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  • CO2 Net ZeroESG: Genuine or

    Environment rating doubts.
    HP#1 Nwk v IBD only #19?

    Environmental, Social & Govt (ESG)
    is synonymous with commitment to 'net zero' carbon emissions, ethical and green trading. Sadly, as with many corporate policies, claims don't match practices. A great example is HP, rated #1 by Newsweekfeatured only #19 in IBD's Top 100. We analyse why, along with other big business supply brands...Updated

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  • Officeless man 2020.png Workplace? Office
    is where you are!

    Hybrid hikes productivity.
    Can dealers svc AZUREs?

    The digital age driven by 
    Apple, Google & Amazon exploded from 2007, sparked a new entrepreneurial revolution where smart mobiles enabled 'anywhere, paperless, officeless' working. Welcome to the new Age of the AZURE Workers. How can resellers service their needs? How can they compete without user friendly webstores and same day WFH delivery? Complete

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  • Screen Shot 2022 09 13 at 2.23.32 PMThe Gateway to
    a Healthier World

    ISSA's North America
    Cleaning Show Preview

    The ISSA Show North America
    returns to McCormick Place, Chicago (Oct10-13) in what promises to be a terrific 600 vendors' show with education sessions, guest speakers, and networking with hygiene supply professionals. We speak with ISSA director John Barrett about expectations....

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  • Screen Shot 2022 09 07 at 9.56.12 AMWill Hygiene market
    suffer OP tumult?

    Rapid rollups raise doubts
    on motivations of acquirers

    The "It's like déjà vu all over again"
     quote may aptly describe the rapid rollups happening in the hygiene, foodservice & packaging supply market right now. Public company/VC backed players Imperial, Envoy and BradyIFS are acquiring regional dealers monthly. The big question: will the consolidation process mirror the OP bigbox market 30yrs ago and end in tears of disintegration? Later today

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  • Lucy home working 21What Lucy wants
    in business supply

    • 1 click mobile webstores
    • Personalized delivery
    • Hybrid, hygienic offices

    Proficiency Index's 16th Annual Businesswomen 12 Pt Buying Survey (resumes from 2019), primarily users (typically Lucy) with executive power, is more valuable than ever. It provides greater insights into the latest trends in WFH, hybrid work and mobile shopping in business ... 
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hp meg deckchair shifterHP Meg's PR
spats with FT

Thin skinned reaction
falls flat on its face 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has released a letter sent to FT journalist Lucy Kellaway to dispute 'ad threat' claim. Shouldn't CEO Meg Whitman be focused on driving strategic growth initiatives, not shifting deckchairs? Is it another Autonomy moment?

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coke taste feeling lucy llCocaCola gets
some fizz back 

Coke Zero & non-carb
drinks offset Diet decline

Coca-Cola today reported better-than-expected profit and revenue for Q4'15, as higher volume and pricing helped offset the impact of weakness abroad.

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CDW team montage busCDW captures
corporate share

International expansion
led by Kelway & SMB's

CDW, the $13Bn US/UK reseller of tech products and services, reported continued strong growth in Q4'15 including its Kelway UK acquisition...

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apple watch lucy blue lrApple Watch
clocks 70%
market share

Defies doubtful analysts.
The 'must have' device. 

Despite persistent reports that the Apple Watch hasn't been the roaring success the vendor expected, researcher Canalys confirms it dominated the smartwatch market last year.

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amazon bezos cloudAMZN & M/Soft
lead Cloud race

Big 4 control 50%+ share
in SaaS services market

Powerful quartet of AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google extended their lead in providing cloud services & storage in Q4'15, says Synergy Research

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amazon echo superbowlAMZN & Fitbit
SuperBowl hits

First time productivity
ads with Pepsi & Coke

SuperBowl 50 paraded its usual high quality and expensive ads. We highlight the best including the funny Amazon Echo ad and the effective Fitbit Blaze smart sports watch. Later today

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Williams John Domtar DumpsterDomtar dumped
by Europeans

Protectionism defied
by Big 3 papermakers


Recent Q4'15 results from the US papermakers continued to decline. Things are set to get a lot worse in 2016 with the low € fuelled Europeans defeating their anti-dumping action on the Asian importers... complete

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robbins chuck cisco ceoCisco jumps up
IoT with Jasper

Resellers cheer vendor's
$1.4Bn acquisition move

Cisco partners have cheered its $1.4bn deal for Internet of Things (IoT) player Jasper Technologies, with one claiming IoT has come of age with the buy.

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papermakers euro ship USPapermakers'

Asians out; Europe in
as ITC moves beaten

Last June the ITC effectively killed the import of cheap Asian paper with anti-dumping tariffs. The weaker €uro has opened up floodgates for leading European papermakers. Complete

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domtar ad womanDomtar paper
down deeper

Personal Care slower
too, despite optimism

reported disappointing Q4'15 financial results. Its investment in personal care has yet to pay off in spite of misleading optimism from its obfuscating CEO...

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