2018

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…

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…

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…

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: How serious is Sycamore?

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

Category Update: Visualising collaboration

The chameleon nature of the office environment is playing right into the hands of today's visual communications (viscom) players. As…

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…

Big read

ISG shareholders approve mega merger

The board of directors of Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has announced that 83% of its common shareholders have approved the…