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…

5 mins with… Paddy Donnelly

Describe yourself in one sentence. Highly emotional and a little recalcitrant. What would you be the patron saint of? Getting…

Comment October 2018

When I talked about “unlikely bedfellows” in this column a few months ago, referring to Staples Inc and its strategy…

Digital issue October 2018

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

Big Interview: Independent Stationers’ big-tent philosophy

Mike Gentile is what you might call an outspoken proponent of the independent dealer community (IDC). He’s been championing their…

Event Preview: Climb of Life 2018

Everything to do with the Climb of Life (COL) presents a challenge – the organisation of the event, the climb…

Hot Topic: It could happen to you

WannaCry, Equifax, NotPetya, GitHub and BadRabbit will hopefully sound familiar to all of you. If not, suffice to say they…

Event Review: NAOPA 2018

Industry Achievement Winner: Jim O’Brien Usually the last NAOPA to be announced, this year’s Industry Achievement trophy was the first…

Category Update: Cleaning up

The biggest change in the jan/san sector over the past year has centred around the continuing digitisation of resellers as…

Spotlight: Turning the corner

When pan-European wholesaler ADVEO invited some 140 vendor partners to a hastily-arranged meeting in Paris, France, at the end of…

How To: Get fit for digital business

It’s not exactly breaking news that new invasive entrants are disrupting established office products ecosystems with their digital-first business operating…

Case Study: The appeal of jan/san

Case study 1: From simple product to full solution UK dealer Irongate falls very much in the ‘progressive’ camp and…

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ADVEO in creditor protection after Staples talks collapse

European business products wholesaler ADVEO has entered pre-insolvency proceedings after negotiations between its lenders and Staples Solutions ended without an…