Tuesday, 26 October, 2021

Depot and ‘Max eyeing the future

Despite all the talk of continuing to “compete aggressively” with each other, Office Depot and OfficeMax gave the impression that they are very much in merger-preparation mode during their first quarter conference calls recently.Depot certainly...

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...

An EPIC month

As I write this I’m still suffering from jet lag after my recent trip to the first ever EPIC Independent Stationers and TriMega joint convention. Apart from the aforementioned jet lag, I’ve also come...

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,...

Can Shoplet shake up UK market?

The news that Shoplet has decided to enter the UK office supplies market probably wasn’t a major surprise to most – in a Big Interview with OPI over three years ago, the e-tailer’s CEO Tony...

Editor’s comment

I recently read an article about how pubs (bars for those of you not in the UK) are increasingly being used as a second office, based on a survey carried out by Wi-Fi provider...

OfficeYes launches franchise opportunity

The Indian OP e-commerce business OfficeYes has set up a franchise-type opportunity for entrepreneurs. Since it was established last year OfficeYes has been focusing on the B2B channel and has already landed some major accounts such...

Spicers partners with Westcoast

Spicers has announced a collaborative alliance with the UK’s largest IT and EOS distributor Westcoast. The UK and Ireland OP wholesaler said the alliance will see the parties offer an extended range of products and...

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...

Final word: Tom Rodda

Why does a UK premier league footballer play on average 180 minutes per week and yet train for 720 minutes per week? Why does a pro golfer hit 1,000 balls per day yet only takes...

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...

Big interview: Charlie Cleary

Charlie Cleary has brought his dealer group – or buying group – through a lot of change in the last few years. As President of TriMega he has overseen, among other developments, a merger with...

5 minutes with: Richard Bennett

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.Get the right products in the right place at the right time for our customers within all of our channels.What has been the best moment in...

Google testing same-day delivery

After several weeks of speculation, Google has begun testing a same-day shopping service in the San Francisco Bay area in partnership with a number of national and local retailers, including Staples and Office Depot. A...

Category analysis: Core office products

Defining core office products is a subjective business, sizing them up even more so. From filing and archiving products over labels to desktop accessories and writing instruments, the category encompasses so many sub segments that...

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....

5 minutes with… Andy Braithwaite

Describe what you do in less than 20 words. Oversee – and sometimes contribute to – the editorial content of OPI.Your first full-time job? Working in the tax department of a local council when the...

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...

Hot topic: Spread your wings

To summarise, there are probably three main threats to a traditional office products reseller’s business: a declining need for traditional office products, evolving customer purchasing habits, and new competitors offering said traditional products. These are...

Final word: Luke Chapman

In the UK we saw a dramatically different start to the year than usual for the whole channel. For the first time the 'first week peak' did not materialise and so far I've seen little...

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...