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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 16 at 4.10.21 PMPackaging power
    propels biz market

    Ecom product care drives
    rapid growth, VCap interest


    The hygiene & packaging market looks alot like the glorious 80/90's days in OP. Consolidation of regional independents in a market with 10%+ growth fuelled by WFH/ecommerce, led by the major players e.g. ULine and venture capital funds. We review, analyse leaders and trends....

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  • staples depot train crashKaluzny skins SPLS
    Smith drains ODP

    Myopic mercenary moves
    maximise selfish interests


    Former bigbox giants Staples & Office Depot ($52Bn sales 2007) have been destroyed by a mix of incompetence and vulture capitalist's greed. Today, aggregate sales are $19Bn sinking at a $2Bnpa rate.  What are the motivations of Sycamore's Stefan Kaluzny and Depot's ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith? We review and comment... 

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 15 at 5.46.12 PMCan dealers svc

    hybrid workers?

    More lower value webstore
    orders delivered same day


    Corporations are adjusting rapidly to the hybrid work future. Flexible work is here to stay. How will dealers adapt to a new norm where empowered users order business supplies online, in smaller quantities, expecting the immediate home delivery advanced by Amazon? What will they do to upgrade webstores and broaden ranges to minimise the higher cost to serve? We discuss....

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 14 at 9.40.00 AMDepot's charade
    'split' game over

    Phantom 2nd bidder for
    retail biz to stall Staples?


    ODP Corp aka Office Depot
    has decided to delay previously announced plans to split into two public companies to "mull over sale offers for its retail division", sending its shares up 10%. This bigbox game of charades is a joke; a disintegrating mess run by a bunch of self serving simpletons...

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  • MEGATRENDS 2022sq2022 Business
    Supply Market
    MEGATRENDS

    ......less Means More
    P r o d u c t i v i t y 


    Are we heralding in the Roaring 20's? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Shopify have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery. Covid advanced 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Bigless #Wasteless & #Carbonless. WFH told us to connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. We guide on how dealers can take charge of their destiny? New Report inc. 2021 Market Review published today!

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Piourde Mario cascades brandCascades Pckng
demand recovers

WFH tissue sales weaken
Paprinsa deal completed


Leading Canadian tissue & packaging board maker Cascades reported mixed results in Q3'21. CEOMario 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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martin geoff CCLCCL label sales'

healthy recovery

Essentials market demand
boosts Avery resurgence


CCL Industries,
 the $6Bn in sales specialist labelmaker, reported a sustained recovery in Q3'21 with Covid 'essentials' market channel sales offsetting the non-essential market collapse e.g. Avery business/events market. 

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vistar truck roadPFG/Vistar: food

to biz rebounds

Major fresh food provider
acquired boosts sales 50%


Performance Food Group
, the leading US food & beverage services wholesaler reported a huge organic sales increase in Q1'22 as businesses/restaurants returned towards normal. The major acquisition of fresh food broadline leader will boost sales by 50% in 2022. 

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energizer bunny flagsEnergizer losing
battery  power?

New US distribution boosts
organic growth in autocare


Energizer the enterprising personal care & battery supplier to businesses, lost market share in Q4'21. It performed well in autocare though and overall sales recovered well in the Americas 

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Food fights sysco USFFoodservice fights
fly again post-Cvd

Sysco & USFoods' recover
rapidly as restaurnts return


Foodservice supply leaders to business & restaurants Sysco & US Foods reported  rapid recoveries in their latest quarterly reports. Denied a merger in 2015 the full service rivals are seeking different courses of action going forward. We compare....Updated again

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Griffin Tim Exertis 21Exertis exerted in
strong tech market

Supply chain shortages
threaten fulfilment service


International IT-OP distributor Exertis' parent DCC Group released its Q1'22 trading update to 30 Jun'21. Chief Tim Griffin 
reported flat sales in a strong WFH/hybrid working market. He described the serious supply chain shortages impacting results 

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depot max blood drain storesStaples stakes
out ODP Retail 

Deceitful Depot's denial
of 'split' motiive exposed


As we have reported over the past couple of years Staples owner Sycamore Partners has reaffirmed its plan to acquire ODP Corp's Office Depot retail division. This typical vulture 'synergistic' move will bring big benefits to Staples and a bigbox hole for the disintegrating Depot brand...

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3D boat sinking thumb medium300 03 D  P r i n t i n g
boat still afloat?

3DSystems & Stratasys'
sales back, losses continue


3D printing leaders Stratasys (MakerBot) & 3D Systems reported a recovery from Covid hit Q3'20 but losses continued in Q3'21. The bubble has truly burst +HP has yet to successfully shift in the industrial market. Optimism is still rife from the ceo's in spite of reality

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printermakers plungePrintermakers pull
back from plunge

Canon, Kyo, Konica, Ricoh,
Epson & Brother analysis


The big 6 Japanese printer makers reported remarkably similar +10-20% recovery growth rates in Q3'21 based on Covid crushed Q3'20. Most did not recover to pre-Covid norms. So how will these major makers reinvent themselves? We analyse results and comment on plans and progress. Updated for Brother today

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long mike arrow lrArrow maintains
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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