Sycamore Is Said to Seek $1 Billion Payout in Staples Debt Deal

By Davide Scigliuzzo and Eliza Ronalds-Hannon – Sycamore Partners is looking to take most of its cash out of Staples Inc.through a recapitalization that will saddle the company with roughly $1 billion of additional debt, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

If successful, the debt sale will allow the private equity firm to recoup roughly two-thirds of the $1.6 billion it put up to take Staples’ corporate office-supply business private 18 months ago, leaving around $600 million of equity in the unit, the people said. Sycamore may consider an exit from the investment over the next year, most likely through an initial public offering, one of the people said.


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The Toner Pyrate KATUN VIDEO

Toner pyrates are scary, matey. Don’t be scammed by crooks trying to sell you cheap bogus toner for your copier or printer.

Buy only genuine Katun toner from reputable office supply and office equipment professionals! Katun has been providing high quality, high-performance, cost-effective toner, drums and parts for over 40 years. Learn more at www.katun.com.

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Why Quit Now? By Jeff Gau, Marco

By Jeff Gau, Marco CEO – After I turned 60 this year, I was often asked, “When are you going to retire?” My response is: “Why would I quit now?”

But it made me wonder why some people are so ready and why others like me cannot imagine quitting, even if they could. Here are a few attributes of those who want to stay in the game (and are welcomed players):

  • Achiever who is achieving
    We continue to achieve high marks at Marco and that keeps me motivated. To me, it’s fun to lead a high-performing growth company, build careers and positively impact so many people.
  • Surrounded by good leaders
    I get to sit alongside some of the best leaders that I know – every day. Surrounding yourself with competent people is the best way that I know to stay sharp.
  • Embraces complexity
    Yes, not just change. The company I joined in 1984 is very different today. It’s not limited to the products and services that Marco sold back then, but the complexity of the systems and processes to support what we sell today.

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Support for Konica Minolta Across The Entire IT Spectrum, with Over 1000 Engineers in More Than 35 Locations Nationwide

All Covered helps companies through a full range of IT services and technology support.

All Covered’s Managed IT Services provide regular management of systems and networks that keep your customer’s PCs, servers and networks up and running, minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity.

We’ll build the right managed IT service plan to optimize your customer’s business.


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Konica Minolta Honors Pro-Tech Service Award Recipients

Dealers recognized for service excellence

 RAMSEY, NJ (March 22, 2019) – Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Pro-Tech Service Award recipients. The 145 dealers were honored at a special presentation during the company’s annual dealer conference on March 5, 2019, which took place at the Newport Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in California.

“Congratulations to all our dealers for this outstanding achievement,” said Sam Errigo, Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development. “The Pro-Tech program is a rigorous process, and Konica Minolta recognizes and appreciates their exceptional commitment to customer support and satisfaction.”

The Pro-Tech program requires that dealers complete strict training and servicing criteria to ensure they are providing the best customer and product support for their Konica Minolta devices in the field. Pro-Tech dealers must also allow random inspections of their Konica Minolta products at customer locations to verify that products are well-maintained and customers are satisfied with the level of service.

The Pro-Tech designation identifies dealers with exceptional dedication to delivering professional, reliable service and maximum performance for Konica Minolta’s award-winning lines of digital imaging products. To earn the Pro-Tech standard, each element of the dealers’ operations are evaluated, including management skills, inventory control systems, technical expertise, dispatch systems and customer satisfaction ratings.

By becoming part of this elite group of experts, Konica Minolta dealers are able to provide the services of Pro-Tech certified technicians to all their customers – raising the standard of customer service and assuring customers that they can Count on Konica Minolta for all their document imaging and solution needs.

Click here for a listing of the 2017-18 Pro-Tech Service Award recipients.

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 12 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

 Konica Minolta Contacts
Maggie Grande
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201 825-4000
PR@kmbs.konicaminolta.us

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Metrofuer’s Next Generation Smartphone App TekSuite Moves To Web To Add More Features.

ELIZABETH, N.J. – March 22nd– Metrofuser a U.S.-based technology solutions company has announced it has upgraded its technical support Smartphone tool TekSuite.

The first of its kind smart phone app was launched in 2014 for Apple and Google and quickly attracted over 5000 users in 109 counties. ” The next generation TekSuite will not require any download from an app store. It runs, self-contained, right in a web browser. The switch to the web platform has enabled us to add more functionality and features.” said Will DeMuth Co-President.

