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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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Screen Shot 2019 07 19 at 10.51.16 AMStoraEnso paper
sales fall off cliff

Top maker transforms into
packaging, board & bioref.


Global #2 papermaker Stora Enso reported weak overall sales & profits in Q2'19.. CEO Karl Sundstrom described transformation 'repurposing' plans to cut paper capacity and investment in renewable packaging materials. Meanwhile paper sales were down double digits....




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nadella satya msoft cloudMighty Microsoft
higher on Cloud

Dynamics biz soaring &
Azure accelerating fast


Microsoft
reported strong results for Q4'19. Since CEO Satya Nadella took over 5yrs ago the reinvention and focus on cloud computing via Azure Cloud & Dynamics business software has produced powerful results




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wayfai conine shah officeWayfair wave bye
bye to ops chiefs?

Ex-McKinsey, Europe COO
steps up to heal weakness

 

Giant $8Bn in sales home & business furnture etailer Wayfair has retired two 10 year tech & operations veterans. Given its growing customer service problems is this a strategic move to address core operations and IT systems?




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donahue paul GenPts presSPRichards slides
back into decline

GPC: NAPA, Motion growth
slows below 2018 rates


Genuine Parts Company (GPC)
parent of NAPA, Motion and SPRichards reported slowing growth rates in Q2'19. CEO Paul Donahue made no comment on the OP business performance at this point. Updated




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groth magnus essity logoEssity maintains
healthy growth

Price rises boost hygiene
group amid new cost cuts


Essity, the hygiene & health group spun out of giant papermaker SCA, rmaintained steady growth progress in Q2'19. Recently it announced an operational management structure that may bode badly for innovation focused on customer collaboration?




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Screen Shot 2019 07 17 at 1.58.49 PMAmazon antitrust
EU probe opens

Does data privacy practice
comply with comp rules?


The EU’s Competition Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon to investigate whether the company is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the marketplace platform.




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farmer scott cintasCintas drives
uniform growth

Acquisitions in facilities,
first aid up profitability


Cintas,
the uniform & business services specialist, posted impressive Q2'19 results and progressed along its strategic direction shift at higher profitability....




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Screen Shot 2019 07 16 at 3.48.20 PMMicrosoft mends
fences to Inspire 

Schuster declares '19 "Year
of Azure Cloud migration"


It's been a tough time for Microsoft's Partner Network (MPN) with most partners furious at changes announced to its Internal Use Rights (IUR) program. Global partner chief Gavriella Schuster apologised and reaffirmed its commitment to the channel...

 




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Screen Shot 2019 07 16 at 2.58.35 PMJBHunt driven
by outsourcing

Acquisitions & price hikes
spike 'Dedicated' deliveries

 

JBHunt the $9Bn US transportation giant reported mixed Q2'19 with long haul business slowing down offset by its rising 'Dedicated Contract Services (DCS)' division. 




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WBMason debuts Baltimore Consumer Show

Screen Shot 2019 07 11 at 11.47.10 AMWBMason makes
bow in Baltimore 

Masonville's Mid Atlantic
drives past $100m in 8yrs


Today, US #1 independent megadealer WBMason held its second consumer show this year; and its first at the home of Baltimore Orioles. We report on the full event and interview regional chief Jeff Kirsh....Updated

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Shoplet hit by insider fraud

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by insider fraud

Veteran SVP syphoned
off $Millions in revenue


Leading US business supplies etailer Shoplet says its former SVP embezzled $Millions by diverting cash to personal accounts, according to a complaint filed Monday in New York state court. We contacted owner/CEO Tony Ellison for comment....

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Staples/Dex acquires MPS dealers

Screen Shot 2019 06 25 at 10.32.14 AMSPLS/Dex doubles
down in MPS mkt

Buys southern regionals in 
national network drive?


Staples
acquired leading US MPS dealer Dex Imaging (Tampa, FL) in February; and has now acquired 2 important print resellers in the Orlando & Dallas markets. We spoke with CEO Sandy Douglas about expansion plans in the managed technology services space... omplete & updated

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Performance Foods acquires major rival

Screen Shot 2019 07 01 at 10.15.23 AMPFG grabs major 
foodservice rival

Vistar owner consolidates
leading wholesale position

 

Performance Food Group (PFG) the $20Bn in sales food service distributor (owner of wholesaler Vistar) has consolidated its leading market postion with the acquisition of a $6Bn rival. CEO George Holm is on a take over roll....

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Clover Technologies: Is it all over?

cerclerski jim cloverRecycling market
over for Clover? 

Owner reviews options as
HP attacks & customers exit


The VC owner of Clover Technologies, the ink & toner cartridge & mobile phone recycler is reviewing its strategic options in the face of competitive pressure and secular decline in its core markets...

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Recycler Live Conference - Brussels

Screen Shot 2019 06 27 at 1.27.53 PMRecyclers' race
to the bottom?

Where's the green agenda
at Europe's reman event?


Europe’s premier office imaging conference, Recycler Live officially began today in Brussels. Ironically, absent from the agenda was any topic covering a real green agenda tackling carbon zero targetting? We report on proceedings...

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Wayfair Workers Walk Out

Screen Shot 2019 06 25 at 9.47.37 PMWayfair workers
walk out protest

Want CEO to donate border
job profits to immigrants


500+ employees at $8Bn in sales furniture etailer Wayfair are planning to walk out tomorrow in protest to the business with contractors that are furnishing border camps for asylum seekers.

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HP's Lores on managed print services

lores enrique hpHP's Lores low
down on MPS 

Latest on 

Xerox, Apogee
&

print market slowdown


The president of HP’s printing business Enrique Lores spoke with CRN about the implications of the partnership with rival Xerox, the growth of managed print services and the early results from the Apogee acquisition.

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PepsiCo's plan to can plastic

Screen Shot 2019 06 27 at 1.39.51 PMPepsiCo's plan
to can plastic

Brand leader Aquafina to
go full-on nationwide 2020


PepsiCo
facing an industrywide backlash against plastic, will experiment with putting its Aquafina water in cans. Smart move from the leader in food and beverage supplies to businesses. 

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Apple Beats Solo3 headphones review

Screen Shot 2019 06 26 at 9.53.38 AMThe Beats Solo3
hot headphones

Business Insider review of
the loves & don't loves


Five years ago Apple bought into the urban wireless headphone trend with its Beats purchase. The new Solo3 is extremely popular right now. Business Insider's Dave Smith critically reviews all the touchpoints

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