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School Specialty targets profitability

Leading US school and curriculum supplies reseller School Specialty has said it has walked away from some large, low-margin business…

Greenville sells print division | Ricoh makes acquisitions | Apogee purchase completed

South Carolina-based Greenville Office Supply has sold its print division to competitor TruColor, as part of a move to narrow…

School Specialty makes key marketing appointment

Educational products reseller School Specialty has named a new SVP Marketing. Stacey Rubin will be responsible for the company’s omni-channel…

Hamelin re-enters Australian market with Bantex acquisition

France-based Groupe Hamelin has re-entered the Australian school and office supplies market by taking a controlling interest in the Bantex…

Staples sheds school kits business

Staples Inc has sold off its school supplies business SchoolKidz.com.It has been bought by Los Angeles-based private investment firm Skyview…

Limitless wins major school contract

US print, furniture and technology reseller Limitless Office Products has signed a major school contract in Texas. It has agreed to…

Tardy shoppers drive back-to-school gains

Sales of traditional supplies during the back-to-school (BTS) season in the US rose 1% to $4.2 billion, according to a…

Irongate launches school supplies solution

UK dealer Irongate has launched an education-focused procurement solution.Irongate Education provides schools, academies and trusts with a cost-effective buying practice…

Solid Q3 for School Specialty

Educational supplies reseller School Specialty has reported modest revenue growth in its third quarter.Sales for the period were $301.6 million,…

Strong furniture growth for School Specialty

Educational supplies reseller School Specialty reported strong double-digit growth in its furniture category in the second quarter.Furniture sales were up…

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…

School supply charitable giving

Every year during the BTS season, the building where I live holds a school supply drive asking residents to donate…

US BTS shoppers still prefer in-store

According to research released by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), in-store purchases will continue to dominate the back-to-school…

BTS predictions for 2016

Research firm The NPD Group has revealed the influences for the 2016 back-to-school (BTS) season in the US.The research company…

Depot increases back-to-school hiring

Office Depot is to take on 8,000 extra retail staff for this year’s back-to-school (BTS) season.This represents an increase of…

Another good quarter for Acme

Stationery and office supplies vendor Acme United has reported strong sales and earnings growth in the first quarter.Sales for the…

EPIC Business Essentials at EDexpo

The EPIC Business Essentials team was on hand at the recent EDexpo event in Las Vegas to show education-oriented dealers…

Record exhibitor turnout at Paperworld Middle East

Paperworld Middle East kicked off in Dubai on 1 March with a record 305 exhibitors.The three-day show has attracted exhibitors…

Writing instruments drive US office and school supplies growth

Strong writing category growth helped office and school supplies sales in the US increase by 3% in 2015, says research…

Strong growth for EDspaces

The Education Market Association (EDmarket) has reported a sharp increase in visitor numbers at its recent EDspaces show.Almost 1,800 people…

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DEX to provide turnkey MPS solution for Essendant dealers

In the second part of our interview with Harry Dochelli (click here for Part 1), the Essendant President reveals details…