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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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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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WHSmith slideWHSmith wham
slammed in retail

Restructuring plan follows
travel stores Covid tailspin


Messy international news & stationery retailer WHSmith suffered a 70%+ sales fall during Covid; and -57% in July. It plans to lay off 1500 store staff as part of a restructuring plan led by new CEO Carl Cowling

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energizer bunny drumEnergizer regains
battery p o w e r

Boosted by acquisitions
of in autocare supply


Energizer Holdings the enterprising personal care & battery supplier to businesses, reported an organic sales decline in Q3'20 boosted by a major acquisition, It seems to have regained some battery power with extra distribution and stockpiling

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Screen Shot 2020 08 04 at 1.42.49 PMA p p l e's  C M O
s t e p s  a s i d e

What's next in post genius
Jony Ive & Phil Schiller era?


Apple
today announced that long time top marketer Phil Schiller will step aside to be replaced by another product marketing veteran. This means that the iPhone maker has seen its two most creative leaders; last year the iconic i-device designer Sir Jony Ive and now Schiller move on

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aramark truck down thumb medium300 0Aramark business

services battered

Uniforms undone less than
Covid crunched demand


Aramark
the global $16Bn business services provider in food, FM & uniforms reported deeply declining revenues in Q2'20. Returning veteran CEO John Zillmer plans to "elevate the hospitality culture" and transform customer orientation support were massively disrupted by Covid.

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koike tosh brother lrBrother inks
plunging print

Printer & supplies sales
outlook too optimistic?

Brother International the $6Bn document services & printermaker, reported continued sales and profits decline in Q1'21 primarily from weaker Covid hit global markets plus secular sinking ink markets 

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yamashita Yosh ricohRicoh reacts to
printer plunge

Services boost from Covid
induced WFH teleworking


Leading printer brand maker Ricoh is considering its future plans under a 'Resurgent' tag, given the sliding demand in its core printer sales. Can it truly convert itself into 3D/MPS printing/workspace design powerhouse?

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Screen Shot 2020 08 05 at 1.29.30 AMDixons down, in
denial & deluded

CEO Baldock's "on track"
Dodgy mkt share claims
800 staff redundancies


Embattled electronics retailer Dixons Carphone appointed self styled saviour CEO Alex Baldock back in April 2018. Since then it's suffered a major data breach, fines for Geek Squad service issues, sinking profits/share prices and a disputed CEO shares award. Moreover, Baldock continues to hype dull performance & doubtful market share claims...

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Screen Shot 2020 08 04 at 2.24.55 PM3M Consumer
chief replaced

Keel 16yr vet out after
18mos. No Innovation?


3M
consumer division, home of iconic Post-It Notes and Scotch tape brands (but now only 17% mix) has made another leadership change. Current EVP Paul Keel is leaving after 16 years service, but <18 months in charge, with another lifelong 3Mer taking over

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dorer benno clorox 20Clorox's cleans
up during Covid 

Chemicals maker saved
from recent market losses


Clorox Company,
the $6.7Bn in sales, cleaning brands giant, reported soaring sales in response to the Covid crisis. Sliding bags and wraps' sales trends in 2019 reversed boosted by high disinfectant demand commented CEO Benno Dorer

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