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Productivity leaders 2019Dealer Champions
of Productivity '19

Will lean stocking dealers
surpass stockless etailers


We've concluded the Proficiency Index Dealer Productivity Championship 2019, the most universally accepted indicator of dealer profitability. Dealers have submitted sales forecasts for 2019/current employee numbers (FTE's). We've finalise the numbers and publish championship leaderboard today. Updated

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Christmas crackers 2017Xmas Crackers
& Top Turkeys

Fun reflections on an
OPocalyptic, paperless
year of consolidation


MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 2019 will go down as another tough year for ‘turkeys’ (aka vultures) citing ‘political uncertainty' excuses as causes of failure. For progressives it’s been another cracking year of growth in new business supply categories: hygiene & safety; refreshments & food service, plus packaging.

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Screen Shot 2019 10 25 at 11.28.42 AMContract furniture
market roll slows

Worklife WELLness fires
up ergonomic innovation


Furnituremakers Review Q4'19: The transactional/replenishment market continued to slowdown. Meanwhile, contract interiors demand has turned down with CEO's reporting slower order book. We review leaders' performance & latest trends.... Updated Steelcase/HMiller results today

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Screen Shot 2019 12 16 at 11.27.47 AMMost Responsible
Companies in US

Newsweek 2020 Top 300
List inc. 50 Biz Suppliers


Newsweek
just published America's Most Responsible Companies 2020 Rankings. Together with Statista it lists Top 300 scores in Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSR). Great to see 50 leading broadline business suppliers featured. We comment on their achievements

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Screen Shot 2019 11 25 at 3.13.37 PMTop 10 Tech

Trends 2020

Gartner guides: AI, Cloud,
Blockchain, Augmentation,
Democratisation & Edge


The empowered edge, practical blockchain and human augmentation are just a few of the biggest trends in 2020 that will create the largest opportunities over the next decade, according to research firm Gartner.

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tech resellers screenTech Resellers
rock & rolling

Softcat, Computacenter,
Westcoast beat bigboxes


Many global IT distributors have reported slower growth in recent quarters; some blaming outside factors like the economy or Brexit. Meanwhile, leading regional tech resellers are growing strongly & winning market share. We review and analyse latest market trends, winners and losers. Updated today

 

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most creative people 2018Most Creative 
Leaders in Biz
Supply Market

Top innovators, design,
Ideas, sales & marketers


Fast Company
recently published ‘100 Most Creative People in Business in 2019’ edition. We take a close look at the best creative minds in the buoyant business supply/services market. We publish the Top 20 with ratings/comment.... Updated

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commodity cliffPapermakers'
plunge persists

Inventory bubble deflates
as market prices plunge


Most leading OP, Paper & Print makers reported continued sales declines in Q3'19. We analyse the market, comparative performance and any plans for reinvention. Paper demand is plunging, but price hikes in '18/early'19 disguised the deceleration, spiralling down 60% since 2008... Updated Today for Cascades & Verso; Sappi tomorrow

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brands productivity v stationery 2019Brand standing
champions 2019

Most think OP; Biz supply
brands stand for a great
experience... delivered!


Old OP brands like Acco, Esselte, Avery, IP & HP once dominated the market. Today's big brands Apple, Microsoft, Keurig, Fellowes, Humanscale, EcoLab, PFG, Amazon & WBMason stand for tech, refreshments, hygiene, ergonomics & food service delivered. Here are the Top 30 business service brands that stand for 'personalised productivity' improvement… Updated

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Screen Shot 2019 10 01 at 9.09.20 AMProficiency Index Poll

40 under 40

Nominations pls for
international business
supply market's talent


Nominations for the 10th Annual Proficiency Index ’40 under 40’ Poll 2019 are complete. This feature identifies the rising stars in the business supply marketplace, attracted 114 nominations. We list the top nominations in alpha order: 

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