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BEN BOUNDS has been in the managed print services industry for over a decade. As Director of Sales for an industry leading MPS provider, Ben helped maintain and grow the MPS landscape in the Midwest. In Ben’s role as Director of Business Development for Compass Sales Solutions, he is focused on working with both the dealer channel as well as manufacturer and supplier partners in educating and de-mystifying the MPS landscape and its processes.

Susan Neimes Publisher & Managing Editor

CHARLES BREWER is the founder and president of Actionable Intelligence, the digital imaging industry’s leading market research firm. He was an editor for Inc. magazine and ComputerWorld during the 1990s, and more recently, the managing editor of The Hard Copy Supplies Journal. Mr. Brewer’s analysis is currently featured at his firm’s website,

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TOM CALLINAN is the President of Strategy Development and an engaging speaker and facilitator.  After quickly rising through the ranks from an award winning sales professional, front line manager, director of sales and ultimately vice president of sales, Tom founded a technology company with the support of an angel investor.  A public Fortune 500 Company acquired Tom’s company in 1997. Since 2006, Tom has been consulting on sales strategy and training sales forces in large and mid-market companies.  He can be reach at via email at

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KEN EDMONDS is currently employed as a District Service Manager for a major copier manufacturer. He has an extensive background in the imaging business, having owned a successful dealership, serving as service manager for multiple dealerships, and as a Document Solutions Specialist for Sharp Electronics. He has more than 40 years of experience in the electronics and computer fields. For further information email him at

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State of the Industry News Briefing

There’s Gold in Selling Software Solutions, but You Have to Dig for It


ffice equipment dealers, MPS providers, and VARs looking to diversify their businesses are warming to the idea of selling software solutions. They are a strategic fit with their current offerings. Selling software also provides a means to offer customers endto-end solutions to their business problems, strengthening the customer relationship in the process. That kind of opportunity does not come without a significant investment in time and money. It also requires careful research to find the right partners with the right products for your customer base. ENX spoke with a number of dealers and software companies, who shared their experiences and advice.

Why Sell Software?

For dealers who have already made the move into IT and managed services, selling software solutions is a natural next step in a progression that starts with selling hardware, then networked hardware, then managed services, and finally end-to-end solutions built around software. Each step expands and diversifies a dealer’s business and further entrenches itself with its customers, in turn generating more and recurring revenue from them. “The market is in transformation,” said George Seymour, VP of Sales Enterprise Software Solutions at Nuance, which sells print management and document capture and conversion software. “[Dealers are] moving from hardware to services.” He noted that services like MPS that had been profitable for dealers are becoming commoditized, driv16 | October 2016

ing down fees and margins. That trend is helping to drive interest in selling George Seymour, software Nuance solutions. “Dealers are caught between a rock and a hard place,” said Joe Rubino, channel director Americas for print management software vendor Papercut. Those selling hardware and supplies are struggling in an extremely competitive market and need to make the move to solutions. He said that the end-user community is more educated than ever before, and they understand that they need to take a solutions focus for their pain points, and that’s often Joe Rubino, Papercut driving the hardware decision. For dealer and service provider NovaCopy, the signal to consider software solutions came from their customers. “Businesses had questions about security, how to work with scanning options,” said Jason Levkulich, CMO at NovaCopy. “We worked hand-in-hand with them, making customer support [for hardware and software] an essential part of our strategic plan. This helps continue our overall goal of enriching the customer experience and providing a one-stop shop for each of them.” We Saw It In ENX Magazine

“When you offer an end-toend approach to managing [a customer’s] content, you will differentiate yourself from the competition,” said John Sutton, national solutions sales manager at NovaCopy. Selling software solutions can benefit other parts of a dealer’s business. “The size of deals increases whenever we can insert solutions-related offerings,” said Sutton. “Profitability increases on anything related to solutions. We are winning deals we would have otherwise not won or had to walk away from.” All the dealers we spoke with said that software solutions is the fastest or one of Jon Osborne, Execu- the fastest tive Technologies growing portions of their business. That growth is due in part to the relative newness of the offering, but all are also expecting continued growth in the future. Software sales at printer/copier dealer Executive Technologies is between 30 percent and 40 percent of total revenue, according to Jon Osborne, director of sales, and its goal is to reach 60 percent to 70 percent. NovaCopy is seven months into a 36-month plan to make software solutions 10 percent of its total business, said Sutton. It’s already halfway there at 5 percent. “Software solutions is growing at a higher percentage than other areas, although it’s larger continued on page 18

There’s Gold in Selling Software Solutions, but You Have to Dig for It percentage on a smaller number,” said Pat Haney, director of major accounts at business solutions provider Marco. “The majority of sales are major account transactions where software is a large part of the transaction.” Software companies find office equipment and copier/printer dealers attractive partners. “Office equipment dealers have large sales teams and customer bases,” said Steve Behm, VP of sales Americas for document management software vendor Docuware. That infrastructure and customer relationships helps to open doors for the software provider.

Commitment and Focus

As with any new expansion, dealers need to understand the demand for software solutions within their customer bases as well as the investment in staff, training, and possibly delivery and support partners. A strong level of commitment goes hand-in-hand with carefully choosing which solutions to support. The more you take on, the less able you will be to adequately support. “It comes down to credibility,” said Osborne. You need to understand and be able to communicate exactly what a software package can do for a customer. Offering too many packages means you might not know some of them well enough to gain the customer’s confidence. “We don’t want to bite off more than we can chew, but we haven’t had to take baby steps.” “The average office equipment dealer has 60 to 70 solutions that they support. It can be a struggle to stay on top of all that,” said Stephen Young, president and CEO at ECM software vendor Square 9 Softworks. Some of those are specific to the hardware products they carry, but his comment underscores the need to focus as much as possible. “First you have to understand the clients’ needs,” said Haney. “Then you need to identify the viable products in the marketplace. There are many to go to market with, so look for those that are the most supportable internally.” He suggests picking a primary solution plus a secondary option and not going outside of them. “If a client has a need that we

don’t have a solution for, we will not engage,” he added. Even with this policy, Marco constantly evaluates new products to judge their fit for its clients’ needs. ECM software vendor M-Files looks at three factors when evaluating how successful a channel partner might be, says Scott Erickson, seScott Erickson, nior VP of worldM-Files wide channel sales. “First, do they have the organizational mindset in place to do consultative selling? Then we look at the technical team. Do they have the bandwidth, competency, and experience to implement our product for customers? Finally, do they understand how to effectively market themselves as a value-added partner?” The goal is confidence that M-Files can work with the partner to show them how to build value by integrating its product with the customer’s business processes. Finding a niche and then proving yourself in it before expanding is the consensus advice for growing a software solutions offering. One source for this story was recently told by a client, “You guys do so much, I know you can’t do it all well.” While that firm has a wider offering than most dealers, what’s really behind that sentiment is doubt whether a copier company can consistently deliver on other services. The best way to combat that image is to build in stages, mastering each one before moving to the next. Dealers often start with solutions that align well with document imaging such as document or content management. Once a dealer establishes a strong offering in those areas, it becomes easier to see opportunities for expanding the solutions offerings. “We are looking at other options like variable data, workflow, business intelligence, and forms processing,” said Sutton. “Those are areas we can achieve quite a bit of growth with.” “The most important aspects to successfully adding complementary products and services to the MFP/business

equipment world is to understand that the processes, procedures, and people are not the same for each solution,” said Greg Bryan, CTO of office technology Greg Bryan, KDI provider KDI Office Technology. “There is some cross-over, but the respective personnel needs to focus on their technology and master that for success.” Another option for dealers is to start with a niche product that aligns well with document imaging and the verticals they serve. ITC Systems, for example, sells print and copy management solutions for the education and government markets. “The verticals we serve can have financial challenges,” said Lisa Dzafic, VP of sales USA at ITC Systems. “We’ve become experts at identifying all the needs and breaking out a project into phases [to meet the customers’ financial Lisa Dzafic, ITC requirements].” Growth is also possible by taking an industry-specific approach. Sutton said NovaCopy is seeing an uptick in demand in legal and medical verticals, and said that both software and hardware companies are providing good support for targeting key industries. To support the push into verticals, NovaCopy has increased its marketing staff to generate digital content that helps sell its vertical offerings. Nuance has products and solutions geared for SMB and big vertical markets such as healthcare, education, and government. “The messaging and technology set we provide them is precise, which helps dealers develop a model that successfully meets the needs of their customers,” said Seymour. Software companies will pay attention to how their partners staff. Docuware prefers to see a Docuware-trained team of a solutions advisor to attract prospects, a sales engineer who consults with continued on page 20

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There’s Gold in Selling Software Solutions, but You Have to Dig for It the customer and closes the sale, and a solutions consultant who can manage the implementation. “With sales people it’s difficult to ever have them purely dedicated [to Docuware],” said Behm. “But the more dedicated the sales consultant, the better the results.” Having a good business plan will also help build confidence with software companies. They will want to see a plan that covers target markets, Sean Morris, the product mix Digitech sold to those markets, sales strategy, and what personnel is in place to support that strategy. Most software companies depend heavily on their partner channels, so seeing a plan is not just a vetting mechanism, it tells them where they might want to lend some assistance. “We sell indirect,” said Sean Morris, director of sales at ECM software provider Digitech. “If our partners don’t win, we don’t win.” Dealers interested in selling software but are unable or unwilling to make the level of investment described above have other options. Some companies make their software available to the channel, but handle implementation and support themselves. Nuance offers two partner models: a low-touch option where dealers simply have the software available to sell, and an option where dealers make the investment to own the whole process. “The second model is more successful,” said George Seymour, VP of sales at Nuance.

A Different Type of Sale

For sales teams used to selling hardware, the switch to software solutions can be difficult. “The MFP industry is ingrained in hardware sales, service, and compensation models. That makes it difficult for dealers to make the shift to become successful solutions providers,” said Sutton. “Hardware reps are used to a 30-day sales cycle. Solutions don’t always fall in that timeframe. Traditional reps are not always comfortable [with a

longer sales cycle], so they don’t always pursue a solutions-based deal.” For NovaCopy, getting the sales and manager teams focused on solutions selling meant a change in structure and culture. “Sometimes dealers assign traditional partner reps to the software solutions role, promote a connectivity tech or someone in service. Sometimes that doesn’t yield successful results.” “[The sales team] needs the ability to sell on actual value-add in a market that’s been commoditized,” said Haney. He also noted that some sales reps have trouble adapting to the software sales cycle, and that it is a challenge finding the right sales talent. The solutions sales team needs to take a more consultative approach focused on understanding and solving customer problems. “You have to understand the customer’s business model,” said Osborne. “You can’t have a one size fits all approach. It’s really important to solve the customer’s problem and not just sell a product.” The consultative approach might start with a sales rep, but the conversation about the customer’s problems and possible solutions is typically done by someone with an IT background. The sales team is trained to identify a solutions opportunity and then qualify it prior to the handoff. “It’s really about spotting opportunity and then bringing in the experts,” said Osborne. The sales rep gets an appointment with the decision maker where the technology expert listens, asks questions, and starts the process of resolving the issue. “We have [experts] out in the field with our reps on a daily basis,” Osborne added. Understanding the problem at the user level is key to solving the customer’s problem. “I always ask one question: Paint me a picture. Tell me what the user experience is and walk me through it so I can visualize it,” said Dzafic. “If you can’t regurgitate what you heard, you don’t understand the problem.” It is important to have an expert drive the conversation about solving the customer’s problem, but that should not diminish the importance of the sales rep.

