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

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...

Buffetti pursuing brand strategy

Private brand ratios of up to 35% are not uncommon at the big box office suppliers, but Italian retail franchise Buffetti is developing a concept with a staggering 90% of own-brand products in its stores. The...

Spicers targeting stockless dealers

One interesting piece of information to come out of Spicers UK & Ireland’s Business Experience event in December was the announcement of a new service delivery for stockless dealers. The wholesaler has historically worked with stockless...

Staples going for mobile velocity

Staples officially opened its new e-commerce and m-commerce innovation centre – known as Velocity Lab – in December. The opening marks an interesting move by the office supplies giant into an R&D area that has...

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 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...