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OPI’s February issue, featuring an interview with ADVEO CEO Millan Alvarez-Miranda.

Category analysis: Writing instruments

It's not difficult to understand that without the invention of the humble writing instrument the world would have been a poorer place.Can you imagine the cultural and historical gaps existing had we never been...

Category analysis: Arts and crafts

Last summer OPI provided an introduction to arts and crafts (see 'A crafty growth category' in #221), which focused on mass market resellers of these products. Six months later we take a look at...

Big interview: Millan Alvarez-Miranda

Just over three years ago, Millán Álvarez-Miranda was CEO of Unipapel, a mainly Spain-focused group that operated as an office products wholesaler, manufacturer and contract stationer. Since then, he has overseen the transformation of...

Special feature: Dr Benedikt Erdmann

German dealer group Soennecken has become a formidable player in it's 90-year history. For a start it's more than a dealer group; the cooperative encompasses a wholesale element as well as the recent addition...

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...

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: 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...

Editor’s comment

Is it Groundhog Day?  In February it's Groundhog Day in the US. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, according to folklore if a groundhog emerges from the ground then spring will come...

Final word: Radostin Kirilov

Getting online: the challengesSince its inception in 1993, the traditional way of doing business for OFFICE 1 has been to appoint Master Franchisees and focus on retail through sub-franchising backed by telemarketing for B2B. In...

Lyreco: Filling in the white spot

Global contract stationer Lyreco has announced three new strategic partnerships in the last few weeks in India, Turkey and the Baltic states. Coming after earlier 2012 agreements in Russia, Brazil, Romania and Argentina, the reseller...

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