News snippets 12 September 2014

HP fined $58.7 million on bribery charges | Qatar raids stationery supply stores| Samsung launches Android printers


A round-up of OP-related stories from around the web and elsewhere.

has pleaded guilty to felony charges regarding the bribery of Russian government officials by former employees. The company has been fined $58.7 million after the Russian subsidiary admitted violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Full story: CNBC


Government inspectors in Qatar have conducted raids on over 750 back-to-school supply shops which has resulted in at least 11 stationery and sports garment stores caught for selling counterfeit items, not displaying product prices and overcharging.

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has launched ten new MFPs that are the world’s first printers powered by Android. The Android touchscreen enables users to print from web browsers, emails, images and other content without a PC or server connection.

Full story: Samsung


is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Rexel portfolio with a dedicated loyalty scheme. The Rexel Rewards scheme offers consumers targeted rewards for buys Rexel products.

Full story: Promotional Merchandise


Grainger has named Dean Johnson as President of its Canadian division, Acklands-Grainger.

Full story:  Grainger


has launched new services for MPS partners including new tools and a free printer programme. The aim is to generate recurring revenue for partners.

Full story: Xerox


UK software provider is in line for three major awards. The company has been named as a finalist for Most Disruptive Retail Technology in the Retail Systems Awards, Supply Chain Innovation Project of the Year in the Retail Week Supply Chain Awards (for its Tesco dropship portal) and Best Innovation in E-Commerce Delivery/Logistics in the E-Commerce Awards for Excellence 2014.


A recent survey of office workers by revealed that doling out office perks is on the decline, with 70% of organisations not providing any perks to associates throughout the summer months.

Full story:  Sys-Con Media


’s specialist lead generation service LaunchPad has gained partners over £1.5 million ($2.4 million) worth of business since its online launch in May 2014.

VOW says Launchpad has provided hundreds of fully qualified referrals every month as the service deals with the time intensive business of data cleansing, lead nurturing and relationship building, so partners don’t have to.


UK office supplies service provider has signed its 70th partner, Southfield Office Supplies.


UK MP Matthew Hancock has been made to repay almost £2,000 ($3,250) after sending 3,100 envelopes and 6,200 pieces of paper in a misuse of House of Commons facilities.

Full story: BBC


A deal has been struck between Brentwood-based office products company and educational furniture specialist of Franklin to form gbi, which will serve as the exclusive Middle Tennessee Knoll dealer.

Full story:  Nashville Post