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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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KC pro teamK-C: leaner &

cleaner growth

Personal prof care US,
International stronger

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) the global personal hygiene brands maker, reported solid Q3'15 results. The FORCE continuous improvement processes are working…

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Essendant montage 2015Essendant slips

into reverse...

Acquisitions unable to
offset OfficeMax loss.
IDC momentum slower

Essendant (ex-United),
the US #1 business supplies wholesaler, reported decreasing sales and profits for Q3'15 ended 30 Sep'15. 

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mayer marissa milky wayYahoo's Mayer 
messes & misses

Melissa fails to spur ads.
Hits 'reset' button again

Yahoo’s complacent chief Marissa Mayer delivered positive growth numbers for only the second quarter in her 3 year tenure, but operating losses and guidance were awful...

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PCA paperless;

packaging flat

Boise acquirer recovers
post DeRidder outage

Packaging Corporation (PCA)
today reported Q3'15 financial results to 30 Jun'15. Packaging was flat whilst paper volumes continued to slide

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ISSA show 2015Hot Hygiene
market show

ISSA/InterClean Show
Preview: must go event!


Today in Las Vegas, the unmissable ISSA/InterClean show is happening. This is a huge and growing single-source category expansion opportunity for OP resellers, served by inferior suppliers. We preview with director Anthony Trombetta....Later today

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SPR montage 2012SPR: growth
gains flatten

IDC demand down.
Soft economy blamed
not market share loss?

Genuine Parts Company (GPC)
parent of SPRichards and Motion Industries today reported flat sales and profits growth for Q3'15 to 30 Sep'15. SPR was boosted by OfficeMax OP contract gains...

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mcDonagh aidan integraIntegra inverts
strange sale?

Hemel returns dealer
group to its members

You couldn't make this up! Integra the leading UK dealer group, has swapped ownership again from private hands into the clutches of its key members. Did Hemel turn a profit?

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HP Fast enough adHP: Here's an
idea: Why print?

Ad campaigns wasteful,
irrelevant & last century


HP is spending heavily on TV and magazine ads with messages that belong in the 80's. They ask 'is your business going fast enough' and claim to 'cut your printing costs in half'. Who cares? Later today

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Alibaba DragonIs Alibaba a real
threat to AMZN?

AWS Conference report.
Rivals' heads in Cloud?

Seeking Alpha
analyst Westend 511 has just returned from Amazon's AWS cloud conference with some strong views about Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba's threat to its leadership...

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Amazon v walmart sumoWMT v AMZN:
Win with stores

CEO McMillon: in danger
of shopper shift misread


Retail giant Walmart's CEO Doug McMillon says his fleet of stores give his retailer a huge edge over Amazon. Wishful thinking we think...

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