27 Feb’14 (Complete)
Best Buy, the US #1 consumer electronics retailer, showed improved financials for Q4’14 ended 2 Feb’14. The signs were positive, but it’s well behind in online growth and only marginally profitable
26 Feb’14 Acme United today announced impressive results for Q4’13 financial results to 30 Dec’13, in spite of problems in Europe.
Financial Review Q4’13 v Q4’12
18 Feb’14 (Updated)
The gap between the average OP dealers’ webstore rating and best practice extended in 2013. Webstores have now made printed catalogs redundant. Will dealers learn the lessons from these leaders? We have a new leader and the bigboxes went backwards in user friendliness.
11 Feb’14 (Complete)
Last week, we visited Innovativein Minneapolis, one of the most progressive ‘Personal Productivity Services’providers on the planet. We met with CEO Jennifer Smith’snew team of leaders…
9 Feb’14Today’s Boston Globefeatures a fascinating article by Jay Fitzgerald on ‘the new paper chase’, an insight into how a once mighty papermill succumbed and survived the digital era.
9 Feb’14 (Complete)
Today we visited Ergotron’s HQ in St. Paul (MN) to meet with marketing director Daneen Kiger. Daneen shared plans to expand on its ergonomics leadership in the technology channel, through to the OP channel via United Stationers...later today
Amazon, the #1 massemarketer has made many small acquisitions in past 2 years, but not a big one since Kiva Systems and Zapposshoes. Will the near $1Bn home furnishings specialist Wayfairbe its next scoop? Tomorrow
4 Feb'14 (Updated)
The Apple iPad was the death knell for the traditional OP industry. Dealers now face a formidable competitor in Amazon in business supplies. The need to develop Personal Productivity Services (PPS) to differentiate is URGENT! Let the new Office Megatrends 2014report published here be your guide to success...
3 Feb’14Today SP Richards,the US#2 OP wholesaler, strengthened its presence in the breakroom and FM supplies market with the acquisition of a NC wholesaler
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