Saturday, 29 February, 2020

Time for Staples to make Depot move?

There has been renewed takeover talk regarding office products giants Staples and Office Depot. A question of no smoke without…

Final word: Thomas Schinkel

The other day I was asked to give a talk to a group of start-up entrepreneurs who had gathered at an…

5 minutes with Randy Hooker

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.I'm responsible for developing a full line of consumables for franking machines.What's…

What next for BPGI?

The North American future of BPGI looks to be over after founder member Independent Stationers (IS) announced that it will leave…

Big interview: Robert de Montigny

As Canada’s largest province by area and second most populous after Ontario, Quebec is not a bad part of the country…

Editor’s comment

The club we're happy to be in As I write this, I’m sitting in the International Lounge at Chicago O’Hare airport…

Big interview: Dominique Lyone

It's unusual for the big boxes to refer to specific competitors in earnings conference calls, so the fact that Staples singled…

A new beginning: Unipapel and Spicers

Eyebrows were raised at the end of November when the European Commission extended the deadline for its approval of Unipapel’s acquisition…

End of the big-box era?

When big box retail chains like Circuit City, Dillard’s and Office Depot started to close doors in 2008 and 2009, it made sense. The…

5 minutes with Wihan Oosthuizen

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words:I look after our office furniture division, production of our catalogues and…

Staples launches MPS offering

Staples has launched a formal managed print services (MPS) solution in the US via the Technology Solutions arm of its Staples…

Depot bags major global contract

Office Depot has recently won a major office supplies contract from what it calls the “world’s biggest purchasing consortium”Depot has been…

Hot topic: If it’s broke, fix it!

Looking at the current trials and tribulations of the three OP big box operators in the US, there's a recurring sense…

5 minutes with Chris Bates

Describe what you do in less than 20 words.Bring bright people in our industry together to accomplish important goals that…

Show review: Big Buyer

There was a strong turnout at this year's Big Buyer trade show in Bologna, Italy, at the end of November, despite…

A label of love: Avery and 3M

Avery’ announcement on 3 January that it had agreed to sell off its Office and Consumer Products (OCP) division didn’t come…

Top 100 2012

There’s always a last-minute panic when we are publishing our annual Top 100 list. Resignations, retirements and, nowadays, redundancies mean…

Editor’s Comment

Let's be flexibleIn developed economies, flexible working has become a hot topic; compressing working hours into a four-day week, taking…

ASKUL in $400m Yahoo tie-up

Yahoo Japan has become the main shareholder in leading Japanese office supplier ASKUL.Yahoo Japan has taken a 42.5% stake in ASKUL…

Big interview: Aidan McDonough

So far it’s been a year of launches for UK dealer group Integra Office Solutions, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in…

Big Read

HP to hold talks with Xerox

The chances of HP Inc acquiring Xerox went up by a couple of notches following yesterday’s highly anticipated Q1 earnings…