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Depot acquires Allied: industry comment

  This week Office Depot became the rightful owner of Allied Office Products for an undisclosed sum. And the industry seems to have praised Depot's move as a good one all round. After all, Wall...

Lyreco ups its African presence

Never one to miss a trend, Lyreco announced this week that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Waltons Stationery Company, the number one national distributor of office supplies in South Africa,...

Staples growth

  This week, Staples posted a 26 per cent rise in Q1 profit to $186.1 million on the back of gains in its delivery business and international operations. On the whole, the results seemed...

Breakthrough conference signs top speakers

18 April 2006 – Sunbury-on-Thames (UK): Proficiency Group has confirmed a line-up of top speakers at its Breakthrough Marketing to the Office conference, which will be held on 23 May at the Hilton London Metropolitan...

Proficiency Group details Breakthrough conference

28 March 2006 – Sunbury-on-Thames (UK): Proficiency Group has released the line-up for its Breakthrough Marketing to the Office Conference, which is to take place on 23 May at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel....

Dymo-day

   On Wednesday came the long-awaited news that Newell Rubbermaid had completed its acquisition of label-writing brand Dymo for approximately $730 million. The deal - which was primarily engineered by ex-CEO of Newell, Joe Galli...

Bob Bergdoll

 OPI: Hi Bob, can we start with a snapshot of how business is at Royal at the moment? BB: Royal Office Products sales are approximately $50 million. For the first six months this year,...

Piggy in the middle

 It has long been one of the great taboos in the OP industry for manufacturers to sell direct, but it is a practice which appears to be happening with increased regularity now. The attraction for...

Report: HP CEO to rethink salesforce

16 June 2005 - Palo Alto (CA): Businessweek has reported that new Hewlett-Packard (HP) CEO, Mark Hurd, is allegedly about to start restructuring the company's salesforce. It is reported that there could be up...

Dieter Taffel

One of the most recognisable and charismatic figures in the German OP market, Dieter Taffel is at the spearhead of a major new wholesale venture in Germany. The man who has led top wholesaler...

fact or friction?

A company's customers hold the key to its success. So it must stand to reason that a business should do everything it can to hold on to them At an OPI conference four years...

the next 50 years

After celebrating Brother's 50th anniversary in the US last year, Tadashi Ishiguro, new president of Brother Industries' US subsidiary, talks about his hopes for the futureOPI: Congratulations on your new position as president of...

Dick Gochnauer

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Podcast: AF International’s green story

Desktop and surfaces cleaning specialist AF International believes that its longstanding commitment to the environment is its ‘best-kept secret’. In this episode of OPI Talk,...