Contributions and insights from leading voices in the MPS, document management and office technology industry.

Sales Lessons From a Sasquatch Hunter

Brad Roderick

by Brad Roderick | 06/19/2017

Sasquatches are, of course, real. Or they aren’t. Whether they are fact or fiction is of very little consequence to those of us who hunt for revenue each day. And yet, the study of “Bigfoot Believers” does provide insights and lessons on how to increase sales.

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The Accidental CEO

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 06/12/2017

Earlier this year at the 17th Annual EFI Worldwide Users' Conference, Jeff Jacobson made one of his first public appearances as CEO of Xerox. The inquisitive Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI, picked Jacobson’s brain about the Xerox split and the company’s future. But perhaps the most fascinating portion of the conversation was the story of Jacobson's ascension from Sun Chemical Corp’s HR office to the highest position in Xerox.

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Five Things Office Equipment Dealerships Need to Adapt for Growth

Michael Amiri

by Michael Amiri | 06/06/2017

For many office equipment dealers (OEDs) today, traditional lines of business involving hardware, toner, and paper are being augmented with managed IT and network services. The office equipment space is changing at lightning speed, and this change is constant. Over the past several years, office equipment has become part of a much larger and more complex network environment. So, what are some things your business needs to keep up and keep improving?

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Q&A With Jan De Kesel

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/17/2017

Jan De Kesel is managing director at eesyQ, a free mobile service portal and collaboration tool that provides a centralized ticket-communication between end users and suppliers. eesyQ is designed to change the way companies communicate and how service providers manage their service and support process. De Kesel holds several industry patents, and is an expert in office printing, imaging, and cloud- and mobile-based solutions. Since eesyQ centralizes assets and supplier management communication in a single mobile app, I wanted to get the story on how the tool can be used to facilitate service call resolution.

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Debunking the Myths: Third-Party Tests Prove ‘Quality’ and ‘Remanufactured’ are Not Mutually Exclusive

Luke Goldberg

by Luke Goldberg | 05/15/2017

Ever since the first toner cartridge was remanufactured back in the 1980s, OEMs have been disparaging the quality of aftermarket cartridges. And while in those early days they were probably right to do so, times have changed and today’s remanufactured cartridges — some of them anyway — can be a quality alternative to the OEM.

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Sustainability and New Technology Platform Highlights of Toshiba’s LEAD 2017

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/14/2017

If you scan the headlines for “Toshiba” you’ll find a lot of stories about money problems connected with the collapse of its Westinghouse Electric nuclear unit. In March, the company reported huge losses tallying $9.1 billion, doubling the losses reported during the preceding fiscal year. But at their end-user/dealer event, LEAD 2017, the company’s President and CEO Scott Maccabe addressed the elephant in the room. According to Maccabe, Toshiba-Tec Corp. will survive the Westinghouse Chapter 11 meltdown completely unscathed.

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Connectivity, Security, Channel Evolution: Big Themes at ECS

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 05/11/2017

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: putting on a conference is hard work. Really hard work. We’re talking blood, sweat and tears, and that’s just picking a date. Organizing a venue, putting together a lineup of speakers, ensuring attendance, managing the schedules of the speakers and attendees, coordinating various technical requirements … I could go on and on, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. So when I start this recap off by applauding the MWA team for putting together a fifth successful Executive Connection Summit and say it was, for all intents and purposes, a flawless event that has continued to improve every year, it’s something that deserves saying.

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The Case for Making Managed IT Services a Core Line of Business

Michael Amiri

by Michael Amiri | 05/05/2017

Today, many office equipment dealers (OEDs) are standing at a crossroads. Print activity is declining and pricing is under severe competitive pressures. Like it or not, these current trends and ever-evolving technology are compelling reasons why OEDs are seeking additional revenue-generating opportunities in order to ensure continued growth. For many, managed IT services has been embraced as one of the key strategies to achieve that growth.

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Kyocera Navigates the Solutions Stream at FY18 Conference

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 05/02/2017

Kyocera Document Solutions America held its annual Business and Technology Conference April 18-20 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The event, which serves as the firm’s fiscal year kickoff as well as a dealer meeting, rang in FY 18 for the company and more than 1,000 dealers and vendor partners.

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B2B is Starting to Look Like B2C – Samsung’s Smart UX

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 05/01/2017

In March, Chin Yoon, VP Strategic Marketing at Samsung Electronics, took the stage at Samsung’s National Dealer Meeting. Yoon covered a lot of ground in his 25-minute long address, talking about everything from Android and millennials (and how they’re taking over) to the past, present, and future of the Smart UX platform. And at the end of his presentation, you couldn’t help but feel optimistic about the future of the platform.  

