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  • Ex-Depot rep fired for refusing to falsify facts?

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    ODgate Scandal - Breaking News

    Ex-Depot rep fired for refusing to falsify facts?

    Suing Depot for wrongful dismissal re City of Berkeley fraudulent overcharging investigation

    29 Jul 09 (Updated 1500 UK time; 1100 ET)
    News came through yesterday which threatens to reopen the City of Berkeley overcharging episode where Office Depot paid $289,000 compensation earlier this year  
  • MWV Back to School sales on target

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    columian-envsMWV Back to
    School sales on target

    Transformational moves yield positive results

    29 Jul 09

    MeadWestVaco, the leading packaging and brand stationery manufacturer today reported encouraging Q2’09 financial results.

  • Ten Up for Depot

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    Ten Up for Depot

    Fraud investigations by Attorney Generals and Feds outstripping

    Enron, Madoff and Capone scandals

    26 Jul 09
    We have chronicled weekly since May 2007, or “prolifically” as Steve Odland remarked in his recent interview with OPI, about the fraudulent overcharging and bait n’ switch methods deployed by Office Depot.


    Last week we reached a tipping point in the tailspinning tales of self destruction when Odland exposed himself as a hands-off, soulless but charming fraud…

  • Brand storytelling - How to connect with your user

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    Brand storytelling

    How to connect with your user

    BY Melinda Partin, co-founder of Worktank


    25 July 09

    At its very core, marketing is storytelling. The best advertising campaigns take us on an emotional journey--appealing to our wants, needs and desires--while at the same time telling us about a product or service.

  • OPI Interview – Office Depot CEO – Part 3 Values based destruction Accuses whistleblower of misinformation? Allied a positive decision? Liking Viking again? More desperate denials unchallenged by OPI

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    OPI Interview – Office Depot CEO – Part 3

    Values based destruction

    Accuses whistleblower of misinformation? Allied a positive decision? Liking Viking again?
    More desperate denials
    unchallenged byOPI


    23 Jul 09 (Updated and finalised 2000UK time; 1500 ET)

    Our opinion on the shocking and unchallenged 8 page
    OPI interview with Steve Odland continues here with the final 7 points of big issue

  • OPI Interview – Office Depot CEO - Part 2 BullSchmidt’s Brainwash Odland: “He doesn’t care about telling truth…that’s ethically wrong, I think its legally wrong”

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    OPI Interview – Office Depot CEO - Part 2
    BullSchmidt’s Brainwash

    Odland: “He doesn’t care about telling truth…that’s ethically wrong,
    I think its legally wrong”


    23 Jul 09

    We’ve decided to make a special feature ofOffice Depot CEOSteve Odland’s accusations about the "prolific blogger" in his interview withOPI’sSteve Hilleardthis month.


    It is buried away on page 7 of an 8 page report and we didn’t want readers to be misinformed because Odland was not in attendance at my meeting with his BSD presidentSteve Schmidtand his legalrepresentative on 27 May at their Global HQ in Boca Raton (FL).

    Here is another example of his hands-off, detached and deluded executive methods

  • Depot disclose more fraud investigations Attorney Generals act in Ohio and California

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    Depot disclose more fraud investigations

    Attorney Generals act

    inOhio andCalifornia

    21 Jul 09

    Office Depot announced today on its investors website that the Attorney General ofOhio andCaliforniastates have initiated civil fraud investigationsinto its office supply contracts with its biggest customerUS Communities.

  • S p e c i a l VOW’s broken Suppliers squeeze desperate wholesaler into immediate suspension of sourcing service

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    VOWs-broken-heartS p e c i a l
    VOW’s broken

    Suppliers squeeze desperate
    wholesaler into immediate
    suspension of sourcing service

     

    21 July 09

    Yesterday the beleagured #2UK wholesalerVOW’s sales directorAdrian Butler emailed customers announcing the immediate suspension of its key specials sourcing service. What’s next HP?

  • Acme cuts its numbers Slower US bigbox demand hurts

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    acme-scissorsAcme cuts its numbers
    SlowerUS bigbox demand hurts

    18 Jul 09
    Acme United Corporation,
    a leading global supplier of innovative cutting, measuring and safety products announced on Friday that sales for Q2’09 ended June 30, 2009.

  • Curiosity marketing lessons from Chiasso How to convert catalog users to email successfully Raise conversions 19% through great design and revised image and copy layouts

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    Curiosity marketing lessons from Chiasso
    How to convert
    catalog users to email successfully

    Raise conversions 19% through great design and revised image and copy layouts

    19 Jul 09

    Marketers looking to save money on print costs can take advantage the growing trend toward “green” marketing by transitioning customers from a paper catalog to digital communications. Here is a great case study

  • Lessons in modern marketing Social media works! 4 steps on how IBM combined new and old marketing tactics to promote events and generate leads

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    Lessons in modern marketing

    Social media works!

