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  • weisler dion HP arm highHot Performer

    expects BIG'19

    Weisler winning streak
    to extend into 3rd year


    The unlikely revival of HPInc., leading PC/printer & inkmaker, after Meg Whitman's departure continues apace. The PC refresh cycle peak is expected to continue, temporaily boosting demand for print consumables in 2019. 

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  • VOW montage 2016 2H o w  N o w
    D o w n  V O W?

    Narrowline wholesaler fails
    to grow biz supplies range


    Leading UK OP wholesaler VOW, part of the EVO Business Supplies group is expected to report a double digit % sales decline in 2018 plus continued losses. What happened to VC Endless' investment in growth initiatives? Tomorrow

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  • Screen Shot 2019 01 16 at 11.28.49 AMMPS mergers
    ramp up in EU

    Danish/UK partnership
    to serve 30 countries


    UK managed print services (MPS) specialist Purpose Software has been acquired by Danish services firm Asolvi. This is the latest in a series of MPS consolidation moves inc. HP, ASL, Kyocera & Konica. We review the market...

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  • EPIC gentile maggioE P I C  move
    by US Groups

    Guernsey leads counter
    attack against #STRESS


    US dealer groups
    TriMega, ISG & Pinnacle have at last agreed to combine forces as a single 'megagroup' of 1000 dealers. We spoke with the plan's architect David Guernsey who will now lead a steering committee to finalise details...Updated

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  • Lucy CC ordering onlineOnline tech buys
    surpass 33% sales

    OP & IT consumables now
    60% of business supply mix


    E-commerce accounted for 33% of US computers/electronics retail sales, according to
    Internet Retailer. Moreover business consumable purchases exceeded 60%. We provide latest sales analysis....

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weisler dion HP arm highHot Performer

expects BIG'19

Weisler winning streak
to extend into 3rd year


The unlikely revival of HPInc., leading PC/printer & inkmaker, after Meg Whitman's departure continues apace. The PC refresh cycle peak is expected to continue, temporaily boosting demand for print consumables in 2019. 

Read more ...

VOW montage 2016 2H o w  N o w
D o w n  V O W?

Narrowline wholesaler fails
to grow biz supplies range


Leading UK OP wholesaler VOW, part of the EVO Business Supplies group is expected to report a double digit % sales decline in 2018 plus continued losses. What happened to VC Endless' investment in growth initiatives? Tomorrow

Read more ...

Screen Shot 2019 01 16 at 11.28.49 AMMPS mergers
ramp up in EU

Danish/UK partnership
to serve 30 countries


UK managed print services (MPS) specialist Purpose Software has been acquired by Danish services firm Asolvi. This is the latest in a series of MPS consolidation moves inc. HP, ASL, Kyocera & Konica. We review the market...

Read more ...

EPIC gentile maggioE P I C  move
by US Groups

Guernsey leads counter
attack against #STRESS


US dealer groups
TriMega, ISG & Pinnacle have at last agreed to combine forces as a single 'megagroup' of 1000 dealers. We spoke with the plan's architect David Guernsey who will now lead a steering committee to finalise details...Updated

Read more ...

Lucy CC ordering onlineOnline tech buys
surpass 33% sales

OP & IT consumables now
60% of business supply mix


E-commerce accounted for 33% of US computers/electronics retail sales, according to
Internet Retailer. Moreover business consumable purchases exceeded 60%. We provide latest sales analysis....

Read more ...

Screen Shot 2019 01 15 at 11.52.36 AMApple bitten,
bruised,in denial

Can IT channel catch up,
as it tumbles from top?


Apple has had a bruising 2019 so far, with slashed revenue forecasts, falling iPhone sales and developments in its legal spat with Qualcomm. Moreover Amazon & Microsoft have overtaken its most valuable 

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Whiteway jeff explosionWhitewash fired
as SPOT bursts

Will Vulture hire new CEO
or sell disintegrating dog?


Breaking News
: Vulture capitalist Better Capital owner of the mongrel mix of wholesaler Spicers & dealer Officeteam have fired CEO Jeff 'Whitewash' Whiteway. What's next, further crash and burn or a fire sale? Updated

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MEGATRENDS sq 20192019 Business
Supply Market
MEGATRENDS

How to take charge of your
own destiny in the 2020's!


Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, WeWork & Uber
have M-powered a new entrepreneurial revolution with affordable personal tech & immediate delivery services. Wholesalers have failed to help OP resellers connect with users by providing personalised productivity services + integrated same-day delivery. How should dealers take charge of their own destiny in this difficult situation? Report completed inc. 2018 US/UK Market Review. Published later today

 

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Screen Shot 2019 01 03 at 11.26.02 PM'19 Predictions:

OPocalypse or Opportunity?

Mobilize managed
productivity services


What will happen with Amazon, Apple, Staples, Essendant, SPRichards, Office Depot, WBMason, HP, Uber, Imperial Dade, SPOT (Spicers-OfficeTeam), EVO/VOW, Westcoast, dealers, groups, wholesalers, manufacturers in 2019. Here are our predictions....Updated

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Screen Shot 2019 01 11 at 2.19.46 PMDire Depot fails
EU credit tests

Vulture Aurelius oversees
dramatic descent <$1Bn


Office Depot
sold its European operations to vulture capitalist Aurelius in Sep 2016. In 2008 sales were $3Bn, now below $1Bn after the management team failed to stop the rot. Now it has severe cash problems... weekend analysis

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Screen Shot 2018 10 10 at 12.14.57 PMWhat if FTC
foils Staples?

