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Amazon attack

accelerates again

Sales growth in business supplies

/services28%; GP up to 29.5%.

Invests hugely in new FC's/IT

 

29 Jan'15

Amazon.com, the world’s #1 etailer maintained its mighty sales momentum in Q4'14 with $89Bn an increase of $15Bn. This Godzilla, stealth attacker has grown nearly 4x to $20Bn in business supplies in 5 years, without independent dealers reacting. Jeff Bezos continued to invest heavily in distribution...

Mercenary

Moulton

merciless 

SPOT owner driving Spicers

down City Link road to ruin

28 Jan'15

SPOT's (aka Spicers/Officeteam) vulture capital owner, toxic terminator Jon Moulton was accused of illegally 'trading when insolvent' during the City Link liquidation hearing, after 2700 employees were fired on Christmas Day. We discuss latest press reports... 

IP: Printer paper
plunge persists

Flat packaging sales unable
to offset decline. Profits good.

 

28 Jan'15
International Paper, the world’s #1 papermaker reported disappinting results again for Q4’14 ended 31 Dec'14. Packaging now represents 80% of sales. Profitability was maintained from cost cutting

Apple aces high

business market

Uber personal productivity tools

outpace same-old Samsung set

 
28 Jan'15

Apple, the world’s #1 business tech provider, announced blockbuster results for Q1'15 ended 27 Dec'14. According to latest research it now dominates progressive companies’ technology usage soon to be expanded by the IBM connection, ApplePay and AppleWatch..

Yahoo’s Mayer

masks poor core

Alibaba $40Bn stake sale diverts

focus from CEO incompetence

 

27 Jan’15

Yahoo’s complacent chief Marissa Mayer continued to convolute her declining performance with market pleasing news about Alibaba…

Lexmark levers up

MPS market share

Strong software solutions growth

offsets printer supplies decline

 

27 Jan’15

Lexmark International, surprisingly reported better financial results again in Q4’14 after a long run of downward trends in sales and profits

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

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AMAZONIFICATION Bezos squashing RESELLER brandsAmazon attack

accelerates again

Sales growth in business supplies

/services28%; GP up to 29.5%.

Invests hugely in new FC's/IT

 

29 Jan'15

Amazon.com, the world’s #1 etailer maintained its mighty sales momentum in Q4'14 with $89Bn an increase of $15Bn. This Godzilla, stealth attacker has grown nearly 4x to $20Bn in business supplies in 5 years, without independent dealers reacting. Jeff Bezos continued to invest heavily in distribution...

Read more: Amazon Q4'14 Financial Review

 
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Moulton jon terminator

Mercenary

Moulton

merciless 

SPOT owner driving Spicers

down City Link road to ruin

28 Jan'15

SPOT's (aka Spicers/Officeteam) vulture capital owner, toxic terminator Jon Moulton was accused of illegally 'trading when insolvent' during the City Link liquidation hearing, after 2700 employees were fired on Christmas Day. We discuss latest press reports... 

Read more: Merciless Moulton a mercenary loser at Better Capital

   
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IIP packaging aircraft carrierP: Printer paper
plunge persists

Flat packaging sales unable
to offset decline. Profits good.

 

28 Jan'15
International Paper, the world’s #1 papermaker reported disappinting results again for Q4’14 ended 31 Dec'14. Packaging now represents 80% of sales. Profitability was maintained from cost cutting

Read more: International Paper - Q4'14 Financial Review

 
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Apple 5S montage 2013Apple aces high

business market

Uber personal productivity tools

outpace same-old Samsung set

 
28 Jan'15

Apple, the world’s #1 business tech provider, announced blockbuster results for Q1'15 ended 27 Dec'14. According to latest research it now dominates progressive companies’ technology usage soon to be expanded by the IBM connection, ApplePay and AppleWatch..

Read more: Apple Q1'15 Financial Review

   
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mayer marissa yahoo thismuchYahoo’s Mayer

masks poor core

Alibaba $40Bn stake sale diverts

focus from CEO incompetence

 

27 Jan’15

Yahoo’s complacent chief Marissa Mayer continued to convolute her declining performance with market pleasing news about Alibaba…

Read more: Yahoo Q4'14 Financial Review

 
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lexmark rooke cliff pushLexmark levers up

MPS market share

Strong software solutions growth

offsets printer supplies decline

 

27 Jan’15

Lexmark International, surprisingly reported better financial results again in Q4’14 after a long run of downward trends in sales and profits

Read more: Lexmark Q4'14 Financial Review

   
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VOW-greenlight-montage-2015VOW: Green

Lights the way

UK’s leading OP wholesaler

switches on 400 resellers 

 

27 Jan’15 (Complete)

VOW UK’s #1 OP wholesaler held its biggest dealer show ever on Friday in Birmingham (UK). The Green Light event was s tremendous success and timely given rival Spicers’ demise. We spoke with parent company Evo chief Robert Baldrey...

