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Staples RED HERRING#SPLODGE

IMPOSSIBLE

Frantic FTC talks, a fake
protection front to keep
98% contract mkt control

 

Everyday now there seems to be renewed attempts by Staples & Office Depot executives to justify the merger. The latest $600m concession to the FTC is a 'red herring' diversion. We spoke with insiders...

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unicorn fortuneU n i c o r n s
U n p l u g g e d

Inside stories on $1Bn
start-ups in biz supply


There are more start ups valued at $1Bn+ today than during the 'internet bubble' 15 years ago. Many are forecasting a crash, but here are a few in the office space that look resilient

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Gazelle leaps bigboxBIG doesn’t matter in...

The Age of the
Agile ‘Gazelles’

Flexible, low-cost locals
to leap bigbox dinosaurs

 

Buying Groups mantra e.g. BPGI is BIG matters most. We disagree. In the new web world: ‘low-cost to serve’ is more important. Small resellers can be more beautiful if they adopt a progressive, user-friendly market approach...

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disconnected dealer2H U G E  dealer
d i s c o n n e c t!

80% buying decisions
made by Lucys. 80% of
Lucy's don't know you

 

After 500+ OP dealers assembled in Orlando for the ECi Connect conference we highlight the growing disconnect between the majority business supplies buyers e.g. typically Lucy, and OP dealers reps.

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staples depot train crashSPLODGE move
waits for Godot?

Staples/ODP down 20%
as FTC delay decision

 

Seeking Alpha analyst Doyle Publishing takes a critical view of both Staples and Office Depot regardless of the improbable merger...

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Web Ad targettingPermission-less
web-ads intrude

ReCode's Walt Mossberg
on targeting pros & cons


Lately, there’s been an uproar over web advertising. Ever since Apple made ad blocking on the mobile web much easier in its latest version of iOS, there has been a deluge of commentary...

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Screen Shot 2015 11 11 at 18.34.30Depot dances
with the D'elves

Xmas comes early for
Chainsaw & Choppers


Office Depot, the beleaguered bigbox, has paused its disintegration drive for some holiday fun. We capture some of the action in its 'Gear up for Gifting' trivial pursuit

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BIGPIG2New BPGI chair.
Anyone care?

Dinosaur buying group's
agenda not relevant now

 

Integra's CEO Aidan McDonagh has been appointed chairman of BPGI. In the Post-OP era how relevant is a buying group, when dealers need support to expand business supply marketing?

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Lucy mobile montage v3Mobile Myopia!

60% Amazon sales via
mobile. Yet dealers show
low interest to upgrade?


Next week ECi Software will hold its Connect conference in Orlando showcasing latest mobile webstore programs e.g. Admiral. However, few are taking seriously the need to compete with Amazon...

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barnett ralphRalph Barnett:

Bandwagon

Broadcaster? 

Asks: Is Amazon doomed
to fail in Business supply?


This was the OPI headline the other day? Author Ralph Barnett's head must be in his 'e-Soup' given that giant etailer is #1 reseller/wholesaler in business supplies and growing at an accelerating 32%. Wishful thinking?

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