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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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Productivity stairway to heaven2The PeRSoNal
market is HOT

More resellers getting
leaner, cleaner, greener

In our half year review with the most progressive resellers in busines supply, there is a marked uptick in optimism for those driving a productivity (not product) services agenda... updated

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sit stand office lucyGet Up, Stand
Up for your life

Importance of regaular
body movement at work

Alison Bruzek Boston Globe correspondent wrote an interesting piece on the new guidelines detailing how much movement workers need over a shift.

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Screen Shot 2015 01 06 at 20.21.16Merger Mania!

Deal activity up 50%.
Motivated by expansion
or market consolidation?

A boom in mergers and acquisitions usually signals confidence in the economy, and headline-grabbing deals evoke images of CEO's cheering about business prospects and overall growth. But is it the case this time? Updated

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Sorrell: How ads raise relevance

WPP/Ogilvy chief on PR, gender, climate, Twitter


WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell
was at #CannesLions to discuss the evolution of ad industry re PR, gender issues, the power of Twitter, PR, content and creativity 

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R e f r e s h e d

Ohio Office Crasher's

makeover moves fast

Friends Office, the Ohio based, progressive office productivity services provider is on a roll. We spoke to marketing chief Ashley Barger about the brand refresh and plans to reach $50m in sales...

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connect w/Lucy

CEO Bulcke on natural
healthy food trends


Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke appeared on CNBC this morning to discuss industry growth and its slow adaptation to the powerful natural healthy food trends...

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global brands 100 2015Most valuable
global brands

Apple aces Google with
office marketers strong.
Who are the leaders?

The Top 100 Most Valuable Brands 2015 rankings reflect attitudes of the younger generation and how consumers view good value for money. Who are MVB’s in the Office market? Results here...

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nadella satya MS buildM/soft: personal
productivity aim

CEO Nadella plans tough
choices & magical things

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella sent a 1500 word missive to staff yesterday, which was not made public, but was published by GeekWire.

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lewis dave tesco poison hurtsTesco's tumble
gets a little help

Lewis leverage draws
applause from analysts

sales fell less than expected in the last quarter, helping to put UK's biggest retailer on the road to recovery after a dramatic 12 months.

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Carbo jaime adveo deoleoAdveo: Oilman to
hack wholesale?

Recent Europe OP leader
appointments all failed

ADVEO OP wholesale group today appointed ex-Dealeo Jaime Carbó as new chief from September. Can he stop rot of recent CEO crashes in OP wholesaling?

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