Arrow Electronics the $23Bn in sales global provider of IT products, services reported continued strong sales and profits for Q1'15 despite negative currency headwinds.
US marketing group Independent Stationers (IS) reported excellent progress in 2014 & Q1'15. We spoke with chief Mike Gentile & marketerJanet Eshenour...
The dominoes keep falling across Paperlinx Europe. Will the indebted papermakers seek redress from the self serving, separated and surviving Australian management?
Domtar Corporation reported Q1'15 financial results ended 31 Mar'15 Its investment in personal care is paying off to compensate for sliding paper volumes...
Epson, the leading printer and visual presentation products manufacturer achieved continued strong recovery in international markets for fiscal Q4'15 ended 31 Mar'15
Sealed Air Corporation, the maker of packaging for food and FM products today announced solid financial results for Q1'15
Sony reported a operating income of $2.7Bn for the current financial year, after years of losses, as sales $66Bn continued to slide...
There’s constant talk about game changing events/people. We conducted our first review of the last 30 years in Oct 2011. We refresh the study, highlight the best plus, the new growth generators. Updated
SCA, the Swedish personal care, tissue and forest products giant reported strong record sales and profits for Q1'15 The Tork brand owner is making strong headway in the US and China
Microsoft is aiming high for its Commercial Cloud said CEO Satya Nadella at an analyst meeting today during its BUILD developers conference today.
The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba invested an unspecified amount in Jet.com, the yet-un-launched startup that plans to take on Amazon, Forbes' Ryan Mac reports.
Vistaprint, renamed Cimpress, the leading online provider of professional marketing services to SMB's reported strong sales growth for its Q3'15.
Microsoft is reaching out to software developers who have ignored Windows in a sign that the company is pulling out all the stops to keep its flagship product relevant.
Stratasys parent of leading 3D printer MakerBot, expects Q1'15 sales 12% below its previous forecasts...
Mondelez International, the $30Bn+ in sales, brand snacks maker, today reported strong Q1'15 results despite heavy negative currency headwinds...
Cisco's CEO John Chambers has urged partners to keep up with the pace of change or join the 40% of today's successful companies that will no longer exist in the next decade. He also took a swipe at HP
Increased M&A activity sparked by #SPLODGE activity took off in 2014 with Staples and WBMason making strategic moves. Now the regional dealers are involved. We summarize 2014 and speculate on 2015 prospects...Updated
International Paper continued its transformation from printed papermaking into packaging and the hygiene market but Q1'15 results were down across the board
Iron Mountain (IRM), the global leader in information management services today reported slower sales results for Q1'15 to 31 Mar'15
Acco Brands, the one time leading OP manufacturer, issued another set of disappointing financial results for Q1'15. It behaves complacently, blames outside forces, is reactive to market trends and shows no sign of recovery.
It’s happening: the Apple Watch et al is killing off fitness trackers faster than I thought writes WSJ's Joanna Stern
Samsung Electronics continued to struggle in Q1'15, raising the stakes for the success of its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone.
The sit/stand ergonomics revolution is a powerful movement. Why then do makers waste money advertising in trade mags with lifeless images, whilst upstarts e.g. Varidesk/Stircommunicate directly with users?
Twitter, the permission based broadcasting & marketing service disappointed analysts despite reporting strong growth in Q1'15. All dealers should master Twitter, the best promo tool available... ask Amazon!
Total Computer Networks has doubled sales over the past 2years through national expansion. We spoke with sales chief Kieran O'Connor (pic left)
Iron Mountain, the Boston based document storage leader expanded into the Australian market after having its fisrt bid in december rejected...
Amazon's continued growth in business supplies has overtaken Staples and now threatens leading FM/MRO leader Grainger. Will it make a takeover bid?
Ecolab, the $10Bn in sales cleaning and hygiene supplies giant to the health care and food services market reported solid growth in sales and profits in Q1'15.
Philips, the Dutch diversified healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting company reported slower sales growth and lower profits for Q1'15
UPM Kymmene, the world’s #3 papermaker reported declining sales but increasing profits for Q1'15 ended 31 Mar'15
As we reported in 2008, Amazon introduced Amazon Supply in 2012. Today, it confirmed its wholesale move into business supplies and local services via 2m resellers, that we reported last year.
