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Screen Shot 2019 06 20 at 4.43.29 PMKimball kick
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Transformation plan to
accelerate strong growth


Major education & health care furnituremaker Kimball International, has approved the new CEO's transformation plan to optimize resources for future growth, improve efficiency and align operations with long-term strategic goals. 

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SPRichards' HQ hit by fire

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RDC hit by fire

Atlanta distribution centre
inoperable for some time


US #2 OP wholesaler
SPRichards' Atlanta DC & HQ was hit by a serious fire on Friday evening, thankfully without human casualties.  CEO Rick Toppin
has issued an open letter thanking everyone for their concern and support. 

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Duracell Optimum - Extra Power. Extra Life

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Powerful new battery ads
tops trends on Twitter 


#1 battery maker
Duracell's
ad agency the much admired Wieden & Kennedy has produced a double whammy commercial that focuses on 'Extra Life. Extra Power'. The campaign is topping Twitter trends....some achievement!

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Staples Solutions sells European assets

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European assets

French packaging group
acquires ailing brands


European packaging distribution leader RAJA Group based in Paris, has acquired four of Staples Solutions beleaguered brand operations in Europe. How long before complete exit?

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branch with Virginia move


US #1 independent megadealer WBMason confirmed its 4th acquisition this year. This move crosses into the highly competitive Virginia territory. We spoke with CEO Leo Meehan about sales and acquisition growth plans... 

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The new US Supergroup Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) is in the throes of organising leadership, systems integration and setting up HQ in Chicago. ISG is planning a members/vendors launch event in Indianapolis Nov 4-6. We spoke to an excited chairman Dave Guernsey about progress and plans....

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Antalis Q2'19 Financial Review

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paper plunge

Huge price hikes hide
desperate vol decline


Europe's #1 paper merchant, Antalis continued its deep decline in Q2'19 in spite of c10-15% paper inflation during 2018. The CEO is in denial: "resilient" rhetoric and blaming Brexit uncertainy; with no growth or reinvention strategy, as it steers towards the sunset

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HNI/HON Q2'19 Financial Review

Screen Shot 2019 07 25 at 1.48.16 PMHON furniture
sales  s l i d e

All Steel strong, refurb
weak; improved outlook


HNI (HON + AllSteel),
the $2Bn US furnituremaker, reported slower demand in Q2'19 particularly the office supply markets, but with prospects for H2'19 expected to improve

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PCA/Boise Q2'19 Financial Review

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sales plunge

PCA Packaging power
down as imports surge


US #3 packaging maker Packaging Corporation (PCA inc. Boise Paper) reported poor Q2'19 financial results. Packaging grew boosted by acquisitions, whilst paper volumes declined dramatically....

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International Paper Q2'19 Financial Review

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& paper decline

Volume slide saved by
phantom price hike plays


International Paper, the #1 paper & packaging maker
reported declining demand across the board in Q2'19. Can complacent CEO Mark Sutton continue the reinvention into the leading international packaging & hygiene products maker?

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Knoll Q2'19 Financial Review

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w/tables+storage

Office systems, Lifestyle &
acqs lift sales and profits


Knoll, the leading office furnituremaker, accelerated double digit growth in the office market in Q2'19 with the strategic growth 'Lifestyle' segment boosted by its European acquisition

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