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December/January

OPI’s December/January issue featuring an interview with Officeworks’ CEO Mark Ward and a close look at the future of trade show Paperworld.

5 minutes with…

Describe what you do in less than 20 words. Meet people, listen to them, motivate them, give advice to them and infect them with my passion.If you weren’t doing your present job, what would...

Never a dull moment

Office products have frequently been described as not being particularly sexy – and that’s fair enough… probably – but woe betide anyone who accuses this industry of being dull or boring. That was one...

Staples steps up a gear

Retail woes – and not just in the office supplies channel – have been well documented over the past few years, but as consumer electronics retailer Best Buy recently showed, turnarounds can be achieved...

One down, many to go…

The coming together of PBS Deutschland and Georg Kugelmann, effective 1 December, marked what’s widely regarded as the beginning of a renewed and much needed period of consolidation among the German wholesale community. The deal,...

Now the hard work begins

As expected, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) didn’t stand in the way of the proposed merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax, voting unanimously at the beginning of November to approve the $1.2 billion...

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%...

Climb of life breaks fundraising record

The 2013 Climb of Life (COL) set another record this year, raising more than £81,000 ($110,000) for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).11 teams comprising 120 members of the UK office products industry –...

Wake up call

“For companies in the paper, office supplies and stationery sector that are looking for international markets as well as for manufacturers wanting to present new and innovative products, Paperworld in Germany remains the most...

Channel crossing

Big box sales and profit growth – not to mention retail expansion – isn’t something you see every day in today’s OP world. One notable exception is Australia’s leading multichannel player Officeworks. In its...

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