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Vendor Special: Strategic innovation

The past 12 months have certainly thrown up plenty of excitement and curveballs in the business supplies industry – consolidation,…

Lyreco strengthens innovation strategy

European business supplies reseller Lyreco has partnered with global investment firm Partech. The deal sees Lyreco move into the world…

Pitney Bowes advances European strategy

Global mailroom and technology vendor Pitney Bowes has sold its SMB business in six European countries as part of a…

Interview: Lyreco CEO Hervé Milcent aiming for PPE leadership position

Lyreco has signalled its intent to become a force in the European personal protective equipment (PPE) market following the acquisition…

Alibaba builds Silk Road to Europe

China-based online giant Alibaba has shifted its focus towards Europe. As of September, a change in direction for Alibaba became…

Konica Minolta accelerates digital transformation

EOS vendor Konica Minolta has announced plans to consolidate a number of facilities and sites in Japan. The initiatives are…

Brother to expand partnerships

Business technology solutions vendor Brother UK has shared its strategy for 2019 as it looks to transform into a service-orientated…

Newell offloads two more businesses

As part of its Accelerated Transformation Plan, Newell Brands has signed definitive agreements to sell Jostens and Pure Fishing to…

Antalis refocuses on Europe

Paper and visual communications distributor Antalis has sold two branches of the company, while acquiring a Romanian visual solutions provider.Antalis…

Staples CEO reveals dealer strategy

The rationale behind Sycamore's move for Essendant has become clearer after OPI speaks to Staples' new CEO Sandy Douglas.We have…

Analysis: Office Depot’s transformation gathers pace

As anticipated, the acquisition of IT support and repairs company CompuCom in October 2017 set the wheels in motion for…

Big Interview: The full (Canadian) package

Denis Mathieu, President of Novexco, is a man on a mission. Having arrived at the Canadian multichannel operator when his…

Herman Miller to invest in dealer network

Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller is looking to improve its relationship with dealers.Speaking on the Q3 earnings call, outgoing CEO…

VOW forms new board

UK wholesaler VOW has appointed its own leadership team and, in doing so, has given itself total autonomy in day-to-day…

ALSO forms transformation team

European technology distributor ALSO has established a team to drive its digital transformation strategy.The newly formed interdisciplinary Transformation Executive Team…

CIG partners with marketing strategy firm

Clover Imaging Group (CIG) has expanded its Marketing Platform 2.0 dealer solutions offering.The US remanufacturer has partnered with Georgia-based Pontrelli…

EVO signals strategic direction

The EVO group of companies has appointed Lorna Mendelsöhn to the newly-created role of Strategy and Transaction Director.Mendelsöhn has been…

Takkt appoints digital strategy head

Office equipment supplier Takkt has expanded its leadership team and formed a new division.The supervisory committee has appointed Heiko Hegwein…

Depot makes $1 billion tech move

Office Depot is to acquire IT provider CompuCom Systems for around $1 billion.Depot has called it the first step in…

Floortex adds to team

UK office products vendor Floortex has boosted its US and European operations team with three new appointments.Gary Porter joins the…

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Court dismisses Essendant motion in GPC lawsuit

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) can move ahead with its ‘breach of contract’ legal proceedings against Essendant, a Delaware court has…