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Office Depot reports BSD growth

Office Depot Inc says its Business Services Division (BSD) grew organically in the third quarter. In the company’s Q3 earnings…

Industry Week gaining momentum

As many OPI readers probably know, the Business Solutions Association (BSA), the US trade association comprising manufacturers, wholesalers and manufacturer…

TOPS office products owner to be acquired

LSC Communications, the parent company of US office products brands TOPS and Quality Park, is to be acquired by $4…

Analysis: Double-whammy hit ACCO’s Q3 results

ACCO’s Q3 performance in the US nosedived largely as a result of issues in the wholesaling channel and economic factors…

ACCO taking action as US sales and profits decline

Office products manufacturer ACCO Brands is taking pricing and cost-reduction actions after it saw sales dip in its key US…

Analysis: The devil’s in the data

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust investigation into Staples Inc’s acquisition of Essendant nears its conclusion, a key issue…

Mixed quarter for Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant has reported profit improvement in its third quarter results, but the top-line in the office reseller channel…

Staples secures Essendant shares

A potential banana skin in Staples’ attempt to acquire Essendant has been avoided after a majority of Essendant’s shares were…

ADVEO in creditor protection after Staples talks collapse

European business products wholesaler ADVEO has entered pre-insolvency proceedings after negotiations between its lenders and Staples Solutions ended without an…

Comparable sales boost for SP Richards

SP Richards’ (SPR) third-quarter year-on-year sales increase of 1.3% was the first quarter of comparable sales growth for three years.…

Slight sales increase at SP Richards

Third-quarter sales at US-based business products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) increased by 1.3% versus 2017, parent company Genuine Parts (GPC)…

UK distributor enters administration

UK IT and EOS distributor Beta Distribution has gone into administration, OPI has learned. Rumours began circulating at the end…

Genuine Parts sues Essendant

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has filed a lawsuit against Essendant, accusing the latter of “deceptive conduct and breaches of its…

Improved profitability at EVO

UK and Ireland office products group EVO – which includes wholesaler VOW and reseller Banner – has revealed EBITDA growth…

New office products retail brand in France

French cooperative Groupe Alkor has just launched a new retail brand called IOBuro. Managing Director Laurent Proy had told OPI…

Hot Topic: Game changers

When Staples and Office Depot decided almost simultaneously in 2016 to sell off their European operations – and their other…

Analysis: Staples Solutions makes ADVEO move

European office supplies reseller Staples Solutions has emerged as the “international industrial investor” that has signed an agreement with ADVEO’s…

Analysis: Essendant and SPR merger abandoned

The proposed merger between US office products wholesalers Essendant and SP Richards (SPR) is off after the Essendant board recognised…

Dealer organisations unite for FTC letter

Four leading independent dealer organisations in the US have joined forces to voice their concerns to the Federal Trade Commission…

Exclusive: Essendant will remain independent, says Staples CEO

Staples CEO Sandy Douglas has told OPI that the reseller “fully intends” for Essendant to be run independently after it…

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Staples CEO reiterates Essendant promises

Staples Inc CEO Sandy Douglas wrote to Essendant counterpart Ric Phillips earlier this week to express his “unwavering excitement” at…