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How to boost productivity in an open-plan office

According to a recent Harvard study, workers in open-plan offices have 70% less physical interactions with other colleagues, making teams…

Final Word from Rick Toppin

OPI asked me an interesting question during a recent conversation: "What's it like being a Spirit of Life Honouree for…

5 mins with… Mike Tucker

What's your life philosophy?   I try to live by this golden rule: treat others the way you want to…

Technology Solutions Special: The perfect (digital) storm

According to some of the prominent software providers to the OP industry, many dealers aren't heeding their warnings about the…

Technology Solutions Special: Technology choices

Case study 1: Clark Office ProductsClark Office Products was founded in 1972 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with a branch in…

Technology Solutions Special: Failure to appear

The biggest issue facing most independents today is failure to appear in internet searches. I know, I know, many will…

Advertorial: Insights-X 2018

Take a look at our online catalogue to find out in advance which companies will be exhibiting at Insights-X 2018.…

Final Word from Anil Abrol

I read with great interest last month's Plastic Soup Hot Topic where Michelle Sturman pointed out that the world is awash with…

How To… Managing in a crisis

In the first part of this guide in the May issue of OPI, I talked about the importance of being…

Hot Topic: Virtual reality check

Virtual reality (VR) as a technology is now making significant inroads into everyday life and hardly a day goes by…

Category Update: Core stability

It's an undisputed fact that sales of core office products have been under significant pressure for several years. Yet, although…

5 mins with… Savannah Guernsey

Describe yourself in one sentence.I don't like to sit still, physically or mentally.  What's your most prized possession? If I had…

Workplaces of the future

We've come a long way since the early incarnations of the typical office space, leaving the factory floor-style working environment…

What about Russia?

With a view to finding a distributor in Russia, Rapesco decided to pay a visit to the Skrepka Expo in…

A digital detox

In today’s digital age, the US Census Bureau found that nearly 80% of Americans own a laptop or computer, and 75% own…

Five reasons effective service management can increase your profits

We all know that providing excellent customer service is vital. But do we really promote a culture that ensures the…

Ten ways to sell more facilities supplies

Whether it’s cleaning, catering or health and safety ranges, facilities supplies continue to be a growth area. New legislation and…

Six advantages of social commerce

Social commerce is all around us. Each time we read the reviews next to products on an e-commerce site, or…

Surviving the Amazon

The original intent of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, may have been to choose a name that started with an…

Discrimination rears its head

I’m in favour of discrimination. But let me make this clear: I am NOT in favour of racial, gender or…

Big read

Analysis: Essendant making “strategic investments” in the IDC

Business products wholesaler Essendant said that it spent $19 million on investments in the independent reseller channel (IDC) in the…