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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 CEO a few months later. The former CEO of US Foodservice was no stranger...

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 held in Las Vegas. And while these words apply to the industry as a...

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 more to offer a wider selection of products at more competitive prices. Is that...

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. A new brand tagline of ‘Powering Possibilities’ was unveiled by CEO Bob Aiken as...

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 on a ‘Power Panel’ at this year’s OPI Global Forum in Chicago.Senior executives in...

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, secular declines in traditional categories, changing working habits, Amazon Business, etc – it was...

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Combating global counterfeiters with HP’s Glenn Jones

OPI Talk finds out about HP Inc’s efforts to root out counterfeiting in the imaging supplies channel. Counterfeiting is big business and fake inkjet and...