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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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Rahman hosain jawboneJawbone hits
Fitbit IP theft

Distraction for health
tracker ahead of IPO


As it approaches an initial public offering, fitness-tracker company Fitbit faces a lawsuit from rival Jawbone that is spiced with betrayal and the alleged theft of trade secrets.

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amazon fresh delivery manAmazon deliver

FREE same day

Prime service extends
to 14 city metro areas 


Amazon wants to make impulse buys more impulsive. The dual etail/wholesaler giant is offering free same-day delivery service for Prime members..

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Riley Matt Daisy logoDaisy saves
Phoenix Group 

Leads to job losses &
director departures


Daisy Group has acquired Phoenix IT in a move to become the "first truly converged IT and unified communications provider in the UK mid-market"

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woodman nick gopro codeGoPro drives
drone videos

Making first steps too,
in VR for prosumers

 


With a lion’s share of the video camera market locked up, GoPro is turning to its next chapter: Virtual reality and drones. Re/Code's Kara Swisher interviews Nick Woodman 

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Staples lendioStaples funds
growth firms

Making loans happen


for micro businesses

 


Since launching in February, Staples online financing service with Lendio has processed $1.5m in loans for dozens of small businesses...

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Techdata montage 2013T e c h D a t a
tailing market

Europe recovers to
offset slow Americas


Tech Data
, the global #2 wholesaler of tech products with $26Bn in sales, reported flat Q1'16 results again to 30 Apr'15. Excuses about selecting only profitable business were less than convincing... 

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whitman meg HP heavy cloadsEMC's Cloud

hovers over HP 

Will VM Ware owner add
to Virtustream move? 

 

EMC
80% owner of cloud storage provider VMWare bought VirtuStream for $1.2Bn on Tuesday. Will it make a second move on HP Enterpriseafter the split later this year?

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Screen Shot 2014 12 03 at 11.07.25 AMTechData takes
Signature route

Boosts wholesalers SMB
cloud services capability



Tech Data, the world's #2 tech wholesaler announced the takeover of leading data center services provider in the US

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Costco montage 2012Costco captures
more SMB share

Business supplies hubs
& sales force expansion


Costco Wholesale
reported impressive market gains in its Q3'15 ended 10 May'15 results today. Growth is consistently strong for the $100Bn broadline business supplies reseller

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Depot woman falling off chairDepot sitting
uncomfortably

Exposed! In denial again
over dangerous chairs


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed Office Depot has agreed to pay $3.4m in penalties over knowingly failing to report defects in office chairs. These problems were first exposed by PP in 2012 and again in 2014.

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