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  • Papermakers Q1'12 Financial Review

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    optimising market

    UPM report strong sales; IP

    slower; and Stora Enso declining





    27 Apr’12 (Complete)

    The world’s leading papermakers International Paper (#1), Stora Enso (#2)and UPM Kymmene (#3) have now reported Q1’12 results. We analyse and comment:

  • Acme-United Q1'12 Financial Review

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    Westcott--scissorsAcme’s cutting
    edge growth…

    Innovation key to its sharpness


    26 Apr’12

    Acme United today announced impressive results for Q1’12 results to 31 Mar’12

  • Earth Day: 12 small steps towards sustainability

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    steps towards


    Today’s Earth Day. Here’s
    a practical guide for YOU!


    By Scott Zintz

    22 Apr’12 (Complete)

    Last week, I attended a brilliant seminar led by Scott Zintz, the green guru at Independent Stationers. Here are 12 practical steps you can take to make a difference…

  • Brand Standing Champions 2012

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    Brand standing
    champions 2012

    Most associate brand with

    product. Top brands stand

    for memorable experience


    22 Apr’12 (Updated)

    Branding’s big guns like Coca Cola stand for happiness; Nike for can-do attitude. Here are 12 OPS brands that stand for productivity experiences…

  • Bill Pichler's high performance principles

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    Pichler’s high


    90’s megadealer’s message
    to progressive independents


    23 Apr’12 (Updated)

    Eastman(Long Beach, CA) was the first megadealer in the OP market. CEO Bill Pichlerwas widely admired by peers as the most innovative leader on the planet. We sat down with Bill last week in NY to discuss his achievements…

  • Washington Whitewash for Office Depot

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    Crime pays? State awards
    Depot new contract after

    being robbed $5m


    22 Apr’12

    You couldn’t make this stuff up! Washington State Enterprise Servicesagency announced it has issued new contracts for purchasing office supplies to the most unethical OP supplier on the planet….

  • Sustainability Superstars 2012

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    It’s Earth Day on 22 April. We
    highlight the industry’s greenest


    18 Apr’12

    To commemorate Earth Day on 22 April many leading business magazines are profiling sustainability shakers and movers from the corporate world. With due respect to leaders like Dell, Brother, HP and Staples we profile 12 superstars of sustainability in the independent OPS marketplace....

  • Amazon: Bezos' business beliefs

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    bezos-jeff-bitesAmazon: Bezos'
    business beliefs

    Top 10 leadership lessons from
    the guy that’s eating your lunch


    18 Apr’12

    With the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now tech’s leading philosopher-CEO…

  • Proficiency Profile: FSi go for gold

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    FSi: Go for Gold

    Four more marketing steps
    towards the $100m sales quest


    11 Apr’12 (Updated)

    Charlotte (NC) based FSI (ex Forms & Supply)is one of the top 5 US OP resellers. Later this year it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of consumer shows. We spoke with director Mark Leazer...

  • Best Buy's Dunn departs

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    Dunn-Brian-Best-BuyB e s t  B u y ’s
    Dunn departs

    Did the Blueshirt lifer suffer
    from the Peter Principle?



    10 Apr’12

    World #1 electronics retailer Best Buyhas fired CEO Brian Dunn. Dunn who went from showroom to the corner office, had struggled to gain traction internationally. Moreover, Dunn became defensive and in denial about amazing Amazon,as we have reported over the past year…

  • Dishonourable Depot

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    Breaking News:

    D e p o t

    Deceit and obfuscation rules
    over failed ‘best pricing’ practices


    3 Apr’12

    More details emerged yesterday concerning the termination of Office Depot's National School Supply Contract….

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