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  • Faceless driverWill all bigbox's 
    disown delivery?

    Cost cutting plan opens


    personal service door


    Office Depot/Max
     has outsourced its deliveries progressively in recent years. Now it seems Staples is following suit. Meanwhile, Amazon is moving in the opposite direction. Opportunity knocks for personalised delivery! Over the weekend

    Read More
  • amazon 3d red truck

    Amazon: mobile

    3D maker hubs

    'Anticipatory delivery'

    enhancement plans  


    Amazon
    has been experimenting with a number of new shipping methods lately, but one of its latest may not involve delivery at all!

    Read More
  • bezos jeff amazon supermanAmazon contract

    market moves?

    #SPLODGE plans to spur
    corporate supply drive

     
    Over the next 9 months as we await the FTC decision on Staples/Depot merger expect Amazon to accelerate its attack on the contract business supply market. Here's the likely scenario... weekend 

    Read More
  • Screen Shot 2015 02 28 at 00.22.12HP & Aruba take 
    over rumors rife

    Networker's strong sales
    drives net profitability


    Aruba Networks
    was tight lipped on rumours HP is going to snap it up as it talked up its channel credentials on a Q2'15 earnings webcast

    Read More
  • office design workers first 1IIDA's Positive
    Productivity 

    Office Design Awards

    feature Boston's best


    Last night at the Revere Hotel in Boston over 300 of New Englands A&D community and contract interiors dealers assembled for the IIDA annual design awards show. Spectacular work! Report tomorrow

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powers liz artliftingArt Lifting the

spirit of giving

Uplifting the community


by decorating the office


Yesterday, we visited top contract interiors dealer Creative Office Pavilion at the Boston Design Center. Marketing chief Karen Van Winkle alerted us to the life changing work of Liz Powers. Story tomorrow...

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Faceless driverWill all bigbox's 
disown delivery?

Cost cutting plan opens


personal service door


Office Depot/Max
 has outsourced its deliveries progressively in recent years. Now it seems Staples is following suit. Meanwhile, Amazon is moving in the opposite direction. Opportunity knocks for personalised delivery! Over the weekend

Read more ...

amazon 3d red truck

Amazon: mobile

3D maker hubs

'Anticipatory delivery'

enhancement plans  


Amazon
has been experimenting with a number of new shipping methods lately, but one of its latest may not involve delivery at all!

Read more ...

bezos jeff amazon supermanAmazon contract

market moves?

#SPLODGE plans to spur
corporate supply drive

 
Over the next 9 months as we await the FTC decision on Staples/Depot merger expect Amazon to accelerate its attack on the contract business supply market. Here's the likely scenario... weekend 

Read more ...

Screen Shot 2015 02 28 at 00.22.12HP & Aruba take 
over rumors rife

Networker's strong sales
drives net profitability


Aruba Networks
was tight lipped on rumours HP is going to snap it up as it talked up its channel credentials on a Q2'15 earnings webcast

Read more ...

office design workers first 1IIDA's Positive
Productivity 

Office Design Awards

feature Boston's best


Last night at the Revere Hotel in Boston over 300 of New Englands A&D community and contract interiors dealers assembled for the IIDA annual design awards show. Spectacular work! Report tomorrow

Read more ...

ingram micro montage 2014Ingram growth
mobilised again

Strong sales from PC 

refresh & new contracts


Ingram Micro,
the world's largest technology distributor with $46Bn in annual sales, grew at an accelerating  pace in Q4’14

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ive apple watchApple's Spring

Forward in time

Launch date of Watch
designed by Jony Ive

 

Apple has just announced its highly anticipated Apple Watch event; it's happening on March 9th.

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rometty ginni ibm presentsIBM Rometty's

head in cloud 

Tour de force wows AM
with strategic direction

 


IBM has the same challenge as its old tech peers: how to foster fast-growth unproven initiatives, while lucrative older businesses are slowing down. CEO Ginni Rometty impressed the analysts...

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lucy moving coffeeCan Keurig beat
current softness

K-Cup shakeup in Dunkin
& Smucker distribution


Keurig, Dunkin' Brands and Smucker
today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution of their brands. Will this help Keurig accelerate its slowing growth rate?

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westcott pencil sharpenerAcme’s cutting
edge sharpens

Continued US strength
dampened by Europe


Acme United today announced powerful sales and profits growth in its Q4’14 financial results to 31 Dec'14

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benioff marc salesforce handWave is up at
Salesforce.com

No software company is


growing faster: mobility, 
cloud, social & enterprise


CRM giant Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff brimmed with excitement about its new Wave analytics cloud platform and his latest growth in sales and cash flow...

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social media lady red handsDo social media
links drive biz?

Promo effectiveness


under scrutiny again


Should marketers give up on trying social media to drive traffic to webstores – since it often doesn’t work and just craft content for specific sites e.g Twitter/Facebook

Read more ...

alvarez miranda millan adveoAdveo: adverse
trends unabated

Prospects poor: printer
ink plunges; nothing new

 

Adveo, the leading mainline European OP wholesaler (inc. ex-Spicers Europe) continued its disappointing sales decline in Q4’14. The outlook continues to be challenging unless new categories are added quickly...

