Saturday, 22 January, 2022

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...

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...

Final word: Steve Harrop

Growth is a word you don't hear much in the UK nowadays, in either the economy as a whole or within our industry. There are, of course, many positive examples of British OP companies building...

On the right lines

When leading UK reseller office2office (o2o) published its half-yearly results at the end of August, the 14% top-line increase was due entirely to the sales generated by its Truline supply and distribution business in partnership...

Final word: Rick Marlette

At United Stationers' recent Vision show, I was acutely aware of a growing red/blue split in the US office products industry. Red is the colour of wholesaler SP Richards' logo while blue is the colour...

Paperworld cuts

Almost 50,000 visitors attended Paperworld 2012 in Frankfurt at the end of January. This number was slightly down on 2011 and exhibitor numbers also fell slightly to 1,800, which was probably to be expected given...

Still going strong

It is probably not a widely known fact that the Ofis stationery and office products show in Istanbul is actually the OP sector’s second-largest dedicated event in Europe after Paperworld in Frankfurt, and the fourth...

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...

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...

5 minutes with Tim Williams

Describe what you do in less than 20 words.Category Manager for OPD Group New Zealand, responsible for the selection of products and negotiating terms of trade with suppliers.What was your first full-time job? Sales Analyst...

California ends state contract

The state of California unexpectedly terminated its $24 million-a-year office supplies contract on 12 September.The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced the news in a small business meeting and then issued a formal bulletin...

Big interview: Arnold Theuws

Dutch dealer-group-cum-wholesaler Quantore recently put itself on the map by creating one of the most high-tech warehouses in Europe. General Manager Arnold Theuws, who has been at the helm for over three years, is extremely...

5 minutes with…

What you do in fewer than 20 words:Optimise relationships between suppliers and resellers. Your first full-time job?Office products brand advocate for Occupy Chicago in 1985, when no one cared if you occupied Wall Street, or...

Spotlight on California contract

The State of California’s office supplies contract has been the subject of keen interest in the last month after an investigation by Office Depot whistle-blower David Sherwin which alleged that the big box was using...

Hot topic: Mission impossible

From a distribution point of view, the OP industry is very efficient indeed. Every manufacturer can deliver within 24 hours; every buying group can deliver to dealers within 24 hours; every reseller can deliver to...

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...

RTC revival on track

Calling 2010 and 2011 tough years for top Romanian OP reseller RTC Proffice is probably an understatement. The company was caught up in the cash flow and debt problems of parent group RTC Holding, culminating...

Category analysis: Mailroom and packaging

As markets continue to change rapidly and new technology emerges, OPI caught up with a selection of the mailroom and packaging sector's leading vendors from around the globe to find out how business is going...

Russia: An opportunity that bites

The Russian office products market is actively developing, which is reflected by its resumed growth following the end of the recession and the ever-accelerating expansion of the region’s leading foreign suppliers and producers. Thanks to...

Final word: Martin Wilde

Young, Wilde and (paper) free?I cannot have been the only one to have been stirred by Martin Eames’ Final Word (OPI #215), in which, in his call for greater innovation in the OP industry, he notes:...

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