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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 24 at 2.05.44 PMThe Paperless,
    O f f i c e l e s s
    Touchless future

    'Less is more' in the new
    #BeyondCovid eco world


    The global Covid lockdown will likely reignite trends that emerged over the past 20 years. The printer 'paperless' plunge; 'officeless' orientation; and now the 'touchless' trend towards higher hygiene & safety. Moreover, a resurgence in sustainability practices to cut carbon emissions; and ironically, greater human touch. We analyse these movements Updated

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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 26 at 4.14.51 PMGlocalisation Up!

    Globalisation down

    Bigger the world economy.
    More power, small players


    In 1994, John Naisbitt wrote the Global Paradox book, that successfully predicted the growth of independent businesses. #Glocalisation paralleled that prediction where products/services were created for global consumption and personalised to suit local culture. This trend is rising thru Covid. We discuss the many successful brand case studies. 

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  • perfect storm clooneyPrint/papermakers
    hit perfect storm

    OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand+economy+Covid


    Most leading OP, Paper & Print makers have reported severe sales declines in Q1'20 to date. Printer Paper demand is down 60%+ since 2008; the exodus to hygiene and packaging is huge. We analyse the market and update on a daily basis. Updated for Konica Minolta today

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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 19 at 2.29.38 PMThe Office is Dead!
    Long live the office

    Professional identity to be
    lost w/o physical interface?


    "Farewell, office. You were the last boundary between work and home" writes NYTimes columnist Jennifer Senior. "The office shaped identities in ways workers never knew". Yes, the 'Officeless'  trend started 10yrs ago, but the power of physical community & teamwork contact should not be underestimated...Updated

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  • Delivery driver blue lucyHigh order values.

    Low CostToServe 

    Broad biz supply from one
    source drives productivity


    A primary focus for OP dealers has been lowering buying price to achieve GP% improvement. Progressive dealers in broadline business supply have achieved greater success by 2X order values & lowering cost to serve. We highlight examples... Updated

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nadella satya msoft cloudMighty Microsoft
higher on Cloud

Nadella heralds in "world
of remote everything"


Microsoft
reported powerful results again for Q3'20. Since CEO Satya Nadella took over 5yrs ago the reinvention and focus on personalization and mobile technology via Azure Cloud & Dynamics business software has produced powerful & sustained results

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Refresh strategyLeaner, Cleaner,
Greener future!

#BeyondCovid: Plan for
a lighter, brighter world


As the Covid crisis ravages the world, its tough to look beyond the pandemic. We continue to urge makers & distributors to refresh and plan beyond the OPocalypse. Without question hygiene & safety supplies, packaging, ergonomics & sustainability will be new demand drivers. We explore the opportunities. Updated

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Screen Shot 2020 04 29 at 5.48.07 PMAmazon acts to
out fake vendors

Notorious counterfeiters
list to be passed to police


Amazon
is planning to give more data on counterfeit goods to law enforcement in a crackdown on fakes listed in its webstores. 'Godzilla' at last is trying to redeem itself after a CRaP year of own goals on private label, inferior quality and unfair trading practices 

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ISG gentile maggio greetISG details Covid

relief & rebates

Record member payments
& PPP/SBA loan support


Independent Suppliers Group (ISG)
the leading global dealer group, continues to take decisive action to support members with Fed disaster relief via PPP/SBA during the Covid crisis. Moreover, it accelerated record rebate distribution payments to members from 2019

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Screen Shot 2020 05 02 at 6.11.04 PMSamsung mobile
down, chips up!

New Galaxy Note S20
grabs the headlines


South Korean electronics giant Samsung's new Moble CEO Roe Tae Moon (pic left)  reported resilient results during Covid: flattened mobile and consumer electronics sales, but boosted chips sales for servers and PC's. It also launched its new Galaxy Note S20 mobile series 

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van de put dirk MDLZMondelez gets

huge snack bite 

US sales soar double digits
Growth push into protein


Mondelez International,
the $26Bn in sales, international brand snackmaker (e.g. Cadbury, Oreo), accelerated strong organic Q1'20 results. CEO Dirk van de Put reported on the surge in demand spiked by consumer demand during Covid 

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systemax global indSlimmer Systemax
slips into reverse

Exits France to focus on
Global Industrial Supply


Systemax,
the newly focused industrial supply reseller, iwithdrew from the IT business, with the sale of its French business, to focus on US w/Global Industrial Supply. Sales were down 

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Screen Shot 2020 04 29 at 1.00.46 AMStarbux burnt in
China; US April

Covid casualty to recover
from May w/mobile surge


Starbucks, the International coffee giant, reported Q2'20 results which as expected were dire during the 3 month China Covid lockdown, followed by US in Mar & Apr. CEO Kevin Johnson has opened up China and plans a May reopening in the US with mobile ordering leading the way. 

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Screen Shot 2020 04 28 at 3.48.55 PMUPS picks up
essential etail

Strong US sales growth
boosted by Covid crisis


UPS
the global #1 logistics provider reported a US growth recovery in Q1'20 boosted by price increases and record ecommerce activity e.g. Amazon through the Covid crisis. CEO David Abney will be handing over the reins to a successor

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pepsi woman lrPepsi powers
through Covid

Super snacks sales in
US, Euro & Americas


PepsiCo
the giant food & beverages marketer to consumers and business with $68Bn in sales continued to outperform its rivals in sales growth, excellence, innovative snacks & ethical trading in Q1'20

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