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  • 10-Feb-2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation and Collabrance LLC announced today they will host four Sales Simplicity Seminars in 2017. The Managed IT sales training will be conducted by Alex Rogers, founder of the IT Services Consulting FirmCharTec. The seminars are for companies currently selling or ready to transition to a managed services model. 

    “We have offered this training for two years now and based on positive feedback from office technology dealers and other solution providers, we decided to add four more sessions in 2017,” said Jennie Fisher, GreatAmerica Office Equipment Group Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Past attendees and customers of GreatAmerica are now closing bigger deals faster and overcoming objections more effectively than prior to attending the training.”

    The training is promoted as helping solution providers with the following:

    • Hardware-as-a-Service strategies to win more accounts
    • Strategies to fold hardware into a provider’s solution 
    • As-a-Service approach to keep customers coming back
    • Talk tracks for every step from assessment to close
    • Responses to any objection you could receive

    Alex Rogers says the workshops can improve the number of first appointments, and show how discovery can uncover latent challenges experienced by prospects. “Past attendees were able to implement the strategies immediately with tremendous ROI.” Since founding CharTec in 2009, Rogers has helped Solution Providers close $1 million MRR deals, achieve record margins, and increase sales by 200 percent.

    The dates and locations for the four Sales Simplicity Seminars: Selling Everything-as-a-Service are as follows:

    March 14-15 – GreatAmerica Headquarters, Cedar Rapids, IA

    June 6-7 – GreatAmerica Headquarters, Cedar Rapids, IA

    July 25-26 – Standard Office Systems, Atlanta, GA

    September 12-13 – GreatAmerica Headquarters, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Registration is open for all events, and more information can be found by visiting:

    For those who have already attended a Sales Simplicity Seminar, there is a brand new 2.0 version: The CharTec Training Lab - Sales Edition. Through roleplay and practice Solution Providers gain advanced skills to sell any managed service deal. Learn more at: 

    About CharTec

    CharTec is the SMB Channel’s leading provider of sales, marketing, and operations training for managed services and technology solutions providers. As the largest technology training facility in North America, CharTec’s 20,000-square foot, custom-built center is the training hub for all businesses within the technology sector. In addition to their training, CharTec is a channel friendly partner that helps you deliver a truly unique managed service offering with Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) solutions.

    CharTec’s success is fueled by its partners’ success, which is why it invests so heavily in training and partner support. While attending the monthly CharTec Academy, partners not only participate in five-star trainings but also have complete access to CharTec’s own 21-year-old, multimillion dollar managed service practice, ARRC Technology. As a measure of leading by example, ARRC Technology has been listed five times as one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500/5000.

    About GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation

    Established in 1992, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation is a $1.8 billion national commercial equipment finance company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA. GreatAmerica provides financing and niche market-focused services in all fifty states and several U.S. Territories. Our commitment to understand the office equipment industry has positioned us as the unparalleled leader in single invoice solutions (MPS, Managed IT, and other specialized billing options). We also offer innovative non-financial services to help our dealers evolve their businesses.

    About Collabrance LLC

    Collabrance, a subsidiary of GreatAmerica, partners with Service Providers determined to offer an exceptional IT experience to their customers. Collabrance provides a standards-based technology offering and remote services delivered by a team of technical experts focused on people, not just technology. Collabrance offers flexible financing for partners wishing to differentiate themselves through a total technology solution in a single payment. To ensure partners’ success and profitability in Managed IT Servic­­­­es, Collabrance also provides business planning, training, and access to industry experts.

  • 30-Jan-2017 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chicago, Ill. — January 27, 2016 — As part of its unrivaled TechLink 2.0 platform, Clover Imaging Group offers the industry’s most respected training programs including certified printer repair training. From instructing field technicians on how to troubleshoot quickly and accurately to providing customer service training for dispatch and customer support personnel, CIG offers a comprehensive line of courses and certifications to fit the needs of the individual dealership. For convenience, trainings are available both online and onsite.

