Analysis: Essendant merchandising plan taking shape

US wholesaler Essendant is seeing some positive profitability and balance sheet results from its recently-implemented transformation plan, but the road…

ADVEO focuses on the positives

ADVEO’s first quarter results press release focused on the wholesaler’s underlying EBITDA improvement and areas such as net debt reduction…

UK industry reacts to Amazon Business

Leading figures in the UK office products industry tell OPI what they think of last week’s launch of Amazon Business…

Analysis: Could Australian regulators scupper mega OP merger?

Less than two years after agreeing that the office supplies companies could merge, speculation is mounting that the Australian competition…

Insight: Essendant explains new contracts strategy

More on the development of the new enterprise contracts model at North American business products wholesaler Essendant.As reported on opi.net…

Essendant and Staples talking points at Kinetic

OPI speaks to AOPD and TriMega about their joint Kinetic event that took place in Texas last week.There was a…

Analysis: The changing face of Staples

One key component of the Staples 20/20 strategic plan has virtually been achieved, but how will it get to the…

Insight: SPOT looking to take share with dealer acquisitions

OPI has spoken to SPOT CEO Jeff Whiteway about the announcement that the group is re-entering the acquisitions market.UK office…

Depot CEO Smith looking to build on Lenovo experience

It was a relatively low-key first earnings conference call for new Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith yesterday.That was partly due…

Slimmed down ADVEO’s ‘transitional’ year

European office products wholesaler ADVEO has called 2016 a year of transition after selling its IT consumables business to Westcoast…

Analysis: No quick fix for Essendant

Essendant CEO Bob Aiken has reiterated that it will take time for the wholesaler to return to a sustainable and…

Analysis: ACCO reducing dependence on office supply giants

Comparable year-on-year sales at the manufacturer fell by 1% in 2016 despite losing business due to store closures and the…

Wesfarmers puts Officeworks up for sale

Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers has said it is looking to divest its Officeworks office supplies business via a sale or by…

Amazon Business’s $5.5 billion public-sector land-grab

Amazon Business has been awarded a multi-year contract with public sector purchasing organisation US Communities that could be worth up…

Insight: Stable year for Fiducial

French office products reseller Fiducial Office Solutions has reported a solid set of results for the 12 months to 30…

Analysis: What lies ahead in 2017?

The tenure of President Trump and the process of the UK leaving the European Union are just some of the…

Revamped BPGI looking to the future

The return of Quantore to the BPGI fold shows that the organisation still brings value.There was positive news for independent…

Insight: Striving to take out duplicate costs

A look at UK wholesaler Spicers’ new Alliance programme.The issue of redundant or duplicate costs in the UK office products…

Analysis: UK wholesalers getting back on track

There have been encouraging developments recently at the UK’s two leading business supplies wholesalers Spicers and VOW.That might not seem…

Analysis: Staples leaving Europe at all costs

Staples is taking a big hit – both in terms of cash and non-cash charges – to offload its European…

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Office Depot France denies works council allegations

Office Depot has categorically denied allegations of the misuse of company funds made by workers’ representatives in France. As reported…