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Screen Shot 2018 09 17 at 7.08.34 PMNewell Brands in
never never land

What's latest w/Sharpie
& Rubbermaid assets?


The collapse of the Newell house of brands post the disastrous $16Bn Jarden acquisition in 2016 continues. The uncertainty hanging over the heads of executives leading valuable assets is palpable. What's next for brands like Rubbermaid, Papermate/Sharpie, Dymo, Elmers? We discuss.... later today




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Screen Shot 2019 07 11 at 3.18.31 PMNeuromarketing
pumps packging 

Functional design attracts
eye & maxes touchpoints


How can neuromarketing – using combinations of biometric measuring techniques to analyse consumer reactions – be a tool that makes packaging development more effective?  A leading eye tracking specialist shows you how here...




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florness don fastenalFastenal fast
forward fades

Vending sales slower
& margins hit by tariffs


Fastenal,
the $5Bn in sales, US reseller of MRO, vending supplies, slowed its rapid pace of growth in Q2'19. Is this another indicator of the industrial economy slowdown. Watch this space...




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cerclerski jim cloverRecycling market
over for Clover? 

Owner reviews options as
HP attacks & customers exit


The VC owner of Clover Technologies, the ink & toner cartridge & mobile phone recycler is reviewing its strategic options in the face of competitive pressure and secular decline in its core markets...




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Screen Shot 2019 07 11 at 11.30.13 AMASL makes 3rd
MPS power play

Revenues rise 50% to
£30m over past 2 years


ASL Group, the UK managed print provider has snapped up an East Midlands document management specialist, its 3rd acquisition over the past 18 months. We speak with CEO Mark Garius




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Newell Brands beyond nervous

Screen Shot 2018 09 17 at 7.08.34 PMNewell Brands in
never never land

What's latest w/Sharpie
& Rubbermaid assets?


The collapse of the Newell house of brands post the disastrous $16Bn Jarden acquisition in 2016 continues. The uncertainty hanging over the heads of executives leading valuable assets is palpable. What's next for brands like Rubbermaid, Papermate/Sharpie, Dymo, Elmers? We discuss.... later today

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Supply Chain process killing
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Will Vulture Better Capital
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Buys southern regionals in 
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