    4 steps on howIBM combined new and old marketing tactics to promote events and generate leads

    18 July 09

    As the number of social media channels continues to grow, it can be daunting to figure out which tools suit which purposes for marketing. We highlight here a case study from IBMwhich will inspire OP dealers who plan to build their presence with decision makers in their local marketplace.

  • Scandal Revisited: Conspiracy in the Communities Nonprofit or Con-profit? Where do the US Communities multi-$millions rebates go?

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    ODgate Scandal
    Revisited: Conspiracy in the Communities

    Nonprofit or Con-profit?

    Where do the US Communities
    multi-$millions rebates go?

    17 Jul 09

    US Communities andCalifornia Communities the trading partners of are Nonprofit organisations run exclusively byStephen Hamill andGerry Burke owners of a for-profit company calledHB Capital Resources.

    During the course of our investigatory work into the mysterious workings of the ‘Communities’ in July 2008 we discovered articles bywho was conducting investigations into ‘an obscure public agency (that) operates outside the public view, often awarding financial benefits to private business. Critics call it a bad way to do the public'sOrange County Register’sBrian Joseph business.’

    We have decided to revisit theUS Communities Conspiracy Case…we think this is going to flush out more fraudulent activity and collusion between Office Depot and its biggest customer.

  • Reverb: The secret of social marketing Dealer Alert! Get your dealership involved on Facebook and Twitter to get your service message into Lucy’s head

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    Reverb:
    The secret
    of social marketing

    Dealer Alert! Get your dealership involved on Facebook and Twitter to get your service message into Lucy’s head

    17 Jul 09
    Reverb (short for reverberation) is typically used to describe when a sound continues despite the original source of the sound being removed. If you apply the same idea to social media, a reverb describes the unique fact thatevery action in social media is not just done, but is also broadcast across a wide online network of like interests.

    This is particularly the case in the intimate world of office products.

  • “The paperless office as distant as ever”?? ‘Investment in brand can help everyone’ call the Luddite Business First contributors inc. Esselte

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    Lessons in Office Productivity
    The paperless office as distant as ever?
    ‘Investment in brand can help everyone’ call the Luddite
    Business First contributors...Esselte

    16 July 09 (Updated 2300 UK time; 1800 ET)
    We read an advertorial type article inBusiness First magazine at the weekend. It was distributed with the latestSunday Times and called for investment in better organisationalproducts. The essence of the story was that paper based systems were our preference and that paperless offices were as distant as ever.

     

    ReadEditor’s Comment to see why we disagree with the ‘experts’ who contributed the story including high powered marketing guys fromEsselte.

  • Vow’s Renewed What will the ‘exclusive’ new investors conditions be? Status quo or regime change?

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    Vow’s Renewed

    What will the ‘exclusive’ new investors
    conditions be? Status quo or regime change?

    15 Jul 09

    It sounded like good news on Monday when Vasanta’s chairman Richard Martin advised that a new ‘exclusive’ private equity partner had ageed to rescue Vasanta with new unspecified funds.

    What’s not clear at this stage are the terms and conditions of the deal. Surely they will not pour good money after bad? Surely they will insist on a change of leadership? We explore the possibilities.

  • Proficiency Profile Preferred course of positive action Interview with Mike Miller… son of a legend, building another growth machine

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    Proficiency Profile

    Preferred course

    of positive action

    Interview with Mike Miller… son of a legend, building another growth machine

     

    14 Jul 09

    The Miller family from Dallas, Texas is legendary in the OP industry. Big Jim Millerwas the original Mr. Enthusiasm who toured the OP world in the NOPA heydays of the 1980’s spreading positive words about independent dealer success.

    When the house the Miller’s built, the $130m in sales, Miller Business Systems succumbed to big box pressure in the early 90’s it was his son Mike Miller that powered to the forefront with growth and efficient execution his forte. What happened after that and what is happening now?

    Read on for a great lesson in how to prepare your dealership for growth in tough times.

  • Proficiency Poll - Top OP City Review Go east young brand Is there an innovation shift going on? Will Boston win it again?

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    NY-CityProficiency Poll - Top OP City Review

    Go east young brand

    Is there an innovation shift going on?

    Will Boston win it again?


    13 Jul 09 (Updated 12 noon UK time; 0700 ET)

    In 2008Boston(US) wasProficiency Post readers’ choice as theOP industry’s City of the Year. Early nominations for 2009 includedBoston again,Chicago the home of OP; theMinneapolis area,NewYork andSeattle.

    And the winner is….

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