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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 1.46.38 PMDepot's divide
    & distract deal

    Smudger Smith's schtick:
    'Fiddle while Boca burns'

    Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (ex-Depot-Max) ceo Gerry 'Smudger' Smith, continues to 'shift deckchairs on a sinking ship' with moves aimed to distract from resurrecting a business that has now lost a $1Bn in sales in each year of his 4 year tenure. Now he plans to split Depot in two....??

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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 7.24.23 PMRedefining hybrid
    office workspace

    Google redesigns campus
    for flexibility & Team Pods

    Google has a plan for the future of work including privacy robots and balloon walls. The company that helped popularize open office plans is trying to reinvent workspaces to cope with workplace sensibilities changed by Covid...

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  • Screen Shot 2021 05 02 at 4.13.22 PMWill FTC move to
    defy dark patterns?

    Manipulation machines at
    Amazon trick consumers

    Enforcement against 'dark patterns' has been non-existent by Federal Trade Commission under its rules prohibiting “unfair or deceptive acts.” But  unfair and deceptive acts are hard to identify, precisely as practitioners' intended. When will authorities introduce rules to address these egregious tricks and curtail bad practices?

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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 29 at 11.59.18 AMShopify spurs

    How MCommerce platform
    helps dealers beat Amazon

    the specialist MCommerce platform for business supply dealers & entrepreneurs grew 110% in Q1'21 with 1M+ independent partners. It has reinforced marketing prowess with distribution services. Here are case studies on how it enables brand makers & resellers to compete with Amazon 

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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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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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