3D Systems announced last week disappointing financial results for Q4'14. Weakness in the US markets could not compensate fotr its strength in EMEA
Amazon has been experimenting with a number of new shipping methods lately, but one of its latest may not involve delivery at all!
CCL Industries who acquired Avery in 2013 has invested in a leading badgemaker to strengthen its range of conference products. Recently announced results showed solid gowth in sales and profits...
Aruba Networks was tight lipped on rumours HP is going to snap it up as it talked up its channel credentials on a Q2'15 earnings webcast
Last night at the Revere Hotel in Boston over 300 of New Englands A&D community and contract interiors dealers assembled for the IIDA annual design awards show. Spectacular work! Report tomorrow
Ingram Micro, the world's largest technology distributor with $46Bn in annual sales, grew at an accelerating pace in Q4’14 and added 2 more acquisitions...
Apple has just announced its highly anticipated Apple Watch event; it's happening on March 9th.
IBMhas the same challenge as its old tech peers:how to foster fast-growth unproven initiatives, while lucrative older businesses are slowing down. CEO Ginni Rometty impressed the analysts...
Keurig, Dunkin' Brands and Smucker today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution of their brands. Will this help Keurig accelerate its slowing growth rate?
Acme United today announced powerful sales and profits growth in its Q4’14 financial results to 31 Dec'14
CRM giant Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff brimmed with excitement about its new Wave analytics cloud platform and his latest growth in sales and cash flow...
Should marketers give up on trying social media to drive traffic to webstores – since it often doesn’t work and just craft content for specific sites e.g Twitter/Facebook
R.R. Donnelley,the digital and print media giant, reported disappointing financials for Q4'14. It suffered secular decline in OP and relied on acquisitions for revenue growth...
Staples today launched the “Staples Business Loans powered by Lendio” service to help small business owners by giving them quick and easy access to capital.
Pinterest is poised to become Madison Avenue’s newest darling, and this year will be a critical period to see if the website can turn the initial hype into a serious advertising business, according to a new report from eMarketer.
Hewlett Packard (HP),the world’s #1 tech maker, continued its decline in Q1'15 ended 31 Jan'15. CEO Meg Whitman’s air of clichéd confidence and broad brushstrokes again failed to convince sceptics about her ‘New style of IT’ rhetoric. Where are the growth businesses?
February data pointed to a robust and accelerated increase in US service sector business activity according to the latest Markit PMI survey
IT giant Hewlett-Packardsaid that it has won a 10-year “multibillion dollar” deal to run computing systems for Deutsche Bank.
Exertis has agreed a contract with iHealth, to distribute the company’s innovative range of connected health products in the UK.
Ecolab, the cleaning and hygiene supplies giant to the health care and food services market reported excellent growth in sales and profits in Q4'14.
Mondi, the once mighty papermaker, is shifting its focus towards packaging in line with other industry leaders to offset falling paper demand. according to accounts to 31 Dec'14
Office Depot/Max,the bigbox car-crash combo, continued to lose market share according to Q4’14 results. Annual sales rates have fallen 40% since 2007. Thankfully, we've been saved the woolly webcast rhetoric...
February 2015 will be the snowiest and coldest month in Boston's history. We moved here to bring you first hand analysis from the new base of the personal productivity movement with Staples, Keurig, WBMason, Iron Mountain, Wayfair & Creative Office Pavilion all progressing strongly...weekend review
The Cloud security software market is set to grow at over 48% annually over coming five years, according to analyst ReportsnReports...
We enjoyed the OSCARS 2015 ceremony last night. OK there were no brash blockbusters, but The Theory of Everything & The Imitation Game were brilliant biopics. We thought it would be fun to nominate the current Office OSCARS...
Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, today published its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2014.
West Coast ports resumed work on last night after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, reached agreement on a new five-year labor contract
Went to the movies on Friday to see '50 Shades of Grey'. It has certainly attracted much co-branding activity aimed at the younger women audience. It reminded us of the poor marketing messaging in the office market...
