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  • OP's Greenest List 2013

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    Greenest-list-2012Proficiency Index Survey


    OP’s greenest
    companies list

    Who are 2013 champions

    
of sustainability and ethics?

     

    26 Nov’13 (Complete)
    Usually in November, Newsweek magazine publishes its ‘Greenest List’, but as yet, no sign. Meanwhile, there’s been tremendous initiatives by industry leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, ethics, recycling and cutting carbon emissions. We report the progress of OP market leaders….public and private companies..

  • WebWatch'13 - Leaderboard - Round 6

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    webwatch-montage-2013-top-92013 WebWatch - 

    Round 6 Leaderboard

    Wonderful

    Webstores

    Top 10 user-friendly

    shopping experiences

     

    21 Nov’13

    After 6 rounds of reviewing over 100 progressive resellers’ webstores the Proficiency Index WebWatchteam have listed their Top 10 to date. Complacent dealers must learn from these best practice leaders...URGENTLY!

  • WebWatch 2013 - Round 6

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    Webwatch-R6-2013-montage2013 WebWatch Round 6

    
Wonderful or

    
woeful webstores


    Are OP dealers complacent 


    v. best e.g. Shoplet/Amazon?


    21 Nov'13 (Updated)

    
After years of lagging behind, dealers are waking up to the importance of webstores. However, most are closed, industrial, overstructured, difficult to ‘browse and buy’; and unfriendly to mobile users. C’mon dealers unless you address these issues Amazon will continue to blow you away…

  • Deans of Disruption 2013

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    Disrupters12-Bezos-MeehanDeans of

    DiSrUPtioN!

    Who will join Amazon’s Jeff

    Bezos as protagonist in chief

     

    21 Nov’13 (Updated)

    Forbes, Fortune and CNBC have all published lists of Disruptors in the business world in 2013. As we did in 2012, we highlight relevant article extracts and list the leading disruptors who threaten complacency in the OP market for 2013...

  • Best Buy Q3'14 Financial Review

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    Best-Buy-montage-2013Best Buy battles 

    
back to black

    Renew Blue rally recovers losses.

    
But still losing share e.g. Amazon


    19 Nov’13

    
Best Buy, the US #1 consumer electronics retailer, showed improved financials for Q3’14 ended 3 Nov’13. The signs were encouraging, but it’s well behind in online growth and still marginally profitable

  • Top 10 Women Marketers 2013

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    women-marketeers-2013Top 10 women
    PPS marketers


    Nominations in & reviewed;

    leaderboard published today

     

    18 Nov'13 (Updated)

    
Fortune magazine recently published their list of the 50 most powerful women in business. As in 2012, we want to recognize the top female marketers that are leading the industry’s transformation from box-shifters to personal productivity service providers. Nominations are now closed and we publish TOP 10 today and profile today

  • The Apple of Jony Ive

    ive-jony-apple-blueThe  A p p l e
    of  J o n y  I v e

    The iconic genius who
    puts the 'i' in Apple magic

     

    15 Nov’13
    While Jony Ive's design group was secretly working on the iPad, Steve Jobs was telling the public and press that Apple had no intention of releasing a tablet.

  • Amazon's Jeff Bezos' bedevilment

    Bezos-jeff-amazon-bedevilJeff B e z o s’

    bedevilment

    Amazing Amazon ace’s anxiety

    eyeing his everything store aim.

     

    15 Nov’13

    Wall Street Journal’s Farhad Manjoo has written a fascinating insight into the paranoid behaviour of Amazon Founder/CEO Jeff Bezos, in multiplying sales of the omnivore 5x in the 7 years, to $100Bn by 2015

  • Proficiency Profile - ZEN Office

    zen-office-teamProficiency Profile

    The Essence
    of ZEN Office

    “We deliver personalised
    productivity services”

     

    13 Nov'13 (Complete)

    Earlier last month we visited an ex-OfficeSMARTmember, Les Kerrand his Zen Office team. The leading edge office facilities, based in North Manchester (UK), were an impressive example of a progressive productivity services provider in action...

  • Proficiency Index - 40 under 40 Rising Stars

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    40-under-40-2013-Top9Proficiency Index Poll Results

    40 under 40

    Personal Productivity market's

    hottest young business talent

     

    12 Nov'13 (Updated)

    This is the 4th edition of Proficiency Index ’40 under 40’identifying the rising stars of the Personal Productivity Services (PPS)market place. It's been a hugely popular feature attracting nominations. 258 nominations were received up until closing date last Friday. Here are the top nominations with profiles before Thursday

  • Best Buy's new Kiosk Kingdom

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    bestbuy-apple-kioskBest Buy’s new

    Kiosk Kingdom

    Hot omnichannel store trend

    elevates Renew Blue program

     

    11 Nov’13

    Best Buymay continue to see strong stock gains even after a 268% share price rise in 2013, according to a set of analyst upgrades of the restructuring big box electronics retailer.

  • Dynamic Duos in the OP market

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    innovative-50m-celebration-2013Dynamic Duos
    driving success

    Review of OP market's most
    progressive partnerships

     

    5 Nov'13 (Updated)
    Fast Company’s October edition features a great study on the powerful pairings producing great design and business success. We review the OP market and nominate the most progressive dynamic duos, including your nominations too...completed shortly

     

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