PA 2018 120by Patricia Ames

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.

Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss

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.

Amy 2018 120by Amy Weiss

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.

PA 2018 120by Patricia Ames

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.  

Michael Amiriby Michael Amiri

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.

Brad Roderick 2018 120by Brad Roderick

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.

Lance Elickerby Lance Elicker

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?

EricStavola Picby Eric Stavola

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.

PA 2018 120by Patricia Ames

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.

Christine Erna Novitexby Christine Erna

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.