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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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Frost on Boston snowF r o s t  B i t e s
Favourites 2020

Review of Best & Worst
critical events & stories


This has been a crazy, tragic year for the business supply market. Every cloud has a silver lining. We believe major 2020's trends have accelerated towards a better World: inc. #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Spotless #Bigless #Wasteless #Carbonless etc. 

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Screen Shot 2020 12 19 at 12.37.51 PMFakebook attacks
Apple authenticity

Tone deaf Zuck & Co claim
"standing up" for small biz


Facebook's 
Mark Zuckerberg is taking the gloves off in his feud with Apple chief Tim Cook. It's opposed to changes Apple has made to protect personal privacy and ironically would support an antitrust complaint v the iPhone maker. You couldn't make this stuff up!?

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Screen Shot 2020 12 13 at 5.10.42 PMCovid cure case
study from SKorea

Blueprint: Mask mandate;
test, test; high tech tracing


South Korea’s successful approach of regimented masking, aggressive testing, and high-tech contact tracing is a blueprint for the US, UK and other democracies. "Take Covid seriously, respect peoples' space and your own" write Business Week's Matthew Campbell and Heesu Lee. We analyse their study...

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