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  • Screen Shot 2019 07 25 at 9.39.15 AMMMMomentum in
    biz supply slides

    Softer health care sales.
    Weak safety, ind & office


    The mighty 3M today continued to report flat or declining sales in most business supply categories in Q4'19. The office sector, once powerful, has fallen behind hygiene, safety and industrial supply category growth trends that are all slowing down leading to major lay offs

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  • Screen Shot 2020 01 27 at 3.50.00 PMHigh Performance
    food wholesaler 

    Breakthrough in Biz Supply
    market opens opportunity


    The Food & Beverage (FaB) supply to business market continues to grow at +4%/pa compared with a -10%/pa decline in the OP industry. Progressive resellers are seizing the opportunity to add hygiene, foodservice & packaging supplies to their single source business supplies strategy.  One of the main FaB wholesalers is Vistar (parent PFG). We profile its progress inc. interview w/chief Pat Hegarty

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    change hands?

    PE Hub reports Apax may
    sell half #1 software house


    OP industry's leading systems house ECi Software Solutions was the subject of PEHub reports that owners Apax were considering the sale of half its asset. We discuss the story with CEO Ron Books and his future development plans.  Later today

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  • Screen Shot 2020 01 24 at 1.31.42 PMA BETTer EdTech
    Class for 2020's

    'Future is Now' shows top
    learning tools from leaders


    BETT 2020
    the 36th annual international Education Technology Show in London attracted 30,000+ visitors this week. We report and highlight the latest developments and best in class learning tools and services over the weekend

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  • Williams John Domtar DumpsterDomtar down
    deeper'n'down

    Protectionist CEO cuts
    capacity & profit forecast


    Leading US papermaker Domtar Corporation today issued a profit warning for Q4'19. CEO John Williams has been active protectionist with ITC to limit and penalize importers. Is it too late to drive an urgent reinvention programme?

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Screen Shot 2019 02 22 at 1.00.55 PMMacFarlane makes
5th packaging buy

Focus: protective & indst'l
regional specialists in 2020


Macfarlane Group
has acquired an industrials sector packaging provider to further strengthen its business in the north of England. This is its 3rd acquisition in the growing protective packaging market 

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