The sit/stand desking movement is alive! The 'sitting is the new smoking' campaign gathers momentum. Yet it takes direct marketer Varidesk to show the right way to market with user commercials.
Nestlé missed its long-standing target of 5-6% organic sales growth for the second consecutive year., but still took market share...
FTC states that Sysco merger with US Foods would mean higher prices, diminished service for restaurants and customers. Sysco chie Bill Delaney believes the facts are in his favor...
Iron Mountain (IRM), the global leader in information management services today reported stronger sales results for Q4’14 ended 31 Dec'14
"Wholesalers may die, but the wholesaler role lives forever", so said godfather of OP wholesaling, United's founder Howard Wolf back in the 80's. So true, even if OP wholesalers have struggled for real growth in recent years. Now that's all changing...
At EMERGE, Cleveland Research were cautiously optimistic about the prospects of the #SPLODGE (Staples/Depot) acquisition. However they warned about FTC's likely rejection of the mighty food services merger. How relevant is it?
Former tech giant, HP's defensive move comes as commodity-style hardware is displacing brand-name equipment in data centers
A report released by joint administrators Ernst & Young (EY) shows the list of channel firms that are owed thousands by Better Capital owned courier City Link(also owner of SPOT(Spicers/OT)
Marissa Mayer has said that, when she first joined Yahoo as CEO in 2012, She is working hard to change course. Is she succeeding?
The world’s #1 retailer, Walmart (inc. Asda in the UK) continued its recovery pattern in the US, in Q4’14 ended 30 Jan’15 with bright signs of life in online and Neighborhood markets..
United Stationers launched its long awaited name change today at its game changing #CORELive2015 event in Nashville. The response from the independent dealers was magnificent! We spoke with CEO Cody Phipps and top dealers
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez met with both sides yesterday in a 4 month labor dispute on the West Coast ports that has disrupted shipments and is costing American businesses multi-$100m
Top Image Systems a leading business process provider, and Danwood Group the UK's leading document management services reseller recently announced a partnership.
The progressive trends are tremendous. Apple & Amazonhave M-powered the new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal technology and personalised wholesale and rapid delivery services. The need for OP resellers to differentiate themselves with personalised productivity services is even more URGENT…
New CEO of cleaning giant Clorox, Benno Dorer was interviewed for the first time today on CNBC-TV today and did a fine job in revealing his growth plans...
Highly regarded food giant Mondelez' chief Irene Rosenfeld was interviewed on CNBC this morning on her plans for M&A and boosting margins...later today
Vulture capitalist Better Capital's ownership ofSPOT (Spicers/OT) in the UK; activist investorStarboard's stakes inStaples/Depot follow the familiar one-dimensional approach to cutting costs by squeezing suppliers with zero commitment to growth...analysis later today sorry
We’re in the early stages of a data-science revolution, says trend spotting Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.Essential guidance for OP dealers...
Facebook has 1.3Bn active members. Twitter only 300m active users. Game over? We clarify the difference between the social media king and the #1 business broadcasting service....complete
Amazon says it is still committed to delivering products by drone despite new federal rules that it considers an obstacle to commercial use of unmanned aircraft.
Mondelez, the global snack brands powerhouse inc. Cadbury, Kraft and Ritz, announced the acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods, which specializes in allergy-free foods.
United Stationers, the soon to be rebranded, US#1 business supplies wholesaler, reported accelerating sales and profits for Q4’14 to 31 Dec'14
EMERGE! United Stationers, US#1 OP wholesaler’s exciting game-changing CORE Liveevent in Nashville starts today! EMERGE will help independent dealers drive growth in the expanding business supplies market. Report later today
Jet.com raised $140 million in a new funding round before rolling out its etail service, building up its cash hoard to take on giant Amazon
In November, CDW the $12Bn in sales IT reseller, bought a 35% stake in Kelway(CEO Phil Doye, pic left) for an undisclosed sum as it planned to smash the £1bn sales barrier....
