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Ink-sinking HP’s

Hollow Promises

Winsome Whitman’s turnaround

tale spinning. PC XP/refresh relief;

Cash obsessed; innovation hype

 

20 Aug’14 (Complete)

Hewlett Packard (HP), the world’s #1 technology maker, continued its decline in Q3’14 ended 30 Jul’14. Once again, CEO Meg Whitman’s air of clichéd confidence and broad brush-strokes failed to convince sceptics about her ‘New style of IT’ rhetoric. Where are the growth businesses?

EPIC: Elevating

new partnerships

Huge opportunities for growth in

new categories & productivity

services that build loyalty

 

20 Aug’14

Mike Gentile, CEO of Independent Stationers Group has published a video urging members to attend next months EPIC 2014 joint convention with the TriMega Purchasing Association 17-19 Sept in Hollywood, Florida. We spoke with Mike and Mike Maggio of TriMega....later today

The protectionist

pricing parade

Papermakers, printer-makers,

booksellers raise prices; follow

‘last-man standing’ syndrome

 

20 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? Tomorrow

Staples: Back to

business growth

Reinvention strategy: going well.

Specialist FM/breakroom supplies

offset by retail sales challenges

 

20 Aug’14 (Complete)

Staples, the world’s leading OP reseller, showed improved sales trends in its main commercial and etail delivery businesses in Q2’14 ended 2 Aug’14.

HP: Hedging or

Hollow Promises?

Analysts deluded by winsome

Whitman’s innovation story?

 

19 Aug’14

Tomorrow HP is due to report Q3’14 earnings. Investment analysts seem positive about its prospects. We discuss their grounds for optimism and provide an alternative view…

Staples to beat

expectations…

Alarmist Analysts don’t get its

commercial business strength

 

19 Aug’14

Staples will report its Q2’14 financial results tomorrow morning. The stock is down 27% this year as analysts continue to treat it as a pure retailer when its core business is business supply

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

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HPs-Mission-ImpossibleInk-sinking HP’s

Hollow Promises

Winsome Whitman’s turnaround

tale spinning. PC XP/refresh relief;

Cash obsessed; innovation hype

 

20 Aug’14 (Complete)

Hewlett Packard (HP), the world’s #1 technology maker, continued its decline in Q3’14 ended 30 Jul’14. Once again, CEO Meg Whitman’s air of clichéd confidence and broad brush-strokes failed to convince sceptics about her ‘New style of IT’ rhetoric. Where are the growth businesses?

Read more: HP Q3'14 Financial Review

 
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EPiC-conference-montage-2014EPIC: Elevating

new partnerships

Huge opportunities for growth in

new categories & productivity

services that build loyalty

 

20 Aug’14

Mike Gentile, CEO of Independent Stationers Group has published a video urging members to attend next months EPIC 2014 joint convention with the TriMega Purchasing Association 17-19 Sept in Hollywood, Florida. We spoke with Mike and Mike Maggio of TriMega....later today

Read more: EPIC 2014 Conference Preview

   
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protectionists-parade-cliffThe protectionist

pricing parade

Papermakers, printer-makers,

booksellers raise prices; follow

‘last-man standing’ syndrome

 

20 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? Tomorrow

Read more: The protectionist pricing parade

 
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Staples-montage-2013Staples: Back to

business growth

Reinvention strategy: going well.

Specialist FM/breakroom supplies

offset by retail sales challenges

 

20 Aug’14 (Complete)

Staples, the world’s leading OP reseller, showed improved sales trends in its main commercial and etail delivery businesses in Q2’14 ended 2 Aug’14.

Read more: Staples Q2'14 Financial Review

   
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whitman-meg-HP-telescopeHP: Hedging or

Hollow Promises?

Analysts deluded by winsome

Whitman’s innovation story?

 

19 Aug’14

Tomorrow HP is due to report Q3’14 earnings. Investment analysts seem positive about its prospects. We discuss their grounds for optimism and provide an alternative view…

Read more: HP Q3 Financial Rreview

 
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sargent-staples-ship-steers-stormy-watersStaples to beat

expectations…

Alarmist Analysts don’t get its

commercial business strength

 

19 Aug’14

Staples will report its Q2’14 financial results tomorrow morning. The stock is down 27% this year as analysts continue to treat it as a pure retailer when its core business is business supply

Read more: Staples Q2'14 Financial Results Preview

   
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Bezos-amazons-robin-hoodAmazonification!

Rob Hood ranges

v. establishment

Bashing bigboxes, whacking

wholesalers; injuring indies 

 

19 Aug’14

Amazon is expected to overtake Staples as #1 business supplier in 2015. No matter how much we beat the drum, the majority don’t seem to get how deeply damaging, the beast has become, to traditional distribution channels. Report on visit to its new Seattle HQ on Friday...

