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  • Screen Shot 2022 11 27 at 1.08.32 PM'Shrinkf l a t i o n'
    deceit exposed

    Brandmakers downsize
    quantity & inflate prices

    Meet the man on a mission to expose sneaky price increases. Edgar Dworsky (pic) has become the go-to expert on 'shrinkflation' where products or packaging are manipulated so consumers get less for their money. NYTimes writer Clare Toeniskoetter went to many pharmacies and supermarkets near Boston (US) to examine product examples 

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  • Hygienic Office 21Healthy Hygiene
    mkt momentum?

    Who's winning mkt share?
    12%+ avge price inflation

    Hygiene is now #1 business supply category alongside technology. Progressive business suppliers: brandmakers, dealers have pivoted into hygiene, safety, foodservice & packaging, WFH-tech & wellness services. Proficiency Index Q3'22 analysis is nearing completion with brands' volumes slowing, boosted by double digit price hikes. Complete

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  • Productivity stairway to heaven2Can dealers pass
    productivity test?

    From OP to personal svcs
    in hygiene, FS, pkg supply?

    We've written exhaustively about the need for OP dealers to convert from 'transactional' product suppliers to 'personalised productivity services' providers inc. hygiene, foodservice & packaging. Amazon is winning the transactional battle with same day delivery of broadline business supplies to WFH users. Can dealers pass the 3pt conversion test? We discuss and highlight the best practice services providers? Complete 

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  • industrial supplies invasionIndustrial supply
    market resurgent!

    Edu, H/Care, Infrastructure
    investments boost growth

    Q3'22 financial reports for leading industrial supply distributors are nearing completion e.g. Fastenal, Motion, MSC, Grainger, Wesco, Arrow, Berry, DXP show double-digit sales growth boosted by price hikes; and higher profits. Proficiency Index reviews the performance of the Top 20 US distributors in 2022 with insightful analysis and discussion with leaders, progress and plans for 2023. Updated

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  • OPeless Island'OPeless, OPaque
    reports hide dive

    Top10 leaders' misleading
    market over terminal trend

    Proficiency Index
     is reaching the conclusion of Q3'22 reports analysis. It has become obvious that many OP market CEO's, who have failed to reinvent their companies, are in denial; and desperately trying to mislead the market over their incompetence. We highlight the Top 10 losers and contrast with Top 10 winners... 

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Staples mob app pageSPLS mobilizes
web advantage

Top shopper experience
about to get upgraded


Staples today confirmed the refresh of its already best-in-class mobile webstores, Staples.com and StaplesAdvantage.com

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amazon prime delighted customerAmazon Prime
Day delivered!

Members drive/orders 

beat Black Friday by 18%

Amazon Prime members shopped at record rates  with peak orders exceeding Thanksgiving weekend 2014. Amazon Local Services  sales tripled...

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turner kevin microsoft fingersMicrosoft the
new co-opetitor 

COO Turner's WPC finale
hypes future; kicks rivals

The contrast is stark. The thoughtful strategic Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; and the brash Balmer-like COO Kevin Turner (pic left). Why resort to knocking the competition?

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krznich brian intel lrIntel inside the
PC implosion?

Non-PC activities: data
centres & IoT not enough


Intel  confirmed Q2'15 results last night. It is finding ways to cope with a weak PC market, but is finding it tough keeping pace with innovation

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groth marcus SCA

SCA surge in
personal care

Tissues sales boosted
by purchase in China

, the Swedish personal care, tissue & paper making giant reported strong sales and profits for Q2'15. The Tork brand owner made strong headway in the US and China

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dixons carphone jamesDixons delivers
stellar progress

Connected World drive
+ Sprint show promise

Europe's #1 specialist electronics retailer, Dixons Carphone, confirmed expectations reporting terrific results for its year to 2 May'15 . CEO Seb James was in ebullient...

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Amazon prime day 2Amazon Prime
Day top deals

No contest expected v

WMart, Best Buy,Target

The much touted 'Shopping Showdown' started at 3am ET. Early reports indicate an absolute blow-out success, as Amazon Prime's free-trial membership drive, highlights competitors' weaknesses. Updated thru the day

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stern joanna wsjFacebook: fix
unliked faults? 

Joanna Stern's take on
socnetwork complaints

Want to get someone really riled up? Just ask about users about Facebook. Much maligned Twitter is a dream by comparison

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uber user happy lucySharing market
cynics wrong

Freelance & part time
work preferred lifestyle

Reuter's  Bobbi Redell
opines that 'Millennials will outgrow the 'sharing economy'. Forget this mythical generation, sharing is benefitting all ages in the new worklife confluence era.

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Staples BTS mobileMobile to drive
BTS buy binge 

AMZN & Staples geared
to go. Indies a no go?

Reports that users expect to spend more in the upcoming back-to-school shopping season is good news for big resellers, especially those with mobile webstores. Bad news for most immobile independent dealers

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