Can Essendant revitalize
dealer wholesale support?


OP industry leaders' seem resigned that the
Staples acquisition of wholesaler Essendant will get FTC approval But, the decision expected by 1 Nov, has been delayed over the phony 'firewall' issue and now by the Government Shutdown. We discuss options if the FTC reject Staples ....Updated

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innovators top 2013Top Innovators.
Top Innovations

Illustrious icons comp'd
w/personal productivity
drivers & best products


Time Magazine
recently reviewed the most innovative companies of 2018; and Forbes magazine the best breakthrough innovations. We feature the most innovative leaders and best innovations in the business supply/personal productivity marketplace… Updated

 

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watt graeme softcat 18Softcat soars on
strong IT sales 

Overtakes Computacenter
as most valuable reseller


Softcat
UK#2 IT reseller with £1Bn+ in sales has reported impressive growth in demand and profits in its first half 2019 results. 

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avery europe smith teamAvery advances
label specialty

CCL makes 7th bolt on
acquisition since 2013


CCL Industries
, the specialty label, security and packaging solutions maker announced today that it has acquired a UK direct-to-consumer online digital business for its Avery business.

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Holesale warehouseDistributors stock

up for BREXIT?

Hope UK wholesalers take
note & expand categories


CRN
reports today 'Distributors are increasing UK stockholding' in preparation for a likely #NoDealBrexit. We hope Spicers & VOW are listening and expanding their broadline business supplies categories?

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IP packaging aircraft carrierIP's packaging
move in Spain

#1 Papermaker now 70%
sales mix in growth sector


World #1 papermaker
International Paper
is in the process of taking over a major packaging producer with four plants in Spain. Expect similar moves European wide in the future

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HP expects banner year in 2019

weisler dion HP arm highHot Performer

expects BIG'19

Weisler winning streak
to extend into 3rd year


The unlikely revival of HPInc., leading PC/printer & inkmaker, after Meg Whitman's departure continues apace. The PC refresh cycle peak is expected to continue, temporaily boosting demand for print consumables in 2019. 

Read More...

VOW 2018 Results Preview - How Now Down VOW

VOW montage 2016 2H o w  N o w
D o w n  V O W?

Narrowline wholesaler fails
to grow biz supplies range


Leading UK OP wholesaler VOW, part of the EVO Business Supplies group is expected to report a double digit % sales decline in 2018 plus continued losses. What happened to VC Endless' investment in growth initiatives? Tomorrow

Read More...

Office Depot Europe lacking creditability

Screen Shot 2019 01 11 at 2.19.46 PMDire Depot fails
EU credit tests

Vulture Aurelius oversees
dramatic descent <$1Bn


Office Depot
sold its European operations to vulture capitalist Aurelius in Sep 2016. In 2008 sales were $3Bn, now below $1Bn after the management team failed to stop the rot. Now it has severe cash problems... weekend analysis

Read More...

What if FTC foils Staples?

Screen Shot 2018 10 10 at 12.14.57 PMWhat if FTC
foils Staples?

Can Essendant revitalize
dealer wholesale support?


OP industry leaders' seem resigned that the
Staples acquisition of wholesaler Essendant will get FTC approval But, the decision expected by 1 Nov, has been delayed over the phony 'firewall' issue and now by the Government Shutdown. We discuss options if the FTC reject Staples ....Updated

Read More...

UK Stocking up for BREXIT

Holesale warehouseDistributors stock

up for BREXIT?

Hope UK wholesalers take
note & expand categories


CRN
reports today 'Distributors are increasing UK stockholding' in preparation for a likely #NoDealBrexit. We hope Spicers & VOW are listening and expanding their broadline business supplies categories?

Read More...

Depot downgrade earned or error?

dead fish in the water300Depot downgrade
earned or error?

Market cap sinks 30%+ to
$1.5Bn. Recovery or ruin?


Seeking Alpha analyst Elle Investments reckons the huge sell off of Office Depot shares in December was unfair. It credits the margin improving move into SMB services as a positive, but does it get the negative of inept management? Updated

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#STRESS Staples supply side seduction

Screen Shot 2018 12 18 at 11.05.09 AMStaples' supply 
chain seduction

Will promise of lower prices
convince large dealers to
hang in with Essendant?


#STRESS Latest! The FTC continues to deliberate over the phony privacy firewall promised by Staples with Essendant's partner dealers. Meanwhile, it seems CEO Sandy Douglas' charm offensive with larger dealers may be working? Updated

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Amazon's drive to own total delivery experience

Amazon Bezos Biggles 767AMZN's delivery
ownership drive

Invests in planes & trucks
to cut FedEx/UPS $Bn costs


Seeking Alpha analyst Michael Henage
reports that "Amazon plans to save $Bns" by investing in its own planes, trucks (and boats) to control costs in the whole delivery cycle from maker to user. We discuss his analysis. Updated

 

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Facebook failing to save face

Screen Shot 2018 12 14 at 3.24.27 PMFakebook fails
to save face

SMedia giant lies & sells
advertisers private data


Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg
stated at a Senate hearing "We do not sell data to anyone". He lied according to Stanford data scientist Michal Kosinski. Will Congress close in now and adopt Europe's GDPR data protection laws?

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Finding workplace wellness balance

Screen Shot 2018 12 14 at 1.41.50 PMFind workplace
wellness balance

New ways to help people
move, think & feel better


Stanford
professor Jeffrey Pfeffer writes in his book “Dying for a Paycheck” that workplace stress is taking a physical and psychological toll on employees and costing employers billions.

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