Event Preview: NAOPA 2018

Organised by OPI in association with US wholesaler SP Richards (SPR) as part of its annual Advantage Business Conference (ABC) which…

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…

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…

Event Review: OPI European Forum 2018

The seventh OPI European Forum, which took place at the beautiful and historic Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, UK, from…

Category Update Xtra

Humanscale – Senior Account Manager Alex Corbitt OPI: How has the office furniture category been for you over the past…

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…

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…

What’s the deal with Essendant’s share price?

A few days prior to Essendant (NASDAQ: ESND) and Genuine Parts (GPC) announcing the deal for SP Richards (SPR) on 12 April…

Research: Finding that anchor

The fifth incarnation of The View from the Top: The State of the OP Industry 2017-18 is highly indicative of…

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…

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…