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  • google express man deliveryGoogle Express
    apes Amazon

    Plunges into personal/
    home services market

     

    Web browsers can search Google for terms like 'clogged toilet', 'tech help' and 'lock repair' now get more direct 'Express' advice on how to fix their problems.

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  • staples depot train crash#SPLODGE
    Suspended

    FTC want more info.
    National Accounts
    dominance details?


    Staples and Office Depot said tonight they will delay the closing of their agreed merger to provide the Federal Trade Commission with additional information.

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  • staples back to school storeSchool spend

    stays in stores

    Survey says digital 
    drive not taken off


    Shopping for school supplies is one of the last bastions that hasn't moved online. Moms are some of the biggest online shoppers but this ritual remains stubbornly traditional. 

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  • xerox exec ad 2015Xerox exit from 
    technobabble

    'Everybody's talking' ad
    aims to simplify process


    "Work has changed; it’s frenetic, process-laden and regulation-heavy. But improving the work itself is within reach" says Xerox launching its new ad strategy to promote its business management services

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  • CFO keyholeNo more paper.
    Kno'more CFO’s

    Managed Productivity
    Services need specialists

     


    A hot topic in the OP market/press over recent years has been managed services e.g. MPS. Many say they have a solution, but few succeed. It's a pointless exercise unless salespeople  are trained to offer productivity gains to CFO's...over the weekend

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google express man deliveryGoogle Express
apes Amazon

Plunges into personal/
home services market

 

Web browsers can search Google for terms like 'clogged toilet', 'tech help' and 'lock repair' now get more direct 'Express' advice on how to fix their problems.

Read more ...

staples depot train crash#SPLODGE
Suspended

FTC want more info.
National Accounts
dominance details?


Staples and Office Depot said tonight they will delay the closing of their agreed merger to provide the Federal Trade Commission with additional information.

Read more ...

staples back to school storeSchool spend

stays in stores

Survey says digital 
drive not taken off


Shopping for school supplies is one of the last bastions that hasn't moved online. Moms are some of the biggest online shoppers but this ritual remains stubbornly traditional. 

Read more ...

xerox exec ad 2015Xerox exit from 
technobabble

'Everybody's talking' ad
aims to simplify process


"Work has changed; it’s frenetic, process-laden and regulation-heavy. But improving the work itself is within reach" says Xerox launching its new ad strategy to promote its business management services

Read more ...

CFO keyholeNo more paper.
Kno'more CFO’s

Managed Productivity
Services need specialists

 


A hot topic in the OP market/press over recent years has been managed services e.g. MPS. Many say they have a solution, but few succeed. It's a pointless exercise unless salespeople  are trained to offer productivity gains to CFO's...over the weekend

Read more ...

breem jim live betterSprouting Way
Better snacks

Natural nutritious chips
driving the wellness era

Jim Breen, founder of Live Better Brands, said he stumbled into sprouting while researching how to formulate healthier snacks.

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SPOT the dog difference#SPOT the
difference?

Ex-wholesaler vows to
return to golden years
w/messy mongrel mix


SPOT,
the toxic wholesaler/direct reseller mix of Spicers-Officeteam, has been communicating plans on FM supplies, furniture and catalogues recently. They could have been press releases from a golden 1995. Updated

 

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apple watch analystsApple W a t c h
w o n d e r f u l

Better sales than iPhone,
iPad in its first quarter


The ultimate productivity device maker
Apple sold more Watches in their first quarter of availability than it did iPads or iPhones. So why are analysts eager to call it a bust?

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PC 2 in 1 deviceW10 weighs
on PC market

Demand for detachable
2-in-1 device set to soar

 
 
The free upgrade model of Windows 10 is set to drag the PC market down for the next two years, according to IDC, but thereafter growth will resume, fuelled by the 2-in-1 device market

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Depot Max tortoiseODP/Max mount
messy message

'Gear up for Great' line
lost in service reality


As previously highlighted, we like the Office Depot/ OfficeMax TV commercials on CNBC. But, the ads that portray small business benefits feel contrived, reflecting the reality of its slow service... tomorrow

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Amazon Fire ExitsAmazon Fire
flamed out

Curtails development
of consumer devices


Amazon as decided, rather than forge ahead, as it has with other projects, such as its Kindle tablets, it will retreat from the development of consumer devices like the Fire phone...

