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  • stairway to heaven 2017WFH Winners
    expose Losers

    Personalised productivity
    service providers to users
    gain local brand identity


    Amazon's
    amazing 40% growth to reach $10Bn in business supplies during the Covid quarter exposed the huge deficiencies in service levels from traditional OP dealers.  Amazon became the default 'first call' supplier for 'Everything WFH supplies'. In spite of its dominance, many responsive progressive dealers pivoted powerfully to the new immediate market standards. We highlight the winners....Updated

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  • Gazelle leaps bigboxLess means more
    P r o d u c t i v i t y

    Wake up to new Touchless
    Paper/Officeless, Spotless
    Wasteless business world


    There's no doubt after 5mos of Covid lockdown & 'WFH' that future trends have been brought forward. Consider the acceleration in technology use by all ages: MCommerce, less commuting, Zoom meetings & conferences; hygiene, safety, health & wellness awareness; protective packaging. Moreover the shift towards a greener more sustainable world. We discuss the trends. Updated

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  • commodity cliffPrint/papermakers
    plunge off a cliff

    OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand+economy+Covid


    Most leading OP, Paper & Print makers reported severe sales declines in Q2'20. Printer Paper demand is down 60%+ since 2008; another -30% in Q2;the shift to hygiene and packaging is huge. We analyse Q2 results.  Updated today for Domtar

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  • office depot sinking ship350 2Deceitful Depot
    deeper and down

    New 'ODPCorp' 'Max B2B'
    Smith's 'deckchair shifting'
    cliches on a sinking ship


    Newly named ODP Corporation (ex-Office Depot-OfficeMax), sank at a deepening rate in Q2'20. OP core sales were crushed with hygiene essentials in retail & online softening the decline. We analyse CEO Gerry 'Smudger' Smith's hollow & misleading commentary and update on the 'white knight' life saver.

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  • jones yancey snr TSR 20Will SPR investors

    expand biz supply?

    Is narrowline 'holesaler
    just a buying group play?


    After many failed attempts Genuine Parts finally sold SPRichards to an Investor Group led by TSR's enterprising chief Yancey Jones (pic left). What's the plan? Will it continue a buying group bias or invest in broadline business supply to compete with Amazon? We review

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vultures in graveyardVultures vanquish
Europe bigboxes

SPLS stripped after Depot
disposal to legacy laggard


Vulture Capitalists Aurelius and Cerebus who acquired distressed European assets of Office Depot & Staples respectively in 2017, continued their 'graveyard' clearance sales. The latest disposal is Staples UK's dwindling customer file to the hybrid wholesaler/direct office supplier Evo Group

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yunquing yuan lenovo redLenovo lengthens

lead in PC market

PC's, Mobile, Data Center
sales recover post Covid


Hong Kong based, international PC & mobile giant Lenovo recovered strongly from the Covid hit previous quarter in China. The Mobile group rebounded strongly following the temporary closure of its Wuhan factory

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Printer problem womanOffice printing
to rebound??

Quocirca research on
plunging market seems
phony & protectionist


IT decision makers predict office print volumes will bounce back, but recovery may be short-lived as transition to a hybrid workplace gathers pace, according to new Quocirca research that explores the future of the hybrid digital workplace. We analyse and compare with PP research sources that challenge their optimistic findings

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Screen Shot 2020 08 12 at 11.21.05 AMKodak collapses
deeper & deeper

Covid accelerates demise
in trad & digital printing


Eastman Kodak
reported rapidly declining results in Q2'20. Chairman Jim Continenza appointed in Feb'19 has achieved little to rescue the iconic brand's core business and is now embroiled in controversy over the suspicious $765m government loan to convert facilities into making dodgy drugs 

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vistar truck roadPFG/Vistar: food
to biz battered

2 big acquisitions boost
convenience stores sales


Performance Food Group (PFG inc. Vistar), the leading US food & beverage services wholesaler reported declining organic sales in Q4'20, hit by Covid in business supply. Two major acquisitions, one in convenience store supply, boosted overall sales growth

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Screen Shot 2020 08 11 at 12.46.05 PMBrother browses
office life future

Uncertainty splits people's
return to office attitudes


As WFH lockdown eases and businesses plan for a phased return, printermaker Brother surveyed a sample of UK office employees to find out how they feel about returning to the office, exploring which daily routines they miss most and their biggest concerns. We discuss

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WhiteCap construction HDHD Supply hives
off White Cap 

Exits Construction & Indl
to focus on Facilities Mgt


As PP reported in July before Covid the $6Bn in sales leading industrial supplier HD Supply was planning to equally split its FM and construction businesses. Given the upside potential of the FM division and the surprisingly buoyant construction operation, we opined it was a good time to act. The deal is done, a VC has bought the White Cap business

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Screen Shot 2020 08 11 at 9.51.14 AMFoodservice fights
falter during Covid

Sysco & USFoods sink 40%+
as WFH hurts biz supply


Foodservice supply leaders to business & restaurants Sysco & US Foods reported disastrous results in latest Q2'20 (Q4 for Sysco). Denied a merger in 2015 the full service rivals are seeking different courses of action going forward

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Screen Shot 2020 08 10 at 4.38.36 PMBack to School:
a bonanza bet?

Mobile IT, hygiene, safety
set to dominate demand


What will Back-to-School shopping look like this year? The school year is going to look different in light of Covid. How are parents thinking? What are their plans to prepare for the upcoming term? We analyse and comment  on what is expected to be a bumper year...

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stairway to heaven 2017WFH Winners
expose Losers

Personalised productivity
service providers to users
gain local brand identity


Amazon's
amazing 40% growth to reach $10Bn in business supplies during the Covid quarter exposed the huge deficiencies in service levels from traditional OP dealers.  Amazon became the default 'first call' supplier for 'Everything WFH supplies'. In spite of its dominance, many responsive progressive dealers pivoted powerfully to the new immediate market standards. We highlight the winners....Updated

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