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Analysis: Stability needed at Essendant

Aiken took over at Essendant from Cody Phipps in May 2015, initially on an interim basis before being named permanent…

Comment: Stability needed at Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant is now on the hunt for a new CEO after Bob Aiken’s sudden resignation which was announced…

Essendant CEO resigns

Bob Aiken has stepped down as CEO of office supplies wholesaler Essendant.He will be succeeded by Ric Phillips in an…

Analysis: Essendant merchandising plan taking shape

US wholesaler Essendant is seeing some positive profitability and balance sheet results from its recently-implemented transformation plan, but the road…

Big Interview: The long and winding road

Disruption, distraction and opportunity were three words discussed in great detail at Essendant’s biennial CORE Live event that was recently…

Big Interview Xtra: Bob Aiken (CEO) and Harry Dochelli (President of Office and Facilities),...

OPI: We published an interview recently with Craig Bartholomew and he suggested that the main US wholesalers could be doing…

Event Review: CORE Live 2017

Essendant’s biennial CORE Live event, held last month in Las Vegas, did not disappoint in terms of content and announcements.…

Mixed mood at Essendant’s CORE Live

The first day of Essendant’s biennial CORE Live event, this year in Las Vegas, did not disappoint in terms of…

Analysis: Essendant responds to market dynamics

Essendant CEO Bob Aiken spent several days touching base with the wholesaler’s investors following disappointing second quarter results and a lower…

Sargent and Aiken confirmed for OPI Global Forum 2016

Two of our industry’s leading CEOs – Staples’ Ron Sargent and Essendant chief Bob Aiken – have confirmed their participation…

Management changes at Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant has announced two senior management changes and provided more details of its latest cost-reduction plan.The exec changes…

EPIC 2015: An event of EPIC proportions

The third Independent Stationers and TriMega EPIC joint convention in Las Vegas at the beginning of October was arguably the best…

Analysis: Aiken starts to make his mark

Essendant CEO Bob Aiken showed today he has a clear idea of where he wants to take the company.After about…

Essendant sees top-line pressures

Essendant reported an organic sales decline in the third quarter following headwinds in the industrial sector and the exiting of…

Analysis: Aiken confidently handles first analyst call

New Essendant CEO Bob Aiken put in an assured performance as he took his first quarterly analyst conference call just…

Aiken named Essendant CEO

Bob Aiken has been named the permanent CEO of US wholesaler Essendant.Aiken had been serving as interim CEO since the…

Essendant acquires automotive wholesaler

Essendant is to acquire Nestor Sales, a distributor of tools, equipment and supplies to the transportation industry.The deal, worth around…

Report: Staples and Essendant at Jefferies conference

Staples and Essendant both gave presentations at the Jefferies Global Consumer Conference in Massachusetts this week. Here are the key…

Event Review OPI Global Forum 2015: Grasping the nettle

As one delegate pointed out, with all that is happening in our industry at the moment – consolidation, bankruptcies, declining margins,…

Get ready for Essendant…

United Stationers officially becomes Essendant from 1 June.The wholesaler will bring together its primary operating companies – United Stationers Supply,…

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Tariff relief for OP industry?

Despite an apparent 90-day ceasefire on the trade war between the US and China, uncertainty still reigns. Scheduled to be…