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Grainger: differentiating via relationships

Grainger’s relationships with its customers are a “unique competitive advantage” said CEO DG Macpherson earlier this week on the company’s…

Mercateo’s Unite partners with 2bits

Mercateo’s B2B networking platform Unite has partnered with 2bits, a SAP-based purchasing company. While Unite directly connects suppliers with buyers,…

Bruneau joins Interaction

France-based B2B office supplies reseller Bruneau has joined Interaction, the European alliance of office products distributors, as an associate member.…

Double-digit growth for Askul

Japanese business supplies reseller Askul has posted a double-digit sales increase for H1 2019, completing its recovery from a major…

Business owners favour Amazon

According to new research, almost two thirds (62%) of business owners are more inclined to buy products for their company…

DCC expands in North America

DCC, parent company of technology distributor Exertis, has acquired the Jam Group of Companies, expanding its footprint in Canada and…

Customer service trumps price online

New research from e-commerce agency PushOn has found that over a third of businesses purchasing office supplies favour online retailers. …

Amazon ranked top office supplier

A new report has rated Amazon as the best e-commerce site for B2B office supplies in the US. The study,…

Amazon Business tops $10 billion in sales

Amazon has revealed that sales on its B2B platform Amazon Business have exceeded $10 billion on an annualised basis. In…

Office Depot in Viking domain name spat

An intellectual property ruling panel has deemed Office Depot Europe’s private equity owner guilty of engaging in reverse domain name…

Guy Brown unveils online B2B marketplace

US office products and MPS supplier Guy Brown has launched its own B2B e-commerce platform.It has unveiled Guy Brown Office…

Analysis: Other options for Essendant

OPI follows up on yesterday’s article about business products wholesaler Essendant.In the article, we looked at the possibility of Essendant…

Q4 caps off ‘challenging year’ for Veritiv

A recent acquisition for North American B2B distributor Veritiv helped drive Q4 2017 sales, however market headwinds continued to weigh…

Amazon Business debuts in France

Amazon Business has launched in France, opening up the country’s €71 billion ($79 billion) B2B e-commerce market.The internet giant’s standalone…

BJ’s Wholesale targets Sam’s Club members

BJ’s Wholesale didn’t waste any time swooping in on Sam’s Club members after owner Walmart decided to close a number…

Mercateo explores future of B2B procurement

Online procurement platform Mercateo held its fifth annual Executive Summit in Berlin last week.The group gathered representatives from the scientific…

Acquisition to improve Coupa search function

Global cloud-based software provider Coupa has advanced its platform’s search function thanks to a recent acquisition.The company has purchased Switzerland-based…

New features for Amazon Business UK

Amazon Business UK has unveiled a new set of features to improve the procurement processes of its business customers.It is…

Tough print market weighs down Veritiv

Difficult market conditions continue for North American B2B distributor Veritiv. Q3 sales growth in its Packaging and Facility Solutions segments were…

E-commerce success for MSC Industrial Supply

Online accounted for around 60% of total sales in MSC Industrial Supply’s Q4.For the three months ended 2 September, the…

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3M announces restructuring after slow start to 2019

3M has said it will cut 2,000 jobs worldwide after it reported “disappointing” first quarter results. The restructuring will involve…