Cartridge World Attracts Former Retail Managers

Big Box Store Closings Create Job Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

SPRING GROVE, Ill. - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As major office supply retailers such as Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax announce the closing of hundreds of stores around the nation, former managers of these locations are finding new, greener pastures in the office product industry. Cartridge World, the world's leading retailer of eco-friendly printer cartridges and printing solutions, is providing office supply professionals an opportunity to stay in the industry - and become their own boss.

The international franchisor, with 1,200 global stores in 50 countries, has seen a surge in interest from those looking to operate their own Cartridge World business. Former retail managers, such as Wiley Dempsey, operated an Office Depot for nearly 15 years before joining Cartridge World. "When one door closed, another opened at Cartridge World," said Dempsey.

"The transition from a big box store to Cartridge World was surprisingly easy. When I joined the company, I had all the experience of working in a similar industry. With Cartridge World, I was able to specialize on the printing services market," added Dempsey, owner of Cartridge World in Montgomery, Alabama. He said printing supplies are an $80 billion industry and Cartridge World was an ideal opportunity. "Every business and home uses printers and printing supplies. Unlike at the superstore, I was able to focus on and become the local printing expert. We can recommend printers and cartridges for every customer that saves money with every copy."

With more than 30 new Cartridge World signings and openings around the nation this year, Dempsey's business aspirations are shared by many. The familiarity of business-to-business selling and the office product industry give ex-big box managers an immediate advantage to succeed.

"While Cartridge World franchisees come from a variety of backgrounds, those with proven office supply experience have an ideal background in the printing supplies industry," said William Swanson, North American CEO of Cartridge World. "We look for the best partners. And we open doors for professionals looking to put their networking, sales and customer service skills to use, and who want to succeed through franchising."

Earlier this year, Entrepreneur Magazine named Cartridge World among the country's Top 100 franchises. Cartridge World is an SBA-approved franchise – which makes getting an SBA-backed loan easier and quicker. Plus, Cartridge World encourages franchise ownership by veterans through providing a special 15 percent franchise fee discount. For more information about Cartridge World's franchise opportunities, please visit CartridgeWorld.com.

About Cartridge World

Cartridge World is the leading ink and toner retailer and franchisor in the $80 billion printer cartridge industry. The company sells printers, paper, printing supplies and services, and uses state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to build high quality ink and toner cartridges. Cartridge World stores provide a tremendous cost-saving alternative to buying new printer cartridges, offering up to a 30-percent discount over full-priced cartridges. Cartridge World also offers a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee and free delivery to business customers. Ranked in the Top 100 franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine and #79 on Franchise Direct's Top 100 Global Franchises for 2014 , Cartridge World has more than 1,200 retail locations in over 50 countries. For information about Cartridge World products or franchise opportunities, visit www.CartridgeWorld.com.

SOURCE Cartridge World

Contacts: 

Thomas McLaughlin
Cartridge World
Director of Marketing
815.321.4400
tmclaughlin@cartridgeworld.com

Julianne Kennelly
Fishman PR
847.945.1300 Ext. 239
jkennelly@fishmanpr.com

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