April 20, 2005 11:46 PM by Joe Blackmon
Donald 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.
"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.