Saturday, 25 September, 2021

ASKUL site off to a slow start

Leading Japanese reseller ASKUL is an interesting case in the office supplies world. The company is in the middle of a transformational project as it moves away from its origins as a mail order supplier...

Show review: NAOPA

Best Product – Core Office ProductsVictor Technology: All-In-One Monitor RiserThis product marries the features of a traditional product with the requirements of a modern day user. The solid wood construction raises a computer to...

5 Minutes With: Marc Nijhof

Describe what you do in less than 20 words. I am heading up and proudly part of a successful and leading printing consumables distributor covering the European market.What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? A soldier...

Green light for European environment initiative

Key leaders from the office products industry met in Frankfurt in September to discuss a major initiative to develop a unified system for evaluating the environmental performance of products sold in Europe. The event, organised by...

5 minutes with: Dave Walmsley

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 wordsReporting to the CEO, I'm responsible for Lyreco's sales channels to market, SMB, corporate clients, global accounts, customer service and e-commerce. What was your first full-time job?  Trainee...

EOPA Review: Laughter and celebration

For a number of reasons, the European Office Products Awards 2013 presentation dinner was even more light-hearted than ever. Firstly, the winners were all in the mood to properly celebrate. Things are tough, we all know that,...

What are OPSA’s motives?

After months of speculation about its creation, the Office Products Software Alliance (OPSA) came into existence at the end of February.The stated aim of OPSA’s founder members BMI, ECi, GOPD, Red Cheetah, SSI and Thalerus...

Big interview: Bandar Al Musallam

While operating in a number of regions that have seen peaks and troughs in the last decade, both politically and economically, Hoshan Pan Gulf (HPG) has managed to maintain steady growth. However, for such a...

Hot Topic: Going, going, gone digital

Remember the floppy disk, the 3.5-inch 1.44MB disk that was the ubiquitous symbol of data storage for so many years in the latter part of the last century? It generated billions of dollars for its...

Final Word: Liz Moseley

The internet is changing the way we work and play and the change is fast. Did you know that children born in 2015 will not know what a CD is, for example? Today manufacturers sell CDs...

Category Analysis | Mailroom and Packaging

Trends in the mailroom and packaging segment are not so very different from many others in the OP industry. Declining sales in some categories, growing take-up in others, the impact of digital, increasing globalisation –...

Forum review: Right here, right now

Invest in people, prepare for change and focus on your expertise were the key messages expressed to the C-level executives who attended the 2012 OPI European Forum at London’s Grange St Paul’s in December.Senior...

Dealer spotlight: Paperclix

Island-based OP dealers are always going to be different to their counterparts on the mainland simply due to geography, but Jersey-based Paperclix harbours a number of features that make it stand out from the average...

Depot and ‘Max merger reaction

The announcement of their merger didn't go according to plan – webcast provider Thomson Reuters inadvertently issued a press release ahead of schedule – and the whispering going on behind the scenes during the webcast...

Hot topic: Not in my backyard!

"In each of our annual surveys we ask our customers who their preferred suppliers are and last year Costco came third behind Staples and Office Depot.” These are the words of Steve Danziger, Founder and CEO...

Big interview: Mike Roney

What do you expect when you visit a £5.4 billion ($8 billion) company that over the past 18 months alone has bought 17 companies and just posted half-year revenue increases of 11%? On a sunny summer’s...

Editor’s Comment

I apologise in advance for making you having to put up with two comments from me this month, but I’m currently wearing two hats as I transition into the Editor’s role. Nothing like a...

Focusing on the essentials

Despite the uncertainties surrounding the office supplies industry, United Stationers’ share price is bucking the trend and is trading at an all-time high.That market confidence is testament to a diversification strategy that began in...

Universal Success

Much is said about the plight of dealers – 35% of them are in financial difficulty is the latest figure being bandied about in the UK. On the flipside, that leaves a healthy 65%...

Dealer spotlight: Relef-Center

At the risk of stereotyping, think of Russia and you think of scale. Landscapes, natural resources, cities, national oligarchs, large international corporations, all of them are imposing and vast. As such, anybody wanting to break...

Big Read

Podcast: Office coffee and hybrid working

OPI Talk speaks with Beth Langley, Out-of-Home Director for Nespresso Professional in the UK & Ireland. Beth Langley joined Nespresso Professional at the beginning of...