“Frequently the MFP reps who produce the most IT sales are also some of our least technical,” said Bryan. “They have no idea what the customer bought, but they built the customer relationship.”   While dealers report that most customers are open to buying software from their hardware dealer, others might push back. “We’re not in the largest city,” said Osborne. “In rural markets, you get that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude.” When Marco sees resistance, it urges customers to vet them. “The first thing we do is provide them with references,” said Haney. This lets prospective customers see the value they’ve provided other businesses. One aspect of the software sales cycle is indecision on the part of the customer. “Inaction to make a final decision is the biggest Steve Behm, hurdle,” said Behm. Docuware “[Implementing the software] changes the business process. We try to understand the whole sales process. What is the pain? How do we solve the pain? What are the true benefits?” Because of the consultative approach and longer sales cycles, dealers have to adjust the way they pay their sales reps. “Our biggest problem was coming up with a compensation plan that the organization was comfortable with,” said Bryan. “We didn’t cross-compensate until recently, and that helped a lot.” Solutions providers can look to the software companies for help with training their sales and marketing teams. Digitech Systems provides marketing tools on its website. “They help identify the target market and show what’s important to the customer,” said Morris. “We work with resellers on how to use these tools.” “[Nuance] has a massive sales force to support the reseller’s team on the ground,” said Seymour. Nuance also provides resources to help with sales and technical pre-sales that help with crafting responses to RFPs or creating proofs of concepts, for example. Those resources come in multiple forms, such as in-class continued on page 22

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There’s Gold in Selling Software Solutions, but You Have to Dig for It training, videos, and online certification prep. Software companies offer other services that are designed to integrate with the channel partners’ sales processes. Square 9, for example, Stephen Young, regularly conducts Square 9 product demos for its channel partners. “The average channel rep might need to do a demo once a week or less,” said Young. “Our sales engineers do between three and five a day. Without repetition, the channel rep can’t be nearly as effective as we can so we encourage them to leverage our resources.” That help is essential because of the nature of selling and implementing software solutions—customer requirements are typically diverse. “M-Files is not a commoditized product,” said Erickson. “We’ve got a great platform that is highly configurable, but our daily focus is to ensure that our partners can deliver value quickly and efficiently for customers.” M-Files is addressing that challenge by creating more packaged solutions that deliver out-of-the-box capabilities to solve specific business process challenges. Additionally, they have prioritized open communication and feedback with and among partners to ensure they are focused on the right priorities for their channel. They do so through channel advisors, channel surveys, a Partner Portal and partner community forum, and annual channel partner events. You can expect help from the software companies with sales leads as well. Most collect leads from their websites and then distribute to the appropriate channel partners. That might raise a concern about channel conflict, but software companies tend to have mechanisms in place to avoid that. “We have multiple resellers in Chicago,” said Rubino. “We do detailed pre-qualification about the prospect’s fleet, network infrastructure, and document workflow.” Based on the information they gather, the lead goes to the reseller best equipped to serve the customer. 22 | October 2016

Technical Know-How a Must, but Hard to Find

Let’s say you’ve decided to sell software solutions. You keep it simple with a couple of document management applications, a workflow solution, and maybe a forms package. Now all you have to worry about is making them work on the customers’ IT infrastructure. Some of them are built on Windows, others on Linux. All have other commercial or homegrown applications that your solutions need to tie into. And some use cloud applications that your solutions need to connect with. That simple plan to offer a few manageable solutions doesn’t seem so simple anymore. This scenario underscores the need for skilled, experienced, and people-savvy IT professionals who know how to tie all the pieces together and communicate the benefits of what you are doing to the customer. Finding people who fit that bill is a constant struggle for many dealers. The software companies know this and every one that we spoke with provides training support and other resources. All provide APIs that make integrating their products with other applications easier. Software company also provide technical resources for partners’ in-house technical teams. Digitech Systems, for example, offers help with implementation, configuration, and integration with other platforms. “If a customer wants to integrate with an AR solution like Great Plains, a partner might not have the expertise to do it,” said Morris. “A customer might have 20 to 30 software applications in a private cloud or on premise,” said Rubino. “Integration takes a lot of time and is costly to support​ , but the customer wants a single integrated​ platform.​Minimizing the number of applications would reduce cost and streamline support.”​

Staying Current with Technology

Technology is never static. A solutions provider needs to be able to support the installed base, but be one step ahead of customers in terms of knowing the

technology. “Our biggest challenge is staying on top of changes in the market,” said Haney. Evaluating and vetting [new products] is really important Pat Haney, Marco for us. It takes quite a bit of time and resources.” Marco does this to qualify that the software can deliver value to its customers. One area that all solutions providers and software companies are looking at is the cloud. All the software companies we spoke with offer cloud versions of their products, and most of the solutions providers also support cloud implementations. Many businesses now consider cloud options because they are seen as less expensive and require less infrastructure. “We see hybrid [cloud and on-premise] more often,” said Haney. “More and more is moving to the cloud, but it’s still in transition.” He added that the way you support a cloud implementation is different because it’s hosted outside the customer site, and this creates different benefits and challenges. Ultimately whether it is an on-premise, hybrid or hosted, you still need to vet the solution and any other software that connects to it. Customer preferences are definitely trending toward the cloud. Docuware, for example, sells a fully featured cloud version of its product. In 2015, that product represented 5 percent of its sales, according to Behm. In the first half of this year, Docuware cloud sales are running between 30 and 33 percent. Behm added that while there are inherent advantages to the cloud, it has a slightly different licensing model. Partners might need to adjust how they sell the cloud and pay commissions. Selling and implementing cloud solutions also requires knowledge of popular hosting platforms like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. “A big if not the biggest challenge [for partners] is to get their heads around the cloud infrastructure components,” said Morris. “Cloud products might be easy to use, but there is a learning curve to installing

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There’s Gold in Selling Software Solutions, but You Have to Dig for It and configuring them in the cloud on these hosting platforms.” “Most of the cloud options hit the SMB market first,” said Seymour. “They are looking for easy entry solutions, but not necessarily cloud-hosted solutions.” The ability to collect, analyze, and take action on data is another rising customer demand that solutions providers will need to handle properly. “The ability to aggregate information is increasingly important,” said Young. “People are looking to take data and transform it into useful information—to turn their scanned images into editable content or to scan and extract data from invoices, for example.”

Keeping Support In-House

All the solutions providers we spoke with emphasized the importance of supporting the software they sell in-house as much as possible. “We do as much support in-house as John Sutton, NovaCopy we can,” said Sutton. “It allows us to be much higher touch and have faster response times.” He added that they will escalate an issue to the software provider’s support service if it exceeds NovaCopy’s level of expertise or bandwidth. That’s spelled out in the customer’s project plan, so the customer knows all the points of contact and levels of escalation. Setting customer expectations for support whether it’s in a project plan or SOW is important. “All software is flawed,” said Osborne. “You need to have a process for resolving problems if there is an issue.” “The systems to support the solutions need to be adjusted [from those for hardware],” said Bryan. For example, an MFP will always be in the same location, so the tech can arrive at any time with the tool bag and repair the product. With solutions such as document management, the user needs to be available to demonstrate the issue to the technician, so appointments are scheduled. Marco’s “sizable” help desk is staffed with people who are used to dealing with software solutions, according to Haney.

He also cited the importance of having direct access to the engineers at the software company when there is a problem the in-house team can’t resolve. “Whenever we can, we like to have direct access to level 3 engineering support. They can look at the code, see the problem, and fix it. If you buy through a hardware OEM, request the ability to bypass their support and go direct to developers when needed to speed up resolution.” Again, most OEMs are highly dependent on their channel partners, so they have channel support programs designed for fast resolution and when necessary, offloading the support load. Support needs to scale as you add more customers and your existing customers increase the use of what you’ve implemented. “As partners gain more and more customers, demand grows. If you don’t have people to meet the need, you won’t grow,” said Behm.

The Opportunity Is There

All the software companies saw the office equipment and printer/copier dealers as a key part of their channel programs. What they value the most is their commitment to customer service, strong sales teams, and large, loyal customer bases. “Three of our top five partners come from the document imaging field,” said Erickson. “We’ve really been effective at enabling office equipment dealers that are making the investment to become solutions-savvy. Many have large customer bases that represent rich hunting grounds.” The key takeaways are that software solutions can bolster business with your current customer base, help land new business, and increase profitability. All that comes at a cost in terms of staffing, training, and perhaps organizational restructuring. Those that have made the investment seem to be happy with the results. ♦


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Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office— What Success Looks Like


ith roots dating back to the early 1960’s, Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office has seen it all. As “Atlantic Photocopier” it was one of the first copier dealerships in the United States. While the company has steadfastly maintained its commitment to a “customer first” business model, it has also undergone a virtual evolution, staying one step ahead of technology and the ever-changing demands of the marketplace. That “evolution” has included several name changes over the past few decades. President and CEO Larry Weiss bought the company when it was in bankruptcy in 1982. At that time, it consisted of seven employees and had $600,000 in revenue. In 1983, Weiss introduced a re-vamped and re-energized “Atlantic Business Products” to the industry, complete with the marketing and sales of mailing systems. The company has never looked back, experiencing continual and exponential growth throughout the years. As printers were increasingly becoming connected to business systems, it was once again time for the company to adapt,

improve and expand to support such progress. In 2003, with a forward-thinking mindset, Weiss innovated once again and Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office was born. “The copier used to be the heart of the office,” said Weiss. “If the copier didn’t work, the office stopped—similar to today’s environment when the network goes down. We were very good at servicing the heart.” While Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office kept a singular focus on solving their customers’ problems, the term “solutions” was a bit too over-used for Weiss. He wanted to create some “separation” between Atlantic and the rest of the industry. “I couldn’t just call it ‘Atlantic Solutions’,” he said. “Every copier company seemed to be changing its name to ‘something solutions,’ and it had no cachet. We think we made a good choice.” Though the company’s present name clearly connotes its dedication to adapting to change and supporting new technologies, it would ring hollow without the commitment of Atlantic’s employees and senior staff who recognized that it was imperative

