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July/August

OPI’s July/August edition, including an interview with LC Industries CEO Bill Hudson, as well as features on onshoring, MPS and the Global Forum.

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...

Return of the native: Onshoring

For the past two decades or so, China has become the go-to place for cheap labour and generally low-priced production. The country now accounts for a fifth of global manufacturing. According to the US Journal...

Vendor focus: Paper from Portugal

Many observers believe that over the last few decades the paper industry has really pushed its game in terms of protecting the environment. The truth is that when it comes to paper production, paper manufacturers have...

Dealer spotlight: RED BOX

All businesses across London have been warned about probable disruptions during this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, ranging from staff having trouble travelling to and from work, slower than normal internet connections and problems making...

Global Forum review

It was two days of alarm, reassurance, ideas and collaboration at the OPI Global Forum, held in May in Chicago, Illinois. About 100 top executives of the office products industry attended from North America, Europe...

Editor’s comment

Let’s get digitalAttending the OPI Global Forum in May (read a review here) made me realise more than ever what a difference the internet has made to commerce. That’s quite an obvious statement, I’m aware,...

Final word: Henri Davis

Embrace retail changes to boost salesIn the last week of April we were told that officially the UK was in a double dip recession. Having traded for five years in a period of financial uncertainty...

5 minutes with Adele Griffiths

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.Management of office products, cradle to grave, including pricing, negotiation and supplier contracts.Your best piece of advice to a colleague? You can have a bad week and...

French market facing tough year

The French office supplies industry gathered in the south of the country in mid-June for the annual conference organised by trade association UFIPA.Around 180 industry professionals attended the event, which is divided into three distinct...

Big Read

Podcast: Brexit – six months on

Stewart Superior Managing Director Geoff Betts shares his experiences of Brexit from a UK supplier’s point of view. In this episode of OPI Talk, hosted...