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Big Interview: Back from the brink

Just over two years ago, the future of Kaut-Bullinger looked bleak indeed, blighted by financial troubles, costly legacy systems and…

Event Preview: Global Forum 2018

Chicago is the host city for OPI’s seventh Global Forum which will be held from 11-13 November 2018. Now an…

Comment October 2018

When I talked about “unlikely bedfellows” in this column a few months ago, referring to Staples Inc and its strategy…

Amazon Germany hones in on office supplies

Amazon Germany has launched an online store specifically dedicated to the most popular office supplies. Amazon.de/büroklassiker (which translates into ‘office…

US university takes stance against plastics

The University of Miami (UM) has partnered with US-based office products manufacturer Emerald Brand to bring sustainable disposables to its campus.  The…

Interim replacement for Büroring’s Dewitz

Less than three weeks after Ingo Dewitz resigned as Managing Director of Büroring, the German dealer group has appointed his…

Event Preview: Climb of Life 2018

Everything to do with the Climb of Life (COL) presents a challenge – the organisation of the event, the climb…

Event Review: NAOPA 2018

Industry Achievement Winner: Jim O’Brien Usually the last NAOPA to be announced, this year’s Industry Achievement trophy was the first…

Event Preview: ISSA Show North America 2018

This year’s ISSA Show North America is returning to Dallas, Texas, for the first time since 1997. And as much…

Event Preview: EPIC 2018

The thinking behind the first EPIC show back in 2013, when it was introduced by US dealer groups TriMega and…

Comment September 2018

I’m writing this column not at my usual desk in London in the UK, but in San Antonio, Texas, where…

Event Review: ABC 2018

This year’s Advantage Business Conference (ABC) in San Antonio, Texas, took place from 19-22 August against a backdrop of uncertainty…

Strong H1 growth for Böttcher

Germany-based online reseller Böttcher continues to excel in a competitive market, with phenomenal growth of 31% in the first half…

Challenging 2017 for Büroring

A demanding year for Germany-based dealer group Büroring impacted its FY2017 results.Announced at its recent AGM, held in Bremen, Germany, Büroring's leadership…

Big Interview: Antipodean action

Australia has rarely been out of office products news over the past 18 months or so, but the biggest stories…

Event Preview: NAOPA 2018

Organised by OPI in association with US wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) as part of its annual Advantage Business Conference (ABC) which…

Event Review: OPI European Forum 2018

The seventh OPI European Forum, which took place at the beautiful and historic Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, UK, from…

Comment July/August 2018

Staples Inc certainly didn't hang around following its recent admission to OPI that more extensive partnerships with dealers are very…

Big Interview: The turnaround of Office Depot Europe

After a period of instability and disruption, Office Depot's European business — worth more than €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) —…

Event Preview: Advantage Business Conference

With all the change that's going on in the business supplies industry, it's comforting to know that some things have…

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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…