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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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coca cola blatterCoRRuPTioN
at Coca Cola?

Distorting research to
foil anti-sugar lobby


A major scandal has emerged exposed by the The Times highlighting Coca Cola's funding of scientific research trying to manipulate the anti-sugar lobby, a major cause of obesity deaths...

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PC market plunge

PC demand
plunges again

Microsoft 10 fails to lift
key demand driver 

Global PC shipments dropped in Q3 as makers didn’t receive  a boost from Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, according to a leading data trackers 

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dell michael smile lrDell deal close:

$60Bn buy reverses HP's
split direction strategy


Dell is already talking to multiple banks about raising at least $60 billion to finance the purchase of EMC and VMware, with the deal coming to a close as soon as next Monday. Updated

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Bezos amazons robin hoodFulfilment by
Amazon up 30%

Wholesale sales expand
faster than direct sales

Channel Adsvisor reported today that Amazon's overall rate of growth in August fell below 20% but business supplies maintained its rapid 30% clip...

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jet invertedJet jettisons
member fees

U-turns core strategy.
Crash landing ahead?

Jet.com has quickly abandoned a pillar of the business model behind its new discount shopping webstore. Will it ever take off?

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lucy brunette commuter iphoneXerox to track
daily commute

Copier brand converts
to transportation apps

Xerox plans to test an app next month to enable commuters to map transit routes in real time, assess trip time, calculate carbon footprint and calorie count. How's it different to AppleWatch?

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Sargent Ron not so easy#SPLODGE

FTC & EC delay Staples
Depot decision again


The Federal Trade Commission's timeline for deciding whether to allow Staples' takeover of Office Depot is likely to be delayed again as investigations intensify

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dell emc mergerDell & EMC in
merger talks

Michael to thwart Meg's
SH-PLit Enterprise plan?

is in talks to strike a deal with EMC, that would remove questions about its future that have hung over the data-storage giant for more than a year.

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hellawell martin softcat officeSurging Softcat
readies $1Bn IPO

Adds brand non-execs
to bolster public status 


Softcat, a £500m ($800m) in sales software provider is on track to create several millionaires among its staff later this year with a $1Bn stock-market flotation.

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HPGPC2015 whitman#SH-Plit decision
on Partner progs

HPInc. First; Enterprise
Ready to roll from 1 Nov

HP has taken the wraps off the new partner programmes which will accompany HP Inc and HP Enterprise once the split takes place next month.

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