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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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pelikan loo hooi keatPelikan products
plunge persists

Bleak future for maker;
in tailspinning decline


Pelikan,
the international stationery maker, continued its tails spinning spiral in Q1'15. 

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hilleard steve opiHappy Birthday
Steve Hilleard!

Old & Past It or ready


to revive ex-must read?


OPI's CEO Steve Hilleard celebrates his 50th birthday today! Congrats Steve! Welcome to the guild of aging office publishers... 

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dell michael smile lrDell delighted
w/private year 

Renews channel focus
investment & security


Dell
has issued a report outlining its financial performance over the past year – its first full one as a private firm.

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bezos amazon achilles heelAmazon Achilles
heel emerging? 

Elements expansion of
commodity private label


Following countless resellers, Amazon is expanding its lineup of private-label to inc. food & beverage supplies to business. Will this reversal of original brand strategy be Bezos' first big stab in his own foot?

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Rahman hosain jawboneJawbone hits
Fitbit IP theft

Distraction for health
tracker ahead of IPO


As it approaches an initial public offering, fitness-tracker company Fitbit faces a lawsuit from rival Jawbone that is spiced with betrayal and the alleged theft of trade secrets.

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amazon fresh delivery manAmazon deliver

FREE same day

Prime service extends
to 14 city metro areas 


Amazon wants to make impulse buys more impulsive. The dual etail/wholesaler giant is offering free same-day delivery service for Prime members..

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Riley Matt Daisy logoDaisy saves
Phoenix Group 

Leads to job losses &
director departures


Daisy Group has acquired Phoenix IT in a move to become the "first truly converged IT and unified communications provider in the UK mid-market"

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woodman nick gopro codeGoPro drives
drone videos

Making first steps too,
in VR for prosumers

 


With a lion’s share of the video camera market locked up, GoPro is turning to its next chapter: Virtual reality and drones. Re/Code's Kara Swisher interviews Nick Woodman 

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Staples lendioStaples funds
growth firms

Making loans happen


for micro businesses

 


Since launching in February, Staples online financing service with Lendio has processed $1.5m in loans for dozens of small businesses...

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Techdata montage 2013T e c h D a t a
tailing market

Europe recovers to
offset slow Americas


Tech Data
, the global #2 wholesaler of tech products with $26Bn in sales, reported flat Q1'16 results again to 30 Apr'15. Excuses about selecting only profitable business were less than convincing... 

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