Feature: The direct approach

OPI recently took a non-scientific snapshot of almost 40 of some of the office products industry's best-known manufacturers and found…

Analysis: Office Depot execs impress at analyst conference

Office Depot Inc CEO Gerry Smith and his new senior management team delivered a high-calibre series of presentations to the…

Analysis: ADVEO still on downward slope

Unfortunately, Q1 numbers weren't pretty for European wholesaler ADVEO, with total sales 17.8% lower than Q1 2017 at €107.2 million…

Analysis: How serious is Sycamore?

Even before the dust had settled over the prospect of wholesalers Essendant and SP Richards (SPR) merging, Staples — via…

Category Update: Visualising collaboration

The chameleon nature of the office environment is playing right into the hands of today's visual communications (viscom) players. As…

Category Update: Core stability

It's an undisputed fact that sales of core office products have been under significant pressure for several years. Yet, although…

Advertorial: Supplies Network

OPI speaks to Greg Welchans, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Distribution Management and Supplies Network, about creating more cost-effective,…

Spotlight: Built on solid foundations

At the end of April, about 110 partners from Pilot Corporation across the globe — predominantly Europe — got together…

How To: Managing in a crisis

In the first part of this guide in the May issue of OPI, I talked about the importance of being…

5 mins with… Savannah Guernsey

Describe yourself in one sentence.I don't like to sit still, physically or mentally.  What's your most prized possession? If I had…

Final Word from Anil Abrol

I read with great interest last month's Plastic Soup Hot Topic where Michelle Sturman pointed out that the world is awash with…

Comment June 2018

Wow! No sooner had the ink dried on Thomas Schinkel's opinion piece on the potential merger of SP Richards (SPR)…

Digital issue June 2018

To view a flip version of the February issue of OPI magazine please click the links below.Type A — Europe & UKType…

Opinion: Making Essendant (and SP Richards) great again?

On 12 April 2018 Genuine Parts Company (GPC) and Essendant announced the divestment of GPC's office products business, SP Richards…

Hot Topic: Virtual reality check

Virtual reality (VR) as a technology is now making significant inroads into everyday life and hardly a day goes by…

Big read

Challenging Q1 for BIC

BIC’s Stationery division reported a 5.8% comparable decline in sales in its Stationery division in the first quarter, although e-commerce…