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Ex-Depot exec takes over at Michaels

Former Office Depot senior executive Mark Cosby has been named as interim CEO at North America’s largest arts and crafts…

Mercateo opens Swiss subsidiary

Online procurement platform Mercateo opened a fully-fledged subsidiary in Switzerland earlier this year. The Germany-based company confirmed that it had…

Analysis: Essendant and Staples: competing partners?

At the end of January, following a protracted review process, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finally approved Staples’ acquisition…

Analysis: Supply squeeze for paper market

The decision in January by Georgia-Pacific (GP) to exit the US office paper market sent shockwaves through the channel. The…

Office Depot confirms Calkins departure

Office Depot has told OPI that Steve Calkins, President of its Business Solutions Division (BSD), is to leave the company.…

Depot dealer acquisitions add $80 million in 2018

2018 sales at Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) were boosted to the tune of $80 million by the six…

Event Review: Paperworld 2019

In recent years and as a result of feedback from many industry peers, OPI has questioned the continued relevance of…

Depot reports on “pivotal” year

Office Depot has released Q4 and full-year 2018 results with CEO Gerry Smith claiming that the reseller “achieved [its] key…

New offers for ADVEO

Following an eerie silence of almost two months, there have been new developments in the proposed sale of wholesaler ADVEO’s…

OfficeZilla targeting growth after GM appointment

OPI speaks to AIA CEO Matt Gresge and new OfficeZilla General Manager Kristen Murphy.  It’s been just over a year…

Organic declines at Avery

CCL Industries, parent company of Avery, has reported its Q4 2018 and full-year sales. Avery’s sales in the fourth quarter…

Another impressive performance from Officeworks

Australian office supplies retailer Officeworks saw strong sales and earnings growth in the six months to the end of December…

Donahue praises SP Richards performance

Genuine Parts (GPC) CEO Paul Donahue said yesterday that business products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) had an “excellent” end to…

Organic office products decline at LSC

US-based group LSC Communications has revealed a fourth-quarter organic sales decline of almost 6% in its Office Products division. The…

AFFLINK appoints sales managers

North American supply chain services company AFFLINK has added two new regional sales managers in the US. Joining the B2B…

Sales up at SP Richards

Genuine Parts, parent company of SP Richards (SPR), has said the North American business products wholesaler achieved sales growth of…

Acquisition for Hummel’s

US office products dealer Hummel’s Office Plus has announced the acquisition of a fellow independent reseller in upstate New York.…

Brother report busts paperless office myth

Brother UK has released a new report into the latest print and scan trends, revealing that despite aspiring to the…

GSA provides e-commerce update

One month before it is due to submit a report to Congress on its federal e-commerce marketplace initiative, the US…

Continued headwinds for ACCO

Trends seen in the third quarter continued to drag on ACCO Brands’ Q4 results as the office products manufacturer reported…

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Sycamore to cash in on Staples investment?

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners is intending to recoup around $1 billion in cash from Staples Inc and possibly take…