TekSuite Is More Efficient And Economical
TekSuite is more efficient than native apps. TekSuite works on-demand and is always accessible, without taking up a smartphone’s valuable memory or data. However, this doesn’t mean users need to sacrifice the convenience of a native app. They are still able to save the TekSuite to their home screen — it’s in-stallable without the hassle of a real download. TekSuite uses NO data storage on your device, no lengthy download period, annoying updates and no installation.

TekSuite was built for professional printer service technicians that repair HP and Lexmark laser printers. Simple how to, step by step instructions built by industry veterans contain valuable information for Printer Technical Support.

  • Our printer error codes index that helps technicians troubleshoot issues.
  • Fuser ID photos which help service organizations identify expensive cores.
  • Maintenance kit instructions with reset steps which help enable printer technicians to navigate through the complex printer control panels.
  • Click to call for fast one on one help.
  • HP LaserJet print defect chart that helps identify problems visually and makes multiple suggestions on courses of action.
  • Laser Printer Toner and printer fuser defect rulers.

New Features to The TekSuite Platform

  • HP printer parts online catalog.
  • Printer service instructional videos.
  • PIN codes for HP LaserJet service menus .
  • Service management articles.
  • Printer text messages and solutions.
  • HP printer troubleshooting knowledge base.
  • More

Click on the following link to begin using TekSuite.

Metrofuser is a leading global innovator, manufacturer of printer parts, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hp printer parts, printers and printer repair training. Parts include hp printer parts such as printer fusers, printer maintenance kits and other hp printer replacement parts. The company’s, customers include office equipment dealerships, online retailers, repair centers and MPS service providers nationwide. Metrofuser has been named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies five consecutive years. Visit us at https://www.metrofuser.com

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Michelman Focusing on Sustainable Solutions at Dscoop Edge

CINCINNATI, OH (March 21, 2019) – Michelman’s innovative and sustainable primer and overprint varnish (OPV) technologies will be on full display at Dscoop Edge March 24-27, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

The Dscoop showcase will include Michelman’s industry-leading, water-based DigiPrime® primers and DigiGuard® OPVs, including re-pulpable DigiPrime® grades that have been favored by paper mills for more than a decade. Michelman continues to take great care in developing environmentally conscious solutions that offer digital versatility for a broad array of end-use applications.

Also, for HP Indigo digital press owners expanding into markets like home and personal care which require exceptional performance, Michelman will also feature DigiGuard® 901 for Pack Ready for Labels, a strengthener for HP Indigo validated UV OPVs used with Michelman’s in-line primers, which enables enhanced water, chemical, and thermal durability. Mixed with off-the-shelf UV overprint varnishes, it allows label converters to achieve higher levels of durability.

Adds Lisa DiGate, Michelman’s Vice President of Printing & Packaging “We are committed to helping HP Indigo press owners grow their business. Our line of HP Indigo recommended water-based primers, and OPVs optimize paper and film media that allow for high-quality labels, packaging, and commercially printed materials.”

Michelman will be exhibiting in booths 235 & 239 where attendees can learn more about their digital printing solutions.

Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing-press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging, paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.


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State of Minnesota Recognizes Need for ‘Press Operators’

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Printing Industry Midwest (PIM), the not-for-profit trade organization representing the Midwest’s leading print service providers, announced that through its advocacy efforts, the employment position of “press operator” has been identified as a high-growth, high-wage occupation by the Minnesota PIPELINE Program at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

As of April 1, 2019, print service providers with Minnesota-located operations will be eligible to apply for PIPELINE grants up to $6,000 per trainee. Grant applications must be submitted by May 17, 2019. These dual-training grants are available through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and provide funding for employers to create new and expand existing dual-training initiatives. The training curriculum for Press Operators will be provided by Printing Industry Midwest through its new Production Technician Apprentice Program now in development, scheduled for release late Summer 2019.

“This designation provides PIM and its members an opportunity to build new strategic programs and partnerships and opens the door to funding streams to develop the print industry’s future workforce,” said Steve Bonoff, PIM president. “We thank the team at the Minnesota PIPELINE Program for recognizing the importance of the press operator position to the more than 1,000 print service providers in Minnesota and to those seeking careers in the $7 billion Minnesota print industry.”

The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Program is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs. PIPELINE supports employers in creating or enhancing a competency based dual-training approach where workers receive a combination of related instruction strategically paired with on-the-job training.

“We are excited to partner with Print Industry Midwest to create a dual-training model for print press operators that will meet workforce and business needs of the printing industry and benefit the employees who take advantage of this new training opportunity,” said Dan Solomon, PIPELINE Program consultant.