Larry Weiss with his sons : Jason, Adam and Larry Weiss

to include network support along with office “hardware.” To that end, IT services became an added priority, and continue to be a strong component in Atlantic’s business pursuits. Today, Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office maintains an industry-wide reputation as a service oriented company. From its modest beginnings, it has developed into a major player in the field, with 370 employees and a 2016 revenue stream of $116 million, signifying a 12% overall growth from last year. Copier sales (including MPS) continue to comprise the lion’s share of that revenue at $106 million, while the recently completed fiscal year’s $10 million in IT services represents a 22-25% increase over last year (a rate of growth which Weiss anticipates in 2017 as well). How does Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office maintain strong sales and growth in both hardware and IT services? Weiss attributes that growth to a laser focus approach servicing the client. ENX spoke at length with Larry Weiss to better understand how the company has stayed successful as the industry has changed over the years. ENX: How is business this year? WEISS: We had 22 percent growth from $8 million to $10 million on the managed services side, and the copier business grew 8 percent from $94 million to $106 million. That’s all organic, no acquisitions. So we feel very good about that and feel confident that next year will be as good, if not better, based on pipeline business we have cultivated. continued on page 26

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Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office—What Success Looks Like ENX: What was one of your biggest wins this year? WEISS: Combining hardware, services and supplies, one of the biggest wins, approximately $1.7 million, was in the educational field. We had more deals of that size this year than we’ve had in the past. We closed approximately 10 to 12 of the larger deals, respective vertical market from education, healthcare and Fortune 500 companies. ENX: Can you name one major milestone that helped your company get to where it is today? WEISS: We’ve had a lot of significant milestones that collectively amounted to something major. Most recently though, in September of 2013 we hired outside consultants to assist with forming an executive management team. The EMT focuses work on strategic plans. In other words, to strategically look at where we are and where we want to be in five years. Look for new markets, and what programs we need to design and implement so we can sell deeper and wider into the [existing] accounts. This executive management team consists of an accomplished group of industry professionals, including: VP of Service Joseph Coler; CFO Russ Klein; VP of Sales Robert Habeeb; VP of Business Development Joel Sherman; CTO Bill McLaughlin; In-House Counsel Jason Weiss and GM Adam Weiss. I meet with them quarterly. The EMT has made a big difference in our growth. ENX: What would you say was the biggest contribution of your executive counsel team so far? WEISS: They have developed an extensive total account penetration plan. The majority of our accounts are copier accounts, so they came up with a way to identify what copier accounts fit the stack. You can sell a copier to almost any business, but you can’t sell IT to everybody. So they’ve developed a program that looks at which clients fit the IT stack, and through the review process, they’ve developed a program that works with our CRM system. The subject matter experts then call into these accounts with or without the copier sales rep to 26 | October 2016

make the introduction to sell wider and deeper. This has been very successful.

contributions have been integral to our success.

ENX: Tell us about your managed services practices. WEISS: We have a team of “Jeopardy” champions who are able to identify our clients’ business risks and opportunities. We use no third-party support; everything we do is supported by our people. We have unique workflows that we provide based on specific client needs, including desktops, advanced IT solutions, backup disaster recovery, security protection, regulatory compliance support, and risk mitigation.

ENX: There is a lot of talk about millennials in the workplace. What do you look for in your employees? How do you recruit and retain good ones? WEISS: When it comes to recruiting on the sales side, we have a set hiring process including a DISC profile and a sales test. It doesn’t matter who you are, millennial or whomever, we know who we want to hire because we know what works. We can’t deviate from that. They say millennials need all this freedom. I say, if that’s what they want, they can go work for somebody else.

ENX: How do you differentiate your company from your competitors? WEISS: We have a seal of satisfaction that really lays out what the clients get—guaranteed response time, a loaner or replacement program—and there’s a payback if we don’t hit some of those metrics. We’ve gone through our metrics to know exactly how many service calls we get on a monthly basis and we’ve shared with them that 94 percent of the calls are met within four hours. We also show them that we’re very committed, and investing a lot of money toward call avoidance. Twenty percent of all our copier service calls are now eliminated at our help desk. So response time can drop from four hours to 15 minutes. We provide very specific competitive advantages that show, statistically, that we achieve these metrics (they aren’t just numbers). Clients don’t buy from the best, they buy from the less risky, so we try continually to show potential new clients that our seal of satisfaction makes us a less risky decision. ENX: What are some of the biggest challenges these days? WEISS: We have a unique issue—we have lots of people in their late 50s, early 60s. We have to have a “bench” to eventually replace our first-teamers. We really don’t have any plan or program in place yet. They are some significant contributors to the business whether they’re in sales, technical support, or administration. We have lots of employees with over 20 years of tenure, and their

ENX: What is your view on the changes in the industry? WEISS: I’m going to answer that differently than most. There are always a lot of changes in the industry. It’s becoming more software and security centric, and there are different types of products, but even a company like mine, where we’re going to do $116 million at the end of our fiscal year and $10 million of that is on the IT side. That means the rest, the $106 million, is copiers. So, yes, there are changes, but I do not put quotas for my copier reps to sell other solutions. Instead, we supply them with subject matter experts who can assist them selling software, advanced scanning security, PaperCut, and document management. The old saying works—as much as everyone thinks things are different, things always remain the same. You want to see the future, look at the past. We keep a very focused approach, understand the current market and sell whatever the client wants! ENX: What does Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office pride itself on? WEISS: We’re just obsessed with customer excellence. That’s it. Very simple. We do not like to say “no” to our customers. ENX: Does Atlantic have any exciting news to share? WEISS: We have a product expo every other year. Why every OTHER year? Because if we did it every year, everybody here would quit. It’s a very hectic, non-

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Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office—What Success Looks Like stop day and a lot of work. The day runs from 9 am to 7 pm, and we have about 1,000 attendees with approximately 500-550 companies and two keynote speakers. At our last event we had NY Giants QB Eli Manning and former Navy SEAL Leif Babin. It’s extremely well received by clients, manufacturers and partners. The next one is in May of 2017. It’s as big as any manufacturer’s dealer show. I will send you an invite to that, so please join us and see for yourself. ENX: What keeps you motivated and excited about the work that you do? WEISS: At this stage in my life, I love having a positive impact on the Atlantic employees. We do our best to keep a family atmosphere, where collaboration is paramount, but hard work is, too. Everyone pulls his/her own weight, but help is always a call or cubicle away. We’ve had substantial growth as a company, and because of this growth, many employees have been promoted. It is a very satisfying feeling to see someone work hard, advance within the company and provide their own family with special things and a sense of security for the future. We feel that, just as they have contributed to Atlantic’s success, we have contributed to theirs. It’s rewarding. ENX: What is your least favorite thing about your job? WEISS: I hate, hate, sitting down and listening to business forecast reviews from sales reps and sales managers. That’s why the VP of sales does it, and I don’t. Not the personal reviews, mind you, but their forecast reviews, because 90 percent of their sales forecast is bullshit. You can quote me. I hate it. I don’t have the time to go through it. [laughs] ENX: Outside of work, what do you do for fun? WEISS: I love sports. I’m a huge Yankees fan, and for 30 years, from the time I was 30 to 60, I was heavily involved in youth sports. I coached well beyond my sons’ playing days, and I preferred coaching other people’s kids much better than my own because I never had to worry about my wife getting mad at me. I only had to worry about other parents getting mad at me because everyone thought their kid was the next Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle. Even today I watch the Little League World Series on TV. The pros can learn something from the work ethic of those kids. In my mellow time, I definitely enjoy my Lifetime Movie Network. Don’t judge. ♦


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Charles Brewer

Market Intelligence News Briefing

China’s Third-Party Supplies Industry Consolidates as Firms Grow Through Acquisition


onsolidation is the hallmark of any mature industry and it’s been ongoing within the third-party supplies industry for years. At the opening of the 21st century, the North American industry began to experience extensive merger and acquisition activity and within 10 years only a few large players remained along with several dozen much smaller companies. The European industry has followed the same path. With more fragmented markets, however, M&A activity in the EMEA region has been slower and the results have been less profound than what we witnessed in the United States. The consolidation of the European industry is ongoing as leading firms in the region search for new investment partners or look to be acquired outright. Until recently, the Chinese third-party supplies industry had resisted the “urge to merge,” but all that’s changing. Today, the third-party supplies industry in China is rife with M&A activity. Chinese firms have gained access to the capital and other resources they need to get deals done and with many small companies available across the People’s Republic, consolidation is happening at a frenetic pace. As a result, the balance of power is shifting within the Inner Kingdom and impact on global markets promises to be huge. Moreover, these are early days for the consolidation of China’s industry and there is a way to go before the situation will stabilize.

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Times Are a-Changin’

Compared to their counterparts in the West, the history of third-party supplies firms in China is unique. There was cooperation within the Chinese industry not seen in Europe and North America, which led to a proliferation of inter-connected companies. Small enterprises flourished by supplying finished cartridges to larger players, and the big firms leveraged their internal assets to supply the growing industry with raw materials like inks, toners, and empty shells. In certain instances, large firms further fueled the growing number of manufacturers by setting up joint ventures, which were often run independently, or by spinning off companies that began as internal operations. Some large firms have even acted as incubators to start-ups by providing access to white-box product and other resources as the small businesses grew large enough to build their own factories. Trading companies also helped small companies to multiply and grow. Unlike in the West, where product was largely produced for domestic consumption (at least initially), most of the ink and toner cartridges produced in China were meant for exportation. With extensive international distribution and established dealer networks, smaller Chinese firms found they could successfully penetrate markets far from home by partnering with the right trading company. As trading companies grew, many established their own factories, but We Saw It In ENX Magazine

most continued to rely on their smaller partners when they needed specialty SKUs or additional manufacturing capacity. As the ranks of workers in small and large factories began to swell, so did the importance of the third-party supplies industry to certain regions within China. Trade organizations and other quasi-governmental groups that work closely with state-run agencies sought to foster symbiotic relationships between companies to help the industry succeed. Regardless of size, many firms within China’s third-party supplies industry gained access to infrastructure like improved ports and highways and scientific and technical training for its workers. After years of growth, today’s third-party supplies industry in China simply has too much capacity. My company, Actionable Intelligence, recently profiled the Top 25 third-party supplies manufacturers in China and found that unit shipment growth is already outpacing revenue growth as companies lower unit pricing to spark demand. At some firms, we found unit shipments were growing as revenue actually declined. Even with the support of wealthy stakeholders or the Chinese government, these conditions cannot continue for long. At some point, the industry will need to be streamlined and capacity limited. Conditions are perfect for the Chinese industry to consolidate.

Roll Up Another One

A growing number of Chinese firms from the supplies industry

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China’s Third-Party Supplies Industry Consolidates as Firms Grow Through Acquisition are going public and gaining access to capital to invest in assets. Hubei Dinglong Company, previously known as Hubei Dinglong Chemical, was one of the first public Chinese firms that I’m aware of to demonstrate a growth strategy through acquisition. Based in Wuhan in the central province of Hubei, the company manufactures various components for inks and toners including colorants and pigments as well as charge control agents and chemicals for applications outside of the digital imaging industry.