    “Clover Imaging Group has done an amazing job training our dealers for both mono and color, laser printer repair,” said Larry Bennett, Business Development Manager for Toshiba America Business Solutions. “Having seen firsthand the level of excellence and quality of the curriculum, I can highly recommend the company’s training program. To date, CIG has trained more than 400 of our Toshiba Business Solutions and independent dealer technicians to help enhance the knowledge and skill-set of these professionals. Moreover, CIG continues to improve our technician program by constantly updating its training content to keep it fresh and relevant for our workforce. In addition to its impressive training acumen, CIG’s enrollment, setup, and hosting process is also top notch. We continue to rely on CIG to bring quality repair training to our dealer channel."

    HP® and Lexmark® laser printer trainings are interactive courses taught by highly experienced instructors that establish a basic introduction to printers and printer repair. This class prepares students for the tests required for authorization. Additional training services include CompTIA A+ certification, CompTIA customer service skills, and CompTIA authorized service center ASC gold. 

    CIG also offers professional training solutions for Managed Print Services (MPS). CIG’s Selling MPS training provides business development representatives with an advanced sales education forum to help penetrate the print management market. Servicing MPS training focuses on proven methodologies that drive profitability and operational performances within organizations. 

    CIG’s certified instructors ensure certified students leave prepared, resulting in a higher percentage of first call repair success rates. For more insight into CIG’s training programs, please view the video here: To take advantage of its training and TechLink 2.0 platform — not offered by any other company in the industry — CIG customers should contact their account manager today.

  • 24-Jan-2017 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LANO, Texas—(Jan. 23, 2017)—Muratec America, Inc., manufacturer of multifunction office equipment and business productivity solutions, announces they will be hosting “Muratec Label University,” an ITEX 2017 front-runner event, Apr. 18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

    “This year’s ITEX will be one of the most attended dealer shows of the year,” said Jim D’Emidio, president at Muratec America, Inc. “We can’t think of a better place to talk about the label industry and why now is the time to get in the label business.” Muratec Label University is open to the entire dealer community, regardless of with whom they currently do business. “We want dealers who want to learn how to grow their business through adjacencies”, said D’Emidio.

    “Label printing fits in the dealer’s current business model—it’s putting toner on paper. Not to mention, the need is already established, unlike some of the other markets dealers have entered.”

    The event will primarily focus on dealer education and growth.

    “Attendees can expect to be educated on the label industry as a whole, see live demonstrations on a wide range of label products, including the presses we’ll debut at the event,” said Andrew Jones, marketing manager at Muratec America, Inc. “There will be label solutions for companies of all sizes.”

    Muratec Label University is tuition-free; however, advance registration is required and space is limited. For more information about Muratec Label University, or to register as an attendee, visit

  • 12-Jan-2017 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chicago, Ill. – January 12, 2016 – CIG has taken a bold step that is unprecedented in the Global Imaging Supplies aftermarket. CIG commissioned independent 3rd party test lab BLI to pit its remanufactured print cartridges against OEM cartridges under ISO test conditions to corroborate CIG’S claims that its cartridges are a true alternative to the OEM. Historically, 3rd party lab tests commissioned by OEMs, such as those conducted by Quality Logic and Spencer Labs, have suggested that aftermarket print cartridges do not measure up to the OEM. CIG decided to have an independent 3rd party laboratory test its aftermarket cartridges against the OEM to debunk the historical rhetoric that remanufactured, eco-friendly print cartridges don’t measure up to the original branded cartridges.

    “We agree with the historic data that not all aftermarket cartridges perform at a level comparable to OEM cartridges,” said Eric Martin, President of CIG. “But those are our competitors. We have always maintained that CIG cartridges are a true alternative to the OEMs, and we now have quantifiable data to back up our claims, thanks to this test.”

    Buyers Laboratory (BLI), a leading global independent office equipment test lab and business consumer advocate, evaluated the page yield using the ISO protocols, image quality, and reliability performance of CIG toner cartridges and compared it to the performance of original HP cartridges in the HP Color LaserJet M651 printer, the HP LaserJet M402n printer, and the HP LaserJet P3015 printer.