“While academic institutions offering print-based curriculums have declined in our region, our members are hungry for new recruits,” said Kris Davis, PIM director of education. “This partnership will spur development and growth in print-specific training programs and be a catalyst for developing new talent for the industry. In the coming months, PIM will offer new training programs with print-related instruction that will lead enrollees to an industry-recognized credential.”

For more information or to access the PIPELINE grant application as of April 1, 2019, visit www.pimw.org/employment or contact Kris Davis at 612.400.6208 or via email at kdavis@pimw.org.

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Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) is the trade association representing the representing print service companies in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Membership resources add value to companies that provide print, graphic communication services, market or manufacture supplies for the printing industry.

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Edwards and Virginia Business Systems Named an Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine

Bethlehem, PA – Edwards Business Systems (EBS) of Pennsylvania and Virginia Business Systems (VBS) of Virginia have been named one of the country’s 2018 Elite Dealers by ENX MagazineThe award is presented annually by the publication to the top office equipment dealers in the U.S.

The 130-strong 2018 Elite Dealers were selected based on numerous criteria, including growth initiatives, innovative marketing programs, outstanding customer service, charitable contributions to the community, progressive workplace cultures and adaptability to an ever-changing market.

“We would like to congratulate our 2018 Elite Dealers, who continue to thrive and grow in a highly-competitive marketplace. Even as the needs of their clients continue to evolve, these dealers blend many 21st century tools and tactics with old-fashioned customer service—backed by a loyal workforce—to ensure successful outcomes,” said Susan Neimes, managing editor of ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging.

Erik Cagle, editorial director of ENX Magazine added, “The strength and vitality of this group is a testament to their core values. It seems that every year, as the industry continues to consolidate, our roster of Elite Dealers continues to grow by leaps and bounds. There are many fascinating success stories to be told.”

Edwards Business Systems and Virginia Business Systems have been named Elite Dealers for the last 19 years.  Proud of their achievement, Ray Fuentes, President of Edwards Business Systems said, “Our companies have continually been at the forefront of developing cost effective, efficient, quality solutions for our client’s document management needs.  It’s not just about equipment and software; it is about knowledge, service and fast forward solutions.”  Jim Dotter, President of Virginia Business Systems continued, “This award could only have been possible through the commitment of our team.  Our employees continually strive to deliver the best in quality, technical support and dedication to our clients.”

This year’s Elite Dealer honorees encompass dealerships with revenues of less than $5 million a year to those with revenues of more than $50 million.  Elite Dealers are the entrepreneurs, innovators, top sellers, and celebrated members of the communities in which they work and provide office technology, software, and services to businesses and organizations of all sizes.  Top dealers also do a terrific job of donating time, talent and money to their local and national charitable organizations and causes, have a nurturing work culture, treat their employees well, and offer innovative marketing programs.

Edwards and Virginia Business Systems have been in business since 1954 and is one of the countries’ largest independently owned Office Equipment Dealers, recognized by all of the vendors for excellence in sales and service.  EBS and VBS, with over 180 employees, are in their third generation of management and ownership, continuing the family commitment of meeting and exceeding the needs of their clients.  Edwards Business Systems, headquartered in Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley, has offices in West Reading, Middleton (serving Lancaster, York and Harrisburg), Scranton (serving Wilkes-Barre and the Pocono Region), Lewisburg and Pottstown, PA.  Virginia Business Systems is headquartered in Richmond and serves Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, New River Valley, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Shenandoah Valley and Hampton Roads.

About Edwards and Virginia Business Systems: 

Edwards Business Systems and Virginia Business Systems have been in business since 1954 and are one of the country’s largest independently owned Office Equipment Dealers, recognized by all of their vendors for excellence in sales and service.  EBS and VBS, with over 180 employees, are in their third generation of management and ownership, continuing the family commitment of meeting and exceeding the needs of their clients.  EBS, headquartered in Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley, has offices in West Reading, Middleton (serving Lancaster, York and Harrisburg), Scranton (serving Wilkes-Barre and the Pocono Region), Lewisburg, and Pottstown, PA.  Virginia Business Systems is headquartered in Richmond and serves Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, New River Valley, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Shenandoah Valley and Hampton Roads.

About ENX: 

ENX Magazine is a monthly publication dedicated to the document imaging industry since 1994.  In its 25rd year, ENX delivers exclusive editorial coverage on market opportunities and issues, news and trends, company profile, new products and industry insights through interviews with key players in all segments of the document imaging industry.  With a circulation of more than 30,000 hard copies, ENX Magazine serves a leading integrated resource that brings together industry people, products and business concepts and strategies for document imaging industry professionals.

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