Hubei Dinglong is one of the first public Chinese companies in the third-party supplies industry to demonstrate a growth strategy through acquisition

Hubei Dinglong was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code 300054) in 2010 and its share value has grown from CNY4.7 (USD0.70) to an all-time-high of CNY37.17 (USD5.57), which it recorded in June 2015. As of this writing, Reuters reported the company’s market capitalization was just over CNY12 billion (USD1.8 billion) and it appears to be using the capital to roll up some of China’s better known, second-tier supplies companies and emerge as the region’s largest toner cartridge manufacturer. After establishing itself as a toner producer, Hubei Dinglong moved into the finished cartridge industry late in 2012 by taking a 20-percent stake in Mito Color Imaging Co. Investing a total of almost CNY145 million (approximately USD23 million), Hubei Dinglong completed the acquisition of Mito Color in October 2013. Established in 2003 in Zhuhai, a small city in Guangdong province that is home to many third-party 32 | October 2016

supplies manufacturers, Mito Color has a good reputation for producing quality color cartridges. Through its subsidiary, Zhuhai Un-Tern Imaging Products, Mito Color is licensed to import empty cartridges into China so it doesn’t have to rely on newly-built infringing cores. Remanufacturing legitimate empty cores allows Mito Color to pursue Western markets where new-build cores could result in lawsuits. The company is said to have several large clients in the United States as well as in Europe and it is looking to further penetrate Western markets. Mito Color operates as an independent subsidiary and in the opening months of 2014, it acquired 51 percent of Zhuhai Kolion Technology. Founded in 2004 to manufacture compatibles for use in Samsung machines, Kolion Tech is another established player in China. Today, the firm claims to manufacture consumables for over 1,000 printers and copiers. It has connections to the Hong Kong-based distributor Jet Rise and Sinobase Network Technology, a cartridge producer in Shenzhen. Like Mito Color, Kolion Tech is licensed to import empties. Executives for Mito have indicated that they plan to grow Kolion Tech’s production of black cartridges as Mito focuses on color SKUs. While the majority of its business is in monochrome remanufactured and compatibles cartridges, it seems likely its selection of color cartridges will grow thanks to its new partner.

More, More, More

As the Shenzhen stock market began to grow, so did Hubei Dinglong’s disposable capital. Rumors began circulating that the firm was about to go on a shopping spree early in the summer of 2015 when stock prices on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange reached their high-water mark. Despite some decline in its share price, Hubei Dinglong announced it would make several key acquisitions in the autumn of 2015 and suspended trading of its stock while it restructured its assets. At the start of this year, reports came out of China that the company spent between $125 million to $155 million to acquire

Hangzhou Qijie Technology Co., Ltd., which markets chips for inkjet cartridges under the Chipjet brand along with the chemical color toner manufacturer Ningbo Flexitone New Material Co. Hubei Dinglong also acquired Shenzhen Chaojun Technology Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of plastic injection molded gears and other components. In addition to strengthening its components business with its newly acquired chips, parts, and chemical toner assets, Hubei Dinglong also purchased the veteran toner compatibles manufacturer Retech Technology International for an undisclosed amount. Established in Shenzhen in 2001, Retech markets new-build monochrome and color toner cartridges for a range of office equipment, including printers and copiers. The company is said to have more than 1,000 domestic dealers as well as large export customers including Russia’s NV Print. According to our research, by adding Retech, Hubei Dinglong jumps to the top of the list of China’s largest toner cartridge manufacturers in terms of revenue. Through its strategic M&A activity, Hubei Dinglong now has a broad product portfolio that allows it to pursue various markets both foreign and domestic with mono and color compatibles and remanufactured cartridges available at a range of price points. Vertically integrated with toner, chip, and component assets as well as with licenses to import empties, Hubei Dinglong can offer its finished cartridge companies access to low cost raw materials along with technical expertise and distribution networks inside and outside of China. It appears that investors in China like the strategy. Although shares continued to trade well below the high achieved in June 2015, share prices had improved by over 85 percent over the past 12-month period. As of this writing, shares were trading at near their 52-week high of CNY26.54 (USD3.98).

The Mouse That Roared

The most well-known company in the Chinese third-party supplies today

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China’s Third-Party Supplies Industry Consolidates as Firms Grow Through Acquisition is undoubtedly Apex Technology. Once familiar only to industry insiders, the Zhuhai-based chip maker was launched out of obscurity in April 2016 when it grabbed headlines as part of a consortium of Chinese investors seeking to acquire Lexmark International. Founded as the exclusive chip supplier to one of China’s largest third-party supplies manufacturers, Apex Microelectronics was spun off its parent, Ninestar Technology (also known as Zhuhai Seine Technology Co., Ltd.), in 2004. After the spin-off, Apex quickly became a leading chip supplier to the domestic Chinese aftermarket industry and then to third-party supply companies worldwide. By 2007, the company was producing up to 10 million chips per month.

Apex’s sister company Ninestar occupies a new sprawling factory in Zhuhai, China

Like Hubei Dinglong, Apex is a public company with shares trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code 002180). It had a market cap of CNY31.7 billion (USD4.7 billion) as of this writing. Rather than participating in an initial public offering, Apex went public by leveraging its acquisition of Zhuhai Wanlida Electric Co., an electrical equipment manufacturer listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2007. Prior to Apex’s ownership, the share price fell to a low of CNY2.73 (USD0.41) in 2008 and reached a high of CNY40.73 (USD6.10) when the Shenzhen peaked in June 2015, which was after Apex’s 2014 Wanlida acquisition. Unlike Hubei Dinglong’s domestic “roll-up” program, Apex seems to be

looking to grow outside of the People’s Republic and to do it in a grand fashion. The firm’s first large purchase was the May 2015 acquisition of its main rival, Sanford, NC-based Static Control Components. At the time, Reuters reported the U.S. firm was acquired through a “$63 million cash deal.” The acquisition was thought to have more than doubled Apex’s annual revenue. During the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014, Bloomberg Business reported Apex’s revenue totaled CNY478.1 million (USD71.74 million). Reports out of China including one on the Chinese-language site, indicated that Static Control’s total revenue in 2014 was approximately $194 million down about 18 percent from $237 million in 2013. In addition to eliminating its largest competitor’s business, Apex gained a greater foot print in North and South America. As audacious a move as it was for Apex to gobble up its larger rival, the Static Control acquisition is nothing compared to Apex’s bid to take over Lexmark. Less than a year after the Static Control merger, a consortium of Chinese investors led by Apex, PAG Asia Capital, and Legend Capital announced plans on April 19, 2016 to acquire the printer OEM. The group proposed an all-cash transaction valued at $40.50 per share or $3.6 billion, a premium well over Lexmark’s market cap at the time of about $2.2 billion. Although the deal is still under regulatory review, Lexmark’s board unanimously approved the acquisition and the company said that the vast majority also gave a thumbs-up to the purchase. Apex investors also seem to like the deal and share prices had nearly doubled year-on-year as of this writing. The sale is expected to be approved by the end of 2016. In addition to the high-profile M&A activity that Apex has initiated in the United States, Ninestar, which continues to hold 68.7 percent of Apex’s voting

shares, is rumored to have made its own major acquisition in China—perhaps more than one. Since the recession, many major third-party supplies vendors have moved away from ink cartridges as the consumer market has declined, but not Ninestar. After falling behind its largest Chinese competitor, Zhuhai National Resources & Jingjie Imaging Products, Ninestar’s ink cartridge business rallied last year and clawed back enough global market share to make Ninestar the number one Chinese ink cartridge manufacturer in 2015 in terms of revenue. Late in 2015, we began to hear persistent rumors that Ninestar acquired National Resources’ ink cartridge business. Many that I’ve spoken with in China say the acquisition of National Resources is a done deal and rumors are now circulating that Ninestar has acquired other rival ink cartridge firms. Although the firm may now be the largest third-party ink cartridge manufacturer in the world, Ninestar has remained tight-lipped.

Expect More M&A Action

Other Chinese companies appear to be looking to replicate the success enjoyed by Hubei Dinglong and Apex. In August, I learned that Suzhou Goldengreen Technologies (SGT), China’s largest OPC drum manufacturer, was raising capital through its initial public offering (IPO) on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Last year, SGT took a majority stake in the retail refilling shop franchiser, Cartridge World. Presumably, SGT felt that it could supply the hundreds of Cartridge World stores around the globe with drums as the shop franchisees remanufacture toner cartridges. With a market cap of CNY6.57 billion (USD985.90 million), SGT is the poor relation compared to Hubei Dinglong and Apex. Regardless, I think the firm has the potential to make some key acquisitions within China, where it’s currently a buyer’s market for those looking to snap up a third-party supplies company or two. With its Cartridge World stores, SGT has a readymade channel for any finished cartridges it can bring to market. continued on page 35

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China’s Third-Party Supplies Industry Consolidates as Firms Grow Through Acquisition While publicly traded firms have deep pockets and can purchase larger assets, there are closely held companies that are also growing through acquisition. Print-Rite makes a great example. Years ago, Print-Rite acquired Nukote’s ICMI toner manufacturing assets in Zhuhai to vertically integrate its toner cartridge operations. More recently, the firm purchased the manufacturing assets of a Xerox toner plant in the U.S. and moved it to Zhuhai. That factory opened in 2011 and Print-Rite claims that it is now the largest toner facility in China. In addition to the toner manufacturing assets, in 2010 Print-Rite bought the assets of what was once Germany’s premier OPC manufacturer, AEG, which allows the firm to market toners and drums that have been “tuned” to work in concert with each other. Over the past five years, Print-Rite’s toner and drum business has

become an important source of revenue for the firm. Although it will be limited, there may also be opportunities for non-Chinese firms looking to purchase third-party supplies firms in China. That’s what happened to Huatai Computer Consumable, a well-established ink cartridge refiller that opened in Shanghai in 2000. Also known as Menston Limited, the company markets supplies under the Vivi Color brand. In November 2014, Gradum International Limited, the Hong Kong subsidiary of Digital Revolution BV, which is based in the Netherlands and hosts ecommerce sites across Europe, acquired the Huatai Computer Consumable company. Presumably, other Western firms with assets in Hong Kong and other major Chinese cities may seek to follow Digital Revolution’s example. Larger, more efficiently run third-parWe Saw It In ENX Magazine

ty supplies vendors resulting from the consolidation of the Chinese aftermarket industry are destined to impact markets around the world. In the end, however, I don’t see one large giant firm emerging from the East, like we saw with Clover in the U.S. Rather I think several large vendors will ultimately dominate the Chinese industry. These firms will have the wherewithal to manage complex supplies chains and meet the demands of large, multi-national channel partners. As I noted above, however, these are still earlier days so it will be a while before we reach anything like stasis. Which firms will be the big winners is anyone’s guess. But firms such as Hubei Dinglong, Apex and Ninestar have already disrupted the hierarchy in the Chinese industry and other firms will undoubtedly emerge over the next year or two that will further rearrange the pecking order. ♦

