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  • productivity stairway to heaven 2017Death of Indie
    dealers greatly 

    exaggerated?

    Market trends turn against
    impersonal, cold bigboxes


    Does size matter? The office market over the past 35yrs has been dominated by bigboxes & Amazon's lead in business supplies, points to a continuation. But emerging trends show the big guys are declining fast & Amazon peaking. The rise of progressive resellers providing 'personalised productivity services' embracing mobile technology, can & will succeed.. Tomorrow

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  • Screen Shot 2019 04 20 at 11.25.07 AM'Industry Week'
    plan quashed 

    Plan B? Go for IDC
    'Biz Productivity' show


    The Business Supplies Association (BSA) plan to rationalise vendors' heavy schedule of 20+pa shows & create an 'Industry Week' has been quashed. Understandably, leading wholesalers & resellers wouldn't cooperate. Great idea, so what's Plan B?  We feel consideration be given to a more customer centric 'Business Productivity Show'  for the IDC. We spoke w/BSA pres Barry Lane... Monday

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  • Screen Shot 2018 12 14 at 3.24.27 PM'Fakebook' fraud?
    FTC focus...Zuck

    CEO wilfully broke privacy
    Firewall, faces $23Bn+ fine


    FTC regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling/selling users’ personal information have set their sights on CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy; seeking new, heightened oversight of his leadership & record busting penalties 

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  • Screen Shot 2019 04 19 at 2.25.47 PMDo Workplace
    W e l l n e s s
    programs work?

    Changing behavior; gains
    in motivation prove tough


    Company workplace wellness programs — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — are an $8 billion industry in the U.S. Recent research reports heathier behaviour, but not necessarily healthier results? We discuss findings...

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  • Screen Shot 2019 03 01 at 11.44.11 AMA c m e  United
    loses sharpness

    Shifts focus to safety
    tools & First-aid kits


    Acme United
    today announced slower sales growth in Q1'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into safety products....

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ODgate Scandal - Latest News

Depot cons kids

“Amazing” reaction to ripping off

school children allegations

 

24 Jun 10

Ex Office Depot senior account manager turned whistleblower David Sherwin has received a powerful response to his circular email to state attorney generals and department s of education...




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ODgate Scandal Breaking News:

Panic attacks
desperate Depot

Siege mentality strikes causing
a torrent of tailspinning trivia

 

22 Jun 10 (1800ET;2300GMT)
Office Depot, in typical Enronesque style... besieged by a multitude of inquiries over the potential loss of its $600m U.S. Communities public sector business has pressed the panic button. It has posted its response in the FAQ section of its investor relations website....




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Florida contract

flummoxed...

Disgraced Depot divides with dealers

19 Jun 10

Astoundingly, Office Depot is in line to receive a major share of the State of Florida $42m supply contract, even though it has just settled $4.6M plus $1.3m legal costs for fraudulently overcharging the state....




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ODgate Scandal Breaking News

California to
kick out Depot

Independent dealers set
to gain the major share

 

18 Jun 10

Sources indicate Office Depot, the self destructing office supplies giant, is not in final contention for the California statewide office supply contract, stated whistleblower David Sherwin....




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woman-techBest Buy
woos women
Learning from leadership forums


18 Jun 10
As Best Buy faces heightened competition from rivals Wal-Mart Stores and Amazon.com the largest U.S. electronics retailer is confronting a longstanding disadvantage: fewer women shoppers.

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Ace attorneys
to attack Depot

Whistleblower Sherwin turns
the screw on fraudulent practices

 

17 Jun 10 

A legal dream team has formed around ex- Office Depot sales manager turned whistleblower David Sherwin, putting extra pressure on the beleaguered #2 OP bigbox...




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Best-BuyBest Buy blow
hot...and cold

Smart phones and tablet PC’s boost second half growth prospects

 

15 Jun 10 (1400ET;1900 UK)
Best Buy,
the leading consumer electronics retailer, today reported lower than expected earnings growth in its fiscal Q1’10 results ended 29 May’10.

 

However, the management is confident and optimistic about the underlying trends...

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Proficiency Profile

Reporter’s

BIG story

Montana dealer mounts

major marketing drive

 

13 Jun 10 (Completed)

Last Thursday we interviewed the outgoing chairman of is.group (isg), the gentle giant Craig Bartholomew, one of the owners of Montana dealer Reporter Big Sky.

 

This progressive dealer has grown during tough market conditions and now with Craig’s renewed focus is planning some smart services moves to drive future growth...

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greenwash-bandwagonLow carbon
dieters or diverters

Are these companies ethical eco champions or simply greenwashing?


By Lucy Jermyn, EcoWatch
9 Jun 10

Corporate green commitments can be "very murky," says Gwen Ruta, vice-president for corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defence Fund. How genuine are the green projects? How is success measured? Or, are the projects simply revenue opportunities...

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ODgate Scandal Breaking News

Florida fraud
costs Depot $6m

Whistleblower Sherwin reports on escalating claims spreading across US

5 Jun 10
Office Depot
continues with its self destructive, dishonest practices as settlements with states climb relentlessly towards $100 million. Instead of coming clean and admitting its control systems were defective, Depot persists with its tail-spinning tales of deceit and denial.

 

We report with David Sherwin on the latest Florida settlement and the escalating cases in Missouri and San Francisco which are likely to reach another $5million+ each...




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ODgate Scandal
Breaking News

BullSchmidt
Brainwash 4

Letter to Press another
desperate Depot denial


 3 Jun 10
Steve Schmidt, the beleaguered president of Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) has once again resorted to Enron-style denials and desperately guilty behaviour, by attempting to undermine whistleblower David Sherwin.