We have seen Staples''Make more happen' TV ad many, many times now. Tom Foolery is tedious. Time to return to the engaging and humorous 'Easy' campaigns?
Apple has just announced spectacular growth in sales, profits and cash flow. We report on CEO Tim Cook'sphenomenal 'personal productivity' tools progress. Updated
Shares of The Container Store fell 25% today, 64% in 2 years, after it reported flat sales trends for Q4’15. Start entertaining customers, stop blaming outside forces...
The Apple Watch has arrived, bringing the latest in wearable technology to wrists everywhere. But what does this device, which some call "revolutionary," do that we haven't already seen before?
Cisco clients are converging on tomorrow's 2015 Partner Summit. CRN interviewed channel chief Bruce Kleinto get his perspective on its new focus and competitors
In yet another blow to the UK paper industry, Tullis Russell Papermakers has fallen into administration after racking up heavy losses for 5 years.
Steve Strauss a lawyer practicing with SMB's wrote an interesting piece in USA Today on what should matter most to entrepreneurs
WSJ's Geoffrey Fowler reviews the new AppleWatch that went on sale yesterday...
Dixons Carphone has offloaded its Dutch business, The Phone House Netherlands, to local owners.
Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the $15Bn in sales personal health and hygiene brands maker reported strong Q1'15 results...
A third of UK mid-market business leaders are actively planning to sell their company, according to research study. Is this report self serving?
HC Slingsby, the FM and industrial supplier reported a deeper loss for 2014, as sales declined again.
3D Systems,a leading 3D maker reported disappointing financial results for Q1'15. Weakness in the US markets could not compensate for its strength in EMEA
Xerox Corporation reported disappointing results for Q1'15 as expected by the CEO Ursula Burns. When will its much heralded services drive produce growth? When will expectations rise?
Ex-PaperlinX UK wide format printing operation Visual Technology Solutions (VTS) has been bought from administrators Deloitte
Stellar Industrial Supply of Tacoma (WA) confirmed that it will acquire Impact Industrial Supplies, of Tampa Bay (FL) on 1 Jun'15
Avnet Technology, a $28Bn in sales, global leader in technology distribution and services reported improving sales and profitability in Q3'15
Starbucks, the leading worldwide coffee reseller, announced impressive results for Q2'15 ended 29 Mar'15. sales and profits are accelerating
Microsoft reported better than expected results for Q3’15 ended 31 Mar'15. Since CEO Satya Nadella took over as CEO sentiment has grown strongly towards its reinvention and focus
Amazon reported excellent Q1'15 results whilst maintaining powerful investments in new fulfilment centres, tech and marketing. Business supply now represents 26% of its $100Bn sales forecast in 2015. Stock up 15% and rising!
Google took a hit from the strong dollar, but better expense control boosted first-quarter profit margins, lifting the company’s shares.
Web giant Google, launched a wireless service yesterday to challenge the dominant practices of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Sprint. Let the mighty comms combat commence
When Amazon reports today it will provide information on its highly profitable $5Bn, market leading cloud company AWS
WESCO a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and MRO supplies, today announced slower Q1'15 results to 31 Mar'15
Stanley Black & Decker, the leading toolmaker & OP maker reported strong growth and profits in Q1'15, despite currency hits...
HNI (HON) Corporation, a leading US furniture maker, reported strong Q1'15 financial results to 4 Apr'15. The furniture market is on a roll....
Logitech International, the personal technology accessories marketer today announced flat sales again, but improved profit results in Q4’15 ended 31 Mar'15. Is it suffering analysis paralysis?
The mighty 3M today reported strong sales and profits in Q1'15 but, slower rates of organic growth and big currency hits
Staples today completed the acquisition of Makr, an iOS design app maker and its parent company Happy.The maker movement gains momentum..
United Stationers, soon to be rebranded Essendant, the US#1 business supplies wholesaler, reported decelerating sales and profits growth for Q1'15 ended 31 Mar'15. Updated
Last week, Italy's biennial furniture show Salone Ufficio took place in Milan. Over 2000 exhibitors demonstrated the latest designs in office and home interiors...
