I'd love to know what changed at CPO Corporate. Bought up by a larger cannibalistic company? New CEO and Directors? Maybe just a new hotshot in charge of sales? (let the CS guy go?)
What years was CPO "good"? When did CPO become "bad"?
If you are at all like me, years flash by in a seeming instant nowadays, faster than weeks used to laboriously languish on and on decades ago, but here is a brief history:
CPO started in 2004. Ten years later, in 2014, CPO was acquired by Associated Stationers, which I suppose you could say is the "larger cannibalistic company." Need proof? Read below. In 2015, a big corporate change happened, and Associated Stationers, and all the companies they gobbled up along their voracious acquisition path over the previous 40 years, suddenly became Essendant, stock symbol ESND as traded on NASDAQ.
Ok. The proof:
At the same time that CPO Commerce (parent company name for all the CPO Outlet websites, ie CPO Bosch, CPO Milwaukee, etc) was acquired, Associated Stationers, which at the time was #484 on the Fortune 500 list of companies, also scooped up MEDCO (the automotive tools company, NOT the Medicare scripts prescription company... familiar with both at this age) and G2S (another automotive tools company). Two years previous, Associated Stationers acquired OKI Supply (formerly OKI Bering in Canada and in the Middle East... industrial supplies and welding equipment). Prior acquisitions included MBS Dev, ORS Nasco, Sweet Paper, Peerless Paper, Lagasse, Azerty, and the BIG one... United Stationers Inc, a publicly traded company that itself had just swallowed Stationers Distributing. United Stationers had a longer history that dated back 60 years to it's initial incorporation as Utility Supply Company.
So yes, big business. And ironically, one that actually sells BOTH kinds of routers.