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This issue is a jan/san category special with interviews, articles and features dedicated to this fast-growing sector for OP resellers

Digital issue September 2014

To view a flip version of the September issue of OPI magazine please click the links below.Type A - Europe & UKType B - North America and ROWComing soon...The new OPI magazine app is...

Event Preview: BSA/OPFDA

It's no coincidence that the number of co-hosted industry trade events has increased in the past 12 months as acceptance grows for the need to take costs out of the channel. The Business Solutions...

Event Preview: Big Buyer

It's a rarity these days for a national stationery and office products trade show to have support from all sectors of the channel, but Italy's Big Buyer event continues to attract the country's leading...

Category Analysis: Jan/san 2014

Wherever people are working, they need a clean, safe and healthy working environment and jan/san products sit right at the core of this requirement. But traditional supply and distribution channels in this sector are changing...

Dealer Spotlight: Inforshop

Tourism numbers predictably soared during Brazil’s recent hosting of the FIFA World Cup, but its impact on other sectors of the economy was decidedly negative. Industrial production fell steeply in many sectors, as did...

Better Capital makes UK market move

The first of two major acquisitions in the UK business supplies market took place at the end of July when Spicers’ owner Better Capital paid £80 million ($136 million) to acquire OfficeTeam, a leading...

Special feature: Flying the FM banner

With the ever-increasing need to find new revenue streams, the Facilities Management (FM) category has become ever more appealing enabling dealers to maintain margins and provide a more comprehensive offering to customers.The need for...

News Analysis: Vasanta and o2o to merge

Office supply groups Vasanta and office2office (o2o) are set to merge following an offer for o2o by Vasanta’s private equity owner Endless.Endless – which had set up a new company called EVO Business Supplies...

News Analysis: Herman Miller’s new consumer strategy

Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller hosted an investor day recently to outline its consumer strategy following the $155 million acquisition of a majority stake in design-led retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) which closed on...

Hot Topic: Let’s get FSSI-cal

Dark clouds have been looming on the horizon for some time for the hundreds of small businesses that supply jan/san products and services to the US federal government. Like their cousins in the office...

Jan/san Interview: John Garfinkel

When it comes to the topic of cleaning, John Garfinkel knows what he’s talking about. As Executive Director of ISSA, the US-based worldwide trade association for the cleaning industry, Garfinkel and his team represent...

News Analysis: GNS eyes OP success

Developing a nationwide wholesaling solution for the office products channel in Australia has presented a number of challenges over the years; one only has to think back to the short-lived Appaloosa initiative a few...

Show Preview: ISSA/Interclean 2014

There are several similarities between the traditional OP industry and the jan/san sector. Both sell products that often comprise low-interest and highly-commoditised products, both have seen a lasting period of consolidation, with fewer –...

Final Word: Challenge the norm

To me, the above quotation epitomises the perceived  needs of all customers, national or regional, when looking for a distributor to their businesses, with a growing emphasis today on time (read tomorrow) and price...

News Analysis: Under my umbrella

In the April 2014 issue of OPI, we reported on an initiative by TriMega called Prime, a cross-group block of large dealers that would be able to negotiate stronger terms with vendors and which...

And finally: How key is green jan/san?

Noel Huebner, Director of Marketing, Alternate Channels, SoundviewBuyers of jan/san products should continue to educate themselves about the products they are buying and be mindful of the environmental footprint of the products they are...

Big Read

Podcast: Office coffee and hybrid working

OPI Talk speaks with Beth Langley, Out-of-Home Director for Nespresso Professional in the UK & Ireland. Beth Langley joined Nespresso Professional at the beginning of...