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DSI Systems last week held its first Vendor Summit, drawing more than 100 account executives and senior managers to DSI's home base in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lexmark International has added Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, InkStop, MicroCenter and Fry's to its distribution footprint. Products going to these retailers include the Professional Series line of printers and all-in-ones (AIOs) for the small office/home office (SOHO) and small and medium business (SMB) markets.

The foundations for living a three-generation legend By Janet Pinkerton The Blumkin family is the stuff of business legends, a three-generation story of force of will and business savvy that reaches back to Tsarist Russia and still thrives on a Nebraska Furniture Mart's 77-acre campus in Omaha. The NFM dynasty begins with Rose Blumkin, a Russian emigrant to the United States who founded the business as a furniture store in an Omaha basement in 1937 with $500 borrowed from her brother. Before she died in August 1998 at the age of 104, she would check on the store daily—by phone or in person—to see

When Rose Blumkin opened the Nebraska Furniture Mart in 1937, she had little idea it would evolve into one of the greatest stories of midwest retailing. Mrs. Blumkin, just now retired at age 104, must look around the 72-acre campus that makes up the Furniture Mart--Mrs. B's Basement and Mega Mart, the electronics superstore that opened on the site in November, 1994--and marvel at how things have evolved. Owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway investment corporation since 1983, but still run by the Blumkins, including son Louie, and grandsons Irv, Ron and Steve, Nebraska Furniture Mart is nothing short of a midwest phenomena. Walking

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