The decision US #1 wholesaler Essendant (ex-United) made recently to get out of the software business and partner with industry leaders ECi and BMI has opened up great opportunities. We spoke with BMI leaders Larry Schiff and Craig Greitzer...
Recent market studies show independents are charging 9% less than bigboxes. Moreover Walmarthas joined the same day delivery service pioneered by WBMason in the 90's.
Paperlinx UK is well and truly dead as planning begins for a massive series of auctions to sell off hundreds assets across the country.
Walmart is watching the roll-out of subsidiary Asda's network of home/office deliveries in the U.K. to see how it can match the Amazon, Costco, Tesco and Google drives...
More small businesses are falling victim to “ransomware,” in which malicious code locks up computer files and cybercriminals demand a ransom to free them.
Stora Enso reported weak sales but increased profits in Q1'15. CEO K-H Sundstrom described transformation plans to cut paper capacity and investment in new growth opportunities...
Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. A moment in history where millions strive to achieves equilibrium between sustainability and economic growth
Tesco, UK's biggest retailer suffered a slump in sales and became embroiled in an accounting scandal that cost them dearly. New CEO Dave Lewis: "encouraging signs of recovery"
Yahoo’s complacent chief Marissa Mayer continued her 'milky way' declining performance journey with contrived empty, market pleasing expressions. "Returning an iconic company to greatness" is delusional
Canonis looking to spend another $3Bn to acquire a company in a growth sector after announcing it would buy security camera maker Axis Communications in February.
Genuine Parts Company (GPC) parent of SPRichards and Motion Industries today reported powerful sales and profits growth for Q1'15 to 31 Mar'15. SP was boosted by OfficeMax OP contract gains...
Kimberly-Clark (K-C) the global personal hygiene brands manufacturer, reported solid Q1'15 results. Continuous improvement processes are working…
“Mobile friendliness” will factor into Google’s mobile search algorithm starting TODAY. We have been hammering the mobile imperative for 3 years. Mobilegeddon is upon you, ACT NOW! Updated
It is on ongoing debate. Ambitious #2 executives pushing to advance move up or elsewhere to prove leadership skills with mixed results. We discuss office market moves...
IBM reported Q1'15 results today with sales continuing to slide for profits holding up
It seems everything is connected to the Internet: socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a role in shaping our future, we need to get a few things right.
Knoll,today announced impressive growth results for Q1'15 ended 31 Mar'15, as it moves into higher margin interiors and residential business
Packaging Corporation (PCA) today reported Q1'15 financial results to 31 Mar'15. Packaging was flat whilst paper volumes continue to slide
Staples confirmed today that global merchandising chief Mike Edwards, has left the company and will be replaced by highly respected Peter Scala...
Staples has agreed to acquire Accolade Promotion Group (APG), a leading distributor of promotional products in Canada from parent Golftown.
Lucy Jermyn, radio broadcaster for Eagle FM and ex-Radio Aire award winner joins the small productive team at Proficiency Post today to cover breaking news in the burgeoning personal productivity services market...
The historic Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisacompleted the course today in 2 Hours 10 mins. Whilst he was sleeping, 800 bikers rode the extended 30 mile course in a similar time!
PaperlinX having failed to make its European operations profitable; failed also to accept offers for its Benelux business, Instead it chose the CYA solution of administration isolating itself in Australia.
Brother International confirmed the purchase of UK's Domino Printing Sciences Plc for £1.0Bn ($1.6 billion) to expand in labels and packaging as the home and office printing market declines.
Leading 3D maker MakerBot has laid off 20% of its employees. The news comes two months after parent Stratasys new CEO Jonathan Jaglom was appointed
The biggest antitrust battle in a decade centers on comparison-shopping websites, many have been crushed by the rise of new ways of finding goods and services online.
Sequana, parent company of leading European papermaker Arjo Wiggins and #1 distributor Antalis reported continued decline in printing papers. Like many complacent players it seems to blame economic factors not user trends...
Acme United today announced powerful sales and profits growth in its Q1'15 financial results to 31 Mar'15
As the OP market declines and the broadline business supplies booms, gross margins will tumble as original brands dominate products supply. Lowering cost-to-serve therefore should be resellers new priority
Nestlé missed its long-standing target of 5-6% organic sales growth for the second consecutive year., but still took market share...
