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Apple: it’s all

happening…

High expectations for Mac, 

iPhone, iPad, iOS8, iWatch,

BeatsPro, IBM and China.

 

21 Jul’14

Tomorrow is expected to be a blow-out quarter for Apple with market capitalization up 24% since the Q2’14 report. We can’t wait…

Philips: LED lights

the way forward

Strong personal health/lifestyle

sales offset healthcare losses

 

21 Jul’14

Philips, the Dutch diversified healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting company reported Q2’14 financial results including improved sales but lower profits…

SPR: steps up

with OP dealers

GP's higher sales/profits from

NAPA, Motion & EIS businesses

 

21 Jul’14

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) parent of SPRichards & Co and Motion Industries today reported improved sales and profits for Q2’14 ended 30 Jun’14

Stora Enso: paper

decline deepens

World #2’s old & new CEO’s

comment on transformation

 

 

21 Jul’14

Stora Enso reported weak Q2’14 financial results and its departing CEO Jouko Karvinen described transformation plans to cut paper capacity and investment in new growth opportunities

C o l l a p s i n g
Conventions...

Welcome to the no-rules market.
Structures, divisions demolished.
Driven by ‘Upside-down’ thinking

 

21 Jul’14

Conventional wisdom has ruled the OP industry for 30+years. Channel structures; retail/commercial or B2B/B2C differences; survived in a race to the bottom. Now productivity services, delivered same-day, is on the disruptors’ agenda. Can the OP industry adapt? Today, sorry

Can retail chemist

Cosby cure Depot

Chainsaw CEO Smith continues

obsession w/nomadic, relic exec

 

21 Jul’14

Office Depot, the declining OP bigbox has appointed another old-school retailer to try and rescue a business that is predominantly a web delivery business. You couldn’t make this up!

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

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apple-magic-2013Apple: it’s all

happening…

High expectations for Mac, 

iPhone, iPad, iOS8, iWatch,

BeatsPro, IBM and China.

 

21 Jul’14

Tomorrow is expected to be a blow-out quarter for Apple with market capitalization up 24% since the Q2’14 report. We can’t wait…

Read more: Apple Q3'14 Financial Preview

 
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van-houten-frans-philipsPhilips: LED lights

the way forward

Strong personal health/lifestyle

sales offset healthcare losses

 

21 Jul’14

Philips, the Dutch diversified healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting company reported Q2’14 financial results including improved sales but lower profits…

Read more: Philips - Financial Review Q2'14

   
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SPR-montage-2012SPR: steps up

with OP dealers

GP's higher sales/profits from

NAPA, Motion & EIS businesses

 

21 Jul’14

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) parent of SPRichards & Co and Motion Industries today reported improved sales and profits for Q2’14 ended 30 Jun’14

Read more: SPRichards Q2'14 Financial Review

 
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karvinen-jouko-stora-enso-thinkingStora Enso: paper

decline deepens

World #2’s old & new CEO’s

comment on transformation

 

 

21 Jul’14

Stora Enso reported weak Q2’14 financial results and its departing CEO Jouko Karvinen described transformation plans to cut paper capacity and investment in new growth opportunities

Read more: Stora Enso Q2'14 financial Review

   
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building-dome-collapseC o l l a p s i n g
Conventions...

Welcome to the no-rules market.
Structures, divisions demolished.
Driven by ‘Upside-down’ thinking

 

21 Jul’14

Conventional wisdom has ruled the OP industry for 30+years. Channel structures; retail/commercial or B2B/B2C differences; survived in a race to the bottom. Now productivity services, delivered same-day, is on the disruptors’ agenda. Can the OP industry adapt? Today, sorry

Read more: Collapsing Conventions driven by upside-down thinking

 
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cosby-mark-office-depotCan retail chemist

Cosby cure Depot

Chainsaw CEO Smith continues

obsession w/nomadic, relic exec

 

21 Jul’14

Office Depot, the declining OP bigbox has appointed another old-school retailer to try and rescue a business that is predominantly a web delivery business. You couldn’t make this up!

Read more: Can retail chemist Cosby cure Office Depot?

   
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ignite-avex-contigo-peopleNewell Ignites

renewal plans

Writes refreshing move; 

expands Rubbermaid arm

 

21 Jul’14

Newell Rubbermaid today announced it would pay $308 million for a Chicago-based maker of reusable water bottles and thermal mugs, in the consumer-products company's first major acquisition since 2008.

Read more: Newell Rubbermaid Ignites renewal plans

 
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clarke-philip-tesco-headlightsTesco clear desk
of clueless Clarke

Unilever’s Dave Lewis takes
over from last man standing



21 Jul’14
Tesco chastened CEO Philip Clarke is to step down to be replaced by Unilever president personal care Dave Lewis, a former marketer, as the embattled retailer plots a recovery from its recent poor performance.