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Best Green Companies
UKOS tops 

Green List

Wiles Greenworld soars to 12th

 

30 May 10

Results of The Sunday Times annual competition to find companies at the cutting edge of improving corporate environmental performance were published earlier today.

 

Congratulations go to 3 office companies who finished in the top 12 list of best green companies...

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Twitter boosts
Best Buy

Is this the best promotional tool...ever?

29 May 10
It’s a customer-satisfying, employee-motivating, and PR-generating machine called Twelpforce that has set a new standard for marketing as a service...

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Provide personalised
productivity services!

Thursday 27 May 2010 at Kempton Park
Conference Centre, Sunbury on Thames

Full Speaker Programme:
Timings, Topics and Bios

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Smart brand
advocates

The young ‘less-quantity-
more-quality’ generation

 

18 May 10
The findings of a recent report, entitled '21st Century Woman' and published in Glamour magazine, suggest that the aspirations and media consumption habits of young women in the UK have changed dramatically since 2006. Please pay attention to these trends which typify discretionary office spending decisions...

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Mismarketing
Max overrated?

Share price up 30%
this year...why?

 

10 May 10
We continue to be amazed at the stockmarket’s high rating of OfficeMax this year...up 30% (50% at one stage) to a market capitalisation of $1.4Bn....




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Death of Independents greatly exaggerated

productivity stairway to heaven 2017Death of Indie
dealers greatly 

exaggerated?

Market trends turn against
impersonal, cold bigboxes


Does size matter? The office market over the past 35yrs has been dominated by bigboxes & Amazon's lead in business supplies, points to a continuation. But emerging trends show the big guys are declining fast & Amazon peaking. The rise of progressive resellers providing 'personalised productivity services' embracing mobile technology, can & will succeed.. Tomorrow

Read More...

BSA's Industry Week plan quashed

Screen Shot 2019 04 20 at 11.25.07 AM'Industry Week'
plan quashed 

Plan B? Go for IDC
'Biz Productivity' show


The Business Supplies Association (BSA) plan to rationalise vendors' heavy schedule of 20+pa shows & create an 'Industry Week' has been quashed. Understandably, leading wholesalers & resellers wouldn't cooperate. Great idea, so what's Plan B?  We feel consideration be given to a more customer centric 'Business Productivity Show'  for the IDC. We spoke w/BSA pres Barry Lane... Monday

Read More...

Workplace Wellness programs - Do they work?

Screen Shot 2019 04 19 at 2.25.47 PMDo Workplace
W e l l n e s s
programs work?

Changing behavior; gains
in motivation prove tough


Company workplace wellness programs — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — are an $8 billion industry in the U.S. Recent research reports heathier behaviour, but not necessarily healthier results? We discuss findings...

Read More...

Marketing: User behaviour beats Demographics

Personalised emarketingUser behaviour
bts demographics

Personalised marketing the 
new segmentation strategy


Marketing Week's Charlotte Rogers
reports that
research shows marketers are shifting away from classic demographics to find more accurate ways to segment users based on their behaviour and personal interests...Updated

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Sycamore Partners: Beauty or BEAST?

Screen Shot 2019 03 27 at 12.32.29 PMSycamore Partnrs:
Beauty or BEAST?

Analysts: Is $1Bn loan hike
a road to ruin e.g.ToysRUs?


Vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners owner of Staples & Essendant recently hiked the former's debt load by $1Bn to $5.2Bn, with estimated interest payments of $400m+ pa or c3%/sales. Many analysts ask: Is this a repeat of the ToysR Us bankruptcy situation; and Sycamore's Nine West demise? We discuss... Complete

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Retail retreat runs rampant

doomed catalog retailRetail retreat
runs rampant 

Buying habits change
puts bigboxes in peril


The NYTimes reported yesterday that "planned retail store closures in the US already exceed 2018 total". A similar story applies in bigbox business supplies, with Staples & Depot expected to merge or accelerate closures this year...

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Staples Rebrand draws skeptics

Screen Shot 2019 04 02 at 2.59.13 PMStaples rebrand
draws skeptics

Forbes writers: 'Complex
solution...simple challenge'


Staples
r
ebrand of its logo, webstore and 5 new private labels under the 'WorklifeFulfilment' byline has attracted much interest in marketing circles e.g. Forbes. We discuss the comments, criticisms and conclusions ...Updated

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Marketing to Baby Boomers mistake

Screen Shot 2019 04 09 at 12.49.49 AMMarketing to baby

boomers mistake

'Forever Young' Gen prove
its about 'attitude' not age


Marketing segmentation this century has coralled consumers into age groups: Baby Boomers, 'GenY' aka 'Millennials' & 'GenZ'. Its not working its 'marketing mush'. It's more about attitude not age writes FT's Michael Skarpinker

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Global Slowdown happening - Prepare!

Screen Shot 2019 03 04 at 11.56.31 AMBatten down for
global slowdown

Corp growth decelerates
in US/EU, B2B/B2C mkts


Economic data across advanced global economies have deteriorated since Q3'18, indicating fading growth and the need to prepare for slowing demand reports the Financial Times. Gear your business to help customers save money & time... Provide Managed Productivity Services! Here's how....

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Original Brands v Private Label War ignites

Screen Shot 2019 04 04 at 1.16.16 PMPrivate L a b e l
propagandists?

Bigboxes battle brands w/
"users indifferent" rhetoric?


Staples
launch of 'Worklife Fulfilment' products is the latest bigbox to push private label following Amazon, Depot's Workonomy; and fated Adveo & old OfficeMax iterations. Meanwhile, core delivery service competence drags. What's the motive? Where's the valid user research? Where's the vendor partnership? Updated

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