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  • vulture capitalist crash graphBIGBOX  B U S T ?

    SPLS & Depot self destruct.
    Is The End Nigh? Probably.


    Staples
    just closed its contract furniture division. Sycamore & ODP are haggling over the price of Depot's stores portfolio. Depot is drowning in b l o o d. OP dealer acquisitions have ceased. Combined sales have fallen from $52Bn (2007) down to <$20Bn today. We explore causes and prospects... Complete

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  • commodity cliffPaper-Printerless
    market on pause

    #OPocalypse: Diminished
    demand gets price relief


    Most leading OP, Paper & Printermakers have now reported Q3'21 results. Printer paper is down 70%+ since 2008. The shift to hygiene & packaging products is huge. The Covid crash caused users to accelerate the move towards digitisation as print diminished. We analyse results to date...inc Mondi, Sylvamo & HP later today

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  • Amazon Bezos Climate PledgeHow Green are
    market leaders?

    Has COP26 inspired action?
    Genuine or Greenwash?
    Progress benchmarks?


    211 leading companies have signed up for The Climate Pledge initiated by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, committing to achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2040.  Admirable plan, but how will the 23 leading business supply leaders benchmark progress? What are the annual progress measurements? We explore...Updated daily

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  • Screen Shot 2021 11 21 at 5.15.43 PMHi Hybrid workers

    Thurs' new Friday?

    3days 'in office' emerges
    as fav future work sched


    I don't like Mondays - or Fridays: London City workers decide 3days/week in the office is enough. "Hybrid working and spending patterns post-pandemic as commuters spend less time in the office leaves small businesses and employers reeling" writes The Telegraph's Matt Oliver. Paradoxically, business productivity is improving...

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  • Hygiene clean office 21Healthy Hygiene
    market
    momentum

    How've leaders fared post
    Covid peak? Q3'21 analysis


    The #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless future is happening bigtime! Now hygiene is the #1 business supply category alongside technology. Progressive business suppliers: brandmakers, dealers & MSP's have pivoted to sell customers hygiene, safety & packaging, WFH-tech and wellness services.. We analyse Q3'21 results inc. Berry & Brady Corp.

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labrosse JP stir standStand Up for
Productivity!

NeoCon15: Exciting
ergonomic & wellness
movement elevated


#NeoCon15 created a perfect storm of interest around the personal productivity movement: the omnipresence of sit/stand furniture; the wellness wave; and the confluence of worklife... Updated

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whiteway jeff draining spicers bloodWhiteway
whitewashes
SPOT stain

Disingenuous diatribe
to Superstat members


CEO Jeff Whiteway of SPOT (aka Spicers/OfficeTeam) the UK dual distributor, presented at Superstat Annual Conference recently. He described its 'disastrous' year under Better Capital's ownership and tried to convince dealers about future commitment... later today

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uber crowd deliveryDemocratising
delivery @AMZN

Adopting Uber like app
to speed low cost service


In its ceaseless quest to speed delivery, Amazon wants to turn the US into a nation of couriers with its new 'On my way' service' or Super Uber-men...

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king bob humanscale"Simplicity is
the ultimate
sophistication"

Humanscale lighting the
way forward in wellness

 

NeoCon Floor 3 is the domain of the industry heavyweights e.g. Steelcase & Herman Miller. It is also home to rising star Humanscale, where we met CEO Bob King to discuss its rapid growth in ergonomics sales... complete

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slingsby domSlingsby: slip
sliding away

Deeper losses threaten
FM/IS supplier's future


HC Slingsby,
the FM & industrial equipment supplier reported a deeper loss for the first 5 months of 2015, as sales declined again.

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steelcase neocon standupNeoCon15: Best
in show awards

Recognition of rising
stars in worklife style

 

The winners of the 2015 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced yesterday at an awards breakfast hosted by Contract. Traditional leaders fared less well than in recent years, highlighting industry inertia and rapid workplace changes...

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Crystal Rock
cracks deepen

Competitive pressures
drive cost reductions


Crystal Rock,
the US Northeast water and OP dealer, announced a serious decline in financial results Q2'15 ended 30 Apr'15

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office design workers first 1New offices
fuel OF market

Houston, Seattle, SJ, SF
DC, Dallas & Boston hot


As NeoCon 2015 opens in Chicago today, Colliers International reports that new US office space was driving healthy new business for furnituremakers and dealers...later today

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facebook v twitterFBK for friends.

Twitter for biz.

Market misunderstands 
permission promo power
Jack will AMPLIFY effect!



Facebook has 1.44Bn active members. Twitter only 300m active users. Game over? No, Twitter reaches a greater % target audience. We clarify the difference between the social media king; and the #1 permission based business broadcasting service...

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labrosse JP stir standStand up for
Stir at NeoCon 

SWare senses presence
& personal preferences


Stir
, creators of the award-winning Stir Kinetic Desk (SKD), will bring its latest M1 version to its product line at NeoCon on Monday. It has certainly shaken up its lifeless competition...

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