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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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Carruthers court graingerCarruthers goes
from Grainger 

COO replaces US chief.
Where's he going SPLS?

Court Carruthers, the dynamic, much admired Americas chief at #1 Industrial supplier Grainger is leaving. Where is he going? Speculation includes Staples, Essendant and Amazon... 

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sysco truck crashSysco ceases
USFoods deal

Judge cites Nat.accnts

dominance as key issue

Sysco Foods officially pulled the plug on the $8Bn takeover of US Foods today incurring $300m in break up fees. The Judge/FTC decision is a parallel precedent expected to stop #SPLODGE 

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mcDonagh aidan integraWill new Integra
boss invest IDC? 

Growth/rebates decline
may force indy buying

Independent investor Hemel Holdings owned by William Good, has acquired #1 UK dealer group Integra.  Does he plan to herd cats or create a shelter? What will wholesalers think?

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whitman meg HP heavy cloadsCloud dealers
win public biz 

Meet the rising stars
disrupting dinosaurs


Old tech giants such as HP, Atos and Fujitsu are being trounced by smaller suppliers on G-Cloud according to a new report by DeNove...

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amazon fresh customerAMZN: delivery
plans revisited

How same-day service
drives down unit costs

We are grateful to Seeking Alpha's analyst Gary Bourgeault for his analysis and views on Amazon's rapidly rising shipping costs. We debate his inconclusive study...

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Freelancer appsOn demand 

apps 'appening

The Freelance economy
alive & kicking in Boston


Boston Globe's Scott Kirsner, was jammed in June with travel to Miami, Austin & NY. Fortunately, a bunch of startups came to his rescue..

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smed Mogens DIRTTThe WorkLife

C o n f l u e n c e

NeoCon highlights space
trend to homely offices

Complementing the titanic trend towards sit/stand furniture was the convergence of commercial and residential lifestyles in motivating people at work. This megatrend was best demonstrated by DIRTT and CEO Mogens Smed... completed today

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market myopiaOwner-vision vs

The innovation investors
compared w/cost cutters

NeoCon 2015
was a huge success. It contrasted the progressive, innovators' edutaining showrooms with the cost cutting culture of staid furniture stores. A case study review...completed today, sorry

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Productivity stairway to heaven2The PeRSoNal
market is HOT

More resellers getting
leaner, cleaner, greener

In our half year review with the most progressive resellers in busines supply, there is a marked uptick in optimism for those driving a productivity (not product) services agenda... updated

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sit stand office lucyGet Up, Stand
Up for your life

Importance of regaular
body movement at work

Alison Bruzek Boston Globe correspondent wrote an interesting piece on the new guidelines detailing how much movement workers need over a shift.

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