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SPR 2020 ABC plans in doubt after BSA announcement

North American business products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) has confirmed it will not be able to hold a traditional Advantage…

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…

SPR hosts annual Supplier Summit

SP Richards (SPR) recently recognised its top suppliers and raised $400,000 for City of Hope at its annual Supplier Summit.…

Bryan Wight departs SP Richards

US-based business products wholesaler SP Richards has announced that SVP Sales and Marketing Bryan Wight has left the company to…

Category Update: Not by accident

The safety, personal protection equipment (PPE) and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) categories cover a vast array of diverse products…

Slight sales increase at SP Richards

Third-quarter sales at US-based business products wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) increased by 1.3% versus 2017, parent company Genuine Parts (GPC)…

Hot Topic: Game changers

When Staples and Office Depot decided almost simultaneously in 2016 to sell off their European operations – and their other…

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.…

Essendant board recognises new offer from Staples

Essendant’s board of directors has deemed that an improved offer from Staples constitutes a “superior proposal” to the proposed transaction…

Analysis: The ball now in Essendant’s court

While US Open tennis stars struggle to cope with the sweltering conditions in New York, Staples Inc has turned up…

Younger generations recognised as ABC draws to a close

The North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) brought the curtain down on this year’s SP Richards’ (SPR) ABC show in…

Award for O’Brien on first day of ABC

Jim O’Brien was a popular recipient of the North American Office Products (NAOPA) Industry Achievement Award during the opening session…

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…

Essendant tops earnings estimates

There was some encouraging news for Essendant in its second quarter earnings which came in well ahead of analysts’ consensus…

Analysis: ACCO benefitting from better balance

ACCO's solid first quarter performance underlines its more balanced international presence resulting from the Pelikan Artline and Esselte acquisitions in…

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…

Robust independent sales boost Essendant’s Q1

Essendant's first quarter sales decline of 2.3% masked some nice growth in key categories by its independent reseller customers.The wholesaler's…

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…

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3M announces restructuring after slow start to 2019

3M has said it will cut 2,000 jobs worldwide after it reported “disappointing” first quarter results. The restructuring will involve…