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  • Beacham Wayne SPR ABC12Will ODP Federate
    or frustrate Dlers?

    Will angst over wholesalers'
    plans fuel acquisition drive?


    Beleaguered
    Office Depot
    made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

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  • vulture staples removerStaples stokes up
    supplier #STRESS

    Combined buying squeeze
    expected to gain $250m

     
    As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is what savings will be invested in dealer competitiveness and how much pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

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  • Lucy mobile montage v3What Lucy wants
    in business supply

    Mobile webstores, One click,
    human personal service
    Light, more hygienic offices


    Proficiency Index's 15th Annual Businesswomen Buying Survey, primarily users (typically Lucy) with executive power, is more valuable than ever. It provides even greater insight into the latest trends in mobile shopping for business.....Report on Monday

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  • commodity cliffPapermakers'
    protectionist
    hype persists 

    'High capacity' rhetoric
    unbelievably ridiculous


    The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked to the rafters. Now with demand sliding are the domestic makers propagating near capacity limits to boost another price increase claim? On Monday inc latest papermakers reports

     

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  • johnsen walt nyse smileA c m e United
    loses sharpness

    Shifts focus to safety
    tools & First-aid kits


    Acme United
    today announced slower sales growth in Q2'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into first aid & safety products....

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Screen Shot 2018 11 06 at 4.03.00 PMBrandmakers' TV
ad campaigns

Productivity, wellness &
refreshment the clear focus


Brandmakers in the business supply space are raising their game to reach Lucy, typically the main decision maker at home and in the office. We review the TV ad campaigns of Varidesk, Fellowes, Keurig & Best Buy. Updated 




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lucy buying mobile rlBrand image: 
Why so crucial?

Benefits of Fashionable,
Authentic, Memorable &
Ethical marketing strategy


Progressive resellers are getting the importance of brand design. More and more are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ images, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best of 2018 brand marketing that appeals to the majority user chooser, Lucy.... Updated




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lucy business bike RLBrand image
What's a name?

Benefits of Fashionable,
Authentic, Memorable, and
Ethical marketing strategy


Progressive dealers are getting the importance of brand design. More and more are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ images, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips and stationery. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best of 2017 brand marketing...Updated




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Reseller logos Feb 2016Brand image 
What's a name?

Benefits of Fashionable,
Attractive, Memorable,
Evocative logo designs


Progressive dealers are getting the importance of brand image. More and more are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ look, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips and stationery. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best for 2015/16 to date... tomorrow, sorry




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reseller-brand-logos-2013FAME Index

Best brand

designs 2014

Review of US & UK resellers’

images, logos and straplines 

 

18 Dec’14

At last progressive dealers are getting the importance of brand image. More and more are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ look, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips and stationery. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best for 2014 (2013 pic left)...later today




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ads-good-bad-uglyFAME INDEX

Disadvantage
Advertising!

Why do office marketers persist
with deceptive messages and
lifeless, funeral parlor imagery?

6 Aug’14 (Updated)
As keen students of the office market we take delight in the direction of lighter, brighter and whiter, open collaborative and productive workspaces. Unfortunately, many furniture and accessory maker marketers don’t get it, yet…




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beyond-paperclipFAME Index

P u r g e  the
p a p e r c l i p!

Stop the last century look
that trivializes your brand 

 

26 May’14 (Complete)

We love paperclips as much as any dealer, but the time has come to look beyond products that increase overheads, towards office productivity tools and services that cut customers costs. Therefore, pull the 'paperclip' from your logo look...




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reseller-brand-logos-2013F A M E  Index

Best brand
designs 2013

Review of US & UK resellers’
images, logos and straplines


19 Dec’13
At last progressive dealers are getting the importance of brand image. More are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ look, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips and stationery. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best for 2013...Ratings complete, review follows



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Yell-brandFAME Index

Meaningless
marketing case

UK’s YELL rebrands itself
as instantly forgettable ‘hibu’

 

24 May’12

YELL Group the Yellow Pages UK directory publisher has committed one of the cardinal sins in marketing. It paid major money to a big branding agency, which goes to prove that even experts lack common sense…




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Dell-do-more-entrepreneurFAME Index

Do more with Dell

Spend less time on paperwork
and more time with…

 

24 Oct’11

Last June, Dell launched a new $80 million ad campaign designed to broaden its image from PC maker to full-service IT solutions provider. The timing was perfect given HP’s self-inflicted implosion…




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Will Depot Federate or fragment dealers?

