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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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usui minoru epsonEpson inks 
slower printing

High capacity success
offset by weak US prices

the leading printer and visual presentation products maker's recent progress suffered a reverse in all its product categories in its Q3'16, but improved profitability

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nadella satya microsoftMighty Microsoft
higher on Cloud

Dynamics  strength &
Azure catching AWS fast

reported slower results for Q2'16 ended 31 Dec'15. Since CEO Satya Nadella took over as CEO sentiment has grown strongly towards its reinvention & business cloud computing, weighed down by phones & PC demand

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Bezos Amazon atop mountainAMZN aces high
atop biz market

• Biz Supply +29% $27Bn
• Gross profits now 32%
• AWS up 69% to 7% mix

reported accelerated growth in Q4'15 whilst maintaining powerful investments in new fulfilment centres, cloud & wholesale services. Business supply now represents 25% of the $107Bn sales achieved in 2015. 

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burns ursula xerox logoXerox Xroads
toward oblivion

Old tech giant follows
HP's disintegration lead

Xerox Corp.
is planning a costly split into 2  companies, making it another dinosaur deciding to separate its focus rather than the successful 'one source' strategy of Dell, Apple & Amazon? 'U-turns Ursula Burns is in deep trouble...

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hamada rick avnetAvnet roller 
coaster dips

Electronics & tech sales
decline across world

Avnet Technology
, a $28Bn in sales, global leader in technology distribution and services reversed previous progress in sales and profitability in Q2'16

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WESCO TruckOne Wesco
losing spark

Demand decelerates,
hit by Energy sector

WESCO the $7.5Bn leading provider of electrical, industrial and MRO supplies, today announced decelerating Q4'15 results in sales and profits...

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mitarai Fujio canon ceoCan Canon
check collapse

Blames slow economies
not secular decline


reported financial results for Q4’15 ended 31 Dec’15. CEO Toshizo Tanaka appears in denial about the secular demand declines and gloomy prospects in its core businesses...

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lungren john stanley driveStanley tools
up powerfully

Intensifies plans to gear
up its security business


Stanley Black & Decker, the $11Bn in sales, toolmaker & OP maker's growth abated but profitability in Q4'15, despite currency hits...

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Alibaba DragonAlibaba apes
Amazon attack

China's etailer matches
massive mobile growth

China's economic growth is still running at an impressive 5%+ clip. Even more impressive is giant etailer Alibaba growing at 32% with purchases via mobile 68%. Inside story here:

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nectereNectare nurture
micro dealers

Dealer services group

tops 100 inc. start-ups

We met Paul & Serena Musgrove leaders of the Nectar Group at VOW's Greenlight show last week. They were excited about its progress in helping small dealers survive and thrive in an uncertain UK market... tomorrow

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not yesterday's news tomorrow."

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