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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 01 at 1.21.38 PMThe  G r e e n
    Infrastructure
    G e n e r a t i o n

    Will Pres Biden's Boost
    supercharge economy?


    After the US presidential election top NYTimes columnist Tom Friedman wrote the key to future US success was for President Biden to deliver real stimulus that enables all Americans to realize their full potential. Moreover, to make sure that the $1.9Tn relief package; and his coming $3Tn green/infrastructure proposal actually deliver as promised.

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  • Screen Shot 2021 03 30 at 1.05.47 PMZoooooming
    back the future?

    New collaborations see
    hot desks, small rooms


    As corporations plan to bring workers back to the office, interior design experts Perkins+Will expect expanded gathering spaces and fewer personal workstations. The #BeyondCovid scenarios look uncannily like collaborative workspaces from progressives in the 90's

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  • Screen Shot 2021 03 30 at 11.27.56 AMNew York's new
    reality  e s t a t e?

    'Decentralised Age' dawns:
    Hybrid worklife confluence


    Remote work is here to stay. Manhattan may never be the same. NYC, long buoyed by a fantastic flow of commuters into towering office buildings, faces a cataclysmic challenge, even when Covid concludes. A new mobile 'office is where you are', 'decentralized age' has dawned. This case study by NYTimes' Matthew Haag is convincing....

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Screen Shot 2021 03 15 at 6.54.23 PMBoxed up ready
for SPACS IPO? 

Is this a regeneration play
or desperate rescue bid?


Boxed,
an online retailer of home & business supplies in bulk, is in talks to go public through a merger with Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp., a blank-check firm (no biz plan). After several failed attempts to sell for $1Bn is this an exit strategy?

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Screen Shot 2021 03 15 at 3.24.11 PMRetail recession?
R e i m a g i n e !

Personalised value-add
services seal stickiness


Retail has been in retreat for many years with the fall of the malls even pre-Covid. Now we are seeing ecommerce king Amazon add physical stores as symbolic showrooms; and retailers adding services to build destination and increase ticket value. We explore the successful case studies...

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Screen Shot 2021 03 15 at 2.56.16 PMDell dealer drives
6X growth in 2yrs

David v Goliath hero wins
major health care contract


Wakefield (UK) based Dell partner, probably the UK's fastest growing managed solutions provider, increased revenues 6X to £42m in 2020. Highlighted as a Rising Star by CRN, Doug Woodburn interviews the ceo about plans to reach £100m in 2021 

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depot max blood drain storesDepot denies
Staples' stale bid

Sycamore's unspecified
terms; unacceptable play


ODP Corp. (aka Office Depot-OfficeMax)
and Sycamore Partners owned Staples continue to dance around the #SPLODGE merger saga. We can't help feeling Sycamore should just make a realistic offer for their bleeding retail assets and quit before Amazon kills the distracted duo

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Screen Shot 2021 03 14 at 7.00.44 PMDirect to User
trend irresistible

Covid chaos facilitated
fast D2C transformation


Technology has provided tools for original brand makers to transform & nurture direct customer relationships e.g. HP & 3M. This was accelerated by the Covid disruption and disintermediation of normal trading relationships. We explore D2C trends and highlight successful examples and probable weaknesses....

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Screen Shot 2021 03 14 at 4.39.50 PMChina champions
of digital world

ECommerce exceeds 50%
retail. Outpaces US +$2Tn


China's digital transformation would have once seemed unthinkable. For the first time anywhere, a majority of retail sales for an entire country will transact online. EMarketer forecasts that 52.1% of China’s retail will come from ecommerce in 2021. Moreover, new powerful players are emerging to challenge leaders JD.com & Alibaba

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Amazon Bezos Climate PledgeBezos' $10Bn
Climate Pledge

New CEO Steer details
Earth Fund investments


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
plans to spend the $10Bn he invested in the Bezos Earth Fund by 2030, the fund's new CEO Andrew Steer said on Tuesday. Since Bezos announced the fund in February 2020, little has been revealed until now

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tillis jason rob imperial warehouseImperial makes
33rd acquisition

Consolidates strength in
SE/Florida marketplace


Bain Capital 
owned Imperial Dade
, a leading US hygiene & food service distributor announced the acquisition of another South East jan-san specialist based in Miami (FL). The race to consolidate the US hygiene and packaging market is on with Bunzl, FEMSA, Brady and Imperial acquiring regional players almost monthly

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Springer Dan DocusignDocuSign of

digital times

ESignature market fast
superseding paper/scan


Docusign,
the leading electronic signature system provider, reported blockbuster sales in Q4'21. CEO Dan Springer (pic left) believes "we are just scratching the surface & increasingly becoming an essential cloud-software platform for organizations of all sizes"

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Screen Shot 2021 03 11 at 3.14.56 PMPaper retailers'
mass exodus

Store closures accelerate.
Online selection superior


Paper Source
is the latest stationery & greeting card retailer to file for bankruptcy. In recent years Paperchase, Papyrus and Paper Store have all crashed and failed. So what is the future for the greeting card industry? We explore latest trends in consumers' stationery buying behaviour...

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