    In all three HP printers, the CIG cartridges performed exceptionally in all measurable metrics including yield, image quality, and reliability. Out of 54 tested CIG toners, 100 percent were defect free out of the box and exhibited no hard failures during life testing — in sharp contrast to historical 3rd party tests that were cited in the past. In addition, our average continuous yield numbers exceeded the OEM’s stated yield across all cartridge types.

    “Why pay more for something when a lower cost alternative from CIG offers comparable quality and reliability?” asked Luke Goldberg, EVP Global Sales and Marketing for CIG. “This independent test proves that consumers get almost identical quality and reliability from CIG’s eco-friendly alternative and offers dealers the chance to educate their customers about aftermarket cartridge options with quantifiable data while improving business margins with our GreenSweep promo. 

    Please watch the video discussing the results of this unprecedented test in more detail here: CIG customers can contact their account manager to request access to the test results.

  • 28-Dec-2016 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chicago, Ill. – December 27, 2016 – Clover Imaging Group (CIG) continues to grow its strategic executive team, adding two new industry innovators with a track record of creating high impact marketing solutions encompassing all facets of the industry from MPS to managed services to social media. Tasked with working with the CIG solution teams to bring an unparalleled level of consultative support to the dealer community, Aaron Dyck joins as VP of CIG Solutions, and Matthew K. McGuire joins as Director of CIG Solutions.

    “Solutions are integral to our ability to create strategic alliances with dealers and other channel partners that transcend traditional transactional relationships. Our growing solutions portfolio allows us to address dealers’ pain points in areas of their business such as marketing, MPS, services, etc., and we firmly believe we can create positive change and impact dealer performance, profitability, and drive growth with strategic engagement. Given Aaron and Matt’s record of accomplishment of driving these types of consultative growth initiatives for the better part of the last 15 years, we could not be more excited to bring them aboard as part of our already formidable executive leadership team,” said Luke Goldberg, EVP Global Sales and Marketing for CIG. 

    With more than a decade of experience in the imaging industry, Dyck has created, structured, and led sales organizations within enterprise software, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing across the United States with revenues ranging from $3MM to $250MM+. Dyck has helped independent dealers architect, design, and build sales systems and custom e-marketing programs for their businesses. These experiences have led to his recognition as an elite, young influencer by The Cannata Report. Dyck lives in Kingston Ontario, Canada with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

    “CIG is an industry leader, innovator, and in my opinion, the number one solutions company for the dealer community,” said Aaron Dyck, VP of CIG Solutions. “The investments CIG makes in manufacturing automation, services technology, and dealer solutions provides me with the best platform to leverage my extensive experience helping independent dealers grow. Having worked in enterprise software, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing, I know our customers want to win, and they want to win today and into the future.”

    McGuire has more than nine years of international work experience in business development and marketing. Since 2008, McGuire has worked in various senior management positions within the office technology channel, including experience that covers enterprise software, SaaS programs, data-driven automation, manufacturing and distribution models, and providing OEM solutions. McGuire is a recognized industry speaker, educator, and thought leader with the ability to translate his expert knowledge and experience into customer solutions and sales revenues.

    “I agree with Aaron completely,” said McGuire, Director of CIG Solutions. “CIG has consistently invested in promoting the entire imaging channel and raising the bar in supporting business growth opportunities for the dealer community. Bringing my collective experiences and relationships here, and working alongside some of the best leaders in our space, provides me the best means to help our partners expand their business and prepare for tomorrow.”

