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  • peribere jerome sealedair logoS e a l e d  A i r
    sales deflated

    Protective packaging
    maker gains in food


    Sealed Air Corporation, the the $7Bn maker of packaging for food and FM products today announced weaker sales, but stronger profitability results for Q4'15 

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  • elisman boris acco slipsAcco falling
    backwards

    Hopelessness persists.
    Kensington still KO'd

     
    Acco Brands, the one time leading OP marketer, continued its depressing decline in Q4'15. It's complacent behaviour & slow adaptation to future market trends seems hopeless...

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  • mobile data ladyMobile data
    deluge forecast

    Web king Cisco predicts
    75% video domination


    Smartphones and other mobile devices are set to flood the Internet with data in coming years according infrastructure giant Cisco

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  • sargent smith arm around each other#SPLODGE gets
    EU approval 

    Europe not dominated
    by SPLS/ODP as in US.

     

    Staples said today that it got European Union approval to buy Office Depot as the merger of OP bigboxes continued to face rejection from the FTC, the U.S. antitrust regulators 

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  • bezos jeff amazon lucy lovesAll because
    Lucy L♥VES
    A m a z o n

    Everything delivered
    next hour @low prices


    Whilst OP dealers focus on next-day delivery of stationery to Sally Saver, Amazon is providing a personalised next-hour service across a broader business supplies range to user chooser Lucy. That's why the lady l♥ves.... later today

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peribere jerome sealedair logoS e a l e d  A i r
sales deflated

Protective packaging
maker gains in food


Sealed Air Corporation, the the $7Bn maker of packaging for food and FM products today announced weaker sales, but stronger profitability results for Q4'15 

Read more ...

elisman boris acco slipsAcco falling
backwards

Hopelessness persists.
Kensington still KO'd

 
Acco Brands, the one time leading OP marketer, continued its depressing decline in Q4'15. It's complacent behaviour & slow adaptation to future market trends seems hopeless...

Read more ...

mobile data ladyMobile data
deluge forecast

Web king Cisco predicts
75% video domination


Smartphones and other mobile devices are set to flood the Internet with data in coming years according infrastructure giant Cisco

Read more ...

sargent smith arm around each other#SPLODGE gets
EU approval 

Europe not dominated
by SPLS/ODP as in US.

 

Staples said today that it got European Union approval to buy Office Depot as the merger of OP bigboxes continued to face rejection from the FTC, the U.S. antitrust regulators 

Read more ...

bezos jeff amazon lucy lovesAll because
Lucy L♥VES
A m a z o n

Everything delivered
next hour @low prices


Whilst OP dealers focus on next-day delivery of stationery to Sally Saver, Amazon is providing a personalised next-hour service across a broader business supplies range to user chooser Lucy. That's why the lady l♥ves.... later today

Read more ...

WeWork Neumann adam standingWeWork space
rockets to $10Bn

Shared office provider
for start-ups & growers


12 months after investors placed a $5Bn valuation on WeWork, the provider of shared flexible office space internationally, has reached the $10 billion mark. The WeGeneration is alive!

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AOPD montage 2016Advanced Office
Productivity
Delivered 2015

Global contract group
post double digit gains


American Office Products Distributors (AOPD),
the longest established dealer group will hold its 38th national meeting next month. We report on 2015 progress and preview plans with new chief Mark Leazer... Updated

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CFO keyholeCFO's L♥VE 
A m a z o n

Nobody gets fired
buying from Bezos

 
Leakage from single source office supply contracts has increased from 30% to over 50% over the past 10 years, mainly to Amazon. Does Freddy Finance care...not in the slightest... later today

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amazon treasure truckAMZN Treasure
Truck on road

A trove of promotions
for designated drop off


Ever exploring the territory that lies between etail and traditional in-store retail, Amazon today announced via Twitter and Instagram that its Treasure Truck, essentially a store on wheels, is up and running in the Seattle area.

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lovemarksFrom labels, to
logos to brands
to L♥VEMARKS

Your plan to achieve
loyalty beyond reason

 

For business chiefs, brand loyalty is the ultimate deliverer of long term profitability. Mastering the emotional dimensions of marketing is by far the most important requisite of an enterprising life in business. Here's your guide...Updated

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beyond paperclipP u r g e  the
P a p e r c l i p!

Stop last century look
& trivializing your brand

 
We love paperclips as much as any dealer, but the time has come to look beyond products that increase overheads, towards office productivity tools and services that cut customers costs. Pull the 'paperclip' from your logo look...

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hp meg deckchair shifterHP Meg's PR
spats with FT

Thin skinned reaction
falls flat on its face 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has released a letter sent to FT journalist Lucy Kellaway to dispute 'ad threat' claim. Shouldn't CEO Meg Whitman be focused on driving strategic growth initiatives, not shifting deckchairs? Is it another Autonomy moment?

