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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.

The Complete deal

The California arm of Complete Office, the leading independent dealer in the western US, has fended off competition from the big boxes to win the new city of Long Beach office supplies contract.The award marks...

What next for BPGI?

The North American future of BPGI looks to be over after founder member Independent Stationers (IS) announced that it will leave the purchasing consortium at the end of the year as this issue of OPI...

Depot bags major global contract

Office Depot has recently won a major office supplies contract from what it calls the “world’s biggest purchasing consortium”Depot has been awarded the contract by a purchasing consortium that was established by four blue-chip German...

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,...

Big Read

Combating global counterfeiters with HP’s Glenn Jones

OPI Talk finds out about HP Inc’s efforts to root out counterfeiting in the imaging supplies channel. Counterfeiting is big business and fake inkjet and...