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Featuring Supplies Network on independent dealers and MPS, a stockbroker on where big boxes are going wrong, and the concept of ‘buy local’.

Category analysis: Security and data protection

A safe bet On average, UK retail workers throw away 11 London buses-worth of paper every year, a survey by PHS Datashred suggests. This carries a significant amount of potential for insecure data and security...

Category analysis: Breakroom

The business case for breakroomThe breakroom category continues to be a key driver of growth for office products businesses, particularly in the US, and in some cases companies are offsetting sales declines in other segments...

Spicers turning up the heat

UK and European suppliers disgruntled as wholesalers review 2012 pricing.The former DS Smith-owned wholesaler Spicers may now be two separate companies, but there was an uncanny resemblance to their purchasing strategies at the start of...

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 fire?An analyst on a well-known financial website has suggested that Staples could be gearing up...

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 recession crimped consumer spending, and these oversized, over-staffed and over-inventoried stores had to shed...

Dealer spotlight: Dubai Library Distributors

The second Paperworld Middle East show takes place from 6-8 March in Dubai. One leading local OP company which will be exhibiting is Dubai Library Distributors (DLD), a firm with wholesaling, distribution, retailing and direct...

Big Interview: Supplies Network

The future looks managed Last year Supplies Network celebrated 20 years in business, but the landscape has significantly changed in this time. Set up as a regional wholesaler of IT consumables, the company now spans the...

EOPA review: All right on the night

It’s fair to say that comments following the European Office Products Awards (EOPA) 2012 dinner have been unanimously positive. Before the evening, there was a concern that the current economic uncertainty shadowing Europe might put...

Hot Topic: Buy local

Home sweet homeIn times of strife – political or economic – communities have a tendency to band together, to share and care more. Is it for that reason that ‘buy local’ initiatives have blossomed over...

Paperworld cuts

Almost 50,000 visitors attended Paperworld 2012 in Frankfurt at the end of January. This number was slightly down on 2011 and exhibitor numbers also fell slightly to 1,800, which was probably to be expected given...

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