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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.…

Genuine Parts CEO praises SPR team

Paul Donahue, CEO of S.P Richards’ (SPR) parent organisation Genuine Parts Company (GPC), called the wholesaler’s third quarter performance “especially…

SPR reports Q3 results

Third quarter sales and operating earnings of North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) have been reported via its parent organisation…

SPR announces new HQ and DC plans

North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) is set to move to new headquarters in the coming weeks following last month’s…

Antalis supporting breast cancer research | HP makes Southeast Asia raids | Record year...

A round-up of this week’s business supplies-related news from across the globe. Antalis supporting fight against breast cancer For the…

Amazon drone deliveries imminent | Xerox and HP strengthen ties | Xerox acquisitions |...

This week’s round-up of office products and business supplies news from around the globe. Amazon ready for drone deliveries Amazon…

Sales increase for SP Richards

First quarter sales at wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) increased by 1%, parent company Genuine Parts (GPC) has revealed in its…

Staples deal for Essendant confirmed

The acquisition of US office products wholesaler Essendant by Staples in a deal worth almost $1 billion has been confirmed.…

No counterbid for Essendant, says Genuine Parts

Genuine Parts (GPC) has said it intends to let its SP Richards (SPR) merger agreement with Essendant terminate rather than…

Staples turns the screw on Essendant

Staples has sent Essendant a draft merger agreement after reiterating its previous proposal to acquire the wholesaler for $11.50 per…

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…

Interview: Essendant leaders on the SPR merger

OPI catches up with Essendant CEO Ric Phillips and President of Office & Facilities Harry Dochelli to discuss the transaction…

Operating profit slides at SP Richards

First quarter operating profit at US business products wholesaler SP Richards fell by more than 30% year on year, parent…

Business as usual, say Essendant and SP Richards

US office products wholesalers SP Richards and Essendant have both delivered 'business as usual' messages to staff, suppliers, customers and…

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…

Analysis: Which road will Essendant take?

At the end of February, US business products wholesaler Essendant reported a set of challenging 2017 financial results, with sales…

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…

Tough quarter for SPR

Sales declines continued for US office products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR), revealed parent group Genuine Parts (GPC) in its Q4…

Analysis: Tough road ahead for Essendant

US wholesaler Essendant faces some stiff challenges as it looks to get itself back onto a growth trajectory.The company posted a…

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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…