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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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baker doug ecolab brandsEcolab elevated
by innovation

Increases market share
in cleaning & sanitizing

the $10Bn in sales cleaning and hygiene supplies giant to the health care and food services market, reported slower growth results in Q2'15.

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amazon launchpad bezosAMZN advances
start-ups' launch

Entrepreneurs' Lnchpad
for innovative products

today announced Launchpad, a new program that makes it easy for startups to market and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of customers across the globe. 


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amazon bezos cloudCloud clout

4 giants ramped up

dominance in Q2'15

The world's four largest cloud service providers boosted combined market dominance, seizing control over more than half the overall market, according to Q2 earnings data compiled by Synergy Research.

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Pesonen jussi upm reflectingU P M paper

under pressure

Biorefining & plywood
offset paper closures


UPM Kymmene, the world’s #3 papermaker reported declining paper sales but increasied biorefining revenues Q2'15 ended 30 Jun'15

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staples depot train crashStop #SPLODGE
markt monopoly

AntiTrust Institute tells
FTC to reject merger in
contract clients' interest

The planned merger between Staples and Office Depot could lead to higher prices for large contract customers, according to a 21pp report published by the America Antitrust Institute (AAI). It virtually called for the deal to be terminated

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Plantonic montage 2012Plantronics post
slower growth

Losing market share
in consumer headsets

the global leader in audio communications for business, today reported disappointing results for its Q1'16 ended 30 Jun'15. It seems the company has gone ex-growth and lost its sparkle?

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aiken bob essendantE s s e n d a n t
essentially yours

A seamlessly integrated
business supply wh/saler

Essendant (ex-United Stationers)
, the US #1 business supplies wholesaler, last week appointed new CEO Bob Aiken. We spoke with the new chief about his plans...complete

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Staples BTS mobileBack to School
bad forecasts

2014 Forecast down 20%.
Actual Up 4%. Ditto 2015?

CNBC highlighted Proficiency Post's BTS'15 spend trends  article on the conflicting forecasts by NRF/ICSC. We both feel the latter duo have got it wrong again.

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hp meg deckchair shifterHP's own goal
obsession runs

Meg moves deck chairs:
Titanic split looms large

If HP chief Meg Whitman's not fiddling with logos, she's planning to shift the uniform workstyle of young tech programmers. Meg, for the 11th time of asking: Where's your growth strategy?

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depot max blood drain storesDepot's deep
dive still alive

Geared for the grate if
saviour Staples denied

Office Depot's stockmarket cap has fallen 16% since the #SPLODGE deal was announced. Investors don't think the merger will happen. Mercenary management is frozen, hoping the deal happens. Can it survive if Staples don't arrive? Complete

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