Discontinued Operations and Disposal Groups [Abstract] Net sales Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Revenue Cost of sales Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Costs of Goods Sold Gross profit Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Gross Profit (Loss) Selling, distribution & administrative expenses Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, General and Administrative Expense Special charges Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Special Charges Amount of special charges, net attributable to disposal group, including, but not limited to, discontinued operation. Operating income (loss) from discontinued operations Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Operating Income (Loss) Interest and other (income) expenses, net Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Interest and Other Income (Expense) Amount of interest and other income, net loss attributable to disposal group, including, but not limited to, discontinued operation. Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes Discontinued Operation, Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operation, before Income Tax Provision for income taxes Discontinued Operation, Tax Effect of Discontinued Operation Net income (loss) from discontinued operations Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax, Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted (in dollars per share) Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations and Disposal of Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax, Per Basic and Diluted Share Revenue From Contract With Customer [Abstract] Revenue From Contract With Customer [Abstract] Disaggregation of Revenue Disaggregation Of Revenue [Table Text Block] Disaggregation Of Revenue [Table Text Block] Income Statement [Abstract] Net sales Sales Revenue, Goods, Net Cost of sales Cost of Goods Sold Gross profit Gross Profit Selling, distribution & administrative expenses Selling, General and Administrative Expense Operating income from continuing operations Operating Income (Loss) Interest and other (income) expense, net Interest Income (Expense), Net Income from continuing operations before income taxes Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes, Noncontrolling Interest Provision for income taxes Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Net income from continuing operations Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations, Net of Tax, Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax Net income (loss) Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent Net income per common share from continuing operations: Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Abstract] Basic (in dollars per share) Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations, Per Basic Share Diluted (in dollars per share) Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations, Per Diluted Share Net income (loss) per common share from discontinued operations: Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations and Disposal of Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax, Per Basic and Diluted Share [Abstract] Basic (in dollars per share) Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations and Disposal of Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax, Per Basic Share Diluted (in dollars per share) Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations and Disposal of Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax, Per Diluted Share Net income (loss) per common share: Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Basic (in dollars per share) Earnings Per Share, Basic Diluted (in dollars per share) Earnings Per Share, Diluted Weighted average common and common equivalent shares: Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted [Abstract] Basic (in shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic Diluted (in shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted Dividends declared (in dollars per share) Common Stock, Dividends, Per Share, Declared Statement of Comprehensive Income [Abstract] Net income (loss) Other comprehensive income: Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Portion Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Foreign currency translation Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Foreign Currency Transaction and Translation Adjustment, Net of Tax, Portion Attributable to Parent Total comprehensive income (loss) Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract] Legal Proceedings Legal Matters and Contingencies [Text Block] Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract] Income taxes Income Tax Disclosure [Text Block] Reconciliation of Pretax Loss of Discontinued Operations to Loss of Discontinued Operations Disposal Groups, Including Discontinued Operations [Table Text Block] Special Charge Liabilities Schedule of Restructuring Reserve by Type of Cost [Table Text Block] Segment Reporting [Abstract] Number of reportable segments Number of Reportable Segments Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table] Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Domain] Consolidation Items [Domain] Reportable Segments Operating Segments [Member] Corporate and Other Corporate, Non-Segment [Member] Segments [Axis] Segments [Axis] Segments [Domain] Segments [Domain] IPG Industrial products segment [Member] Industrial products segment provides financial and operational oversight and administrative support. ETG European Technology Products Segment [Member] The European technology products segment provides financial and operational oversight and administrative support for business located in European countries. Segment Reporting Information [Line Items] Segment Reporting