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US dealer groups provide merger update

US office products dealer groups Independent Suppliers Group (ISG), TriMega Purchasing Association and Pinnacle Affiliates are a step nearer to…

US dealer groups agree to merge

The three leading office products dealer groups in the US have signed a letter of intent to merge the organisations…

Event Review: EPIC finale

Six years ago, US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega confounded industry expectations by joining forces to produce a…

Event Preview: EPIC 2018

The thinking behind the first EPIC show back in 2013, when it was introduced by US dealer groups TriMega and…

Correction: EPIC to end after 2018

In yesterday's EPIC to end after 2018 story, OPI wrote that both TriMega and Independent Stationers cited the same reasons…

Analysis: The GSA’s broad e-commerce approach

In March 2018, the US General Service Administration (GSA) revealed its implementation plan for the establishment of a commercial e-commerce…

Analysis: Mega-merger in US wholesale channel

Speculation has been rife in the US since the beginning of 2018 that something 'big' was about to happen at…

Comment May 2018

Ihad this column for the Breakroom Special issue of OPI all worked out, talking in some detail about the opportunities…

Spotlight: Raising standards

Not all industry organisations have staying power, but those that do are in a constant battle to stay relevant to…

Hot Topic: Consolidating the future

There is nothing so constant as change. The OP industry is no exception. It has spent the past two decades…

Hot Topic: The dynamics of pricing

Dynamic pricing (or real-time pricing) has been around for some time, but so far has been mainly relegated to discussions…

Dealer groups form global alliance

A new international coalition has been forged between five of the OP industry’s most globally recognised dealer groups.Office Choice in…

Innovative acquires again… and switches dealer groups

Progressive US independent dealer Innovative Office Solutions has begun 2018 with another major acquisition that gives it a strong presence…

TriMega creates tech support role

US dealer group TriMega has created a new position to assist its members with online search optimisation and e-content.Former Associate…

OPI acquires INDEPENDENT DEALER

OPI has acquired the US-based INDEPENDENT DEALER e-zine (ID) from De Groot Resources.ID was first published in January 2007 by…

Analysis: All hands to the pump

You would be forgiven for wondering what the connection is between the approval of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act…

Independent retailers feeling the effects of Amazon

Amazon is hurting the overwhelming majority independent retailers in the US, a new survey conducted by the Institute for Local…

Big Interview Xtra: Mike Maggio, TriMega & Ian Wist, TriMega and Wist Office Products

OPI: Ian, your company – Wist Office Products – has been a long-time member of TriMega. What’s your view of…

Big Interview: Double vision

Between them, they’ve amassed about 50 years of experience across all industry channels. As such, Mike Maggio, President of US…

Record quarter for EPIC Business Essentials

EPIC Business Essentials, the joint venture of Independent Stationers and TriMega, reported another record set of results for Q3.Sales in…

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Office Depot France denies works council allegations

Office Depot has categorically denied allegations of the misuse of company funds made by workers’ representatives in France. As reported…