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  • Beacham Wayne SPR ABC12Will ODP Federate
    or frustrate Dlers?

    Will angst over wholesalers'
    plans fuel acquisition drive?


    Beleaguered
    Office Depot
    made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

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  • vulture staples removerStaples stokes up
    supplier #STRESS

    Combined buying squeeze
    expected to gain $250m

     
    As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is what savings will be invested in dealer competitiveness and how much pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

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  • Lucy mobile montage v3What Lucy wants
    in business supply

    Mobile webstores, One click,
    human personal service
    Light, more hygienic offices


    Proficiency Index's 15th Annual Businesswomen Buying Survey, primarily users (typically Lucy) with executive power, is more valuable than ever. It provides even greater insight into the latest trends in mobile shopping for business.....Report on Monday

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  • commodity cliffPapermakers'
    protectionist
    hype persists 

    'High capacity' rhetoric
    unbelievably ridiculous


    The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked to the rafters. Now with demand sliding are the domestic makers propagating near capacity limits to boost another price increase claim? On Monday inc latest papermakers reports

     

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  • johnsen walt nyse smileA c m e United
    loses sharpness

    Shifts focus to safety
    tools & First-aid kits


    Acme United
    today announced slower sales growth in Q2'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into first aid & safety products....

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Greenest list 2012

The Greenest
Companies List

Who are 2015 champions
of sustainability & ethics?

Newsweek published its ‘Green Rankings 2015’ for global companies. We list the leaders in the business supplies market, plus latest initiatives in corporate social responsibility (CSR): sustainability, ethics and cutting carbon emissions...tomorrow




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Mills-trike-electric-truck4 insights into
eco-perceptions

Affordability and increased
productivity drive sustainability

 

24 Mar’13
Over the past several years, sustainability and business owners’ efforts to be green have evolved from mere fad to frontline strategies in many industries.




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Greenest-list-2012How to drive
eco-productivity

Green your business processes
to boost sustainable profitability

 

11 Nov’12

Entrepreneur magazine’s Michelle Goodman recently published a great article on how to make the sustainability changes that will provide the greatest return on investment for your company. We highlight 6 similarly committed OPS reseller stars…




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earth-day-201212 small green
steps towards

sustainability

Today’s Earth Day. Here’s
a practical guide for YOU!

 

By Scott Zintz

22 Apr’12 (Complete)

Last week, I attended a brilliant seminar led by Scott Zintz, the green guru at Independent Stationers. Here are 12 practical steps you can take to make a difference…




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staples-soul-v-depot-green100 Greenest US Companies

OPS leaders rated
high by Newsweek

How and why can Depot rank
higher than Staples…again?

 

21 Oct 11 (Updated)
Earlier this week, Newsweek published its annual list of the greenest companies. Its goal is to to quantify environmental footprint, policies, and reputation....




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sustainability-3The rise and rise of the…

L o w - c o s t,
low-carbon locals

Community committed resellers
stress their sustainability edge

 

16 Aug’11

We reported on the ‘Charitable Champions’ and the ‘Sustainability Stars’ of the OPS market in our article dated 31 July. We now turn our attention to US local resellers demonstrating real commitment to the ‘buy local’ cause…




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ingram-CSRIngram Micro’s
CSR initiative

Time for wholesalers to support
local resellers’ low carbon advantage

 

By Lucy Jermyn,

9 Jul’11

Ingram Micro, the world’s #1 technology wholesaler, has published its inaugural social responsibility report for 2010.




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Duncan-Peter-Wiles-GreenworldSunday Times - 2011
Best Green companies

OPS resellers
top green list

Proficiency champions lead
the way for UK best practices

 

12 Jun’11

Three of top 5 OPS resellers listed in the 2010 Proficiency Index list on 23 Dec’10 have been honoured by finishing in the top 8 of UK’s best green companies




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green-your-workplaceGreening of
the workplace

2010 Survey report published
by Buck underlines the MPS trend

 

12 Apr’11

American businesses are increasingly measuring the savings from their green workplace practices more than ever, according to a new survey released today by Buck Consultants, (A Xerox Company)




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sustainability-3Sustainability:
seven superstars

It’s Earth Day on 22 April. We
highlight the industry’s greenest


8 Apr’11

To commemorate Earth Day 22 April, many leading business magazines are profiling sustainability champions in the corporate world. With due respect to green leaders like Dell, Brother, HP and Staples we profile 7 superstars of sustainability in the independent marketplace. Profiles later today




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Will Depot Federate or fragment dealers?