Information [Line Items] Operating income (loss) Number of states seeking recovery of unclaimed property Number Of States Seeking Recovery Of Unclaimed Property The number of states being audited and seeking recovery of unclaimed property. Net Income (Loss) per Common Share Earnings Per Share [Text Block] Disposal Groups, Including Discontinued Operations [Table] Disposal Groups, Including Discontinued Operations [Table] ETG – Lease liabilities and other costs NATG – Lease liabilities and other exit costs North American Technology Products Segment [Member] The North American technology products segment provides financial and operational oversight and administrative support for business located in European countries. Total North American Technology Products Segment and European Technology Products Segment [Member] The North American technology products segment and European technology products segment provides financial and operational oversight and administrative support for business located in European countries. Restructuring Type [Axis] Restructuring Type [Axis] Type of Restructuring [Domain] Type of Restructuring [Domain] Lease Liabilities And Other Costs Lease Liabilities And Other Costs [Member] Termination of an employee associated with lease liabilities and other costs or restructurings pursuant to a plan. Lease Liabilities and Other Exit Costs Workforce Exit Costs [Member] Termination of an employee associated with exit from or disposal of business activities on workforce exit costs. Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Additional Disclosures by Disposal Groups, Including Discontinued Operations [Line Items] Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Additional Disclosures by Disposal Groups, Including Discontinued Operations [Line Items] Restructuring Reserve [Roll Forward] Restructuring Reserve [Roll Forward] Beginning Balance Restructuring Reserve Charged to expense (income) Restructuring Charges Paid or otherwise settled Restructuring Reserve, Settled without Cash Ending Balance Dispositions and Special Charges Disposal Groups, Including Discontinued Operations, Disclosure [Text Block] Disaggregation Of Revenue [Table] Disaggregation Of Revenue [Table] Disaggregation Of Revenue [Table] Concentration Risk Benchmark [Axis] Concentration Risk Benchmark [Axis] Concentration Risk Benchmark [Domain] Concentration Risk Benchmark [Domain] Sales Revenue, Net Sales Revenue, Net [Member] Concentration Risk Type [Axis] Concentration Risk Type [Axis] Concentration Risk Type [Domain] Concentration Risk Type [Domain] Product Concentration Risk Product Concentration Risk [Member] Geographical [Axis] Geographical [Axis] Geographical [Domain] Geographical [Domain] United States UNITED STATES Canada CANADA France FRANCE Other Europe Other Europe [Member] A specified group of foreign countries about which segment information is provided by the entity. The entity is expected to change the standard label to identify the specified group. Products and Services [Axis] Products and Services [Axis] Products and Services [Domain] Products and Services [Domain] Service Revenue Service Revenue [Member] Service Revenue [Member] MRO Products and Industrial Supplies MRO Products Industrial Supplies [Member] MRO Products Industrial Supplies Technology Products Technology Products [Member] Technology Products Disaggregation Of Revenue [Line Items] Disaggregation Of Revenue [Line Items] [Line Items] for Disaggregation Of Revenue [Table] Service revenue, percentage of revenue Concentration Risk, Percentage Revenue from contracts with customers Revenue From Contract With Customer Excluding Assessed Tax Revenue From Contract With Customer Excluding Assessed Tax Performance obligation Revenue, Remaining Performance Obligation Revenue, Remaining Performance Obligation Accrued sales returns Contract with Customer, Refund Liability Contract with Customer, Refund Liability Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract] Operating Activities [Axis] Operating Activities [Axis] Operating Activities [Domain] Operating Activities [Domain] Continuing Operations Continuing Operations [Member] SARL Business SARL Business Segment [Member] Systemax Europe, which includes its subsidiaries, Systemax Business Services K.F.T., Misco UK Limited, Systemax Italy S.R.L., Misco Iberia Computer Supplies S.L., Misco AB, Global Directmail B.V. and Misco Solutions B.V collectively make the "SARL Businesses. Disposal Group Name [Axis] Disposal Group Name [Axis] Disposal Group Name [Domain] Disposal Group Name [Domain] NATG Reclassification of component of cost of sales to selling, distribution and administrative expenses Reclassification of Component of Cost of Sales to Selling, Distribution and Administrative Expenses Refers to the reclassified amount of cost included in selling, distribution and administrative expenses previously charged to cost of sales. Percentage of residual equity position retained Percentage of Residual Equity Position Retained Refers to percentage of residual equity position retained by the company in the purchaser's acquiring entity, Note receivable from disposition of SARL business Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Consideration, Notes Receivable Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Consideration, Notes Receivable Number of remaining stores Number of Remaining Stores Refers to number of remaining stores during the period. Financial obligations related to leased facilities, carrying value Capital Lease Obligations, Carrying Value Capital Lease Obligations, Carrying Value Reserve for lease obligations Reserve For Lease Obligations Refers to the amount of reserve for lease obligations created by the entity. Lease obligations, fair value Capital Lease Obligations, Fair Value Capital