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  • Inflation bubble manThe Proficiency

    I n f l a t i o n Index

    +20% average price hikes
    boost profits by +40-50%!


    The Q2'22 reporting season is reaching a conclusion. Proficiency Index has analysed results to date and separated out the price inflation element from real volume performance. For example, Stora, Grainger, Navigator, IP, UPS, & Veritiv, all reported inflated profits fueled by high price hikes; a total of 80+ companies analysed to date...Updated

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  • Hygiene clean office 21Healthy Hygiene
    market momentum

    How've leaders fared post
    Covid peak? Q2'22 analysis


    The #Paperless #Officeless #Touchless future is happening bigtime! Now hygiene is the #1 business supply category alongside tech. Progressive business suppliers: brand makers, dealers & MSP's have pivoted to sell customers hygiene, safety, foodservice & packaging, WFH-tech and wellness services.. We analyse Q2'22 reports, inc. this week Veritiv, KP Tissue & Suzano

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  • Economy normalising 22Normal economic
    times imminent?

    Jobs and demand strong
    Inflation falls. Recession?


    "How this economic moment rewrites the rules. Jobs aplenty. Sizzling demand. If US headed for recession, it's taking an unusual route, with many markers of a boom" writes NY Times Ben Casselman. We discuss the article as it affects the business supply market...

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  • smith gerry depot deckchair shifter 21Depot's deceitful
    dis-inte-gra-tion

    ODP 'Bizarro' Smith's pure
    BS disguises price inflation


    Beleaguered bigbox ODP Corp (aka-Office Depot-OfficeMax) reported another double-digit organic decline in Q2'22; -22% down on pre Covid 'norm' Q2'19; and down $5Bn since 2017. We analyse ceo Gerry 'Bizarro' Smith's deceptive report; the hollow and vague Varis&Veyer diversions plus his verbose BS commentary and Q&A session attended by the same one analyst again!

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  • Screen Shot 2022 07 31 at 1.12.59 PMIf Economy shaky,

    why profits strong?

    Inflation hurts consumers
    but hikes business margins


    Consumers are gloomy, but mostly working; the economy is slowing down to 2019 norms; the Fed wants it to keep slowing; and the recession obsessed Wall Street analysts are convinced the end is nigh. Meanwhile, strong profits are being reported in Q2'22 by Corporate America inc. business supply leaders, with optimistic outlooks for FY'22

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Sauropod cybersecurityCybersecurity
S a u r o p o d s

Planes, hospitals & power
grids...most vulnerable...

 

As we continue toward complete connectivity with all devices and networks linked to the web, it's evident that much established technology can no longer keep up. Cybersecurity risks are rising...

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schultz starbux spkingStarbux steers
minority hiring

'100,000 opportunities
initiative' ko in Chicago


Starbucks chief Howard Schultz
is teaming up with more than a dozen companies in a commitment to increase hiring of young, minority workers over the next three years.

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kelley brian keurig screwKeurig killing
itself quickly

Is ex-Coke chief choking

coffee king pretakeover?


US coffeemaker Keurig Green Mountain has lost 5.5% in market cap in the past week; 47% YTD. Investors, dealers & customers are unhappy with its deceptive screw ups.

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amazon sumo giant v WMTAmazon Primes
WMart wake-up

Will Staples/Depot copy
business market leader?

 
WalMart is taking on Amazon with a rival 'rollbacks' sale to match the etailer's Prime Day on Wednesday. Will Staples and Office Depot follow?

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XPD teamXPD/OfficePoint
regain compass

Langdown ouster allows
group originals to return


All change at XPD/Office Point recently, with the departure of David Langdown and return of co-founder David Whittaker & Co. Complete.

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Buying Groups ostriches head in sandDisconnected...
Disintegrating...

Group's ageing agenda
leaves dealers lagging
in race to reach Lucy

 

Most OP dealer groups today are in disarray, losing dealers & managers. The pace accelerated in 2015 as failure to invest in CRM/emarketing & web design has left members well behind market leaders... Updated

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martin geoff CCLCCL molds FAB
labels alliance

Joint venture to build
new plant in Memphis


CCL Industries (owner of Avery) leader in specialty label and packaging solutions, has signed an partnership agreement with Korsini from Turkey

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kalanick0travis uber pointsUber $41Bn
IPO imminent

Easy ride sharer nears
Blue Chip FedEx value!

 

Ride-hailing behemoth Uber has been valued at $41 billion, making it one of the most valuable private tech companies in the world.

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Wholesaler leaders 2015Wholesalers'
Wave is U P!

HY Review: Growth in
FM, FAB, tech & Furn.

 

"Wholesalers may die, but the wholesaler role lives forever", so said godfather of OP wholesaling, United's founder Howard Wolf back in the 80's. So true, even if they have struggled in recent years for real growth. Now that's all changing...interviews updated

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businessman willpowerWillpower your
winning weapon 

Dealers must rediscover
their risk & reward roots

 

OP dealers are challenged by new agile, technology powered market entrants e.g. Amazon, Uber. Time to draw on your entrepreneurial spirit and counter attack with your secret weapon....

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