While the carve-up of Daisytek Australia is still in the works, some industry observers are speculating that Tech Pacific may have already snaffled the lion’s share of the troubled distributor’s PC consumables business.
Daisytek Australia administrator, PricewaterhouseCoopers, was believed to be in advanced discussions with a potential buyer last week. However, according to one distribution player, “a lot of their good business is already gone”.
Several consumables players last week speculated that Tech Pac, known for its strength in PC consumables, might have scooped up Daisytek business worth around $75 million.
The business was believed to have been largely HP printer cartridges and consumables.
HP, which had been one of Daisytek’s major suppliers, recently confirmed it had ceased trading with the distributor.
This loss, along with the retrenchment of 30 per cent of its staff, had contributed to the internal scaling down of Daisytek’s business.
Tech Pach was playing modest over any gain at Daisytek’s expense.
Consumables category manager, Joshua Velling, refused to put a dollar amount on any business won.
“There has been business which has come across,” Velling said. “Our consumables strategy has always been pretty strong in that space anyway.”
Daisytek’s stationery side was also understood to have taken a hit.
Rival company, Stationers Supply, claimed to have “taken about 50 per cent of their business” in Queensland, according to managing director, George Rossengas,
“We’ve been struggling to fill demand,” Rossengas said.