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The Apprentice Candidates Invent New Products for Staples

April 20, 2005 11:46 PM by Joe Blackmon

Apprentice_staplesDonald Trump is not a fan of clutter. On this week’s episode of NBC’s "The Apprentice" candidates invent a new office product for Staples that is designed to make desk organization easy (April 21, 9-10pm ET/PT). Each team works with top-notch designers and manufacturers and they’ll present their final product to Staples executives along with a focus group of office managers. The key to victory, Trump says, is "to blend innovation with practicality."

Alex and Bren thrive without Chris and their friendship deepens providing some touching moments. Kendra and Craig continue to butt-heads but their creativity, along with Tana’s leadership produces an impressive product. Both teams feel they are guaranteed a win, which leads to some serious gut checking during the task resolution.

The winning team gets to spend some influential time with George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher during a power breakfast atop The Rainbow Room.

Remaining Candidates:
"NET WORTH": Alex and Bren
"MAGNA": Kendra, Tana, and Craig

Week 13 Exemption: Kendra

This week’s task mirrors Staples Invention Quest, a nationwide search for office product ideas that launches today with a chance to win $25,000 plus royalties.

"We are always searching for innovative office product ideas to add to our growing collection of Staples brand products," said Shira Goodman, executive vice president of marketing for Staples. "We’re thrilled to launch our Invention Quest search this week so Apprentice fans have a chance to participate in a similar task at home."

Does Staples like the winning Apprentice team’s product design enough to manufacture it as a Staples brand product? Tune in to find out.

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7 Responses to “The Apprentice Candidates Invent New Products for Staples”

  1. Melinda Limbertie Says:
    April 21st, 2005 at 8:57 pm

    When will the apprentice caddy be available, just what im looking for.

    Thanks

  2. Bo Says:
    April 21st, 2005 at 9:21 pm

    Do you have the device that the “apprentices” invented in all your stores? What is the cost? THANK YOU

  3. Anonymous Says:
    April 22nd, 2005 at 8:39 pm

    Wow! That desktop organizer is soooo cool!!! Can’t wait to get one. Bad news, all sold out!!!!
    Hurry and get more in…..
    thanks,
    KMK

  4. pat Says:
    April 25th, 2005 at 6:42 pm

    Please let me know when more of the caddy’s will be available. I have the perfect place for one in my office. Great idea

  5. Mim Says:
    April 26th, 2005 at 10:04 am

    I would like to purchase a caddy. How much and are they available?

  6. Rafael Patino Says:
    October 30th, 2005 at 9:31 pm

    Hola tengo muchos inventos y gane la medalla de oro en INPEX 2004, com mi invent BIKES TWO WHEEL DRIVE y ya tengo su patente PCT megustarias saber si ustedes quiren ser socios para fabricar este buen producto.

  7. Dan Says:
    February 17th, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    I’m a staples associate in NC. The desk apprentice is really popular. We sell so many of them. There’s even a leather version now that is about $5 or $10 more.

    Dan

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