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  • Screen Shot 2019 10 19 at 1.16.26 PMMason Maximizes
    delivery service

    Owned Trucks designed to
    optimize driver productivity


    WBMason's
     iconic branded fleet of 1000 trucks are being enhanced: 2 yrs ago the first electric vehicle customised for multi-category supplies e.g. water. Now the launch of the 'Maximizer' designed to optimise the 'One Source Wonderful' business supply proposition. We spoke with fleet manager John DiLuna... .Later today

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  • Screen Shot 2019 10 16 at 10.52.12 AMCast away the
    'OPeless Island!

    Ominous call for reps &
    dealers lost/shipwrecked


    WBMason CEO Leo Meehan's crescendo call to the salesforce and vendors was sooo moving. He morphed the metaphors from the Titanic & Castaway disasters to inspire laggard reps to transition from OP to the new Business Supply categories.... NOW! Later today

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  • johnsen walter acme nyse lrA c m e United
    loses sharpness

    Shifts focus to safety
    tools & First-aid kits


    Acme United
    today announced slower sales growth in Q3'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into first aid & safety products....

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  • Screen Shot 2019 10 19 at 8.17.41 AMWBMason: Best
    in Show Awards

    FM, Hygiene, Refreshments,
    Foodservice, Wellness &
    Ergonomics eclipse OP


    WBMason's
    annual 3 day reps & consumer show at Foxwoods highlighted the huge shift in category mix from simple OP to broadline business supplies. Over half the display & demo space was taken by more enterprising productivity providers. We highlight the best in show...

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  • kaluzny stefan sycamoreEssendant exits
    auto/ind business

    Vulture Sycamore offloads
    acqs from Cody Phipps era


    Vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners owners of OP wholesaler Essendant & reseller Staples continued its asset stripping process with the sale of auto & industrial assets acquired over the past 12 years by United Stationers ill advised leaders

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Screen Shot 2019 09 30 at 8.03.09 PMAMZN antitrust
actions ascend

Marketplace & competitive
practices u/Govt scrutiny


Is Amazon on a collision course with the government? As investigations into the e-commerce giant's marketplace and competitive practices heat up, it faces a heightened risk of antitrust litigation through its piracy practices




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Complete UK montage 2015Complete ramps
rapid roll-up plan

Latest big buys Irongate &
Bluefish power-up platform


UK #1 independent OP dealer Complete Business Solutions has tripled sales in the past 5 years to reach $150m (£120m). We discussed progress of latest acquisition Bluefish and plans for more buys and brand integration with CEO Rich Coulson...Updated




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antalis truck taillightsAiling A n t a l i s'
paper  p l u n g e

CEO in denial over declines
hidden by huge price hikes

Europe's #1 paper merchant, Antalis continued its deep decline in its first half to 30 June'19, in spite of c10%+ price increases. The CEO's "resilient" comment is in denial, blaming market uncertainty; with no growth or reinvention strategy, as it drives towards the sunset




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Screen Shot 2019 09 30 at 3.48.38 PMWeWork waives
IPO. Cash crash!

New Co-CEO's cut jobs &
slowdown expansion plans


Since inception Softbank backed co-working space leader WeWork was defined by big spending as it relentlessly pursued rapid facilities growth in all leading US and European cities. Recently, founder Adam Neuman resigned and now the reality check takes hold....




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Screen Shot 2019 09 30 at 4.59.52 PMB2B Next's digital
commerce event

Leading business suppliers
speaking at Chicago event

The B2B Next Conference & Exhibition started today and runs through Wednesday in Chicago, with more than 90 speakers covering B2B ecommerce strategies, 50 exhibitors and 1,000+ attendees overall. We report live tomorrow




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Screen Shot 2019 09 30 at 11.30.47 AMTech Data chief
talks mkt trends

Key growth areas, Brexit,
Azure cloud & sustainability


Global #2 tech wholesaler Tech Data has strengthened its team and changed its processes in preparation for a hard Brexit, according to UK MD David Watts (pic left) speaking at its annual Live event




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darrell brack logiLogitech levers
up in gaming 

Buys streaming software
leader to boost start ups


Tech accessories leader Logitech 
today announced that it has agreed to acquire much admired gaming streaming software provider in a $120m deal. We spoke with CEO Bracken Darrell (pic left)




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office depot vultures break upAurelius: Depot's
EU asset strip

Vulture capitalist scales
down with sale to PBS


Vulture capitalist Aurelius owned Office Depot continued to scale back its struggling operations with the sales of Eastern European units to leading OP reseller PBS Group. The big question remains when will it cease interest and sell off mainstream businesses in UK, France & Germany?




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Screen Shot 2019 09 26 at 11.48.57 PMA r j o W i g g i n s
accepts MBO bid

Papermaker saved after
collapse of Antalis parent


An MBO team has acquired the business and assets of ArjoWiggins, the fine paper brandmaker, based in Stoneywood (Aberdeen) and Chartham (Kent) businesses,




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sundstrom karl stora LRS t o r a  E n s o
appt new CEO

Transformational leader
hands over the torch


Leading global papermaker Stora Enso’s Board has appointed a new CEO from within to succeed its long serving CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström who has transformed the giant from papermaking into packaging & biorefining




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