United Stationers aka Essendant has confirmed two new leadership appointment in its drive to become the the #1 integrated broadline business supplies wholesaler
What's CEO Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP , or the font of a new logo? Meg said "it stands out from competitors". Really?
“The world is changing dramatically,” Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said from its OpenWorldconference. "CIO's have to maintain status quo whilst redesigning systems to fit the modern world"
If you're deciding between a candy bar and a fruit-and-nut bar, and health is top of mind, the best choice seems obvious...Kind. But is it?
WHSmith, UK’s #1 High Street & travel location retailer, reported results for half year ended 28 Feb'15. CEO Stephen Clarke continued Kate Swann’s10 years of growth-less commentary
Just as the Apple Watch arrives to take over many of the functions of a fitness band, Jawbone has announced a new line of bracelets with payment features just like an Apple product.
Grainger, the North American leader in MRO/Industrial & office supplier reported unusually disappointing Q1'15 results to 31 March'15
Google’s antitrust standoff with the European Union, began in February 2010, has reached a climax with EU filing aformal complaint for abusing its dominant market position. Now what?
Internet Retailer has just published its 2015 Top 500 Guide. Not surpringly the office market etailers are well represented...
Nestlé SA is negotiating to sell its frozen food unit to the Brakes Group, part of the food giant’s effort to slim its sprawling portfolio of businesses.
The activist investor wave is up! Possibly inspired by agitators like William Ackman and Carl Icahn, Jeffrey Smith of Starboard has made a huge impact on the bigbox OP operators & Yahoo.Updated
The Federal Trade Commission has ended an investigation into Office Depot's use of "Made in the USA" labeling after it agreed to remove inaccurate claims and increase oversight over the source of products
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich reported declining Q1'15 results and expects similar falls this year.
Staples imminent takeover of Office Depot will probably mean the closure of the Taj Mahal HQ of Office Depot in Boca Raton. Recruitment firms are calling for transparency...
PaperlinX Limited, advised today that PaperlinX BV the operating company in the Netherlands and Belgium, filed for administration after today's ING bank lending extension deadline passed...
Bunzl,the international distribution group of packaging, hygiene and food services reported Q1'15 results, plus 4 more acquisitions...
A deal to salvage the wreckage of Paperlinx UK could be imminent, with two bids being considered by administrators. Meanwhile Paperlinx is consiudering a Europe sale...
Fast Company's Harry McCracken interviewed Yahoo's CEO of 3 years Marissa Mayer.He states that she is a work in progress but is Marissa just feathering her own nest?
The first in a new series of leadership events organised by Josh Linkner started symbolicly in Detroit with an all star cast including Ford CEO Mark Fields, Jessica Alba, Magic Johnson, and Seth Godin.Updated
Many brands have made delivering a clear purpose a priority. But, demonstrating a purpose is up to individual employees rather than a brand, according to Glenn Caton of Mondelez (Cadbury's)
Starboard Value chief Jeffrey Smith appeared on CNBCtoday to comment on his investments in Staples, Office Depot & Yahoo. He was less than convincing about his constructive interests... updated
Staples new mobile app due out this week is one in a series of digital projects intended to transform its business from retail superstore to a multi-channel business supplies champion
IBM has initiated a personal wellness monitoring service in partnership with leading health care and technology leaders under the name Watson Health...
Fastenal Company, a leading US reseller of MRO/vending supplies, including office supplies, reported decelerating growth results for Q1'15 ending 31 Mar'15
Sprintannounced the launch of its new Direct to You mobile set up service to home or office, starting tomorrow
Keurig Green Mountain revolutionized home & office coffee brewing with its K-Cup machines. However, it is behaving defensively over consumer issues with its new brewer and pod recycling
China's social networking giant Tencent hit a market cap of more than $200Bn today, joining the tech elite of Apple, Google, Alibaba, Microsoft & Facebook...
Flying in the face of many skeptics, Amazonwill be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all.
The US fastest growth contract furnisher, the $400m+ in sales, NY based Empire Office has made another dealer acquisition in Florida...
