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This issue of OPI celebrates 100 years of Fellowes. It also includes a Big Interview with Craig Bartholomew, 360 Office Solutions, an interview with Paperworld’s Michael Reichhold, and an in-depth look at the world of Alibaba

Research Preview: The State of the OP Industry 2016-17

The past 12 months have seen the global office products industry continue to change substantially. Overall demand for traditional OP is steady at best and in decline in many countries, and the need to...

Event Preview: European Office Products Awards

With the shortlist out for this year’s European Office Products Awards (EOPA), it’s shaping up to be an unmissable event. So join the good and the great of the European business supplies sector on...

Event Preview: OPI Partnership 2017

At this three-day event, held from 7-9 March in Amsterdam in the Netherlands – again at the fabulous Hotel Okura – senior executives from established as well as emerging vendors in the ever expanding...

Interview: Michael Reichhold, Messe Frankfurt

A shake-up in hall layout and a new show featuring the office of the future are two of the changes that visitors to Paperworld 2017 can expect this year. But the event also sees the...

Spotlight: Lectronic Trading

There are probably few logistics companies in the business supplies industry that can boast annual sales of almost A$20 million ($14.6 million) with just four employees. But then, Australian outfit Lectronic Trading is no...

Vendor Profile: Celebrating 100 years of Fellowes

Fellowes Brands celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. A mainstay of the office products industry for nearly the same length of time, it has grown from a small Chicago speciality manufacturer of file boxes...

Category Update: March of the machines

Today’s workspace is becoming more and more populated by sophisticated machinery and advanced technology. The office technology category includes the familiar large business machines such as binders, laminators, scanners and shredders, but now also...

Category Update: The write direction

The writing instruments market is huge, representing $2.1 billion of sales in the US alone. And it’s on the increase, with data from The NPD Group showing over 7% growth in the past year....

Hot Topic: Enter the sleeping dragon

The writing of this Hot Topic coincided with Jack Ma, lead founder and Executive Chairman of China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, meeting with then US President-elect Donald Trump at the beginning of January 2017. Even...

Big Interview: Sizing it up

Ever since he joined the OP industry, Craig Bartholomew has been heavily involved in the US independent dealer community. Starting with his own dealership 360 Office Solutions, he soon became involved in buying group...

Analysis: What’s in store for 2017?

The industry is set for another year of increased web-based business, with more focus on automated sales advice. Naturally, online behemoth Amazon will cast its long shadow over the industry too. Indeed, the ongoing...

Analysis: French B2B resellers join forces to combat Amazon

Agoply – the name is derived from ‘Agora’, Greek for a commercial or political meeting place and the word ‘supply’ – was first discussed about two years ago during a meeting of the Club...

Comment February 2017

It’s the perennial question at the beginning of the year: what will the coming year hold for the business supplies industry? New OPI News Editor Domenic Donatantonio – and let me take this opportunity...

Digital issue February 2017

To view a flip version of the June 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 one...

Big Read

Podcast: ISSA’s Dianna Steinbach talks about the importance of and opportunities...

This week’s episode of OPI’s podcast, OPI Talk, is all about health and hygiene in the workplace, a topic that has never been more important. How can...