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  • commodity cliffPrint/papermakers
    plunge prolongs

    #OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand+economy+Covid


    Most leading OP, Paper & Printer makers continued to report deeper demand declines. Printer paper is down 60%+ since 2008; another -20% in Q3; the shift to hygiene & packaging is huge. We analyse Q3 results updated today inc. HP, Metsa & Mondi

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  • Hygiene HarryHealthy Hygiene
    market momentum

    Covid mitigation challenge
    Final Suppliers' Scoreboard


    The Paperless, Officeless, Touchless & Spotless future is happening. Business suppliers: makers, dealers inc.designers & managed services providers have pivoted to sell employers PPE, WFH technology, air purifiers & office planning apps for social distancing. We review Q3'20 results.. Market analyses complete inc. Berry, Brady & FEMSA

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  • hygiene salesman

    Can dealers sell
    the hygiene factor?

    Most stuck in same old
    shallow, jansan service


    In Mar'16 PP asked the question? We noted how most OP dealers approached the huge, growing hygiene market with the same-old cherry-picking, printer commodities approach. What's changed given the Covid crisis?  Here's why dealers must invest and provide a fully personalised, specialist service to create healthy productive workspaces for customers. Complete

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  • DeBelder Gian PGP&G's pursuit of
    packaging ideals

    'Holy Grail' recycling plans
    toward carbon neutrality


    Gian DeBelder,
    technical director for R&D packaging sustainability at Procter & Gamble spoke with Packaging News' Waqas Qureshi about sustainability, working with NGOs and the group’s 'Ambition 2030' renvironmental initiative. We review and discuss details....

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  • Screen Shot 2020 11 14 at 3.47.10 PMSCJ ceo's plastic
    pollution progress

    Hygiene giant commits
    w/450 fellow eco warriors


    SC Johnson,
     a $10Bn global powerhouse of consumer and professional cleaning brands, is making significant progress toward its 2025 targets to tackle plastic pollution. CEO Fisk Johson has made it his personal mission to symbolize the problem and the cure

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Screen Shot 2020 11 20 at 10.33.18 AMPresidio presses
ahead in Europe

Acquires UKI managed
tech services provider


US $3Bn in revenues IT reseller Presidio has launched into the European market after acquiring a Dublin-based IT procurement and services company. This is 6th example in recent years of US MSP's expanding across the ocean

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Screen Shot 2020 11 19 at 12.41.18 PMBrady identifies
workplace safety

Covid caused volatility in
portfolio demand pattern


Brady Corporation
the identification and workplace safety solutions provider, reported mixed fortunes in its Q1'21 financial review. CEO Mike Nauman commented "the COVID pandemic, including social distancing and personal hygiene signage drove strong organic growth"

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Salmon Tom berry lrBerry Hygiene's
healthy growth

Protective packaging 
recovers momentum


Leading protective packaging maker Berry Global Group reported improved Q4'20 organic growth. The $6Bn acquisition of RPC in July'19 no longer distorts comparative numbers clarifying organic growth performance

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books ron eci 2016ECi Software
changes hands

Acquisitive systems house
switches VC backers again


OP industry leading systems house ECI Software Solutions (ECI) has announced another change of ownership, switching from  one major investor to another growth supporting investment house. We speak with ceo Ron Books on 2021 plans

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Screen Shot 2020 09 17 at 8.41.46 AMLowes lifted
high on WFH 

Home office conversion
fuels huge online growth


Lowes
the US #2 home improvement retailer reported impressive results foer Q3'20. The Covid induced WFH activity fuelled huge online demand for retrofits and home office conversions 

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Screen Shot 2020 08 19 at 10.04.17 AM thumb other250 0Target's terrific
ticket rides high!

Success: 'Essentials' order
online, delivered same-day


Leading $100Bn+ US retailer Target reported terrific Q3'20 sales from 'essentials' demand. CEO Brian Cornell described key success factors as: higher ticket values, traffic and tripled online ordering in food, beverages and home improvement categories ...delivered same day!

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hygiene salesman

Can dealers sell
the hygiene factor?

Most stuck in same old
shallow, jansan service


In Mar'16 PP asked the question? We noted how most OP dealers approached the huge, growing hygiene market with the same-old cherry-picking, printer commodities approach. What's changed given the Covid crisis?  Here's why dealers must invest and provide a fully personalised, specialist service to create healthy productive workspaces for customers. Complete

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aramark truck downAramark business

services battered

Uniforms undone less as
Covid crunched demand


Aramark
 the global $16Bn business services provider in food, FM & uniforms reported deeply declining revenues in Q3'20. Returning veteran CEO John Zillmer plans to "elevate the hospitality culture" and transform customer orientation support were massively disrupted by Covid.

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menear craig home depotHome Depot hits

WFH run again

PRO biz suffers, but DIY
sales surge from re-fits


Home Depot
 
the $110Bn+ home & business improvement suppliercontinued to benefit from the Covid lockdown with DIY demand, but suffered from the drop in its PRO business supply activity. More homes are being retro-fitted to office space for WFH execs and student's remote learning

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mcmillon dougwalmart palletWalmart writes
big ticket growth

Record sales in stores;
& online now 11% sales


US #1 retail store group Walmart was boosted by the Covid lockdown spending in Q3'21, including huge online demand & delivery. It continued to copy Amazon's initiatives & benefited from store collection and higher ticket values 

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