Friday, 3 April, 2020

Depot and ‘Max eyeing the future

Despite all the talk of continuing to “compete aggressively” with each other, Office Depot and OfficeMax gave the impression that they are very much in merger-preparation mode during their first quarter conference calls recently.Depot certainly...

News Analysis: Depot announces store closures

Office Depot has said it expects to close at least 400 US stores by the end of 2016 as part of its integration with OfficeMax. Revealing the figure as Depot released its first quarter...

Google testing same-day delivery

After several weeks of speculation, Google has begun testing a same-day shopping service in the San Francisco Bay area in partnership with a number of national and local retailers, including Staples and Office Depot. A...

News Analysis: Taking the positives

Reinventing Staples was never going to be a question of just hitting an ‘Easy Button’, and it is proving to be an arduous task to try and move the global reseller onto a growth...

Smith fast-tracking on integration

There was a certain level of expectation ahead of Office Depot’s first set of earnings results following the closing of its merger with OfficeMax last November. The results at the end of February also...

Now the hard work begins

As expected, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) didn’t stand in the way of the proposed merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax, voting unanimously at the beginning of November to approve the $1.2 billion...

O2o focused on taking share

UK reseller office2office (o2o) says its strategy is to gain market share through new contract wins and customer retention as the contracted office supplies market continues to face downward pressures in 2013.In an investor presentation released...

Hot Topic: The poisoned apple?

You hear the stories and see the stats: about tablets having truly entered the mainstream in 2013, so much so that they’re already becoming commoditised; about the growth in 3D printing and the whole...

ASKUL site off to a slow start

Leading Japanese reseller ASKUL is an interesting case in the office supplies world. The company is in the middle of a transformational project as it moves away from its origins as a mail order supplier...

Hot Topic: Office Depot/Max

It didn’t come as a surprise following an extremely long ten-month approval process – which also included a seven-month Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation (see box FTC comes up to date) – but the closing...

News Analysis: o2o on the hunt

US investor’s Project Arrow reverse merger proposal is rejected by the o2o board. On 26 March, o2o revealed that US investor Nick Gerber – who owns over 9% of the firm’s shares – was...

5 minutes with: Lindsay DiRuzza

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me!If you weren’t doing your present job, what job would you like to be doing?I would love to get...

Top 100 2014

With all that’s been going on in the past 12 months in terms of industry consolidation, it’s no surprise that there are a number of changes, notably the inclusion of Roland Smith as CEO...

Report: Swimming With Piranha

In early 2014, Martin Wilde Associates (MWA) and OPI published The State Of The OP Industry 2013-14, a report based on a survey of the views and expectations of 51...

Depot and ‘Max merger reaction

The announcement of their merger didn't go according to plan – webcast provider Thomson Reuters inadvertently issued a press release ahead of schedule – and the whispering going on behind the scenes during the webcast...

Big interview: Bruno Peyroles

Fresh from being crowned as Reseller of the Year at the recent European Office Products Awards in Frankfurt, Bureau Vallée’s Bruno Peyroles talks to OPI about his firm’s continued success...Bruno Peyroles’ initial reaction after collecting...

Can Shoplet shake up UK market?

The news that Shoplet has decided to enter the UK office supplies market probably wasn’t a major surprise to most – in a Big Interview with OPI over three years ago, the e-tailer’s CEO Tony...

Big Interview: Tomas Bergström

Private equity group Litorina is transforming the Swedish OP market. OPI finds out moreA major announcement in the Swedish office products market was made at the beginning of April with the creation of a...

Big Interview: Dave Jenkins

Anyone who is familiar with the South African office supplies and stationery industry will know what a traditional place it is, with many of its business leaders having been around for longer than they’d...

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