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Screen Shot 2022 01 23 at 2.50.41 PMWill  W e W o r k
be reawakened?

'Grownup in the room’ ceo
Mathrani sees o'revolution


The first take of coworking offices start-up WeWork ended in tears after massive, uncontrolled expansion pre-Covid. Its new chief Sandeep Mathrani insists it has matured in time for the flexi-working hybrid office revolution

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Screen Shot 2022 01 22 at 6.28.03 PMWMT's 'GoLocal'
same day service

White Label's late launch
apes AMZN, Shipt delivery


Classic copycat Walmart is launching a same day 'white-label' delivery service beyond food, for local and national businesses. It claims it will stand out among rivals, but how when Amazon and Shipt (for Target) have been doing it successfully for years?

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Screen Shot 2022 01 21 at 10.49.47 AMSupply Chain
cheers up as
inflation inverts

Falling shipping rates point
end of Covid caused crisis


The Baltic Dry Index is anything but an arid subject for economists trying to second-guess the direction of world trade and commerce. It measure shipping rates that rose to a high in October. Since then the index has fallen sharply indicating that the supply crisis may be over?

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Pesonen jussi upm reflectingUPM workers
strike extended

Fails to agree 'business
specific' deal like rivals


The Finnish Paperworkers’ Union issued an announcement to leading papermaker UPM yesterday stating its 3 week strike will be extended to 19 February unless new agreements are reached beforehand.

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Amazon Bezos Climate PledgeAmazon's hunger
for EV's frustrated

100k electric vans ordered
Delivery schedule difficult


Amazon's chairman Jeff Bezos has huge plans to turn its delivery fleet green consistent with its Climate Pledge to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2040. But few of the vehicles are made right now, so what's happening?

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Screen Shot 2021 01 21 at 1.25.22 PMMidwich maintains

momentum in AV

4 acquisitions in video &
CCTV broadens market


International AV distributor Midwich expects to report strong sales recovery from the Covid collapse in its FY2021 Review. Moreover, it continued its acquisition programme with the recent addition of a leading UK CCTV distributor...

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florness don fastenalFastenal steadfast
aided by prices

Jansan vending declined
Fasteners power ahead



Fastenal, the $6Bn in sales, US reseller of MRO & vending supplies, powered ahead in Q4'21 with strong fastener sales and safety supplies in recovery aided by higher prices across the board

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Screen Shot 2022 01 19 at 9.04.07 AMP&G's powerful

hygiene growth

Resurgent brand force in
WFH/business supplies


Procter & Gamble (PG)the leading personal, home & business care brandmaker, continued to report healthy results in Q2'22. Powerful marketing & ad campaigns are winning market share in towels, tissues & detergents eg Charmin, Dawn, Bounty, Tide & Febreze

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HuntJB driverJBHunt high on 

'essentials' drive

Huge demand for Truck
load & contract services


JBHunt
 the $12Bn US transportation giant reported strong demand in Q4'21. Long haul demand recovered strongly enhanced by integrated capacity, higher value truck loads for essential goods

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Screen Shot 2022 01 18 at 1.05.11 PMUnilever under
investor pressure

CEOs long hygiene+green
plan draws 'profit' critics


It's all happening at hygiene giant Unilever. £7Bn was wiped off its market cap today amid worries over a major takeover move for Glaxo’s healthcare division. Meanwhile, an influential shareholder has voiced criticism of ceo Alan Jope for obsessing about sustainability v fundamental profit growth performance. We analyse developments

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