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  • Screen Shot 2019 10 19 at 1.16.26 PMMason Maximizes
    delivery service

    Owned Trucks designed to
    optimize driver productivity

     

    WBMason's iconic branded fleet of 1000 trucks are being enhanced: 2 yrs ago the first electric vehicle customised for multi-category supplies e.g. water. Now the launch of the 'Maximizer' designed to optimise the 'One Source Wonderful' business supply proposition. We spoke with fleet manager John DiLuna...

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  • Screen Shot 2019 10 16 at 10.52.12 AMCast away the
    'OPeless Island!

    Ominous call for reps &
    dealers lost/shipwrecked


    WBMason CEO Leo Meehan's crescendo call to the salesforce and vendors was sooo moving. He morphed the metaphors from the Titanic & Castaway disasters to inspire laggard reps to transition from OP to the new Business Supply categories.... NOW! Later today

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  • johnsen walter acme nyse lrA c m e United
    loses sharpness

    Shifts focus to safety
    tools & First-aid kits


    Acme United
    today announced slower sales growth in Q3'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into first aid & safety products....

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  • Screen Shot 2019 10 19 at 8.17.41 AMWBMason: Best
    in Show Awards

    FM, Hygiene, Refreshments,
    Foodservice, Wellness &
    Ergonomics eclipse OP


    WBMason's
    annual 3 day reps & consumer show at Foxwoods highlighted the huge shift in category mix from simple OP to broadline business supplies. Over half the display & demo space was taken by more enterprising productivity providers. We highlight the best in show...

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  • kaluzny stefan sycamoreEssendant exits
    auto/ind business

    Vulture Sycamore offloads
    acqs from Cody Phipps era


    Vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners owners of OP wholesaler Essendant & reseller Staples continued its asset stripping process with the sale of auto & industrial assets acquired over the past 12 years by United Stationers ill advised leaders

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Screen Shot 2019 10 19 at 1.16.26 PMMason Maximizes
delivery service

Owned Trucks designed to
optimize driver productivity

 

WBMason's iconic branded fleet of 1000 trucks are being enhanced: 2 yrs ago the first electric vehicle customised for multi-category supplies e.g. water. Now the launch of the 'Maximizer' designed to optimise the 'One Source Wonderful' business supply proposition. We spoke with fleet manager John DiLuna...




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johnsen walter acme nyse lrA c m e United
loses sharpness

Shifts focus to safety
tools & First-aid kits


Acme United
today announced slower sales growth in Q3'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into first aid & safety products....




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Screen Shot 2019 10 19 at 8.17.41 AMWBMason: Best
in Show Awards

FM, Hygiene, Refreshments,
Foodservice, Wellness &
Ergonomics eclipse OP


WBMason's
annual 3 day reps & consumer show at Foxwoods highlighted the huge shift in category mix from simple OP to broadline business supplies. Over half the display & demo space was taken by more enterprising productivity providers. We highlight the best in show...




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kaluzny stefan sycamoreEssendant exits
auto/ind business

Vulture Sycamore offloads
acqs from Cody Phipps era


Vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners owners of OP wholesaler Essendant & reseller Staples continued its asset stripping process with the sale of auto & industrial assets acquired over the past 12 years by United Stationers ill advised leaders




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donahue paul GenPts presSPRichards: slip
slides in decline

GPC: NAPA, Motion growth
slows again offset by acqs


Genuine Parts Company (GPC) the $20Bn parent of NAPA, Motion and SPRichards reported slowing growth rates in Q3'19. CEO Paul Donahue made no comment on the OP business performance at this point. 




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Screen Shot 2019 10 17 at 11.01.08 PMTech Data take
over imminent?

Will Vulture capital firms
choose #1 Ingram or #2? 


Global #2 IT wholesaler Tech Data's shares spike on rumoured $5bn takeover approach. China's HNA Group wants to sell #1 Ingram Micro with leading vulture capitalists rumoured to be interested. Is this a VC negotiating ploy?




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schneider mark nestle 17Nestle growth
rate steadies

Higher prices in US sales
e.g. Nespresso. Water flat


Nestle, the #1 food & beverage supplier to business reported steady growth in Q3'19, but fell well short of optimistic growth targets. Higher pricing boosted US, but other markets were flat




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Screen Shot 2019 10 16 at 4.58.44 PMEssendant sign
WBMason deal

Wholesale partnership
extended to 30 years


US #1 OP wholesaler Essendant president Harry Dochelli confirmed the extension of its wholesale contract with its largest customer WBMason by 5 years at yesterday's Annual Sales Meeting. We speak with Harry Dochelli... Later today




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Screen Shot 2019 10 16 at 12.28.11 AMMason's Magical,
Mighty Salesforce

The 'One Source Wonderful'
phenomenon flying higher


WBMason's
Annual Sales Meeting, Day 2, welcomed 500+ vendor reps to the party. The marketing team stepped up to present progress & plans for the new broadline business supply categories. CEO Leo Meehan concluded the magnificent show with a moving crescendo call to his magically empowered, mighty sales force....Complete




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Screen Shot 2019 10 17 at 4.43.31 PMWHSmith doubles
down in US travel

Continues its flight from
High Street retail stores

 

UK based stationery retailer WHSmith plans to double its international travel business and strengthen its presence in the lucrative US airport shopping market with a deal to buy a rival retailer 




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