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…

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…

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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…