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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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Riley Matt Daisy logoDaisy saves
Phoenix Group 

Leads to job losses &
director departures


Daisy Group has acquired Phoenix IT in a move to become the "first truly converged IT and unified communications provider in the UK mid-market"

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woodman nick gopro codeGoPro drives
drone videos

Making first steps too,
in VR for prosumers

 


With a lion’s share of the video camera market locked up, GoPro is turning to its next chapter: Virtual reality and drones. Re/Code's Kara Swisher interviews Nick Woodman 

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Staples lendioStaples funds
growth firms

Making loans happen


for micro businesses

 


Since launching in February, Staples online financing service with Lendio has processed $1.5m in loans for dozens of small businesses...

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Techdata montage 2013T e c h D a t a
tailing market

Europe recovers to
offset slow Americas


Tech Data
, the global #2 wholesaler of tech products with $26Bn in sales, reported flat Q1'16 results again to 30 Apr'15. Excuses about selecting only profitable business were less than convincing... 

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whitman meg HP heavy cloadsEMC's Cloud

hovers over HP 

Will VM Ware owner add
to Virtustream move? 

 

EMC
80% owner of cloud storage provider VMWare bought VirtuStream for $1.2Bn on Tuesday. Will it make a second move on HP Enterpriseafter the split later this year?

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Screen Shot 2014 12 03 at 11.07.25 AMTechData takes
Signature route

Boosts wholesalers SMB
cloud services capability



Tech Data, the world's #2 tech wholesaler announced the takeover of leading data center services provider in the US

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Costco montage 2012Costco captures
more SMB share

Business supplies hubs
& sales force expansion


Costco Wholesale
reported impressive market gains in its Q3'15 ended 10 May'15 results today. Growth is consistently strong for the $100Bn broadline business supplies reseller

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Depot woman falling off chairDepot sitting
uncomfortably

Exposed! In denial again
over dangerous chairs


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed Office Depot has agreed to pay $3.4m in penalties over knowingly failing to report defects in office chairs. These problems were first exposed by PP in 2012 and again in 2014.

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meeker mary kleiner perkinsEverything
on demand 

Meeker updates market
on latest online trends


"In the new on-demand economy you can get whatever you want whenever you want it, except, perhaps, a full-time job with health care coverage," Mary Meeker told #CodeCon delegates

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staples depot train crashSPLODGE: Union
urges FTC block

Monopoly claim mistaken
Merger aids competition.

 

The American Posts Workers Union (APWU) has urged the FTC to block the proposed $6.3 billion Staples takeover of Office Depot. Whilst its stance is understandable, the merger will work in consumers' interest

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