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Fellowes celebrates 100 years, Ian Wist & Mike Maggio d the Big Interview, and the Hot Topic delves into the role of the wholesaler.

Event Review: Fellowes 100 years

Founded in Chicago in 1917, Fellowes has evolved from being a small speciality manufacturer of file boxes for the banking sector to a leading global vendor of business products. Operating out of Itasca (IL), the...

How To… The weakest link

Digest this: “Humans are incapable of securely storing high-quality cryptographic keys, and they have unacceptable speed and accuracy… They are also large, expensive to maintain, difficult to manage, and they pollute the environment. It...

Feature: Private matters

It’s no surprise that data privacy and storage regulations have been overhauled across the European Union (EU). The existing rules were issued in 1995, but the exponential growth in accessible personal data has left...

Advertorial: FireKing

FireKing is a US-based manufacturer that is in the business of protecting what is important for companies, schools and consumers. To be able to do that, it has to meet demanding quality control procedures....

Category Update: PPE – Scoring a home run

Demand for safety products and personal protection equipment (PPE) is thriving. This is being driven, in part at least, by the introduction of increasingly tough legislation. However, some businesses are clearly struggling to understand...

Spotlight: Think MRO, think Grainger

Grainger is North America’s leading broadline B2B supplier of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products. With subsidiaries also in Europe, Asia and Latin America, the company serves more than 3.2 million customers worldwide with...

Hot Topic: Still the linchpin?

You’ve heard that “the industry is in a state of flux/change/transformation/consolidation” so many times now, it could almost become the OP industry’s mantra. As the linchpins of the industry, wholesalers keep the entire supply...

Big Interview: Double vision

Between them, they’ve amassed about 50 years of experience across all industry channels. As such, Mike Maggio, President of US dealer group TriMega and Ian Wist, its Chairman and co-owner of Wist Office Products,...

Analysis: Thinking outside the (big) box

In the past few weeks, Office Depot in the US has made two significant acquisitions which give pointers to its strategic direction – and they have come as something of a surprise.With industry speculation...

Final word with Rolf Bonsack

In 2015, the first Insights-X show kicked off in Nuremberg, Germany. The Maped Group has been an exhibitor ever since and this year again was a great success for us. Broadly speaking, it’s the...

5 mins with… Georg Bettin

Describe yourself in one sentence.Loud remarkable laughter on two legs.What are you most proud of? Very easy – my kids.What’s your specialist subject?  Retaining my sense of humour – it is very difficult to make...

Comment November 2017

Collaboration – and the need for it – has surely been the theme of 2017. Will consolidation be the hot topic of next year? It’s only November, so it might be a little premature...

Digital issue November 2017

To view a flip version of the October 2017 issue of OPI magazine please click the links below.Type A – Europe & UKType B – North America and ROWThe new OPI magazine app is published. Please click on...

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