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  • Xerox MPSXerox claims MPS
    market leadership

    Quocirca Managed Print
    Services landscape report

     

    The 2016 Quocirca Managed Print Services Landscape report distinguishes Xerox for overall market presence and completeness of offering with high marks across its assessment criteria. We review the report on the leaders....

     

     

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  • AMAZONIFICATION Bezos squashing RESELLER brandsIs AMZN killing
    bigbox/dealers?

    Seeking Alpha analyst
    previews Q4'16 results &
    estimates 40% share gain

     

    Seeking Alpha analyst L&F Capital Management reckons Amazon will report a blockbuster Q4'16 at ther expense of department stores, bigboxes and unsuspecting OP dealers. We discuss....

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  • Buy IT direct teamDealers who copy
    AMZN are finished

    Buy IT Direct boss says
    "work on USP differentials"

     

    "Dealers & etailers should borrow from traditional retail techniques to stay alive" advises Nick Glynne CEO of Buy IT Direct. "Amazon has won the war, differentiate yourself" ....

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  • polman paul unileverUnilever recycled
    packaging pledge

    CEO address at Davos to
    urge eco collaboration

     

    Unilever the $53Bn brand owner of Dove, Persil and major cleaning products is to make all of its plastic fully reusable or recyclable after pressure from customers. CEO Paul Polman will announce his commitment at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week...

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  • lore jet mcmillon walmartWalmart wager
    jumped up Jet

    Naive reliance on over-
    hyped AMZN pretender


    Walmart on Friday announced a management shuffle that integrates the running of its physical outlets and online operations, and extends broader authority to the former head of etailerJet.com which it bought for an extravagant $3.3Bn last year.

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Xerox MPSXerox claims MPS
market leadership

Quocirca Managed Print
Services landscape report

 

The 2016 Quocirca Managed Print Services Landscape report distinguishes Xerox for overall market presence and completeness of offering with high marks across its assessment criteria. We review the report on the leaders....

 

 

Read more ...

AMAZONIFICATION Bezos squashing RESELLER brandsIs AMZN killing
bigbox/dealers?

Seeking Alpha analyst
previews Q4'16 results &
estimates 40% share gain

 

Seeking Alpha analyst L&F Capital Management reckons Amazon will report a blockbuster Q4'16 at ther expense of department stores, bigboxes and unsuspecting OP dealers. We discuss....

Read more ...

Buy IT direct teamDealers who copy
AMZN are finished

Buy IT Direct boss says
"work on USP differentials"

 

"Dealers & etailers should borrow from traditional retail techniques to stay alive" advises Nick Glynne CEO of Buy IT Direct. "Amazon has won the war, differentiate yourself" ....

Read more ...

polman paul unileverUnilever recycled
packaging pledge

CEO address at Davos to
urge eco collaboration

 

Unilever the $53Bn brand owner of Dove, Persil and major cleaning products is to make all of its plastic fully reusable or recyclable after pressure from customers. CEO Paul Polman will announce his commitment at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week...

Read more ...

lore jet mcmillon walmartWalmart wager
jumped up Jet

Naive reliance on over-
hyped AMZN pretender


Walmart on Friday announced a management shuffle that integrates the running of its physical outlets and online operations, and extends broader authority to the former head of etailerJet.com which it bought for an extravagant $3.3Bn last year.

Read more ...

Cook thiel trump appleIs Age of
Apple over?

VC Thiel writes it off.
"no more innovation
in smartphones" ??

 
Paypal co-founder turned venture capitalist Peter Thiel has written in NY Times that the 'Age of Apple' is over, reckoning that the scope for innovation in mobiles is dead. How wrong can this guy get?

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paphitis ryman storefrontRundown Ryman
in real reverse 

Tired retail chain losing
market share to Amazon

 

UK stationery high street retailer Ryman Group has reported financials to 31 Mar'16 and is trending down. Is it becoming another messy ecommerce free WHSmith?

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Productivity stairway to heaven217 P o s i t i v e
Proposals ‘17

Practical guide to win in
business supply market &
beat OP declining trends


Most forecasters agree that 2017 will be a another strong (9th) year of economic growth, business and consumer spending. The urgent need is to satisfy customer demand for 'personal productivity services' that save time, money and space for people. Here's how to succeed... Later today

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lee jae yong samsung grillSamsung stung

by bribery probe

CEO grilled for 22 hours
by South Korean officials


The heir to South Korea’s biggest business empire Samsung has emerged from a marathon grilling by prosecutors. Lee Jae-yong (pic left) was questioned over his role in a crisis gripping the highest levels of the country’s government and business. This after the 'fire phone' disaster! 

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Screen Shot 2017 01 12 at 20.36.00Cartridge World

on green list?

Do Small Business Trends
understand sustainability?

 

The global ink & toner franchise Cartridge World has been named in a New Year list of 50 businesses for green franchise opportunities. Amazing given that ink & toner cartidges are eco-unfriendly by definition?

