Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

The Paper Treadmill

With a new stakeholder creating a world of opportunity, the paper trade is starting to look like Harry Gould’s oyster. The man of many talents talks about Gould Paper Corporation, the state of the...

Tesco targets Amazon model

In a move which is seen as its first steps to rival established online players such as Amazon and eBay, Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer – and the third global retailer behind Walmart and Carrefour...

Amazon eyes B2B channel

The world’s largest e-tailer Amazon has already become a force in the OP sector in a number of markets with its consumer-oriented websites. Now it has set its sights firmly on the B2B space with...

Amazon – the cleverest cat in the jungle?

Many phrases have been used to describe Amazon by members of the office products industry – some more colourful than others – but one word seems to be repeated more than others: intelligent. The e-commerce...

5 minutes with Amee Chande

If you weren’t doing your present job, what would you like to be doing? Photographer for National Geographic.Who is the industry figure you most admire and why? Jay Baitler: a quintessential salesman, inspirational leader and engaging...

Worldwide in a bind?

Ring binders might not seem the sexiest of subjects, but the word 'binders' has been topping search engine lists since Mitt Romney's "binders of women" comment during the second US presidential debate last month.The real...

Thinking out of the box

As expected, it was another challenging set of quarterly results that the three global power players – Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax – reported in November. Log onto opi.net for fuller coverage of the actual...

Category analysis: Ergonomics

A recent article in Vanity Fair magazine criticised the stagnant state of design practices in America. According to designer Kurt Andersen, who penned the provocative piece, everything from buildings to cars are at a creative...

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,...

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