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Screen Shot 2021 08 30 at 1.48.15 AMBack to School,

Back to Office?

Big biz putting squeeze
on workers for Sept return


Big British & International corporations e.g. BT, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds are pushing employees to return to offices in September. Latest research shows that currently less than 30% of pre Covid employee numbers have returned to offices. Moreover, most surveyed employees prefer a hybrid working schedule of 3 days office/2 days WFH. We discuss...

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Screen Shot 2021 08 26 at 5.14.17 PMLexmark joins CO2
neutral pretenders

Print vendor pledges to cut
emissions -62% by 2035?

 
Lexmark has become the latest print vendor to commit to a low-carbon future, setting itself a 2035 deadline to reach carbon neutrality. Membership of the 'Print Pretenders Bandwagon' is rolling rapidly as it hypocritically chooses to ignore the carbon heavy communications process of paper and printing

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Productivity stairway to heaven2Beyond paperclips

to personalized
productivity tools

Transactional dealers pivot
to managed srvc providers


2021 will be the 10th year running we have urged OP dealers to move from the paper dominated office supply market towards the paperless office where users need tools & services to help gain productivity e.g. IT, hygiene, ergonomics. Here's our latest practical guidelines & progressive dealer case studies to aid your transition...Updated

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Screen Shot 2021 07 26 at 4.56.01 PMDoes office return
risk rush for exits?

‘Great Resignation’ chatter
to test corporate resolve?


To quit or not to quit, that is the question. As home working guidance is lifted, City executives are emerging from WFH wondering if this really is the life for them. Senior executives admit that chatter is turning to whether the grass is greener elsewhere?  We discuss....

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Screen Shot 2021 07 20 at 11.25.23 AMOptimism rising on
US/UK economies

High start-ups fuel growth.
Inflation only negative fear


Amidst all the negative commentary surrounding rising inflation in US/UK economies we read two positive articles over the weekend that were positively bullish.  One from The Telegraph based on the WFH tech revolution and rapid growth in UK start-ups and the NYTimes focused on the latter in the US....

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Screen Shot 2021 07 14 at 5.10.59 PMPartnerless,

Pretentious
Procurement!

Bigbox BS! Vendors' deals
marred by anti-marketers 


A disturbing trend in recent years has been the rise of soulless, bigbox buyers baulking at innovative marketers' new product proposals. Merchandisers say yes! Procurement pros say no! What do they know? Meanwhile, growth driven marketers like Amazon say "Yes.what's the question?". When will this vulture backed nonsense end? We discuss....

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Screen Shot 2018 10 30 at 1.24.38 PMI n f l a t i o n
C o n f l a t i o n?

Increased prices & profits
distort trends...beware!


Like the surge in corporate profits that we see in the Q2'21 results season to date, the rise in inflation is largely a matter of arithmetic. The world shut down a year ago and is now reopening. This was always going to distort the figures and could lead to exaggerated forecasts of higher inflation 

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Screen Shot 2021 07 07 at 2.12.38 PMMeaningless
logo lunacy?

Brand refresh exercises
a silly self indulgence?


Every business seems to be doing it? Using the long lockdown to "Rebrand" aka redesign their logo or revise its strapline. Rather than invest in repurposing towards 'personalised productivity services' to create a positive difference v Amazonit seems resellers are tinkering in meaningless messages whilst business tanks? Updated

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Screen Shot 2021 07 05 at 5.55.41 PMAmazon monitors
Morrisons merger

As vultures circle asset rich
retailer, Godzilla to swoop?


Vulture capitalists Clayton, Dubilier & Rice started with a $13Bn takeover bid for UK supermarket group Morrisons, bettered by Softbank's Fortress; now Apollo (owner of TechDat/Synnex) has a made a move. The BIG question is will Morrisons' strategic partner Amazon watch, wait and make a Whole Foods like swoop?

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Productivity to lucyThe Productivity
Paradox puzzle

How WFH skew metrics.
Industrial stats redundant
in a hybrid 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 inc. Sunday Times David Smith's article today

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