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Strategic sales consultant Dan Mack offers in-depth exploration on how ‘Dark Horse’ companies succeed

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Strategic sales consultant, trainer and first-time author Dan Mack on Friday announced that his soon-to-be-launched first book, "Dark Horse" will be showcased at http://DarkHorseBook.com

Mack focuses specifically on the topic of entrepreneurship with the intention of helping small businesses achieve success despite the ever-growing competition and uncertain business and economic scenarios. In preparation for writing the book, Mack researched, interviewed or consulted with more than 100 emerging companies that, by all accounts, were outmatched by competition — yet they were winning. 

The best leaders and companies bring more than unique products or services to the market, and they consistently tap into the 10 growth enablers outlined in this book, Mack noted. And he should know; Mack also shares many insights from the experiences he gained from developing two of his own businesses, or "challenger companies," as he describes them. 

"I always find people asking me for advice on how they too can set up their own business and be successful at it, considering the tough competition and uncertain economic scenario," Mack said. "Whether these people want to lead a small business, a consulting practice, a sports team or a not-for-profit enterprise, this book will reveal the clues left behind by winning organizations and help them succeed and prove themselves to be a dark horse company," he said. "Running a small business can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Preparation is the key to success, and my book will go a long way in introducing first time entrepreneurs and small business owners to brace themselves for the challenges." 

Mack earlier this summer outlined the top 10 characteristics that define leading dark horse companies on a DSN "From the Blogs" post. 

 

 

 

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Rite Aid to open ‘many’ stores on Thanksgiving

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Many of Rite Aid’s stores will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Rite Aid, which operates about 4,600 stores, said the move was designed to give shoppers a head start on Black Friday shopping, citing National Retail Federation figures indicating that up to 140 million shoppers will visit retailers nationwide during the weekend. Still, store hours will vary, and many pharmacies will close at 3 p.m., the company said.

"For retailers and shoppers alike, Black Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season," Rite Aid EVP merchandising Tony Montini said. "Our shelves are stocked with this year’s must-have items, all at an incredible savings. And our convenient locations and extended hours make it easier than ever for our customers to get great gifts for everyone on their lists, making for one ‘happy’ holiday season."

 

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Duracell partners with Toys for Tots for battery donations

BY Ryan Chavis

BETHEL, Conn. — Duracell on Friday announced that it will donate up to 1 million batteries to Toys for Tots as part of its Power a Smile program, marking the brand’s largest donation to the organization to date.

“As a father it’s a joy to see my children’s faces light up on Christmas morning as they unwrap their gifts,” said Jeff Jarrett, marketing director for Duracell. “It’s a memorable moment that shouldn’t be spoiled because the toy is missing batteries. Through Duracell Power a Smile, we want to ensure every parent and child, no matter their circumstance, can experience that joy.”

Ellen Degeneres joined Duracell and Toys for Tots at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on Friday to help launch the program.

“I love what Toys for Tots does,” DeGeneres said. “But if you think about it, a toy without a battery on Christmas morning is so sad. It’s like the ocean without the waves … or rain without the rainbow … or a strawberry without the daiquiri. I’m thrilled to join Duracell and to help bring a little extra joy to kids this season.”

To trigger a battery donation to Toys for Tots, consumers can purchase an eligible Duracell Quantum or CopperTop batter pack at any major retailer. Duracell will donate one battery for each Duracell Quantum AA 12 or CopperTop AA 16-pack purchased until Dec. 27.

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