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BEI Services: Improving Service Department Performance & Profitability Introduces REACH Leadership Development Academy

M Jack Duncan


any dealerships are exploring managed network services and other avenues to reach deeper into their customer base. Many of these projects require significant investments as dealers ramp them up, putting a drain on net profits. Equipment sales can go up and down, which leaves supplies and service as the “biggest horse pulling the wagon,” as Jack Duncan, Director of REACH at BEI Services, puts it. BEI sells equipment and service performance benchmarking software. “This drain on profits makes it critical that we extract as much productivity and proficiency as possible from our service departments,” said Duncan. “It is imperative that we have a system to judge who our best technicians are as well as which can be coached into greatness. Team members who manage field technicians must become mentors and coaches to help their teams improve both productivity as well as their proficiency. Things such as first-call effectiveness, gross and net calls per day, and hold-for-parts percentages become even more critical elements in building a successful service organization.” Far too often the “best tech” gets promoted with little or no regard as to whether or not he or she can succeed in that role, let alone have any management training that may be needed. Just as the best salesman may not be the best sales manager, the same holds true for technicians. Managing mobile employees is a unique situation due to the fact that when they are doing what | October 2016

you pay them to do, you cannot see what they are doing. “Because of their technical skills, these newly promoted (and oftentimes not just newly promoted) individuals’ comfort zone when things get busy is their toolkit,” said Duncan. “Therefore, they begin simply shuffling calls among techs and taking the calls that no one else can fix. This is directly opposed to what we really need them to do, which is grow and improve the performance of their team members.” The fact that these promoted technicians might now manage people who had been their peers as technicians could also create some uncomfortable situations, he added. The toolkit of effective field supervisors or field service managers should be their teams of technicians. Their job should be to share the talents and training that made them successful with their team members. To be successful in that job, Duncan believes that field supervisors and field service managers must have a system of measurement that can be supported and can accurately measure strengths and opportunities for their team members. Trending should be used to identify areas of improvement and progress being made. Expectations should be set and held accountable for, as well as goals for improvement. Goals should be attainable and negotiated with the tech to gain agreement. Ride days and field audits are critical, as are monthly coaching sessions where they need to both give and receive feedback. When performance is below expectations, an action plan should be developed We Saw It In ENX Magazine

and consequences made known to the employee in writing to insure HR compliance. Monitoring start and end times for each technician or accountable time is important in determining manpower required to meet response times and other expectations. “It is accepted that we need 85% of a technician’s time spent traveling to or at a customer’s office working on equipment,” said Duncan. “When that time decreases, it may be necessary to see why. It may simply be the geography of their territory causing longer-than-normal return home trips or improper time recording, but it must be investigated.” Building optimized territories is another factor that can lower travel time, but considerations should also be given for where the technician will start and end their day from. You must also take into consideration the technician’s ability to properly service and maintain the models assigned to them. “If your data shows they are struggling with a particular model machine, why should you assign them to that technician until you help them improve their performance on them?” said Duncan. “Using a technician’s current statistics for mean time and copies between calls is important in establishing the demand time needed to run that territory. The hours required can change drastically based on these factors either up or down. While one technician may be at 120% of demand time, another may only be at 80%. Specializing technicians on fewer models or types of equipment can be helpful as they will have more experience on the machines they continued on page 38


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easy to see visual using graphs, and I am now able to identify, address, and track the progress of every tech in the state in minutes. The techs no longer argue about what the numbers mean, but now they find themselves with clear goals that they are able to use to improve themselves into great techs!” Duncan said that BEI has established the REACH (Respect, Expectations, Accountability, Coaching and Humility) Leadership Development Academy to address these issues while not being just another exercise in benchmarking. Courses offered include REACH Level One – Managing Mobile Employees and Level Two for those with departmental responsibilities. Inventory & Logistics has been designed to teach the skills needed to increase inventory efficiency while minimizing losses due to obsolescence.

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The Question Is, “What Am I Doing Wrong?”


ne of the things I truly love is repairing broken things. Often when my wife needs to blow off steam, she’ll preface her comments with, “I don’t need you to fix it, I just need you to listen,” because she knows I will tackle anything for a solution! Every week, dealers fire off questions that are absolutely the reverse of my wife’s request. They want me to fix it, and want brilliance and great answers. A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a friend who owns an office technology business, as he walked up to the restaurant table I asked him, “How’s it going?” He replied, “Charles, where do you find real talent?” I asked him, “What do you mean?” He said, “I’ve been hiring college graduates because I can’t afford experienced sales people, where do you find real talent, Charles!” He used my first name twice in like ten seconds so I knew he was serious. I jumped right into my sales process and asked a probing question, “How are your college graduates working out for you?” He said, “Not good, I don’t think a single one of them has ever been told NO and when they’re rejected they crash and burn!” He said, “I need you to

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tell me where do I find real talent and what I am doing wrong!” I continued with my probing, “What percentage of your team is actually hitting quota?” He asked, “Consistently?” I said, “Yes!” He replied, “One maybe, others do hit quota, but only one consistently!” I asked him, “Why do you think most of your reps are failing?” He said, “That’s a question I’m counting on YOU to answer!” The question, “What am I doing wrong?” has got to be the most popular question I’m asked. Even though I face that question constantly, it’s always asked regarding a thousand different issues from a thousand different points of view. When I hear that question, it’s like an alarm going off as it almost always means that “business as usual” is running the business. Do you get my drift? In today’s business climate, you can’t run your business the oldschool way. As fast information is coming and how quickly technology changes, there is no way you can run your business with a “business as usual” mentality! His question isn’t really where do you find good sales people, because they’re out there. A better question might be, “What can I possibly do to attract, afford and execute a successful sales organization?” When I probed further, I found out that the most consistent sales rep had been around so long that he’d sucked up all of the lease renewals and had enough to make quota each month. Can we say, “Farmer?” Honestly, it’s easier to tell someone what they’re doing wrong when you’re looking from We Saw It In ENX Magazine

the outside in and you’re not emotionally attached to the situation. Why didn’t he say, “I’ve had 20 come and gone sales reps in the last year and most of them were college graduates?” Why didn’t he come to the conclusion that spending 200k on reps who were gone or failing was exposing a flaw in his methodology? He’s too close to the business and is letting business as usual run unchecked! CONSULT WITH SOMEONE FROM OUTSIDE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING, TO ASSESS YOUR FAILURE POINTS! Sometimes it’s the person that created the mess who simply doesn’t have the ability to fix the mess. If you have everything invested in your business, like your emotions, your pride and your habits, most likely the business is the way it is because you made it that way. Usually when someone asks, “What am I doing wrong?” there are three significant contributors causing the overwhelming situation: their comfort level, accountability, and failure to change. One of the most popular obstacles I face is the comfort level of a business owner. They have long passed the 12-hour days and the blood, sweat, and tears they once gave to build their business. Not many things disturb their quality of life objectives. The problem is that technology, competition, and the overall speed of business today don’t care about their quality of life. The “quality of life syndrome” affects everyone in the business and can kill a business’ ability to implement necessary continued on page 41

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The Question Is, “What Am I Doing Wrong?” and timely improvements due to the lack of responsiveness. That kills morale! The second thing is accountability; this is where everyone brings up the sales reps being accountable to the business. But I consider the owner’s accountability as paramount. The owner should be accountable to everyone they employ for the success of his or her business. That means, they’re the thought leader and should be on top of their game as to how their business finds success. MORE THAN ANYTHING this is the most popular business illness I find and it’s deep down in the bones. Simple medicine doesn’t cure it. My father used to say, “Your habits will bear you out,” and that is so true. If you’ve moved from the fast lane to the quality of life lane, everyone in your company will act accordingly. You are accountable to lead them and make appropriate timely decisions. If you have a slow to act, non-responsive owner at the top, you most likely

will have significant turnover and the lack of accountability is probably already present throughout the organization. Like the U.S. Marines always say, “Improvise, adapt and overcome!” there is great business value in that phrase. I would never tell you that achieving a great quality of life is wrong or even a bad idea. I would tell you that if you are the captain of your ship, you are responsible for all of your shipmates. They trust you to navigate correctly and to keep the ship off of the rocks. So be the captain and be accountable to your team. What was my friend doing wrong? Was hiring college graduates in itself, wrong? No, but hiring the wrong college graduate would be. The part that I didn’t mention was that he also has reached that quality of life stage and the business is almost an interruption. He’s tired, tired of being the competitive engine for his ship, and the college graduates he’s been

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hiring were easy to find, eager to nail their first job and were ready to come to work the next day. But there are so many things out of alignment in his business that the college graduates are really the least of his worries. He is still running an old-school hardware shop with one manager over 12 reps, which isn’t really driving any accountability. They haven’t identified their path to the future and they have no idea who their best target is. They tout that they’re a “technology provider” and sell managed services on their website but have yet to share a value proposition with the reps. The sales compensation is confusing and they’re pushing MPS but only really pay on hardware. There’s no marketing going on and the sales reps that are making quota are living in the renewal world. Eight of his sales slots are revolving doors and most stay on the payroll for 11 months. No wonder you’re tired! I meant, he’s tired! ♦

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Tom Callinan

Sales Briefing & Marketing News

What Is Your Definition of Cold Calling


work with a lot of great companies to help them improve their sales results. At one point in time I think many of these companies hired me as their consultant because I ran a business unit with 1,100 sales professionals and they thought I might have learned a thing or two in that experience, and they were correct. Today they hire me because I have a demonstrable record of success helping companies grow in my capacity as a consultant. But that does not mean they agree with everything I suggest and one of the most controversial suggestions I give is, “Stop cold calling,” in the traditional definition of the term, which to me means randomly knocking on doors. You cannot grow revenue without business development and my team has a lot of focus on ensuring our clients are doing enough in the business development area. So I certainly am not saying don’t focus on business development when I suggest they stop with the conventional cold calling. I also realize that there is pain in change and I am asking

for a great deal of change. One big change is the mental model that when a sales professional is in the office they aren’t engaged in selling time. After years of that concept being pounded into our heads that’s a tough one to change, but in my opinion and from my experience starting as a sales professional and working through many levels of management, I know that it simply isn’t true. I can remember, somewhat fondly, many times having breakfast at Denny’s (I guess it would be Starbucks’s today) with my fellow sales team members after being thrown out of the office. So from my perspective, “cold calling” is a term that is a proxy for business development. Everybody wants new customers so they tell the members of their sales team to go cold call. Back to my days as a front line copier rep—to snuff out any cynicism readers may have with my Denny’s reflection, so that they don’t dismiss my entire article on a poor hypothesis—I set the company record for sales in my fifth month, double the previous record, and I was sales rep of the

year my first full calendar year, and I was promoted to manager in July. So by July I had more revenue than any sales professional had in 12 full months. I wasn’t lucky, I didn’t stumble on some big deal and I wasn’t given one current customer. So how did I do it? I went to this training class offered by Minolta at that point and taught by their corporate trainer, a guy named Tony Codianni. I don’t remember how long the course was, something like a week but it might have only been three days, but what I do remember is Tony emphasizing cold calling, phone calls, and closing skills. I took the toolkit Tony gave me and went back and executed exactly as he laid it out. The other reps in the office would laugh at how fearless I was at cold calling and phone calling, and how disciplined I was at spending my time productively. That was 1984 and to give some perspective we were selling IBM typewriters, Panasonic memory typewriters, and Windows wasn’t invented until 1985. The technology world has changed substantially since then! So yes I cold called and became a highly successful sales professional in that time. And when I walked into that building in Philadelphia my goal was to identify every company in that building and to find the name of the decision maker in every one of those companies. My secondary goals were to try to get a peek at their copier to see what they were using and to develop a relationship with the receptionist, because the phone systems of continued on page 44

