World Wide Technology Expands - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Approaching the $2 billion revenue mark in 2006, World Wide Technology Inc. (No. 1 on the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 list) opened its 12,000-square-foot Integration Technology Center near corporate headquarters in St. Louis. Robert Olwig, vice president of business strategy, says the center is streamlined for higher capacity, which transfers lower costs to customers.

New York Knicks star Stephon Marbury created a buzz in the athletic sneaker industry when his new basketball shoe, the Starbury One, hit stores in August for the amazingly affordable retail price of $14.98.

The shoe is sold exclusively at Steve & Barry’s, a Port Washington, New York-based retailer with more than 140 locations in more than 30 states. The Starbury clothing line features hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, shorts, and jackets, costing around $10 or less each.
Industry trend trackers say that the Starbury One could transform the sneaker industry. The privately held company would not disclose sales figures but says in just three days the stores sold out of a month’s worth of inventory. — Topher Sanders

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.