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Costco: cheap

and cheerful

#2 reseiler 47% growth; 134% 

stock up 2009. Driving strongly

into business supplies delivery

 

1 Sep’14

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek took over from legendary leader Jim Sinegal in 2012 and has continued to maintain its relentless progress. We update our first profile written in June 2013…

The Work Issue:

topical trends...

Freelancing; 3 day week; robots;

Millennials; cubicles; life balance

 

1 Sep’14

Labor Day evolved as a celebration of the American worker, but especially of the achievements of organized labor. Today, the narrative of working people against greedy plutocrats still resonates strongly. What are the issues?

Staples: make

more happen,

than ya think!

Motley: 5 things management

wants analysts/investors to know

 

1 Sep’14

Staples shares rose 7% last week reversing slightly the 30% fall year to date. Why? Is there a growing realization that the leader knows where it’s headed? We review Motley’s analysis…

Bezos’ Ice Bucket

Bigbox Challenge

Amazon chief rivals Bill Gates for

originality; makes mighty moves

v Google, Staples & Alibaba 

 

1 Sep'14 (Updated)

Last Friday, we visited the new Seattle headquarters of 'Relentless Robin Hood' himself Jeff Bezos. Amazon has increased its workforce to 130,000+, 25000 of which work in the South Lake Union district. Here follows the 12 points Q&A session

A Tribute:

Jonny Straker:

Lovable legend

Unforgettable BOSS man, the

acceptable face of capitalism

 

1 Sep’14

Very sad news. This morning we learned that the gentle giant of the UK stationery industry, Jonathan Straker has died. His career spanned 40+ successful years from his family Straker dealer roots, via Ryman, through to his latter Oyez-Straker days...

Lewis lands in to

turnaround Tesco

Amazon, Waitrose, Aldi/Lidl's

pincer move squeezes tired titan

 

31 Aug’14

Few would associate London’s Victoria and Albert Museum with Lidl — which is precisely why the German supermarket chain chose to throw a lavish dinner there last week. It seems all home and office resellers are relishing the toils and troubles of Tesco today...

Proficiency Post - breaking news and opinion in the personal productivity market by Peter Frost

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Costco: cheap

and cheerful

#2 reseiler 47% growth; 134% 

stock up 2009. Driving strongly

into business supplies delivery

 

1 Sep’14

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek took over from legendary leader Jim Sinegal in 2012 and has continued to maintain its relentless progress. We update our first profile written in June 2013…

Read more: Costco - cheap and cheerful

 
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work-issue-trendsThe Work Issue:

topical trends...

Freelancing; 3 day week; robots;

Millennials; cubicles; life balance

 

1 Sep’14

Labor Day evolved as a celebration of the American worker, but especially of the achievements of organized labor. Today, the narrative of working people against greedy plutocrats still resonates strongly. What are the issues?

Read more: The Work Issue: topical trends

   
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sargent-staples-ship-steers-stormy-watersStaples: make

more happen,

than ya think!

Motley: 5 things management

wants analysts/investors to know

 

1 Sep’14

Staples shares rose 7% last week reversing slightly the 30% fall year to date. Why? Is there a growing realization that the leader knows where it’s headed? We review Motley’s analysis…

Read more: Staples: make more happen than ya think!

 
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bezos-ice-bucket-challengeBezos’ Ice Bucket

Bigbox Challenge

Amazon chief rivals Bill Gates for

originality; makes mighty moves

v Google, Staples & Alibaba 

 

1 Sep'14 (Updated)

Last Friday, we visited the new Seattle headquarters of 'Relentless Robin Hood' himself Jeff Bezos. Amazon has increased its workforce to 130,000+, 25000 of which work in the South Lake Union district. Here follows the 12 points Q&A session

Read more: Amazon's Jeff Bezos Bigbox challenge

   
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straker-jon-oyez-strakerA Tribute:

Jonny Straker:

Lovable legend

Unforgettable BOSS man, the

acceptable face of capitalism

 

1 Sep’14

Very sad news. This morning we learned that the gentle giant of the UK stationery industry, Jonathan Straker has died. His career spanned 40+ successful years from his family Straker dealer roots, via Ryman, through to his latter Oyez-Straker days...

Read more: Jonathan Straker - A tribute

 
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lewis-dave-tesco-parachuteLewis lands in to

turnaround Tesco

Amazon, Waitrose, Aldi/Lidl's

pincer move squeezes tired titan

 

31 Aug’14

Few would associate London’s Victoria and Albert Museum with Lidl — which is precisely why the German supermarket chain chose to throw a lavish dinner there last week. It seems all home and office resellers are relishing the toils and troubles of Tesco today...

Read more: Dave Lewis lands in to turnaround Tesco

   
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GoPro-dogGoPro to capture

#1 camera action

User versatility boosted by ads

showing ‘dogs point of view’

 

31 Aug’14

GoPro, maker of the world's most versatile cameras, recently announced financial results for Q2’14. Many are predicting that its cameras will be the hottest seller in the upcoming holiday season…

Read more: GoPro to capture top camera action

 
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staples-back-to-school-storeBounce Back to

School & Business

Economy and optimism returns

to fuel increased retail spending

 

30 Aug’14

Analysts predict back-to-school spending will reach $74.9 billion as retailers intensify promotional discounts and incentives to drive destination shopping

Read more: Bounce back to School & Business

   
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burch-chris-poppinFancy stationery,

fashion or fad?

