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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 16 at 4.10.21 PMPackaging power
    propels biz market

    Ecom product care drives
    rapid growth, VCap interest


    The hygiene & packaging market looks alot like the glorious 80/90's days in OP. Consolidation of regional independents in a market with 10%+ growth fuelled by WFH/ecommerce, led by the major players e.g. ULine and venture capital funds. We review, analyse leaders and trends....

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  • staples depot train crashKaluzny skins SPLS
    Smith drains ODP

    Myopic mercenary moves
    maximise selfish interests


    Former bigbox giants Staples & Office Depot ($52Bn sales 2007) have been destroyed by a mix of incompetence and vulture capitalist's greed. Today, aggregate sales are $19Bn sinking at a $2Bnpa rate.  What are the motivations of Sycamore's Stefan Kaluzny and Depot's ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith? We review and comment... 

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 15 at 5.46.12 PMCan dealers svc

    hybrid workers?

    More lower value webstore
    orders delivered same day


    Corporations are adjusting rapidly to the hybrid work future. Flexible work is here to stay. How will dealers adapt to a new norm where empowered users order business supplies online, in smaller quantities, expecting the immediate home delivery advanced by Amazon? What will they do to upgrade webstores and broaden ranges to minimise the higher cost to serve? We discuss....

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 14 at 9.40.00 AMDepot's charade
    'split' game over

    Phantom 2nd bidder for
    retail biz to stall Staples?


    ODP Corp aka Office Depot
    has decided to delay previously announced plans to split into two public companies to "mull over sale offers for its retail division", sending its shares up 10%. This bigbox game of charades is a joke; a disintegrating mess run by a bunch of self serving simpletons...

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  • MEGATRENDS 2022sq2022 Business
    Supply Market
    MEGATRENDS

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


    Are we heralding in the Roaring 20's? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Shopify have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery. Covid advanced 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #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. 2021 Market Review published today!

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Screen Shot 2022 01 13 at 1.21.54 PMCan Bay Watch
Ingram's revival

AlainMonie moves upstairs
w Synnex #1 challenge on.
5 things to know new CEO


Ingram Micro
recently overtaken as world's #1 tech wholesaler, has appointed a new CEO, replacing Alain Monié, moved upstairs to exec chair. The race is on! Can Ingram veteran Paul Bay revive growth, paused under various VC ownership?

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Productivity stairway to heaven2Talk up Productivity.
Tone down product

Want enhanced webstore?
Tell a compelling story....


Shift7 Digital CEO Andrew Walker
explains why the "product, product, product" mentality won’t take dealers' webstore to the next level. Rethink what you are selling. Stop selling discounts on OP. Start telling personal productivity stories that engage and save time, money & space for users....

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zuckerberg damagedFB: Meta or worse?
Can't change spots

FTC antitrust 'Buy or bury'
suit supported by Judge


A federal judge allowed the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Facebook to move forward, rejecting Meta's request to dismiss the case and handing the agency a major victory in its quest to curtail the monopolistic power of the biggest tech companies. CEO Mark Zuckerberg can change the name but not his crooked behaviour....

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Screen Shot 2022 01 11 at 1.40.50 PMWhat matters
to consumers?

CapGemini repts: Brands
resurgent as D2C trends up


Cap Gemini's
new 2022 Consumer Trends report reveals the surge in ecommerce may have plateaued as more consumers anticipate to return to in-store shopping experiences? Surely, the analysis indicates that consumers are just switching from general webstores e.g. Walmart towards brand webstores e.g. Nike and buying direct online?

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Screen Shot 2022 01 11 at 12.48.31 PMHow AI advances
personalized mktg

From spray & pray, SEO,
retargeting->humanisation


"The struggle for marketers is real" writes Amy Heidersbach, CMO, Persado. "Digital transformation is putting real-time insights at our fingertips but these capabilities don't always translate into more authentic experiences for our customers— instead, creating missed opportunities and a lot of waste." We analyse and discuss...

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Screen Shot 2022 01 11 at 11.44.50 AMRyder rides into
logistics services

Buys national ecommerce
rapid distribution specialist


Fleet management & supply chain services giant Ryder System Inc., has agreed to acquire a provider of ecommerce fulfillment services. CEO Robert Sanchez said: "the move is consistent with our strategy to accelerate growth in our higher-return supply chain ecommerce business”

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Screen Shot 2022 01 10 at 12.35.19 PMTD Synnex strong
despite shortages

#1 $60Bn tech wholesaler
powers ahead in WFH mkt


Synnex, the new #1Global IT wholesaler that merged with mighty TechData last summer, was disrupted by the Asian supply, after benefiting strongly during WFH wave. New ceo Rich Hume commented on tech distribution market battle v ex-#1 Ingram going in 2022. Updated

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Screen Shot 2022 01 11 at 2.31.58 PMEnvoy envelops
NJ jansan supplier

Race is on! 9th acquisition
v Imperial's 16 in past year


Mexican conglomerate FEMSA's Envoy Solutions is competing hard with Imperial Dade in its race to roll-up the US hygiene and foodservice supplies market. Today it announced its 9th acquisition, most made in the major NE market, ironically home of Imperial?

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Fenby Stephen Midwich sitMidwich magnifies

in security market 

Acquires CCTV specialist to
broaden viscom services


International AV distributor Midwich has acquired a majority stake in a UK specialist dealer in CCTV-Security services. CEO Stephen Fenby stated "it provides access to the Security market which is expected to grow at around 8% pa for the next five years"

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brand identity hidden cropped10 Marketing tips
for SMB's growth

Mktg Wk Ritson's recipe to
gain big brand recognition


From a new recipe for pic'n’mix communications, to making extreme choices, Marketing Week's Mark Ritson shares his marketing twists that can help SMBs get big brand outcomes. He provides 10 affordable ways of projecting local brands to BIGGER status...

 

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