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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 1.46.38 PMDepot's divide
    & distract deal

    Smudger Smith's schtick:
    'Fiddle while Boca burns'


    Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (ex-Depot-Max) ceo Gerry 'Smudger' Smith, continues to 'shift deckchairs on a sinking ship' with moves aimed to distract from resurrecting a business that has now lost a $1Bn in sales in each year of his 4 year tenure. Now he plans to split Depot in two....??

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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 7.24.23 PMRedefining hybrid
    office workspace

    Google redesigns campus
    for flexibility & Team Pods


    Google has a plan for the future of work including privacy robots and balloon walls. The company that helped popularize open office plans is trying to reinvent workspaces to cope with workplace sensibilities changed by Covid...

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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 4.13.22 PMWill FTC move to
    defy dark patterns?

    Manipulation machines at
    Amazon trick consumers


    Enforcement against 'dark patterns' has been non-existent by Federal Trade Commission under its rules prohibiting “unfair or deceptive acts.” But  unfair and deceptive acts are hard to identify, precisely as practitioners' intended. When will authorities introduce rules to address these egregious tricks and curtail bad practices?

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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 29 at 11.59.18 AMShopify spurs
    entrepreneurs

    How MCommerce platform
    helps dealers beat Amazon


    Shopify,
     
    the specialist MCommerce platform for business supply dealers & entrepreneurs grew 110% in Q1'21 with 1M+ independent partners. It has reinforced marketing prowess with distribution services. Here are case studies on how it enables brand makers & resellers to compete with Amazon 

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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 27 at 1.13.46 AMHow to design
    the hybrid office

    Balancing WFH flexibility
    w/central base practice


    Many companies see the appeal of combining office life with work-from-home (WFH) flexibility. How to strike the right balance can be less clear. Academics from MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford University provide their views on how to best facilitate hybrid working...

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dutkowsky bob techdataTechData: Will  
W/S go direct?

CEO Dutkowsky answers
questions after STG deal


Last week
 #2 IT wholesaler, Tech Data's CEO Bob Dutkowsky
was interviewed by CRN re concerns resellers have over its acquisition of VAR Signature Technology Group (STG). Will it start a trend?

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apple beats cook headsetApple streams to
new Beats tune

Preview WWDC event
of new Spotify rival


Apple is about to make a play to capture a huge part of the music industry. Can it succeed on Spotify's turf?

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WeWprk Neumann McKelveyThe phenomenal
rise of WeWork

Inside the world leader
in co-working spaces

 
Last week we met with WeWork's Luca Gualco at the Bisnow's'Office of the Future' event in Boston. On Friday we tour their co-working spaces at South Station and SeaPort. We profile its progress

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salespeople touch csrsWhat's next: an
uber salesforce?

On-demand talent
selling productivity
services to the CFO 

 

The everything on-demand economy may have no limits in the new digital world. Amazon, Uber, AirBnB and Zillow are now overtaking conventional service channels. Next: the on-demand salesforce?

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sitting woman smokingStand up for
Productivity!

Neocon 2015 Preview:
'Sitting is new smoking'
movement hotting up


The sit/stand ergonomics revolution is a powerful movement. Why then do furnituremakers waste money advertising in trade mags with lifeless images, whilst upstarts e.g. Varidesk/Stir communicate directly with users? Later today

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dell michael smile lrWhy Dell wins

& HP hype fails

A contrast in ownership
v selfish, hired help spin


We are grateful to Tech Guru's Rob Enderle for his insight and analysis of Dell's DAAC conference and preview of HP Discover event this week. 

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Lucy mobile montage v3"Mobilize your
webstore plse"

Lucy wants to buy local
but are dealers ready?


The mobile is now the preferred shopping channel for the majority user choosers. 31% (44% for businesswomen) of web traffic is now via mobile, with more shopping or info searching. Updated 

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sargent staples ship steers stormy watersStaples stalled;
Sargent surges

CEO pay survey shows
market winners & losers


Boston Globe highlighted the mismatch between Staples struggles and the rising compensation of CEO Ron Sargent.  The comparison may not be fair. We review and highlight more alarming discrepancies. Updated

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siloed functional orgBeware sick
silo syndrome!

Create customer focused
units not functional funk


A new report highlights structural problems in an alarming number of large businesses with 'siloed' navel gazing, self centred functional thinking the main problem

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Bubble marketsBaseless bubble
babble persists 

Does economic data fail
to tag freelancing shift?


In an interview with Goldman Sachs,Yale professor Robert Shiller said there is a "bubble element" to the stock market. But how does economic data recognise the huge rise in start-up entrepreneurs and new tech-Uber driven personal  productivity?

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