Read more: VOW Green Light Show Report

 
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3M executive and products 2012MMMomentum

across the board

Strong sales growth in industrial,

healthcare & safety; but OP slow

 

27 Jan’15

The mighty 3M today reported record sales and profits in Q4’14 ended 31 Dec’14 with accelerating rates of growth in sales and profitability…

Read more: 3M Financial Review Q4'14

   
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Sargent Ron King Canutes crownStaples stalled by

competitive fear?

Analysts and industry watchers

misunderstand merger mayhem 

27 Jan'15 (Complete)

There is an overwhelming view expressed in investment analyst circles about the positive effects of the murderous merger between Staples and disintegrating Depot. Sanity says No. Vulture capitalists say Yes! Bring it on!

Read more: Staples stalled by competitive fear?

 
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Plantonic montage 2012Plantronics post
sounder growth

Unified Communications &
Bluetooth headsets strong

27 Jan'15
Plantronics, the global leader in audio communications for business, today reported powerful results for its Q3'15 ended 31 Dec'14.

Read more: Plantronics Q2'15 Financial Review

   
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nadella satya microsoftMighty Microsoft

higher on Cloud

Commercial strength plus strong

Surface Pro3 offset soft Windows

 

26 Jan’15

Microsoft reported better than expected results for Q2’15 ended 31 Dec’14. Since CEO Satya Nadella took over as CEO market capitalization has increased 28%...

Read more: Microsoft Q2'15 Financial Review

 
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Grainger team montage 2014Grainger gains

greater OP share

Mobile webstore buys now 30%

of business supplies purchases

 

26 Jan’15 (Complete)

WW Grainger, the $10Bn in sales, leading North American broadline supplier of FM, maintenance and business supplies today announces Q4’14 financial results to 31 Dec’14.

Read more: Grainger Financial Review Q4'14

   
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KC pro teamHygiene King

K-C FORCE-ful

International sales boost results

K-C Pro sales progress strongly

 

25 Jan’15

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) the global personal hygiene brands manufacturer, reported solid Q4’14 results. Continuous improvement processes are working…

Read more: Kimberly Clark Q4'14 Financial Review

 
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connolly joe esteemEsteem excels in

managed services

Reinvention progress from IT

reseller to productivity provider 

 

24 Jan'15

We have been campaigning for OP dealers and IT resellers to transform themselves from box shifters to personal productivity services providers. Here is a great case study...

Read more: Esteem excels in managed services

   
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couch john apple BETT15Apple's Couch

calls for change

Personalised teaching tailored

to individual students needs

 

24 Jan'15 (Complete)

#BETT2015 learning technology show with 800 exhibitors plus the annual BETT Awards was a huge success. Apple's technology chief John Couch was a revelation.

Read more: BETT 2015 Show Report - Day 2

 
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hamada rick avnet 15Avnet advances

fast in electronics

Electronics marketing sales gains

offset by slow growth Tech sales

 

23 Jan’15

Avnet Technology, a $28Bn in sales, global leader in technology distribution and services reported improving sales and profitability in Q2’15 ended 27 Dec’14

Read more: Avnet Q2'15 Financial Review

   
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paper clogged officeSelling OP free,

increases cost,

not productivity

Paper related products raise

customer communication costs

22 Jan'15

Fact: paper-related products demand is down 40% since 2008 and will not come back. But, most dealers are in denial with OP sales still over 70%+ of sales mix compared with market demand of <25%. What should they do about it?

Read more: Selling OP free, increases cost, not productivity

 
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Screen Shot 2015 01 21 at 14.31.06The #BETT2015

Google Hangout

Promethean launch Interactive

learning; HP assessment tech 

 

21 Jan'15

The must-do education technology show #BETT2015 opened today at Excel Arena in London. Leading brands Promethean. Ergotron, Google, HP, XMA & Viglen were all launching new tech solutions...

Read more: BETT 2015 Show Report - Day 1

   
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dixons carphone jamesDixons' Black

Friday fever

UK electronics king enjoyed

roller coaster Christmas trade

 

21 Jan'15
Black Friday is now a "national institution" and will "last forever", according to the boss of electronic retail giant Dixons Carphone....

Read more: Dixons Carphone Christmas Trading Report

 
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staples depot train crashStaples to reject

Starboard sting?

Avid activists call for murderous

merger w/disintegrating Depot 

 

21 Jan'15 (Updated)

Predictably Starboard have followed up its 6% stake in Staples with a letter to shareholders urging a merger with Office Depot. Typically, it reasons on $2Bn savings ignoring the train-wreck that competitors like Amazon & WBMason would feed off...

Read more: Staples to reject Starboard sting?

   

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