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  • retail-gloom-lady-cart.pngR e t a i l
    R e t r e a t
    R e t u r n s

    Bigbox & trad dealers
    face death by 1000 clix


    The financial media e.g. CNBC, WSJ, FT has been rhetorical in promoting the 'strong consumer' during 2019, almost to the point of denial of the economic slowdown. Now facts are being reported from leading 'WATCH' retailers that confirm sales growth has stalled, hit by tariffs and economic uncertainty. We preview and analyse Q4'19 results. Updated

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  • Icahn chainsaw carlHP's hopeless
    Xerox defence

    Intimidating Icahn leaves
    Lores frozen in headlights


    The absurd $33Bn bid by Xerox driven by Chainsaw Carl Icahn for the 6X larger HP Inc. should not be happening, HP's board is behaving like an underdog talking about an unconvincing "undervaluation" rather than dismissing the dinosaur copier giant, or more positively counterbidding and taking over Xerox's better equipped direct salesforce

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  • target off targetTarget's tumbling
    Q4 sales trends 

    Electronics hit & slower
    BOPUS growth v AMZN

     

    Leading US retailer Target reported decelerating sales growth trends in recent quarters compared with 2018. Q4'19 sales, including the Christmas-Thanksgiving holiday, sales fell in organic terms for the first time in recent years

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  • Screen Shot 2020 01 13 at 12.56.57 PMPurell's pure
    hygiene plans 

    GOJO's new CEO Jaros'
    germ fighting growth aim

     

    Effective 1 Jan GOJO Industries, the Purell hygiene brand maker, named Carey Jaros as CEO. We interview Carey about her plans to accelerate the growth of the 'Purell Solution', to holistically fight the spread of illness causing germs. Tomorrow

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  • 2020 predictions2020 Predictions:

    OPocalypse or
    Opportunity?

    Who will lead the single
    source biz supply market?


    What will happen with Amazon, Apple, Staples, Essendant, SPR, Depot, WBMason, HP/Xerox, Uber, Imperial Dade, SPOT (Spicers-OfficeTeam), EVO/VOW, Westcoast, dealers, groups, wholesalers, manufacturers in 2020. Here are our predictions.... Complete

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Screen Shot 2020 01 13 at 2.08.21 PMBerry Global gets
acquisition boost

Protective packaging mkr
loses hygiene mkt share


Leading protective packaging maker
Berry Global Group
 recently reported impressive Q4'19 financial results. The acquisition of RPC boosted sales and profits hiding underlying weakness in its core business

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2020 predictions2020 Predictions:

OPocalypse or
Opportunity?

Who will lead the single
source biz supply market?


What will happen with Amazon, Apple, Staples, Essendant, SPR, Depot, WBMason, HP/Xerox, Uber, Imperial Dade, SPOT (Spicers-OfficeTeam), EVO/VOW, Westcoast, dealers, groups, wholesalers, manufacturers in 2020. Here are our predictions.... Complete

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Screen Shot 2019 02 22 at 1.00.55 PMMacFarlane makes
5th packaging buy

Focus: protective & indst'l
regional specialists in 2020


Macfarlane Group
has acquired an industrials sector packaging provider to further strengthen its business in the north of England. This is its 3rd acquisition in the growing protective packaging market 

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Screen Shot 2020 01 14 at 2.07.09 PMStatic steps up
delivery service

Expands aftermarket print
via nationwide network 

 

Static Control, the $100m+ in sales print aftermarket supplier has announced increased distribution for US customers. This move appears to be a late and inadequate reaction to Amazon's same day delivery

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MEGATRENDS 2020sq2020 Business
Supply Market
MEGATRENDS

Put Productivity Services
Top of your 2020's agenda


Apple, Microsoft, Amazon & Uber have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery services. OP dealers must ReAWAKEN now!  Stop, look, listen & connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. We provide a guide on how dealers can take charge of their destiny? Report inc. 2019 US/UK Market Review is complete

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Screen Shot 2020 01 10 at 5.39.31 PMWalmart rolls out
robotic pickers 

Follows Amazon'13 play
to speed 'click'n'collect'


US#1 retailer Walmart has launched its first robotic picking carts to speed up warehouse operations starting in New Hampshire. The Alphabots are designed to improve response time on its 'click and collect' (BOPUS) service 

 

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bezos jeff amazon chainsawSonos sounds off
v Google & AMZN

Speaker maker sues giants
over wilful abuse of power


Speaker maker Sonos, the heart of the Amazon's Echo and Google Home voice assistants is suing the giants for abuse of power, report NY Times' Jack Nicas & Daisuke Wakabayashi. This is just another example of Godzillas' chainsawing of partner trust in the interests of market dominance. We discuss

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lores enrique hpHP hedging over
cheap Xerox bid

Lores' limp 'Dear John'
letter lacks conviction


Old PC/printer giant
HP's CEO Enrique Lores 
has replied to Xerox Holdings' letter setting out the funding for its $34Bn bid. We publish the full text, but would highlight "undervalues HP" as an unconvincing response from a timid board...

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Screen Shot 2020 01 10 at 3.36.34 PMSynnex separates
wh/sale & direct 

$23Bn tech giant splits
distribution from services


US based
Synnex,
one of the IT industry's top distributors, plans to separate into two independent companies as a way to drive a sharper focus on both distribution and business services.

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paphitis ryman storefrontReactive Ryman
running on empty

Stationary stationery chain
losing office market share


UK stationery high street retailer Ryman Group reported disapponting financials to 31 Mar'19. Sales are stalled with anaemic online growth. Is it becoming another messy ecommerce-lite WHSmith blaming the economy for poor performance

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