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Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 2.19.08 PMBrand price power
boosts high profits 

Is price hikes wave justified
by input cost increases?


Last year, the transportation duopoly, UPS & FedEx, raised prices in concert by an average of 13%, with no extra cost justification. Now major consumer brands like P&G, Kimberly Clark + papermakers are implementing  price hikes which inevitably secondary brands will follow. Meanwhile most hygiene & distribution brands report record profits?

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Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 3.01.12 PMEconomic rebound
takes different path

Boom in WFH tech, hygiene
& furn offsets corp decline

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"The recovery is profoundly unequal across sectors, unbalanced in ways that have big implications for businesses and workers" writes NYTimes columnist Neil Irwin. We analyse the winners and losers following a catastrophic Covid crunched year.... 

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Screen Shot 2021 04 05 at 1.33.12 PMPrivacy principle
pokes pomposity

Fakebook's furious faux
outrage v authentic Apple 


NYimes'
columnist Kara Swisher interviewed Apple's ceo Tim Cook earlier this month about current big issues. High on the agenda was the call to revise Section 230 that protects platforms like Facebook from liability for the content posted on its website. We revisit the story and discuss the ongoing feud

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Screen Shot 2021 04 27 at 1.13.46 AMHow to design
the hybrid office

Balancing WFH flexibility
w/central base practice


Many companies see the appeal of combining office life with work-from-home (WFH) flexibility. How to strike the right balance can be less clear. Academics from MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford University provide their views on how to best facilitate hybrid working...

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AMAZONIFICATION Bezos squashing RESELLER brandsAMZNIFICATION!
Pseudo partners?

Strong arming vendors to
share pvt data & misuse


More evidence is emerging on how Amazon strong-arms vendor partners using its marketplace platform. The giant etailer dominates business supplies, cloud computing, digital ads & VA speakers. Now Godzilla compels vendors in one market to engage with it in others, thereby threatening their brand's viability. We analyze...

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Screen Shot 2021 04 18 at 7.47.41 PMThe uneven rise of
healthy workplaces

Office workers get cleaner
air; but blue collar less safe

"While office buildings are getting cleaner air, work environments whose shortcomings were exposed by Covid are in danger of being left behind" writes Courtney Humphries in today's Boston Globe. We discuss examples in business supply market e.g Amazon 

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Screen Shot 2021 04 16 at 3.53.33 PMRoaring Twenties
repeat or retreat?

US Economy's exuberant
mood. China charging up!


Are we in for a second 'Roaring Twenties'? You might think so, given countless comments suggesting we've entered an exuberant decade echoing 100yrs ago. Meanwhile, China is charging ahead with double-digit growth and expected to overtake the US economy soon...

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Icahn chainsaw carlPrinter OEM's
divest to dealers

Xerox & Co lead covert
retreat from D2C service


The D2C marketing trend by original brandmakers is hot right now.
However, the reverse is true in the declining copy & print vendor market. Started by Ricoh 2-3yrs back, Xerox followed last year, now Konica is handing over branches to large dealers. Is the silent exodus motivated by cost reduction and cutting out small local dealers? Later today, sorry

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Lucy WFH 20 lrHybrid WFH world
heightens women's
purchasing power

Worklife confluence trends
stress home style designs


As business optimism grows looking #BeyondCovid, attention turns to how suppliers will adapt to the new hybrid WFH/central office world. Yes, marketing and delivery will need to pivot towards consumers (B2U) and 'cost-to-serve' will increase, but will resellers shift focus towards the ever increasing power of women decision makers? We explore...

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bezos jeff amzn driverAmazon Biz sales 
grossly devalued

Classification excls Direct-
to-User supply since 2006


Amazon Business
 last month released annual sales numbers trending at $25Bn worldwide. Based on PPSources we believe these figures hugely underestimate total business supplies GMV inc Micro/SMB's, since it started back in 2006. Now Bank of America is jumping on the baloney bandwagon.... 

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