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  • vulture capitalist crash graphBIGBOX  B U S T ?

    SPLS & Depot self destruct.
    Is The End Nigh? Probably.


    Staples
    just closed its contract furniture division. Sycamore & ODP are haggling over the price of Depot's stores portfolio. Depot is drowning in b l o o d. OP dealer acquisitions have ceased. Combined sales have fallen from $52Bn (2007) down to <$20Bn today. We explore causes and prospects... Complete

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  • commodity cliffPaper-Printerless
    market on pause

    #OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand gets price relief


    Most leading OP, Paper & Printermakers have now reported Q3'21 results. Printer paper is down 70%+ since 2008. The shift to hygiene & packaging products is huge. The Covid crash caused users to accelerate the move towards digitisation as print diminished. We analyse results to date...inc Mondi, Sylvamo & HP later today

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  • Amazon Bezos Climate PledgeHow Green are
    market leaders?

    Has COP26 inspired action?
    Genuine or Greenwash?
    Progress benchmarks?


    211 leading companies have signed up for The Climate Pledge initiated by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, committing to achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2040.  Admirable plan, but how will the 23 leading business supply leaders benchmark progress? What are the annual progress measurements? We explore...Updated daily

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  • Screen Shot 2021 11 21 at 5.15.43 PMHi Hybrid workers

    Thurs' new Friday?

    3days 'in office' emerges
    as fav future work sched


    I don't like Mondays - or Fridays: London City workers decide 3days/week in the office is enough. "Hybrid working and spending patterns post-pandemic as commuters spend less time in the office leaves small businesses and employers reeling" writes The Telegraph's Matt Oliver. Paradoxically, business productivity is improving...

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  • Hygiene clean office 21Healthy Hygiene
    market
    momentum

    How've leaders fared post
    Covid peak? Q3'21 analysis


    The #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless future is happening bigtime! Now hygiene is the #1 business supply category alongside technology. Progressive business suppliers: brandmakers, dealers & MSP's have pivoted to sell customers hygiene, safety & packaging, WFH-tech and wellness services.. We analyse Q3'21 results inc. Berry & Brady Corp.

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HP Smart Tank 7000 PtrHP's new high
volume printer

Recycled materials distract
from sham 'green' claims


HP Inc
. has launched a new high volume usage printer, the Smart Tank 7000 series "for people who print a lot". Ironically, given the negative effect paper has on the environment it makes eco-conscious claims on recycled material ingredients

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jape alan unilever20Unilever underlines
hybrid WFH rules

24hr commute limit. Biz
travel time to be halved


Giant health care & hygiene products maker Unilever is tackling the Covid trend of employees moving to the South of France and beyond to work remotely by insisting they live within a 24-hour commute of the office.

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Screen Shot 2021 07 01 at 11.22.42 AMCussons care
brands in focus

Carex & Original Source
sales soar during Covid


The house of hygiene brands PZ Cussons had a strong year in Europe & Americas during the Covid hit 2020 but suffered losses in Nigeria and Australia. The new ex-Kelloggs ceo Jonathan Myers has laid out plans to focus on its core brands to drive future growth 

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jelenik craig costco laughCostco comps
escalate again 

Slower online adoption
now growth accelerant


Leading international $190Bn+ home & business supplierCostco is on a double-digit % growth roll. After a slower spring, an improved ecommerce experience for essentials has accelerated performance.

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Screen Shot 2021 09 12 at 10.30.21 PMStaples strips to

"heartless" shell

Vulture's cosmetic fixes
fail to cover core collapse


It's now 3 months since vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners owned Staples parted ways with chief Sandy Douglas. Meanwhile, proxy chairman John Lederer has assumed control without appointing a replacement? Will it ever happen and how will this affect the future of its $14Bn business delivery interests inc. wholesaler Essendant? Updated today

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keane Jim Steelcase 21 thumb medium300 0Steelcase's slow

recovery reverses

Collaboration specialists
show strong Q3 orderbook


Steelcase, 
the global leader in collaborative office furnishings, suffered a setback in its recovery in Q2'22 ended 31Aug'21. Encouragingly, retiring  CEO Jim Keane's orders outlook improved substantially back towards the 'normal' Q3'20 (2019) levels

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paper clogged officeComplacent Paper
Industry report

Director Large "We need
to be an essential industry"


The Confederation of Paper Industries' (CPI) third Economic Value Report (EVR) highlights the vital role played by the industry during 2020 and stresses the need to focus on growth and sustainability.  How can this be taken seriously when paper production and distribution process wirks directly against carbon reduction and sustainability?

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printermakers plungePrinter volumes'
in secular decline

CONTEXT report paints
rosier picture v reality


Printer sales across Europe have slowed over the summer, due to pressures on price, supply and logistics, but a Sept rebound is on the cards, according to data from CONTEXT's market intelligence.. Why has the researcher chosen to ignore the market's secular decline?

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Screen Shot 2020 09 15 at 5.24.29 PMFedEx: fueled by
huge price hikes

UPS duopoly deal disguises
market share loss to AMZN


FedEx 
ceo Fred 'Smug' Smith reported strong Q1'22 results to 31 Aug'21. Two rounds of opportunistic and unnecessary, high price hikes boosted sales & profitability with another +6-8% planned for 3Jan'22. We estimate it lost market share to Amazon, USPS & UPS with its laggard service model

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Amazon Climate BezosClimate Pledge
club now 200+

Amazon initiative adds
HP, P&G, Nestle, ASOS


Over 200 companies pledge net-zero emissions by 2040 as pressure on private sector mounts led by Jeff Bezos' 2019 Climate Pledge initiative.. The announcement comes in the wake of a dire warning from a UN climate panel.

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