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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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shah niraj wayfairWayfair web
ads targeted

Home office etailer
invests half budget
in auto programs 

Wayfair, the $2Bn home office etailer, spends at least 50% of its ad budget on the highly targeted, data-driven ad placements using programmatic platforms.

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whitman meg HP heavy cloads#SH-PLIT then
merge with EMC

Activists & analysts want
Enterprise/Cloud combo


With HP set to split in two and EMC facing pressure from an activist investor, the time is right for a merger according to a report from investment banking firm Raymond James.

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dadpreneur babyMeet the new

Freelancing movement
betters worklife balance

Modern fathers are choosing to leave traditional careers and launch start-ups from home in a bid to spend more time with their families.

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whitman meg merrygoroundHP top execs 
exodus extends

Meg's merry-go-round
non-stop. Can she stop?

As HP moves toward its November split, one of CEO Meg Whitman's key leaders confirmed his departure following many others over the past year...

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Big Brands squash big box2Private label
losing lustre?

ConAgra withdrawal
questions LT viability

Less than 3 years after ConAgra Foods acquired Ralcorp for $6.6Bn from Post Foods it plans to exit the business. This is a timely reminder for OP marketers to review their brand strategies.

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HP Meg chainsaw#SPH-PLIT: high
severance costs

Readies surgery checklist
for November separation

This week, HP will disclose the financial outlines of its successor companies: HP Inc. (PCs & printers) Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (corporate technology). 

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nadella satya microsoft byeMicrosoft exits
display ads biz

AOL deal drops Google.

Myerson Nadella's man

Microsoft is shutting down most of its display advertising business and handing over parts of it to AOL and AppNexus. CEO Stya Nadella 

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business studentsTransparency &
purpose please

Students want space to
create just like boomers


Google dominates in popularity as the company where business students want to work most according to a survey by Universum. Surprise, surprise...

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bezos jeff amazon supermanAMZN: amazing
Prime preferred

Conversion rate 22 times
greater than competition

Amazon's Prime
loyalty program converts browsers to buyers 74% of the time compared with 3% for top 500 merchants...

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Maker cafe3D Maker cafe
brewing ideas

Destination opportunity
for OP retailers to match


Internet cafes started it. Banks are copying it. Why don't office retailers do 3D making shops to replace their print/copy services with an added taste of espresso? 

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