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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 01 at 1.21.38 PMThe  G r e e n
    Infrastructure
    G e n e r a t i o n

    Will Pres Biden's Boost
    supercharge economy?


    After the US presidential election top NYTimes columnist Tom Friedman wrote the key to future US success was for President Biden to deliver real stimulus that enables all Americans to realize their full potential. Moreover, to make sure that the $1.9Tn relief package; and his coming $3Tn green/infrastructure proposal actually deliver as promised.

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  • Screen Shot 2021 03 30 at 1.05.47 PMZoooooming
    back the future?

    New collaborations see
    hot desks, small rooms


    As corporations plan to bring workers back to the office, interior design experts Perkins+Will expect expanded gathering spaces and fewer personal workstations. The #BeyondCovid scenarios look uncannily like collaborative workspaces from progressives in the 90's

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  • Screen Shot 2021 03 30 at 11.27.56 AMNew York's new
    reality  e s t a t e?

    'Decentralised Age' dawns:
    Hybrid worklife confluence


    Remote work is here to stay. Manhattan may never be the same. NYC, long buoyed by a fantastic flow of commuters into towering office buildings, faces a cataclysmic challenge, even when Covid concludes. A new mobile 'office is where you are', 'decentralized age' has dawned. This case study by NYTimes' Matthew Haag is convincing....

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watt graeme softcat crnSoftcat soars on
mkt share gains

CEO Watt's winning ways,
outlook & sustainability


UK #2 IT reseller Softcat's market cap shot up by double digits today after reporting strong H1'21 results and an optimistic outlook. In a call with CRN CEO Graeme Watt reflected on a resilient year and progress with its sustainability drive 

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keane jim scase handsSteelcase stuck

with depression

Collaboration specialists
suffer Covid crisis losses


Steelcase, 
the global leader in collaborative office furnishings, continued to report serious demand declines caused by the Covid/WFH lockdown in Q4'21 ended 31Jan'21. Sadly, CEO Jim Keane's orders outlook for Q1 has not picked up.

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Screen Shot 2021 03 23 at 2.54.54 PMSynnTech ceo's
"seminal moment"

Rich Hume's 10 statements
on the megabyte mash-up


Tech Data
ceo Rich Hume says the blockbuster Synnex merger will bring benefits for decades to come to both partners and vendors based on combo's ability to invest in future technologies. The odds against this happening are huge, so let's discuss his 10 point takeaway.... 

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IP packaging aircraft carrierIP's Spin-off to
pure packaging

Will floating Printing Paper
work or attract suitors?


In December, International Paper, the $20Bn paper & packaging powerhouse announced plans to spin-off the $3Bn printing paper division. A Seeking Alpha investment analyst comments on the move and assesses future prospects. We discuss... 

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Screen Shot 2021 03 22 at 3.42.57 PMWill Click'n'Collect
last beyond Covid?

Analyst argues 'curbside
pick-up/BOPIS' will thrive 


Lauren Freedman,
analyst at Digital Commerce 360, delves into the details on BOPIS aka curbside pickup given the growing interest among consumers. Laura reckons retailers feel 'curbside' will slow post Covid, but respectfully disagrees. Here's why...

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Screen Shot 2021 03 22 at 12.44.03 PMMondelez nabs
nutrition pioneer

Race is on in the high
protein snack bar stakes


Mondelez International,
 the $27Bn in sales, international brand snackmaker (e.g. Cadbury, Belvita, Oreo) agreed to acquire a majority interest in a leading performance nutrition pioneer in the fast-growing high protein bar segment.

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MonsterMashMEGA mash up
of IT wholesalers

Vultures feast on TechData
& Synnex merger v Ingram 


The consolidation of international IT wholesalers continues facilitated by major vulture capitalists. In December, Platinum acquired #1 Ingram Micro; last year Apollo completed its takeover of #2 TechData. Now Tech Data and #3 distributor Synnex have agreed to a blockbuster merger and assume #1 market position. We analyse...

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Screen Shot 2021 03 22 at 2.39.30 PMDepot Europe's
great escape...

Vulture Aurelius' asset
strip nears deadline


Vulture capitalist Aurelius acquired Office Depot Europe (inc.Viking) in early 2017, then with €4.5Bn in sales. Today, after 4 years of incompetent management, decimation and disposal, revenues are running at less than €1Bn in UKI, DACH & Benelux. Today it confirmed the sale of its Italian operations. Who's next for release?

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polk dennis synnexSynnex surges in
WFH tech sales

$25Bn tech giant splits
distribution from services


Synnexthe leading US IT distributor, that spun off its Concentrix services business on December continued to report strong demand during the WFH wave caused by Covid with impressive Q1'21 results

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Screen Shot 2021 03 21 at 4.51.41 PMIQ v EQ: Logic
or empathy best?

How emotional intelligence
boosts sales & productivity


Cognitive intelligence (IQ)
was once a primary determinant of success in the office. Today there's growing evidence Emotional intelligence (EQ) has a more profound impact on leadership ability and business’ profitability. As the following articles & stats demonstrate EQ has a direct effect on corporate performance.

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