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  • Screen Shot 2020 12 15 at 10.58.22 AMMega Merger
    mania mounts

    Record pace maintains
    inc regional consolidation


    Over 50 megadeals have been agreed year to date matching the number in all of 2020 and that pace is likely to continue, according to M&A experts. Merger volume is expected to keep record pace in 2nd half of year. We review the M&A activity in the business supplies market and speculate on those in the pipeline.... Updated again today 

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  • Screen Shot 2021 07 20 at 11.25.23 AMOptimism rising on
    US/UK economies

    High start-ups fuel growth.
    Inflation only negative fear


    Amidst all the negative commentary surrounding rising inflation in US/UK economies we read two positive articles over the weekend that were positively bullish.  One from The Telegraph based on the WFH tech revolution and rapid growth in UK start-ups and the NYTimes focused on the latter in the US....

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  • Screen Shot 2021 07 14 at 5.10.59 PMPartnerless,

    Pretentious
    Procurement!

    Bigbox BS! Vendors' deals
    marred by anti-marketers 


    A disturbing trend in recent years has been the rise of soulless, bigbox buyers baulking at innovative marketers' new product proposals. Merchandisers say yes! Procurement pros say no! What do they know? Meanwhile, growth driven marketers like Amazon say "Yes.what's the question?". When will this vulture backed nonsense end? We discuss....

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  • Screen Shot 2018 10 30 at 1.24.38 PMI n f l a t i o n
    C o n f l a t i o n?

    Increased prices & profits
    distort trends...beware!


    Like the surge in corporate profits that we see in the Q2'21 results season to date, the rise in inflation is largely a matter of arithmetic. The world shut down a year ago and is now reopening. This was always going to distort the figures and could lead to exaggerated forecasts of higher inflation 

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  • Productivity to lucyThe Productivity
    Paradox puzzle

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


    Productivity stats in US & Europe accelerated in the 2020 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. Sunday Times David Smith's article today

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Screen Shot 2020 12 15 at 10.58.22 AMMega Merger
mania mounts

Record pace maintains
inc regional consolidation


Over 50 megadeals have been agreed year to date matching the number in all of 2020 and that pace is likely to continue, according to M&A experts. Merger volume is expected to keep record pace in 2nd half of year. We review the M&A activity in the business supplies market and speculate on those in the pipeline.... Updated again today 

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owen andi HMillerMillerKnoll merger
debuts new design

Resimercial rise facilitates
hybrid work collaboration


Three months after the news of Herman Miller’s $1.8Bn acquisition of Knoll first broke, details about how the two major design players will come together are now released. The new name speaks to the iconic design brands’ closer partnership, while continuing to trade on the reputation both have earned over the years

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Screen Shot 2021 07 20 at 11.25.23 AMOptimism rising on
US/UK economies

High start-ups fuel growth.
Inflation only negative fear


Amidst all the negative commentary surrounding rising inflation in US/UK economies we read two positive articles over the weekend that were positively bullish.  One from The Telegraph based on the WFH tech revolution and rapid growth in UK start-ups and the NYTimes focused on the latter in the US....

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HuntJB driverJBHunt high on 

'essentials' drive

Huge demand for Truck
ICS & final mile delivery 


JBHunt
 the $10Bn US transportation giant held up well during the Covid disrupted Q2'21. Long haul demand recovered strongly enhanced by integrated capacity and high final mile delivery service demand for essentia goods

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Screen Shot 2021 07 19 at 4.46.31 PMBTSchool buyers
to go BIG online

WFH tech enables students
& parents greater choices


Parents and students of students dexpect to spend 20% more online this 'Back to School' season compared with 2020, according to a new survey from Deloitte. This seems obvious given the lockdown but also reflects the huge increase in mobile commerce over the past 2 years...

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Screen Shot 2021 07 20 at 3.34.20 PMZoom booms on
cloud call centre

$15Bn move aimed at


enterprise market entry


Zoom Video Comms has acquired a cloud call centre leader in the USA. The buy is expected to help "bolster its presence with enterprise customers and allow the acceleration of its long-term growth opportunity" stated ceo Eric Yuan...

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Screen Shot 2021 07 20 at 4.20.10 PMAvery acqs DTC
planner provider

Personalised 'web to print'
portfolio powering ahead


CCL Industries,
leader in label, security and packaging solutions and parent of Avery has acquired another direct to consumer (DTC) personalised stationery provider in the US. 

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Screen Shot 2021 07 19 at 11.20.52 AMSocial Commerce
soars past $36Bn

China market is 10X larger.
WeChat dwarfs Facebook


Social Commerce sales in the US are picking up, but the size of the market pales in comparison to that of China, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast.The Live stream shopping trend started in China is expected to boom in US & Europe over the next year.

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Screen Shot 2021 07 16 at 3.45.19 PMEssity's h e a v y
hygiene hit eases

Weak WFH brand strength
causes soft bounceback


Essity
, the international hygiene & health supplies maker, made a slow Covid recovery hurt by weak WFH brand awareness. CEO Magnus Groth's growth strategy hype is in tatters following Q2'21 disapponting results which are still well below the pre pandemic 'normal' Q2'19

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Screen Shot 2021 07 16 at 10.55.18 PMStaples stakes

school supplier

Acquires California dealer
w/more buys in pipeline


Staples Pro
business supplies division (ex- Staples Business Advantage) have confirmed the acquisition of a leading school supplier in California. We understand that there are more $20m+ in sales dealers in the pipeline following a costly Covid survival struggle...

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