    For more information about CIG solutions, please watch this video:

  • 20-Dec-2016 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    St. Louis, Missouri.  David A. Sosne, the duly-appointed federal trustee of the bankruptcy estate of TechSource360 LLC (the “Trustee”), announces that he is selling by way of auction sale the Printelligence™ MPS software formerly owned by Preo Software, Inc. and certain related assets (collectively, the “MPS Assets”).   The MPS Assets are currently subject to a “stalking horse” bid in the amount of $380,000.  Any competing bids should be submitted to the Trustee on or before January 6, 2017.  Interested parties wishing to learn more about the auction sale, obtain access to due diligence materials and/or to witness a demonstration of the above-referenced software, should immediately contact Brian LaFlamme, attorney for the Trustee, at tele. no. 314-872-0311 or email:  

  • 02-Dec-2016 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 31, 2016 – HP Inc. awards SmartPrint Inc.“Print Partner of the Year for 2016” in Canada at this year’s Global Partner Conference.

    Mary Anne Yule, Managing Director, HP Inc. Canada shared that “aslink rel="canonical" a partner-led company focused on growing and winning with the channel, we are excited to congratulate SmartPrint as the Canadian Print Partner of the Year. SmartPrint’s commitment to offering innovative print services as well as advocating strongly for print security solutions truly highlights the great work we can do together with our channel partners. We are proud to work with them to deliver great experiences for our mutual customers.”

    Tim Lomax, President of SmartPrint said, “it feels great to have our team’s hard work and success acknowledged by HP Canada for a second time this year. We are delighted that our HP partnership has enabled the SmartPrint team to provide significant value for our clients by helping them make sense of their complex printing environments by implementing our leading managed print services program with hardware and software solutions that increase efficiency, improve security, and save them money.”

    About SmartPrint Inc.:

    SmartPrint, Canada’s leading independent Managed Print Services (MPS) provider helps organizations make sense of complex print environments. SmartPrint’s team of managed print services (MPS) experts leverage the markets best tools and systems, and as Canada’s leading MPS independent, offer best in breed office printing equipment and software to help simplify office printing, scanning and document workflow. Our clients experience dramatic improvements in user efficiency, reduced print costs by 30% to 50%, reduced helpdesk calls by 25% and significant administrative efficiencies through vendor consolidation. As Canada’s leading independent MPS provider, SmartPrint’s solutions are not about printers, they’re about people.

    To find out more about SmartPrint, please visit our website:

  • 20-Oct-2016 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chicago, Ill. – October 20, 2016 – Furthering its commitment to environmental responsibility, Clover Imaging Group is proud to announce that its Mexicali, Mexico manufacturing facilities have secured the ISO 14001:2004 standard, an international standard that focuses on a company’s management of environmental responsibilities including implementing an environmental management system (EMS). The standard specifies requirements for activities such as determining environmental aspects and impacts of products, activities, and services; planning environmental objectives with measurable targets; and implementing and operating programs to meet objectives and targets.

    “I want to congratulate all of our 3,600 associates and the Mexicali imaging management team as well as everybody else that played a key role in achieving this environmental standard,” said Ino Lando, EVP and General Manger for Clover Mexico. “The process is extremely important to operating at the highest level of eco-friendly manufacturing, which is of paramount importance here at Clover.”

    Environmental sustainability is a significant priority for CIG. As one of the company’s core values, CIG strives to engage and educate its employees, demand quality and performance in production processes, and seek newer and better alternatives every day for minimizing the environmental footprint of the company and its customers. In August 2016, CIG announced that Clover Mexico had achieved the R2:2013 Standard, the premier global environmental, worker health and safety standard for the electronics refurbishing and recycling industry. 

    CIG’s environmental sustainability initiatives include, but are not limited to, reclaiming as much reusable material as possible; measuring the impact of water and energy consumption to minimize waste; processing end-of-life assets that are not suited for remanufacturing; and exceeding global industry practices for responsible materials recycling.

    For more information about ISO 14001:2004, please visit

  • 06-Oct-2016 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chicago, Ill. – October 5, 2016 – Clover Imaging Group (CIG) and MWA Intelligence, Inc. (MWA) are proud to announce a new strategic partnership. As part of the collaboration, CIG’s imaging products will now be available for dealers to order directly through FORZA, built on SAP Business One. FORZA is a revolutionary enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, which offers a business management platform designed to automate office responsibilities for imaging channel resellers.

