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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

    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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superseedz3 emerging

snack brands

New natural nutrition
from land, love & sea


Hundreds of brands exhibiting at NY's Summer Food Show are elbowed into a crowded market. Food Business News met with new brand founders

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nadella satya MS mouth openNokia KnockOut

blow for M/soft 

IT giant writes off $7.6B

more than buying price!

Microsoft today announced 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion write-down related to its 2013 purchase of Nokia mobile phone business.

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jassy andy amazon presents rlAmazon ahead
in the Cloud

How chief Jassy helps
etailer dominate market


Amazon is not only the world's #1 etailer; it's #1 business supplier in the US & UK; and #1 in providing cloud services with AWS. We report on Fortune's interview with chief Andy Jassy and comment... 

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darrell brack logiLogitech fiddles
as brand burns? 

CEO 'Brack' Darrell plays
w/logos as ideas dry up?

Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell has not shunned the limelight since he took over from legend Guerrino De Luca. Trouble is results are in decline. Now he's diverting attention from poor performance again...

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office flooring peopleOffice flooring
& fabric trends

NeoCon: natural colors

& homely environments

highlighted the 'worklife confluence' i.e. the morphing of commercial and residential furniture, confirmed by latest trends in flooring and fabrics...

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veghte bill hp hands#SH-PLIT Veghte
joins Svy Monkey

Replaces Dave Goldberg.
Waves bye bye Whitman


Bill Veghte, 3 years ago Meg Whitman's golden boy, COO and heir apparent has found his new niche at Survey Monkey

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businesswoman sitting wellSeating sits


Experts discuss trends
in US furniture market

Seating, relatively speaking, is in good shape, almost 1 in 3 dollars spent on office furniture in North America is on seating according an interview with Kees Breeuwsma with MMQB

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CFO keyhole5 ways precision
improves profits

How exact CRM players
gain marketing success

The stationary values of stationers have been challenged by new agile, technology powered market entrants e.g. Amazon, Uber. Time to take a leaf from their playbook...

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Screen Shot 2015 04 09 at 01.24.38MSC Industrial
growth slows

Softer export demand &
bad weather hit growth

MSC Industrial Supply a leading MRO distributor today reported slower growth results for Q3'15 ended 31 May'15

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Smith Rowland depot chainsawSPLODGE: Depot
axman deluded?

Chainsaw Smith's dream
of succeeding Sargent?

Office Depot's management is preparing for the agreed takeover by Staples. CEO Roly 'Chainsaw' Smith is making it known that he'd like the opportunity of becoming CEO at Staples?

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