Beacham Wayne SPR ABC12Will ODP Federate
or frustrate Dlers?

Will angst over wholesalers'
plans fuel acquisition drive?


Beleaguered
Office Depot
made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

Read More...

Staples stokes up supplier #STRESS

vulture staples removerStaples stokes up
supplier #STRESS

Combined buying squeeze
expected to gain $250m

 
As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is what savings will be invested in dealer competitiveness and how much pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

Read More...

Papermakers protectionist propaganda persists

commodity cliffPapermakers'
protectionist
hype persists 

'High capacity' rhetoric
unbelievably ridiculous


The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked to the rafters. Now with demand sliding are the domestic makers propagating near capacity limits to boost another price increase claim? On Monday inc latest papermakers reports

 

Read More...

Dealers decision time dilemma

Screen Shot 2019 06 25 at 2.31.10 PMDealers' decision
day dilemma: sell,
merge or invest?

How wholesalers hold key
to biz supply growth plans

 
Back in 1994, the OP wholesalers led the stockless dealer drive that fuelled the expansion of single source supplier success. Now with uncertainty surrounding wholesalers' future, its decision making time for dealers. We explore the options available for those who are committed to becoming broadline business suppliers. Updated

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Logistics leaders lead slowdown

Screen Shot 2019 07 15 at 12.08.02 PMLogistics leaders
lead slowdown 

UPS, FedEx, XPO, JBHunt
CSX deliveries demand flat


Q2'19 results season is upon us with consumer & business supplies' brand CEO's expected to report a further slowdown that started in Q3'18. Leading laggards are the logistics giants including FedEx, JBHunt, XPO, CSX & UPS. We preview the trends....Updated

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Paperless drive paused by protectionists

paper clogged office'Paperless' paused
by protectionists

Paper group force promo
change from 'Greenwash' 
even w/environment harm

 

Big businesses have removed or changed their messaging since the inception of pro-paper campaign group Two Sides in 2008. Accused of 'greenwash' those promoting a  paperless comms future based on greater speed, efficiency and carbon emission reduction should be regroup and focus on the positives of digital comms. 

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Is Amazon screwing you on Prime Day?

Screen Shot 2019 07 14 at 1.14.36 PMWill AMZN Prime
Day screw you?

Fast Company say Sale
event is a consumers con 


The ads are incessant for Prime Day, Amazon’s two-day shopping event for members only, July 15 and 16. Perhaps you even caught the live-streamed Taylor Swift concert that kicked off the festivities. Fast Company's Mark Wilson reckons its a con. We discuss his case....

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Facebook FTC fine a slap on the wrist

zuckerberg mark facebook handFakebook fine a
'slap on the wrist' 

$5B penalty pales comp/w
Google $22B for less crime


The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has agreed to a $5bn settlement with Facebook over it's deceitful use of private data. e.g. selling info to Microsoft. 'Fakebook' even violated a firewall & budgeted the penalty precisely. Who's Zucking who?

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Newell Brands beyond nervous

Screen Shot 2018 09 17 at 7.08.34 PMNewell Brands in
never never land

What's latest w/Sharpie
& Rubbermaid assets?


The collapse of the Newell house of brands post the disastrous $16Bn Jarden acquisition in 2016 continues. The uncertainty hanging over the heads of executives leading valuable assets is palpable. What's next for brands like Rubbermaid, Papermate/Sharpie, Dymo, Elmers? We discuss.... later today

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SPOT Group 2018 Financial Review

Moulton jon terminatorCan SPOT stop
the bleeding?

Will Vulture Better Capital
terminate or divest the dog


Vulture capitalist Better Capital owner of SPOT, the mongrel mix of Spicers & Officeteam, has reported 2018 financial results. As expected it continued to bleed losses from mismanagement of a dealer group contract and huge paper price increases. Surely, CEO Jon Moulton (pic left) will terminate its tortuous tenure soon?

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