5 minutes with: Lindsay DiRuzza

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me!If you weren’t doing your…

Green shoots at Staples?

A 3% fall in first quarter sales may not sound like a positive result for Staples, but take International out of…

Category analysis: Furniture

Like style for the home, fashions in the office environment are perpetually changing.Right now, there seems to be a real trend…

Tesa | Sponsored Article

What does Germany’s strongest man have in common with office products you may ask? The one-word response is marketing. The…

Staples steps up a gear

Retail woes – and not just in the office supplies channel – have been well documented over the past few…

Counterfeit seizures down at Paperworld

German customs officials (‘Zoll’) seized fewer suspected counterfeit items at this year’s Paperworld trade show in Frankfurt.The number of booths where…

Special feature: The future of work

No one knows exactly what the future holds, but we can have a good guess. In part one of two…

Final word: Andrew Penfold

Australian independent dealers and the groups that support them are viewed as the 'good blokes' of the market. They are decent…

Depot and ‘Max eyeing the future

Despite all the talk of continuing to “compete aggressively” with each other, Office Depot and OfficeMax gave the impression that they…

Dealer Spotlight: Springing From Grass Roots

What do wallpaper and library books have to do with office products? Very little from the outset, but this is how…

An EPIC month

As I write this I’m still suffering from jet lag after my recent trip to the first ever EPIC Independent…

One down, many to go…

The coming together of PBS Deutschland and Georg Kugelmann, effective 1 December, marked what’s widely regarded as the beginning of…

Can Shoplet shake up UK market?

The news that Shoplet has decided to enter the UK office supplies market probably wasn’t a major surprise to most –…

Editor’s comment

I recently read an article about how pubs (bars for those of you not in the UK) are increasingly being…

OfficeYes launches franchise opportunity

The Indian OP e-commerce business OfficeYes has set up a franchise-type opportunity for entrepreneurs. Since it was established last year OfficeYes has…

Spicers partners with Westcoast

Spicers has announced a collaborative alliance with the UK’s largest IT and EOS distributor Westcoast. The UK and Ireland OP wholesaler…

Hot Topic: Sparkling and new: Gem OP

Wholesaling is an interesting place to be at the moment – wherever you look, there’s something going on. ADVEO is talking…

Final word: Tom Rodda

Why does a UK premier league footballer play on average 180 minutes per week and yet train for 720 minutes per…

Now the hard work begins

As expected, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) didn’t stand in the way of the proposed merger between Office Depot…

Big interview: Charlie Cleary

Charlie Cleary has brought his dealer group – or buying group – through a lot of change in the last few…

Big read

Court dismisses Essendant motion in GPC lawsuit

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) can move ahead with its ‘breach of contract’ legal proceedings against Essendant, a Delaware court has…