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  • MEGATRENDS 2021sq2020s Business
    Supply Market
    MEGATRENDS

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


    Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Zoom, Shopify, Uber & Salesforce have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery services. Covid accelerated the advance of 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Spotless #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. 2020 Market Review published today

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  • Predictions 2021Power Productivity

    or #OPocalypse? 

    Who will seize the single
    source biz supply market?


    What will happen in 2021 with Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Staples, Essendant, Shopify, SPR, Alibaba, Depot, WBMason, HP, U-Line, Imperial, EVO-VOW, Westcoast, Bunzl, Brady, independent dealers, dealer groups, wholesalers, furnituremakers, paper-printermakers, MPS, OP makers; foodservice; hygiene suppliers; packaging; AI, robotics,Tech/cybersecurity; Hybrid-WFH; B2U v B2B marketing trends. PP's 21 predictions updated

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  • customer intimacy heart mobileTop Resellers Review

    Progressives rally
    to WFH/PPE call

    Bigboxes, Leaders, Rising
    Stars, laggards & Top Tips


    The bigbox share of the market tumbled again in 2020. Disintegrating Depot & stalled Staples lost another $2Bn sales as Amazon's  growth rocketed. Progressive indie resellers, MSP's got hammered on OP/MPS & furniture, but their agility enabled to pivot to Hygiene-PPE and service their local WFH market. Updated

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  • Top Performers 2020Best Performers
    Review of 2020

    Leaders, brands, web,
    products, productivity,
    services, ads, greenest.
    'Essentials' winners all


    The #OPocalypse aka perfect storm that impacted the office supply market in 2019, got worse in 2020, with the devastating effect of the Covid catastrophe. Even progressive broadline business suppliers suffered, but escaped with a rapid pivot to PPE-Hygiene-WFH 'essentials' e.g. Amazon, P&G, Lenovo. Proficiency Index reviewsbest performers in each category. Complete

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  • Frost on Boston snowF r o s t  B i t e s
    Favourites 2020

    Review of Best & Worst
    critical events & stories


    This has been a crazy, tragic year for the business supply market. Every cloud has a silver lining. We believe major 2020's trends have accelerated towards a better World: inc. #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Spotless #Bigless #Wasteless #Carbonless etc. 

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Screen Shot 2019 02 12 at 12.06.34 PMWhy would SPLS
sell Depot's BSD?

Retail consolidation plans
flag vulture short-termism


Staples
$2.1Bn bid for Office Depot states a preference for Compucom to be chopped; and its business supply division (BSD) to be divested post deal. Why? Do they seriously believe the FTC will block, in the new Amazon business supply dominated era? Or is it just playing a charm offensive to facilitate easier approval? Either way, we expect the greedy Depot board to deny the deal

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Screen Shot 2021 01 11 at 5.53.56 PMWTech & Purell
partnership ad

The 'Must Have' car cup-
phone & sanitizer holder


We love innovative partnerships that drive productivity, hygiene and safety. Delighted then, to see WeatherTech, the enterprising in-car accessories maker, hook up with GoJo the Purell hand sanitizer producer, to make a joint TV commercial on its latest product. 

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Screen Shot 2021 01 12 at 11.07.47 AMBetter Normal &
Wellness for Life

Personalised experiences
for routines with BotCare


Samsung Electronics
shared its vision for the future at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company introduced new products at its virtual press conference, showing how it’s creating solutions that are flexible, intelligently connected, and use AI to understand context to make daily life seamless. We report and analyse innovations

 

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polk dennis synnexSynnex surges in
WFH tech sales

$25Bn tech giant splits
distribution from services


Synnex, the leading US IT distributor, spun off its Concentrix srvices business on Dec.1st and reported a strong rebound from Covid hit Q2/3 with impressive Q4'20 results

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Screen Shot 2021 01 11 at 12.45.24 PMGlobal WFH PC
sales soar in Q4

Lenovo, Dell & Apple out
grow HP in home edu mkt


IDC's
latest report on the Global PC market confirmed the meteoric growth of the WFH technology needs in business, gaming and education. Multiscreen working, monitors, LED lighting and sit/stand desks featured strongly in demand analytics

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vulture staples removerStaples' treble
chance w/Depot

Sycamore seeks #SPLODGE
deal to test FTC a third time


#SPLODGE Revisited!
Vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners' owned Staples has bid $2.1Bn to acquire Office Depot apparently focused on consolidating its retail business and divesting the valuable business supplies division, the 'fly in the ointment' that prevented FTC approval back in 2016. We discuss the latest rationale and probabilities

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Screen Shot 2019 04 29 at 1.05.04 PMWill Alibaba/Depot
deal be banned?

China's antitrust inquiry to
stop trading partnership?


China's #1 marketplace Alibaba is under antitrust investigation by authorities causing its market cap to tumble 14% in the last month. Now US Govt is reacting and may blacklist investments in the US and stop any partnership or acquisition activity thwarting rumoured Office Depot takeover plans

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Williams John Domtar DumpsterDomtar dumps
hygiene business

Doubles down on dying
papermaking & late move
into packaging market 


Leading US papermaker Domtar led by protectionist ceo John Williams confirmed the sale of its growing $1Bn in sales personal care division to reinforce focus on its rapidly declining paper & pulp business?  Ironically, it flagged a strategic transformation to build a large packaging business? Seriously?

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Gershwind Eric MSCIndMSC Ind supply
slide subsides

Higher sales of hygiene
safety & PPE offset fall


MSC Industrial Supply
, a leading $4Bn MRO distributor reported declining results for Q1'21 with CEO Erik Gershwind and customers uncertain about the market outlook, given the massive Covid hit and ongoing tariffs costs

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Screen Shot 2021 01 06 at 1.59.27 PMO/workers' post
Covid options?

Future of offices when
workers have a choice


"Some offices in central employment districts may become housing, and some housing in residential areas may become work spaces" writes NYTimes' Dror Poleg. Some large employers are already experimenting with satellite offices in the suburbs of cities in which they already have a downtown headquarters. How will the future shape up? 

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