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  • Best Buy Q4'14 Financial Review

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    Best-Buy-montage-2013Best Buy beaten

    back by Amazon

    Renew Blue rally drives profits. In

    denial re lost web market share

     

    27 Feb’14 (Complete)

    Best Buy, the US #1 consumer electronics retailer, showed improved financials for Q4’14 ended 2 Feb’14. The signs were positive, but it’s well behind in online growth and only marginally profitable

  • Acme United Q4'13 Financial Review

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    Westcott--scissorsAcme’s sharp

    growth resumes

    Camillus & Back-to-School

    in US & Europe boost growth

     

    26 Feb’14
    Acme United
    today announced impressive results for Q4’13 financial results to 30 Dec’13, in spite of problems in Europe.

    Financial Review Q4’13 v Q4’12

  • WebWatch 2014 - Top 2013 Webstores Revisited

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    webwatch-montage-2013-top-92014 WebWatch Round 1 


    Top 
webstores


    2013 revisited

    The best just got better!

    Catalogs becoming obsolete

    Productivity added to criteria 

     

    18 Feb’14 (Updated)

    
The gap between the average OP dealers’ webstore rating and best practice extended in 2013. Webstores have now made printed catalogs redundant. Will dealers learn the lessons from these leaders? We have a new leader and the bigboxes went backwards in user friendliness. 
Completed tomorrow

  • Innovative OS investments in growth

    Innovative-productivity-themesi n n o v a t i v e
    i n v e s t s 

    Top progressive reseller builds
    infrastructure towards $100m 

     

    11 Feb’14 (Complete)

    Last week, we visited Innovativein Minneapolis, one of the most progressive ‘Personal Productivity Services’providers on the planet. We met with CEO Jennifer Smith’snew team of leaders…

  • Papermakers Predicament - From ruin to reinvention

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    reinvent-clockPapermakers Predicament

    From ruin to
    reinvention

    Many “new opportunities 


    especially specialty products”

     

    9 Feb’14
    Today’s Boston Globefeatures a fascinating article by Jay Fitzgerald on ‘the new paper chase’, an insight into how a once mighty papermill succumbed and survived the digital era.

  • Ergotron leads the WorkFit Movement

    Kiger-daneen-ergotron-2Ergotron energizes

    WorkFit Movement

    Ergonomics marketer’s designs

    on serving the office channel

     

    9 Feb’14 (Complete)

    Today we visited Ergotron’s HQ in St. Paul (MN) to meet with marketing director Daneen Kiger. Daneen shared plans to expand on its ergonomics leadership in the technology channel, through to the OP channel via United Stationers...later today

  • Amazon Effect! Wayfair home furnishings next?

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    Jeff Bezo pulls Zappos etail moveAmazon Effect!

    Is Wayfair home office supply next?

    Will Jeff Bezos pull off another Zappos specialty etail move?

    6 Feb’14

    Amazon, the #1 massemarketer has made many small acquisitions in past 2 years, but not a big one since Kiva Systems and Zapposshoes. Will the near $1Bn home furnishings specialist Wayfairbe its next scoop? Tomorrow

  • Office Megatrends 2014, Market Review 2013

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    Megatrends-2014-LucyM-Power Personal

    P r o d u c t i v i t y

    S e r v i c e s

    Your invaluable guide to mobilize

    success in the paperless future.

     

    4 Feb'14 (Updated)

    The Apple iPad was the death knell for the traditional OP industry. Dealers now face a formidable competitor in Amazon in business supplies. The need to develop Personal Productivity Services (PPS) to differentiate is URGENT!  Let the new Office Megatrends 2014report published here be your guide to success...

  • SPRichards adds FMB wholesaler

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    SPR-montage-2012SPRichards adds
    FMB wholesaler

    OP wholesalers continue march
    into the new growth categories


    3 Feb’14
    Today SP Richards,the US#2 OP wholesaler, strengthened its presence in the breakroom and FM supplies market with the acquisition of a NC wholesaler

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