Analysis: GSA pilot set to include office products

At the beginning of May, the US General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued…

Focus: The next generation of e-procurement

France-based reseller Manutan said its partnership with procure-to-pay (P2P) platform provider Ivalua was set “to revolutionise” e-procurement after the two…

Spotlight: Future vision

It’s not often a business leader admits to being behind schedule, but in the grand scheme of things, Mark Miller,…

Category Update: Visual success

Surging revenues in the visual communications (viscom) category show no signs of abating, with some of the sector’s largest players…

Category Update: Core strengths

Google ‘traditional OP market’ and it will throw up some worrying hits – ‘declining sector’, ‘companies spending less and less’…

How To: Attract the right talent

I get it, we all have businesses to run – products to sell, margins to manage, customers to keep happy.…

Event Preview: ABC 2019

It’s no surprise that the slogan for the 2019 SP Richards’ (SPR) Advantage Business Conference (ABC) is ‘Together Stronger’, as…

Final Word from Ian Elliott

Much has been written about the digital workforce and the trend towards mobility and flexible working. Much has also been…

5 mins with… Frank Indenkämpen

Describe yourself in one sentence. A fair and focused team player who loves what he does – most of the…

Comment June 2019

Like I said last month, while our industry is undoubtedly in a state of flux, for any deals and big…

Digital issue June 2019

To view a flip version of the June 2019 issue of OPI magazine please click the links below. Type A —…

Big Interview Xtra: Kypros Kyprianou, Group CEO, Theo Paphitis Retail Group

OPI: You previously said that you’re always looking at potential deals. You did one a few years ago when you…

Big Interview: Retail rejuvenated

Ryman is something of an institution in the British retail space. With a chequered history dating back to 1893, the…

Hot Topic: Surprise!

According to many industry insiders, particularly those in the office equipment and imaging channel, the February announcement by Staples Inc…

Analysis: Staples Inc gets major facelift

Staples Inc had been promising some big changes to its brands and branding for some time, and in April its…

Feature: The complete picture

Adam Noble is a busy man at the moment: not only is he still Managing Director of Derby, UK-based dealer…

Spotlight: Making Mexican waves

Clips is an office supplies operator based in Baja California, the northern Mexican state that shares its border with the…

Category Update: Furnishing the future

The past year has been good for the furniture industry, with suppliers reporting a strong order book. Large project needs…

Focus: Catch a break

The office breakroom has undergone enormous transformation over the past decade. Once regarded as an area merely to refuel as…

Interview: Brad Graves

Brad Graves is this year’s City of Hope (COH) Spirit of Life honouree. Fundraising began in earnest a few months…

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…