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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 1.46.38 PMDepot's divide
    & distract deal

    'Bizarro' Smith's schtick:
    'Fiddle while Boca burns'


    Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (ex-Depot-Max) ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith, continues to 'shift deckchairs on a sinking ship' with moves aimed to distract from resurrecting a business that has now lost a $1Bn in sales in each year of his 4 year tenure. Now he plans to split Depot in two....??

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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 7.24.23 PMRedefining hybrid
    office workspace

    Google redesigns campus
    for flexibility & Team Pods


    Google has a plan for the future of work including privacy robots and balloon walls. The company that helped popularize open office plans is trying to reinvent workspaces to cope with workplace sensibilities changed by Covid...

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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 4.13.22 PMWill FTC move to
    defy dark patterns?

    Manipulation machines at
    Amazon trick consumers


    Enforcement against 'dark patterns' has been non-existent by Federal Trade Commission under its rules prohibiting “unfair or deceptive acts.” But  unfair and deceptive acts are hard to identify, precisely as practitioners' intended. When will authorities introduce rules to address these egregious tricks and curtail bad practices?

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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 29 at 11.59.18 AMShopify spurs
    entrepreneurs

    How MCommerce platform
    helps dealers beat Amazon


    Shopify,
     
    the specialist MCommerce platform for business supply dealers & entrepreneurs grew 110% in Q1'21 with 1M+ independent partners. It has reinforced marketing prowess with distribution services. Here are case studies on how it enables brand makers & resellers to compete with Amazon 

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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 27 at 1.13.46 AMHow to design
    the hybrid office

    Balancing WFH flexibility
    w/central base practice


    Many companies see the appeal of combining office life with work-from-home (WFH) flexibility. How to strike the right balance can be less clear. Academics from MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford University provide their views on how to best facilitate hybrid working...

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long mike arrow lrArrow regains
IT's sharpness

Global components sales
soar in Asia Pacific & 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 was appreciative of tremendous growth in Asia Pacific markets. 

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binnie steve sappiSappi's sinking

paper sales abate

Packaging strong growth
esp.US/SA Europe weaker


Sappi, the South African based international papermaker, reported another set of disappointing results in its Q2'21 made worse by Covid. Whilst acknowledging the business is under pressure what is CEO Steve Binnie's (pic left) reinvention strategy?

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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 Q1'21. CEO Andrew King commented on itsbroad range of innovative, sustainable packaging solutions, and higher average containerboard prices 

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Piourde Mario cascades brandCascades Packng
demand boosted

WFH tissue sales weaken
Paprinsa deal completed


Leading Canadian tissue & packaging board maker Cascades reported mixed results in Q1'21. 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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veritiv truck crashVeritiv totaled in
a terminal tailspin

Hygiene & Pckng ease fall
Will Bain Cap/KKP rescue?


Veritiv, 
the leading US paper & packaging wholesaler, continued its terminal tailspin. As an 'essentials' supplier its sales decline rate v competitors is shocking. New ceo Sal Abbate has taken over yet nothing changes. Recent large share price movements indicate a take over rescue bid is imminent? Who's interested?

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Leahy Christine CDWCDW resurgent in

Gov-Edu markets

SMB market recovery from
WFH enablement + UK-CA


CDW, the $20Bn international reseller of IT products & services, reported a strong recovery in Q1'21. US Education plus SMB sector demand was huge, offset by weak Corp markets. CEO Christine Leahy commented positively about its integrated solutions prospects 

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vistar truck roadPFG/Vistar: food
to biz recovering

Reinhart acquisition boosts
convenience stores sales


Performance Food Group, the leading US food & beverage services wholesaler reported increased organic sales in Q3'21, offset by Covid lockdown hurting its Vistar food & snacks supply to businesses. 

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Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 1.46.38 PMDepot's divide
& distract deal

'Bizarro' Smith's schtick:
'Fiddle while Boca burns'


Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (ex-Depot-Max) ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith, continues to 'shift deckchairs on a sinking ship' with moves aimed to distract from resurrecting a business that has now lost a $1Bn in sales in each year of his 4 year tenure. Now he plans to split Depot in two....??

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Smith Gerry Depot Deckchair 21Deceitful Depot
deeper and down

ODPCorp & "Max B2B" ceo
Smith's deckchair pivoting
BS cliches on sinking ship


Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (ex-Office Depot-OfficeMax) continued to sink at double-digit rates in Q1'21. OP core sales were crushed with hygiene essentials online softening the decline. We analyse Captain Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith's deception & misleading commentary. Full analysis of webcast & critique completed

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systemax global indSlimline Systemax
sustains strength

Global Ind Supply gains 
private label PPE contract


Systemax,
 the newly focused industrial supply reseller, withdrew from the IT business, to focus on US w/Global Industrial Supply. Sales were down earlier in the year but recovered strongly from winning new contracts 

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