Amazon shipping straight from manufacturers’ warehouses

Amazon is cutting down on distribution costs by operating its own dedicated areas in the warehouses of major suppliers, reports…

Editor’s Comment: Lowering prices – competitive or anti-competitive?

An article related to the impact that Staples price-matching Amazon could have on the Office Depot-OfficeMax merger caught my eye…

US shutdown not affecting Office Depot & OfficeMax merger

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is still working on the proposed merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax despite the…

Manutan acquires Ikaros Cleantech

European reseller Manutan has acquired Sweden-based specialist distributor Ikaros Cleantech.Headquartered in Malmö, Ikaros Cleantech is a distributor of environmental protection…

Staples confirms Amazon price matching

Starting in November, Staples will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com.The move had been expected and Staples has…

OfficeMax unveils small business service centres

OfficeMax is bringing its in-store services together in a new, dedicated Services Center area.The OfficeMax Services Center offers a portfolio…

Staples buys e-commerce software firm Runa

Staples has strengthened its e-commerce capabilities by acquiring Silicon Valley-based software firm Runa.Runa develops e-commerce solutions that help online retailers…

OfficeMax makes $1.7 million school supplies donation

OfficeMax and its back-to-school customers have donated nearly $1.7 million in classroom supplies to teachers and schools through the office…

Is Starboard starting to flex its muscles?

As I was arriving in Texas last week for the EPIC dealer group show, the news came through that Ravi…

Rising to the challenge

There were some great insights into Staples' 'reinvention plan' during Wednesday's quarterly earnings conference call. The leading global reseller had…

A no grow area?

Recent quarterly results have highlighted the struggle OP companies are continuing to face to achieve top-line growth. Office Depot, OfficeMax…

OfficeTeam’s 2012 results

The 2012 annual accounts of UK reseller OfficeTeam were available from Companies House shortly after last week's press release announcing…

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…

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DEX to provide turnkey MPS solution for Essendant dealers

In the second part of our interview with Harry Dochelli (click here for Part 1), the Essendant President reveals details…