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Category Update: In the write place

At a time when both the business and consumer worlds seem to be marching in quick-step towards an increasingly digitised…

Category Update: Vital technology

Technology now forms the bedrock of every office ecosystem. Without functioning IT, robust wi-fi and a whole host of electronic…

Final Word from Isaac de la Fuente

I start with the bold statement that you’ve been thinking about customer service all wrong. The gold standard of customer service…

5 mins with… Andrea Kenna

Your favourite app? Sainsbury’s supermarket. I travel so much, and the app enables me to do the grocery shop at…

Five ways to boost your digital well-being

As we enter 2019, the proliferation of digital devices means that we’re constantly connected to the office wherever we might…

Will vendor consolidation increase the need for direct sourcing?

We have a solid working relationship with ACCO Brands and have had for many years. Similarly, Cumberland has been a…

Is the shared office really the holy grail?

When I hear exaggerated statistics being thrown around such as 142% of people using co-working spaces are more engaged and…

Feature: Light fantastic

The days of one-size-fits-all fluorescent office lighting, with little more than an on/off switch or, at best, a dimmer control,…

How To: Crack the wellness design code

Office design has never played a more vital role in the success of a business than it does now. Successfully…

Generation Game with Scott Castle

Just as elite athletes are required to remain in peak condition for their respective sports, so too should employees be…

Final Word from Christa Furter

When I started in the office products sector in 2005 at Swiss reseller iba, I was asked by one member…

5 mins with… Gavin Ward

What scares you? A failure to keep our group moving forward. If you aren’t advancing, then you are falling behind,…

Don’t hide behind the basket

Figures from statistics portal, statista.com, suggest that there are now 43.5 million people shopping online in the UK, while the…

Furnishing a future

Sustainability is a key watchword across the OP industry these days, with every sector embracing its principles to a greater…

Opinion: Demand for power

Energy. A simple word that has big implications for the global environment. The decline in consumption of business supplies has…

Opinion: Doing your bit

We’re lucky to work in the business products industry, as we deliver products and services that people use every day,…

Paper promises

The global paper industry continues to face headwinds, with pulp pricing, freight costs and capacity reductions all representing significant challenges…

Event Review: EPIC finale

Six years ago, US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega confounded industry expectations by joining forces to produce a…

Category Update: Printing under pressure

The global imaging supplies industry has seen a major shake-up in the past 12 months, with significant consolidation occurring, including…

Final Word from Doug Ramsdale

Elsewhere in this issue of OPI, there’s an article on the trade war with China and what the implementation of…

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GSA provides e-commerce update

One month before it is due to submit a report to Congress on its federal e-commerce marketplace initiative, the US…