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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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Bezos amazons robin hoodAMZNIFICATION
wider & tighter

Bezos' 20th Anniversary:
Everything on demand
vision reaches reality

The ultimate disruptor Amazon celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday with a blow out Prime Day sale. Most damaged resellers are in denial e.g. Grainger; dismissing them as unprofitable. Don't underestimate Robin Hood...

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Productivity to lucy 2013The productivity
metrics problem

Data doesn't reflect time,
money saving innovation

chief economist Hal Varian says sluggish US/UK productivity doesn’t reflect a high-tech wave of innovations that save people time and money. We agree and discuss why...later today

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otto schrader hans tabletOtto offload  
Office to Printus 

Amazon business supply
market lead forces sale

 the #2 German business supplier confirmed the long rumoured purchase of embattled Otto Office.

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uber delivery bagUber overtakes
taxis & couriers

On demand easy service
UPSets trad slow leaders

UPS/FedEx and taxis are losing business delivery and travelers to ride-hailing services like Uber, a survey by Certify shows.

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Staples BTS mobileBTS'15 spend
trends dodgy

NRF/ICSC retail surveys
mislead shopping prefs.

National Retail Federation amd International Council of Shopping Centres
have published pessimistic reports on the 2015 Back to School season. Why in such a strong economy?

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Cogan andrew knollKnoll knocked
back in office

shifts toward higher

margin home market

Knoll,  the leading office furnituremaker, announced slower growth results, but higher profits for Q2'15.

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Grainger team montage 2014Grainger grinds
out slow growth 

Industrial supply market
challenged by Amazon

WW Grainger, the $10Bn in sales, leading North American broadline supplier of FM, maintenance and business supplies today announced slow Q2'15 financial results.

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cintas uniform deliveryCintas drives
uniform growth

Exits Shred-it. Strong in
first aid & fire protection

the uniform & business services specialist, posted solid Q4'15 results and announced a strategic direction shift...

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page larry google haloGoogle goes

Market cap explodes
on mobile ad growth

the world’s #1 search provider posted impressive Q2'15 with strong ad revenue growth and tighter controls on costs.

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Staples mob app pageSPLS mobilizes
web advantage

Top shopper experience
about to get upgraded


Staples today confirmed the refresh of its already best-in-class mobile webstores, Staples.com and StaplesAdvantage.com

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