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Officeless spaced outReimagining
the Future Office

Views of Innovative, ESND
Guernsey & W/Hse Direct


Following the views of furnituremakers Herman Miller's Andi Owen and Workrite Ergonomics' Charlie Lawrence, PP gets the thoughts from business supply distribution leaders at Essendant, Innovative, Guernsey & Warehouse Direct. We summarise and comment and next week get more views from specialist furnituremakers & dealers. 

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Screen Shot 2021 01 31 at 6.27.28 PMPrivacy & Climate
21Cy's top issues 

Apple CEO Cook discusses
EU's GDPR coming to US


Jan28th was 'Data Privacy Day' yet few people were aware. It’s never been more important as technology captures, analyzes and categorizes virtually any imaginable piece of data about us; and becomes more advanced, invasive and pervasive. In an exclusive Fast Company interview, Apple ceo Tim Cook addresses his concerns and action agenda

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lawrtence charlie workrite standRethinking the
Future Office

COVID challenges norms
& tests furnituremakers


The office will change forever. Furnituremakers have a history of chasing one size fits all solutions. Cubicles, benching, hot desking, 'resimercial'...making the office look like home, have  featured strongly. Recent trends were largely designed to reduce space costs while selling it as the new collaborative environment. Workrite Ergonomics ceo Charlie Lawrence explains how Covid will cause a different approach?

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the future office

Herman Miller CEO Owen
hedges on hybrid working


When Andi Owen took over top office furniture company Herman Miller, in 2018, she didn’t expect to get caught up in politics. But these days, it seems no CEO is safe from the culture wars. NYTimes David Gelles interview with Owen tells more about her, than the future of Miller's reimagination of future workspace

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Baitler jay staples easy riderOP legend Baitler
back on TOPS

Ex-SPLS leader returns to
help convert papermakers
into hygiene growth mkts


Private Equity firm Atlas Holdings hired OP legend Jay Baitler 8yrs ago to help direct & develop, under-invested legacy paper makers, into new use markets eg hygiene supplies. I first met 'Easy Rider' Jay back in the 80's at Summit (NYC) and followed his 18yrs success with Staples (B2B chief). We discuss progress and plans...

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Screen Shot 2020 11 30 at 4.26.49 PMTechData: Tale
of 2 situations

CEO Hume on life w/VC
Apollo v public market


Global #2 IT reseller
Tech Data CEO Rich Hume discusses how he expects the takeover by vulture capitalist Apollo Global to "accelerate our future" through growth organically and via acquisition. Why didn't happen before?

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DeBelder Gian PGP&G's pursuit of
packaging ideals

'Holy Grail' recycling plans
toward carbon neutrality


Gian DeBelder,
technical director for R&D packaging sustainability at Procter & Gamble spoke with Packaging News' Waqas Qureshi about sustainability, working with NGOs and the group’s 'Ambition 2030' renvironmental initiative. We review and discuss details....

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Screen Shot 2020 11 14 at 3.47.10 PMSCJ ceo's plastic
pollution progress

Hygiene giant commits
w/450 fellow eco warriors


SC Johnson,
 a $10Bn global powerhouse of consumer and professional cleaning brands, is making significant progress toward its 2025 targets to tackle plastic pollution. CEO Fisk Johson has made it his personal mission to symbolize the problem and the cure

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w/Fine Fellowes

The healthy shift from OP
to ergonomics & hygiene


The much admired, family owned Fellowes company, is the shining example of a progressive OP maker pivoting to productivity solutions. The Bankers Box core business has been overtaken by ergonomic furniture & air purifiers in its drive for workspace wellness & higher hygiene through Covid & beyond. We spoke with CEO John Fellowes in May; and now report on its record progress. Updated

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Screen Shot 2020 08 20 at 5.06.16 PMRaja's packaging
power passes $1B

Staples Europe acquisitions
+ 'Essentials' fuel growth


Raja Group
, the European packaging and OP distributor, will report commendable growth this year in spite of Covid. We speak with CEO Danièle Kapel-Marcovici about progress with OP acquisitions from Staples, future organic growth plans and her women's rights foundation 

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