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market myopiaRidiculous self-
serving research 

New surveys on 3D printing,
IT, paper/print defy reality


Deja vous all over again! New research from various self-serving sources is out talking up the 3D printing market; the endurance of paper based post; and the growth of IT spending defying the reality of their continued decline. We discuss these dodgy reports

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Bezos Amazon atop mountainAmazon to add
100k to workforce

Bullish Bezos builds up to
hit $200Bn sales ($50Bn
in business supplies) 2018


Amazon's
boost in hiring over the next 18 months will increase the e-commerce giant's US workforce to 280,000 positions.. CEO Jeff Bezos is building infrastructure for 150 fulfilment centres to achieve £200Bn in global sales next year.

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weaver ricohRicoh reacts to

printer plunge

Seeking new directions


including 3D printing


Leading printer brand maker Ricoh is considering its future plans given the sliding demand in its core equipment. Can it  truly convert itself into 3D printing powerhouse?

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PC market plungePC sales plunge
for 5th yr in row

Lenovo, Dell & Apple
win HP's market share

 

For the 5th year in a row, worldwide PC shipments fell, acording to top researcher Gartner. What happened to HP's optimism?

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Screen Shot 2015 04 09 at 01.24.38MSC Industrial
still in reverse

CEO more optimistic re
future market conditions


MSC Industrial Supply,
a leading MRO distributor reported declining results for Q4'16. However, its CEO Erik Gershwind is na little more positive about the market outlook..

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bezos racing ahead rivalsAMZNIFICATION

sparks kickback...

2016 Review: Mobile webs,
new managed productivity
services to beat etail king


Amazon
will end 2016 as #1 reseller and wholesaler in business supplies in the US & Europe, blowing away bigboxes and OP channel leaders. It's relentlessness resumed with robotics and drones driving down delivery times and costs to serve. How did the industry react in 2016, we provide a Manth by Month Review. Complete

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Is Amazon killing bigboxes/dealers

AMAZONIFICATION Bezos squashing RESELLER brandsIs AMZN killing
bigbox/dealers?

Seeking Alpha analyst
previews Q4'16 results &
estimates 40% share gain

 

Seeking Alpha analyst L&F Capital Management reckons Amazon will report a blockbuster Q4'16 at ther expense of department stores, bigboxes and unsuspecting OP dealers. We discuss....

Read More...

Is the age of Apple over?

Cook thiel trump appleIs Age of
Apple over?

VC Thiel writes it off.
"no more innovation
in smartphones" ??

 
Paypal co-founder turned venture capitalist Peter Thiel has written in NY Times that the 'Age of Apple' is over, reckoning that the scope for innovation in mobiles is dead. How wrong can this guy get?

Read More...

17 Positive Proposals for 2017

Productivity stairway to heaven217 P o s i t i v e
Proposals ‘17

Practical guide to win in
business supply market &
beat OP declining trends


Most forecasters agree that 2017 will be a another strong (9th) year of economic growth, business and consumer spending. The urgent need is to satisfy customer demand for 'personal productivity services' that save time, money and space for people. Here's how to succeed... Later today

Read More...

Ridiculous self serving research

market myopiaRidiculous self-
serving research 

New surveys on 3D printing,
IT, paper/print defy reality


Deja vous all over again! New research from various self-serving sources is out talking up the 3D printing market; the endurance of paper based post; and the growth of IT spending defying the reality of their continued decline. We discuss these dodgy reports

Read More...

FAB Opportunity in Restaurant Supplies

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in restaurant
supplies market

Strong growth prospects
with slow service levels


The outlook after 6 years of continuous market growth is positive again in 2017 for the restaurant supply business writes David Farkas editor of FoodService & Equipment Supplies magazine. FAB opportunities for the slicker progressive office suppliers...

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Walmart wallows in Amazon's wake

MacMillon doug walmart sizingWalmart wallows
in Amazon's wake 

1000 corporate jobs cut
as downsizing continues


Wal-Mart Stores
is cutting nearly 1,000 corporate jobs before the end of the month, as the world’s biggest retailer works to cut costs and shift its focus to e-commerce.  Death by a thousand cuts implies it is fiddling as Rome burns....

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Best Buy market gains baloney

best buy BrowseBest Buy: market
gains baloney...

Seeking Alpha analysts
mislead on ecom stats

 

Best Buy's shares are up 40% on improved trading in the last 2 quarters and hyped up ecommerce gains. The real story is that Amazon dwarfs its progress from a lowly position in the electronics market

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Is private label past its sell by date?

Screen Shot 2017 01 10 at 16.06.46Is Private Label
past sell by date?

Bigbox demise drives
down demand for cut
price commodities

 

TraceOne & Nielsen have produced excellent reports on trends in the consumer market. As business supplies increasingly morphs into a consumer driven market, we highlight the lessons over the private label issue for office marketers.

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More Millennial market myths

Screen Shot 2017 01 10 at 15.46.36More Millennial
mush & myths

Survey findings flawed
re catalogues & stores


Every week it seems a self serving research report is published that reckons printed catalogues & click & collect routines are welcome by that amorphous group called 'Millennials'. Who are they kidding?

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Retail Retreat - Revisited 2017

retail stores doomedR e t a i l
R e t r e a t

Bigbox & trad dealers
face death by 1000 clix

 

The financial press is awash with headlines of struggling retailers this week as ecommerce trends in the US/UK soar and threaten traditional resellers. We discuss latest developments....

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