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Jan-Dec Analysis

OPocalypse saved by WFH,
Tech, PPE/Hygiene supply


The perfect storm of a slowing economy, paperless office power, vultures attack was exacerbated by Covid. This proved tragic for traditional players, but welcome relief for 'essential' suppliers like Amazon, Walmart, Target and WFH specialists eg Best Buy, Home Depot & Wayfair. We chronicle the main events. Complete 

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Companies in US

Newsweek 2021 Top 400
inc.40 Biz Suppliers: HP#1


Newsweek
 
just published the US' Most Responsible Companies 2021 rankings. Together with Statista it lists Top 400 scores in Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSR). Great to see 40 leading broadline business suppliers featured. We comment on their achievements

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Top Turkeys 2020

Reflections on Covid hit,
OPocalyptic, WFH year
saved by PPE/hygiene


MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 2020 will go down as a terrible year for ‘turkeys’ (aka vultures) citing the ‘Covid' excuse as cause for failure. For progressives it’s been tough too, but rescued by pivoting quickly into new business supply categories: PPE/hygiene & safety; WFH tech & ergonomics, refreshments & packaging.

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M&A's in 2020

Technology, Hygiene, OP,
MPS deals in Covid crisis


The year long global pandemic has been devastating for many small businesses accelerating negative consolidation. Meanwhile, progressive M&A trends towards a 'paperless, officeless & touchless' future driven by technology surged. We review the top positive and negative deals of 2020

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commodity cliffPrint/papermakers
plunge prolongs

#OPocalypse: Diminished
demand+economy+Covid


Most leading OP, Paper & Printer makers continued to report deeper demand declines. Printer paper is down 60%+ since 2008; another -20% in Q3; the shift to hygiene & packaging is huge. We analyse Q3 results updated today inc. HP, Metsa & Mondi

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Hygiene HarryHealthy Hygiene
market momentum

Covid mitigation challenge
Final Suppliers' Scoreboard


The Paperless, Officeless, Touchless & Spotless future is happening. Business suppliers: makers, dealers inc.designers & managed services providers have pivoted to sell employers PPE, WFH technology, air purifiers & office planning apps for social distancing. We review Q3'20 results.. Market analyses complete inc. Berry, Brady & FEMSA

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M a s t e r s 2020 

WebWatch Review: WFH
user experiences v Amazon



The Covid induced WFH lockdown has spiked online buying particularly Mobile Commerce. The Proficiency Index WebWatch team has reviewed leaders' webstore experiences, 'browsing & buying' PPE, hygiene and technology essentials. We analyse & compare v the Amazon best practice model. Updated

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WFH Lucy TomFurnituremakers
fall as WFH fires

Corporate office collapse,
as home suppliers surge!


Furnituremakers Review Q2'20: Covid killed the corporate furniture and interiors supply market. Leading makers reported 30%+ demand declines. Meanwhile, WFH suppliers like Amazon, Wayfair exploded with record revenues. We review leaders and the new developments emerging during the crisis that will accelerate the Worklife Confluence & ergonomics movement Updated or Haworth & HNI/HON latest results today

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Superstars 2020

Corporate Knights' Global
Index top performers


Corporate Knights' Global Index has ranked the Most Sustainability Companies 2020. We invited dealers, distributors and manufacturers in the business supplies industry to submit details of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and progress. We highlight the criteria and review progress thru' October

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industrial supplies invasionIndustrial supplies:
Biz market outlook?

Can Edu & HCare growth
bt manufacturing decline?

 
The industrial supply market was in decline in 2019, before Covid, and is now in depression. We review the performance of the Top 20 US distributors in 2019; how the leaders have fought the pandemic and their outlook for 2021. 

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