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

Analysis: Office Depot CEO promises aggressive growth strategy

Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith has said the reseller will be aggressive in taking both organic and inorganic steps to…

Back-to-school spending set to fall

Industry analyst Jefferies has found that school and office supplies spending habits aren't as positive this year.In a survey of…

Analysis: Analysts snub Essendant conference call

There was a distinct lack of interest from the investment community in Essendant’s second quarter results conference call yesterday.Jefferies’ analyst…

Private equity firms stoke Staples sale rumours

Rumours of a Staples private equity (PE) deal still seem to be very much alive despite recent doubts from Wall…

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…

Special Anniversary Feature: The good, the bad and the surprising Xtra…

Jamie Fellowes1988 to 1995 was a defining period with the formation of dealer buying groups. Their rapid expansion and growth…

Special Anniversary Feature: The good, the bad and the surprising…

Irwin HelfordCompeting against lower-priced superstores was a huge challenge. Everyone claimed great service, so Viking needed to stand out, calling…

Staples EU divestment on track

Staples has confirmed to the investment community that the sale of its European operations is on track.The office supplies reseller’s…

Analysis: Depot reveals strategic plan

When Office Depot released its second quarter results at the beginning of August, it also provided details of a new, three-year…

Analysis: Depot playing catch-up with new plan

Office Depot CEO Roland Smith and CFO Stephen Hare put on a positive show during last week’s second quarter earnings…

Back-to-school: online continues to take share

Online spending this back-to-school (BTS) season will continue to eat into the share of bricks-and-mortar retailers, according to a new…

Essendant CFO recognises Staples threat

Essendant CFO Earl Shanks has said that the new mid-market push by Staples could be a threat to some of…

Analysis: The case for Staples-Depot approval

Despite the negative news regarding the Staples-Depot acquisition this week, there are some analysts who believe the deal will still…

News Analysis: Starboard circling for Staples

OPI readers will no doubt recall the Office Depot/Starboard Value saga of 2012-2013 when the activist investment firm led by Jeff…

3M share price soars

8 November 2004 - St Paul (MN): 3M shares soared 4.3 per cent on Friday in line with a decline…

Richard Thompson – Officeteam

OPI: So how did you end up at Officeteam? RT: Well, because my departure from Zebra came quite suddenly, I…

Mark Baccash – Office 1 Superstore

OPI: When I last interviewed you back in 1996 (OPI #34, pg 51), you said that OFFICE 1 would be…

Mark Baccash – Office 1 Superstore

OPI: When I last interviewed you back in 1996 (OPI #34, pg 51), you said that OFFICE 1 would be…

Dez La Place

 OPI: I guess a good place to start would be quizzing you about Acco. How do you view their progress…

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ACCO eyeing Zagg?

According to an article in the New York Post, ACCO Brands is one of the suitors for mobile accessories supplier…