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FaB wholesaler

Big Vistar sales growth +
major acquisition boost 
business supply service


Performance Food Group (PFG inc. Vistar), the leading food & beverage services wholesaler in the US reported powerful growth in Q4'19, plus the benefits of major acquisitions in direct and wholesale supply




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SCC posts 5th
year of success

European IT reseller makes
double-digit sales growth


European IT reseller SCC Group
is celebrating its fifth consecutive year of "record" earnings as it highlights a strong year for services for its UK operations.




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RDC unit returns

Arrow's IT Asset Disposal
business welcomed back


Computacenter has bought back the RDC asset disposition (ITAD) unit from Arrow to ensure continuity of service for its customers.




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foodservice rival

Regional broadline supplier
to restaurants joins leader

 

Sysco Corporation the leading global foodservice distribution company, today announced it has acquired a New York broadline foodservice distributor 




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in Dutch market 

Expands software service in
SMB manufacturing sector


ECI,
the leader in industry software solutions has acquired Netherlands-based provider of vertical systems to the SME manufacturing sector.. We spoke with CEO Ron Books about future plans....




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SPRichards' HQ hit by fire

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RDC hit by fire

Atlanta distribution centre
inoperable for some time


US #2 OP wholesaler
SPRichards' Atlanta DC & HQ was hit by a serious fire on Friday evening, thankfully without human casualties.  CEO Rick Toppin
has issued an open letter thanking everyone for their concern and support. 

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Staples stokes up supplier #STRESS

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supplier #STRESS

Combined buying squeeze
expected to gain $250m

 
As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is will savings be invested in dealer growth plans  or pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

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Papermakers protectionist propaganda persists

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protectionist
hype persists

Inventory bubble inflates
as market prices plunge


The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked up. Now with demand dead, mills are hyping near capacity limits price increase claim, when prices are tumbling? Updated today inc. Sappi, Smurfit & McFarlane results

 

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Will Depot Federate or fragment dealers?

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or frustrate Dlers?

Will angst over wholesalers'
plans fuel acquisition drive?


Beleaguered
Office Depot
made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

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Duracell Optimum - Extra Power. Extra Life

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Powerful new battery ads
tops trends on Twitter 


#1 battery maker
Duracell's
ad agency the much admired Wieden & Kennedy has produced a double whammy commercial that focuses on 'Extra Life. Extra Power'. The campaign is topping Twitter trends....some achievement!

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Staples Solutions sells European assets

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European assets

French packaging group
acquires ailing brands


European packaging distribution leader RAJA Group based in Paris, has acquired four of Staples Solutions beleaguered brand operations in Europe. How long before complete exit?

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Global CapEx 2019 spending curbed

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spend collapse

Trade Wars & tariffs tax
confidence, curb outlook


The 2017 mini-capital expenditure boom is fading fast. Global & US corporate Capex grew a mere 2% last year and a similarly feeble 3% expansion in 2019, caused by uncertainty fueling the economic slowdown...

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WBMason acquire R&R Richmond

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Roll in Richmond

National network adds 80th
branch with Virginia move


US #1 independent megadealer WBMason confirmed its 4th acquisition this year. This move crosses into the highly competitive Virginia territory. We spoke with CEO Leo Meehan about sales and acquisition growth plans... 

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Arrow's IT asset disposal U-turn

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in ITAD inquiry

Did it treat 2nd hand biz
as product not a service?


In the wake of Arrow Electronics' decision to wind down part of its IT asset disposal (ITAD) operations in the US & UK CRN asks whether this is indicative of a weakening market? We get dealers reaction....

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& POWER UP! 

Supergroup launches at
November Indy event


The new US Supergroup Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) is in the throes of organising leadership, systems integration and setting up HQ in Chicago. ISG is planning a members/vendors launch event in Indianapolis Nov 4-6. We spoke to an excited chairman Dave Guernsey about progress and plans....

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