Read more: AMAZONIFICATION - Robin Hood ranges against establishment

 
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Productivity-to-lucy-2013Dealer alert!

Productivity: your

main  p u r p o s e

Office products increase costs.

Time to market the savings sizzle

 

19 Aug’14

Marketing Profs contributor Art Saxby has just published a fascinating insight into purpose driven marketing. We’ve been banging on about ‘productivity’ as the purpose of OPS marketing and its great to get another positive view…

Read more: Productivity: Your main purpose

   
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5-citiesUS Top Ten

coolest cities

Forbes lists best places to

work, live and socialise

 

18 Aug’14

Forbes compiled its list of America's Coolest Cities, in partnership with Sperling's BestPlaces. It started with the 60 largest metros ranking them on six factors weighted equally.

Read more: US Top 10 Coolest Cities

 
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trombetta-anthony-issaISSA: clean way

to lean offices

Trombetta tells how commitment

to hygiene services can convert

commodity dealers’ dire destiny

 

18 Aug’14

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning organization is partnering with US leading buying group TriMega. It’s sales chief Anthony Trombetta will be speaking at the EPIC conference in Florida next month. We spoke with Anthony today to discuss dealer opportunities and plans...Wednesday

Read more: ISSA: clean way way to clean offices

   
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mayer-marissa-milky-wayYahoo: Mayer’s

Milky Way out

Marissa’s obscene rewards for

poor performance, spiked by

huge stake in Alibaba's ascent

 

18 Aug’14

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO was granted a compensation package 2 years ago when she started, that will pay $250m+ if she stays for 2 more years and the current share price doesn’t go up another penny.

Read more: Yahoo: Marissa Mayer's Milky Way out

 
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amazon-bezos-drone-deliveryAmazon's drone

determination...

Seeking Federal approval for

next-hour delivery in 2018

 

18 Aug’14

Amazon is going on the offensive as it seeks federal approval to test its planned Prime Air drone delivery system. Don't underestimate Jeff Bezos' determination to deliver "everything next hour"...

Read more: Amazon's drone delivery determination

   
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maggio-mike-trimega-smileTriMega’s clean

co-op with ISSA

Maggio’s marketing initiatives

drive group transformation

 

18 Aug’14 (Complete & Updated)

TriMega Purchasing Association announced recently an alliance with ISSA - The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. We spoke with CEO Mike Maggio about his progress and initiatives since he joined 9 months ago and ISSA's sales chief Anthony Trombetta...

 

Read more: TriMega clean co-op with ISSA

 
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webwatch14-R4AWonderful or

woeful webstores

Wake up! Complacency reigns.

Wanted: user & mobile friendly,

minimum clicks user experience

 

18 Aug'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. Sorry, ratings and mini-profiles completed tomorrow

Read more: WebWatch 2014 - Round 4

   
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SPR-ABC13-Expo-revFAME INDEX

Time to terminate

trade ads & shows

Focus: user productivity, hygiene,

refreshments, comfort & wellness

 
17 Aug'14 (Complete)

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...

Read more: Time to terminate trade ads & shows

 
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sherlock-digital-signage

Ingram increases

digital signage...

Adds 4 new suppliers in rapid

growth specialist category

 

17 Aug’14

Ingram Micro, the world’ #1 IT wholesaler, has boosted its digital signage range with the addition of ten new product lines to its portfolio fro 4 new suppliers

Read more: Ingram increases digital signage range

   
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bose-bellichickBose headsets

hook up with NFL

Office market’s new staple turns

up the volume after Apple Beats

 

16 Aug’14

Bose, a quality brand leader in the headset market, have displaced Motorola in an exclusive deal with the hugely valuable US National Football League. This a great bounce back after the disappointment of the Apple Beats merger…

Read more: Bose headsets hook up with NFL

 
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wayfair-shah-conine-chiefsWayfair: Winning

its way to an IPO

$1Bn Home Office etailer to raise

$350m for $2Bn+ market cap

 

16 Aug’14

Wayfair, the rapidly growing home office furniture etailer, plans to raise $350m in an initial public offering, The big question is will Amazon make them an pre-offer they can’t refuse?

Read more: Wayfair files for IPO

   
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walmart-checkout-lineWilting Walmart

cuts waiting time

Human cashiers to return in

a move to win back lost traffic

 

16 Aug’14

WalMart said it will reduce customers’ waiting time at checkout lines by staffing all its cash registers. The new chief Doug McMillon has moved rapidly to reverse customer unfriendly practices

Read more: Walmart cuts waiting time with human checkouts

 
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lenovo-yangLenovo levers

& leans on HP

Trumpets 20% PC market share

+ smartphone gains v Samsung

 

15 Aug’14

PC and smartphone maker Lenovo is making rapid progress in both the maturew PC and the burgeoning smartphone market…

Read more: Lenovo Q1'14 Financial Review

   

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