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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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deception masters darkThe masters

of hyperbole

Q2'15 Results Preview.
Who/What to suspect


Analysis of Q2'15 financial results start this week and grow in intensity thru' early August. What do we expect and who'll be the usual suspects of hype and deception? Later today

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Sauropod cybersecurityCybersecurity
S a u r o p o d s

Planes, hospitals & power
grids...most vulnerable...


As we continue toward complete connectivity with all devices and networks linked to the web, it's evident that much established technology can no longer keep up. Cybersecurity risks are rising...

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schultz starbux spkingStarbux steers
minority hiring

'100,000 opportunities
initiative' ko in Chicago

Starbucks chief Howard Schultz
is teaming up with more than a dozen companies in a commitment to increase hiring of young, minority workers over the next three years.

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kelley brian keurig screwKeurig killing
itself quickly

Is ex-Coke chief choking

coffee king pretakeover?

US coffeemaker Keurig Green Mountain has lost 5.5% in market cap in the past week; 47% YTD. Investors, dealers & customers are unhappy with its deceptive screw ups.

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amazon sumo giant v WMTAmazon Primes
WMart wake-up

Will Staples/Depot copy
business market leader?

WalMart is taking on Amazon with a rival 'rollbacks' sale to match the etailer's Prime Day on Wednesday. Will Staples and Office Depot follow?

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XPD teamXPD/OfficePoint
regain compass

Langdown ouster allows
group originals to return

All change at XPD/Office Point recently, with the departure of David Langdown and return of co-founder David Whittaker & Co. Complete.

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Buying Groups ostriches head in sandDisconnected...

Group's ageing agenda
leaves dealers lagging
in race to reach Lucy


Most OP dealer groups today are in disarray, losing dealers & managers. The pace accelerated in 2015 as failure to invest in CRM/emarketing & web design has left members well behind market leaders... Updated

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martin geoff CCLCCL molds FAB
labels alliance

Joint venture to build
new plant in Memphis

CCL Industries (owner of Avery) leader in specialty label and packaging solutions, has signed an partnership agreement with Korsini from Turkey

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kalanick0travis uber pointsUber $41Bn
IPO imminent

Easy ride sharer nears
Blue Chip FedEx value!


Ride-hailing behemoth Uber has been valued at $41 billion, making it one of the most valuable private tech companies in the world.

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Wholesaler leaders 2015Wholesalers'
Wave is U P!

HY Review: Growth in
FM, FAB, tech & Furn.


"Wholesalers may die, but the wholesaler role lives forever", so said godfather of OP wholesaling, United's founder Howard Wolf back in the 80's. So true, even if they have struggled in recent years for real growth. Now that's all changing...interviews updated

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