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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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IP packaging aircraft carrierIP paperless &
packaging less

Shifts to hygiene market.
but demand down in Q4

International Paper
continued its transformation from printed papermaking into packaging and the hygiene market but results were down across the board for 4th successive quarter

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lucy iphone coffeeMobile ads 75%

sales at Google
& Facebook

Desktops dying as biz
users shift to iPhones

Both Facebook & Google reported blow out sales and profits in the last few days. The main revenue earner was mobile advertising. Dealers get with the programme...please!

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amazon bookstoreWill AMZN book
more stores?

Plans to expand retail
presence inc. returns

After dipping its toes into retailing last year with its first physical bookstore, etailer Amazon is poised to dive into the deep end with 400 more....

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progressive indy resellers 2016Progressive

Power Plays

Double digit dynamos
driving big differentials

Over the past 30 years independents have slavishly copied bigboxes without success. Amazon is now #1 competitor. These progressives are succeeding by driving the 'personalised productivity services' differentials. We speak with each of them. Complete

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Pinnacle montage 2016Pinnacle peer 

powers ahead

Progressive dealer group
drive best practices

Pinnacle Affiliates, the US group of large regional resellers recently topped $1Bn with 30 dealers. We spoke with new chairman Craig Bartholomew about its success and plans for 2016. Updated

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mayer marissa yahoo black'For Sale' signs
posted at Yahoo

Another Black day for
mercenary Ms Mayer

Yahoo again reported declining Q4'15 results with plans to cut its workforce by 15%. Here's Re/Code Kara Swisher's take....

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wearable tech band woman paperWearables

Gartner predicts 18%
growth in personal
productivity devices

Wearable electronic device sales are set to keep growing throughout 2016, with Bluetooth headsets and smartwatches leading the charge according to researcher

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jones phil brother2Brother bounces
back in Europe

Scans growth in SMB's
FX boost + Domino buy


Brother International the $8Bn strong document services and printer maker, has reported a growth recovery in the small and medium sized business market, particularly in Europe in Q3'16.

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Pesonen jussi upm reflectingUPM fuelled by

by fav. currency

Biorefining, plywood &
pulp offset paper losses


UPM Kymmene, the world’s #3 papermaker reported declining paper volumes but strong biorefining revenues in Q4'15 ended 31 Dec'15 aided by favourable currencies

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Plantonic montage 2012Plantronics slip
sliding growth

Losing market share.
Is CEO losing spark?

the global leader in audio communications for business, today reported disappointing results for its Q3'16 ended 31 Dec'15. It seems the company has gone ex-growth and lost its sparkle?

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