Tech Data appoints new VP

US-based IT distributor Tech Data has named its incoming VP of Public Sector Solutions. Tim Hannon will be responsible for…

ADVEO files for creditor protection

The German subsidiary of European business products wholesaler ADVEO has filed an application to initiate voluntary pre-insolvency proceedings as it…

Exertis strengthens international team

Technology distributor Exertis has expanded its international division through the newly created role of Head of Transformation. Chris Bale will…

Walmart partners with Microsoft | ARC sales grow | Iconex expands in Europe

US-based print services provider ARC Document Solutions has reported 4.1% growth in Q3 2018 sales to $100.5 million, while adjusted…

Konica Minolta adds to leadership team

Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA has announced its new SVP Strategic Alliances. Mark Simons has been appointed to the newly…

Profit growth for Veritiv

North American B2B distributor Veritiv has reported double-digit profit growth for Q3 2018. Sales increased 3.6% to $2.2 billion in…

Industry Week gaining momentum

As many OPI readers probably know, the Business Solutions Association (BSA), the US trade association comprising manufacturers, wholesalers and manufacturer…

Linc to expand stationery range

India-based writing instruments manufacturer Linc Pen and Plastics has entered a distribution agreement with Chinese office products brand Deli Group.…

Mixed quarter for Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant has reported profit improvement in its third quarter results, but the top-line in the office reseller channel…

Pulp prices hit Antalis

European paper merchant Antalis said declines in paper volumes and increasing paper pulp prices have led to a fall in sales…

Key changes for Exertis

Technology distributor Exertis has revealed organisational changes to its European, UK and Ireland operations. Exertis UK Managing Director Paul Bryan…

Papyrus Germany sold to Inapa

European print and facilities supplies distributor OptiGroup and Portugal-based paper merchant Inapa are to combine their respective paper distribution operations in…

Staples secures Essendant shares

A potential banana skin in Staples’ attempt to acquire Essendant has been avoided after a majority of Essendant’s shares were…

Bunzl continues on growth path

Distribution and services group Bunzl has reported quarterly increases and announced its latest acquisition. In a Q3 trading update, Bunzl said…

ADVEO in creditor protection after Staples talks collapse

European business products wholesaler ADVEO has entered pre-insolvency proceedings after negotiations between its lenders and Staples Solutions ended without an…

Comparable sales boost for SP Richards

SP Richards’ (SPR) third-quarter year-on-year sales increase of 1.3% was the first quarter of comparable sales growth for three years.…

Staples patent lawsuit | Depot expands marketing partnership | Sappi launches paperboard line

Staples Advantage is being sued by Hong Kong-based OP company World Wide Stationery Manufacturing for allegedly infringing a patent on…

Slight sales increase at SP Richards

Third-quarter sales at US-based business products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) increased by 1.3% versus 2017, parent company Genuine Parts (GPC)…

UK distributor enters administration

UK IT and EOS distributor Beta Distribution has gone into administration, OPI has learned. Rumours began circulating at the end…

Western-BRW continues facilities supplies growth

JP Gould subsidiary Western-BRW has acquired facilities supplies and maintenance equipment distributor High Point Sanitary Solutions. High Point has branches…

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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…