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Looking forward

 Predicting the future is a risky business. While the danger of persecution from religious zealots may have passed (always a worry in medieval times) nowadays there is the fear of being dismissed as a...

Buhrmann nominates board members

 13 October 2006 — Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann's supervisory board has nominated Rob van den Bergh and Tom de Swaan to become new members. Rob van den Bergh is a former board member and CEO of...

New additions to Buhrmann board

 31 October 2006 — Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann's shareholders have approved the nomination of Rob van den Bergh and Tom de Swaan as two new members of the supervisory board. Rob van den Bergh is a...

Buhrmann seals Scandinavian deal

 Buhrmann's recent acquisition of a major Nordic OP group completes another piece of the European jigsaw for the ever-expanding market leader. The deal sees Andvord Tybring-Gjedde (ATG) become part of the Buhrmann family for NOK...

Buhrmann to complete offer for ATG

 15 September 2006 — Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann has received acceptances for 203,676,450 shares of Andvord Gjedde ASA (ATG), equivalent to 96 percent, according to the preliminary count. A mandatory offer for all outstanding shares will now...

Buhrmann posts 7.2 percent rise in net sales

 2 August 2006 — Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann has posted a 7.2 percent increase in Q2 net sales to €1.59 million ($2.04 million) compared to €1.48 million a year earlier. The company's North American division (Corporate...

Buhrmann to acquire ATG

 29 August 2006 — Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann has agreed to make a voluntary cash offer to acquire Nordic OP group, Andvord Tybring-Gjedde ASA (ATG). The Andvord family, who own a 39.9 percent of ATG's ordinary...

Corporate Express leads the way

 Corporate Express (CE) North America has been described as "the benchmark" for the industry following a recent restructure of its executive team. The business to business supplier, which boasts revenues of $4.6 billion a year,...

A rave review for Odland

 In last year's May issue of OPI, we speculated on how successful Steve Odland's appointment as Office Depot's new CEO would prove to be. Taking over from Bruce Nelson, Odland came with a solid...

Depot takes first step in China

2 June 2006 — Beijing (CHN): Office Depot is understood to have made its first strategic move into the lucrative Chinese market with the acquisition of a stake in online e-procurement company AsiaEC.com.   AsiaEC.com was China's first business-to-business...

Restructure at CE North America

 28 June 2006 - Amsterdam (NL): Corporate Express North America has announced several new executive appointments, including the creation of a COO function, as part of a restructure designed to enhance customer segment and...

Buhrmann acquires jan/san distributor

24 May 2006 – Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann, through its North American subsidiary Corporate Express, has signed an agreement to acquire Coastwide Laboratories, a B2B distributor of jan/san and break room supplies in the US....

Buhrmann looks forward to strong 2006

3 May 2006 – Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann has reported Q1 net sales of €1.5 billion ($1.8 billion), up from last year's figure of €1.3 billion.   Net profit was €24.5 million, or EPS of €0.14, compared...

CE moves further into facility and break room

  While Lyreco was busy forging ties in South Africa this week, Corporate Express (CE) was expanding new product categories. On Tuesday its parent company Buhrmann announced that it had acquired Coastwide Laboratories, a...

Buhrmann AGM approves dividend

18 April 2006 – Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann's approved a dividend of €0.17 per share ($0.20) at the company's recent AGM. In line with Buhrmann's policy, the dividend represented 24 per cent of the net...

Buhrmann sets new structure for CE North America

 Buhrmann has announced an organisational restructure of Corporate Express North America - a move that is expected to give the company savings of $30 million. The new structure, designed to improve customer and product...

Structural changes

   Buhrmann details its new structure for Corporate Express North America including a specific focus on the mid-market Buhrmann has announced an organisational restructure of Corporate Express North America. The new streamlined service, which will be...

Buhrmann Q4 profit rise

 Buhrmann has posted a 17.7 per cent rise in Q4 profit. EPS for the quarter increased to €0.23 from €0.17 in 2004. Earnings before tax and exceptionals (EBITE) for the year increased to  €73...

Buhrmann sets new structure for CE North America

10 March 2006 – Amsterdam (NL): Buhrmann has announced an organisational restructure of Corporate Express North America, expected to make the company savings of $30 million. The new structure, designed to improve customer and...

Obstacle course

 Hindsight is clearly a beautiful thing. Many a company in today's consolidated, global OP fraternity would freely admit that what was once hailed as the deal of the year, if not the decade, turned...

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