Analysis: The future is unclear for Crystal Rock

2017 proved to be tough for US beverages and office supplies reseller Crystal Rock as it struggled to compete in…

Exclusive: Avery’s hunt for counterfeit product resellers

OPI speaks to office products vendor Avery about how it is trying to crack down on resellers selling counterfeit products…

Analysis: The changing face of Office Depot

Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith took advantage of yesterday’s third-quarter conference call to provide further details of the reseller’s shift…

Analysis: Tough road ahead for Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant faces some stiff challenges as it looks to get itself back onto a growth trajectory.The company posted a…

Report: Stock issues continue at ADVEO

As expected, stock availability issues related to its recent financing hit third-quarter sales at European office supplies wholesaler ADVEO.In its…

Will Jetzt crash and burn?

OPI takes a closer look at Jetzt, the ambitious new wholesaler with big plans for the UK market.Ordinarily, one might be…

New wholesaler plans to disrupt UK market

There’s a new wholesaler in town with plans to tackle the likes of Amazon head on.OPI spoke to Jetzt, which is…

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…

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SPR announces new HQ and DC plans

North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) is set to move to new headquarters in the coming weeks following last month’s…