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Screen Shot 2015 02 25 at 16.13.31Donnelley down
on publishing

OP maker buys weigh on


variable print progress

 


R.R. Donnelley,
the digital and print media giant, reported disappointing financials for Q4'14. It suffered secular decline in OP and relied on acquisitions for revenue growth... 

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sargent grasp nettle and MsStaples launch

loans for SMB's

Aim: help business make


more happen... quickly 

Staples  today launched the “Staples Business Loans powered by Lendio service to help small business owners by giving them quick and easy access to capital.

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open office workingPinterest poised

as marketers pet

Forrester: needs to up ad


offer to attract sponsors


Pinterest is poised to become Madison Avenue’s newest darling, and this year will be a critical period to see if the website can turn the initial hype into a serious advertising business, according to a new report from eMarketer.

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HPs Mission ImpossibleInk-sinking HP’s
Hollow Promises

Winsome Whitman’s tale
of 'turnaround' in tatters.
What growth/innovation


Hewlett Packard (HP),
the world’s #1 tech maker, continued its decline in Q1'15 ended 31 Jan'15. CEO Meg Whitman’s air of clichéd confidence and broad brushstrokes again failed to convince sceptics about her ‘New style of IT’ rhetoric. Where are the growth businesses?

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Productivity to lucyService Sector

soars in Feb.

Strongest rise in biz


activity for 4 months


February data pointed to a robust and accelerated increase in US service sector business activity according to the latest Markit PMI survey

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whitman meg HP heavy cloadsHP's huge cloud
services win

Deutsche Bank opts for
dedicated data center


IT giant Hewlett-Packard said that it has won a 10-year “multibillion dollar” deal to run computing systems for Deutsche Bank.

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Bigbox players outsource delivery service

Faceless driverWill all bigbox's 
disown delivery?

Cost cutting plan opens


personal service door


Office Depot/Max
 has outsourced its deliveries progressively in recent years. Now it seems Staples is following suit. Meanwhile, Amazon is moving in the opposite direction. Opportunity knocks for personalised delivery! Over the weekend

Read More...

Amazon contract market plans

bezos jeff amazon supermanAmazon contract

market moves?

#SPLODGE plans to spur
corporate supply drive

 
Over the next 9 months as we await the FTC decision on Staples/Depot merger expect Amazon to accelerate its attack on the contract business supply market. Here's the likely scenario... weekend 

Read More...

Keurig distribution shake up

lucy moving coffeeCan Keurig beat
current softness

K-Cup shakeup in Dunkin
& Smucker distribution


Keurig, Dunkin' Brands and Smucker
today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution of their brands. Will this help Keurig accelerate its slowing growth rate?

Read More...

Do social media links drive traffic?

social media lady red handsDo social media
links drive biz?

Promo effectiveness


under scrutiny again


Should marketers give up on trying social media to drive traffic to webstores – since it often doesn’t work and just craft content for specific sites e.g Twitter/Facebook

Read More...

The Key to Productivity

productivity man hands 2The Key to

Productivity

Facebook: "We always
automate routine tasks"


Facebook CIO Timothy Campos ’s job is to make everyone who works at the world’s biggest social network as productive as possible.

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Market myths re Millennials

Millennials mobilesMarketing myths
about Millennials

Gen X/Y gabfest genuine
or garbage? Differences
about age or attitude? 

There have been many aricles in national press about 'Marketers sizing up the Millennials’ (15 to 33 year olds). It’s a big and growing market, but is it really that different?

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15 Shades of Grey Marketing

50 shades grey15 Shades of

Grey Marketing

Avoid Boring, Dodgy,
& Selfish Messaging


Went to the movies on Friday to see '50 Shades of Grey'. It has certainly attracted much co-branding activity aimed at the younger women audience. It reminded us of the poor marketing messaging in the office market...

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Varidesk Ad: Stand up for Productivity!

Varidesk productivity adVaridesk voice
PRODUCTIVITY 

Why do furnituremaker


marketers not get it?


The sit/stand desking movement is alive! The 'sitting is the new smoking' campaign gathers momentum. Yet it takes direct marketer Varidesk to show the right way to market with user commercials.

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#SPLODGE Debate: Will FTC block Sysco/US Foods merger? Therefore?

sysco usfoods merger FTCFood for

thought?

If FTC block Sysco-US
Foods merger plans,

will it deny SPLODGE?


At EMERGE, Cleveland Research were cautiously optimistic about the prospects of the #SPLODGE (Staples/Depot) acquisition. However they warned about FTC's likely rejection of the mighty food services merger. How relevant is it?

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Supply chain strangulation

supplier squeezeSupply chain

strangulation

VC/activists advance
bigbox bully tactics


Vulture capitalist 
Better Capital's ownership of SPOT (Spicers/OT) in the UK; activist investor Starboard's stakes in Staples/Depot follow the familiar one-dimensional approach to cutting costs by squeezing suppliers with zero commitment to growth...analysis later today sorry

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