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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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amazon prime delighted customerAmazon Prime
Day delivered!

Members drive/orders 

beat Black Friday by 18%

Amazon Prime members shopped at record rates  with peak orders exceeding Thanksgiving weekend 2014. Amazon Local Services  sales tripled...

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turner kevin microsoft fingersMicrosoft the
new co-opetitor 

COO Turner's WPC finale
hypes future; kicks rivals

The contrast is stark. The thoughtful strategic Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; and the brash Balmer-like COO Kevin Turner (pic left). Why resort to knocking the competition?

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krznich brian intel lrIntel inside the
PC implosion?

Non-PC activities: data
centres & IoT not enough


Intel  confirmed Q2'15 results last night. It is finding ways to cope with a weak PC market, but is finding it tough keeping pace with innovation

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groth marcus SCA

SCA surge in
personal care

Tissues sales boosted
by purchase in China

, the Swedish personal care, tissue & paper making giant reported strong sales and profits for Q2'15. The Tork brand owner made strong headway in the US and China

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dixons carphone jamesDixons delivers
stellar progress

Connected World drive
+ Sprint show promise

Europe's #1 specialist electronics retailer, Dixons Carphone, confirmed expectations reporting terrific results for its year to 2 May'15 . CEO Seb James was in ebullient...

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Amazon prime day 2Amazon Prime
Day top deals

No contest expected v

WMart, Best Buy,Target

The much touted 'Shopping Showdown' started at 3am ET. Early reports indicate an absolute blow-out success, as Amazon Prime's free-trial membership drive, highlights competitors' weaknesses. Updated thru the day

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stern joanna wsjFacebook: fix
unliked faults? 

Joanna Stern's take on
socnetwork complaints

Want to get someone really riled up? Just ask about users about Facebook. Much maligned Twitter is a dream by comparison

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uber user happy lucySharing market
cynics wrong

Freelance & part time
work preferred lifestyle

Reuter's  Bobbi Redell
opines that 'Millennials will outgrow the 'sharing economy'. Forget this mythical generation, sharing is benefitting all ages in the new worklife confluence era.

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Staples BTS mobileMobile to drive
BTS buy binge 

AMZN & Staples geared
to go. Indies a no go?

Reports that users expect to spend more in the upcoming back-to-school shopping season is good news for big resellers, especially those with mobile webstores. Bad news for most immobile independent dealers

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costin richard bannerBanner rebrand:
baseless botch?

Brand values shredded
by doodling designers



Evo Group confirmed recently its direct businesses Supplies Team and Banner Business Services will be known as Banner. Welcome news, but a pity it couldn't maintain its trusted image.

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