Sunday, 29 November, 2020

Big Interview: Westcoast

Most people bemoan the much talked about recession, blame their business difficulties and failures on it and often descend into a state of gloom. Joe Hemani, CEO and Owner of IT distributor Westcoast, embraces...

French firms agree superstore partnership

There seems to be no stopping the growth of locally-owned office supplies superstores in France at the moment.At its annual members’ meeting in March, purchasing group Rouge Papier announced that it had signed a partnership...

Category analysis: Presentation and visual communications

Style and substanceIn a modern world full of fads, fast-changing technology and fickle consumers we often talk of product design that favours style over substance. But intriguing developments in the presentation and visual communications category...

Special report: Boiling the Frog

The Boiling the Frog study had its genesis in a Final Word by Martin Eames published in OPI in December 2011 (see OPI #215), in which, in his call for greater innovation in the OP...

Final Word: Laura Gale

I read Felicity Francis' "A Man’s World" Editor's Comment in June's issue of OPI and it instantly struck a chord with me. In it, she relayed a story where on a judging panel comprising...

The next big thing in MPS?

Israeli firm Preton (pronounced pre-tone) has secured a patent for its ‘pixel optimiser’ technology which it says can significantly reduce printing costs by more efficiently printing everyday computer documents.The technology uses algorithms to identify and...

Houston, we have a problem

An  audit from the city of Houston in the US has identified overcharging of up to $6.6 million by Office Depot. A report released on 7 December by Houston's City Controller said that overcharges in...

Dealer spotlight: Dubai Library Distributors

The second Paperworld Middle East show takes place from 6-8 March in Dubai. One leading local OP company which will be exhibiting is Dubai Library Distributors (DLD), a firm with wholesaling, distribution, retailing and direct...

5 minutes with Karen Harrison

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.Develop innovative strategies to drive the business forward, which includes managing and overseeing marketing activities.The worst job you’ve ever had? I took a ‘year out’ working in...

School’s out for Depot and US Communities

Office Depot’s recently cancelled US Communities classroom supplies contract was achieving just over a quarter of the sales originally estimated.The RFP documents issued by the lead public agency Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) at the...

Category analysis: Desktop accessories

Stationery not standing stillThe mood was good at the recent National Stationery Show in London, UK, with many of the major players in the desktop accessories sector showcasing their wares and using the two-day event...

NAOPA 2012 Show Review

Often described as the ‘Oscars of the office products industry’, this year’s North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) were celebrated in style in Washington DC during SP Richards’ Advantage Business Conference (ABC).Adding to the celebrations,...

DoJ blocks 3M/Avery deal

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) dropped a bombshell when it said in September it would file a civil antitrust lawsuit if 3M went ahead with its plans to acquire Avery’s Office and Consumer Products...

Dealer groups plan EPIC event

The two leading US dealer groups, Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega, have announced they are to hold a joint convention in 2013.This first-ever combined national convention – which is named EPIC 2013 and comes with...

All change at Karnak

Italian contract stationer and mail order firm Karnak is in the final stages of an organisational overhaul that it hopes will clarify its market position and bring operational efficiencies.The location of Karnak's headquarters in the...

Big Interview: Supplies Network

The future looks managed Last year Supplies Network celebrated 20 years in business, but the landscape has significantly changed in this time. Set up as a regional wholesaler of IT consumables, the company now spans the...

Final word: Sam Moncada

Today’s office transformation is being driven by the never-ending need to control costs, particularly with new mobile and remote computing technologies. The economy is driving business and office managers to do more with less...

Plaisio: Managing the crisis

Increasing EBITDA by 22% and pre-tax profit by 75% is good in anyone’s book, but achieving that in the context of the Greek economy is impressive.But that’s what leading Greek IT and office supplies reseller...

MPS: Minefield or opportunity?

What a difference 18 months can make. At the beginning of 2011, OPI looked at managed print services (MPS) in the US, the fastest growing and most developed MPS market for now. Practically everybody had...

ABC 2012 Show Review

The final-night gala dinner at the SP Richards’ 2012 ABC in Washington was an unashamedly American-style celebration that tied in with the ‘Independent’s Day’ theme of the whole event.Delegates rose as the evening’s entertainment began...

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