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Screen Shot 2019 06 20 at 3.58.19 PMFamed French
Connections

Market leaders' moves:
Lyreco, Fiducial & DBO


The European OP market has been slow to transition to business supplies. Product ranges are too narrow, with 'cherry-picking' moves in tech, hygiene, safety, foodservice & packaging; plus service levels at least 5 years behind the US. We look at each market starting w/France

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clorox woman shelfLysol,Clorox wiped
clean out of stock

Shelves empty w/demand
for disinfectant 4X'19 sales


As Covid resurges, so demand for disinfectants has soared. Leading retailers Walmart, Costco & Target; together with Amazon, Staples, Depot & WBMason report out of stocks from leading brands Clorox & Lysol. What's the latest situation?

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Amazon Van QuarterizedDon’t let AMZN
get any bigger?

Damning congressional
report makes case to
break up Bezos’ empire


Many credit Amazon’s enormous power to genius creator Jeff Bezos. He's built a logistics operation that's superior to rivals UPS, FedEx & USPS in delivery to consumers. Amazon's the #1 broadline business supplier; Alexa the dominant voice activation system; AWS the leading cloud provider; plus powerful advertising and Original movie producer. Time to break it up opines NYTimes' Stacy Mitchell. Updated

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Screen Shot 2020 04 02 at 2.12.10 PM#BeyondCovid:
How tech shapes
the future of work

A WFH/remote first culture
will transform industries


“We’re all in this together. For the past 6 months, this has been the message around the world. Governments say it in the press; Businesses advertise it; People say it on social media. But unfortunately, “We’re all in this together” is only the beginning of a long road ahead. A sense of normalcy may not happen until late 2021 writes SAP's Siddharth Taparia. We discuss.... Updated

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tatham alex westcoast 17Tech's top WFH
market sellers

As PPE demand peaks
personal productivity
tools power upwards


WFH execs, employees & students weren’t spending as much on mice or keyboards during Covid, but USB cameras and PC headsets became the hot items, according to the NPD Group. We discuss latest market reports and trends with Europe's leading IT wholesaler Westcoast MD Alex Tatham 

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Screen Shot 2020 09 27 at 4.20.45 PMCollaboration lifts
w/remote reaches

Productivity boosted by
random zoom discussion


There’s not a lot of feelgood factors on WFH/remote teams. No co-workers chat in hallways or breakrooms; can’t say good morning as you pass someone’s desk. But, reaching out to someone you don't know is difficult. Zapier shows how....

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walmart pickup tower 1Walmart's wishful
transformation?

Beyond TikTok, can old
click & collect model rival
Amazon's delivery speed?

 
Walmart’s planned investment in TikTok is being called “transformative.” Another analyst predicted the deal could “redefine retail”. But how? It's years behind Amazon in broadline supply, speed of delivery, webstore design and user collaboration inc. home entertainment. We discuss NYTimes Michael Corkery's article...

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Screen Shot 2020 09 23 at 2.17.20 PMRethinking the
return to work

CEO's consider hybrid WFH
-corporate office balance


With a second Covid wave and lockdown threatening: 'Do we as employers now have a different responsibility?' asks TechData' UK CEO David Watts. We discuss including other leading business supply market CEO's views on the dilemma

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bt brand pretense? 

Daymon lists 5 Keys to
success in new normal


Private brand consultant Daymon has issued a White Paper explaining how consumer behaviour has shifted during Covid. It advises ways private label resellers can address these fundamental changes moving forward. What are these fundamental changes? It appears the consultant's paper borders on self serving propaganda?

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'Screen Shot 2020 05 24 at 1.57.24 PMOffice is where
you are' shift rolls

Richer remote workers run
to resorts to escape cities 


With many companies from the tech-heavy SF Bay Area embracing remote work, the towns surrounding Lake Tahoe's sprawling freshwater lake are becoming a refuge for Silicon Valley’s elite. The migration has transformed the region to a crowdwd tourist resort. A similar wave is occurring in NY, New England and leading European cities

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