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GPC names Chief Transformation Officer

S.P. Richards’ parent group Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has appointed Will Stengel to the new position of Chief Transformation Officer.…

Court dismisses Essendant motion in GPC lawsuit

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) can move ahead with its ‘breach of contract’ legal proceedings against Essendant, a Delaware court has…

GPC to sell electricals unit

S.P. Richards parent group Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has agreed to sell its EIS electrical components subsidiary to a private…

New CEOs for WH Smith and Lexmark | Biella acquisition closes | Steady Q3...

A round-up of this week’s office products, business supplies and stationery news from around the web and elsewhere. Leadership change…

Slight sales increase at SP Richards

Third-quarter sales at US-based business products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) increased by 1.3% versus 2017, parent company Genuine Parts (GPC)…

Genuine Parts sues Essendant

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has filed a lawsuit against Essendant, accusing the latter of “deceptive conduct and breaches of its…

Essendant board recognises new offer from Staples

Essendant’s board of directors has deemed that an improved offer from Staples constitutes a “superior proposal” to the proposed transaction…

Analysis: Mega-merger in US wholesale channel

Speculation has been rife in the US since the beginning of 2018 that something 'big' was about to happen at…

Comment May 2018

Ihad this column for the Breakroom Special issue of OPI all worked out, talking in some detail about the opportunities…

SP Richards and Essendant announce merger

The two leading office products wholesalers in the US have announced plans to combine.In anannouncement earlier today, Essendant and SP…

Special Feature: Top 100 2017

When we started collating this year’s Top 100 resellers list, it struck me that relatively few big hitters have come…

Event: ABC preview

Everything in the business supplies industry today centres around change. Whether you talk about evolution, revolution or indeed complete transformation,…

New acquisition for Genuine Parts

SP Richards owner Genuine Parts Company has bolstered its electrical division with an acquisition. EIS, its electronic materials arm, has bought…

Mixed results for SP Richards’ Q4

US wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) has seen revenues climb and operating profit fall in its Q4 results.Parent firm Genuine Parts…

New CEO at SP Richards

SP Richards (SPR) has announced that its popular Chairman/CEO Wayne Beacham is to retire at the end of the year.Beacham…

Big Interview: Quietly confident

The core message coming out of SP Richards’ (SPR) recent Advantage Business Conference (ABC) in Washington DC was clear: the future…

SPR promotes Toppin

 SP Richards has promoted Rick Toppin to President and COO. In this new role, Toppin will oversee SPR's sales, marketing, operations…

SP Richards sales hit improves in Q3

Genuine Parts Company has announced that Q3 net sales for its SP Richards unit have fallen 5 percent year-on-year.This compares…

Orr moves from SP Richards to GPC role

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has announced that its Board of Directors has promoted Michael Orr to the position of SVP…

SP Richards has ‘reasonable’ Q2

 Genuine Parts Company CEO Tom Gallagher has commented that SP Richards, the group's OP wholesaling business, has produced a 'reasonable…

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Icahn publishes letter to HP shareholders

Activist investor Carl Icahn has written an open letter to the shareholders of HP Inc, likening the company’s standalone restructuring…