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  • martin geoff CCLAvery advances
    at double digits

    Growth initiatives and
    acquisitions up profits 


    CCL Industries
    , the $2Bn in sales container and label maker, who acquired Avery in 2013, reported excellent sales and profits results for Q2'15.

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  • wbmason Yanees15 BestMason the Best
    play at Yankees

    20th productivity show:
    New FAB & FM services


    WBMason
    returned to  NY Yankee stadium yesterday
    for its 20th 'office productivity' consumer show. We report on the exciting event with pix, and speak with marketing chief Lindsay Picard....tomorrow

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  • Newell montage 2013Newell writes
    Bigger numbers

    Business Supply brands
    strong in all markets


    Newell Rubbermaid
    , the leading maker of branded business and consumer profucts, announced stronger growth in sales and profits for Q2'15.

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  • ingram micro montage 2014Ingram: growth
    rate slows down

    Softer sales from less
    PC refresh plus by FX 


    Ingram Micro
    , the world's largest technology distributor with $46Bn in annual sales, growth slowed in Q2'15

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  • smith roland deer headlightsDepot's deer in
    the headlights

    'Chainsaw' Smith's SPLS
    $47m dream in disarray?


    #SPLODGE Latest: The 'intelligent' word on the street is the FTC will deny the agreed Staples' takeover of Office Depot. This punctures Depot's CEO Roland Smith's $47m golden parachute and probably consigns OD to road kill? Later today

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martin geoff CCLAvery advances
at double digits

Growth initiatives and
acquisitions up profits 


CCL Industries
, the $2Bn in sales container and label maker, who acquired Avery in 2013, reported excellent sales and profits results for Q2'15.

Read more ...

wbmason Yanees15 BestMason the Best
play at Yankees

20th productivity show:
New FAB & FM services


WBMason
returned to  NY Yankee stadium yesterday
for its 20th 'office productivity' consumer show. We report on the exciting event with pix, and speak with marketing chief Lindsay Picard....tomorrow

Read more ...

Newell montage 2013Newell writes
Bigger numbers

Business Supply brands
strong in all markets


Newell Rubbermaid
, the leading maker of branded business and consumer profucts, announced stronger growth in sales and profits for Q2'15.

Read more ...

ingram micro montage 2014Ingram: growth
rate slows down

Softer sales from less
PC refresh plus by FX 


Ingram Micro
, the world's largest technology distributor with $46Bn in annual sales, growth slowed in Q2'15

Read more ...

smith roland deer headlightsDepot's deer in
the headlights

'Chainsaw' Smith's SPLS
$47m dream in disarray?


#SPLODGE Latest: The 'intelligent' word on the street is the FTC will deny the agreed Staples' takeover of Office Depot. This punctures Depot's CEO Roland Smith's $47m golden parachute and probably consigns OD to road kill? Later today

Read more ...

peribere jerome sealedair logo

Sealed Air
takes share

Protective packaging
maker maintains gains


Sealed Air
Corporation, the the $7Bn maker of packaging for food and FM products today announced solid financial results for Q2'15

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reis david stratasysStratasys in
DDDire straits

Demand for Makerbot
3D printers disappoint


Stratasys
parent of leading 3D printer MakerBot, reported slow and sliding sales again. The board has withdrawn its guidance and is not reporting openly...

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domtar ad womanDomtar paper
down deeper 

Personal Care slower
too despite optimism


Domtar Corporation
reported disappointing Q2'15 financial results.  Its investment in personal care has yet to pay off in spite of misleading optimism from management...

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Rosenfeld irene mondelez redMndelez snacks 
healthy growth

Emerging markets &
power brands strong


Mondelez International,
the $30Bn+ in sales, international brand snacks maker, today reported strong Q2'15 results despite heavy negative currency headwinds...

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sony sinking ship ceoSony saved by
Apple' iPhone

Image sensors & Play
Station power profits

 

 

Sony said Thursday that its net profit more than tripled during the April-June quarter, helped by strong sales in its videogame and smartphone image sensor divisions.

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staples depot train crashThe #SPLODGE
P a r a d o x

Competitors: YES!
Contract clients: NO.


The American AntiTrust Institute report described the Staples agreed takeover of Office Depot as a monopoly play with Fortune 1000 corporations. It recommends the FTC reject it. Yet most competitors want it to happen! Who wins? Tomorrow

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samsung S5 womanStung Samsung 
Galaxy 6 gloom

Delays & apathy cause
price cuts to drive volume

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones debuted to strong reviews and ratings, but a combination of manufacturing delays and consumer apathy appears to have killed most of the phone’s forward momentum.