Lease Obligations, Fair Value Reversed lease reserves for leased facilities Leased Facilities Reserve Refers to the amount of reserve created for lease obligations. Statement of Stockholders' Equity [Abstract] Statement [Table] Statement [Table] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Component [Domain] Equity Component [Domain] Common Stock Common Stock [Member] Additional Paid-in Capital Additional Paid-in Capital [Member] Treasury Stock, At Cost Treasury Stock [Member] Retained Earnings Retained Earnings [Member] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income AOCI Attributable to Parent [Member] Statement [Line Items] Statement [Line Items] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Beginning Balance (in shares) Shares, Outstanding Beginning Balance Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent Stock-based compensation expense Adjustments to Additional Paid in Capital, Share-based Compensation, Requisite Service Period Recognition Issuance of restricted stock (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Restricted Stock Award, Gross Issuance of restricted stock Stock Issued During Period, Value, Restricted Stock Award, Gross Stock withheld for employee taxes (in shares) Shares Paid for Tax Withholding for Share Based Compensation Stock withheld for employee taxes Adjustments Related to Tax Withholding for Share-based Compensation Proceeds from issuance of common stock (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Share-based Compensation, Gross Proceeds from issuance of common stock Stock Granted, Value, Share-based Compensation, Gross Dividends declared Dividends, Common Stock Change in cumulative translation adjustment Cumulative Effect of New Accounting Principle in Period of Adoption Net income Ending Balance (in shares) Ending Balance Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract] Fair Value Measurements Fair Value Disclosures [Text Block] Revenue Revenue From Contract With Customer [Text Block] Revenue from Contract with Customer [Text Block] Disposal Group Classification [Axis] Disposal Group Classification [Axis] Disposal Group Classification [Domain] Disposal Group Classification [Domain] Total Discontinued Operations Discontinued Operations, Disposed of by Sale [Member] SARL Range [Axis] Range [Axis] Range [Domain] Range [Domain] Minimum Minimum [Member] Maximum Maximum [Member] Legal, professional and other costs Charges Related To Legal, Professional And Other Costs The charge against earnings that represents the legal, professional and other costs from or disposal of business activities or restructurings pursuant to a plan. Additional charges Additional Charges The amount additional charges charged against earnings in the period for incurred and estimated costs associated with exit from or disposal of business activities or restructurings pursuant to a duly authorized plan, excluding asset retirement obligations. Restitution receipts Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Restitution Receipts Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Restitution Receipts Lease reserve adjustment Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Lease Reserves Disposal Group, Including Discontinued Operation, Lease Reserves Professional costs related to ongoing restitution proceedings Professional Costs Related to Ongoing Restitution Proceedings Amount of professional costs related to ongoing restitution proceedings, net attributable to disposal group, including, but not limited to, discontinued operation. Special charges Special charges The amount special charges charged against earnings in the period for incurred and estimated costs associated with exit from or disposal of business activities or restructurings pursuant to a duly authorized plan, excluding asset retirement obligations. Loss on the sale of business Gain (Loss) on Disposition of Business Loss on sale of net assets Gain (Loss) on Disposition of Assets Translation adjustments Goodwill, Translation and Purchase Accounting Adjustments Charges for updating future lease cash flows Charges For Updating Future Lease Cash Flows Charges For Updating Future Cash Flows Document and Entity Information [Abstract] Entity Registrant Name Entity Registrant Name Entity Central Index Key Entity Central Index Key Current Fiscal Year End Date Current Fiscal Year End Date Entity Current Reporting Status Entity Current Reporting Status Entity Filer Category Entity Filer Category Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Document Type Document Type Amendment Flag Amendment Flag Document Period End Date Document Period End Date Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from 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Segments to Consolidated [Table Text Block] Financial Information by Geographic Area Schedule of Revenue from External Customers Attributed to Foreign Countries by Geographic Area [Table Text Block] Schedule of Revenues from External Customers and Long-Lived Assets [Table] Schedule of Revenues from External Customers and Long-Lived Assets [Table] Reportable Geographical Components Reportable Geographical Components [Member] Revenues from External Customers and Long-Lived Assets [Line Items] Revenues from External Customers and Long-Lived Assets [Line Items] Sales Revenue, Goods, Net [Abstract] Sales Revenue, Goods, Net [Abstract] Basis of Accounting Basis of Accounting, Policy [Policy Text Block] New Accounting Pronouncements New Accounting Pronouncements, Policy [Policy Text Block] Revenue Revenue Recognition, Policy [Policy Text Block] Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] ASSETS: Assets [Abstract] Current assets: Assets, Current [Abstract] Cash Cash Accounts receivable, net Accounts Receivable, Net, Current Inventories