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Pat Barber, CEO, The Supply Room Companies

Its three divisions – The Supply Room Companies, Frank Parsons and Mega Office Furniture – have undergone a rebranding effort…

NOPA obtains strategic sourcing vote

Earlier this week, NOPA was successful in getting a bi-partisan amendment filed before the US House Rules Committee which would…

OP Confidence Survey Q4 2013

41% of European respondents in OPI's latest survey said that they felt more confident about their business prospects in the…

United Stationers: Office supply spend across business size

How much an office spends on its supplies varies across business size, with smaller offices typically spending more per employee…

A teacher’s influence

Each year, teachers spend time thinking about the needs of their classroom and students, and shopping accordingly. For the teacher,…

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse announce merger

The combined company – called Dixons Carphone – will bring the Currys, Carphone Warehouse and PC World brands under the…

What If You Treated Your Brand Like a TV Show Storyline?

I recently came across an article entitled: Brands as Storylines, where the author mused on what life would be like…

Troy Rice, EVP of Retail, Office Depot

Joining Office Depot from Toys “R” Us where he served as EVP of Stores and Services, Rice has 24 years…

Rick Toppin, COO, SP Richards

The sales organisation was refreshed and realigned to provide a more focused approach in the independent dealer channel and growth…

Sid Lerman/Albert Benalloul, Presidents, Weeks Lerman

Having said that, bringing fresh blood into The Weeks Lerman Group – New York City's leading independent dealer – has…

Mirosław Szydłowski, Managing Director, PBS Connect Polska

PBS Connect Polska was launched in late 2012 and last year Biella's wholesale operations in Poland were signed over and…

Robert De Montigny, CEO, NOVEXCO

Well, the answer – give or take a couple of weeks – was a resounding ‘yes’ after Robert de Montigny’s…

George Gerardos, CEO, Plaisio Computers

The Greek reseller saw a 48% surge in pre-tax profit in 2013 as investments in school supplies and TV adverts…

Harry Dochelli, SVP Independent Channel, United Stationers

A Top 100 entry last year in his role of VP Sales, Independent Dealer Channel, Dochelli returns this year in…

Radostin Kirilov, Managing Director, Office 1 Superstores International

Now well into his second decade at the company, Kirilov originally started as a store manager and his experience at…

Bud Mundt, Executive Director, AOPD

Seven dealers joined last year – including New York’s largest dealer Weeks Lerman – and two more have already joined…

Mike Maggio, President, Trimega

After a spell at Midwestern contract manufacturer Group Dekko, Maggio returned to the OP world in 2012 when he became…

5 tips to improve employee engagement

In his book Leaders Eat Last, author Simon Sinek explains: “We all want to feel valuable for the effort we…

Cody Phipps, CEO, United Stationers

This diversification – which also includes 10% of company sales now coming from the industrial supplies category – has helped…

Jim O’Brien, SVP of Marketing, SP Richards

This year, initiatives spearheaded by O'Brien include the extension and expansion of the ECi strategic alliance which involves joint planning…

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DEX to provide turnkey MPS solution for Essendant dealers

In the second part of our interview with Harry Dochelli (click here for Part 1), the Essendant President reveals details…