Report including full 2009 OP Market Review Analysis will be published free to subscribers on 31 Dec'09. Report available to non subscribers at £300 ($500)
80-90’s and 2009 compared
30 Dec’09 (Updated again 1700 UK time; 1200 ET)
The bigbox share of the US and UK markets fell again in 2009. OfficeMaxand Office Depot have now lost an estimated $5Bn in sales over the past 2 years. Independent dealers overall fell less than the overall market….the top 25 dealer share grew at the expense of the bigbox's demise and by extending sales into new categories.
28 Dec 09
Last week (24 Dec'09) we reported that Office Depothad recruited a new VP Sales for their beleaguered Business Solutions Division (BSD). We understand from insiders now that an early decision has been made about the departure of the current president.
23 Dec 09
Earlier this month the brilliantly named North Carolina based dealer LonesourceacquiredNOI Supplythe £12min sales supplies division of Nashville Office Interiors.
We spoke with dynamic Lonesource chiefs Bradleyand Stacey King about the acquisition and afterwards they gave a full insight into their management focus and future plans to reach $100m in sales
Our thanks go to all those that participated by putting forward suggestions for our Christmas Characterslist. The nominations featured a number of surprises in turbulently tough year:
16 Dec 09Kevin McGirl, the chief at Sales-I the burgeoning CRM software company said you must speak to Derek Hartsfield, the CEO of Write Now! of Dallas…”He’s the fastest growing dealer in the US”.
So we did and now we’re profiling him. Don’t miss this amazing success story of how to go to market in recessionary times…
15 Dec 09
You couldn’t make this up! After being caught red handed and refunding City ofBerkeley $289,000 earlier this year, the desperate #2 global OP reseller continues to overcharge at a rate of 20% above contract prices.
14 Dec 09The recent announced settlement between Office Depot and their ex- City of Berkeley (California) contract account manager Earl Ante raises grave concerns that fraudulent actions by Office Depot are being covered-up by the settlement agreement
22 Dec 09
We missed this protest letter from ex-Office Depotsenior account manager now official whistleblower David Sherwinto theSECdetailing the flagrant falsification, conspiratorial and fraudulent actions of Office Depot’s CEO Steve Odland and his partner in deception Steve Schmidt, president of Business Solutions Division.
Report from today’s San Francisco Citizen
San Francisco’s recent audit of global #2 office supplier Office Depot’scontract with the cityhas prompted City Attorney Dennis Herrerato take action today.
13 Dec 09
The US #1 consumer electronics retailer's recycling program seems expensive to run, until you look at the benefits: a green reputation and a way to get customers into stores.
OP resellers should take note as 2 leading dealers from California and Liverpool have done.
12 Dec 09
When interactive online content is placed in the right context, the improvement in user response can be measured and help marketers maximise return on investment, according to the latest research.
If Gillette 's PR man spotted rival brand King of Shaves' founder, Will King, in a pub, it is highly unlikely that he would take the opportunity to inform him that his products are 'cheap plastic pieces of rubbish'.
21 Dec 09
Non other than Clare Beale the editor of Campaign magazine and lead advertising columnist in The Independent declared today that Twitter was the media success story of 2009. Here are her comments:
8 Dec 09Enter into the Christmas spirit early. We invite you to nominate your Christmas Characters for the tough and turbulent 2009. Last year the poll attracted 400+ rersponses. There are 5 categories and we list last years top nominations:
20 Dec 09
Office Depot Business Solutions president Steve Schmidt has blamed Whistleblower David Sherwin for his part in San Francisco Audit Report findings showing $5.75m in overcharges on their contract. Just another 'red herring' from the beleaguered giant?
19 Dec 09 (Completed)
‘Democratic marketing’ – by passing the agency process to put the creative brief out to consumers and independent creatives - is gaining popularity among brands such as Peperami. Are we about to see a seismic change in marketing services procurement, especially in the OP market?
19 Dec 09
Like it or not, we will have to get used to these headlines as Office Depot’s fraudulent and systematic overcharging goes mainstream in the US press. Today San Francisco Chronicle tomorrow NY Timesand Wall Street Journal?
We have been banging on about Depot deceptions, collusion and conspiracies against their biggest customers, state and local governments and taxpayers since May 2007. Many readers are fed up with these reports, asking us to give them a break, as though the transgressions were historical.
Depot’s fraudulent practices are current, exacerbated by a deceitful management cover-ups. We will continue our crusade to get rid of these incompetents to restore the former good name of Office Depot and the OP industry.
16 Dec 09Best Buy, the world’s #1 consumer electronics retailer announced Q3’09 earnings more than quadrupled on a strong jump in sales.
7 Dec 09Ex-Office Depotwhistle-blower and SECcooperating witness David Sherwin of Fort Myers FL) has stated his intent to challenge the SEC filing versus Office Depot.
Specifically, whistle-blower Sherwin intends on amending the SEC filing to include criminal charges against the CEO Steve Odland and BSD President Steve Schmidt. As a cooperating witness and complainant Sherwin has standing with the commission in determining whether civil or criminal sanctions should be sought against Office Depot.
8 Dec 09
Last week the brilliantly named North Carolina LonesourceacquiredNOI Supplythe £12min sales supplies division of Nashville Office Interiors. dealer
We spoke with dynamic Lonesource chiefs Bradand Stacey King about the acquisition and their future plans to reach $100m in sales.
4 Dec 09
As we discussed Fortune Magazine’s selection of Steve Jobs of Apple as CEO of the Decade was undisputed. We received 835 nominations for the equivalent in the OP marketplace and it was a very close run contest. Here are the results and the winner is:
1 Dec 09 (Updated)Yesterday has become known as Cyber Monday as 97 million Americans return to work and went online to look for bargains following the Thanksgiving weekend holiday. The OP resellers have been busy with ‘Sweet-Tweet’ deals, especially the pure internet players with gift incentives.
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