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sit stand desk stirFeel good factor
fans movement

Furnituremakers on fire.
Worklife Confluence hot


Positive economic trends fuelled company confidence to invest in ergonomics that drive worker productivity and longevity. We highlight trends and report furniture makers latest results. Updated

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IP packaging aircraft carrierEtailers elevate 
corrugated pkg

Packaging market set
to grow 4%pa thru' 2020


A new study by Persistence Marketing on the global corrugated packaging market forecasts 4% annual growth between 2014 and 2020.

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menear craig home depotHome Depot
drives Pro-gress

Shifts toward wholesale
& industrial supplies

 

The Home Depot, the world's #1 home improvement retailer, last week reported strong Q2'15 sales and moves into the supply of Professional tradesmen and industrial supplies

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lucy nestle poland spring

Still waters

run steep...

Bottles set to outpace
soda sales in US by '17


With flood of new bottled brands worldwide, water is on track to outsell soda by 2017. Nestle is now #3 in US in non alcolic beverages...

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Screen Shot 2014 10 28 at 12.24.50 PMSoporcel: super
paper position

Navigates share gains

 

as rivals war on price


Leading brand papermaker Portucel/Soporcel of Portugal reported strong results for H1'15 against a background of  internecine warfare across a declining market

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No more paper. Know more CFO's

CFO keyholeNo more paper.
Kno'more CFO’s

Managed Productivity
Services need specialists

 


A hot topic in the OP market/press over recent years has been managed services e.g. MPS. Many say they have a solution, but few succeed. It's a pointless exercise unless salespeople  are trained to offer productivity gains to CFO's...over the weekend

Read More...

SPOT the difference between Spicers yesterday/today

SPOT the dog difference#SPOT the
difference?

Ex-wholesaler vows to
return to golden years
w/messy mongrel mix


SPOT,
the toxic wholesaler/direct reseller mix of Spicers-Officeteam, has been communicating plans on FM supplies, furniture and catalogues recently. They could have been press releases from a golden 1995. Updated

 

Read More...

Office Depot OfficeMax slow service

Depot Max tortoiseODP/Max mount
messy message

'Gear up for Great' line
lost in service reality


As previously highlighted, we like the Office Depot/ OfficeMax TV commercials on CNBC. But, the ads that portray small business benefits feel contrived, reflecting the reality of its slow service... tomorrow

Read More...

Advertise with personality, or not at all.

workrite before afterAdvertise with
personality, or
don't bother

Stop selling solutions.
Market productivity!


Reflecting on NeoCon 2015, we were  struck by many lifeless preview ads & exhibits. If the goal is to optimize worklife confluence & ergonomics, focus on personal  productivity....complete

Read More...

Amazon's good sense on employee practices

Amazon Bezos reaches peopleAmazon's good
common sense

Intensifying customer
and employee practices

 


Financial Times'
business life correspondent Lucy Kellaway discusses the controversy surrounding Amazon's employment practices highlighted by NYT last week...

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Are you cost or growth centric?

productivity over stationery 2013Are you cost or
growth centric?

OP makers & bigboxes
lead defensive agenda
in age of productivity


In the burgeoning business supply market, many OP makers and dealers are retreating unable to adapt to the new productivity services opportunities, requiring more creativity & specialist investment....

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#SPLODGE - Sargent's Food for Thought

sargent Staples not so easySPLODGE: CEO's
food for thought

Sargent feels FTC/Sysco
Nat.A/cs case different?


Staples CEO Ron Sargent opined in yesterday's Q2'15 webcast, that the Sysco-USFoods failed food fight with the FTC was a different case to his agreed takeover with Depot. Is he right?

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Not desking office trends

dickens charles.desk'Not' desking
office trends

Collaboration & wellness
drive worklife movement


The latest chapter in the story of the office desking is discussed by the FT's Lucy Kellaway. The evolution from fixed sedentary position of Charles Dickens through to today's sit/stand tables...

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Robots create not crush jobs

robot man workerRobots create
not crush jobs 

History shows new IT
axes tedium not people


"In the past, new industries hired far more people than those they put out of business. But this is not true of many of today’s new industries.” says Time magazine. Let's discuss...

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Amazon: stressed work culture?

bezos jeffamazon seriousAMZN stressed
work culture? 

Bezos reacts to NYT's
'soullessness' report


The New York Times carried copious anecdotes about the culture at Amazon that has left staff fraught and stressed. CEO Jeff Bezos was quick to respond....

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