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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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meetings businessMeet the pain

of productivity

Jabra report challenges
of collaboration & focus

Communications specialist Jabra has released research that outlines knowledge workers’ office frustrations including one third of whom think meetings negatively impact productivity

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Newell montage 2013Rub'maid stretch

Acquisition hungry chiefs
discuss $25Bn merger


Consumer-products makers Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden are in talks to combine,  a move that would put Papermate, Sharpie, Rubbermaid and Mr. Coffee machines under one roof.

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sargent smith arm around each otherStaples 'flawed'
protest to FTC 

Letter misrepresents US
contract market control



Staples & Office Depot said they will fight the FTC's decision to block the deal on antitrust grounds. Sadly, their letter to customers smacks of desperation. The FTC have read their contract market control fairly. Updated

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WHSmith slideWHSmith slides; 
CEO pay surges 

Worst service no growth
reaps rich rewards?


For 11 straight years retailer WHSmith has allowed declining sales and soulless customer service. It's cut its way to profits with CEO's lauded by blinkered investment analysts?

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staples depot train crash#SPLODGE: SPLS
hits stop sign

Depot shares dive 20%.
Faces dire disintegration


Shares in Office Depot tumbled ahead of a decision from FTC, who are  expected to block the Staples $6.3bn takeover bid...

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Bezos achieves...

Mr Everything's Vision:
1hr delivery service close

The army of skeptics have been proven wrong. Amazon's investment in excellent, immediate customer service and profitability are now acknowledged. Here's Telegraph James Titcomb's take... 

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kelley brian keurig 2.0Keurig KO'd by
investor group

Will partners tolerate
Kelley's clumsy exec?


US coffee king Keurig Green Mountain and investor group JAB Holdings today announced they have entered into a merger agreement. Is this the end of Coke's love affair with CEO Brian Kelley? Updated

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paper glutPaper price wars
spur market glut

Protectionist anti-dump
play backfires v makers


When the Domtar inspired anti-dumping action was approved by the IDC in June with importers penalised, optimism was high for paper price rises.  They didn't happen. Here's why...

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Co working weworkC o–w o r k i n g
s p a c e odyssey

Freelancers & start-ups
revolutionize workspace

One of the trends we've highlighted in the past 4 years is urbanization and the rapid growth of co-working shared spaces in cities like NY, London, Boston, Seattle, SF and Chicago. Here’s an updated case study by Regus

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tech trends 4Top 8 trends in
new workplace

Bold new tech inspiring
increased productivity


Charles Orton Jones has written a great piece in Raconteur about the future of work and how tech is boosting personal productivity...

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