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Margins stable at S.P. Richards

North American business products wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) has reported flat Q2 operating margin despite a slight drop in sales.…

Strong emerging market growth for Essity

H1 sales at Essity’s Professional Hygiene B2B division were boosted by double-digit sales growth in emerging markets. The Professional Hygiene…

Manutan releases Q3 sales figures

European MRO and business supplies reseller Manutan has reported top-line growth of 3.5% in the third quarter of its 2018/2019…

ECi makes software integrations

ECi has announced the availability of a new integration between its Acsellerate CRM, e-automate ERP and QuickDeal proposal generation software…

EU launches formal investigation into Amazon third-party data use

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent resellers…

Cintas on the up

US workplace apparel, facility supplies, first aid and safety reseller Cintas has reported a strong set of full-year financial results.…

Askul seeking end to Yahoo Japan partnership

Japanese office supplies reseller Askul has said it intends to dissolve its relationship with main shareholder Yahoo Japan following a…

Leadership change at Lyreco

Global business products reseller Lyreco has a new CEO after the departure of Hervé Milcent, OPI can reveal. According to…

Big Interview: A guiding star

Alkor is a group that is no stranger to change. In its history spanning over 60 years, it has had…

Envelope sales slide at Bong

Following a positive first quarter, envelope sales at European manufacturer Bong declined in the second quarter. The Sweden-based producer’s Q2…

Analysis: Will co-working save the office superstores?

According to co-working app provider Proximity Space, by 2020 there will be nearly 65 million location-flexible workers in the US…

Analysis: Holiday switch hits UK OP industry

In June, the UK government announced that the public holiday originally scheduled for Monday, 4 May 2020, would be moved…

Mitsubishi Pencil launches plastic-free packaging

Mitsubishi Pencil Company UK, commonly known as uni-ball, has introduced plastic-free packaging for products sold at stationery retailer Ryman. The…

Event Review: UFIPA 2019

There was a record turnout at this year’s annual conference of French office supplies trade association UFIPA that took place…

Banner announces supplier open day

UK business products reseller Banner – part of the EVO Group of Companies – has announced it will hold an…

Ex-Essendant exec joins Highlands

Sales and marketing services agency Highlands has appointed Tom Costello as Territory Sales Manager. Costello’s role at Highlands will see…

Merchant merger closes

The sale of Papyrus Deutschland to Portugal-based distribution group Inapa has been finalised, with the effective date of the transaction…

Kimball makes senior appointment

Kimball International has named experienced workplace furniture executive Phyllis Goetz as President of its Kimball brand business unit. Goetz joins…

WB Mason enhances e-commerce experience | ISSA reports on Canadian and African shows |...

This week’s round-up of business products stories from around the globe. WB Mason upgrades e-commerce capabilities US mega dealer WB…

Clover exploring strategic options

Clover Technologies has brought in advisors to consider the group’s strategic options, according to an article in Bloomberg. Bloomberg said…

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Askul seeking end to Yahoo Japan partnership

Japanese office supplies reseller Askul has said it intends to dissolve its relationship with main shareholder Yahoo Japan following a…