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  • Beacham Wayne SPR ABC12Will ODP Federate
    or frustrate Dlers?

    Will angst over wholesalers'
    plans fuel acquisition drive?


    Beleaguered
    Office Depot
    made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

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  • vulture staples removerStaples stokes up
    supplier #STRESS

    Combined buying squeeze
    expected to gain $250m

     
    As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is what savings will be invested in dealer competitiveness and how much pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

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  • Lucy mobile montage v3What Lucy wants
    in business supply

    Mobile webstores, One click,
    human personal service
    Light, more hygienic offices


    Proficiency Index's 15th Annual Businesswomen Buying Survey, primarily users (typically Lucy) with executive power, is more valuable than ever. It provides even greater insight into the latest trends in mobile shopping for business.....Report on Monday

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  • commodity cliffPapermakers'
    protectionist
    hype persists 

    'High capacity' rhetoric
    unbelievably ridiculous


    The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked to the rafters. Now with demand sliding are the domestic makers propagating near capacity limits to boost another price increase claim? On Monday inc latest papermakers reports

     

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  • johnsen walt nyse smileA c m e United
    loses sharpness

    Shifts focus to safety
    tools & First-aid kits


    Acme United
    today announced slower sales growth in Q2'19 financial results. Sales of core cutting tools slowed whilst moving successfully into first aid & safety products....

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Supply Market
MEGATRENDS

How to take charge of your
own destiny in the 2020's!


Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, WeWork & Uber
have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery services. Wholesalers have failed to help OP resellers connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. How should dealers take charge of their own destiny in this difficult situation? Report complete inc. 2018 US/UK Market Review. Updated

 




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Will wholesalers rise to
competitive challenge?


Apple, Microsoft, Amazon & Uber
have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery services. The need for wholesalers to help resellers connect with users; and provide personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery is NOW! Here's how.... Report complete inc. 2017 US/UK Market Review 




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MEGATRENDS

Mobilize managed
productivity services


Apple, Uber, Microsoft & Amazon
have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & same day delivery services. The need for OP resellers to connect with users and provide personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery is NOW! Report complete




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Megatrends 2020 Independents reawakensM - P o w e r
P e r S o N a L
productivity

Action Plan for success
in the paperless future


The Force of Progressive Independents is Reawakening! 
Apple, Uber & Amazon have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech, personalised same day delivery services. We urge resellers to provide personalised productivity services & integrated same-day delivery NOW! Report refreshed




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MEGATRENDS 2016 sqM - P o w e r 
P e r S o N a L
productivity now

Action Plan for success
in the paperless future


The Force of progressive Independents is Reawakening! Apple, Uber & Amazon have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech, personalised same day delivery services. The need for OP resellers to provide personalised productivity services & integrated same-day delivery is NOW! Report complete/updated




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Office-Megatrends-2015-300v2Mobilize personal

productivity...

Action Plan for success
in the paperless future


The progressive trends are tremendous. Apple & Amazon have M-powered the new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal technology and personalised wholesale and rapid delivery services. The need for OP resellers to differentiate themselves with personalised productivity services is even more URGENT…




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P r o d u c t i v i t y

S e r v i c e s

Your invaluable guide to mobilize

success in the paperless future.

 

4 Feb'14 (Updated)

The Apple iPad was the death knell for the traditional OP industry. Dealers now face a formidable competitor in Amazon in business supplies. The need to develop Personal Productivity Services (PPS) to differentiate is URGENT!  Let the new Office Megatrends 2014 report published here be your guide to success...




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M-Power personal productivity services

The 6 Pack agenda to mobilise

success in the paperless future

 

2 Apr’13

The launch of the Apple IPad was the death knell for PC’s, printer paper and ink. Independent resellers in partnership with wholesalers are winning, but face a formidable opponent in Amazon in business supplies. The need to develop personal productivity services to differentiate themselves is URGENT. Read the latest Office Megatrends 2013 and Market Review 2012 here...FREE to subscribers




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M-powering
p e r s o n a l
productivity

From B2B to B2U marketing; OP

to productivity services; fixed to mobile workspace

 

11 Feb'13 (Complete)
We reckon 2013 will be another transformative year. Resellers can no longer afford to anonymously supply faceless businesses with a narrow range of office products. Their new priority should be to reach the most powerful user-choosers on a personalized basis with relevant productivity tools. That means reaching the ubiquitous mobile user-choosers. 



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From feeding printers

to feeding PEOPLE!

Provide personalized productivity

services! Your 12 ezsentials now

for success by 2020

 

18 Jul’11

It’s time for the annual review of the Megatrends that will shape the future of the Office Productivity Services (OPS) marketplace.




