BPGI dealer groups await Australian competition decision

BPGI's three dealer groups in Australia and New Zealand must wait until March 2014 to see if their joint purchasing…

Press release: Bunzl buys Mexican distributor Pro Epta

Facilities supplier Bunzl has acquired Mexican catering equipment distributor Pro Epta as it continues to focus on international expansion.News of…

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…

Dixons offloads UniEuro in Italy at a cost of €25m

Dixons Retail has divested control of its loss-making Italian UniEuro business in a merger with SGM Distribuzione-owned electricals chain Marco…

Analysis: Office Essentials focuses on managed services with PMI acquisition

Last month, St Louis business products and services provider Office Essentials bought PMI Computer Supplies for an undisclosed sum. At 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…

Pelikan rethinks Herlitz integration

Pelikan wants to acquire certain assets of its Herlitz subsidiary in order to speed up the integration of the two…

Crystal Rock buys Universal Business Equipment

Water, coffee and office supplies company Crystal Rock Holdings has bought Universal Business Equipment for $2.2 million. Universal’s 15 staff and…

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…

Pukka Pads seals Yorkshire Envelope deal

Pukka Pads has diversified its product portfolio with the acquisition of UK manufacturer Yorkshire Envelope.Bingley-based Yorkshire Envelope, which produces a…

Hummel’s buys Hayes

New York's Hummel's Office Plus has acquired fellow dealer Hayes Office Products for an undisclosed sum.Hayes – which is based…

Ingram buys IT recycling firm CloudBlue

Ingram Micro has acquired US IT asset disposition and recycling firm CloudBlue for an undisclosed sum.CloudBlue – which was founded…

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…

ECi acquires Red Cheetah

In a major move in the OP systems and software market, ECi has announced the acquisition of rival provider Red…

Spicers partners with Westcoast

Spicers has announced a collaborative alliance with the UK's largest IT and EOS distributor Westcoast.The UK and Ireland OP wholesaler…

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…

What are the OP Software Alliance’s motives?

After months of speculation about its creation, the Office Products Software Alliance (OPSA) came into existence last week.The stated aim…

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…

CCL good fit for Avery¦ and vice versa

A closer look at this week's announcement that a deal for Avery's Office & Consumer Products (OCP) business has been…

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…

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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…