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      Furnishing a future

      Sustainability is a key watchword across the OP industry these days, with every sector embracing its principles to a greater…

      Schneider: For the love of the pen

      In September 1938, Christian Schneider co-founded what was then called Blum & Schneider, a factory for screws and turned parts…

      Opinion: Demand for power

      Energy. A simple word that has big implications for the global environment. The decline in consumption of business supplies has…

      IPCC report: Time for action

      At the beginning of October this year, the 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) took place…

      edding: Setting the standard

      German manufacturer edding has been awarded the prestigious Blue Angel ecolabel for its 24 EcoLine highlighter – the highest accolade…

      Opinion: Doing your bit

      We’re lucky to work in the business products industry, as we deliver products and services that people use every day,…

      Paper promises

      The global paper industry continues to face headwinds, with pulp pricing, freight costs and capacity reductions all representing significant challenges…

      Legislation: Going round in circles

      As part of its ambitious plans to make Europe more sustainable, the European Commission has revised measures that will help…

      Sustainable Development Goals: Chain reaction

      A  recent webinar hosted by business intelligence firm Ethical Corp discussed how to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals…

      Spotlight: Eco Guardian

      The dangers of single-use plastic are much documented, in the global mainstream media and in these pages, of course. Anil…

      SOFEA: Working together

      Sustainable Office European Association (SOFEA), a not-for-profit group based in Belgium and the Netherlands, is well underway with its new…

      Big Interview: The secret source of service & solutions

      Transactional business is certainly a term that exists in the vocabulary of John Givens, CEO of Denver, Colorado-based dealer Source…

      Event Review: EPIC finale

      Six years ago, US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega confounded industry expectations by joining forces to produce a…

      Hot Topic: Face off

      China has long been a popular and lucrative destination for the sourcing as well as manufacturing of all manner of…

      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…

      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…