Read more: Tesco clear desk of clueless CEO Clarke

   
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DWR-woman-cat.coverMiller reaches

lifestyle Design

Goes back to brand roots by

buying contemporary retailer

 

21 Jul’14

Herman Miller, the leading office furniture maker, has bought upscale home and office design retailer. What's next for its move towards mobile executives?

Read more: Herman Miller reaches lifestyle Design (DFW)

 
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SPR-ABC13-Expo-revFAME INDEX

Time to terminate

trade ads & shows

Focus: user productivity, hygiene

refreshment, comfort & wellness

 
20 Jul’14

The trend towards less trade shows, organized by wholesalers, dealer groups and industry associations is welcome. Now is the time for brands to collaborate and create national and regional conventions for business users…tomorrow, sorry

Read more: Time to terminate trade ads & shows

   
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sitting-is-killing

Join the... 

Movement: Stop
sitting killing you!

Please stand up to read this...
Your dangerous office posture

 

19 Jul’14
Getting off the bottom and moving more might lengthen your life, as well as decrease your risk of dementia, physical disabilities and other serious medical problems.

Read more: Join the Movement: Stop sitting killing you!

 
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amazon-web-cloud-bezosAmazon Cloud

chasing leaders

Public SaaS providers close

in on private server players 

 

18 Jul’14

Amazon will rake in $5Bn from its cloud computing business this year, according to Pacific Crest Securities. How long before the one-click wonder overtake the private cloud, hardware server leaders?

Read more: Amazon Cloud chasing leaders

   
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costolo-dick-twitter-arms-wideDoes Twitter under

sell market power?

Metric comparisons w/Facebook

belie huge broadcasting reach

 

18 Jul’14

Twitter has phenomenal power as a low-cost marketing tool. Ask Amazon. However, Facebook apparently has more users. In business, we doubt this and we’re pleased to see Twitter reviewing its metrics…

Read more: Does Twitter undersell its marketing power?

 
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cogan-andrew-knoll-standingKinetic Knoll

office moves

Government & Commercial

sales boosted by acquisitions

 

18 Jul’14

Knoll, today announced impressive growth results for Q2’14 ended 30 Jun’14 as it moves into higher margin specialty business

Read more: Knoll Q2'14 Financial Review

   
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google-top-teamGoogle ad sales

slow in mobile

Express deliveries expand

rapidly. Profitability pressured.

 
17 Jul’14

Google announced Q2’14 results ended 30 Jun’14 and a significant management loss. The Express delivery division is soaring but at what cost?

Read more: Google Q2'14 Financial Review

 
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HP-musical chairs-2013HP: musical

chairs continue

Will Whitworth sad illness tempt

board to assign Meg in interim?

 

17 Jul’14

Assigning Meg Whitman as Chair-CEO of HP after Ralph Whitworth’s sudden resignation would be a big mistake. She needs to focus as CEO of the struggling giant and develop a coherent growth strategy...

Read more: HP: musical chairs continue

   
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ww-grainger-teamGrainger gains

OP market share

Mobile webstore buys, now 25%

of business supplies purchases

 

17 Jul’14

WW Grainger, the $10Bn in sales, leading North American broadline supplier of FM, maintenance and office products today announced Q2’14 financial results to 30 Jun'14

Read more: Grainger Financial Review Q2'14

 
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wbmaso-nyy14-honHON homes in

on growth plans

Strength in office supplies driven

biz offsets slower contract sales

 

17 Jul’14

HNI (HON) Corporation, a leading US furniture maker, reported stronger Q2’14 financial results to 28 Jun’14

Read more: HON Financial Review Q2'14

   
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pelikan-loo-hooi-keatPelikan procures

brand life support

Malaysian parent’s revival plan

for dying stationery makers

 

17 Jul’14

Pelikan International the vehicle set up to acquire major German stationery brand makers Herlitz and Pelikan has raised funds to aid their recovery. Will it be enough to stop the rot?

Read more: Pelikan procures brand life support

 
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webwatch14-Round4

Wonderful or
woeful webstores

Wake up! Complacency reigns.

Wanted: user & mobile friendly,

minimum clicks user experience

 

17 Jul’14

After reviewing 2013’s best webstores in Round 1 and leading resellers in Round 2/3, we revisit more progressives in Round 4, to see if they have optimized the shopping experience for users, especially mobile. Ratings and mini-profiles follow over the weekend 

Read more: WebWatch 2014 - Round 4

   

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