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Schijns departs Depot

EVP Chief Services and Solutions Officer Janet Schijns has left Office Depot. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing…

Staples CEO reiterates Essendant promises

Staples Inc CEO Sandy Douglas wrote to Essendant counterpart Ric Phillips earlier this week to express his “unwavering excitement” at…

Champ Davis passes away

OPI is saddened to report the passing of Champ Davis, who provided legal counsel to dealer network American Office Products…

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…

FSIoffice certified by WBENC

US-based dealer FSIoffice has been recognised as a Women’s Business Enterprise. The certification was awarded by the Greater Women’s Business…

Takkt to reposition Hubert Group

Germany-based office equipment supplier Takkt is to reposition its US subsidiary Hubert Group following a decline in sales. Hubert, which…

Iconex closes US facility

Label solutions manufacturer Iconex has announced plans to shut its Cincinnati (OH) facility. The closure is scheduled to take place…

Sharp expands managed network services

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Japan-based Sharp Electronics, has acquired Pink Hat Technology Management. Pink…

NOPA concerns over GSA e-marketplace

Mike Tucker, CEO of US office products trade association NOPA, has told OPI that he is concerned that Amazon will…

Senior execs leave Staples

Staples Inc has confirmed the departures of two long-serving senior executives from its North American operations. Company veteran Steve Matyas…

GSA to overhaul federal acquisition schedules

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has this week announced a major restructuring of its Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) that…

Uni-ball names new President

Mitsubishi Pencil has named Mike Parker as President of its new uni-ball Division for North America. An industry veteran, Mike…

WH Smith expands presence in travel

UK retailer WH Smith has acquired travel retailer InMotion. InMotion is the largest airport-based digital accessories retailer in North America,…

Sappi strengthen sustainability efforts

South Africa-based paper group Sappi has appointed a new Director of Sustainability for its North America division. Alexander ‘Sandy’ Taft…

Sam’s Club introduces new retail concept

Walmart subsidiary and bulk retailer Sam’s Club has opened a new mobile-first shopping location, Sam’s Club Now. The store will…

Final Word from Doug Ramsdale

Elsewhere in this issue of OPI, there’s an article on the trade war with China and what the implementation of…

Insight: OP Industry responds to tariff escalation

The OP industry has reacted to the confirmation of a new round of tariffs, which have furthered the US-China trade…

CTA questions legality of trade tariffs

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has submitted comments to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer on proposed tariffs on $200…

IOPFDA seeks tariff exclusions

US-based Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA) has spoken to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) about US…

CompTia opposes tariffs on tech

US-based trade association for the technology industry CompTia has released a statement speaking against the implementation of tariffs on electronic…

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Staples CEO reiterates Essendant promises

Staples Inc CEO Sandy Douglas wrote to Essendant counterpart Ric Phillips earlier this week to express his “unwavering excitement” at…