Hewlett-Packard (HP) and lawyers representing its shareholders have agreed to settle litigation over its troubled $11.1bn acquisition of software company Autonomy...
30 Jun’14 (Complete 19:00ET)
The current issue of The Economist and yesterday, CNBC-TV focused on the ‘Everything store delivered same-day’ phenomenon we know as Amazon. We discuss and analyse their reports here...
On Thursday night, Joe Hemaniwas awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 as a result of his efforts making Westcoast, the UK's leading IT wholesaler a sustained success.
Last night, #1 sportswear brand Nikereported phenomenal Q4 results with a clear focus on football, running and women’s fitness. President Trevor Edwardsannounced exciting plans to elevate distribution to women in business...follows shortly
Google’s ubiquitous vision became increasingly clear at the search giant’s annual conference for software developers in San Francisco yesterday...
26 Jun’14 (11:00ET)
WBMason, the US #1 megadealer hosted its 2nd consumer show at a hot NY Yankees Stadium yesterday. We spoke with COO Chris Meehanabout the show and latest expansion plans...
Steelcase,the global leader in office furnishings, today reported accelerated sales growth in Q1’15 with strengths in all major markets and a solid order book
26 Jun’14Leading contract furniture maker Herman Miller today announced strong sales and profits growth for Q4’14 ended 31 May’14 with a bright order outlook
On 15 May we reported on UK’s leading multi-channel electrical retailer Dixons Retail results for Q4/FY'14. Earlier today it confirmed its slowing sales rate, but excellent profits for the year. It is losing market share heavily to Amazon...
Yesterday Ingram Micro CEO Alain Monie appeared on CNBC TV to talk about the death and revival of PC’s and age of mobile devices
One of the most progressive resellers in the office world, Mills Office Productivityhas won Vancouver’s prestigious Green Award. We speak with creative CEO Brad Mills….
For media companies, the Cannes advertising festival is all about getting face time with top media buyers and advertisers. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer missed a golden opportunity to do just that last week...
Three weeks after thousands of software programmers converged in SF for Apple's developer conference, a similar crowd will descend this week for Google’s version...
Inc.magazine’s Marla Tabakarecommends we kick start our performance into high gear by adopting these outrageous easy tricks…
Most observers of the launch of Amazon’s new Fire 3D Phone last week were asking why do we need another smartphone? CEO Jeff Bezoswas focused on maximizing the purchase of content, products and services from his army of resellers.
Businesses are looking more critically at the effectiveness of social media and its influence on the bottom line. They are now refining strategies to stress quality over quantity of friends and fans
23 Jun'14 (Complete)
Millward Brown Optimor, which compiled this year’s BrandZtop 100 brand rankings, reflect the fact that the developed world is recovering from recession and consumers’ confidence is returning. Who are MVB’s in the Office market? Thanks for your nominations. Results completed here...
23 Jun’14 (Complete)
Fast Company’s June edition headlined the ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’. We take a close look at the best creative minds in the office market. We publish the Top 10 with ratings here...
Wearable tech is the next big thing. But Samsung and Google versions are limited and not selling well. If anyone can make a truly desirable wearable device, it's Apple
Americans were more optimistic about starting a business in than in any year since 2001, according to an entrepreneurship survey released yesterday. Amazon’s Robin Hood Jeff Bezos will be cheering as his potential disciples grow…
HPconfirmed veteran George Brasher as the new UK/Ireland boss of its Printers and Personal ystems (PPS) division. Does this signal the extension of its disqualification of dealers announced in March?
Old tech smartphone maker BlackBerry reported on its terminal sales decline in Q1’15, but surprisingly posted a small profit after a string of quarterly losses...
18 Jun’14 (Updated)Amazon announced its new 3D smartphone today. We go through the benefits to users including access to enormous easy 'browse and buy' content...
‘Chainsaw’ Roland Smithwas preparing to ascend Mount Everest when he was asked to tackle another daunting task: Get Office Depot back on track. We discuss Wall Street Journal’s interview published today…
The May issue of Forbes (PP covered story 13 May) put the spotlight on Amazon in an article titled "Amazon's Wholesale Slaughter: Jeff Bezos' $8 Trillion B2B Bet", focusing on its threat to office & industrial distributors such as Grainger, United and Staples
At last the press is catching up with the huge threat Amazonification aka Godzilla, represents to traditional OP industry structures. Proficiency Posthas been on its case since 2007, when it first exceeded $1Bn as the first eWholesaler in business supplies, with practical ways to purge its power...later today
Smartphone shipments are expected to outstrip those of PCs by more than six to one by 2018, according to IDC
While native ads and content marketing are beginning to garner budgets and rival digital display, brand campaigns backfire when relevance not matched. We offer 4 tactics for maximum impact…
Crystal Rock, the US Northeast region beverage distributor reported its progress for the second quarter since it acquired Universal in September’13. It is obviously losing revenues in all categories...
