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Apple privacy protection

People's privacy
protection a priority

Fakebook faces backlash as
public backs Apple controls


The biggest social media firms eg Facebook have long insisted that consumers care more about free services than the privacy they surrender. They pointed to their exponential growth and said consumers were voting with their feet. "Turns out, that was nonsense" opines NYTimes Greg Bensinger 

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Screen Shot 2021 05 20 at 2.24.15 PMCan SPLS Connect
WFH user market?

Colorless stores, vanilla pvt
label, look pretty brandless


The new 'designer' Staples retail stores are almost 18mos old now. Complete with co-working spaces and podcast studios to complement office basics. How are they doing?  The PP team described the look as grey and soulless, resembling a failed Bed Bath & Beyond attempt? Yes, it's nice, but not 'easy'  if searching for your favourite, colorful original brands 

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hilleard unbalancedState of Industry
Report? Old and
Past-It information

Disconnected Q&A's from
"authoritative sourcebook"

OPI just published its "Latest State of the Industry" report. "The authoritative sourcebook for the business products industry"? In our view Martin Wilde & OPI are soo out of touch with the broadline business supply market, leaders and growth categories. Readers can get the latest, most insightful market trends analysis, by subscribing to Proficiency Post ...Tomorrow's News Today!

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Screen Shot 2021 05 16 at 1.04.26 PMThe office snack
break went home

Food giants Pepsi, Nestle &
MDLZ scored but start-up
F2Biz innovators suffered

Covid devastated the breakroom business supplies market for coffee, beverages and snacks. The major brand makers benefited by pivoting quickly to the WFH retail market but start up innovators of healthy snacks have suffered on the sidelines....

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Screen Shot 2021 05 15 at 1.44.29 PMProductivity watch
for hybrid working?

Surveillance an unwelcome
intrusion v trust & privacy


Software can track workers’ keystrokes, mouse movements, and website visits; screenshots can check attentiveness all in the name of productivity. However, this 'quantity' measure pales in comparison to the 'quality' of results motivated by trust and ownership....

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Screen Shot 2021 05 14 at 1.41.28 PMAmazon Unbound!
Bezos unbelievable

Rise of most user centric
but, partner scorning icon


"To Understand Amazon, We Must Understand Jeff Bezos" In his portrait of Amazon, Brad Stone shows how success has become increasingly a function of its ability to wield its enormous scale against potential rivals. We review his latest book highlighting Bezos' huge strengths and weaknesses....

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Screen Shot 2021 05 13 at 12.06.47 PMInflation fueled
price liberation

High demand for hygiene,
packaging outstrips supply


Rising prices for lumber & pulp reflect rising demand meeting a supply shortage that cannot be immediately increased. Supply chains are creaking after a year of relative inactivity in paper related industries, semiconductor chips, furniture and equipment markets, exacerbated by an acute shipping container shortage. How long before a correction?

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Screen Shot 2021 05 11 at 1.03.18 PMPulpFriction pump
prntr paper prices

Hygiene & packaging pivot;
+ huge container shortage,
threaten office & edu mkts


Paperless offices & schools? The return to normal working in corp offices and classrooms may face an acute shortage of paper if current supply trends continue. Paper prices are set to soar driven by huge demand for pulp used in the hot hygiene and packaging markets. The acceleration of the digital office and schools is nigh!

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Smith Gerry Depot BizarroODP specious ceo
Smith goes Bizarro!

Prez trappings: ChiefofStaff
expose BS reality showman


You could not make this stuff up! Remember, Steve Odland's reign at Office Depot (2005-10)? We thought no ceo could be more dishonest? Now the current ceo Gerry 'Smudger' Smith's 4 year reign at newly contrived ODP Corp has proved even more deceitful & delusional. Smith's BS arrogance has gone Bizarro!

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Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 1.46.38 PMDepot's divide
& distract deal

'Bizarro' Smith's schtick:
'Fiddle while Boca burns'


Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (ex-Depot-Max) ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith, continues to 'shift deckchairs on a sinking ship' with moves aimed to distract from resurrecting a business that has now lost a $1Bn in sales in each year of his 4 year tenure. Now he plans to split Depot in two....??

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