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  • Screen Shot 2023 06 05 at 5.23.45 PMHybrid work is
    W o n d e r f u l !?

    ‘Stay forever’ mantra drives
    productivity & life balance


    Working from home (WFH) is part of the worklife balance that Generation Z demands, putting new pressures on employers, writes The Times' James Hurley. “Hybrid work will stay with us for ever,” Ronni Zehavi, ceo of HiBob states. Meanwhile. high profile business leaders argue there is a "loss of creativity". Who's right? We discuss....
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  • Screen Shot 2023 05 27 at 10.47.59 PMIs the 'Greenwash'
    ghost game over?

    Recycled paper pretenders'
    sham sustainability stories?

    There's been much PR and social media postings by makers and distributors promoting their sustainability credentials. How much is genuine and how much is sham posturing aka 'greenwash'? Certainly there are doubts about printer paper claims given the toxic journey between makers, distributors, users, mailing and recycling. We explore....Updated

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  • smith gerry depot deckchair shifter 21Depot distraction
    #24: Fed'n fudge? 

    'Bizarro' Smith's delusional
    dialogue disguises demise

    Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (aka-Depot-Max) has leaked that more acquisitions under its faux 'Federation' distraction platform can be expected. With many dealers under pressure post-Govt Covid relief, could major Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas' resellers be in play? We discuss ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith's latest attempt to distract attention away from its dire demise...

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  • End is near callS t o c k l e s s

    Higher wholesaler pricing
    imperils dealer's survival

    Is the end nigh for stockless dealers? Back in the 2019 'normal' days, dealers were struggling with a slowing economy. Then, Covid crashed the corp office market. Then, Government relief ran out last year. Now consolidation is happening? Moreover, wholesalers raised prices above inflation squeezing dealers competitiveness? The BIG question is how will transactional dealers survive? Should we expect larger progressives to lead an acquisition wave in the business supply market? We investigate latest market views. Later today ...

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  • disconnected dealer box lucy walkAre limping locals 
    resting on laurels?

    User disconnected? Weak
    webstores? Transactional
    not productivity svcs driven

    'Buy Local' 
    campaigns have been promoted by dealer groups for 30 years, largely as defensive plays v bigbox attacks. But, what user benefits do they offer in terms of personalized productivity gains v the increasingly local and faster Amazon army of resellers? We discuss and offer guidance...Updated

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jet invertedIs Jet set for
crash landing?

Jettisoning core strategy
leaves it naked v Amazon

Jet.com has quickly abandoned a pillar of the business model behind its new discount shopping webstore. Will it ever take off?

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sargent ron ppnews on iphoneMobile content

matters most 

Web designers must
put user first in 2016



Marketing Week's Keith Weed looks back on what marketers have achieved as an industry in 2015, and look forward to what the future may bring.

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Amazon Bezos Biggles 767Amazon Airways
attack UPS/FDX

Biggles Bezos flies in

face of smug carriers


The giant etailer Amazon is looking to expand its delivery operations to avoid the bottlenecks caused by overwhelmed carriers such as UPS/FedEx.

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Sargent Staples mission impossible#SPLODGE: SPLS
stalled in dock

Sargent must sell Depot/
Max contract to progress


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking for office supply store Staples to improve its offer to divest assets to further its bid to buy rival Office Depot the agency said in court yesterday.

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Whiteway jeff explosion#SPOT BURST!
Buy who/what?

Desperate distributor
says it will spend $15m


SPOT aka Spicers wholesale/Officeteam direct sales combo continues to be battered by declining demand. In yet another mono-missive CEO Jeff Whiteway says it will invest £9m ($15m) on acquisitions. Specialist wholesaler or another failed dealer? 

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Bezos kalanick disruptorsUber & AMZN
disrupt FedEx
& UPS growth 

Smug & patronising
leaders in for SHOCK!

We are thankful to L&F Capital for its Seeking Alpha article highlighting the challenges faced by the international logistics giants in local markets serviced by the popular & flexible service providers...

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Lucy mobile montage 2015How to satisfy
customers on
the mobile web

Max users engagement
w/pref'd buying method

Mobile phones are so much a part of people’s lives that the user experience cannot afford to disappoint and must maximise customer engagement. Here's your guide

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Herman Miller montageHerman Miller's
growth power

Momentum resumes
driving strong profits

Herman Miller 
the leading upscale furniture maker reported strong Q2'16 results to 28 Nov'15 recovering 2014 strong market momentum, especially in the US...

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phillips brian fedex office presentsFedEx Office
in recovery?

Ex-Kinko's brand back
in growth after 10 yrs


bought Kinko's prit/copy stores in 2004, changed the memorable brand to FedEx Office in 2008 and struggled ever since. Now CEO Brian Phillips appears to have it on a positive track

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nadell satya MS W10Tech T o p s
& Flops 2015

IT channel chief views:
wearables disappoint

Industry leaders  shared their thoughts with CRN on how 2015 will be remembered. The hits and the misses...

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