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What Is Your Definition of Cold Calling the day required that you go through the “switchboard” to get to the person you needed to talk to. So the four goals of cold calling at that time were: 1. Identify the companies in the building 2. Identify the decision maker in each company 3. Identify current copier 4. Develop relationship with the receptionist so when I called back she would transfer me to decision maker Let’s start with #4. Like the memory typewriter it’s an antiquated concept because all phone systems today have direct inbound dialing and every decision maker has their own number/extension. That doesn’t mean that if they are at the highest level of the organization that they don’t have an executive assistant that answers their phone line, but I don’t need to go through the receptionist any longer. Moreover, everybody has email today and they also have a cell phone, so I can email or text them directly. So we can eliminate #4 from our list of cold calling goals. I’m now going to move to #3. In 1984 there were different technologies in the copier product. Savin, who was a standalone company then before being acquired by Ricoh, used liquid toner and had trouble with some high cotton content letterhead. Some Canon products used cold fusing and if you tried to write on a copied page with a ballpoint pen the pen would clog up. Moreover, most of the manufacturers only had three or four products and product extensions—faster devices—were being introduced so you truly could “upgrade” somebody in speed, to a speed that wasn’t available in the past. And, companies were introducing technology advances, and I know this was a long time ago, so if they had a copier that didn’t have duplexing or an intelligent document feeder, normal features today, you wanted to know that so that when you called to speak to the decision maker you could say something like, “I know you have a Kodak copier; how do you copy your oversized documents,” when their device only copied 44 | October 2016

8.5X11. Today, unless you’re into the production space, all the devices have similar functionality. Therefore, not knowing what devices they have until the initial appointment does not affect your ability to get that appointment. Therefore, #3 is no longer applicable. We’ll now move to #1, identify the companies in the building. Back to the technology I sold in 1984, three copiers with the fastest speed being 30 CPM. The smallest copier I sold was a 12 CPM copier that literally had a moving platen. When I sold that copier I made a commission of about $400. When I sold a 30 CPM copier I made a commission of about $1,000, maybe if I hit a “home run” I earned a $1,500 commission. What this says is that everybody was a prospect, as I didn’t care what copier they bought from me since the commission range wasn’t significant. That’s not the case today. Through trial and error, I learned to walk right past the small dentist and doctors’ offices as they had one small copier and they always got four or five bids; I couldn’t make any money with these prospects. It made my day when I found a nice sized law firm in a building with four copiers. If you look at the most successful sales professionals in your organization today you’ll note that they have this same learned knowledge of the correct accounts to call on. Yet we don’t educate the new or struggling sales professional on the importance of calling on the correct accounts at the correct level. Rather we let them cold call and try to figure it out on their own. Today I can go to the local library and use a list service to search out those law firms, and every other vertical market I want to attack. In an hour I will know every law firm in my geographic territory with more than 15 employees; I will know every engineering firm with more than 20 employees; I will know every CPA with more than 15 employees. I could go on but you get the point. In one hour I’d have a list of the accounts in my geographic territory that have the highest revenue potential and that have the ability to buy all of the products and services

in my portfolio, from multiple copiers to document management, MPS, MNS, telephony and IT services. I don’t need to reinvent this list, as it is readily available with a little time in the local library. So now we come down to #2, identify the decision maker in the company. In our space, copiers, document management, MPS, MNS, IT services, and telephony, that decision maker is fairly clear and I will provide you who that is in four bullets: 1. If the company’s revenues are < $15 million it’s the owner 2. If < $40M it’s the owner or the CFO (in smaller companies they sometimes call this person the controller or VP of finance) 3. If < $80M it’s the CFO or CIO (in smaller companies sometimes called the VP of IT) 4. If > $80M it’s the CIO, VP of IT, or director of IT, and the bigger the company the farther down the scale of responsibility resides i.e., at $90M the CIO, at $300M the VP of IT, at $800M the director of IT Now that you know who to contact simply look them up on LinkedIn; you no longer need to go ask the receptionist, who more than likely doesn’t know the correct person and will provide you the name of who she calls when she has a technology issue, like a help desk manager. So physically cold calling not only doesn’t help you with #2 but may actually send you on fruitless business development efforts trying to get in touch with the wrong person at the company. As a sales professional you have to conduct business development every day. The most important thing you can do is to continue to add prospects to your pipeline. The revenue equation is simple: revenue = prospects X close ratio X average transaction size. What I am advocating is a refined approach to that prospecting that will increase your pipeline much faster than if you use the approach that made me successful in 1984, physically cold calling. It’s 2016, use a 21st century approach to business development and watch your revenue and earnings soar! ♦

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Service Excellence Platinum Award Winner News Briefing

Office Technology Service Excellence Award


Service First for Allen Business Machines Since 1953


very business owner strives to do more with less, increasing sales while paring back overhead. That’s difficult to do without stressing out employees or cutting quality of service. Office equipment dealer Allen Business Machines (ABM) has found a way to raise its service business productivity with the enthusiastic support of its technicians. Today, ABM is handling about 5 million more copies than it was 10 years ago while going from 10 to six technicians and maintaining a twohour response time. President and owner Dan Maucher attributes this achievement to a service-oriented company culture that began when his father Elmer started the company in 1953. “Dad always made a special effort toward the service side of the business, making sure that customers were responded to and taken care of,” said Maucher. “He didn’t like getting calls from customers that something wasn’t right. Even though he was a very nice guy, that was one thing that could really, really tick him off. I was brought up to very much respect the service side of the business.” That dedication to customer service is what earned ABM the BEI and ENX Magazine Office Technology Service

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Excellence Platinum Award. “My father actually bought a small dealership. He was in the Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict,” said Maucher. “He served on a repair ship, and they taught him the trade of repairing office equipment.” Elmer Maucher didn’t get much for the $600 he borrowed from an uncle to buy the business: some furniture, parts, and tools. “All of our service people, from our parts manager to our billing clerk, they actually care about our customers,” said Greg Wilbanks, service manager at ABM. “Our service techs know our customers by name.” He noted that a smaller family owned company can resolve problems quickly, and ABM has empowered its employees to escalate whatever they need to. “If they find any kind of an issue out there in the field, they can immediately come to me or go to Phil, Dan or whichever department head they need.” Today, ABM is a $6 million‑a‑year company serving a 100-mile radius of the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. Its main lines are sales and servicing of Sharp copiers and Kyocera printers. Schools and churches represent about 40 percent of ABM’s business. The company added office furniture and supplies about 10 years ago when sales for product lines like typewriters, calculators, and cash registers were declining. “Believe it or not, we’re still servicing typewriters for our customers,” said Maucher. ABM recently launched a managed services division using the Continuum platform. “Our copier revenue is growing marginally,” said Phil Koehl, controller at ABM. “Managed We Saw It In ENX Magazine

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network services is probably going to have the biggest growth potential, though it’s been a slow start. It’s an area we really want to grow, and at some point it will probably overtake the copier business.” “The amount that’s going to get printed will continue to decrease,” said Phil. “That was one of the driving factors for us to get involved with managed network services. It kind of offset the falling page output. It’s going to get tougher in that arena.” Whether in core or new business lines, growth for ABM will depend on the quality of the service it provides. “I started in the business back in 1980. The rule of thumb back then was you made money in your hardware and your supplies. If we could break even in service, we were doing well,” said Maucher. “Now it’s totally the opposite. With margins being compressed as everybody goes after each other, if you can make a little bit on the hardware and the supply, OK. Your money is made in service now.” “Our service techs are our frontline,” said Wilbanks. “They see our customers more than anyone. Our customers will talk to them more. They can get inside information that a sales guy just continued on page 48

Service First for Allen Business Machines Since 1953 can’t do, because the sales guy talks to them maybe once or twice a year. A service tech speaks with them all the time.” ABM’s service team is also a source for business leads. When they can, they drop off brochures at neighboring businesses. This is one way that ABM is getting the word out about its new managed network service program. “A lot of people don’t know we’re doing that,” said Wilbanks. “We’re using our service techs to educate our customers on what we do. It’s going to be a big help.” Service techs can earn lead fees of between $20 and $150. Wilbanks said the biggest challenge for his techs is keeping up with the changes in technology. “What a service tech does today is not anywhere near what it was 10 years ago. The service techs have to know so much more about IT work than they had to know before,” he said. “That’s been a challenge to some older guys who would rather just fix copiers and not worry about how the print works.” Turnover has not been a problem, said Wilbanks. The youngest technician has been with ABM for 10 years, and the longest 28. “We’re a small family business, and we treat them right. Dan pays our service guys and all of our employees profit sharing,” he said. “So they have a stake in whether we’re successful or not.” “We give them the ability to solve problems and act on their own,” Wilbanks added. “That’s huge. A lot of companies don’t do that. When they feel like they’re kind of like the boss, they like that.” Wilbanks also gives credit to BEI’s tech comp feature for the low turnover rate. “Our service techs like to make money,” he said. “When people retired, we have not had to replace them because our current staff is more than willing to do a little extra to try to pick up where the guy left them. They’re very eager to take on more copies. If that means they have to work a little extra, they will.” Wilbanks estimates that the productivity of his technicians has gone up by 50 percent since implementing BEI. “I saw the potential to get the technicians on board for reducing our parts usage,” said Phil, who introduced ABM to the BEI program. “Our parts usage was climbing at a pretty high percentage on an annual basis year over year. We saw

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a dramatic reduction in parts usage once we went on the program.” The BEI program incentivized the technicians to use the parts to their fullest extent. Instead of leaving a part in a machine if it didn’t fix the problem, they took it out. Phil estimates that parts usage declined by 20 percent in the first year of using BEI, compared to a 15 percent increase previously. Parts usage continued to decline for another five years before it stabilized. When ABM first implemented BEI, Wilbanks was one of the service techs. “I was fully on board with it, because our service manager at the time went back in the past and ran some numbers,” he said. “He showed how much money I would have made if I had done everything exactly the same. I was fully on board at that moment.” “A good 50 percent of our techs were totally against it,” said Wilbanks. “They were saying we’re shorting the customers on parts. We’re trying to do whatever we can to make more money. It’s not fair to the customer.” The other half of the team saw the value of it right away and started doing the total call procedure, said Wilbanks. “The techs that were against it are no longer here. It’s funny how they were the ones that weeded themselves out. They weren’t making the money and they were getting way more call backs.” Wilbanks said that ABM’s current service techs are taking full ownership of the machines for which they are responsible, but they are willing to help each other out. “If I need to put a part in your machine, I will. But you have to put a part in my machine when I need it,” he said.