It's snow time in Boston again, the stormiest on record. Proficiency Post will not be postponed. We're digging out and travelling to Nashville somehow, someway today to bring you 'Tomorrow's News Today'. #BostonStrong!
Seeking Alpha doesn't seem to require qualifications as a platform for investment advice. This is particularly obvious from its comments on recent Staples/Depot merger developments...
Systemax, the IT reseller (inc. Misco & Tiger Direct) expanded its Global Industrial Business recently, and completed another acquisition of a North American MRO Supplier
Mondi & Antalis, will be the last of the leading papermakers to report Q4’14 results. We review comparative performance of the leaders and plans for reinvention and update on the ant-dumping action called by US makers... Complete!
Positive economic trends fuelled company confidence to invest in ergonomics that drive worker productivity and longevity. We highlight trends and report furniture makers latest results.
Coca-Cola has increased its stake in Keurig Green Mountain, the leading US coffeemaker for the 'at home' and business market. How long before a full bid?
Call center confusion drives people crazy. Both frustrated customer service reps and impatient customers hate the hiatus of conflicting multi-channels. Here's how to solve it...
J. M. Smucker,the beverage and food services brands supplier, today announced slower Q3'15 results ended 31 Jan'15. Competition caused declines in US retail and business sales.
Wayfair, the Boston based home furnishings etailer, is blazing a trail as it scales up to meet demand from midmarket consumers and micro businesses...later today
Sappi, the Johannesburg based papermaker, reported another complacent 'in line with expectations' Q1'15 set of disappointing results
HNI (HON) Corporation, a leading US furniture maker, reported strong Q4’14 financial results to 3 Jan'15. The furniture market is on a roll....
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers was so optimistic on the company’s conference call yesterday that one analyst said it sounded like he had “won the lottery for life.”
John Chambershas been chief executive of Cisco Systems, the world’s largest maker of data-networking equipment, for 20 years.
President Obama directly criticized Staples over a recent report that says it threatened to fire part-time workers in order to avoid providing them health insurance...
China Stationery reported a staggering loss of RM172.54 million ($48.3M) for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2014. Commodity stationery demand is dying fast
Apple CEO Tim Cook championed the Apple Watch(designed by Jony Ive, pic left) as an essential device that will be driven by a host of personalized apps, setting it apart from anything else on the market.
Acco Brands, the ex-OP manufacturing leader, issued another set of disappointing financial results for Q4’14 ended 31 Dec'14. Management is complacent and reactive to market trends and shows no sign of recovery...
The investment analyst community has been on Staples and Amazon's case for months now. Accusations of failing profitability, broken business models abound. They ignore their business supplies dominance (and wholesale strength).
SYNNEX Corporation announced its fifth annualSecret Sauce Road Show schedule for 2015. Meanwhile it continued to build its mobility division with a high powered leader
Sealed Air Corporation,the maker of packaging for food and FM products today announced strong financial results for Q4’14
Canon plans to acquire Axis AB, a Swedish security video solutions provider, for $2.8 billion, in a search to growth outside its struggling traditional businesses.
Our 2014 review of over 100 OP dealers’ webstores confirm that most still have not moved on from promoting ‘low prices on paper related products’ to ‘providing lower cost solutions’ for their customers. We show you how to promote productivity partnerships with your customers…
Imation, the former storage media giant, today reported a continued downward slide in its results for Q4’14, plus more action to downsize its redundant businesses
Coca-Cola posted higher volumes in its fourth quarter, but the beverage giant warned that 2015 would be a “transition year” as it works through cost-cutting plans and flat demand
Leading brand papermakerPortucel Soporcel of Portugal reported record results for Q4'14 and the year in a market that has sparked internecine warfare across a declining market
CDW Corporation, the $12Bn leading US multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare, today announced continued impressive Q4’14 results
HiTouch Business Services, the leading productivity services provider, led byMichael Brown continued on its acquisition trail
HP has acquired Cupertino-based Voltage Security, which specializes in encryption and other data-protection measures.
