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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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groth marcus SCASCA strengthens
in personal care

Tork tissues boosted
by Wausau purchase


SCA, the Swedish personal care, tissue & papermaking giant reported strong sales in Q3'15. The Tork brand owner made strong headway...

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Oh Hyun Kwon samsung ceoSame old song
at  S a m s u n g 

Weak mobile mkt, apes
Apple w/tougher outlook


Samsung Electronics Q4'15 profit estimates reflected a mild recovery, but the global smartphone market continues to slow and semiconductor prices cool given the worldwide glut of chips

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facebook zuckerberg montage13Facebook force
up in mobile ads 

Revenues soar w/80%
of traffic on mobiles


Facebook shares shot up 12% after the giant social network's phenomenal growth in sales and profits was underestimated by analysts

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Meehan WBM crossing Rubicon 2Independents'
Intensifies lead

Reawakening force wins
$1Bn from bigbox burst

Both Staples and Office Depot will each report a sales drop $1Bn in 2015. They're offloading sales people, outsourcing deliveries and playing into progressive dealers hands. Who's winning? We spoke with WBMason chief Leo Meehan... Updated

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Productivity to lucyThe Myth of
D e c l i n i n g

Economy shifts CapEx
spend to expense a/c.

Analysts keep bemoaning the lack of capital investment as a reason for slow GDP growth. Both data points are increasingly suspect measures of the burgeoning new personal productivity driven market...

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bezos amazon truckAmazon keep on,
keep on truckin' 

Bezos challenges FedEx,
UPS in delivery business

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos' vision is clear: to deliver everything to users in a personalised way, immediately at lowest cost. Beware any service provider that obstructs his progress...

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keane rob cimpressV i s t a p r i n t
ventures forth

Better marketing drives
growth plus acquisitions


Vistaprint, renamed Cimpress, the leading online provider of professional marketing services to SMB's reported strong sales growth for its Q2'16

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sargent staples ship steers stormy watersSPLS reinforces

Ron Sargent merges US
retail, online & B2B ops


Staples is replacing its longtime leader of retail stores/online as it recognes the morphing of users' business and social needs. We spoke with Ron Sargent earlier today...complete

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cook tim iphone6 watchApple's record
results slower

iPhone & China demand
cools. Services, Watch
sales & apps sales soar


Apple reported record sales and profits for Q1'16, but commentators were concerned with slower growth of  iPhones. Is Apple Nation awaiting the glare free OLED iPhone7 launch in September?

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Beacham wayne sprichardsSPRichards'


Exodus of top dealers
with more in pipeline

US OP wholesaler SPRichards'
#2 & #3 dealer accounts recently switched to Essendant. Now we understand more are leaving driven by superior wholesaler services...updated

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