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  • Lederer John StaplesStaples' 5th Anniv
    of vulture control?

    What has Sycamore's agent
    Lederer achieved? Industry
    chiefs review and comment


    In June'17 vulture capitalist Sycamore Partners bought Staples for $6.9Bn. The industry quaked! What has happened since? Proficiency Post chronicled its demise from $16Bn down to a current $8Bn with the ex-powerhouse a shell of its former self. What do leading vendors and IDC think? We surveyed and report here to date

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  • Dochelli Harry ESND 21Essendant: Big call
    for dlrs digital drive 

    Latest trends: US economy;
    Srvce hybrid workers alert!


    Leading business supplies wholesaler Essendant's leadership team justhosted dealers and suppliers at a virtual Town Hall event. It proved a great opportunity to connect and share latest market perspectives; top economist Brian Beaulieu's view; plus new initiatives. We spoke with president Harry Dochelli on key takeaways... 

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  • Screen Shot 2022 06 27 at 11.11.12 AMMason's Blizzard

    blasts Buffett's DQ

    Fed Judge rules Water label
    doesn't infringe Trademark


    Warren Buffett
    owned Dairy Queen (DQ) had issues with business supplier WBMason's labeling of its 'Blizzard' branded water, but the Minnesota federal judge ruled 'no customer confusion'. DQ sued in 2018 but WB's lawyers were always confident claims were "ridiculous". PP dives inside the saga...Updated

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  • Screen Shot 2022 06 13 at 4.24.53 PMCreate cool hybrid
    work experiences

    How people work better in
    the flexible future of work


    Even before Covid some organizations began experimenting with mobile work, shifting ownership for spaces and offering more choice for people to move where they worked based on their activities. Some companies allowed hybrid work, giving employees flexibility to WFH. Now, the practice has become the mainstream even those who believed it wasn’t a fit for them.

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  • Inflation bubble manThe Proficiency

    I n f l a t i o n Index

    +15% average price hikes
    boost profits by +30/40%!


    The Q1'22 reporting season is complete. Proficiency Index have analysed results and separated out the price inflation element, from real volume performance. HPInc, HPE, ABM, UNFI and Costco were the last  companies to report inflated profits fueled by high price hikes; a total of 90 companies analysed 

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Screen Shot 2022 06 23 at 11.16.24 AMUline: the ultimate
packaging power

"I love product" Liz Uihlein
CEO of $8.8Bn family firm


Uline
, the leading packaging supplies distributor based in Pleasant Prairie (WI) has grown 7X in the past 10 years. The Uihlein family run powerhouse has a passion for products & customer service exemplified by CEO Liz Uihlein and continues to invest and hire hundreds of new workers

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Screen Shot 2022 05 20 at 1.54.58 PMCCS Media sales
soar past £300m

Academies & flex working
fuel phenomenal growth


UK's leading independent office supplier CCS Media 
will break through the £300m ($375m) this year. Another year of powerful double digit growth. We speak with CEO James Hardy about long term investments in people development and creating an "authenticaaly positive business"

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Lee Thai SHI ceo LRSHI's Thai Lee on
"Owning my future"

Largest minority & woman
owned business in the US


SHI International, based in Somerset (NJ) is a largely unknown, rapidly rising superstar, IT solutions provider. SHI’s ceo Thai Lee of thelargest minority and woman-owned business enterprise in the US shares 'The 5 things that contributed to her Success' 

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Screen Shot 2022 04 12 at 2.02.03 PMAscend 'upcycles
batteries infinitely'

Powering the low carbon,
circular economy EV future


There's a common perception products made with recycled materials are not as good as new materials. When it comes to recycling electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion batteries, Ascend Elements Q&A session here, aims to reverse that view; from 'grave to cradle' aka Upcycling!

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Screen Shot 2022 04 11 at 1.30.17 PMServiceNow CEO:
simplify enterprise

McDermott's SaaS platform
#1 in workflow automation


The $15Bn SaaS powerhouse ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott proclaims: "We’re in a Market Of One. We are the workflow automation market leader, on our way to becoming the “platform of platforms”. CRN's Joseph Kovar interviews the ex-SAP chief on the meteoric rise of the software systems integrator 

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Screen Shot 2022 03 25 at 12.02.28 PMLonghorn lights up 
Worksmart future

Austin business supplier's
ambitious TX growth plan


Independent Supplies Group (ISG)
introduced a new Spotlight feature focused on prominent members successfully deploying the marketing services of the group. We spoke to ceo Marcia Winkler and VP Mike Winkler about progress and plans...Weekend

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Screen Shot 2021 08 20 at 4.26.46 PMDyson call: "Go
Back to Office!"

Competitiveness will
suffer from WFH wave


Workers must be "unequivocally" told by Government leaders to return to the office or the US/UK will fall behind its global competitors, top international innovator Sir James Dyson has warned. "Sharing of knowledge is imperilled by the isolation of a WFH culture borne out of Covid contingency plans," he wrote.

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Screen Shot 2019 03 12 at 12.16.43 PMTatham's take on
Top Tech Trends

DataSecurity, Sustainability
Hybrid Work, Cloud Collab


Westcoast
is now the UK's top technology products & services wholesaler driving the 'stockless reseller' (VARs/MSPs) renaissance. We met with ebullient MD Alex Tatham to get his take on progress, market movers and the top tech trends.

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hindmarch simone commercial 2017Carbonless
Commercial 

Repurposing & leading
new hybrid working era
w/hygiene & technology


The UK's leading productivity services provider Commercial Group is on course to reach carbon 'net zero' target by 2028. We spoke with MD Simone Hindmarch about progress through the pandemic and the latest innovations inspired through greater team and client collaboration during the lockdown. Updated

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Screen Shot 2021 06 04 at 5.41.25 PMUnpacking plastic
'circular economy'

Avery Den explores role of
sustainability in life cycle


Plastic is one of the most maligned materials on the planet. The environmental costs of disposing of it improperly have rightly been highlighted in recent years. But without it, it would be hard to keep food fresh or transport liquids home from the shops. "There's a solution, however: a closed loop circular economy for plastics" states Avery Dennison. .

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