Analysis: The devil’s in the data

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust investigation into Staples Inc’s acquisition of Essendant nears its conclusion, a key issue…

Category Update: Not by accident

The safety, personal protection equipment (PPE) and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) categories cover a vast array of diverse products…

Category Update: Printing under pressure

The global imaging supplies industry has seen a major shake-up in the past 12 months, with significant consolidation occurring, including…

Event Preview: Green Light

UK office products wholesaler VOW is changing the format of its annual Green Light event to make it an exhibition…

Final Word from Doug Ramsdale

Elsewhere in this issue of OPI, there’s an article on the trade war with China and what the implementation of…

5 mins with… Nicholas Alvarez

What makes you happy?  Music, travelling and spending time with my loved ones. If I can combine all three, that’s…

Comment November 2018

There are people in this industry that have the ability to leave a mark, a lasting impression. When I recently…

Digital issue November 2018

To view a flip version of the November 2018 issue of OPI magazine please click the links below. Type A — Europe…

Big Interview: Back from the brink

Just over two years ago, the future of Kaut-Bullinger looked bleak indeed, blighted by financial troubles, costly legacy systems and…

Hot Topic: Game changers

When Staples and Office Depot decided almost simultaneously in 2016 to sell off their European operations – and their other…

Special Feature: Top 100 2018

Every year, the search is on to find our industry’s biggest achievers and influencers around the globe – companies and…

Analysis: Staples Solutions makes ADVEO move

European office supplies reseller Staples Solutions has emerged as the “international industrial investor” that has signed an agreement with ADVEO’s…

Analysis: Essendant and SPR merger abandoned

The proposed merger between US office products wholesalers Essendant and SP Richards (SPR) is off after the Essendant board recognised…

Research: Boiling the frog: revisited preview

There’s an urban myth which says that if a frog is placed in a saucepan of boiling water, it will…

Category Update: Lasting impressions

The stamping category continues to move forward, with sector leaders bullish about strong growth figures and lucrative prospects now being…

Event Preview: Global Forum 2018

Chicago is the host city for OPI’s seventh Global Forum which will be held from 11-13 November 2018. Now an…

Category Update: Post modern

The number of traditional letters sent by post continues to decline. In the UK, the Royal Mail’s letter revenues fell…

Advertorial: International Paper

International Paper Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) launched the Pink Ream campaign in 2017 with distinctive, specially-designed packaging for…

How To: Pack a (digital) punch

In the first part of this How to… guide, I talked about the process of getting fit for digital business.…

Final Word from Myers Jordan

What’s going to happen? This seems to be one of the most frequently asked questions during industry discussions these days…

Big read

Tariff relief for OP industry?

Despite an apparent 90-day ceasefire on the trade war between the US and China, uncertainty still reigns. Scheduled to be…