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Squirrels and Lions

Brad Roderick

by Brad Roderick | 04/27/2017

Not so many months ago, a young squirrel narrowly missed being hit by a car as he darted across the street. For some reason, this narrow miss was different than all the others. The squirrel scampered over to the shade of an old oak tree and laid down, thinking about the events of moments before. He silently wondered why he hadn’t really thought about all the close calls over his short few years. Maybe it was his new family, maybe he was maturing, maybe he was suddenly being enlightened by some higher power. Shaking his head, he realized he had no idea (he’s a squirrel, after all) and went back to darting higher and yonder, searching for whatever a squirrel searches for and running from anything squirrels run from — which is just about everything.

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Why Are We Struggling With Selling Solutions?

Lance Elicker

by Lance Elicker | 04/24/2017

Whether you are a sales rep, sales manager or the owner of a “solutions” company, you have heard the industry statistics around how printing is declining. The industry experts are saying you should diversify to continue to run a profitable organization as well as acquire and, more importantly, keep customers. These options are vast: Managed IT, MPS, ECM, capture, conversion services, website/SEO/internet services — I could go on and on. The philosophy makes sense. You’ve got a bunch of customers that are paying you money already, you’ve got great relationships with them, so of course they would buy this other stuff, right? Ehh … kinda?

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Three Keys to Help Turn IT Into a Business Conversation

Eric Stavola

by Eric Stavola | 04/12/2017

At the very core of the digital transformation is that IT is now being looked at as a strategic asset and not a cost center. IT services are now being discussed as a critical component of business processes that build revenue and create competitive advantages.

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Samsung’s National Dealer Meeting Answers Some Questions and Raises Others About the Samsung/HP Transition

Patricia Ames

by Patricia Ames | 04/11/2017

In Arizona at the end of March, Samsung Printer Group held what may be their last national dealer meeting. Despite what could be described as a “fluid situation,” both Samsung and HP executives did a noteworthy job of outlining as much detail as possible about the impending transition while also maintaining an air of transparency — no small task given the large undertaking now in full swing and the level of anxiety of some of the dealers in the room.

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Getting Personal With Print and Mail

Christine Erna

by Christine Erna | 04/04/2017

A focus on customer experience – the type of interactions that occur between an enterprise and their customers – has come to the forefront of business management best-practices in 2017. For good reason too, because customer satisfaction determines, to a substantial degree, whether or not an enterprise will retain and grow its customer base, or slowly lose them over time. Customer experience is one main tenet that sets similar enterprises apart from one another.

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The Biggest Product Launch in Xerox History: There Was Even Some Hardware

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 03/31/2017

If it’s true that enthusiasm is contagious, then we were all infected at this week’s Xerox launch event in New York. Billed as the largest product launch in its 110-year history, Xerox launched 29 new A3 and A4 devices — and yet, the hardware is not entirely the point of this launch. It was more about user experience, connectivity and a new way to look at the future of work.

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Prospecting With a Purpose

Sheryne Glicksman

by Sheryne Glicksman | 03/30/2017

In December’s blog, Process Automation for 2017 and Beyond, I referenced questions that you could ask yourself that will help jump start next steps to automate your sales process. Today’s blog is about one of them: Prospecting with a purpose!

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Epson Springs Forward in Office Inkjet With 100 PPM A3 MFP

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 03/20/2017

Epson celebrated the first day of spring with another big move in the office inkjet space: the release of two new devices, the WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590 A3 multifunction printer and the WorkForce Pro WF-C869R A3 multifunction printer.

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Close More Deals By Asking Three Simple Questions

Brad Roderick

by Brad Roderick | 03/14/2017

Most salespeople are well versed in the importance of asking questions. Questions help uncover opportunities. Questions help uncover objections. Asking questions helps to retain control of the and guide the discussion. Questions are not simply the power technique of top salespeople. Rudyard Kipling knew the importance of asking the right questions: “I keep six honest serving-men, (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.”

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Show and Tell: Canon Demonstrates the One Canon Approach

Amy Weiss

by Amy Weiss | 03/14/2017

It was just about a year ago that Canon announced Toyo Kuwamura, then president and CEO of Canon Solutions America (CSA), would add the roles of senior (now executive) vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. (CUSA BISG) to his title — an act which may have created more complicated job titles but was a precursor to a simplified approach within the company itself — the One Canon initiative previewed at an analyst event last August. The vision of One Canon, designed to strengthen its B2B divisions and reinforce partnerships with its dealers, has now been in place for more than six months, and in March 2017, press and analysts were invited back to get a feel for how things are progressing.

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