Seeking Alphaanalysts seem to be creating a bandwagon of support for beleaguered bigbox Office Depot. They continue to believe that Amazon’s advantage is price not personalised shopping and same day delivery…
Amazonhas created a worldwide furore over its vision to deliver everything, everyday in the same hour using drones. WBMasonhas enhanced its leading same day delivery by taking a personalised service route...
On Wednesday, HP CEO Meg Whitman took the stage at its annual Discoverevent in Las Vegas to discuss the latest in the company’s turnaround plan
13 Jun’14There are 10 different Samsungtablets on sale right now in the U.S, but I couldn’t really tell you what’s special about any writes WSJ’s Joanna Stern
No matter how much we beat the drum about the Amazon threat on OP wholesalers’ and resellers’ lifeblood, the majority don’t seem to get how deeply damaging the beast has become? Apologies, follows this morning
CompTIAresearch shows UK plc’s prefers to keep the reins of device deployment, despite increased mobility of workforce and the wish to use its own technology
People have walked into Starbucksfor years to re-charge their batteries — figuratively. Now, they'll be able to do it literally with Duracell's Powermat
Alibaba Group, the mighty massemarketer with $248Bn sales in China (3x Amazon) has launched a new webstore in the US.
WHSmith, the UK’s #1 High Street and travel location retailer, today updated the market on Q2’14 results for 14 weeks ended 7 Jun’14. CEO Stephen Clarke continued Kate Swann’s10 year defensive commentary of declining sales and cost cutting
After years of complacency and denial the UK reseller and wholesaler community are starting to admit the devastating effect of Amazon.Many felt the sales downturn was caused by recession or declining paper demand. Now they get it, how do they plan to beat it?
Jamie Fellowes, the legendary leader of Fellowes Corporation is passing over the reins as CEO to son John and resuming as chairman. We will be meeting Jamie next week to discuss his 50 years of dedicated service and success
Marketing Week’s Marc Mathieu writes “When I think about the future of marketing, my inspiration comes more from start-ups and less from the world of industry". Lessons here for resellers seeking to solve the widening disconnect with office users
Steep cost cuts and merger synergies have helped guide Office Depot back to profitability, notes Barron's. No-nonsense CEO Roland Smith has narrowed the focus of the company. Really?
With the start of a PayPal-like service, Amazon continues to expand its portfolio as the complete service provider on the web.
Dixons Retail has rolled out special "smart tech" zones in five of its largest Currys and PC World stores. How long before they drop confusion of sub brands?
As Alibaba Group, the giant ecommerce marketplace, prepares for the bright lights of the NYSE, it is keeping potential investors in the dark. There's still time to illuminate the situation.
Amazon will launch its first smartphone on June 18. The device will be unique in the marketplace thanks to its ability to deliver 3D effects courtesy of four front-mounted IR cameras.
Top retailers including DIY king Home Depot; office supply #1 Staples and electronics leader Best Buy are betting on consumer basics to attract shoppers and boost sales…
WBMason,the US #1 megadealer hosted its 4th consumer day at Phillies MLB Stadium, Philadelphia yesterday. We spoke with CEO Leo Meehan…
6 Jun’14 (Complete)
Apple’sunveiling of new Mac and mobile operating systems for business app developers yesterday, accentuated the deficiencies of the old tech players…
According to a recent survey by Domus, nearly two-thirds of marketers said their companies suffer from ‘digital dysfunction’ in emarketing and social media
World #2 rech wholesaler Tech Datahas responded to the "rapid adoption" occurring in the 3D printer market by inking an alliance with MakerBot.
The under-pressure boss of UK#1 supermarket Tesco has conceded he has made some misjudgements in strategy, but repeated his determination to fight on as the supermarket chain revealed its worst performance in decades.
Staples shareholders have voted their disapproval of a new executive pay package for executives of stalled #1 OP reseller. They also approved a recommendation to instal an independent chairman.
3 Jun'14 (Complete)
We have updated and refreshed a classic lesson in how to achieve long term Customer Relationship Management, first introduced back in 1994, under the OfficeSMART RAPPORT loyalty system…
Acme United today announced that it has acquired the assets of First Aid Only based in Vancouver (WA)
2 Jun’14 (Complete 1530 ET)
Appletoday showed off the latest version of its Macoperating system, Yosemite OS X,which includes some redesigning of icons, windows, utility apps like calendar and the desktop’s notification center.
Don't expect Microsoft to celebrate the latest operating system market share numbers. The installed base of the Windows 8 family is growing but well behind its predecessors
The activist hedge fund Starboard Value is urging an overhaul at packaging leader MeadWestvaco Corporation, disclosing on Monday that it had taken a 5.6% ownership interest...
Starting tomorrow, Applewill be unloading a week’s worth of news and resources for software makers at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.
Boston based start-ups Wayfair and Hubspot are expected to go public this year. Home office furniture etailer and emarketing specialist provide excellent examples on how OP dealers should adapt to the new office user
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