Category Update: Classroom shake-up

The education sector globally is undergoing something of a revolution. Technological advances, curriculum changes and new learning methods are being…

UK OP industry collaborates on digital media centre

Several UK office products businesses have banded together to support a new media centre for students in London.Sponsored by The…

School Specialty losses shrink as furniture recovers

Educational products reseller School Specialty reported an improvement to its furniture category in Q4, while losses narrowed. The furniture division…

Marginal US office and school supply gains

Global information company The NPD Group has reported total retail sales for the US office and school supplies industry grew…

School Specialty appoints CIO

Educational supplies reseller School Specialty has named Steve Martinez as CIO, effective 1 February.Martinez has also been made SVP at the…

Solid Q3 for School Specialty

Educational supplies reseller School Specialty has reported modest revenue growth in its third quarter.Sales for the period were $301.6 million,…

Derwent secures North American distribution

UK-based pencil and art materials vendor Derwent, an ACCO Brands company, has signed an exclusive distribution and logistics agreement with…

Bureau Vallée reports BTS share gains

France-based office supplies franchiser Bureau Vallée says it took market share from its main rivals during this year’s back-to-school (BTS)…

E-commerce growth at Walmart | $2.2 billion facilities supplies deal | Double-digit growth for...

A round-up of this week’s office supplies, office products, stationery and business supplies news and stories from around the web…

Strong furniture growth for School Specialty

Educational supplies reseller School Specialty reported strong double-digit growth in its furniture category in the second quarter.Furniture sales were up…

Back-to-school: online continues to take share

Online spending this back-to-school (BTS) season will continue to eat into the share of bricks-and-mortar retailers, according to a new…

School supply charitable giving

Every year during the BTS season, the building where I live holds a school supply drive asking residents to donate…

US BTS shoppers still prefer in-store

According to research released by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), in-store purchases will continue to dominate the back-to-school…

Office Depot launches BTS recycling programme

Office Depot has partnered with TerraCycle to help consumers recycle old binders in preparation for the new back-to-school (BTS) shopping…

Deals entice BTS shoppers

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released a snapshot of back-to-school (BTS) trends that suggests parents are getting more savvy…

School’s (nearly) out!

Schools may not be out just yet, but this time of year should mean just one thing for resellers –…

BTS predictions for 2016

Research firm The NPD Group has revealed the influences for the 2016 back-to-school (BTS) season in the US.The research company…

DAMS diversifies into student accommodation

UK office furniture manufacturer and distributor DAMS has launched a customised solution aimed at the student accommodation sector.Student Accommodation by…

Amazon launches back-to-school store in France

Resellers in France will face stiffer competition from e-tailer giant Amazon in the upcoming back-to-school (BTS) season.Amazon France has just…

Depot increases back-to-school hiring

Office Depot is to take on 8,000 extra retail staff for this year’s back-to-school (BTS) season.This represents an increase of…

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SPR announces new HQ and DC plans

North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) is set to move to new headquarters in the coming weeks following last month’s…