    “CIG is always looking for innovative ways to enhance our product and solution offerings for our dedicated dealers,” said Jim Cerkleski, CEO of Clover Holdings, Inc. “We are proud to integrate with FORZA’s platform to provide imaging dealers a convenient way to order product while also organizing and automating their business tasks. FORZA helps dealers succeed by streamlining everyday finance, product ordering, and other significant company responsibilities.”

    Automating supply procurement in the imaging channel allows dealerships to seize control within their organization and have the visibility to make smarter and better business decisions involving vendor relations. This collaboration affords imaging dealers an opportunity to gain a competitive edge with a fuller scope of their organizations for enhanced profitability and customer satisfaction. An industry with a smarter, better, and stronger ERP product will turn itself into a smarter, better, and stronger entity.

    “A lot can be said about those who you surround yourself with, which is why establishing a strong partnership with Clover Imaging Group speaks for itself,” said Michael T. Stramaglio, President and CEO of MWA Intelligence, Inc. “Our emphasis at MWA is on growing the imaging channel to reach its fullest and brightest potential. In doing so, we realize that it takes a strong, cohesive community to achieve such a goal. The relationship we have with our partners is very unique, being that our intended purpose for strategic collaboration is to grow with others, not off of them and the same can be said with our customers.”

    Bolstering the overall industry as a whole has been a shared responsibility taken upon by CIG and MWA. By collaborating now, CIG’s procurement automating capabilities are integrated into FORZA’s ERP solution, creating a unique and unprecedented product in the marketplace.

  • 20-Sep-2016 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ — On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. EDT, BPO Media will host a webinar titled “HP + Samsung + A3: Winners and Losers in the Industry's Biggest Deal — Ever.” The webinar will explore the largest print acquisition in HP’s history: HP Inc.’s planned $1.05 billion acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, announced last week. HP touts the move as groundbreaking, saying it “positions HP to disrupt and reinvent the $55 billion copier industry, a segment that hasn't innovated in decades.”

    Is it really that big of a deal? Is this true disruption? BPO Media will explore that, as well as a number of other questions surrounding the transaction including:

    • What does it mean for HP’s three-decade-long manufacturing partnership with Canon?
    • Can HP make business inkjet a reality with its PageWide A3 devices?
    • Will copier dealers embrace — or even accept — the new HP devices or even just HP?
    • Can HP’s brand awareness with the IT buyer create new opportunities for “copier” placements?
    • What new features, programs and devices can we expect to see from a marriage of Samsung and HP technology?

    BPO Media’s team of analysts bring more than 40 years of experience in the printing industry to the discussion as we examine these and more questions. Senior Analyst John McIntyre will lead the discussion. McIntyre has worked in the industry as an analyst, product developer, strategist, marketer and researcher, and has covered the printing and supplies sectors for prominent market research firms and major OEMs, allowing a unique and unrivaled perspective on this major announcement.

    Register now for Thursday’s webinar.

    The Analyst Corner Live! webinar series is sponsored by MWA Intelligence and presented by BPO Media.

    About BPO Media

    BPO Media is a publishing, marketing, and research firm. Its BPO Research division provides market research and consulting services focused on office technology, workflow, process optimization, and the transformation resulting from the ongoing integration of digital and mobile technologies. BPO Media's other divisions include BPO Marketing and the Office Technology Group, which produces the leading trade publications The Imaging Channel and Workflow. Visit and

    About MWA Intelligence

    MWA Intelligence Inc. (MWA), an SAP Business One OEM partner, delivers enterprise-class and leading-edge Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Machine-to-People (M2P) solutions to better serve the imaging industry. MWA’s intelligent service, workforce, assets and GPS solution suites deliver mission-critical information in real time to the hands of customer-facing employees and into companies’ back-end ERP systems including the powerful MWA FORZA with SAP Business One. The MWA solution automates all of the business intelligence management, meter collection, consumables and service alerts and also offers an integrated pre-sale MPS tool. Visit

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