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keane rob vistaprint productsV i s t a p r i n t
ventures forth

Better marketing drives
growth plus acquisitions


Vistaprint
, renamed Cimpress, the leading online provider of professional marketing services to SMB's reported strong sales growth for its Q4'15.

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nadell satya MS W10Windows 10

open/closed?

Microsoft software-as-
a-

service drives launch


Microsoft’s last version of Windows put off business customers. The new edition looks set to benefit from a long, hard effort to rebuild corporate goodwill.

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IP packaging aircraft carrierIP packaging
less & paperless

Shifts to hygiene market.
Demand down for 2Qtr


International Paper
continued its transformation from printed papermaking into packaging and the hygiene market but results were down across the board for second successive quarter

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Screen Shot 2015 07 22 at 13.55.24Coke's 2020
wellness vision

Low cal, smaller packs:
responsible marketing


Coca-Cola
continues on track to achieve its four key global well-being commitments that it set out to reach by 2020.

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Office Depot's merger dream over?

smith roland deer headlightsDepot's deer in
the headlights

'Chainsaw' Smith's SPLS
$47m dream in disarray?


#SPLODGE Latest: The 'intelligent' word on the street is the FTC will deny the agreed Staples' takeover of Office Depot. This punctures Depot's CEO Roland Smith's $47m golden parachute and probably consigns OD to road kill? Later today

Read More...

The #SPLODGE Paradox - Staples Office Depot merger

staples depot train crashThe #SPLODGE
P a r a d o x

Competitors: YES!
Contract clients: NO.


The American AntiTrust Institute report described the Staples agreed takeover of Office Depot as a monopoly play with Fortune 1000 corporations. It recommends the FTC reject it. Yet most competitors want it to happen! Who wins? Tomorrow

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Back to School bad forecasts

Staples BTS mobileBack to School
bad forecasts

2014 Forecast down 20%.
Actual Up 4%. Ditto 2015?


CNBC highlighted Proficiency Post's BTS'15 spend trends  article on the conflicting forecasts by NRF/ICSC. We both feel the latter duo have got it wrong again.

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Office Depot's deep dive is not done

depot max blood drain storesDepot's deep
dive still alive

Geared for the grate if
saviour Staples denied


Office Depot's stockmarket cap has fallen 16% since the #SPLODGE deal was announced. Investors don't think the merger will happen. Mercenary management is frozen, hoping the deal happens. Can it survive if Staples don't arrive? Complete

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Gig Economy growth doubts?

uber fresh deliveryGig Economy
growth doubts?

Uber sharing revolution
skeptics challenge trend


Despite the hoopla over Uber, AirBnB and the sharing economy, Americans are becoming less likely to be self-employed, hold multiple jobs, according to data reports

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6 Reasons to be Optimistic

Productivity stairway to heaven26 Reasons to
be Optimistic

Stop the gloom & doom.
Start providing personal
productivity services

 

Arthur Brooks wrote a highly relevant op-ed in NY Times calling for leaders to stop choosing darkness over optimism. He was talking politics. We feel this could equally apply to how OP dealers fear their future in the burgeoning business supply market.

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Amazon wins web war with Walmart

amazon bezos jeff leave in dustAMZN wins web
war w/Walmart

Retailer's total web sales

<<etailer's 2015 increase


After a stellar Q2 earnings report,  #1 etailer Amazon hit a huge milestone by becoming more valuable than the biggest retailer in the world, Walmart. We review comparisons and prospects 

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Native Advertising more effective than banner

native ads coffeeNative naturally
high click rates

In-context mobile tweets
work better than banner


'Native' advertising is one of the hottest topics in digital media, less disruptive and more effective than pop-ups and banners, especially on mobile users Twitter accounts

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HP TV commercial ads compared

HP Sprout 3D Logical adHP Sprout 3D ad:
Lovely & Logical

Biz ad: 'Further Faster'
parodies performance


HP is mounting a major PR/TV ad campaign ahead of its major company split. The contrast between the Sprout and the faceless 'Further (aka fatter) Faster' couldn't be more stark. We discuss...

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Amazon Jeff Bezos"How much profit do you want?"

AmazonBezos cash tapheadAmazon's Bezos: 

"How much cash
do you want?" 

$50B Mr.Everything turns
on profit tap to suit users


Wall St./industry observers were shocked at Amazon's blow out results. They credited it's $10Bn AWS Cloud business, but ignored the core business supplies etail/wholesale, that grew 32% to reach $26Bn (2015). Today

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