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  • stairway to heaven 2017WFH Winners
    expose Losers

    Personalised productivity
    service providers to users
    gain local brand identity


    Amazon's
    amazing 40% growth to reach $10Bn in business supplies during the Covid quarter exposed the huge deficiencies in service levels from traditional OP dealers.  Amazon became the default 'first call' supplier for 'Everything WFH supplies'. In spite of its dominance, many responsive progressive dealers pivoted powerfully to the new immediate market standards. We highlight the winners....Updated

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  • Gazelle leaps bigboxLess means more
    P r o d u c t i v i t y

    Wake up to new Touchless
    Paper/Officeless, Spotless
    Wasteless business world


    There's no doubt after 5mos of Covid lockdown & 'WFH' that future trends have been brought forward. Consider the acceleration in technology use by all ages: MCommerce, less commuting, Zoom meetings & conferences; hygiene, safety, health & wellness awareness; protective packaging. Moreover the shift towards a greener more sustainable world. We discuss the trends. Updated

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  • commodity cliffPrint/papermakers
    plunge off a cliff

    OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand+economy+Covid


    Most leading OP, Paper & Print makers reported severe sales declines in Q2'20. Printer Paper demand is down 60%+ since 2008; another -30% in Q2;the shift to hygiene and packaging is huge. We analyse Q2 results.  Updated today for Domtar

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  • office depot sinking ship350 2Deceitful Depot
    deeper and down

    New 'ODPCorp' 'Max B2B'
    Smith's 'deckchair shifting'
    cliches on a sinking ship


    Newly named ODP Corporation (ex-Office Depot-OfficeMax), sank at a deepening rate in Q2'20. OP core sales were crushed with hygiene essentials in retail & online softening the decline. We analyse CEO Gerry 'Smudger' Smith's hollow & misleading commentary and update on the 'white knight' life saver.

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  • jones yancey snr TSR 20Will SPR investors

    expand biz supply?

    Is narrowline 'holesaler
    just a buying group play?


    After many failed attempts Genuine Parts finally sold SPRichards to an Investor Group led by TSR's enterprising chief Yancey Jones (pic left). What's the plan? Will it continue a buying group bias or invest in broadline business supply to compete with Amazon? We review

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bianco dino KPTKP Tissue rolls
up in hygiene

White Cloud brand lifted
by Covid US demand


KP Tissue
(previously known as Kruger), the Canada based leading international brand tissue maker, continued to win share in the US consumer & business supply market with its quality brands drive, boosted by price rises

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Piourde Mario cascades brandCascades Tissue
demand boosted

Private label makers' surge
in consumer packaging


Leading Canadian tissue & board maker Cascades reported higher sales growth in the Covid boosted hygiene market. CEO Mario Piourde's optimism was obviously dented by the pandemic's spread through Q2

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Verso Mill smokeVerso Paper's
perilous plunge

Mill closure & asset sale.
Board seeking saviour


Verso Paper
, the $2.7Bn papermaker, has engaged strategic financial advisers to pursue a possible merger or sale. Q2'20 results confirm its seriously critical position including mill closures and sale of another to match declining demand

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meaney bill iron mountain slideIron Mountain:
slips and slides

'Summit': Streamlining
& centralising operations


Iron Mountain ex-global leader in info' services reported steady Q2'20 results. CEO Bill Meaney's opaque reporting seems geared to disguise its decline with reactionary late moves into digital & cloud storage.

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doheny ted sealedair boxSealed Air: steady

packaging power

Food care demand weaker.
Automated acquisition aids


Sealed Air Corporation
, the $5Bn maker of protective packaging for food & FM products reported commendable results in Q2'20.. CEO Ted Doheny credited its 'Reinvent' strategy for huge profit improvements during the Covid quarter

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Ship sinking man watchConduent sinks
deeper & down

Ex-Xerox spin off, dives
under Chainsaw control?


Conduent,
the much hyped ex-Affiliated Computer Services company, now 3 years split from Xerox, declined again in Q2'20. The CEO appointed by Chainsaw Carl Icahn is under review but gained some valuable government business to ease the Covid hit

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Screen Shot 2020 05 18 at 5.31.30 PM3D P r i n t i n g
leaders  c r a s h!

3D Systems/Stratasys
sink deeper & deeper


3D printing leaders Stratasys (MakerBot) & 3D Systems continued to report serious declines in demand and losses in Q2'20. The bubble has truly burst plus HP has yet to be successful shift into the industrial market. The Covid crisis just exacerbated their terminal decline

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Leahy christine CDWCDW boosted by
Govt sector surge

Covid cuts demand in 
Corp & SMB markets


CDW, the $18Bn international reseller of IT products & services, reported a commendably slight Covid hit Q2'20. US Public sector demand grew strongly, offset by weak Corp & SMB markets. CEO Christine Leahy commented positively about its integrated solutions prospects 

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Screen Shot 2019 02 22 at 9.25.47 AMWayfair's wonder
WFHome wave 

Delivery & management
issues shifted sideways


Wayfair,
the $10Bn in sales US/UK home & office furnishings etailer, reported blockbuster sales growth in Q2'20 . The Covid induced WFH lockdown proved a wonderful boost for businesses updating their home working facilities

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veritiv truck crashVeritiv crashes in
terminal tailspin

Hygiene supplies ease fall
Will Bain Cap/KKP rescue?


Veritiv,
the leading US paper & packaging wholesaler, continued its terminal tailspin. As an 'essentials' supplier during Covid its sales decline rate shockingly accelerated.  How much longer will investors tolerate incompetent management of this imploding acquisition target?

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