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  • zuckerberg damagedFakebook facing
    fantastic fatal fall? 

    WSJ/Whistleblower expose
    Zuck & Co's corruption


    "Would I like to write about anything else in tech except Facebook? I would. Can I write about anything else in tech but Facebook? I cannot" opines Kara Swisher, NYTimes much admired tech columnist. We discuss her opinions and review the shenanigans that have characterized its devious leadership

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  • Screen Shot 2021 10 05 at 3.03.04 PMNeoCon: Design
    for New Normal!

    Gold Awards for Teknion,
    Steelcase, Darran, AllSteel


    We review the latest & greatest from the international furniture fest #NeoCon2021 in Chicago.  We report on best in show awards and interviews with big brand leaders and discuss their vision, strategy and market differentials.. 

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  • Dochelli Harry ESND 21ESND escalates
    lower cost logistics

    Systems investments: CRM,
    Distribution & Digital mktg


    US #1 business supplies wholesaler Essendant has made major investments in marketing and logistics designed to add value and lower 'cost to serve' for its dealer partners. We discussed details with president Harry Dochelli and development of its business categories portfolio now dominated by hygiene and food care supplies... Updated

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  • Hygiene clean office 21Hygiene Hole?
    Mind the gap!

    60% biz supply demand:
    hygiene, food, pkg service.
    Dealers sales mix <30%


    We've reported for 10yrs+ about the disconnect between dealers and users' one-source business supply demand needs. Now latest reports confirm the huge gap between what businesses want and what OP dealers supply. We highlight the best practice champions closing the gap rapidly... Updated

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  • Productivity to lucyThe Productivity
    Paradox persists

    How WFH skew metrics.
    Industrial stats redundant
    in a hybrid work economy


    Productivity stats accelerated ithrough the 2020/21 Depression...how and why? As we've reported repeatedly over the past 10yrs+, industrial productivity measures are redundant in the 'Information' economy where workers input hours are immeasurable, especially now, in the 'WFH/Officeless' hybrid world. In truth, productivity has been rising strongly throughout the web inspired economy. We discuss inc. Sydney Ember's NYTimes article...updated

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Piourde Mario cascades brandCascades Pckng
demand steady

WFH tissue sales weaken
Paprinsa deal completed


Leading Canadian tissue & packaging board maker Cascades reported mixed results in Q2'21. CEO Mario Piourde's optimism was dented by Covid's negative affect on business tissue sales but boosted by higher packaging demand especially in foodservice

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king andrew mondi presMondi packaging 

powers over paper

Paper market depressed.
Container board prices rise


Mondi Group
the €7Bn in sales international paper & packaging maker reported strong packaging and weak papaer sales in Q2'21. CEO Andrew King commented on its broad range of innovative, sustainable packaging solutions, and higher average containerboard prices 

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Churchill Wayne NasstarNasstar nails down
KCOM ICT services

Rising star MSP intensifies
focus on enterprise market


Leading UK progressive MSP Nasstar continued its remarkable progress by confirming acquisition of KCOM's national ICT services business. "We're delighted with the enthusiasm received from KCOM customers to the deal" reported ceo Wayne Churchill. 

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Fenby Stephen Midwich sitMidwich maintains
AV momentum 

Holdan Pro div acquires
Berkshire imaging distie


International AV distributor Midwich reported a strong sales recovery from the Covid collapse in Q2'21. Moreover, it continued its acquisition programme with the addition of a UK imaging distributor...

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shah niraj wayfair sadWayfair's not so 
wonderful WFH

Delivery & management
issues shifted sideways


Wayfair,
 the $14Bn in sales US/UK home & office furnishings etailer, reported its first sales decline in Q2'21. The WFH lockdown had proved a huge sales boost to business customers updating home working facilities, now faded...

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long mike arrow lrArrow regains
IT's sharpness

Global components sales
soar in US, AsiaPac & EU


Arrow Electronics, the $28Bn in sales global provider of IT products, services reported powerful sales growth from a tough market in 2019/20 . The CEO Mike Long commented on the  tremendous growth in global markets. 

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Engel john wesco 20Wesco wired up

by Anixter merger

CEO's plan: build, connect,
power & protect the world


WESCO t
he enlarged $16Bn (inc. Anixter acquisition) #1 US provider of electrical, security and MRO supplies, announced increased organic sales in Q2'21 CEO John Engel reported on progress of integration plans and his new mission statement

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Salmon Tom berry lrBerry boosted by
high price hikes

Protective packaging 
maintains momentum


Leading protective packaging maker Berry Global Group reported maintained organic growth in all 4 market segments inc. the fast growing Health & Hygiene division in Q3'21. CEO Ted Salmon enthused about investments in sustainable packaging to fuel its health and wellness drive....

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binnie steve sappiSappi's sinking

sales rebound

Packaging strong growth
Paper back to 90% 'norm'


Sappi, the South African based international papermaker, reported a strong rebound in sales from Covid hit Q3'20. Whilst acknowledging the paper business is under pressure it seems CEO Steve Binnie's (pic left) reinvention strategy relies only on packaging power 

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Leahy Christine CDWCDW resurgent in

Corporate markets

Powerful SMB mkt growth
in WFH service + UK-CA


CDW, the $20Bn international reseller of IT products & services, reported powerful growth in Q2'21. US Corporate, Edu & Health Care plus SMB sector demand was huge, offset by weak Government markets. CEO Christine Leahy commented positively about its integrated solutions prospects 

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