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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 16 at 4.10.21 PMPackaging power
    propels biz market

    Ecom product care drives
    rapid growth, VCap interest


    The hygiene & packaging market looks alot like the glorious 80/90's days in OP. Consolidation of regional independents in a market with 10%+ growth fuelled by WFH/ecommerce, led by the major players e.g. ULine and venture capital funds. We review, analyse leaders and trends....

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  • staples depot train crashKaluzny skins SPLS
    Smith drains ODP

    Myopic mercenary moves
    maximise selfish interests


    Former bigbox giants Staples & Office Depot ($52Bn sales 2007) have been destroyed by a mix of incompetence and vulture capitalist's greed. Today, aggregate sales are $19Bn sinking at a $2Bnpa rate.  What are the motivations of Sycamore's Stefan Kaluzny and Depot's ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith? We review and comment... 

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 15 at 5.46.12 PMCan dealers svc

    hybrid workers?

    More lower value webstore
    orders delivered same day


    Corporations are adjusting rapidly to the hybrid work future. Flexible work is here to stay. How will dealers adapt to a new norm where empowered users order business supplies online, in smaller quantities, expecting the immediate home delivery advanced by Amazon? What will they do to upgrade webstores and broaden ranges to minimise the higher cost to serve? We discuss....

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 14 at 9.40.00 AMDepot's charade
    'split' game over

    Phantom 2nd bidder for
    retail biz to stall Staples?


    ODP Corp aka Office Depot
    has decided to delay previously announced plans to split into two public companies to "mull over sale offers for its retail division", sending its shares up 10%. This bigbox game of charades is a joke; a disintegrating mess run by a bunch of self serving simpletons...

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  • MEGATRENDS 2022sq2022 Business
    Supply Market
    MEGATRENDS

    ......less Means More
    P r o d u c t i v i t y 


    Are we heralding in the Roaring 20's? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Shopify have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery. Covid advanced 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Bigless #Wasteless & #Carbonless. WFH told us to connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. We guide on how dealers can take charge of their destiny? New Report inc. 2021 Market Review published today!

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Screen Shot 2022 01 05 at 7.59.17 PMC E S  2 0 2 2
Hot Consumer
E l e c t r o n i c s 

Samsung, Jabra, Targus,
Pickwheel, Magna Icon etc


A foldable smartphone, a tablet with light-powered wireless technology, a foot-controlled electric carrier and multiple empty booths greeted press and industry analysts attending CES 2022’s Unveiled event. in Las Vegas. CRN's Wade Tyler Millward selects and reviews 18 hot innovative products

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Screen Shot 2022 01 05 at 1.35.48 PMHP's hypocritical
values exposed

Instant Ink pricing stealth
& pretentious CSR status


Old tech & printer giant HP Inc. is on a PR roll, with ceo Enrique Lores championing CSR credentials, #1 Newsweek ranking and success of its Instant Ink D2C subs service. We challenge HP's ethics given the environmentally unfriendly printing process and its stealthy pricing policies...

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Screen Shot 2022 01 05 at 12.22.36 PMPaperworld 2022

cancelled & caput?

Frankfurt's stale stationery
showcase, museum done?


21st Century brand marketers abandoned Paperworld Frankfurt back in the 90's. Yet, still the old world stationery expo has not adapted to the new digital office world, inspite of its 'Future Office' rhetoric. Covid cancelled 2021's renewal and now organisers have been forced to cancel 2022 show. Is the end nigh?

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owen andi HMiller seatedMillerKnoll's new

hybrid work high 

WFH/Retail concepts offset
soft corp office demand


MillerKnoll
the new #1, enlarged furnituremaker maintained its strength in retail, but the US contract market continued weak. Upbeat ceo Andi Owen focused on strong WFH demand with DWR home office concepts, mobile systems innovation and the integration of the Knoll acquisition 

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Tillis Bob Jason imperial 21Imperial bags
46th acquisition 

Rapid ragbag rollup raises
Bain's strategy questions?


VC Bain Capital owned Imperial Dadecontinued the rapid roll-up of regional hygiene, food service & packaging suppliers in the US. The latest move in Salt Lake City (UT) stretches nationally along a similar path pioneered by Bunzl and followed by FEMSA-EnvoyThe persistent question remains: will Bain back brand and systems integration; seek a merger with Veritiv, or asset strip and flip?

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MEGATRENDS 2022sq2022 Business
Supply Market
MEGATRENDS

......less Means More
P r o d u c t i v i t y 


Are we heralding in the Roaring 20's? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Shopify have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery. Covid advanced 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Bigless #Wasteless & #Carbonless. WFH told us to connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. We guide on how dealers can take charge of their destiny? New Report inc. 2021 Market Review published today!

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Screen Shot 2022 01 02 at 2.21.45 AMPower Productivity

or #OPocalypse? 

Who will seize the single
source biz supply market?


What will happen in 2022 with Amazon, Apple, Staples, Essendant, Shopify, SPR, FEMSA, Depot, WBMason, HP, U-Line, Imperial, EVO-VOW, Westcoast, Paragon, Lyreco, Raja, Bunzl, Brady, independent dealers, dealer groups, wholesalers, furnituremakers, paper-printermakers, MPS, OP makers; foodservice; hygiene suppliers; packaging; AI, robotics,Tech, cybersecurity; Hybrid-WFH; B2U marketing trends. PP's Top 20 predictions follow here

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paphitis ryman storefrontReactive Ryman
cratered by Covid

Can stationery chain revive
w/o user-friendly webstore


UK stationery high street retailer Ryman Group reported devastating results to 31 Mar'21. Sales have sunk without a credible webstore solution. It has become a messy ecommerce-lite WHSmith, blaming outside factors for poor performance. 

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Smith Gerry Depot Bizarro 2Depot discharges
Compucom crime

Bizarro Smith's senseless
buy, sold for $700m loss


Office Depot
aka ODPCorp finally executed the long awaited plan to sell its failing CompuCom Systems subsidiary in a deal worth up to $305m and make itself a more attractive acquisition target for rival Staples. Watch Staples chairman John Lederer move to close the retail acquisition in January....

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Atkinson Peter MacFarlaneMacFarlane packs
off labels operation

Doubling down investment
in protective packaging


European packaging giant MacFarlane Group has sold its labelling business to a rival greoup. CEO Peter Atkinson said the sale will enable a "greater focus of resources on growing protective packaging businesses both in the UK and Europe"

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