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  • Screen Shot 2023 01 20 at 11.09.34 AMDoes EVO know
    how to Complete?

    Can Endless loser's hybrid
    reseller survive new mkt?

    The demise of UK's #2 OP reseller Complete Business Solutions reminded many of the ruinous ragbag rollup of Garner Bennett 20yrs ago. The common fault line: 'No integration of systems or focus on organic growth'. Now it's been saved by major creditor EVO Group (ceo Andrew Gale, pic left), how will subsidiary Banner manage the many parts, given its losing record in the growing business supply market? Complete 

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  • Screen Shot 2023 01 20 at 10.56.16 AMWill CNG broaden
    biz supply range?

    Will narrowline SPR acq'n
    open one source strategy?

    Central National Gottesman (CNG),
    the $9Bn privately owned (Wallach family, Andrew and Kenneth, pic left) paper and packaging distributor acquired US#2 OP wholesaler SPR on 11Jan. The big question, apart from distribution system synergies: will it adopt a broadline business supply wholesale strategy, absent this century; and open up opportunities for single source supply 'stockless' dealers? We discuss...Complete

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  • OPocalypse now Mar17OP <10% demand;
    60% channel sales

    UK wh/salers/dealers 7yrs
    back v US biz supply mkt

    Proficiency Index
    completed its MEGATRENDS review of the business supply market in 2022. In both US & UK trad paper related office supplies fell below 10% of business demand. Yet, the latest survey of OP dealers show average sales mix was still >60%. Moreover, it confirmed US channel leaders were c7yrs+ ahead of UK in range breadth i.e. low hygiene, foodservice and packaging. We analyse market trends and advise ... Complete

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  • Screen Shot 2022 12 31 at 1.33.46 PMRenaissance or

    Recession hype? 

    Who will seize personalized
    productivity services mkt?
    Top 20 Predictions for '23

    What will happen in 2023 with Economy: Inflation? Leaders Amazon, Apple, SPLS-Essendant, CNG-SPR, Advent-Imperial, FEMSA-Envoy, WBMason, HP, Uline, EVO-VOW, Paragon-Spicers, Lyreco, Raja, Bunzl, independent dealers, dealer groups, wholesalers, furnituremakers, paper-printermakers, MPS, OP makers; foodservice; hygiene suppliers; packaging; AI, cybersecurity; Hybrid-WFH; B2U marketing trends? PP's Top 20 predictions.

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  • MEGATRENDS 2022sq2023 Business
    Supply Market

    Hybrid Officeless Means
    P r o d u c t i v i t y

    We repeat "Are we heralding in the Roaring 20's" after an uncertain Putin disrupted 2022? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Shopify, Uber have M-powered a entrepreneurial revolution with affordable tech & immediate delivery. Covid advanced 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless. WFH-Hybrid office trends tell us to connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. We guide on how dealers can take charge of their destiny? Report inc. 2022 Market Review

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sysco truck crashSysco/FTC fight
stop'd by judge

US Foods $8Bn merger
crashes. SPLODGE next?

Sysco's merger with US Foods was blocked by the judge who said the national food distribution giants would reduce competition. He is out of touch with the real world/rivals who would love it...

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targeted ads

New marketing tool
to max relevant reach

is letting marketers to target users based on the apps they have installed on their smartphones

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for millennials

First Fortune 100 list:
Top GenY employers 

Fortune and Great Place to Work have published their first-ever ranking of the best workplaces for millennial workers — a list of who scored highest for majority workforce under 35yrs old.

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on safety market

Big growth commitment
in personal protection

The mighty 3M announced another major move in the personal protectional market with a $2.5Bn buy from from private equity firm KKR.

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Cannes AdFest

Adam Bain ecstatic
re CEO Jack Dorsey


CNBC covered the #CannesLions #1 ad innovation & creatitivity festival today inc. excellent interviews with marketing leaders of top brands Twitter, Facebook and Google....

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Alibaba DragonAlibaba aborts
US webstore

Main event fails after
12 months & sold off

Alibaba Group
is selling its etailer 11 Main, after its first major foray into the US market failed to gain traction. Amazonification at work...

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apple bite blackberryBlackberry


Sales now only 15%

of 2010 levels


Old smartphone  maker, Blackberry terminal decline continued to accelerate at 30% in Q1'15. Software sales were strong but for how long?

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Smart move

MD/PA dealer added
to MidAtlantic drive.

The US #1 regional megadealer WBMason made its 4th acquisition this year to supplement its powerful organic growth. We spoke with CEO Leo Meehan about progress and plans....

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Greener trucks. 
Leaner trucks.

Staples, Pepsi, MillsOP
lead eco-delivery drive

Indra Nooyi
CEO of PepsiCo & Fred Krupp of Environment Defense Fund penned an op-ed in WSJ advocating the use of greener trucks...

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supplier squeeze pigTesco diss
suppliers' code

Signs of arrogance
subsiding under Lewis


Tesco is the worst of UK’s leading supermarket chains at complying with industry guidelines designed to protect suppliers, according to a confidential survey of food and drink makers.

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