ABM is looking at implementing BEI’s new tech assessments feature. “I can look and see if my territories are aligned properly. I can easily compare one tech to another tech on cost‑per‑copy and his mean copies between visits,” said Wilbanks. “I can see which tech I think is the best, and I can have that tech share information during meetings if, say, he’s got a little tip that can make something last 25 percent longer.” The purpose of tech assessments as ABM sees it is to identify best practices and match techs with jobs and clients that they are best able to handle. “If I see somebody that’s just way out of line, we sit down and talk about it,” said Wilbanks. “Sometimes it’s just a bad model.” ABM got a little customer pushback on the BEI program initially. “Some of the techs were telling the customer how bad a plan this was,” said Wilbanks. “It wasn’t long before the customers realized that none of that bad stuff was actually happening. People were doing a total call.” Under the previous plan, the goal was to fix the problem and get out. “It was putting out fires every day,” said Wilbanks. With a total call, the tech might put in a few more parts initially so the machines would run better, reducing the number of future visits. That drove down the cost per copy. “When our customers realized that, the tune changed,” he said. ABM asks its customers to complete a satisfaction survey after each call. This gives them the opportunity to rate the experience and make suggestions for improvement. “I was really afraid to send these things out,” said Maucher. continued on page 49

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Service First for Allen Business Machines Since 1953 “Usually it’s just a big chance to complain. Believe it or not, 92 percent of those surveys we get back from customers are all positive.” Maucher added that the company shares positive comments on the surveys with the service techs. “They feel proud about getting mentions,” he said. To keep improving customer satisfaction, ABM uses “seven or eight benchmarks that we look at religiously,” said Maucher. “We hit most of them, but not all the time. If we can be more consistent with certain numbers, that’s just going to improve us even more.” Sometimes a miss on the benchmarks is due to factors out of the service tech’s control, but Maucher said that it’s easy to identify them so it doesn’t reflect on the tech. The company’s service-oriented approach contributed to a 5 percent increase in sales for 2015. That came with a 2 percent drop in cost and a 2.5 percent increase in gross profit. Future growth might come from acquisitions, according to Maucher. “One of the things we’re probably going to look at is some type of IT company that has reached the point where they’re not going to see any growth.” He added that ABM is working on a couple of smaller acquisitions of other copier companies. “When I started in 1980, we had 52 employees,” said Maucher. “As of today we have 30, and we’re doing three times as much business. The efficiency has improved greatly around here. Are we perfect? No way. We can strive for it, though.” ♦ We Saw It In ENX Magazine

About the Dealership: 1. Owner and President: Dan Maucher 2. Controller: Phil Koehl 3. Service Manager: Greg Wilbanks 4. Number of Techs: 6 5. Number of Devices Serviced: 2,000+ Information provided by BEI 1. First Call Effectiveness: 59% 2. Hold for Parts Rate: 14% 3. Ranking: 16th overall of the 170 dealers OTSEA Platinum award winners rank in the top 25 of all dealers evaluated. The evaluations are based on Call Back percentage, Hold for Parts percentage, MCBV (Mean Copies Between Visits) and Technician Grading. Tech Grading encompasses Time Accountability and Time Management along with individual HP, CB and MCBV rates as well as parts expense as it relates to parts CPC compared to world stats.

October 2016 |


Ben Bounds

MPS Briefing News

Is Your MPS Business in Decline? Why?


came across an article a few months ago that really caught my attention. It mentioned a study that had been conducted by the Photizo Group regarding MPS client retention. The study showed that 1 in 3 customers are not renewing their MPS contract with their current vendor. Even more concerning is that they claim 1 in 5 are leaving MPS all together because they have seen no value in the service. NO VALUE IN THE SERVICE; that really struck a chord with me. Before getting into the SaaS business, I spent 10 plus years in the managed print business where I lived and breathed MPS. It was still a somewhat new concept when I started and we definitely didn’t always do the right thing in the beginning, but we learned from each mistake to help us be even better for the next customer. At the core it was pretty simple; Do Right by the Customer. The owners of the company were passionate about building relationships and pretty much structured their business around it. As a result, during my time there, we had an over 90% client retention rate within our MPS client base. Now you may be saying, “I’m in the building relationship business too!!!” If that is true, then your business at the very least should be holding steady. If it’s not, like many other dealers in this market, you may be missing a crucial piece to the MPS puzzle and that is what I want to talk about today. Since your company has decided to really get into the MPS game, you have done your best

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to create the right business structure to succeed. You’ve aligned yourself with the best supplies vendors out there, you have developed a clean process for order fulfillment, you have a dedicated staff that continually monitors the profit and loss of each contract, you’ve hired and trained the right sales staff to grow your MPS business, you have a great service team that has years of experience, yet your business is in decline. Why? What are you missing? Have you figured it out yet? No? OK, ask yourself, if I was the owner of a large law firm and ABC company came in and asked me if I knew what I was spending on print I, like most, wouldn’t be able to answer that question. So I listen to what ABC company has to say and they convince me to agree to have them conduct an assessment on my print environment. They bring in this big team and walk every inch of my building, they have interviews with my staff, they take inventory of all of my devices and supplies, they show me pictures and maps, they show me this impressive PowerPoint that addresses all of my challenges and make me feel like they really know what’s best for my company, and to top it off, they don’t ask me to buy anything… What!!! All they ask is that I let them manage my print environment and help reduce my costs. Wow! Sign me up!!! Does this sound familiar? If you have a substantial MPS business, I know it does. We’ve put all of this effort in showing We Saw It In ENX Magazine

people how great we are at MPS, how we are experts in the field and why we are the best fits for our clients. This is all needed to have a successful MPS business, so why is it in decline? It goes back to 1 in 5 saying that they see no value in the service. But wait, we’ve done all of this work and the customer was in awe of what we were able to show them and they begged us to help them. How is that not value? You’re right, partially. They wouldn’t have signed that contract if they didn’t see value in what you had to offer, BUT, what have you done since you activated their contract? This is a key missing piece to most MPS businesses and is why, I believe, customers are not renewing and leaving MPS all together. We do a fantastic job at showing them why they need us and then as soon as they sign on the dotted line, our sales people turn back into copier reps and are never seen or heard from again until six months left on the contract. Where’s the value? The value comes from what you do after the contract starts. My VP of Sales used to say, “Signing this contract is just the beginning of our partnership. Judge me on what I do for you from this point on.” He was and is correct. Your sales reps need to be trained on how to manage a MPS contract, not just sell one. They also have to be compensated to do so. That is another crucial missing piece to the puzzle but that is for another conversation. It really is pretty simple— show your customer that you follow through on what you say. continued on page 51

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Is Your MPS Business in Decline? Why? How do you do that? That too is pretty simple. Stay engaged with your client. The best way to do this is by having quarterly reviews, semi-annual reviews at the least if the customer is smaller. Be prepared and have compelling data, not only to support why you are their vendor, but also to give insight and guidance to make their environment even better and less expensive. This is a great opportunity to validate your original reason for being there and to show that your program is working, or isn’t working. Don’t be afraid to have that conversation with your client if your original program isn’t showing the results that you said it would. But also be prepared to show the changes necessary to get it on the right track. They will respect you for it and trust you even more. Are we showing value yet? Use the tools you have internally to analyze the contract and environment.

Bring with you ideas and recommendations on how to maximize their fleet of printers and where improvements are needed. This is also a great opportunity to increase your revenue by selling new gear. This step is just as important, if not more, as your initial presentation to win the business. That same team you had with you during your assessment should be with you during your review. Bring your service technician with you and let them give insight to the fleet. They know more about what’s going on there than you do. There’s so much value you can bring to your client when you just take the time to be their partner. You may be saying, “Ben, you’re not telling me anything I don’t already know.” I would reply, “You’re probably right so why aren’t you doing it?” If you want to see your MPS business continue to succeed and not stay in decline, do the work. Develop a plan on how to get it done and do it.

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Ken Edmonds

Service Management News Briefing

Optimizing Territory Management


ne of the biggest challenges that service managers face is that of territory management. This task is challenging because there is no standard pattern that will fit every dealer. The service manager has to balance a variety of factors to achieve optimum results.

Territory Management is a Necessity

In discussing this concept with dealers, most find that while they have territories, they need to improve their results. For the dealers thinking they don’t need to develop territories, I would recommend reconsidering that position. If you don’t, you will never achieve the optimum results you could with properly designed territories. I have heard service managers express concern with technicians developing a strong relationship with a customer and the potential risk that a technician will take customers with them when they leave. I will counter that a good technician-client relationship helps cement the client to the dealership. If properly nourished, the technician-client relationship can lead to additional sales opportunities. I remember having a discussion with a field supervisor at the time about the need for proper territory management. He explained that in his days as a technician, he would see technicians heading the opposite direction of the road he was traveling. Because of a first available dispatch philosophy, the technicians spent most of their day staring out the windshield instead of fixing the customers’ equipment. When I owned a dealership in El Paso, TX with two technicians, each one had a territory. 52 | October 2016

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to managing territories. Having them assigned to territories still reduced the technician’s travel time significantly and improved our response time.

Goals of Territory Management

The goal is to apply available resources in the most cost effective manner while achieving optimum customer satisfaction. This may sound complicated, but we are going to break it down to identify more clearly how you can do that. The available resources include your technicians, your parts, and your vehicles or mileage. Optimizing one of these often times will have a negative impact on one or more of the others. For example, if a technician’s territory has multiple vendors and models, the choice becomes to increase car stock or expect higher Hold for Parts (HP) calls. Restricting a technician’s territory to a single model would decrease car stock, but probably increase travel time. Our goal then is to balance all of these factors in a way that generates the best outcome. We will look at how you might approach this.

Organizational Options

We are going to look at some of the ways that you can organize technicians, looking for the effect each will have on your department. Each of the options has both positive and negative effects depending on your territory. We will also keep in mind that each territory has to be created in a way that acknowledges the technician’s limitation on how many copiers he can support, how much car stock his vehicle We Saw It In ENX Magazine

can hold and how much training you are willing to provide.

