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…

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…

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Essendant’s CORE on hold as combined event talks take place

In the third part of our interview with Harry Dochelli, the Essendant President discusses his relationship with Sycamore Partners, the…