Category analysis: Visual communications

Sales of interactive whiteboards and interactive flat panel displays in the education and corporate sectors grew 15% year on year in…

Hot topic: School’s out!

Over the past few months, there have been plenty of announcements, by OP dealer groups in particular, stating how they’re going…

Category analysis: Back-to-school

Each year there's a lot resting on the success of the back-to-school (BTS) category for office products resellers and vendors. It's…

Weekly snippets 30 May 2014

Office Club has launched its 2014 Back To School campaign.Full story: Dealer Support Colorado Springs copier dealer Bircham's Office Products is…

School Specialty names permanent CEO

Henderson was named interim CEO in August last year after Mike Lavelle resigned following the company's completion of reorganisation under…

EDmarket unveils contacts database

EDmarket iQ has been developed by the Education Market Association (EDmarket) and Agile Education Marketing to help manufacturers and dealers…

Radio Shack expanding in college market

Radio Shack – which recently announced major cutbacks in its US store network – began targeting the $11 billion US…

Educational shows underway in Dallas

It is the first time that the EdMarket (formerly NSSEA) and National Association of College Stores (NACS) trade associations have…

School Specialty appoints new executives

Daniel Kohler joins the company as EVP of Operations while Rick Smith has been hired as Director of Distribution Centre…

Nemo launches schools catalogue

Incorporating Nemo’s ‘doodle’ inspired look used in its annual Office Style catalogue, the new 800-page publication is branded as Office…

Sector analysis: BTS preview

A new kind of schoolingPreparing to go back to school after the long summer holiday is not what it used…

Crafty business

There’s nothing new about the adjacent arts and crafts category, but it has had notable peaks in the OP channel, in…

School Specialty reports quarterly sales rise

Educational products vendor School Specialty reported a 3.7% year-on-year increase in its second quarter sales.Sales for the three months ended…

OPI readers report lacklustre back-to-school season 

More than 40% of respondents to an OPI poll have reported that their back-to-school performance was down on last year.In…

Acme reports record back-to-school season

International office supplies vendor Acme International said it enjoyed a record 2013 back-to-school (BTS) season.The strong BTS performance helped Acme…

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…

US teachers spending $1.6 billion of own money

Teachers in the US are spending around $1.6 billion a year from their own pockets on educational products, according to…

Aussie schools supplier collapses

Australian educational supplies reseller SchoolBiz has gone under, it has been reported.The $4.5 million business has entered administration and is…

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…

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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…