What will happen with Amazon, Apple, Staples, Office Depot, United, WBMason, HP, SPOT (Spicers/OfficeTeam), Vasanta/VOW, Keurig, Grainger, dealers, groups, wholesalers, manufacturers in 2015. Here are our pointed predictions…
WSJ's Geoff Fowler & Joanna Stern preview some of the hot technology promises made in 2014 and highlight the likely winners in 2015 and jhow we should prepare ourselves
31 Dec’14 (Complete)
Stockmarket and industry analysts persistently criticized Amazonfor its lack of profits and shares were marked down by 22% over the year. Meanwhile, it increased Prime prices and boosted membership and margins...
Staplesconfirmed today that the suspected data breach reported here on 20 October had indeed occurred. Not a good week for unwelcome intruders?
The connected economy continues its path of creative destruction, so much so that it is changing the nature of competition itself. The #1 opportunity for local OP resellers to use CRM tools to reach users beyond the buyer. How quickly will you respond?
The Annual Paperworld Fair 2015 renewal takes place in February. Sadly the ‘must-do’ event of the 90’s has faded into obsolescence and the conference should be held in a more modern, upbeat business environment
BlackBerry’scost-cutting continues but CEO John Chen’s record as a turnaround expert is on the line as the smartphone maker’s sales dived steeply again...
As first reported on 9 Dec’14, Amazonhas launched Prime Now, a service in Manhattan promising delivery in as soon as one hour. How will local dealers' react?
We’ve been reflecting on German #1 dealer group’s Soennecken’s recent decision to go direct. Sounds similar to moves made by Spicers, Vasantaand US group TriMegaback in 2011. Why are they not focusing on dealers’ marketing?
After publishing the WebWatch 2014 Leaderboard Round 6 in October we review the final list of progressive resellers to check if they have optimized the shopping experience for users, especially mobile. Ratings and mini-profiles follow this weekend + Final WebWatch Winners 2014 tomorrow
At last progressive dealers are getting the importance of brand image. More and more are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ look, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips and stationery. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best for 2014 (2013 pic left)...later today
Leading contract furniture maker Herman Millerjust announced strong sales and profits growth for Q2’15 ended 29 Nov’14 with a bright order outlook
Nortek, the diversified parent of technology brand Ergotron,recently reported impressive growth gains in the education market for its innovative products in Q3’14
The latest UK BOSS Federation Outlook survey reveals trade continued to be positive, but less than in the previous quarters. The air of comfort is palpable and competitive threats from new entrants and mobility issues were noticeably absent...
Yesterday Steven Syre, Boston Globe columnist headlined an op-ed “No hedging possibility of Staples merger now”. His interpretation of Starboard’s new stake in Staples/Depotwas a typical show of market myopia and ignorance...
The first half results of newly merged European electronics combo Dixons Carphone are in showing the benefits of a consolidating mobile market..
17 Dec'14 (Complete)
Newsweek magazine has published its ‘Green Rankings 2014’ for US companies. We list those included from the global business supplies industry, plus the latest initiatives by market leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR): sustainability, ethics and cutting carbon emissions...
16 Dec'14One of the trends we've highlighted in the past 3 years is urbanization and the rapid growth of co-working shared spaces in cities like NY, Boston, Seattle, SF and Chicago. Here’s the WeWork case study
16 Dec'14As demand for cloud and services increase, Insight's EMEA president Wolfgang Eberman warns of the need to change customers' attitudes towards IT spending
Branding’s big guns like Coca Cola stand for happiness; Nike for can-do attitude. Here are 25 PPS brands that stand for productivity improvement…
The perfect storm happened on Thursday! Starboard's move on Staples & Office Depot ominously endangered their market future, playing into the hands of a new entrepreneurial revolution, fuelled by the power of wholesalers e.g. Amazon, Ingram Micro, UnitedandWestcoast...
It’s the season of goodwill and good results from leading furniture makers. We kick off with reports analysis on Inscape and Virco today
Keurig Green Mountain continued its relentless expansion into new beverages with the acquisition of European multi-drink system maker, including espresso. Yow!
Today in Seattle, Starbucks opened its first Starbucks ‘Reserve’ café a new mini-roastery and restaurant. CEO Howard Schultz (pic left)plans to roll out these new immersive experiences in 2015
Uber, the taxi and delivery service, has raised new funding from some of the world’s top investorsvaluing it at $41Bn. It's incredible ride now approaches giant rivalFedExat $51Bn. Can it maintain its meteoric expansion pace?
5 Dec’14 (Updated)
Leading OP reseller Stapleshas confirmed the launch of Staples Exchange its online marketplace for its broadening business supplies range. We spoke with ecommerce chief Faisal Masudabout plans...
Rex Miller principal of mindShift, a consortium of large architectural companies, reckons that most workers are disillusioned with their jobs and that over half of all office space is wasted. Here's how to transform your offices...
Please stand up to read this! Your office is probably killing you? The 20th Anniversary ErgoExpo started on Tuesday demonstrating thousands of products designed to improve personal comfort and productivity at work. Get first analysis report here...shortly
4 Dec’14CIOs want a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy to maintain IT control, but in reality employees will do whatever they want regardless. Time to adapt to the massive mobility trend...
Marketing Week leading writer Mark Ritson, opines that ‘Backwards’ market research will help you move forward. Here's why we agree with this approach...
CRNinterviewed TechData's highly regarded CEO Bob Dutkowsky to discuss the current marketplace and future developments affecting the $28Bn in sales #2 IT wholesaler with $28Bn in sales forecast for 2014....
3 Dec’14 (Updated)
There’s no doubt that HP CEO Meg Whitman is a charming marketer of broad brush strokes that convince investors. But can she truly make HP responsive, innovative, agile and less arrogant? Here's a review of its new products...
2 Dec’14 (Complete)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezoswas interviewed by BI’s Henry Blodgett today. Under fire from investors over low profitability, he countered with his high growth, strong margins, high investment model…
2 Dec’14 (12:00ET Complete)
IBM Digital Analytics Benchmarkreported strong growth from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, culminating with a record five-day 'Cyber Week' period for online shopping.
Autonomy founder Mike Lynchplans to ask SEC to investigate evidence that he believes shows HPmade “false representations to the market” over its massive $5Bn writedown on its acquisition of the UK software maker.
1 Dec’14 (19:00ET)Cyber Monday sales surged to a new record as more shoppers skipped physical stores for the convenience and deals offered by Amazon.com, Target and Walmartwebstores
1 Dec'14 (Updated)
We‘re grateful to Spicers/Officeteam (SPOT)’s PR service OPIfor the ‘encouraging’ progress report from owners Better Capital. Synergy used to be defined as 2+2 = five and thriving; not three and dying…
Thanksgiving weekend retail spending is losing its lustre. Predictably shoppers shifted in droves to smartphones for their bargain browse‘n’buy binge, primarily to Amazon...
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