Friday, 28 January, 2022

May

Featuring an interview with new Lyreco CEO Steve Law, an in-depth look at data sharing in the OP industry, and a focus on the SOHO market.

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...

Biella swoops for Falken

Swiss manufacturer Biella has become one of Europe’s leading players in the lever arch file (LAF) product category after acquiring Falken Office Products and its two subsidiaries from German vendor Herlitz at the beginning of April.The...

Category analysis: Antimicrobial

There are many facets to antimicrobial products and their credentials. Are they environmentally sound; do they give value for money; are they harmful; do they, quite simply, work? In March, a primary school in the UK...

Category analysis: Cut Paper

"The weak economic environment in Europe and slow economic growth in North America, along with an ongoing secular decline in paper consumption in most developed markets, are driving down demand."Judging by the above comments on...

Homing in: The state of the SOHO market

At the height of the worldwide financial crisis in 2008/9, statisticians in various guises couldn’t publish enough information on the number of people setting up their own small businesses (often as a result of their...

Big Interview: Steve Law

Lyreco has long been synonymous with consistency, so it must have been something of a shock to the system to see a new CEO come and go in the space of a mere eight months...

Data sharing: A broken river?

Few office products companies, wherever they are in the supply chain, would disagree that accurate and efficient data sharing with their trade partners would be beneficial to how they do business. And few suppliers and resellers...

Dealer spotlight: Akoffice

2012 looks like being a pivotal year in the history of Turkish B2B reseller Akoffice.The entry of a major global OP reseller into the Turkish market has been rumoured for some time and Akoffice is one of...

Final word: Thomas Schinkel

The other day I was asked to give a talk to a group of start-up entrepreneurs who had gathered at an innovation centre for young entrepreneurs. The topic of conversation was how to make your...

5 minutes with Wihan Oosthuizen

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words:I look after our office furniture division, production of our catalogues and our national sales programme.What was your first full-time job?The South African Defence Force. In...

Editor’s Comment

Let's be flexibleIn developed economies, flexible working has become a hot topic; compressing working hours into a four-day week, taking extended holidays or working from home a few days a week are some examples....

Big Read

Podcast: The Supply Room’s Source acquisition

OPI Talk speaks to Yancey Jones Jr, COO of The Supply Room, and John Givens, founder of Source Office & Technology, about their recent...