Bureau Vallee expanding in Spain

French franchise group Bureau Vallée is making a push into the Spanish market.The office supplies retailer had previously opened a…

Staples bags NY contract

Earlier this week, AOPD announced that leading New York independent dealer Weeks Lerman had joined its network.OPI spoke to Weeks…

Big boxes team up with stars

Staples and Office Depot have both announced 2013 back-to-school (BTS) partnerships with teen stars.Depot has joined forces with pop group…

School Specialty nearing Chapter 11 exit

School Specialty has announced that it could exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the beginning of June.The educational products supplier…

Max treading water

Last week I suggested that Office Depot was in merger mode following its first quarter earnings webcast, and OfficeMax appeared…

Merger and Mexico focus in low key Depot webcast

Analysts' questions largely focused on the future of Office Depot's operations in Mexico and the proposed merger with OfficeMax during…

Will Google same-day delivery catch on?

There was an interesting article on SeekingAlpha this week about Google's new Shopping Express same-day delivery pilot scheme in San…

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…

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Exacompta to acquire Biella

A major acquisition in the declining filing category has been announced in Europe as Exacompta makes a €33.5 million ($38…