red Cheetah chase up partners...

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Given-John-one-sourceOPS resellers’
MPS success

Source and Reliant lead
the way in the industry



2 Aug’12

Most progressive resellers have stated their intention to invest in MPS specialist sales people, software etc, but few have achieved positive results. Here are 2 US resellers to follow:

Read more: OPS resellers MPS success

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Bezos-godzillaAn omnivore’s
o b s e s s i o n

Beaming Bezos’ beliefs: Amazon,
Earth’s biggest selection for less


11 Jul’12 (Complete), the world’s biggest etailer, will grow at 30%+ in 2012 to reach $60Bn+ sales, 3x its 2008 level. Its fastest growth category is business supply. We spoke with the laughing cavalier himself, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos...

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W. B. M a s o n:
mission possible
p e r s o n i f i e d

US Megadealer’s customer

intimacy intensified as sales

force powers towards 1000


6 Jul'12 (Complete and Updated)

Sales at WBMason have doubled since 2007 to $1Bn+. CEO Leo Meehan continues to invest in brand marketing power supported by local sales and delivery teams, as its key strategic advantage…

Read more: WBMason: mission possible personified

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xerox-management-team-12Transform or


Xerox CEO Ursula Burns’
bright outlook for services


6 Jun’12

Xerox is one of America's most venerable companies. Founded in 1906, its name is virtually synonymous with "photocopy." CEO Ursuls Burns describes the transformation taking place under her leadership...

Read more: Proficiency Profile - Xerox CEO Ursula Burns

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Low-cost, local

Austin reseller and AOPD
president’s ambitious plans


1 Jun'12 (Complete)

Karen Bogart, president of Convenience Office Supply and contract selling group, AOPD is a champion of the power of local independent resellers. We discussed her progress and plans…

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an “impeccable
p a r t n e r s h i p”

Rapid growth built on integrity,
trust and dedication to serve.


24 May’12 (Completed 15:00ET; 20:00 BST)

Staples and NJPA, the government owned purchasing agency has doubled in size over the past 2 years. We discussed the success of the 7 years partnership with NJPA’s Mike Hajek and Staples’ Jay Baitler and Neil Ringel.

Read more: Staples/NJPA an impeccable partnership

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Pichler’s high


90’s megadealer’s message
to progressive independents


23 Apr’12 (Updated)

Eastman (Long Beach, CA) was the first megadealer in the OP market. CEO Bill Pichler was widely admired by peers as the most innovative leader on the planet. We sat down with Bill last week in NY to discuss his achievements…

Read more: Bill Pichler's high performance principles

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bezos-jeff-bitesAmazon: Bezos'
business beliefs

Top 10 leadership lessons from
the guy that’s eating your lunch


18 Apr’12

With the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now tech’s leading philosopher-CEO…

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FSi: Go for Gold

Four more marketing steps
towards the $100m sales quest


11 Apr’12 (Updated)

Charlotte (NC) based FSI (ex Forms & Supply) is one of the top 5 US OP resellers. Later this year it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of consumer shows. We spoke with director Mark Leazer...

Read more: Proficiency Profile: FSi go for gold

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Penketh's: the
OPS progressive

Personalized productivity

p r o v i d e r  o f  h i g h

performance workplaces


21 Mar’12 (Complete)

Last week, we visited Penketh’s, one of the UK’s top 3 progressive OPS resellers. It was joy to review the tremendous progress they have made in the past few years…

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Discount_Office_webstore__Tim_HortonDiscount dynamos
double sales drive

US #2 etailer embraces Twitter
and Facebook to fuel growth


9 Mar'12 (Complete)

In February, we visited Columbus (WI) to meet the team leading one of the hottest etailers on the planet, Discount Office Items (DOI). We speak with Tim and Jim Horton and marketing chief Joe Schaefer

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The Office City
lights the way

Bill Jones discusses the progress
of AOPD and his Bay Area ace


6 Mar’12 (Complete)

Bill Jones is chairman/director of global contract group AOPD and CEO of The Office City (Redwood, CA). We discussed the remarkable progress of the group over the past 5 years and the brand refresh at his progressive OPS reseller…

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dorsey-jack-twitterProficiency Profile

Twitter is not
social media!

It’s strictly the best business
communications medium


3 Mar’12

Jack Dorsey is the genius founder of Twitter and Square, the brilliantly simple and affordable mobile payment device that is revolutionizing small businesses. He talks with Fast Company’s Ellen McGirt…

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payless-team2Pay–LESS for
more productivity

Omaha reseller gears up
to double sales by 2017


25 Feb’12 (Complete)

Jim Matgen and Keith Powell started Pay-LESS Office Products 26 years ago and built one of the leading US regional resellers. They have just invested in sales and marketing professionals to start a new phase of growth...

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Friends for

Ohio’s leading OPS reseller’s
plan to double sales by 2017


19 Feb’12 (Complete)

Last week we visited one of the most progressive OPS resellers in the US, Ken Schroeder’s Friends Business Source based in Findlay (Ohio). We speak with VP sales and marketing Betsy Hughes…

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U n i t e d

Shelton shares strategies
for inspiring independents


18 Feb’12 (Complete)

Last Tuesday the management team of United Stationers, the US#1 OP wholesaler, reported 2011 results. We asked new president Todd Shelton to expand on the plans he outlined in the webcast…

Read more: Proficiency Profile: United unplugged...Todd Shelton

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burns-ursula-xerox-logoProficiency Profile
Winning women in OPS

Xerox vision
Burns bright

CEO’s passion to win the
BPO, managed services market

14 Feb’12

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns sees her company’s transition to services provider as part of its longtime mission: streamlining businesses’ processes.

Read more: Proficiency Profile - Ursula Burns of Xerox


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