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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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40 under 40 2015Proficiency Index Poll

40 under 40

Nominations all in
for international office
market's top talent


Nominations for the 6th Annual edition of the Proficiency Index ’40 under 40’ Poll are complete. The hugely popular feature identifying the rising stars of the Personal Productivity Services (PPS) marketplace attracted 187 nominations. Top 40 results are below:

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WB customer intimacy heart

Mason's Mass


Acquires 2 more dealers

to make it 13 buys in 2015

, the US #1 mega-independent reseller has acquired 2 more OP dealers in Massachusetts to consolidate its stronghold in the Northeast. We spoke with CEO Leo Meehan

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Moulton jon terminator#SPOT owner's
CityLink scandal

Better Capital director
faces criminal trial

Three former directors of City Link including a director of Better Capital face criminal trial following firm's shock Christmas Day collapse

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WHSmith slideMessy WHSmith
slip sliding away

Cost cuts culture: ‘What
Horrible Stores shambles

WHSmith, UK’s #1 High Street & travel location retailer, reported results for full year ended Aug 31st. CEO Stephen Clarke has continued Kate Swann’s 10 years of growth-less complacent ommentary

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Staples sargent Depot smith sawWill Staples sell
Depot contract?

Exploring asset sales to
win FTC antitrust review

As we revealed from the outset, Staples is exploring the sale of assets to help resolve US antitrust officials’ concerns about its planned takeover of Office Depot. Perhaps Depot's toxic contract division?

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uber fresh deliveryUber couriers

live Chicago/SF

Now delivery service a
fast low cost option

UberRush, the app enabled courier service  tested in New York, is now available in those two additional cities, the company said Wednesday.

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gelsinger Pat vmware tee"Half IT top 100

will disappear"

VMWare's CEO makes

dire market prediction

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says that the Dell-EMC deal is part of 'tectonic shift' that will see over 50% of IT top 100 vanish

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dell michael 2015Michael Dell on
EMC/VMW deal

Opens up on future, debt
& management changes


After Dell announced its blockbuster plans to merge with EMC for $67bn on Monday, the question of what would happen to the storage/cloud giant was finally answered by Michael Dell

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wilson james XPDWilson moves

to rescue XPD

'Looter' Langdown &
SPOT's Whiteway acts
of collusion foiled?

James Wilson's 
back at newly formed XPD Group with a plan to join forces with Superstat Group to secure the future of its members from acts of sabotage by pseudo-wholesaler SPOT's CEO Jeff Whiteway...

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Whitman meg hp plungingHP tumbles thru
shadow of Dell?

Meg mugged by Michael
move to one source tech

A year ago HP CEO Meg Whitman was in merger talks with EMC CEO Joe Tucci. Immediate plans were made to split HP into hardware and software to facilitate "agility". Kerpow! Dell arrives to gazump HP with an integrated IT plan and now she's trashing her rival...

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