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Platinum set to close OfficeMax acquisition?

Word on the street is that Platinum Equity – the owner of Winc, the former Staples business in Australia and…

Final Word from Brad O’Brien

As a country with a population of just under 25 million people, Australia could be considered a minor player with…

Analysis: Further twist in OfficeMax sale

Platinum Equity’s attempt to acquire OfficeMax in Australia and New Zealand has stalled after a High Court injunction by New…

New CFO at Office Depot Inc

Office Depot Inc has named Joe Lower as its new CFO to succeed the retiring Steve Hare.Lower will officially take…

Australian education supplies market in good health

According to a new research study published by Penfold Research, the Australian education supplies market was valued at $A2.4 billion…

New Zealand reseller goes out of business

Corporate Consumables (CCL), one of New Zealand’s leading office products resellers, ceased trading just before Christmas.In a statement on its…

Further twist in OfficeMax sale

Reports from the financial press suggest that Platinum Equity may be looking to divest assets in an effort to get…

Lyone remains defiant about OfficeMax bid

The recent decision by the Australian competition authority (ACCC) not to oppose the acquisition of OfficeMax Australia by Winc owner…

Will Platinum wait for NZ decision?

Platinum Equity is on track to bring Winc and OfficeMax together in Australia, but it might have to throw in…

Green light given for Winc-OfficeMax merger

The Australian competition authority (ACCC) has said it won’t oppose Platinum Equity’s proposed acquisition of OfficeMax.The decision paves the way…

ACCC approves COS bid for OfficeMax

Complete Office Supplies (COS) has received the green light for its proposed takeover of OfficeMax Australia.The country’s consumer watchdog, the…

AIA appoints OP veteran

US-based promotional products distributor AIA has recruited an OP industry veteran.Bill Zeuch, who is well-known in the sector for past…

NZ watchdog seeks to halt OfficeMax deal

New Zealand’s competition watchdog has launched an injunction to halt the merger of OfficeMax and Winc.The Commerce Commission has filed…

Comment November 2017

Collaboration – and the need for it – has surely been the theme of 2017. Will consolidation be the hot…

ACCC sets OfficeMax/COS decision date

The Australian consumer watchdog ACCC has set a date for its decision on the acquisition of OfficeMax by Complete Office…

Fuji Xerox NZ appoints new MD amid scandal

Fuji Xerox New Zealand has caused another stir after appointing a former ministry chief as Managing Director.Peter Thomas has been…

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…

ACCC voices concerns over Staples and OfficeMax merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has delivered a preliminary view that raises doubts over the proposed merger by…

Analysis: ACCO ready for retail consolidation

ACCO CEO Boris Elisman said his company is prepared for any further consolidation in the US office supplies retail channel.As…

Analysis: Staples’ takeover journey revealed

A regulatory filing by Staples has provided details of the company’s proposed takeover by private equity (PE) firm Sycamore Partners.Staples…

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Xerox CEO pitching deal to HP shareholders

Xerox CEO John Visentin has begun meeting with some HP shareholders this week as he tries to convince them to…