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The growth of a nation

With a retail market worth an estimated $350 billion, it's not hard to see why the OP big boxes are looking to set up shop in the Indian market. So what is it about...

War on waste

It's an all too familiar scene for shoppers in large-scale supermarkets. Four tomatoes on a small, perfectly shaped cardboard tray, sealed in transparent cellophane. What is wrong with loose tomatoes? And how many parents...

News from around the world

 HP to supply US Army Hewlett-Packard (HP) has secured a contract to supply the US Army with desktop and notebook PCs, printers, scanners and displays.The contract, which permits the Army and other agencies to order...

News from around the world

 HP to supply US Army Hewlett-Packard (HP) has secured a contract to supply the US Army with desktop and notebook PCs, printers, scanners and displays.The contract, which permits the Army and other agencies to order...

Consumer is king

 There are many great questions in life. But in today's OP industry only one matters. What do consumers want? OK, so it's an enormous question, but if manufacturers, resellers and dealers can work together...

DSGi sets arrival date for next CEO

 30 July 2007 — London (UK): DSG International's (DSGi) next CEO, John Browett, will assume his responsibilities as of 5 December. Browett, a former operations development director at Tesco, will replace the current CEO John...

It’s a done deal

The most exciting development in our industry for the last 20 years – that's how Bruce Robinson describes the deal that rocked the office products space in the UK just a few weeks ago....

Tesco planning rapid roll out of US stores

11 June 2007 — Los Angeles (CA): Tesco is understood to be opening one US store every two-and-a-half days as the retailer expands its geographic coverage. According to The Times, Tesco says it will...

The magnificent seven

 Over the past ten years it has become fashionable to predict the demise of the charismatic leader in favour of a more logical and consensus-based style of leadership. UK-based Proficiency Group has been a...

Coles interest drying up?

30 May 2007 — Sydney (AUS): Kohlberg Kravis Roberts KKR and CVC Asia Pacific, two of the private equity groups that were bidding for Coles Myer, have pulled out of the contest after two...

DSG International signs up Affiliate Window

 14 May 2007 — London (UK): DSG International has appointed Affiliate Window, the marketing division of Digital Window, to boost the online presence of its UK brands PC World, Dixons.co.uk and Currys. Affiliate Window, whose...

Officeworks going once, going twice…

 Australia's office products community remains baffled and completely in the dark as to the future ownership and security of its leading national OP superstore chain, Officeworks. Following the announcement in February that Coles Myer...

Wesfarmers fails to buy more Coles shares – report

 2 May 2007 — Sydney (AUS): Wesfarmers has been unsuccessful in an attempt to purchase more Coles shares and up its current 12.8 percent stake in the company, reports the Australian press. It is...

Nigel Gunn lined up for 2020 conference

 30 April 2007 — London (UK): Nigel Gunn, senior VP of Esselte Europe, will join the host of other senior executives to speak at this year's 2020 Vision Conference. The 450th anniversary conference of the...

Tesco teaming up with Woolworths for Coles?

 27 April 2007 — Sydney (AUS): Tesco is said to be considering a partnership with Woolworths to bid for Australian retailer Coles Myer. It is thought that if the bid – that will have to...

Counting the cost of carbon

 Carbon labelling is set to become big business and the likes of Tesco are keen to reap the benefits. In the latest initiative under the wider umbrella of environmental sustainability, the UK-based Carbon Trust...

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