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July/August

The July/August issue is the Technology Solutions Special featuring views from software providers, resellers and wholesalers on the state of play. The Big Interview is with the FriendsOffice senior exec team.

Analysis: Büroring set for growth

For the first time ever, all cooperatives under the Büroring group umbrella – Büroring, Büro Forum and Prisma – came together for the so-called PBS Forum which comprised the group’s AGM, a specific Prisma...

Analysis: ADVEO’s multichannel move

Less than ten years after initiating a strategy to become the leading pan-European office products wholesaler, ADVEO is steering on a new course to evolve into a multichannel workplace solutions “platform”.In 2008, the company...

Final Word with David Langdown

Writing this piece is my last job before packing my bag and heading off to the OPI European Forum in Berlin, Germany (editor’s note: the European Forum was held just before going to press...

5 mins with… Mélanie Martins

Your favourite gadget?It would have to be party bubbles. What’s your favourite place to visit in your country and why?Lavandou in the south of France, because it feels like paradise.Describe yourself in one word.Wildcard.If you...

Generation Game with Aaron Hopkinson

As a young person starting out in any organisation there are many thoughts that run through your head. “I hope the people there will like me. I hope my first day goes well. I...

Digital issue July/August 2017

To view a flip version of the July/August 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...

Event: EPIC and ISSA/INTERCLEAN preview

EPIC previewNow in its fifth incarnation, EPIC – the groundbreaking convention collaboration between US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega – will return to Las Vegas in 2017, bigger and bolder than before.Since...

Event: NeoCon review

Now in its 49th year, NeoCon is considered the premier global platform for learning about and conducting business in commercial interiors. With over 500 companies exhibiting, this year’s event which was held at the...

Event: OPI European Forum 2017

Around 90 leading figures from the OP industry converged in Berlin in June for the OPI European Forum2017.On the eve of the event, delegates met at the 5-star event venue, the Westin Grand Hotel, in...

Research: Amazon Business survey results out

Amazon Business accounted for 23% of customers’ total business supplies purchases in 2016 and is set to rise significantly in the next two years, particularly for some sizes of customer organisation. That’s just one...

How To… Avoid the pitfalls

You’ve spent over 30 years building your business, the children have their own professional careers and you decide it’s time to sell the business and retire. So far so good. But a number of...

Category Update: Urban creations

Installations were set up in venues ranging from a church to some historic dungeons, while the infamous Fabric nightclub opened for a rare daytime viewing as it became Icon magazine’s ‘House of Culture’. The...

Category Update: Interview with Savannah Guernsey

Guernsey Inc. is one of the top dealers in the US, headquartered in Dulles, Virginia. OPI spoke to its VP of Marketing and Merchandising, Savannah Guernsey, about its furniture subsidiary ‘Interiors by Guernsey’ and...

Category Update: The changing workplace realities

Feedback from the furniture sector continues to impress, with several companies reporting strong performances and robust results this year.At DAMS, a British manufacturer and wholesaler of office furniture, the prospects are looking good. According...

Advertorial: Evolution Software

OPI: Not all our readers will be familiar with Paddy Donnelly or indeed Evolution Software. Could you give me a potted version of your and your company’s background?  Paddy Donnelly: Sure. I got my...

Technology Solutions Special: Maximising the digital experience

Forward-thinking e-commerce solutions and the effective use of data analytics are critical to the future of dealers. And while the independent software vendors (ISVs) offer the most appropriate software programs, the onus is also...

Spotlight: Dealing with technology

Dealer: ACS (UK) / technology providers: Evolution Software, ECiSince its creation in 2008, UK-based business supplies dealer ACS has continually evolved, to meet the needs of customers but also to future-proof its own business....

Technology Solutions Special: Software solutions – what’s on offer?

LogicblockThe Logicblock eCommerce platform was first launched in 2007, but has undergone many significant updates since then, with new features continuously being added. The platform aims to remove the restrictions that prevent online dealers...

Technology Special: Telling it straight

The independent dealer community (IDC) faces many digital commerce challenges and the pace of change is rapid. Those that refuse to plan and invest in the necessary technology are in danger of becoming an...

Hot Topic: The natural touch

There’s a lot of noise at the moment about the ‘healthy workplace’. For the business supplies industry, this has so far mostly meant replacing chocolate chip cookies with apples, carbonated soft drinks with water,...

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...