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  • Screen Shot 2021 04 01 at 1.21.38 PMThe  G r e e n
    Infrastructure
    G e n e r a t i o n

    Will Pres Biden's Boost
    supercharge economy?


    After the US presidential election top NYTimes columnist Tom Friedman wrote the key to future US success was for President Biden to deliver real stimulus that enables all Americans to realize their full potential. Moreover, to make sure that the $1.9Tn relief package; and his coming $3Tn green/infrastructure proposal actually deliver as promised.

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  • Screen Shot 2021 03 30 at 1.05.47 PMZoooooming
    back the future?

    New collaborations see
    hot desks, small rooms


    As corporations plan to bring workers back to the office, interior design experts Perkins+Will expect expanded gathering spaces and fewer personal workstations. The #BeyondCovid scenarios look uncannily like collaborative workspaces from progressives in the 90's

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  • Screen Shot 2021 03 30 at 11.27.56 AMNew York's new
    reality  e s t a t e?

    'Decentralised Age' dawns:
    Hybrid worklife confluence


    Remote work is here to stay. Manhattan may never be the same. NYC, long buoyed by a fantastic flow of commuters into towering office buildings, faces a cataclysmic challenge, even when Covid concludes. A new mobile 'office is where you are', 'decentralized age' has dawned. This case study by NYTimes' Matthew Haag is convincing....

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Whiteside Janey walmartWMT double up 
women marketers

Will CCO's cliched spin
create better webstore?


Walmart's
chief customer officer Janey Whiteside was appointed 3 years ago to revitalize the tired brand and forge closer relationships with customers. Now she's hired 2 women executives to improve creativity and the entertainment experience. 

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norris mike ccenter logoCompu'center cuts
DEU logistics deal

Expands in WGermany's
public & enterprise market


UK's #1 international IT reseller Compucenter has consolidated its position in Germany with the acquisition of a logistics operator in the public and enterprise market based in Cologne. Strange move into client's delivery systems?

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Screen Shot 2021 04 11 at 4.56.49 PMMicrosoft moves
in on AI/VA ace

Expands investments in
voice activated gaming.


Mighty Microsoft is on a merger roll. It's in talks with a third major player in the video gaming and AI/voice activated technology space to wrap up multi-$Bn deals. It expects close its second largest acquisition this week. Watch this space...

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Screen Shot 2021 04 08 at 2.12.28 PMBest Buy: too much
too little, too late... 

$200 Annual Membership


plan v Amazon nonsense?


Best Buy,
the $44Bn electronics retailer has launched a new plan to hold on to shoppers in the crowded market dominated by Amazon. Crazy high price given Prime costs $119 and provides a broader products range. Missed opportunity to attract, match and provide destination services?

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Screen Shot 2021 04 08 at 10.46.34 AMFellowes' fine air 
purifier promotion

Launches TV ad campaign;
prepares safe office return


Much admired hygiene & wellness products maker Fellowes Brands has launched a new TV 'Work from Work' campaign to prepare businesses for a safe return of workers to central offices. Smart thinking as it drives awareness of Covid's airborne dangers in all populated workspaces inc. WFH... 

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Screen Shot 2021 04 09 at 3.07.44 PMPantum Printers
expansion plan

Chinese vendor's success
on Amazon to hit US mkt?


China based printermaker
Pantum
, is accelerating its US market expansion and plans to launch new products on Amazon in the second half of 2021.

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Screen Shot 2021 04 08 at 3.40.27 PMMTS providers' 
Pure power play

Expect more consolidation
in depressed MPS market


Chaos and confusion reigns in the rapidly declining print & copy market. The D2C consolidation trend evident in recent years seems to be reversing given the lack of success, now we are seeing regional MPS players being acquired by larger MTS providers. Here is the latest example in Europe...

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lutke toby shopify cap logoGoog & Shopify's
anti-AMZN attack 

Can partners succeed after
previous efforts all failed?


Shopify
(ceo Tobi Lutke, pic left)the specialist MCommerce platform for business supply dealers grew 100% in 2020 to $120Bn in GMV sales. Now Google is partnering with it and adding new tools to revive its own failed efforts to rein in the new 'Goliath', Amazon 

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Screen Shot 2021 04 08 at 6.48.03 PMDepot's  d a t a
de-fence-less! 

1M customer records
exposed to cyber attack


Diminishing Office Depot Europe customers' personal data was exposed for 10 hours reported the Website Planet team. The unprotected database was quickly rectified, but could have been used by cyber-criminals to perform phishing attacks.

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MPS thornKonica contras
D2C strategy?

Sells branches to MPS
dealers. Will HP follow?


Konica Business Solutions
has announced it will transfer select sales offices to its independent dealer channel, starting in the western US. This is a reversal of current direct to consumer (D2C) market trends by brandmakers and particularly MPS vendors e.g. Xerox, Ricoh & HP. Will these players rethink their unsuccessful direct strategies too?

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