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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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microsoft wpc15M/Soft Partners
w/powerhouses

Salesforce & Rackspace.
Windows 10 tensions?


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella opened the #WPC15 partners conference with some big news amidst doubts about the future of Windows 10.

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deception masters darkThe masters

of hyperbole

Q2'15 Results Preview.
Who/What to suspect

 

Analysis of Q2'15 financial results start this week and grow in intensity thru' early August. What do we expect and who'll be the usual suspects of hype and deception? Later today

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Sauropod cybersecurityCybersecurity
S a u r o p o d s

Planes, hospitals & power
grids...most vulnerable...

 

As we continue toward complete connectivity with all devices and networks linked to the web, it's evident that much established technology can no longer keep up. Cybersecurity risks are rising...

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schultz starbux spkingStarbux steers
minority hiring

'100,000 opportunities
initiative' ko in Chicago


Starbucks chief Howard Schultz
is teaming up with more than a dozen companies in a commitment to increase hiring of young, minority workers over the next three years.

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kelley brian keurig screwKeurig killing
itself quickly

Is ex-Coke chief choking

coffee king pretakeover?


US coffeemaker Keurig Green Mountain has lost 5.5% in market cap in the past week; 47% YTD. Investors, dealers & customers are unhappy with its deceptive screw ups.

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amazon sumo giant v WMTAmazon Primes
WMart wake-up

Will Staples/Depot copy
business market leader?

 
WalMart is taking on Amazon with a rival 'rollbacks' sale to match the etailer's Prime Day on Wednesday. Will Staples and Office Depot follow?

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XPD teamXPD/OfficePoint
regain compass

Langdown ouster allows
group originals to return


All change at XPD/Office Point recently, with the departure of David Langdown and return of co-founder David Whittaker & Co. Complete.

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Buying Groups ostriches head in sandDisconnected...
Disintegrating...

Group's ageing agenda
leaves dealers lagging
in race to reach Lucy

 

Most OP dealer groups today are in disarray, losing dealers & managers. The pace accelerated in 2015 as failure to invest in CRM/emarketing & web design has left members well behind market leaders... Updated

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martin geoff CCLCCL molds FAB
labels alliance

Joint venture to build
new plant in Memphis


CCL Industries (owner of Avery) leader in specialty label and packaging solutions, has signed an partnership agreement with Korsini from Turkey

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kalanick0travis uber pointsUber $41Bn
IPO imminent

Easy ride sharer nears
Blue Chip FedEx value!

 

Ride-hailing behemoth Uber has been valued at $41 billion, making it one of the most valuable private tech companies in the world.

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