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Screen Shot 2022 10 03 at 11.15.14 AMAmazon's robot to
pick 1000 skus/hr

3D & AI powered 'pinch &
grasp' boosts productivity


Amazon's
prototype 'Pick & Grasp' robotic picker is the latest development aiming to increase efficiency in its 200+ fulfillment centers. Innovations in a minimum clicks, webstore user experience; AWS cloud services; carbon reduction pledge; EV deliveries and automated warehouse systems look set to sustain its long term busines supply market leadership

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tillis jason rob imperial warehouseImperialDade bag
54/55th acquistns 

Rapid rollup: will owners
integrate or strip & flip?


VCs Bain Capital & Advent joint owned Imperial Dade, continued the rapid roll-up of regional hygiene, food service & packaging suppliers in the US/Canada. The latest moves in Alabama and Quebec track a path pioneered by Bunzl, followed by FEMSA-Envoy & BradyIFS. The persistent question mark continues: will VC's really invest in systems and brand integration?

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vultures circling depotSappi sells paper
mills to vultures

Europe 700K tons/capacity
set up for asset strip & flip


Leading paper and packaging maker Sappi Group has agreed to sell 3 major European paper mills to the vulture capitalist that accelerated the disintegration of Office Depot. Moreover, the VC doubled down in the dying print industry with another acquisition? You couldn't make this stuff up!

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owen andi HMiller thumb other250 0MillerKnoll's hybrid

work growth stalls

WFH concepts offset soft,
returning office demand


MillerKnoll 
the enlarged #1furnituremaker maintained its focus on strong WFH demand, with the contract market recovering but slowing orders. Retail designs stalled after recent styrong growth. Upbeat ceo Andi Owen is focused on strong WFH demand, mobile systems innovation and integration of Knoll.

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Screen Shot 2022 09 28 at 1.59.45 PMR e s t a u r a n t s'
return  r o l l i n g 

Baird Survey reports
rising user demand


According to respected Baird Real-Time Restaurants Survey reports, on major chains representing $11Bn in revenues, consumer demand has accelerated throughout the summer months up to  Sept25. Moreover, compared with pre Covid norm 2019 restaurant revenues are up over 20% fed by double digit price inflation...

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Amazon delivery woman customerAmazon buyers
want WFH delivery 

Procurement study cnfms
'normal' hybrid/CSR trends


Amazon Business ($80Bn+ sales) division's 2nd annual study confirmed the megatrend towards "easy" online procurement across all customer channels, along with an increased focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Moreover, acknowledgement of rapid and reliable, local delivery driver service... 

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Screen Shot 2022 09 27 at 9.46.05 PMCintas' resilient
revenue recovery

Uniform, Health & Safety
Services growth returns


Cintas, 
the $8Bn uniform services specialist, continued its powerful sales recovery in Q1'23. CETodd Schneider (pic left) plans to accelerate retired Scott Farmer's 'Ready for the Workday' strategic direction shift towards higher profitability. 

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Screen Shot 2020 05 24 at 1.57.24 PMWhy hedging over
hybrid work trend?

Quocirca Future survey's
statements of the obvious


"Demand for hybrid working and employment market turbulence is changing the role of the corporate office technology environment" states Quocirca’s Future of Work 2025 study. Sadly, this lightweight survey leans heavily towards the diminishing printer market and ignores the huge productivity advantages for the growing army of 'anywhere office' workers

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Fisher Mark EnvoyEnvoy cleans up
18th acquisition 

FEMSA & Advent battle
blazes in hygiene supplies


The hygiene and packaging market is on fire with M&A activity happening almost weekly! Bunzl, Advent's Imperial Dade, FEMSA's Envoy and BradyIFS lead the way in rolling up regional jansan dealers. Envoy ceo Mark Fisher just announced its 18th acquisition of a jansan supplier based in Florida to move beyond $1.6Bn sales...

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Screen Shot 2022 09 29 at 3.02.23 PMDPD's Plug & Play
D2C partnership

Sustainable delivery svcs
dedicated to SMB/startups


Europe's #1 parcel delivery service
DPD Group announced the reinforcement of its Direct to Consumer (D2C) strategy with a new partnership via best-in-class worldwide startups that will be working on key innovation challenges to provide the best consumer experience.

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