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Description:  DO you have a stapler? If you do, maybe it’s a little dusty in this age of PDFs. Or maybe it’s been missing for a while, after someone borrowed it and never brought it back. Or maybe you’ve affixed your name to your stapler with a piece of clear tape, so your co-workers know: you take this stapler, you die.

Source:  NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 23, 2013

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/business/staplers-the-attachment-thats-still-making-noise.html?ref=business&_r=0

Questions for Discussions:

  • From an operations point of view, why has the stapler endured as a workplace tool?
  • Can you conceive of an era when the paper stapler won’t be needed?
  • Why are international sales so critical to extending the life cycle of this tool?
  • What other products should management be looking at developing in order to extend the life of the brand and the company as a whole?

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