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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 24 at 2.05.44 PMThe Paperless,
    O f f i c e l e s s,
    Touchless future

    'Less is more' in the new
    #BeyondCovid eco world


    The global Covid lockdown will likely reignite trends that emerged over the past 20 years. The printer 'paperless' plunge; 'officeless' orientation; and now the 'touchless' trend towards higher hygiene & safety. Moreover, a resurgence in sustainability practices to cut carbon emissions; and ironically, greater human touch. We analyse these movements Updated

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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 26 at 4.14.51 PMGlocalisation Up!

    Globalisation down

    Bigger the world economy.
    More power, small players


    In 1994, John Naisbitt wrote the Global Paradox book, that successfully predicted the growth of independent businesses. #Glocalisation paralleled that prediction where products/services were created for global consumption and personalised to suit local culture. This trend is rising thru Covid. We discuss the many successful brand case studies. 

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  • perfect storm clooneyPrint/papermakers
    hit perfect storm

    OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand+economy+Covid


    Most leading OP, Paper & Print makers have reported severe sales declines in Q1'20 to date. Printer Paper demand is down 60%+ since 2008; the exodus to hygiene and packaging is huge. We analyse the market and update on a daily basis. Updated for Konica Minolta today

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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 19 at 2.29.38 PMThe Office is Dead!
    Long live the office

    Professional identity to be
    lost w/o physical interface?


    "Farewell, office. You were the last boundary between work and home" writes NYTimes columnist Jennifer Senior. "The office shaped identities in ways workers never knew". Yes, the 'Officeless'  trend started 10yrs ago, but the power of physical community & teamwork contact should not be underestimated...Updated

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  • Delivery driver blue lucyHigh order values.

    Low CostToServe 

    Broad biz supply from one
    source drives productivity


    A primary focus for OP dealers has been lowering buying price to achieve GP% improvement. Progressive dealers in broadline business supply have achieved greater success by 2X order values & lowering cost to serve. We highlight examples... Updated

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Depot vultures landing on hqDepot's death
rattle R O A R S

70% share spike caused
by Alibaba takeover talk


Office Depot
market capitalisation has soared 70% to $1.4Bn since 1st April, in spite of sinking sales and massive lay off announcements. It's over a year now since a "strategic collaboration" was announced with giant Chinese etailer Alibaba. Perhaps the long period of nothing doing, is about to end with a takeover bid?

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Screen Shot 2020 05 24 at 2.05.44 PMThe Paperless,
O f f i c e l e s s,
Touchless future

'Less is more' in the new
#BeyondCovid eco world


The global Covid lockdown will likely reignite trends that emerged over the past 20 years. The printer 'paperless' plunge; 'officeless' orientation; and now the 'touchless' trend towards higher hygiene & safety. Moreover, a resurgence in sustainability practices to cut carbon emissions; and ironically, greater human touch. We analyse these movements Updated

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Screen Shot 2020 06 04 at 2.15.01 AMFedEx follows
UPS surcharge

Old School cartel will be
undermined by Amazon


Dinosaur delivery giants UPS & FedEx dominated the logistics scene until 5yrs ago raising prices in unison at will. Never comfortable with the immediate demands of ecommerce; first FedEx were fired by Amazon and next expect UPS to be ousted. Usually higher volume leads tolower prices. Clearly these arrogant cartel cronies think they can continue unopposed

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Screen Shot 2020 06 03 at 11.01.51 AMKinly captures
UK AV leader

Venture backed video
specialist on a roll up


Dutch AV specialist Kinly founded in 2018 and backed by venture capitalist has acquired a UK video comms leader. CEO Robbert Bakker confirmed the important step in its global expansion plans rivalling Exertis & Midwich who are also on an acquisition roll

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Yuan Eric ZoomZ o o m Video
Comms zoooom

Cisco, Microsoft & Google
outpaced by cloud upstart


Video collaboration specialist Zoom's (CEO Eric Yuan, pic left) launched a successful IPO last April and continued its relentless progress with outstanding sales and profits growth in Q1'21, outstripping competition

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nadella satya MS mouth openMicrosoft Teams
up to zap Zoom

Attacks education market
w/security assurances


Mighty Microsoft is gearing up to attack Zoom, Slack & Cisco in a battle to win the business market for group conferencing & collaboration software. CEO Satya Nadella sees Teams product as crucial to leadership in cloud computing & unified comms 

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Screen Shot 2019 07 24 at 10.11.57 AMGrainger divests
Europe business

Unfastens MRO distributor
to focus on Zoro/Monota


Leading $11Bn in sales, broadline industrial & biz supplier, Grainger has agreed to sell Europe MRO/fastener distributor Fabory Group to a PE firm. It bought Fabory in 2011 and growth has failed to match its international online operations in Zoro & MonotaRO

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leazer mark aopdAOPD renews
Premier contract

FriendsOffice joins forces
for contract sales group


Business supply contract sales group AOPD has renewed and expanded its purchasing agreement with Premier, the leading US healthcare network. We speak with executive director Mark Leazer on progress and action plans #BeyondCovid. Tomorrow 

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Screen Shot 2018 12 14 at 3.24.27 PMFacebook fails
own principles

Employees 'Zuck' boss
for lack of fact-checking


Fortune
 magazine 
reports that Facebook workers have slammed CEO Mark Zuckerberg over US President's inflammatory posts on its platform. Pressure has mounted for social media to fact check information to the same standard as the news media

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Screen Shot 2020 06 01 at 4.01.16 PMNestle can't do 
Incredible things

Burger wars, dispensers,
Poland Spring source news


Nestle,
the global #1 food & beverage supplier, has had a roller coaster year with questions raised against the Poland Spring water source; court issues over its copycat branding with Incredible Burger; and innovation in reusable & refillable Nescafe dispensers.  

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