VOW sets its sights on the future

The theme running through the VOW+ Partner Conference, as around 300 delegates descended upon Nottingham in the UK in early…

Category Analysis: Getting Creative

While ‘green’ and antimicrobial products continue to offer room for innovation as well as meeting an established customer demand it is…

Category analysis: Managed print services

For a number of years now managed print services (MPS) has been referenced as an opportunity for office supplies businesses, and…

Deus ex machina

Print is dead and the paperless office is just around the corner. Millennials would rather look at an iPad than…

HSM meets up in Mexico

Shredder manufacturer HSM held its seventh global partner conference in the Mexican city of Guadalajara at the end of April. The…

Hot Topic: The poisoned apple?

You hear the stories and see the stats: about tablets having truly entered the mainstream in 2013, so much so…

Category analysis: Core office products

Defining core office products is a subjective business, sizing them up even more so. From filing and archiving products over labels…

Category Analysis: Breakroom

For some time now, coffee has been the driving force behind strong sales growth and healthy profit margins in the…

FM Supplies: Mountain or Molehill?

With demand for ‘traditional’ office products (OP) in structural value decline over recent years, OP resellers have increasingly turned to…

Green light for European environment initiative

Key leaders from the office products industry met in Frankfurt in September to discuss a major initiative to develop a unified…

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…

Breaking out

As one of its fastest-growing product segments, just over a year ago breakroom was removed from United Stationers’ Lagasse business…

Category analysis: Green products

At the start of 2013, the world’s leading office supplies reseller Staples appointed its inaugural Chief Culture Officer. John Burke, previously…

Pilot opens DC in France

Pilot officially opened its new European distribution centre on 9 April. The writing instruments manufacturer has upgraded its main facility in…

Growing facilities

Facilities management (FM) products are often hailed as one of the potential saviours of OP resellers, going some way towards…

Category analysis: Paper

It is difficult to assess the health of the office paper market at present, with conflicting views regarding sales levels of…

Paperworld busy despite challenges

The annual mega-show Paperworld in Frankfurt at the end of January is still a magnet for the key players in the…

Hot topic: Spread your wings

To summarise, there are probably three main threats to a traditional office products reseller’s business: a declining need for traditional office…

US federal contract extended

The current Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) contract (known as OS2) is due to expire on 31 May and the…

Category analysis: Security and data protection

Half of businesses worldwide have started using encryption technology within their offices to protect critical data, according to recent research from…

Big read

ISG shareholders approve mega merger

The board of directors of Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has announced that 83% of its common shareholders have approved the…