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Will Depot Federate or fragment dealers?

Beacham Wayne SPR ABC12Will ODP Federate
or frustrate Dlers?

Will angst over wholesalers'
plans fuel acquisition drive?


Beleaguered
Office Depot
made its 10th dealer acquisition in May, since its Federation drive started in Oct'17. PP sources understand another batch may join in Q3. Given Depot's fragile market capitalisation, what are wholesalers doing to defend a potential dealer exodus? Updated

Read More...

Staples stokes up supplier #STRESS

vulture staples removerStaples stokes up
supplier #STRESS

Combined buying squeeze
expected to gain $250m

 
As indicated at Essendant's CORE event in Feb, Staples has combined purchasing power and demanded substantial cost price reductions from vendors. The big question is what savings will be invested in dealer competitiveness and how much pocketed by vulture capitalist owner Sycamore Partners? We discuss... Updated

Read More...

Papermakers protectionist propaganda persists

commodity cliffPapermakers'
protectionist
hype persists 

'High capacity' rhetoric
unbelievably ridiculous


The Big 3 US papermakers' cartel behaviour persists. After the Georgia Pacific mill closure saga induced panic buying ahead of a phantom March price increase, distributors stocked to the rafters. Now with demand sliding are the domestic makers propagating near capacity limits to boost another price increase claim? On Monday inc latest papermakers reports

 

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Dealers decision time dilemma

Screen Shot 2019 06 25 at 2.31.10 PMDealers' decision
day dilemma: sell,
merge or invest?

How wholesalers hold key
to biz supply growth plans

 
Back in 1994, the OP wholesalers led the stockless dealer drive that fuelled the expansion of single source supplier success. Now with uncertainty surrounding wholesalers' future, its decision making time for dealers. We explore the options available for those who are committed to becoming broadline business suppliers. Updated

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Logistics leaders lead slowdown

Screen Shot 2019 07 15 at 12.08.02 PMLogistics leaders
lead slowdown 

UPS, FedEx, XPO, JBHunt
CSX deliveries demand flat


Q2'19 results season is upon us with consumer & business supplies' brand CEO's expected to report a further slowdown that started in Q3'18. Leading laggards are the logistics giants including FedEx, JBHunt, XPO, CSX & UPS. We preview the trends....Updated

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Paperless drive paused by protectionists

paper clogged office'Paperless' paused
by protectionists

Paper group force promo
change from 'Greenwash' 
even w/environment harm

 

Big businesses have removed or changed their messaging since the inception of pro-paper campaign group Two Sides in 2008. Accused of 'greenwash' those promoting a  paperless comms future based on greater speed, efficiency and carbon emission reduction should be regroup and focus on the positives of digital comms. 

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Is Amazon screwing you on Prime Day?

Screen Shot 2019 07 14 at 1.14.36 PMWill AMZN Prime
Day screw you?

Fast Company say Sale
event is a consumers con 


The ads are incessant for Prime Day, Amazon’s two-day shopping event for members only, July 15 and 16. Perhaps you even caught the live-streamed Taylor Swift concert that kicked off the festivities. Fast Company's Mark Wilson reckons its a con. We discuss his case....

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Facebook FTC fine a slap on the wrist

zuckerberg mark facebook handFakebook fine a
'slap on the wrist' 

$5B penalty pales comp/w
Google $22B for less crime


The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has agreed to a $5bn settlement with Facebook over it's deceitful use of private data. e.g. selling info to Microsoft. 'Fakebook' even violated a firewall & budgeted the penalty precisely. Who's Zucking who?

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Newell Brands beyond nervous

Screen Shot 2018 09 17 at 7.08.34 PMNewell Brands in
never never land

What's latest w/Sharpie
& Rubbermaid assets?


The collapse of the Newell house of brands post the disastrous $16Bn Jarden acquisition in 2016 continues. The uncertainty hanging over the heads of executives leading valuable assets is palpable. What's next for brands like Rubbermaid, Papermate/Sharpie, Dymo, Elmers? We discuss.... later today

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SPOT Group 2018 Financial Review

Moulton jon terminatorCan SPOT stop
the bleeding?

Will Vulture Better Capital
terminate or divest the dog


Vulture capitalist Better Capital owner of SPOT, the mongrel mix of Spicers & Officeteam, has reported 2018 financial results. As expected it continued to bleed losses from mismanagement of a dealer group contract and huge paper price increases. Surely, CEO Jon Moulton (pic left) will terminate its tortuous tenure soon?

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