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Screen Shot 2020 03 22 at 1.46.11 PMAmazon's next
$Bn business?

Go...Just Walk checkout
free shopping s u r g e s


Amazon
announced its checkout-free technology would be available to any retailer that wants it. Coined "Just Walk Out", the service tracks customers throughout a store, if they pick up an item, leave with it, they are billed. No cashiers, no interaction, just go!

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Screen Shot 2020 03 19 at 1.39.09 PMBuybacks v
B a i l  O u t s?

Greedy or Needy?
Can share purchase
plans be justified now?


Veritiv
, the tailspinning US #1 paper merchant just announced a share buy back plan at a time when sales & profits were crashing pre CV. Meanwhile, many corporations are calling for bail out support from government as survival becomes their priority. How do they reconcile this greed with the CV pandemic about to explode across the US?

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Screen Shot 2020 03 17 at 8.25.12 PMFacemasks: a
must or minor?

Surgeon General misled
people over protection?


"Why US government telling people you don’t need masks backfired" writes Dr. Zeynep Tufekci in NY Times. To help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy. She lists reasons why masks work based on the successful practices 

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WB customer intimacy heartCoronavirus Alert!

Starbux & Mason's
rapid response

Grab & Go, home delivery,
higher hygiene & spacing

 

Last month we highlighted the Starbucks & WBMason user experiences as the ultimate role models of personalized productivity. Today we highlight the same duo as first responders to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their dynamic leadership and customer intimacy principles are shining examples of how agility and flexibility can help consumers in crisis. 

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Screen Shot 2020 03 15 at 6.44.44 PMCorps put profits
pre public health 

Coronavirus pandemic still
underestimated by Govt?


"As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates, people's health interest requires employers to abandon their longstanding resistance to paid sick leave especially in the food service industry" writes the NY Times Editorial Board. We discuss their findings...

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Screen Shot 2020 03 10 at 3.01.40 PMNewell Brands:
a Zombie case?

Debt load decreasing but
income growth inadequate


House of OP brands Newell entered an expensive & fateful $19Bn merger with Jarden in Dec'15. Ever since there's been furious activity to sell off asets to pay off the $10Bn debt. Then CEO Mike Polk has gone to be replaced by ex-Max messer Ravi Saligram. How can it survive? 

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Facts post truthThe most important
W e b  D e s i g n
T r e n d  of 2020

Combatting misinfo' in BIG
Data & social media world


It’s no secret that we’ve entered a “post-truth” era, with myriad instances of deep fakes, misinformation campaigns, gaining viral traction and shaping the decision-making of millions — all too often driven by prominent leaders. One of the biggest web design trends of 2020 will be designing truth.

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Screen Shot 2020 03 12 at 2.30.01 PMCoronavirus: Your
9 Point Checklist:

How to protect your people
and keep business running



The business world was caught off guard by Covid-19 pandemic. According to a report by Dun & Bradstreet, 94% of Fortune 1,000 companies are experiencing supply chain delays—not to mention workplace absences, lower productivity, travel cutbacks, and reduced trade and investment. Bloomberg's Arianne Cohen has produced a 9pt checklist for businesses

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Screen Shot 2019 07 22 at 4.02.57 PM#WATCH Out!
W a r n  C E O's

Stockmarket froth belies
consumer demand slide


Proficiency Index
analysis of Q4'19 financial reports to date, confirm consumer & business supply brand sales growth declined for the 6thQ running (w/exceptions eg P&G, Costco, Starbux, Apple). Yet stockmarket euphoria has belied the slowdown & CEO's cooling confidence e.g. #WATCH retailers (WMT, AMZN, Target, Costco, HDepot). We analyse results to date.. inc Target today

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dealer broken bridgePaper & HyPac
distribution wars

Consolidation M&A's drive
race to rescue. Who wins?


The spate of acquisitions activity in the paper, hygiene, safety and packaging supplies distribution market has accelerated in recent years led by Bunzl. CNG and Imperial Dade. We review the market turmoil with new category growth balanced by plunging printer paper demand. Who will be the winners & losers? Updated

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