Earnings updates from two major hardware makers and a top distributor, an annual celebration of local small businesses, and a chance to see what happens when charcoal, trash cans, and turkeys come together are all part of what’s set to be a slow news week for the SMB channel.
Monday, November 21st
Reader ROI: We told you this was going to be a slow week, didn’t we?
Reader ROI: All three companies have been involved in blockbuster deals since last opening their books, with HP buying Samsung’s printer business for $1.05 billion, HPE spinning off some of its software assets in a complicated $8.8 billion deal, and Tech Data acquiring Avnet’s Technology Solutions group for $2.6 billion. You can safely expect questions about those transactions during today’s investor conference calls.
The real topic of interest, however, is the forward guidance each firm offers. Will anticipated demand for products and services be up now that the uncertainty surrounding the presidential election is behind us? Or was the 2 to 4 percent revenue drop Cisco recently projected for its next quarter a harbinger of slower times ahead for the IT industry at large? The happiness of more than a few turkey day celebrations hinges on the answer.
- It’s Thanksgiving!
Reader ROI: And what better time than now to try something more interesting than just tossing your turkey in the oven yet again? Like this smoked beer can preparation, for instance? Or, as long as you’re feeling experimental and open to cooking with a can, why not give this trash can turkey recipe a whirl? It’ll cook a 12 lb. bird in an hour! Just make sure to use a new, clean trash can if you don’t want your holiday feast ruined by some genuinely unfortunate aftertastes.
- It’s Black Friday!
Reader ROI: And that means deals, deals, deals on electronics! And yes, parking lots will be crammed and checkout lines will be long, but isn’t 60 percent off a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Signature Type Cover at Best Buy (pictured) or 25 percent off a 9.7” iPad Pro at Target worth the hassle?
Reader ROI: Because Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. Launched by American Express in 2010, the holiday weekend celebration of local businesses was endorsed by the U.S. Senate in 2011 and embraced by all 50 states in 2012. Last year, an estimated 95 million shoppers participated, according to data from Amex and the National Federation of Independent Business. Want to join in this year? You’ll find a guide to participating small businesses here.