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Ed Carter


"High Traction" project management
, specializing in running fast track projects delivering clear business value. Creative problem solver used to working in extremely challenging situations.

  • B2B / eCommerce - Successfully developing and adapting winning strategies across channels / countries including launching B2B E-commerce programs in Europe, Canada and China
  • Merchandising - Deep and broad experience supporting all aspects of category management, including portfolio management, promotional planning, catalog merchandising, pricing and inventory forecasting    .
  • Customer Insight – Hands on project management / analytical experience bridging the gap between customer needs and technical procedures.  Expert at turning raw data into actionable insights
  • SQL development – Comfortable as both technical lead and hands-on developer, building analytical and business management tools with Access, Excel, Visual Basic (VBA) and Oracle PLSQL


Retail Traction Consulting - Since 2004
Passionate and resourceful project management.  Independent consultant with proven ability to achieve results by combining creative thinking with serious drive and an extremely hands on approach.

2011 to 2012 Project Manager, Staples Brands Group (Amsterdam)
2010 to 2011 Project Manager, Staples China (Shanghai)
2008 to 2010 Database Lead, Staples Merchandise Integration (Boston, Amsterdam)
2006 to 2008 Customer Insight Consultant, Staples Database Marketing (Boston)
2004 to 2006 Business Consultant, Staples Customer Data Integration (Boston)

Cambridge Games Factory - Since 2004
2 associates, $100K sales. Independent board and card game publisher focusing on being an entry point for new games designers.  11 games from 10 different authors.  YES! We'd love to see your game idea

2004 to 2012 Owner / Managing Director (Boston, Shanghai)

Staples, Inc - 1994 to 2004
90,000 associates, $25 billion sales. Staples is the world's largest office products company and ranks second for eCommerce sales. Office supplies, technology, furniture, copy & print, and janitorial supplies. 

2003 to 2004 Senior Manager, Mid-Market (Staples Canada - Boston, Toronto)
2000 to 2003 Project Manager, International Development ( - Boston, Brussels, Toronto)
1999 to 2000 Business Consultant, Global Synergies (Boston, Brussels)
1997 to 1999 Senior Analyst, Staples Europe (London, Hamburg)

1989 to 1992 Cambridge University - BA in Mathematics with honors (Cambridge, UK)
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