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  • zuckerberg damagedFakebook facing
    fantastic fatal fall? 

    WSJ/Whistleblower expose
    Zuck & Co's corruption


    "Would I like to write about anything else in tech except Facebook? I would. Can I write about anything else in tech but Facebook? I cannot" opines Kara Swisher, NYTimes much admired tech columnist. We discuss her opinions and review the shenanigans that have characterized its devious leadership

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  • Screen Shot 2021 10 05 at 3.03.04 PMNeoCon: Design
    for New Normal!

    Gold Awards for Teknion,
    Steelcase, Darran, AllSteel


    We review the latest & greatest from the international furniture fest #NeoCon2021 in Chicago.  We report on best in show awards and interviews with big brand leaders and discuss their vision, strategy and market differentials.. 

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  • Dochelli Harry ESND 21ESND escalates
    lower cost logistics

    Systems investments: CRM,
    Distribution & Digital mktg


    US #1 business supplies wholesaler Essendant has made major investments in marketing and logistics designed to add value and lower 'cost to serve' for its dealer partners. We discussed details with president Harry Dochelli and development of its business categories portfolio now dominated by hygiene and food care supplies... Updated

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  • Hygiene clean office 21Hygiene Hole?
    Mind the gap!

    60% biz supply demand:
    hygiene, food, pkg service.
    Dealers sales mix <30%


    We've reported for 10yrs+ about the disconnect between dealers and users' one-source business supply demand needs. Now latest reports confirm the huge gap between what businesses want and what OP dealers supply. We highlight the best practice champions closing the gap rapidly... Updated

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  • Productivity to lucyThe Productivity
    Paradox persists

    How WFH skew metrics.
    Industrial stats redundant
    in a hybrid work economy


    Productivity stats accelerated ithrough the 2020/21 Depression...how and why? As we've reported repeatedly over the past 10yrs+, industrial productivity measures are redundant in the 'Information' economy where workers input hours are immeasurable, especially now, in the 'WFH/Officeless' hybrid world. In truth, productivity has been rising strongly throughout the web inspired economy. We discuss inc. Sydney Ember's NYTimes article...updated

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Gershwind eric MSC ll smileMSC Ind supply
sales resurgent

Higher sales of hygiene
safety & PPE offset fall


MSC Industrial Supply
, a leading $4Bn MRO distributor reported accelerated double digit growth in Q4'21 with CEO Erik Gershwind more upbeat about demand forecasts ahead of the general market index

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Screen Shot 2021 10 20 at 4.13.45 PMHP collaborates
late w/WFH tools

Presence range of 

hybrid
work 

hardware & software

 

HP Inc. has launched Presence a new era of hybrid work solutions, PCs, and peripherals designed for better conferencing and collaboration experiences.

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lamneck ken insight suitInsight chief
to step down 

Ex-Dell channel boss
to succeed 11yr vet


The $9Bn in sales IT solutions provider Insight Enterprises has named a new CEO to succeed Ken Lamneck, who has led the reseller since 2010 and plans to retire in May 2022

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Bresky Annika SE headStoraEnso powers
up in packaging 

Closing paper capacity to
boost food & hygiene mkt


Top packaging-papermaker Stora Enso reported strong packaging revenues in Q3'21. New CEO Annica Bresky confirmed plans to cut huge printer paper capacity and invest in renewable packaging materials for the growing food and hygiene markets

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Taylor David PGP&G's powerful

hygiene growth

Resurgent brand force in
WFH/business supplies


Procter & Gamble (PG), the leading personal, home & business care brandmaker, reported healthy Q1'22 results. Powerful marketing & ad campaigns are winning market share in towels, tissues & detergents eg Charmin, Dawn, Bounty, Tide & Febreze

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Leahy Christine CDWCDW captures a
serious $2Bn rival 

Merger expands integrated
services portfolio by c45%


Two of the most powerful solution providers in the US are joining forces as CDW unveiled plans to day to acquire a major rival  for $2.5Bn. The deal will expand CDW’s services portfolio by 45% to approximately $1.3Bn in combined annual net sales, 

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Screen Shot 2021 10 18 at 3.19.06 PMC-o-n-n-e-c-t-e-d
Economy expedites

Social Commerce: nxt wave
in mobile web shopping?


Many progressive commentators predicted that mobile devices connected to the web would be capable of commercial transactions for consumers. This is now happening everyday. Yje transition from From ecommerce to mobile commerce to social commerce has been rapid inspiring tremendous personal productivity...

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Screen Shot 2021 10 18 at 5.45.17 PMSocial Commerce:
Nxt webstore wave

Confluence of ecommerce+
social media almost there

 
 
Implemented correctly, Social Commerce combines the ease of online shopping with the network effects of social media, resulting in a powerful growth driver. As the ecommerce market pivots from B2B buyers towards consumers (B2U) so dealers need to embrace personalsed marketing & user friendly webstore experiences...

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HuntJB driverJBHunt high on 

'essentials' drive

Huge demand for Truck
load & final mile delivery


JBHunt
 the $10Bn US transportation giant held up well during the Covid disrupted Q3'21. Long haul demand recovered strongly enhanced by integrated capacity and high truck load, final mile delivery service demand for essential goods

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Screen Shot 2021 10 14 at 8.57.10 PMBig brands exit

numbed Neocon

MillerKnoll's Fulton Market
lead followed by Steelcase


#Neocon2021 
ended last week at the iconic but tired Merchandise Mart (Chicago) and now we're getting reactions from brand exhibitors and the hugely reduced visitors attendance. Furniture industry press has been light on analysis to date. We report the key takeaways and name the big brands planning to move to the chic Fulton Market venue

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