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OPI’s September issue featuring an interview with soft-carrier boss Thomas Veit, the latest on the Depot/’Max boardroom scuffle, reaction to Gem’s entry into the UK wholesale market and all the latest news analyses.

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...

A no grow zone

Recent quarterly results have highlighted the struggle OP companies are continuing to face to achieve top-line growth. Office Depot, OfficeMax and, most recently, Staples all reported declines in sales in the second quarter and the...

Elisman seeing green shoots

OPI spoke exclusively with ACCO CEO Boris Elisman following the company’s second quarter results at the end of July. It was a quarter of contrasting fortunes for ACCO’s three reporting divisions – North America, International...

Starboard muscles in on Depot board

In what at times seemed like a saga of soap opera proportions, Office Depot and its main shareholder Starboard finally reached an agreement in their board of directors dispute just hours before Depot’s annual shareholders’...

Category Analysis: Getting Creative

While ‘green’ and antimicrobial products continue to offer room for innovation as well as meeting an established customer demand it is creative design that is adding a renewed sparkle to the stamping and marking category.Indeed...

Category Analysis: Time For Action

For a category that has had the mantle of saviour for a few years now, there are still a good many questions around jan/san and whether office supplies resellers are making the most out of...

Dealer Spotlight: Springing From Grass Roots

What do wallpaper and library books have to do with office products? Very little from the outset, but this is how Beatties Basics started out in the southern Ontario town of St. Catharines over 150...

Hot Topic: Sparkling and new: Gem OP

Wholesaling is an interesting place to be at the moment – wherever you look, there’s something going on. ADVEO is talking about further, though not imminent, European expansion; German competitor soft-carrier is moving ever further...

Big Interview: Thomas Veit

What started out as an idea in a student flat in Germany became, for a while, a very new, innovative and hugely successful business model, particularly so in the then still very traditional German market....

Big Read

Podcast: Dealer challenges and opportunities down under

Our guest in this episode of OPI Talk is Darren Hayes, CEO of Quick Corporate Australia. Quick Corporate is the third largest B2B business supplies operator...