The former CEO of Sainsbury’s Justin King has resigned from the board of Staples, in protest at its capitulation to activist investor Starboard Value,
According to market research analysts IDC & Gartner said the global PC market struggled badly in Q1'15, the worst since 2009.
HP has denied report by New York Times that it is "ceding" the market to cloud giants like Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft.
Of the half-dozen smartwatches I’ve tested in recent years, the best experience was the Apple Watch. If you’re an iPhone power user and you’re intrigued by wearable technology, you’ll love it, too.
Staples has accepted Starboard Value's nominee Kunal Kamlanito its board, a move that prompted a rebuke from another director...
After four months of trialing and testing Office Clubhas launched a 'Club Store' ecommerce platform to simplify browse and buy experience for users
HP's PC/Printing chief Dion Weislertalks about the company split and the future and what it was like when he found out he was going to be running HP Inc from 1 Nov'15.
With marketers looking for ways in which to measure social media influence beyond engagement. Leading marketers addressed the issue yesterday at Internet Advertising Bureauevent
The merger plan between Sysco and US Foods, has divided Triangle restaurant owners that depend on the suppliers for food, beverages, supplies and equipment.
MSC Industrial Supply a leading MRO distributor today reported results for Q2'15 ended February 28, 2015.
HP has re-branded and relaunched its own cloud offering unsuccessfully several times. One of the backers of the OpenStack open source cloud platform. Its Hollow Prospects continue...
Nestlé SA aims to exploit growing health concerns about soda as it rolls out new products and ramps up investment in its main US market...
International giant paper merchant PaperlinX has asked that the suspension of its shares from trading on the Australian stock market be extended. What is going on?
The Staples takeover value of Office Depot was $11/share. Today the share price is stuck at $9.24. Is the market having doubts about the FTC decision? Will Staples sell off the toxic contract division to appease them?
Samsung Electronics delivered fresh evidence that its recent profit slide is moderating as it prepares for the global launch of its next flagship smartphone,
PaperlinX UK shutdown last Wednesday has caused widespread negative reaction in the paper world internationally. Bad management of people & suppliers in a declining market? We analyse the root causes...
Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) have struggled to put marketing spend on their agenda in 2015, even though the majority believe they would benefit from a boost,
The open collaboration between US supergroups TriMegaand IS gets stronger. First, the joint EPIC conference, now standardizing content management in co-op with manufacturers and wholesalers. Mike Maggioexplained the details...complete
The success of virtual companies that thrive via remote working, means the traditional office has had its day.
Almost every conference we attend highlights the importance of marketing to the new generation of Millennials (15-35 year olds). We don't disagree, but argue here why it is more important to understand how to market to women...complete
Paperlinx has less than two weeks to sell its second-biggest European business or it may meet the same fate as its insolvent UK operation. CEO Andy Preece explains...
According to a new report from research firm eMarketer, advertisers will spend $101.37 billion placing ads on mobile phones and tablets globally in 2016.
Grainger,the leading US MRO/industrial supplier, has introduced the Choice badge, to enable customers to select the right exclusive products to fit their needs.
PaperlinX, the beleaguered $2. 2Bn paper merchant, not surprisingly, yesterday placed its main UK company into administration. The big question is: Why are they not listening to known offers to save thousands of European jobs?
Twitter plans to display more of its tweets outside of its site and in front of a bigger audience with its new Curator tool..
We've been appealing to dealers for 10 years to go 'beyond the paperclip' and adopt a modern, impactful image of personal productivity services providers. Here is another attempt to convert you...
XMA ownerWestcoast acquiredViglen last year and claims the integration is "progressing on schedule and will be complete during 2015".
Amazon introduced a real 'easy' button that works for immediate ordering of essential supplies that run low in office or home...
Walmart is pressurizing suppliers to cut the cost of their products, in an effort to regain the mantle of low-price leader and turn around its sluggish US sales.
HP said it has filed suit in London against two former senior officials of Autonomy, the U.K. software firm it purchased and then accused of misrepresenting its financial condition.
Better Capital chief Jon Moulton has hit back at MPs who accused his company of "deliberate deception" over the collapse of parcel delivery firm City Link.
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