Beacham Wayne SPR ABC12Will ODP Federate
or frustrate Dlers?

Will angst over wholesalers'
plans fuel acquisition drive?


Beleaguered
Office Depot
made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

Read More...

Staples stokes up supplier #STRESS

vulture staples removerStaples stokes up
supplier #STRESS

Combined buying squeeze
expected to gain $250m

 
As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is what savings will be invested in dealer competitiveness and how much pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

Read More...

Papermakers protectionist propaganda persists

commodity cliffPapermakers'
protectionist
hype persists 

'High capacity' rhetoric
unbelievably ridiculous


The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked to the rafters. Now with demand sliding are the domestic makers propagating near capacity limits to boost another price increase claim? On Monday inc latest papermakers reports

 

Read More...

Dealers decision time dilemma

Screen Shot 2019 06 25 at 2.31.10 PMDealers' decision
day dilemma: sell,
merge or invest?

How wholesalers hold key
to biz supply growth plans

 
Back in 1994, the OP wholesalers led the stockless dealer drive that fuelled the expansion of single source supplier success. Now with uncertainty surrounding wholesalers' future, its decision making time for dealers. We explore the options available for those who are committed to becoming broadline business suppliers. Updated

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Logistics leaders lead slowdown

Screen Shot 2019 07 15 at 12.08.02 PMLogistics leaders
lead slowdown 

UPS, FedEx, XPO, JBHunt
CSX deliveries demand flat


Q2'19 results season is upon us with consumer & business supplies' brand CEO's expected to report a further slowdown that started in Q3'18. Leading laggards are the logistics giants including FedEx, JBHunt, XPO, CSX & UPS. We preview the trends....Updated

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Paperless drive paused by protectionists

paper clogged office'Paperless' paused
by protectionists

Paper group force promo
change from 'Greenwash' 
even w/environment harm

 

Big businesses have removed or changed their messaging since the inception of pro-paper campaign group Two Sides in 2008. Accused of 'greenwash' those promoting a  paperless comms future based on greater speed, efficiency and carbon emission reduction should be regroup and focus on the positives of digital comms. 

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Is Amazon screwing you on Prime Day?

Screen Shot 2019 07 14 at 1.14.36 PMWill AMZN Prime
Day screw you?

Fast Company say Sale
event is a consumers con 


The ads are incessant for Prime Day, Amazon’s two-day shopping event for members only, July 15 and 16. Perhaps you even caught the live-streamed Taylor Swift concert that kicked off the festivities. Fast Company's Mark Wilson reckons its a con. We discuss his case....

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Facebook FTC fine a slap on the wrist

zuckerberg mark facebook handFakebook fine a
'slap on the wrist' 

$5B penalty pales comp/w
Google $22B for less crime


The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has agreed to a $5bn settlement with Facebook over it's deceitful use of private data. e.g. selling info to Microsoft. 'Fakebook' even violated a firewall & budgeted the penalty precisely. Who's Zucking who?

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Newell Brands beyond nervous

Screen Shot 2018 09 17 at 7.08.34 PMNewell Brands in
never never land

What's latest w/Sharpie
& Rubbermaid assets?


The collapse of the Newell house of brands post the disastrous $16Bn Jarden acquisition in 2016 continues. The uncertainty hanging over the heads of executives leading valuable assets is palpable. What's next for brands like Rubbermaid, Papermate/Sharpie, Dymo, Elmers? We discuss.... later today

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SPOT Group 2018 Financial Review

Moulton jon terminatorCan SPOT stop
the bleeding?

Will Vulture Better Capital
terminate or divest the dog


Vulture capitalist Better Capital owner of SPOT, the mongrel mix of Spicers & Officeteam, has reported 2018 financial results. As expected it continued to bleed losses from mismanagement of a dealer group contract and huge paper price increases. Surely, CEO Jon Moulton (pic left) will terminate its tortuous tenure soon?

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