A round-up of this week’s office supplies, office products, stationery and business supplies news and stories from around the web and elsewhere.
Staples has added an interactive store map feature to its iPhone app, designed to help retail customers find products more quickly. The feature – which runs on Point Inside’s Store Mode platform – is being tested in 83 Staples stores in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and the Seattle area. Staples added that it will also be launching other mobile app features.
More details: Staples press release
HP has announced new solutions for mobile printing and managed print services. These include HP JetAdvantage Connect software for corporate printing from mobile devices (Android only for the time being), enhanced security features for mobile printing and new business intelligence tools for HP Managed Print Services customers.
More details: HP press release
Stationery manufacturer BIC is stepping up investments in India following last year’s finalisation of the Cello Pens acquisition. Projects include building a new factory that will be used as a manufacturing hub for other Asian markets.
More details: Economic Times
Aftermarket laser cartridge maker Turbon and print fleet software provider Nubeprint have entered into a distribution agreement in Asia. Under the agreement, Turbon will market Nubeprint’s cloud-based software solution for print fleet management to its customer base in more than 20 Asian countries.
More details: Nubeprint press release
Shortly after receiving the $250 million break-up fee from Staples, Office Depot announced a $100-million share repurchase programme.
More details: Office Depot press release
Jan/san and cleaning products manufacturer Greenspeed – which acquired the Ecover Professional range at the start of the year – has achieved Cradle to Cradle Gold certification for its kitchen and interior cleaning product lines.
More details: Greenspeed press release
Chinese manufacturer Print-Rite has opened a 3D Experience Centre at a Sam’s Club store in Zuhai, China, featuring its CoLiDo 3D printer brand.
More details: Print-Rite press release
European supplies reseller Manutan has added more colour to its H1 sales results it reported in April. Adjusted operating profit for the period was up 3.5% to €17.5 million, although adjusted operating margin fell 20 basis points to 5.4% of sales. This margin decline was attributed to the seasonal nature of the Papeteries Pichon educational supplies business acquired last year.
Marley Coffee has issued a letter to shareholders ahead of its first quarter results. It reveals Q1 sales growth of around 13% year on year to $3.1 million due to the US grocery channel, although the quarterly net loss was unchanged at $1.2 million. The company also outlined plans to grow in different channels, but didn’t specify the office coffee market.
More details: Marley Coffee press release
Kansas City-based independent dealer Office Products Alliance has recently made a renovated brewery its new company headquarters.
More details: BizJournals.com
Furniture Assembly Experts is calling for a decentralisation of the US government’s GSA furniture installation contracts.
More details: Furniture Assembly Experts press release