Inventory, Net Prepaid expenses and other current assets Prepaid Expense and Other Assets, Current Total current assets Assets, Current Property, plant and equipment, net Property, Plant and Equipment, Net Deferred income taxes Deferred Income Tax Assets, Net Goodwill and intangibles Intangible Assets, Net (Including Goodwill) Other assets Other Assets, Noncurrent Total assets Assets LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY: Liabilities and Equity [Abstract] Current liabilities: Liabilities, Current [Abstract] Accounts payable Accounts Payable, Current Dividend payable Interest and Dividends Payable, Current Accrued expenses and other current liabilities Accrued Liabilities, Current Total current liabilities Liabilities, Current Deferred income tax liability Deferred Income Tax Liabilities, Net Other liabilities Other Liabilities, Noncurrent Total liabilities Liabilities Commitments and contingencies Commitments and Contingencies Shareholders’ equity: Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Preferred stock Preferred Stock, Value, Issued Common stock Common Stock, Value, Issued Additional paid-in capital Additional Paid in Capital Treasury stock Treasury Stock, Value Retained earnings Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) Accumulated other comprehensive income Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Total shareholders’ equity Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity Liabilities and Equity Line of Credit Facility [Abstract] Line of Credit Facility [Table] Line of Credit Facility [Table] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Domain] Credit Facility [Domain] Revolving Credit Facility Revolving Credit Facility [Member] Line of Credit Facility [Line Items] Line of Credit Facility [Line Items] Maximum borrowing capacity Line of Credit Facility, Maximum Borrowing Capacity Revolving credit facility, term Debt Instrument, Term Percentage of eligible accounts receivable for borrowings Percentage of eligible accounts receivable for borrowings The percentage of eligible accounts receivable for borrowings under the agreement. Percentage of inventory advance rate computed Percentage of Inventory Advance Rate Computed Refers to percentage of inventory advance rate computed as the lesser of NOVL (Net Orderly Liquidation Value). Percentage of inventory advance rate of net orderly liquidation value Percentage of Inventory Advance Rate of NOVL Refers to percentage of inventory advance rate computed of NOVL (Net Orderly Liquidation Value). Eligible collateral under the credit facility Eligible collateral under the credit facility Refers to the amount of eligible collateral letters of credit, based on borrowing base availability. Availability under line of credit Line of Credit Facility, Remaining Borrowing Capacity Total outstanding letters of credit Letters of Credit Outstanding, Amount Total excess availability Line of Credit Facility, Current Borrowing Capacity Outstanding borrowings Line of Credit Facility, Fair Value of Amount Outstanding Segment Information Segment Reporting Disclosure [Text Block] Statement of Cash Flows [Abstract] Cash flows from operating activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Income from continuing operations Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income (Loss) to Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Depreciation and amortization Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Provision for returns and doubtful accounts Provision for Doubtful Accounts Compensation expense related to equity compensation plans Share-based Compensation Provision for deferred taxes Deferred Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Increase (Decrease) in Operating Capital [Abstract] Accounts receivable Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Receivable Inventories Increase (Decrease) in Inventories Prepaid expenses and other current assets Increase (Decrease) in Prepaid Expense and Other Assets Income taxes payable Increase (Decrease) in Income Taxes Payable Accounts payable Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable Accrued expenses, other current liabilities and other liabilities Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Liabilities and Other Operating Liabilities Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities, Continuing Operations Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities, Discontinued Operations Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities Cash flows from investing activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities [Abstract] Purchases of property, plant and equipment Payments to Acquire Property, Plant, and Equipment Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities, Continuing Operations Net cash used in investing activities from discontinued operations Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities, Discontinued Operations Net cash used in investing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities Cash flows from financing activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities [Abstract] Dividends paid Payments of Dividends Proceeds from issuance of common stock Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock Payment of payroll taxes on stock-based compensation through shares withheld Payments Related to Tax Withholding for Share-based Compensation Repayments of capital lease obligations Repayments of Long-term Capital Lease Obligations Net cash used in financing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities Effects of exchange rates on cash Effect of Exchange Rate on Cash and Cash Equivalents Net decrease in cash Cash, Period Increase (Decrease) Cash – beginning of period Cash – end of period Credit Facilities Short-term Debt [Text Block]