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  • OPocalypse now Mar17Beyond OPocalypse to

    A Higher Hygiene
    & Wellness Market

    Pandemic to personal
    productivity protection


    Before the Coronavirus pandemic tragedy the OP market was collapsing with paper & printer makers running below half 2010 demand levels. The 'Essentials' supply focus is a stark reminder that unless business suppliers' service includes hygiene & safety, refreshments, foodservice, IT & packaging products, the future is bleak. Every cloud has a silver lining.... Weekend

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  • Screen Shot 2020 03 24 at 2.40.03 PM'Essentials' ease
    dealers doom

    Hygiene, water, IT, packg
    supplies save deliveries


    The CV shutdown of all businesses except 'Essentials' supply by national & local government in US & UK would normally close office supply dealers. Those progressive resellers that have embraced broadline business supplies, have continued inc. home delivery, even though it means more, smaller individual drops at higher cost to serve....

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  • Screen Shot 2020 03 22 at 3.56.33 PMMask up delivery
    service workers!

    Support front-line food &
    hygiene supply teams


    "The coronavirus (CV) pandemic shows the need to overhaul how to treat delivery & frontline customer service teams" writes Business
    Insider's 
    Diana Enriquez. Good advice for dealers in business supply to ensure service teams 'mask-up' to reassure customers & get CV tests if they sense the symptoms... Updated

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  • Screen Shot 2020 03 23 at 3.04.20 PMHygiene Suppliers
    heighten delivery

    Leaders: P&G, 3M, Clorox,
    KC, Purell, EcoLab respond


    The Coronavirus pandemic has hammered consumers & business supply demand with worse to come. Meanwhile, food & beverage, pharmacy & home technology suppliers are booming inc. makers & distributors that responded to the urgent need for greater personal protection & higher hygiene standards.. We review case studies... Updated

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  • Screen Shot 2020 03 19 at 1.39.09 PMBuybacks v
    B a i l  O u t s?

    Greedy or Needy?
    Can share purchase
    plans be justified now?


    Veritiv
    , the tailspinning US #1 paper merchant just announced a share buy back plan at a time when sales & profits were crashing pre CV. Meanwhile, many corporations are calling for bail out support from government as survival becomes their priority. How do they reconcile this greed with the CV pandemic about to explode across the US?

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Screen Shot 2020 03 15 at 6.44.44 PMCorps put profits
pre public health 

Coronavirus pandemic still
underestimated by Govt?


"As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates, people's health interest requires employers to abandon their longstanding resistance to paid sick leave especially in the food service industry" writes the NY Times Editorial Board. We discuss their findings...

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Screen Shot 2020 03 14 at 7.13.30 PMHygiene supplies
demand surges

Pandemic ups pressure for
masks, tissues & sanitizer


As US/UK hospitals, government & businesses hunt desperately for respirators, surgical masks, gloves, tissues and sanitizers to protect doctors, nurses and people from the coronavirus pandemic, they face a difficult reality: The world depends on China and limited sources in India and SAmerica to produce them 

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Screen Shot 2020 03 14 at 11.58.04 AMAmazon pulls 

plague profiteer

Hygiene supplies dealer
stuck w/18K sanitizer btls


NY Times Jack Nicas reported a remarkable story of price gouging on essential hygiene supplies by an opportunistic Amazon reseller. The etail giant quickly shut down now infamous dealer Matt Colvin, Chattanooga (TE, pic left). A lesson for all plague profiteering opportunists...

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amazon flex deliverySame-day service
beats DTC brands

Users prefer WBMason & 
AMZN delivery experience


Nearly half of users choose Amazon or personal same-day service dealers over a direct to consumer (DTC) brands because they offer free & faster shipping and returns, according to a report by Scalefest.

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Screen Shot 2020 03 12 at 4.04.08 PMStarbucks leads
Virus avoidance

Adapts cafes for social
distancing & infection risk


Starbucks
using its invaluable experience in its 2000 Chinese cafes leads the way in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in its other 28,000 worldwide locations. CEO Kevin Johnson has communicated with customers and prepared service teams to restrict the spread. 

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Screen Shot 2020 03 12 at 3.02.20 PMPls take care of
the Coronavirus!

NYTimes calls for 12 step
action from US Admin.


"At least Emperor Nero supposedly only fiddled while Rome burned; he didn’t tell the Romans that the fire was no big deal" writes Nicholas Kristof in NY Times. The President and senior health officials need to act immediately, while there is time to stop millions getting infected. Here are Kristof's 12 practical step proposals:

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bianco dino KPTKP Tissue rolls
w/price boost

White Cloud brand makes
rapid inroads in US market

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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norris mike ccenter logoComputacenter:
Fusion boosted

Organic growth slow with
Cvirus fear harms outlook


Leading international IT reseller Computacenter's CEO Mike Norris voiced his concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on business as it reported a big year of growth through acquisition but slow organic growth. 

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Screen Shot 2020 03 12 at 10.09.40 AMUPS CEO retires.
Next FedEx Fred?

Carol Tome steps up. Time
up for dinosaur Smith?


Logistics leader UPS has announced that ex-Home Depot CFO Carol Tome will succeed David Abney as CEO. Should the board at fading FedEx consider retiring CEO 'Fractious' Fred Smith over its continued decline?

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Screen Shot 2020 03 11 at 1.13.39 PMHHGlobal grows
print market share 

Seals multi year contracts
with Pepsi, P&G & Google


Leading international marketing and print services group HH Global reported continued rapid progress in Q3'20 with ambitious plans for both organic and acquisitive growth in 2020. CEO Robert Macmillan was excited by new developments and investments from Blackstone

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