Seventh Generation, maker of eco-friendly cleaning products will focus on supporting resellers web marketing efforts. Will the likes ofHP follow suit?
The third major storm in two weeks blasted beleaguered Boston with more than 2 feet of snow today, once again smashing records, jamming travel, but not disrupting PP News
West Coast ports were expected to reopen to shipping today after a weekend shutdown that heightened labor tensions and hinted at the ongoing dispute's potential to sap billions of dollars from the U.S. economy.
Ex-Dragon’s Den (US equivalent Shark Tank) star Theo Paphitis, bought Ryman’s a leading UK stationery retailer, 20 years ago. What progress has he achieved in the face of Staples and Amazon’s attack?
Mobile commerce capability to enable shoppingbrowsw and buy shopping, especially for small business owners and executives is essential
United Stationers andBusiness Management International (BMI) have agreed to terms for ongoing collaboration that will bring United’s enhanced digital services to BMI clients.
Domtar Corporation reported Q4’14 financial results ended 31 Dec’14. Its investment in personal care is paying off to compensate for sliding paper volumes...
GoPro, maker of the world's most versatile wearable cameras, announced financial results for Q4’14. As predicted its cameras were the hottest sellers in business and the Christmas holiday season…
5 years ago Innovative, the progressive Minneapolis reseller went through a brilliant 'blue/green' brand makeover. Now others are following with anaemic, pastel shade versions. Don't follow them...
Entrepreneur Magazine held its 7th Annual Conference in Miami yesterday with a stellar line-up of thought leaders covering branding and customer acquisition with social media tools. The keynote Barbara Cocoran painted a phenomenal path to progress...
Epson,the leading printer and visual presentation products manufacturer achieved continued strong recovery in international markets for fiscal Q3’15 ended 31 Dec'15
It's 'fill-yer-boots' time for progressive independents led by 'disruptive duo' Jeff Bezos' Amazon & Leo Meehan's WBMason. Staplesis taking over disintegrating Office Depotin a $6Bn merger. Analysis and industry leaders' interviews inc. Ron Sargent here
Staples today launched a new brand campaign featuring the “Staples Guy,” who showcases how the company helps small business customers succeed....
Keurig Green Mountain, the $4Bn+ in sales leader in specialty coffee brewers for US homes and offices, disappointed with flat sales and lower profits in Q1'15 ended 27 Dec'14. Shares dived 12% as CEO Kelley'shoneymoon period ends
Knoll, today announced impressive growth results for Q4’14 ended 31 Dec'14 as it moves into higher margin interiors and residential business
St. Louis-based Office Essentials has acquired another local office supply dealer, Universal Business Supply. We speak with sales and marketing chief Kate Dougherty...
Amazon aims to bolster its local presence nationally by acquiring strategically located RadioShack retail stores after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy. 'Robin Hood' Bezos is on a roll....
The Annual Paperworld Fair 2015 renewal ended yesterday.. Sadly the ‘must-do’ event of the 90’s has faded into obsolescence and the conference should be held in a more modern business supply environment...
We understand theStarboard induced merger talks betweenStaples andOffice Depot have advanced further. Who will lead the mass destruction?Chainsaw Roland Smith or Reinvention Ron Sargent?
Stratasysparent of leading 3D maker MakerBot today announced preliminary fiscal 2014 results as well as full-year 2015 guidance...
Last month, Crystal Rock, the Northeast water and OP dealer, announced its financial results for its fiscal year that ended October 31, 2014.
Food services leaderSysco’s negotiations with FTC over its acquisition ofUS Foods have reached a standstill, as the company announced an agreement to divest far more in assets than originally planned to obtain approval.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman grabbed massive compensation in 2014 in spite of the old-tech company's continued sales slide...
Bandwagon broadcasters and industry analysts persistently criticize Amazon for lack of profitability and seemed surprised by its Q4'14 strong results. Meanwhile, it increased Prime prices and boosted membership and gross profits...
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