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Screen Shot 2020 05 13 at 2.57.36 PMDe-Globalization
trend: Yes or no?

Political hype not matched
by brand leaders' practice


The popular political purview is Covid will cause negative changes in global trade & relationships. We discuss the pro & cons of this argument & the actual practice by leading global brands inc. business supply e.g. Apple, Amazon, 3M, Walmart, Costco, Staples & Home Depot.

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Screen Shot 2020 05 12 at 2.46.38 PMThe Race to be
WFH champion 

Goog, FBk, AMZN extend
homeworking until the Fall


As calls grow "to get our country open again,” much of corporate US is in no rush to return employees to their offices. They race, not to be first back, but last. We assess NYTimes David Streitfield's insightful article & the impact on business supply marketing & distribution to fragmented WFH users

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vultures in graveyardC o l d  blooded
Covid casualties

Vulture cap/public owned
distributors top losers' list


Covid is an unprecedented tragedy. The 'perfect storm' of the paperless office, economic slowdown & the pandemic has been OPocalyptic. Looking 'Beyond Covid', who will survive? Already we've seen cold blooded vultures & public owned distributors fail. Who will join them; who will survive and thrive? Updated again today

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Screen Shot 2020 05 10 at 4.13.51 PM#BeyondCovid:
A Touchless future

How online meetings, edu,
telemeds will be delivered


While “touch” has become a potential threat of the Covid pandemic, the term “touchless economy” has entered our lives. Inspired by Tim Wu’s article for NYTimes, we decided to have a closer look at the topic.

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Screen Shot 2020 05 04 at 2.11.38 PMWill Covid kill the
open plan office?

How will offices adapt to
post pandemic behavior?


The modern office is renowned for open, collaborative work spaces, in-house coffee bars and standing desks with room for multi-screen monitors. "Soon, there may be a new must-have perk: the sneeze guard" writes Matt Richtel of NY Times. We discuss and opine on his fascinating insights...

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Refresh strategyLeaner, Cleaner,
Greener future!

#BeyondCovid: Plan for
a lighter, brighter world


As the Covid crisis ravages the world, its tough to look beyond the pandemic. We continue to urge makers & distributors to refresh and plan beyond the OPocalypse. Without question hygiene & safety supplies, packaging, ergonomics & sustainability will be new demand drivers. We explore the opportunities. Updated

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Screen Shot 2020 04 11 at 1.32.12 PMVulture Capital:
virtually extinct?

Covid calls for support.
So, what's happening?


Over the past 10 years vulture capitalists have invaded the fading OP market. Endless, Better Capital, Aurelius, Cerebus, Hilco, Sandton & Sycamore were the leading predators. The tragic Covid pandemic threatens the survival of many small dealers. Will the VC's step up to support or will they abandon ship? We review the situation...Updated again today

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Screen Shot 2020 04 26 at 12.58.24 PMAmazon booms
in biz supplies  

How dominant is US/UK
#1 industrial supplier?


Amazon
is the dominant business supplies distributor in the US/UK. "There’s no denying it, But just how dominant and where has it achieved most success?" We discuss Modern Distribution Management (MDM) writer Nicholas Johnson's insightful article and compare how its OP competition has reacted

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Screen Shot 2020 04 22 at 4.10.15 PMEarth Day #50.

Don't celebrate

it. F i g h t  for It!

From enviro protection
success to death by EPA


50yrs ago, millions of people took protested air and water pollution that was making us sick. Today, millions are sheltering inside to try to stem the spread of the Covid-19 sickness,writes NYTimesDominique Browning. We discuss the damaging role of the EPA

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Screen Shot 2020 04 08 at 12.14.54 PMBeyond  C o v i d
to climate control

Lockdowns, spacing won’t
stop warming. But we can
build a sustainable future


Something strange is happening. Not just the illness and deaths sweeping the planet. Not just lockdowns of business, bars and schools, the hoarding of hygiene supplies, masking up and stay-home orders. Something else is afoot. In China and Italy, the air and canals are now strikingly clean. In Seattle, NY, LA, Chicago & Atlanta, the fog of pollution has lifted. Even global carbon emissions have fallen. We review NYTimes writer Meehan Crist's essay. Updated

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