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December/January 2019

The Health and Well-Being Special issue features case studies, features, and a category update on workplace wellness. The Big Interview is Dolph Westerbos, Staples Solutions.

Hot Topic: Creative disruption

The growth of Amazon Business in the past three and a half years has been impressive by anyone’s standards, including Amazon’s. Official figures are not released often, but the most recent numbers published in...

Event Review: Climb of Life 2018

On 2 November 2018, another Climb of Life (COL) fundraising year ended with over 100 intrepid trekkers from the UK business supplies industry taking to the mountains of England’s Lake District to try and...

Analysis: Wight makes Depot switch

Much has been made of the big boxes snapping up independent dealers in the US. But it was a high-profile executive switch that caught people’s attention at the end of November after it was...

Analysis: ADVEO – who’s picking up the pieces?

The future of the constituent parts of European wholesaler ADVEO should be clearer by the time you read this issue of OPI. An announcement on the outcome of the latest round of negotiations, including...

Research Preview: The State Of The OP Industry 2018-19

To say 2018 has been another interesting year in the business supplies industry would be an understatement. Some of the broad concepts – from a macro as well as industry-specific perspective – haven’t changed...

Case studies: Putting employees first

Case study 1: joint staff and customer journey OPI spoke to two companies that have embraced this ethos – one the customer of an independent dealer in the US, the other a well-known manufacturer from...

Feature: Light fantastic

The days of one-size-fits-all fluorescent office lighting, with little more than an on/off switch or, at best, a dimmer control, are on the wane. They are being replaced by technologically-advanced, connected solutions that provide...

How To: Crack the wellness design code

Office design has never played a more vital role in the success of a business than it does now. Successfully navigating the complex maze of rapid changes influencing today’s office can be a challenging...

Category Update: Building momentum

Health and well-being in all its many guises has frequently made the front page of newspapers and magazines, the top stories section on newsfeeds, and trended on social media platforms over the past few...

Vendor Profile: Pilot Corporation of America

Many find it surprising that even in the digital age people are still writing by hand. They find it even more surprising that the pen category is over $1.1 billion and that sales have...

Event Review: OPI Global Forum 2018

It was against a backdrop of industry change and uncertainty that more than 100 business products leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago in mid-November for the seventh OPI Global Forum. While many of...

Event Preview: Paperworld 2019

Paperworld returns to Frankfurt, Germany, from 26-29 January 2019. The tradeshow will not only feature an amended hall concept that reinforces the division of the fair into two sections – the ‘visionary office’ and...

Generation Game with Scott Castle

Just as elite athletes are required to remain in peak condition for their respective sports, so too should employees be encouraged to stay in the best shape, physically and mentally, to perform their roles...

Final Word from Christa Furter

When I started in the office products sector in 2005 at Swiss reseller iba, I was asked by one member of the company’s advisory board: “Christa, you worked in fashion before. How will you...

5 mins with… Gavin Ward

What scares you? A failure to keep our group moving forward. If you aren’t advancing, then you are falling behind, and it is too easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day rhythm of...

Comment Dec/Jan 2018/19

This is the second time that we’re publishing a Health and Well-being Special in OPI and there’s no sign of interest in this sector waning. Indeed, momentum, as OPI Deputy Editor Michelle Sturman says,...

Digital issue Dec/Jan 2018/19

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