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coke taste feeling lucy llCocaCola gets
some fizz back 

Coke Zero & non-carb
drinks offset Diet decline

Coca-Cola today reported better-than-expected profit and revenue for Q4'15, as higher volume and pricing helped offset the impact of weakness abroad.

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CDW team montage busCDW captures
corporate share

International expansion
led by Kelway & SMB's

CDW, the $13Bn US/UK reseller of tech products and services, reported continued strong growth in Q4'15 including its Kelway UK acquisition...

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Reseller logos Feb 2016Brand image 
What's a name?

Benefits of Fashionable,
Attractive, Memorable,
Evocative logo designs


Progressive dealers are getting the importance of brand image. More and more are moving away from a ‘cut-and-paste’ look, overloaded with cheap ‘kitchen-sink’ impressions of paperclips and stationery. Here’s the FAME Index team’s review of the Best for 2015/16 to date... tomorrow

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apple watch lucy blue lrApple Watch
clocks 70%
market share

Defies doubtful analysts.
The 'must have' device. 


Despite persistent reports that the Apple Watch hasn't been the roaring success the vendor expected, researcher Canalys confirms it dominated the smartwatch market last year.

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All because Lucy loves Amazon

bezos jeff amazon lucy lovesAll because
Lucy L♥VES
A m a z o n

Everything delivered
next hour @low prices


Whilst OP dealers focus on next-day delivery of stationery to Sally Saver, Amazon is providing a personalised next-hour service across a broader business supplies range to user chooser Lucy. That's why the lady l♥ves.... later today

Read More...

CFO's love Amazon

CFO keyholeCFO's L♥VE 
A m a z o n

Nobody gets fired
buying from Bezos

 
Leakage from single source office supply contracts has increased from 30% to over 50% over the past 10 years, mainly to Amazon. Does Freddy Finance care...not in the slightest... later today

Read More...

Lovemarks: The future beyond brands

lovemarksFrom labels, to
logos to brands
to L♥VEMARKS

Your plan to achieve
loyalty beyond reason

 

For business chiefs, brand loyalty is the ultimate deliverer of long term profitability. Mastering the emotional dimensions of marketing is by far the most important requisite of an enterprising life in business. Here's your guide...Updated

Read More...

Purge the Paperclip!

beyond paperclipP u r g e  the
P a p e r c l i p!

Stop last century look
& trivializing your brand

 
We love paperclips as much as any dealer, but the time has come to look beyond products that increase overheads, towards office productivity tools and services that cut customers costs. Pull the 'paperclip' from your logo look...

Read More...

Productivity Services 30%+ of Progressives' sales

productivity man hands 2Productivity
services now
30%+ sales

Progressive resellers 
move into outsourcing


Services industries are playing the same role that manufacturing did in the past - they are generating increased productivity & the bulk of the new jobs. This is exemplified well in the business supply market. Updated

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Domtar dumped by European papermakers

Williams John Domtar DumpsterDomtar dumped
by Europeans

Protectionism defied
by Big 3 papermakers

 

Recent Q4'15 results from the US papermakers continued to decline. Things are set to get a lot worse in 2016 with the low € fuelled Europeans defeating their anti-dumping action on the Asian importers... complete

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Adveo adversity advances - Q4'15 Financial Preview

Carbo jaime adveo deoleoAdveo: adverse
trends advance

Old school half source
'holesaler heading south


Adveo (inc. ex-Spicers), the embattled European wholesaler, reports Q4'15 results next week. Multiple management changes  & lack of market knowledge do not augur well for its future or frustrated resellers. Tomorrow 

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US Papermakers protectionism punctured

papermakers euro ship USPapermakers'
protectionism
punctured

Asians out; Europe in
as ITC moves beaten


Last June the ITC effectively killed the import of cheap Asian paper with anti-dumping tariffs. The weaker €uro has opened up floodgates for leading European papermakers. Complete

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Tesco scandal: Suppliers must come clean too

Tescon hurtsTesco suppliers
must come clean

Soft money fraud outed.
Check out auditors too!



Tesco has accepted the watchdog GCA report that it fiddled its accounts by manipulating payments to and from its suppliers. Evening Standard's Antony Hilton calls suppliers/auditors  to account. We discuss... 

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Will Staples stick or twist?

Sargent Ron not so easyWill Staples
stick or twist?

Is Ron's Reinvention plan
right route to make more
happen/destroy Depot?


Reading recent moves by Staples CEO Ron Sargent we wonder whether the 12 month #SPLODGE/FTC battle is taking its toll. Sales are down another $1Bn. Is he planning to 'make more happen' without Depot? Updated

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