By manufacturer

For dealerships with a reasonably compact geographic area, this is probably the first choice. By dividing the technical staff into teams that support one product line, training is simplified since they only need to train on a single product line. This allows them to develop more expertise and become more efficient.

By segment

For this to be truly effective, the territory needs to be compact geographically. If the territory is compact enough, you may be able to arrange the territory by both manufacturer and by segment. This allows the most effective use of parts and training. This method will also generate the highest possible proficiency in the technicians since they work on fewer models. For dealers where it is not possible to align the territories based on model and segment, aligning them based on segment is another choice. One good example is separating out production print into a separate territory. In most cases, the clients will have certain common workflows, similar expectations and similar issues. While increasing the car stock and training requirements, the technician’s skill set may improve, or at least be maintained because he spends his day in the production environment.

By geography

One of the most common ways for dealers to organize territories is by geography. This is especially necessary where a dealership has territories that include significant rural areas. In many cases this may be the

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Optimizing Territory Management only option for some areas. This method though requires the most training and the most car stock items, while reducing the travel time component. For most dealerships, a combination of all of these options will be required to achieve the optimum results.

Tools to Help

There are several options when it comes to tools for arranging territories. The simplest is your existing service software and Excel. If you can extract the following information for each client and import it into Excel, you can then use the features of Excel to sort and group the equipment: Manufacturer





Monthly Volume

With the data loaded, you can start to use the sort and filter tools to try and find a logical method to group your equipment. If you divide the number of

copies per month under contract by the number of technicians, that gives you the average monthly volume per technician. Using that number you could sort your machines by manufacturer, then by zip. Using that data, it becomes easy to group zip codes together to make territories with the approximate average monthly volume per tech in each territory. By changing your sort method, you base your territories on the criteria that are important to you. BEI Services also has a territory mapping tool, and it provides a much more automated process. Some of the other consultants in our industry provide similar services.

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click volume by model in each territory to determine the initial car stock levels for their parts. If you divide the monthly volume by model in a territory by the average yield of the parts in the car stock, you will have a good initial starting point. As you monitor the parts causing an HP call you can then adjust the value up or down. With this tentative territory map you can also review each technician’s training to make sure that it matches the assigned models.

An Ongoing Process

Once you have completed the initial territory assignments, you will want to periodically review and adjust the territories based on the team’s performance. You may find that some technicians have more machines than they can effectively support and others have spare capacity. I would recommend that this be done semi-annually at least, so that you can make changes as the equipment population changes. ♦

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Five Biggest Mistakes Made in Hiring and Utilizing Your Attorney


n my most recent article, I discussed the need for building your Dream Team of advisors to help you with buying or selling your business. One of the most critical members of your Deal Dream Team is your attorney. Hiring the proper attorney for your transaction, and utilizing his/her services and advice properly, can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful transaction. Based on CFA’s 60+ years of transaction history, we have extensive experience working with all types of attorneys. Furthermore, through my own participation as the only non-lawyer in the International Business Law Consortium (www., I have been afforded a unique perspective into how attorneys and their firms are best selected and utilized in a variety of transaction types. My experience working with attorneys allows me to share with you the Five Biggest Mistakes Clients Make When Hiring An Attorney. 1. Lowest Price Does Not Necessarily Mean Lowest Cost. Often when our clients ask for a referral to an attorney, they are concerned about fees. Just as often, these same clients are more worried about cost than quality, assuming all attorneys are alike. Unfortunately, the hourly rate (or total project cost) quoted by the attorney(s) you interview may not directly correlate to the quality of work/service provided. Attorneys in larger markets (New York, Boston, Chicago, DC, LA) typically charge much higher rates than lawyers in slightly smaller markets (Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Omaha, Portland). Furthermore, while one transactional attorney may have a higher quoted hourly rate than another, he/she may be more efficient and will be able to get the work done in less time. Time and again, we have seen experienced attorneys accomplish a task in half the time of their less experienced colleagues, thus reducing the overall

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cost of their services. Accordingly, higher rates do not always lead to higher costs. It is also important to remember the more complex the transaction and the more “moving parts,” the higher your legal bill. 2. No Relevant Experience. The following quote may terrify the other members of your Deal Dream Team: “My (brother/sister/child/ fraternity brother/next-door-neighbor) is an attorney, he/she will be happy to work on this transaction for me.” Yes, any attorney who has passed the Bar exam is allowed to work in any area of the law, but you are wise to hire an attorney who has significant, and relevant, transactional experience. An analogy we often use is: Imagine a situation where a loved one (your child, your spouse, your parent) sustained a serious head injury. Would you entrust their care to a heart surgeon or a dermatologist? Of course not! You would seek the services of the best neurologist you could find. So why would you retain an attorney to guide you through a complex M&A transaction who does not have relevant experience? 3. No Bench Strength. Deals today are very complex and getting even more complex by the day. Whereas 20 years ago the simplest asset sale could be completed with a 10 page Definitive Purchase Agreement, today, the Agreement for the same deal would have 10 pages of definition of terms! When interviewing an attorney for your transaction, it is important to determine the strength of his/her entire firm. Given the complexity of deals, it is impossible for one attorney to be an expert in all aspects of a deal; they will need to call upon their colleagues in the firm to support them in the specific disciplines in which he/she is less familiar. We have seen situations where our clients insist on using the services of their local, one-man law firm. These hardworking professionals can do a great job, but they can be We Saw It In ENX Magazine

overwhelmed by the transaction. Make sure your legal team is up to the task or you risk getting outmaneuvered in the deal. 4. Only Hiring Local. Given the preponderance of technology used in business today, the days of having to hire a lawyer in your backyard are gone. Furthermore, because of technology, it is rare indeed for opposing counsel in transactions to meet face-to-face anymore. Of course, the attorney you use must be cognizant of the laws of your local jurisdiction, but at least in the USA, a sharp attorney in Kansas City can close transactions across the country. Hiring an attorney from a lower-cost region can provide you the opportunity to retain a top-flight firm at a lower overall cost. Also, if you live/work in a smaller market, looking outside the region may provide you with a larger pool of experienced M&A attorneys from which to choose. 5. Not Trusting Your Instincts. Hiring and retaining a transactional attorney is a personal experience. You will be spending a great deal of time speaking with and listening to this person. While they do not have to be your best friend, you do have to trust and respect them and their opinions and counsel. Too often, we see clients who hire their attorney for all the wrong reasons (most often price/cost driven). If you do not genuinely like and trust the person you are contemplating hiring, your experience will be poor and you will not be satisfied with your attorney’s work. If you are successful in your business, you have been successful because of your ability to make difficult decisions. Hiring an attorney is not an easy decision, so you have to take proper precautions to make the right decision, including putting faith in your ability to listen to your “inner voice” and trust your intuition. ♦

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eplacing the webs in the fuser cleaning web cartridges is one way to reduce your supplies cost when running these marvelous 4110 style copiers. It’s a fairly simple repair really. The first time you’re working on one, you might be uncertain after it’s taken apart exactly which way the web needs to be routed when you put it back together. This article will help serve to illustrate exactly how these go back together, to shorten the learning curve a bit. First we’ll talk a bit about the part numbers for the web cartridges, and the commercially available aftermarket parts involved. Also we’ll see how the machine knows when the web is done. Next we’ll take one of these babies apart in our rebuild procedure. Finally, we’ll go over the simple web reset procedure. Here’s one very nice thing about these web cartridges: the

fuser web/cleaning cartridges remain unchanged throughout the years for this style of machines. Copiers from any of the three families—4110 family (4110 / 4590 / 4595), 4112 family (4112 / 4127), and D125 family (D95 / D110 / D125 / D136)—can use any of the following interchangeable part numbers: 008R13042, 008R13085, 008R13000, or 108R00976. Likewise, this means the webs themselves (4110FW) and the web pinch rollers (4110FWPR) are interchangeable throughout the style as well. Usually the pinch roll is ok for a second cycle, but the web itself should always be replaced rather than trying to rewind it. The machine does have a “web count” which allows it to warn the operator when it thinks it’s running low on web material, but the system isn’t perfect. If the customer running the machine

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runs all long pages (11x17 for example), it can run to the end of the web physically before the count is up. In those cases there may not be any warning that the web cartridge will need to be replaced soon. When it comes to the end of the web, the OEM web pulls clean off the end of the metal supply shaft. There is a pair of spring-metal contact arms riding on the supply end of the web roll, and once the web is gone, both of these make contact with the metal supply shaft. This completes a circuit designed to warn the machine that the web is completely out, triggering a hard stop to help protect the heat roll and also the web pinch roll. The newest generic replacement webs we have seen only recently, also have the ability to pull all the way off the metal shaft, which is a great improvement over the earlier products that were out there. Earlier generic webs were made with the web material glued to the metal supply shaft. On those, the web material would tear off, rather than coming off the shaft. The machine would not know the web was out, so the web pinch roll would get ruined, making it necessary to replace both the web and the pinch roll in those cases.


1. Remove the rear gear plate (two screws: 5.5mm nut driver or #2 Philips head). Watch out! The gears can fall off easily once the plate

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Photo #5: New web in place: from supply roll, under metal bar, over pinch roll & under take-up shaft.

6. Slide all of the gears back into position, except for the web drive gear, and make sure all the bushings stay in place in the rear frame. Rotate the web’s take-up/drive shaft to remove any slack from the web material and then slide the web drive gear onto the take-up/drive shaft. 7. Reinstall the rear gear plate with its two screws and rotate the web drive gear on the take-up shaft of the web counterclockwise for several full rotations, to make sure the web material and all of the gears are turning nicely.

Photo #1: Gears (shown without rear gear plate)

is off. See photo #1 to see how the gears are arranged. 2. Remove the web drive gear (from the rear end of the web’s “D” shaped take-up shaft), and the first double idler gear nearest the web drive gear. Also remove the web supply gear (that one has a one-way bearing inside of it to keep the supply roll from turning backwards), and finally remove the three rear bushings (plastic bearings): one from the web’s supply shaft, one from the web’s drive shaft, and the third from the web pinch roll. 3. Remove the old web and web pinch roller (a blue or orange foam roll in the middle). Check the condition of the web pinch roller. If it has flat spots or it’s deformed or damaged, replace it. If it’s still in good condition, it may last a second cycle.

new web under the metal support bar at an angle (see Photo #4). Once it’s through, raise the take-up shaft out of the way, so you have room to install the web pinch roller. Note that the web pinch roller needs to be underneath the web material (see Photo #5). Install the web pinch roll in its front bushing and slide the rear bushing into position in the metal frame to retain the rear end. 5. Next, install the web’s supply roll and take-up roll shafts into their front bushings, and slide the rear bushings into place in the rear frame to hold the shafts properly.


Now as to how to reset the web count and get the machine running again, this is done by pressing the “9” and the “Stop” button simultaneously. The machine will ask if you just replaced the web cartridge and you’ll choose “yes” and that resets the web count. Piece of cake! That about covers it. Happy web repairs folks! Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. ♦

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