ACCC voices concerns over Staples and OfficeMax merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has delivered a preliminary view that raises doubts over the proposed merger by…

Analysis: Office Depot CEO promises aggressive growth strategy

Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith has said the reseller will be aggressive in taking both organic and inorganic steps to…

Analysis: ACCO ready for retail consolidation

ACCO CEO Boris Elisman said his company is prepared for any further consolidation in the US office supplies retail channel.As…

Analysis: Analysts snub Essendant conference call

There was a distinct lack of interest from the investment community in Essendant’s second quarter results conference call yesterday.Jefferies’ analyst…

Analysis: Staples’ takeover journey revealed

A regulatory filing by Staples has provided details of the company’s proposed takeover by private equity (PE) firm Sycamore Partners.Staples…

Analysis: FTC investigation could spell trouble for Amazon

Amazon’s pricing practices are coming under scrutiny by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).The FTC is reviewing a report by…

Analysis: Don’t bet on Amazon buying Office Depot

There has been recent speculation that Staples’ acquisition by Sycamore Partners could pave the way for Amazon to buy Office…

Analysis: Staples – Getting things done in private

Now that the dust has settled on the news that Staples is to be acquired by private equity (PE) firm…

Analysis: Prime time for VIP memberships

Yesterday’s Amazon Prime Day proved to be the biggest shopping event in the e-commerce titan’s history.The day of exclusive deals…

Office Depot targeting wide range of clients with business app

Office Depot has told OPI that it sees potential for all sizes of business customers with its recent investment in…

French reseller up for sale?

According to the French financial press, the majority private equity owner of leading local reseller JM Bruneau is looking to…

Comment: Slack is Amazon’s key to the office

Amazon is rumoured to be interested in buying workplace messaging app Slack for $9 billion.The proposed deal – which works…

How could Amazon’s Whole Foods deal impact office products?

Amazon has sent shockwaves through the food retailing business with its near-$14 billion acquisition of natural and organic food chain…

Comment: Stability needed at Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant is now on the hunt for a new CEO after Bob Aiken’s sudden resignation which was announced…

Interview: The changing face of OP wholesaling

OPI catches up with ADVEO CEO Jaime Carbó following the publication of the wholesaler’s (if we can still call it…

Analysis: ADVEO abandons pure wholesaling model

Less than ten years after initiating a strategy to become the leading pan-European office products wholesaler, ADVEO is steering on…

Does advertising merger collapse give Staples/’Max pointers?

The recent collapse of the proposed merger between Australian advertising companies APN Outdoor and oOh!media (OML) could provide some clues…

Analysis: New phase for Staples 20/20 plan

Staples is ramping up investments in its ‘Pro’ product categories as it kicks off Phase Two of its 20/20 strategic…

Analysis: The store key to Office Depot future

New Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith expects the reseller’s 1,400-strong store network to be at the heart of the company’s…

Analysis: Esselte a shot in the arm for ACCO

ACCO’s first quarter results were better than the company had expected following a strong performance from the recently acquired Esselte business…

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Support the Ride of Life

Around 25 members of the office products industry have so far signed up to take part in this year’s Ride…