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A digital detox

In today’s digital age, the US Census Bureau found that nearly 80% of Americans own a laptop or computer, and 75% own…

Advertorial: How to reach the top

OPI: Top-selling brand is a bold claim. How do you back this up?Paul LeBlanc: We start with data from market…

Category Update: What’s cool in school?

The educational supplies sector is a huge global industry that’s expanding in large parts of the world. This is particularly…

Staples Solutions accelerates private label | US steel tariffs to hit Steelcase | Mercateo...

Staples Solutions has gone live with its implementation of retail solution PTC FlexPLM which will enable the acceleration of its private label product…

How to reach the top

OPI: Top-selling brand is a bold claim. How do you back this up?Paul LeBlanc: We start with data from market…

Holiday crafts to boost OP sales

As the holiday season gets underway, crafting, gift giving, and the home décor market will help push OP sales, according…

Tardy shoppers drive back-to-school gains

Sales of traditional supplies during the back-to-school (BTS) season in the US rose 1% to $4.2 billion, according to a…

NPD recruits group president

Market research firm The NPD Group has appointed a new president for its Europe and Asia-Pacific arm.Effective 2 October 2017,…

NPD appoints office supplies president

Market research group The NPD Group has made Tia Frapolli President of its Office Supplies business.No stranger to the OP…

How technology’s changing the classroom

It’s that time of year again when school instruction is coming to a close and Jeff Spicoli is about to…

Arts and crafts push sales ahead of Easter

Sales of colouring and craft-related products in the US are seeing double-digit growth as shoppers get creative ahead of the…

Marginal US office and school supply gains

Global information company The NPD Group has reported total retail sales for the US office and school supplies industry grew…

Category Update: The write direction

The writing instruments market is huge, representing $2.1 billion of sales in the US alone. And it’s on the increase,…

Why the small business customer is important

Outside of the back-to-school (BTS) season and throughout the holidays, the focus for the office supplies industry shifts to the…

SOHO goes for green

According to a new report from global information company The NPD Group, over half of SOHO consumers in the US…

Jan/san Special: Another door opens

The jan/san sector is huge. According to data from The NPD Group, in the US it accounted for $5.8 billion in…

School supply charitable giving

Every year during the BTS season, the building where I live holds a school supply drive asking residents to donate…

BTS predictions for 2016

Research firm The NPD Group has revealed the influences for the 2016 back-to-school (BTS) season in the US.The research company…

Category Analysis: Amazing breakroom spaces

The breakroom used to be an overlooked asset in the workplace, but companies are now increasingly recognising that an effective breakroom…

Category Analysis: Perfect storm

Reduced market demand, weak pricing and intense competition. coupled with global oversupply have created the perfect storm in the paper industry,…

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HP confirms Xerox bid

Following a couple of days of intense speculation, HP Inc has issued a short statement confirming it has received a…
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