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  • Screen Shot 2023 06 05 at 5.23.45 PMHybrid work is
    W o n d e r f u l !?

    ‘Stay forever’ mantra drives
    productivity & life balance


    Working from home (WFH) is part of the worklife balance that Generation Z demands, putting new pressures on employers, writes The Times' James Hurley. “Hybrid work will stay with us for ever,” Ronni Zehavi, ceo of HiBob states. Meanwhile. high profile business leaders argue there is a "loss of creativity". Who's right? We discuss....
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  • Screen Shot 2023 05 27 at 10.47.59 PMIs the 'Greenwash'
    ghost game over?

    Recycled paper pretenders'
    sham sustainability stories?

    There's been much PR and social media postings by makers and distributors promoting their sustainability credentials. How much is genuine and how much is sham posturing aka 'greenwash'? Certainly there are doubts about printer paper claims given the toxic journey between makers, distributors, users, mailing and recycling. We explore....Updated

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  • smith gerry depot deckchair shifter 21Depot distraction
    #24: Fed'n fudge? 

    'Bizarro' Smith's delusional
    dialogue disguises demise

    Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (aka-Depot-Max) has leaked that more acquisitions under its faux 'Federation' distraction platform can be expected. With many dealers under pressure post-Govt Covid relief, could major Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas' resellers be in play? We discuss ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith's latest attempt to distract attention away from its dire demise...

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  • End is near callS t o c k l e s s

    Higher wholesaler pricing
    imperils dealer's survival

    Is the end nigh for stockless dealers? Back in the 2019 'normal' days, dealers were struggling with a slowing economy. Then, Covid crashed the corp office market. Then, Government relief ran out last year. Now consolidation is happening? Moreover, wholesalers raised prices above inflation squeezing dealers competitiveness? The BIG question is how will transactional dealers survive? Should we expect larger progressives to lead an acquisition wave in the business supply market? We investigate latest market views. Later today ...

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  • disconnected dealer box lucy walkAre limping locals 
    resting on laurels?

    User disconnected? Weak
    webstores? Transactional
    not productivity svcs driven

    'Buy Local' 
    campaigns have been promoted by dealer groups for 30 years, largely as defensive plays v bigbox attacks. But, what user benefits do they offer in terms of personalized productivity gains v the increasingly local and faster Amazon army of resellers? We discuss and offer guidance...Updated

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Durante Nick Reckitt ceo 1Reckitt rebounds
with higher prices 

Hygiene brands hesitant.
Wellness + Nutrition strong

Reckitt the £14Bn ($18Bn) UK based international consumer hygiene & health products giant, reported powerful Q1'23 results, boosted by double digit price hikes, as consumers "resumed 'normal' pre Covid wellness and nutrition trends" commented new ceo Nicandro Durante. 

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Pesonen Jussi UPM 20pngUPM: +23% price
hikes hide decline

Print paper volume plunge
offset by massive increases

UPM Kymmene 
the world’s #3 papermaker, reported plunging printer paper demand offset by huge price hikes in Q1'23. Complacent ceo Jussi Pesonen seems oblivious to the disastrous mishandling of the lengthy Finnish workers strike last year, and gloried in hugely inflated results, as volumes sank. Moreover, it failed to invest in new markets?

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Thomas Neil BOXB O X  Partners'

packaging power

Chicago rivals merge to
create 1 source wholesaler

VC CharlesBank Capital owned BOX Partners a leading US wholesaler of packaging supplies, has announced the acquisition of a similarly sized, rival neighbor to form a $500m powerhouse. BOX ceo Neil Thomas proclaimed the amicable deal as "Better Together" and provides business supplies dealers with a single source solution...

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nadella satya msoft complete cloud thumb other250 0Mighty Microsoft's

Azure Cloud high

CEO Nadella maintains
mass mobility momentum

reported 'normalized' growth in Q3'23, following the explosive growth during Covid. Since ceo Satya Nadella took over 9yrs ago, the reinvented focus on personalisation, productivity & mobile tech via Azure Cloud & Dynamics business software, has produced powerful growth. Recently, skeptical WallSt. media has made myopic mention of minor layoffs, missing the big picture growth story. Updated

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Bich Bruno Bic headBiC writes & lights

huge price hikes

Claims market share gains
fuelled by new products 

BiC the stationery, shaver & lighter maker, reported a steady recovery in Q1'23, boosted by price hikes. Morever, it accelerated demand trends as its products recovered from its 'non essential' status in developed merkets

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van zenten frank bunzl 18Bunzl bulks in 

Reports slowing volume
offset by price inflation

the $14Bn international business supplies wholesaler reported Q1'23 results. Real organic volume growth was flat and continued to be boosted by high inflationary prices and acquisitions. CEO Frank van Zanten commented on the latest 3 acquisitions this year.

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Tome Carol UPS 22UPS higher prices 
hide demand drop

Lower traffic shored up
by FedEx duopoly deal?

 the global #1 logistics leader reported declining volume in Q4'22 offset by price increases aka "quality" (ave+4%) in a buoyant ecommerce market. It maintained its lead over laggard FedEx, but lost ground to Amazon's relentless ascent...

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Bresky Anna Stora 23Stora stalls from
weak pkg market

Papermaking shut. Invests
in packaging ops & acqu'ns

Leading global packaging maker
Stora Enso
confirmed last weeks warning that sales and profits are expected to be lower than for the full-year 2024. Weaker containerboard demand and disinflation from Covid induced highs were given as the primary causes by ceo Annica Bresky

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Roman Mike 3M 233M deaf to $10Bn
earplug liabilities?

Problems pervade: PFAS?
Health Care spinoff saga?

Once mighty 3M's sales volume declined again in Q1'23. The safety, transport & consumer (inc office) divisions even more deeply, in spite of high price hikes. CEO Mike Roman's opaque report was light on growth plans and detail inc: resolving defective ear-plug and 'forever chemicals (PFAS)' legal claims; plus the Health Care spinoff saga? Is he in denial? Updated

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Hsu mike KCKC price hikes
hide volume fall

Personal Care,Tissue & Pro
slow; losing market share?

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) the global personal hygiene brandmaker, reported slow personal care, consumer tissue & Pro' hygiene demand. CEO Mike Hsu commented opaquely on declining sales in spite of double-digit price increases; and losing market share to its main rivals... Updated

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