Owen Kross

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President  - Kross Office Outfitters , Inc.

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It has only been since January 2006 that Owen Kross, president of Kansas City, KS-based Kross Office Outfitters, jumped head first into the world of furniture.
But looking at his current furniture offering, you would never know his new furniture division - Kross Office Interiors - hasn't even completed its first year in business. Kross' strategy can best be described as baby steps with unlimited commitment. "The nice thing about Kross as a company is that when they say they are committed to making it happen, that is not an exaggeration. Kross decided to join the United Stationers' Direct Access program in December and by January, Cave was on board running the division. When the office space across the street from its supply facility became available, Kross was quick to turn it into a 5,000 square-foot showroom. Something is going right; Kross anticipates about $1.5 million with its furniture division in its first year.

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But Staples didn’t purchase Kross to further expand its retail business; rather, Kross specializes in selling office supplies to corporations.
Kross Office Outfitters President Owen Kross said that at least for the near future, most of the company’s employees will keep their jobs and will continue to work out of Kross’s 912 Minnesota Avenue location. Kross also said the company will continue to operate a furniture showroom at 919 Minnesota. Kross said he was not actively pursuing the sale of the company. “Staples actually came to us, recognizing us as a leader in the Kansas City marketplace,†Kross said. Kross, along with Bill Miller, the company’s executive vice president, will remain with the company after the takeover, Kross said. Kross, along with Bill Miller, the company’s executive vice president, will remain with the company after the takeover, Kross said. Eventually, Kross said, the Kross operations may be integrated into Staples’ large distribution center in Edwardsville, Kan.

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But Staples didn't purchase Kross to further expand its retail business; rather, Kross specializes in selling office supplies to corporations.
Kross Office Outfitters President Owen Kross said that at least for the near future, most of the company's employees will keep their jobs and will continue to work out of Kross's 912 Minnesota Avenue location. Kross also said the company will continue to operate a furniture showroom at 919 Minnesota. "We're very excited," Kross said Thursday. Kross said he was not actively pursuing the sale of the company. "Staples actually came to us, recognizing us as a leader in the Kansas City marketplace," Kross said. Kross, along with Bill Miller, the company's executive vice president, will remain with the company after the takeover, Kross said. Kross, along with Bill Miller, the company's executive vice president, will remain with the company after the takeover, Kross said. "Right now we're in the integration period to determine what all this means, to best serve our customers now and into the future," Kross said. Eventually, Kross said, the Kross operations may be integrated into Staples' large distribution center in Edwardsville, Kan. "We will continue to grow," Kross said, "and this is a great opportunity for us to team up with the largest in the industry."

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