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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 16 at 4.10.21 PMPackaging power
    propels biz market

    Ecom product care drives
    rapid growth, VCap interest


    The hygiene & packaging market looks alot like the glorious 80/90's days in OP. Consolidation of regional independents in a market with 10%+ growth fuelled by WFH/ecommerce, led by the major players e.g. ULine and venture capital funds. We review, analyse leaders and trends....

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  • staples depot train crashKaluzny skins SPLS
    Smith drains ODP

    Myopic mercenary moves
    maximise selfish interests


    Former bigbox giants Staples & Office Depot ($52Bn sales 2007) have been destroyed by a mix of incompetence and vulture capitalist's greed. Today, aggregate sales are $19Bn sinking at a $2Bnpa rate.  What are the motivations of Sycamore's Stefan Kaluzny and Depot's ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith? We review and comment... 

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 15 at 5.46.12 PMCan dealers svc

    hybrid workers?

    More lower value webstore
    orders delivered same day


    Corporations are adjusting rapidly to the hybrid work future. Flexible work is here to stay. How will dealers adapt to a new norm where empowered users order business supplies online, in smaller quantities, expecting the immediate home delivery advanced by Amazon? What will they do to upgrade webstores and broaden ranges to minimise the higher cost to serve? We discuss....

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  • Screen Shot 2022 01 14 at 9.40.00 AMDepot's charade
    'split' game over

    Phantom 2nd bidder for
    retail biz to stall Staples?


    ODP Corp aka Office Depot
    has decided to delay previously announced plans to split into two public companies to "mull over sale offers for its retail division", sending its shares up 10%. This bigbox game of charades is a joke; a disintegrating mess run by a bunch of self serving simpletons...

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  • MEGATRENDS 2022sq2022 Business
    Supply Market
    MEGATRENDS

    ......less Means More
    P r o d u c t i v i t y 


    Are we heralding in the Roaring 20's? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Shopify have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery. Covid advanced 2025 trends: #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless #Bigless #Wasteless & #Carbonless. WFH told us to connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. We guide on how dealers can take charge of their destiny? New Report inc. 2021 Market Review published today!

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Screen Shot 2021 08 20 at 4.26.46 PMDyson call: "Go
Back to Office!"

Competitiveness will
suffer from WFH wave


Workers must be "unequivocally" told by Government leaders to return to the office or the US/UK will fall behind its global competitors, top international innovator Sir James Dyson has warned. "Sharing of knowledge is imperilled by the isolation of a WFH culture borne out of Covid contingency plans," he wrote.

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Screen Shot 2019 03 12 at 12.16.43 PMTatham's take on
Top Tech Trends

DataSecurity, Sustainability
Hybrid Work, Cloud Collab


Westcoast
is now the UK's top technology products & services wholesaler driving the 'stockless reseller' (VARs/MSPs) renaissance. We met with ebullient MD Alex Tatham to get his take on progress, market movers and the top tech trends.

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hindmarch simone commercial 2017Carbonless
Commercial 

Repurposing & leading
new hybrid working era
w/hygiene & technology


The UK's leading productivity services provider Commercial Group is on course to reach carbon 'net zero' target by 2028. We spoke with MD Simone Hindmarch about progress through the pandemic and the latest innovations inspired through greater team and client collaboration during the lockdown. Updated

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Screen Shot 2021 06 04 at 5.41.25 PMUnpacking plastic
'circular economy'

Avery Den explores role of
sustainability in life cycle


Plastic is one of the most maligned materials on the planet. The environmental costs of disposing of it improperly have rightly been highlighted in recent years. But without it, it would be hard to keep food fresh or transport liquids home from the shops. "There's a solution, however: a closed loop circular economy for plastics" states Avery Dennison. .

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Screen Shot 2021 04 29 at 11.59.18 AMShopify spurs
entrepreneurs

How MCommerce platform
helps dealers beat Amazon


Shopify,
 
the specialist MCommerce platform for business supply dealers & entrepreneurs grew 110% in Q1'21 with 1M+ independent partners. It has reinforced marketing prowess with distribution services. Here are case studies on how it enables brand makers & resellers to compete with Amazon 

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nadella satya msoft cloudMicrosoft's master
$1Tn partner plan 

Nadella views all programs
thru' a channel/user lens


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
, who’s been absorbed in the software giant’s “partner-first” culture for nearly 30 years, spends a lot of time contemplating how solution providers are impacted by every decision the company makes. Now he's enthusing about the $1Tn opportunity for stakeholder partners...

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musgoves nectere jan16Nectere's next
webstore plan

Broadline biz supplies
beyond OP wholesalers


Nectere
, the UK&I full service, smaller dealer group, announced a partnership with EvoX/Fusion to provide a broadline business supplies webstore that extends beyond narrowline OP wholesalers. Just another example of how groups are taking charge of their destiny. Next step CDC?

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Screen Shot 2021 04 12 at 3.07.32 PMLenovo leads in
PC market share

Understated powerhouse
overtakes complacent HP


A Seeking Alpha analyst has highlighted the relentless progress of Lenovo now well established as global #1 in PC' s and making strong progress in servers and mobiles. The 3yrs turnaround plan has succeeded with more innnovations in the pipeline....

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Screen Shot 2021 03 23 at 12.15.17 PMLyreco lights the
way forward in
sustainable supply

Zooming w/past & present
CEO's Bigeard & Lienard


The secret's out! Eric Bigeard, legendary Lyreco ceo until 2010, is back in support of current ceo Greg Lienard in the drive to consolidate its leadership position in Europe & Asia business supply markets. We discussed the recent acquisition of Staples Solutions mainland Europe operations, the market and its sustainability strategy. Complete

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Screen Shot 2021 03 23 at 2.54.54 PMSynnTech ceo's
"seminal moment"

Rich Hume's 10 statements
on the megabyte mash-up


Tech Data
ceo Rich Hume says the blockbuster Synnex merger will bring benefits for decades to come to both partners and vendors based on combo's ability to invest in future technologies. The odds against this happening are huge, so let's discuss his 10 point takeaway.... 

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