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Screen Shot 2019 09 05 at 12.48.48 PMDepot's Cheesy
BTS Commercial

Shakespearian servility take
shows customer arrogance


The Back to School TV ads season has peaked. The best commercial by far we feel is the Target campaign. The worst undoubtedly Office Depot's ridiculous attempt to play a Shakespearian actor serving a school girl with pens. Cheeeeeeesy in the extreme!

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lucy bike mobileMillennials make
most mobile buys

Shopping survey states the
obvious trend for all ages


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survey also finds millennials (under 40yrs) make 36% of their total purchases using mobile devices, up 20% from 2017. Plus, 64% of the millennial online shoppers make half or more or their online purchases from Amazon. We analyse the survey and draw some broader conclusions....

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AmazonBezos cash tapheadAmazon's CRaP
strategy exposed

Growth peaks? Lost control
of store? Pvte label bent?
One source, multi-delivery?


Amazon
has disproved the theory that trees don't grow the sky. However, the strategy evolving over the past year indicates a weakening of its rapid growth momentum. The customer centric champion is showing signs of maximising short term profits at consumers' and vendors' expense. We discuss...Updated 

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collaborative oofice bikeRemote workers
o u t d o  office
based workers?

Cynical studies show lack
of focus hits productivity


Inc.
magazine research reported by Brian de Haaff maintains that remote/home based workers outperform office based workers & even create better teamwork? This flies in the face of a greater need for collaboration, closer communication & cultural team building drives. Updated

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Screen Shot 2019 08 23 at 1.07.48 PMAmazon loses
control of store 

A 'Flea Market' of 000's of
fake, banned & unsafe stuff


Just like web giants e.g. Facebook & Google that have failed to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police 3rd party resellers on its webstore WSJ investigates and we comment on its business supplies offer 

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Screen Shot 2019 05 23 at 12.01.47 PMPrintmkrs plunge.

Will they reinvent?

Japanese brandmakers all
report steep volume drops


All the Japanese printermakers viz. Canon, Epson, Konica, Kyocera, Ricoh & Brother continued to report serious demand declines. Few have successfully converted to new digital market opportunities. We discuss the future.... Updated for HP & Lenovo results today

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Screen Shot 2019 08 20 at 12.32.14 PMPut Employees 
& Customers first

Top CEO's say shareholder
value no longer everything


CEO's from the Business Roundtable, including the leaders of Apple, Amazon argued that companies must invest in employees and deliver value to customers in pursuit of greater shareholder value. We discuss a NYTimes article by David Gelles and David Yaffe-Bellany

 

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Screen Shot 2019 03 04 at 11.56.31 AMRecession Risk?
Retailers retreat

Consumer confidence set
to move into reverse gear


The US Administration & supporting media continue to promote a strong economy. This runs contrary to CEO reports from leading consumer staples makers & slowdown in growth of major retailers since Q3'18. Are we set for a continued demand slowdown or recession? We discuss... Updated today

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Screen Shot 2018 12 04 at 12.04.07 PMMarket is about
Hygiene Harry,
not Jansan Joe

Time dealers stepped up
from commodity selling


Over the past 25yrs OP dealers have graduated to the FM supplies market via JanSan supplies. Their 'cherry picking' commodity pricing approach has largely failed. Time to shift to a specialist hygiene & safety supplies service, exemplified best by progressive resellers. We discuss their successes....Updated

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Screen Shot 2019 08 19 at 12.48.36 PMT r u s t  m e.... 
I'm Mac Book

Microsoft's low level
ad attack on Apple


Microsoft's latest Surface TV ad makes a pointed attack on the Apple iPad. These rivals have a history of sniping each other but the latest dodgy 'Mac Book' character stoops very low indeed...

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