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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…

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…

Staples names Coke exec as new CEO

Hot on the heels of the news that Shira Goodman had left Staples, the North American business products reseller has…

New CEO for Staples

As revealed by OPI early this morning (GMT), Staples Inc CEO Shira Goodman has been 'let go'.Her departure was confirmed in an…

Suspension for China Stationery | Smiggle to pass A$450 million mark | Iron Mountain...

A round-up of this week’s office products, business supplies and stationery news from around the web and elsewhere.China Stationery is…

Staples highlights HP awards

Staples Inc has just issued a press release announcing its two HP Partner of the Year awards received at the…

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ADVEO files an insolvency proceeding

Pan-European business supplies and stationery wholesaler ADVEO has filed for an insolvency proceeding after its lenders withdrew their support for…