Evernote follows Poppin into

colorful designer office desktops

 

28 Aug’14

We love colourful OP products, but in the age of mobility and multiple workplaces seriously question the growth opportunities for fancy desktop stationery. Evernote, Poppin and Moleskine disagree…

Read more: Fancy stationery, fashion or fad?

 
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Cafe-PC-workingPC’s renewal

temp respite?

‘PC’s to do, tablets to view’

maxim drives business demand

 

28 Aug’14

An uptick in commercial demand has prompted IDC to improve PC forecast plus, the upcoming Windows 9 release could further lift the market

Read more: PC's renewal temporary respite

   
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microsoft-surface-wounds-bloodyMicrosoft slashes

Surface prices...

Desperate discounts for students

and for dealers bulk purchases

 

28 Aug’14

Old habits die-hard. Microsoft drastically cut prices early on its original Surface tablet and has quickly done so again for its much-hyped new versions. Should it abandon hardware and focus on business software?

Read more: Microsoft slashes Surface prices

 
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o2o-montageBanner inks

demand drop

Managed services progress 

offset by losses to OEM MPS

 

28 Aug’14

Today, office2office (aka Banner), the UK’s leading business services group, published half-year results to 30 Jun’14. We spoke with CEO Simon Moate...

Read more: office2office - Banner Half Year'14 - Financial Review

   
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protectionists-parade-cliffThe protectionist

pricing parade

Papermakers, printer-makers,

booksellers raise prices; follow

‘last-man standing’ syndrome

 

28 Aug’14

It’s not a new strategy for leading players in a declining industry to defend a weaker volume position by raising prices, adding to their downward spiral. Why don’t these leaders learn from the success of the re-inventors? Analysis tomorrow, sorry

Read more: The protectionist pricing parade

 
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apple-iwatch2Its Apple's grand

slam' plan time!

New iPhone. New iWatch. New

iPad & iOS8, all slated for 09/09?

 

28 Aug’14

Apple's hotly anticipated "iWatch" will be formally unveiled at the 9th September launch event, where the next-generation iPhone is also expected to debut ahead of schedule...

Read more: Apple's Grand Slam time: New devices inc. iWatch

   
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Alibaba-DragonAlibaba: dragon

rising rapidly...

Amazon’s new monster rival

mobilizes mighty growth engine

 

27 Aug’14

Alibaba Group, ahead of its IPO w/c 8 Sep, reported a surge in revenue and earnings for its latest quarter, driven in part by increased activity on mobile devices, though its profit margin narrowed. The etail war with Amazon is set to escalate...

Read more: Alibaba dragon rising rapidly

 
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vulture-capitalists-cropContemptuous
Consolidation

VC's PR fails to convince dealers,
given huge growth opportunities

in strong business supplies market

 

27 Aug’14 (Complete)

The puppet press has been getting views on the big UK dual-distribution deals involving Spicers & VOW, Typically: ‘Inevitable given industry contraction, to reduce cost duplication etc.” Did VC's consult the wholesalers' progressive resellers? Have VC's considered the broken trust and conflict issues? Costs are driven down by expansion of order size, not synergy savings…

Read more: Contemptuous consolidation

   
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want it now economyThe ‘I Want it

NOW’ economy

Same day delivery imperative

driven by WB, Amazon, Google

 

27 Aug’14 (Complete)

On 11 Aug, we wrote an article on ‘Blood plasma or office supplies’. Since the Amazon has expanded its same day delivery service to follow WBMason's initiative. Now Google Express, Walmart and Costco are following too...

Read more: The 'I Want it NOW' Economy

 
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Techdata-montage-2013T e c h  D a t a

back on track

Strong momentum across US

& Europe markets, spiked by

PC demand post XP withdrawal

 

26 Aug’14

Tech Data Corporation, the global #2 wholesaler of technology products, reported strong Q2’15 results to 31 Jul’14

Read more: TechData Q2'15 Financial review

   
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open-office-workingPinterest follows

analytics trend

Office interiors specialist adopt

galleries to showcase workspace

 

26 Aug’14

The image-focused social network rolled out a series of analytic tools that aim to help marketers understand what paid and organic images its users respond to. Instagram launched a similar ser of tools last week...

Read more: Pinterest follows analytics trend

 
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whitman-meg-hp-handHP decides

to sue Deloitte

Autonomy auditors: "claim is

utterly without merit”? Is HP

really covering incompetence?

 

26 Aug’14

HP is planning to sue leading audit form Deloitte over its role in the obscene overpayment for the UK software house Autonomy acquisition. HP’s $5bn write-down surely indicates its due diligence failed and tends to reinforce the seller’s view, that it is trying to bury the truth?

Read more: HP decides to sue Deloitte over Autonomy

   

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