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Dealers: Managing Business Risk

 Sourcing and handling inventory have become controversial issues in the OP industry, with some experts urging independent dealers to go…

Guilbert: Focus On Sales & Margin

Over the last five years, PPR has grown at a very rapid rate through an opportunistic acquisition strategy focused on…

Paperworld 2000

Paperworld is upon us again and will open its doors to trade visitors from around the world at the end…

SHOPA 1999

Stabilo: Focus On Design

An instantly recognisable international brand is something that most office products vendors can only dream of. But not German writing…

Fellowes Aiming For Consistency

Customer service strategies for each of Fellowes' European subsidiaries are devised at a local level, but each are geared to…

Smead/Atlanta: A Global Player

In the 16 months since Hastings, Minnesota-based document management provider Smead acquired Dutch manufacturer Atlanta, it has embraced the role…

Bic: Making Its Mark

 There are only very few places in the world where you could mention the word Bic and be greeted with…

Bricks-and-mortar Underpin The Web

 Warehouses, stores and inventory are all the kiss of death when it comes to internet economics, right? If so, someone…

Howard Brown – Allied

 OPI: I guess my first question has to be what drew you back to office products? HB: I became involved with…

Nu-Kote: Back On Track!

SPAIN: Taunting The Power Channel Bull

 One of the most decisive battles of the Spanish Civil War earlier this century took place when Barcelona fell to…

Thomas Weisel & Partners – Innovate And Refine!

 The point made applies to almost any organisation in any line of trade: innovation, risk-taking and continual refinement are critically…

Playing Both Ends Against The Middle?

One would think that after all the years of people attempting to put one over on someone in the office…

Quartet GBC: Success Built On Solid Foundations

Although the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in southern England remains one of the world's most mysterious monuments, there is…

Superstores Tested By Escalating Competition

According to the findings of JP Morgan Securities' recently-conducted Office Products Superstore Saturation Study, the high tide mark for store…

Upstarts Enter The Fray – OP E-tailing (Pt2)

On-line office products represent one of the most attractive retailing opportunities in cyberspace. In last month's OPI (see OPI #75),…

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Office Depot France denies works council allegations

Office Depot has categorically denied allegations of the misuse of company funds made by workers’ representatives in France. As reported…