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harris Joanne StaplesStaples senior
execs reshuffle

CCO & CTO depart as
SBAdvantage struggles


Staples Business Advantage's 
corporate supply division has suffered from the Covid induced lockdown this last 15 months, just like main competitors. Now we understand that Chief Commercial Officer Joanne Harris has departed along with some other senior executives....

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Pinnacle montageNew larger dealer
group's Depot bid?

Pinnacle members working
w/wholesaler to fund deal?


No smoke with out fire? PP Sources inform that a group of larger US OP dealers (up to 20) have considered acquisition of the beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp's (Depot BS division) $4.5Bn in sales, delivery business. We await details of backers' names in terms of funding and wholesaler support, if indeed it proceeds?

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yamashita Yosh ricohRicoh reacts to
printer plunge

MPS plunge from Covid
induced WFH teleworking


Leading printer brand maker Ricoh is planning its future under the 'Resurgent' tag. Given sliding demand in its core printer sales, can it truly transform itself into a 3D printing, MPS & workspace design powerhouse? Slow progress so far...

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koike tosh brother lrBrother bounces
back in WFH print

Personal & Home sewing
machine sales stronger


Brother International
 the $6Bn document services & printermaker, reported a commendable recovery in Q4'21 primarily in the Europe & Asia markets as the Covid crisis eased; and WFH activities spurred growth e.g. sewing machines and color printing

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williams john dumtar binDomtar doomed &
in denial. For Sale  

Converts to packaging ex-
paper. AsiaP&P interested?


Leading US papermaker Domtar Corporation recovered somewhat from steep declines in Q1'2. Complacent ceo John Williams is closing capacity and repurposing mills for packaging. The Personal Care division has been sold, now a major Canadian rival papermaker owned by Asia Pulp & Paper is interested in a takeover?

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shah niraj wayfair logpgWayfair's wonder
WFHome wave 

Delivery & management
issues shifted sideways


Wayfair,
 the $14Bn in sales US/UK home & office furnishings etailer, continued to report blockbuster sales growth in Q1'21. The Covid induced WFH lockdown has proved a wonderful sales boost to business customers updating home working facilities

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meaney bill irm handsIron Mountain:
peaked & flat?

Bare bones reporting
disguise slow progress


Iron Mountain 
ex-global leader in document services reported flat Q1'21results. CEO Bill Meaney's opaque and minimalistic reporting seems geared to disguise its mediocrity with reactionary late moves into digital & cloud storage.

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lamneck ken insight suitInsight losing 
market share?

Flat sales in US, saved
by strong APAC/Europe


Insight Group CEO Ken Lamneck
continued to report declining organic sales in Q1'21. The group lags leading IT resellers e.g. CDW, Compucenter, Softcat & Synnex. Can it really become a serious competitor whilst it focuses on integration?

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long mike arrow lrArrow regains
IT's sharpness

Global components sales
soar in Asia Pacific & EU


Arrow Electronics, the $28Bn in sales global provider of IT products, services reported powerful sales growth from a tough market in 2019/20 . The CEO Mike Long was appreciative of tremendous growth in Asia Pacific markets. 

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binnie steve sappiSappi's sinking

paper sales abate

Packaging strong growth
esp.US/SA Europe weaker


Sappi, the South African based international papermaker, reported another set of disappointing results in its Q2'21 made worse by Covid. Whilst acknowledging the business is under pressure what is CEO Steve Binnie's (pic left) reinvention strategy?

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