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Messe Frankfurt marketplace goes live | Supreme Court turns down Staples request | Saligram...

This week’s round-up of business supplies-related stories from around the web. Messe Frankfurt B2B platform goes live Messe Frankfurt has…

ALSO and Tech Data acquisitions | Amazon announcements | Staples to stamp out toxins

This week’s round-up of business supplies-related news from around the web.  ALSO completes Bulgarian acquisition ALSO has closed its previously announced…

Staples fights on in Maryland tax case

Staples Inc has asked the US Supreme Court to review its long-standing legal battle with Maryland over the state’s claim…

Staff cuts at Staples Inc

Press reports from the US have pointed to significant layoffs at Staples Inc’s head office in Framingham (MA). The Framingham…

Staples Inc reveals redesign and new brands

Staples’ digital and delivery business in the US has launched a new corporate branding and five new own brands. In…

Analysis: The devil’s in the data

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust investigation into Staples Inc’s acquisition of Essendant nears its conclusion, a key issue…

Staples secures Essendant shares

A potential banana skin in Staples’ attempt to acquire Essendant has been avoided after a majority of Essendant’s shares were…

Genuine Parts sues Essendant

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has filed a lawsuit against Essendant, accusing the latter of “deceptive conduct and breaches of its…

Analysis: Essendant and SPR merger abandoned

The proposed merger between US office products wholesalers Essendant and SP Richards (SPR) is off after the Essendant board recognised…

Dealer organisations unite for FTC letter

Four leading independent dealer organisations in the US have joined forces to voice their concerns to the Federal Trade Commission…

Exclusive: Essendant will remain independent, says Staples CEO

Staples CEO Sandy Douglas has told OPI that the reseller “fully intends” for Essendant to be run independently after it…

Staples begins tender offer for Essendant shares

Staples Inc has announced the commencement of its tender offer for all outstanding shares of Essendant common stock. It’s not…

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.…

Top Essendant shareholder opposes Staples offer

Pzena Investment Management, Essendant’s largest shareholder, has said it will not support Staples’ current proposal to acquire the wholesaler. In…

No counterbid for Essendant, says Genuine Parts

Genuine Parts (GPC) has said it intends to let its SP Richards (SPR) merger agreement with Essendant terminate rather than…

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…

Staples snaps up another dealer

OPI has learned of another dealer acquisition – this time in the Texas market – as the big-box shopping spree…

Category Update: Cleaning up

The biggest change in the jan/san sector over the past year has centred around the continuing digitisation of resellers as…

Analysis: Staples ups the ante on Essendant

When Essendant reported its Q2 results at the end of July, it revealed that it had not engaged with Staples…

Staples and Essendant sign NDA

After months of waiting, Staples and Essendant have finally entered into a confidentiality agreement (NDA). Following last week’s news that…

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Xerox flexes its muscles

Xerox has fired a strongly worded letter to HP Inc’s board underlining its intention to push ahead in its attempt…