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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 24 at 2.05.44 PMThe Paperless,
    O f f i c e l e s s
    Touchless future

    'Less is more' in the new
    #BeyondCovid eco world

    The global Covid lockdown will likely reignite trends that emerged over the past 20 years. The printer 'paperless' plunge; 'officeless' orientation; and now the 'touchless' trend towards higher hygiene & safety. Moreover, a resurgence in sustainability practices to cut carbon emissions; and ironically, greater human touch. We analyse these movements Updated

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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 26 at 4.14.51 PMGlocalisation Up!

    Globalisation down

    Bigger the world economy.
    More power, small players

    In 1994, John Naisbitt wrote the Global Paradox book, that successfully predicted the growth of independent businesses. #Glocalisation paralleled that prediction where products/services were created for global consumption and personalised to suit local culture. This trend is rising thru Covid. We discuss the many successful brand case studies. 

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  • perfect storm clooneyPrint/papermakers
    hit perfect storm

    OPocalypse: Diminished

    Most leading OP, Paper & Print makers have reported severe sales declines in Q1'20 to date. Printer Paper demand is down 60%+ since 2008; the exodus to hygiene and packaging is huge. We analyse the market and update on a daily basis. Updated for Konica Minolta today

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  • Screen Shot 2020 05 19 at 2.29.38 PMThe Office is Dead!
    Long live the office

    Professional identity to be
    lost w/o physical interface?

    "Farewell, office. You were the last boundary between work and home" writes NYTimes columnist Jennifer Senior. "The office shaped identities in ways workers never knew". Yes, the 'Officeless'  trend started 10yrs ago, but the power of physical community & teamwork contact should not be underestimated...Updated

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  • Delivery driver blue lucyHigh order values.

    Low CostToServe 

    Broad biz supply from one
    source drives productivity

    A primary focus for OP dealers has been lowering buying price to achieve GP% improvement. Progressive dealers in broadline business supply have achieved greater success by 2X order values & lowering cost to serve. We highlight examples... Updated

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Screen Shot 2020 05 01 at 11.57.30 AMClorox's cleans
up in Covid crisis

Chemicals maker saved
from recent market losses

Clorox Company, the $6Bn in sales, cleaning brands giant, reported soaring sales in response to Covid stockpiling in March. Sliding bags and wraps' sales trends in 2019 were rescued by high disinfectant demand commented CEO Benno Dorer 

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Screen Shot 2020 02 14 at 4.27.36 PMNewell Brands'
house cracking

Can ex-Max messer Ravi
Saligram reinvent runway?

Newell Brands,
 a leading house of business & consumer brands, continued to report deeply declining sales in Q1'20. Can CEO 'Ridiculous' Ravi Saligram lover of hollow corporate cliches turn it around? Early indications are not promising

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Salmon Tom berry lrBerry acquisition
disguises decline

Protect packaging maker
loses hygiene mkt share

Leading protective packaging maker Berry Global Group reported disappointing Q2'20 organic growth. The $6Bn acquisition of RPC boosted sales and profits hiding underlying weakness in its core business

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long mike arrow lrArrow lost its
spark: sinking?

Global components sales
decline across the board

Arrow Electronics, the $27Bn in sales global provider of IT products, services reported a reversal of steady growth to a serious decline with profits depressed. The CEO Mike Long again seems to be complacent in his commentary

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Bezos Amazon atop mountain

Amazon aces high
in hygiene supply

Covid induced sales boost
bts CRaP trading practices

powerful sales growth accelerated in Q1'20. Business Supplies growth was boosted by WFHome deliveries of 'essentials' inc. tech, hygiene & food supplies. It's CRaP trading policies have taken a back seat, as it responds to immediate demands for its 'first call' broadline services, during the Covid crisis.  

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usui minoru epson sadE p s o n  i n k s
printer plunge

High-cap eco tanks flat
VCom & wearables down

a leading printer and visual presentation products maker continued to decline in all its product categories in Q4'19 ended 31 Mar'20. CEO Minoru Usui (pic left) blamed US tariff frictions and then Covid for market uncertainty.

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cook tim apple iphone6Apple advances

w/healthy apps

Services & Watch surge
offsets weak iPhone/iPads

Apple, the ultimate personal productivity tool designer, reported resilient sales & profits in Q2'20 despite the Covid crisis in China, EU & US. Surging Services & the Apple Watch (stormed to $20Bn+pa sales) offset slower sales of the i-devices. . 

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Screen Shot 2020 04 30 at 11.31.50 AMReckitt  r i s e s 
higher in hygiene 

Huge demand for Dettol,
Lysol, Nurofen & Mucinex

Reckitt Benckiser
, the £15Bn UK based international consumer hygiene & health products giant, reported powerful results spiked by Covid induced demand for sanitisers and cleaning supplies

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loree james stanley toolsStanley stalled in

industrial supply

Tools, storage & security
hit by Covid. New acqs.

Stanley Black & Decker,
the $14Bn tools, storage & OP maker's sales & profits growth declined in Q1'20 primarily caused by Covid. CEO Jim Loree is still positive that innovations in tools inc. Craftsman brand will help recover ground later in the year

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sutton mark IP handsIP: Packaging
flat. Paper crash

Volume slide deepens
with prices falling fast

International Paper,
the leading packaging & papermaker, reported sinking demand for printer papaer in Q1'20. Can complacent CEO Mark Sutton can reinvent IP into a leading international packaging & hygiene powerhouse?

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