Products seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank” available now at Staples
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 7, 2015--
Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is teaming up with “Shark Tank” and
entrepreneur and inventor Lori Greiner to help make more innovation
happen for small businesses. To inspire and help entrepreneurs, Staples
and Greiner offered expert advice and knowledge at a business panel in a
Staples store in New York City.
Shark Tank's Lori Greiner, right, and Staples' Alison Corcoran discuss innovation and how to launch a product at a small business panel hosted by Staples, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in New York. For the first time, Staples is selling Shark Tank products created by entrepreneurs featured on the show. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Staples/AP Images)
The event coincided with the debut of products featured on ABC’s “Shark
Tank” television show on Staples.com
and in select Staples stores. The successful entrepreneurs behind the
products will be featured during three episodes of ABC’s “Shark Tank”
starting April 10.
“At Staples, we’re dedicated to helping our small business customers by
providing everything they need to make innovation happen in their
business, whether it’s the latest new products, essential services or
advice and insight,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North
American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Together with ABC’s
“Shark Tank” and Lori Greiner, we’re excited to highlight these
successful entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank” and provide insights from Lori
based on her experience and success.”
“I’m thrilled to team up with Staples and share my insight and advice to
help small businesses across the country,” said Lori Greiner. A believer
that if you are successful you should give back, Greiner is pleased to
have the chance to help Staples’ small business customers with business
After witnessing several small business owners pitch their products and
services on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” here are Lori’s must-know tips for
A good business idea or product is something that people need and
want, solves a problem, can be made at an affordable price, and is
unique or different to what else is on the market.
When starting out don’t overspend on things that aren’t important,
like a fancy office, hiring a bunch of employees etc. In the beginning
you need to stay lean and mean, do what you can yourself, hire
prudently or outsource small jobs and use local services like Staples.
When trying to get financial backing: make sure you have a good
business plan, not just numbers. Show your whole plan on how they’ll
get their money back. Don’t give away too much equity.
Packaging is SO important, if it’s not right, it can kill your product
right out of the gate.
To read an exclusive interview with Greiner and see the selection of
“Shark Tank” products featured at Staples visit: www.staples.com/sharktankproducts
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the
company’s innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers
more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates
throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New
Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
About “Shark Tank”
“Shark Tank,” the critically-acclaimed reality show that has
reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally
defining series. The recipient of the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding
Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show is in its sixth
season on the ABC Television Network.
In 2012 and 2013, “Shark Tank” received Emmy nominations for Outstanding
Reality Program. Additional recognitions include two Summer Television
Critics Association (TCA) nominations for Outstanding Achievement in
Reality Programming (winning in 2013), three Critics Choice Award
nominations for Best Reality Series (winning in 2014), and three
Producers Guild Award nominations.
Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of
“Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format
created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. “Shark Tank” is
produced by United Artists Media Group in association with Sony Pictures
The hit unscripted series reached its milestone 100th episode in
November 2014, and continues to be a ratings force, regularly finishing
as Friday night’s No. 1 series. Season to date, “Shark Tank” is drawing
an average audience of 8.5 million viewers (including all available
“Shark Tank” has spawned a companion series, “Beyond the Tank,” which
follows entrepreneurs after the deals are done, and will air on ABC at a
future date. It is also produced by United Artists Media Group in
association with Sony Pictures Television.
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Source: Staples, Inc.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405