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Productivity to lucyThe Productivity
Paradox puzzles

How WFH skew metrics.
Industrial stats redundant
in a flexible work economy


Productivity stats in US & Europe accelerated in the 2020 Depression...how and why? As we've reported repeatedly over the past 10yrs+, industrial productivity measures are redundant in the 'Information' economy where workers input hours are immeasurable, especially now, in the 'WFH/Officeless' hybrid world. In truth, productivity has been rising strongly throughout the web inspired economy. We discuss... 

 

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Depot brain washDepot directors'
diversionary denial

Appoints shareholder amid
'MaxB2B' growth charade


Beleagured bigbox ODP Corp (Depot/Max) just announced the appointment of an executive from a major VC shareholder HG Vora Capital to its board. Why? The chair's statement points to intensifying its "leading, integrated B2B provider" ambitions. Nonsense....

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Screen Shot 2021 01 22 at 6.38.12 PMMinimum Wage

Case for $15/hr

Higher pay, high quality?
Lower pay, low quality?


President Biden's call, as part of his economic recovery plan, is to increase minimum wage to $15/hr. This has sparked huge debate in business circles between the positives, championing higher quality growth; and the negatives, citing higher costs that damage competitiveness. We discuss with case studies...

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staples depot train crashDepot diverts SPLS
to retail retreats...

Prefers Max B2B strategy
& Compucom forfeit sale 


Beleaguered bigbox
Office Depot
has responded to 'vulture' Sycamore Partners, parent of Staples, $2.1Bn takeover offer with an expected rejection. By interpolation, we feel a simple offer by Staples for Depot's run down retail store portfolio may be the best deal for both parties. Here's why...

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disconnected dealers lucyDis-con-nec-ted

dealers in danger

Transactional OP resellers
exposed by hygiene MSP's


Trad OP dealers focused on transactional office supplies are in grave danger during the perfect storm attack of Covid, Amazon and WFH/officeless trends. Tech resellers & hygiene supply specialists aka managed service providers (MSP's) that offer customers single source productivity solutions are winning. Time to reinvent or retire? Updated

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Jones Andrew OTGroupParagon pursuing
predator's path?

OTGroup replaces Horne
with unqualified leaders


First vulture capitalist Better Capital appointed incompetent buy-side managers for its failed mongrel mix SPOT (SPicers/OTeam) and now post collapse, acquirer Paragon under the OTGroup aegis, maybe copying its example, with supply side, bigbox style managers unsuited to growing the business supply direct or wholesale business....

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Screen Shot 2019 02 12 at 12.06.34 PMWhy would SPLS
sell Depot's BSD?

Retail consolidation plans
flag vulture short-termism


Staples
$2.1Bn bid for Office Depot states a preference for Compucom to be chopped; and its business supply division (BSD) to be divested post deal. Why? Do they seriously believe the FTC will block, in the new Amazon business supply dominated era? Or is it just playing a charm offensive to facilitate easier approval? Either way, we expect the greedy Depot board to deny the deal

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Screen Shot 2021 01 06 at 1.59.27 PMO/workers' post
Covid options?

Future of offices when
workers have a choice


"Some offices in central employment districts may become housing, and some housing in residential areas may become work spaces" writes NYTimes' Dror Poleg. Some large employers are already experimenting with satellite offices in the suburbs of cities in which they already have a downtown headquarters. How will the future shape up? 

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Swisher Kara Recode 21Top tech trends
advance 10yrs

TWTR, FBk, Apple, AMZN
drive towards an Ecoworld


"Goodbye toxic Tweets! And other Predictions for 2021" by NYTimes' Kara Swisher. Covid forced the kind of work experimentation that would have taken a decade otherwise. We review and comment on her outlook

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Lucy WFH 20 lr"WFH boom is
here to stay"?

Companies get ready
to cut & localize pay


The office job has evolved rapidly during the last 9 months' Covid lockdown. Work from Home (WFH)! Live anywhere! Take a pay cut? BusinessWeek writer Noah Buhayar discusses how the pandemic migration could reshape the US economy. We add our comments

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