Staples’ transformation a work in progress

Staples provided an update on its strategic initiatives during today's earnings conference call.The company certainly has a lot on its…

Ravi and Neil’s tango in the night

As an ice-breaker to yesterday's merger announcement conference call, and in reference to a previous earnings conference call question on…

Depot spying trouble off Starboard bow

A 24 January Office Depot regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could suggest the company's largest common…

Reseller update: a year of turmoil

Austerity was the name of the game in many European economies in 2012. Ask any of the big boxes or…

Balancing act: the last mile debate

Nobody wants their office products parcel thrown over the garden fence ('thankfully' that only happens in the B2C world –…

Staples going for velocity

Staples officially opened its new e-commerce and m-commerce innovation centre – known as Velocity Lab – in December. The opening…

Big boxes: crisis or opportunity?

In the past few months, these headlines have dominated industry news:  Hewlett-Packard (HP) announces plans to lay off 15,000 employees The…

IS gaining national accounts momentum

The award to dealer group Independent Stationers (IS) of the US Communities (USC) cooperative purchasing contract in 2010 was seen…

Alternative channels

Alternative remedies The competition out there is enough to make your head spin if you’re a specialist OP reseller, and…

Government contracts

Extending the runway With 2010 generally being accepted as a historical year for the US independent dealer channel following the…

Big boxes

Still as big as they come As usual, it’s been a big year of change for the big boxes. How…

Kaut Bullinger profile

Hands-on approach Rather than promoting gimmicky ‘green’ product innovations or paying scant lip service to overall discussions on environmental protection…

Sponsored article: Office Depot

Ever since the launch of the industry’s first comprehensive guide to green office products it has been the aim at…

Depot and ‘Max provide integration update

Office Depot and OfficeMax have appointed team leaders for the next phase of their integration planning process.The integration teams (see…

Big read

Staples CEO reiterates Essendant promises

Staples Inc CEO Sandy Douglas wrote to Essendant counterpart Ric Phillips earlier this week to express his “unwavering excitement” at…