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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…

Comment July/August 2018

Staples Inc certainly didn't hang around following its recent admission to OPI that more extensive partnerships with dealers are very…

Digital issue July/Aug 2018

To view a flip version of the February issue of OPI magazine please click the links below.Type A — Europe & UKType…

Event Review: Pretty in pink

 From 22-24 May, the Clerkenwell area in the UK capital was awash with CDW's distinct pink colour scheme as it…

Advertorial: ES Tech Group

ES Tech Group is the parent company of EvolutionX and FusionPlus. Its mission? To deliver powerfully differentiated B2B e-commerce capabilities…

Technology Solutions Special: Moving forward

In June 2016, US dealer groups TriMega and Independent Stationers (IS), along with industry associations IOPFDA/NOPA, joined forces for the…

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…

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: 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…

Category Update: Time to collaborate & listen

The role the workplace plays in the emergence of health and well-being trends continues to grow unabated, and office furniture…

No mega acquisitions for HP Inc

Interviewed at a recent AllianceBernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, HP Inc CEO Dion Weisler said he expected to…

Hot Topic: Staples – The IDC’s new best friend?

When private equity firm Sycamore Partners announced in May 2018 that it had made an offer for Essendant and intended…

Advertorial: Fellowes Brands

Starting with the humble Bankers Box in 1917, then evolving into the shredder category and now also comprising a wide…

Big Interview: The turnaround of Office Depot Europe

After a period of instability and disruption, Office Depot's European business — worth more than €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) —…

Event Preview: Advantage Business Conference

With all the change that's going on in the business supplies industry, it's comforting to know that some things have…

Feature: The direct approach

OPI recently took a non-scientific snapshot of almost 40 of some of the office products industry's best-known manufacturers and found…

Analysis: OfficeMax New Zealand sold

Platinum Equity has completed its acquisition of OfficeMax New Zealand although the US firm still has not found a buyer…

Analysis: Office Depot execs impress at analyst conference

Office Depot Inc CEO Gerry Smith and his new senior management team delivered a high-calibre series of presentations to the…

Analysis: ADVEO still on downward slope

Unfortunately, Q1 numbers weren't pretty for European wholesaler ADVEO, with total sales 17.8% lower than Q1 2017 at €107.2 million…

Analysis: How serious is Sycamore?

Even before the dust had settled over the prospect of wholesalers Essendant and SP Richards (SPR) merging, Staples — via…

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Support the Ride of Life

Around 25 members of the office products industry have so far signed up to take part in this year’s Ride…