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November/December 2020

In this special issue of OPI, the focus is on sustainability, including expert views and research. The Big Interview is Jonathan Withey from The Planet Mark, while the Hot Topic is all about the changing face of outside sales.

Feature: A waste of time?

The unabated use of technology to run our daily lives has led to the global scourge of e-waste. This major environmental issue requires solutions, and fast.

Analysis: Now for the good news

The future of the planet is looking a little brighter as US President-elect Joe Biden says he will deliver on climate change promises.

Category Update Xtra: MPS and print

Bonus content from the MPS and print Category Update featuring excerpts from the interviews.

Feature Xtra: Sustainable packaging and paper

Exclusively for OPI subscribers, below is some more from the interviews on this month's feature on sustainable packaging and paper.

Interview Xtra: Filippo Veglio

More from OPI's interview with Filippo Veglio, Managing Director of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development.

Analysis: ODP – Retail to the rescue

A strong Q3 performance from Office Depot’s store network helped offset weak results from the BSD and CompuCom divisions.

Analysis: Amazon tightens grip on tail spend

Amazon Business continues to make inroads in off-contract purchasing in both the private and public sectors.

Feature: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

OPI looks at the accelerating trend of sustainable packaging.

Interview: Filippo Veglio, WBCSD

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, recovery has been linked to sustainability. But what does it take to place it back firmly on the business agenda?

Advertorial: Sustainability 2020

German manufacturer edding takes its responsibility towards the environment extremely seriously and has developed a comprehensive sustainability action plan.

Opinion: Supporting customers on their sustainability journey

Officeworks is committed to making a tangible difference to people and the planet.

How To… Close the loop

In this How to... guide, global business products reseller Lyreco elaborates on the various facets of its 2025 Circular Economy pledge.

Category Update: It’s safe and clean, but is it green?

There’s no doubt about the importance of cleanliness and safety at the moment, but is enough attention being paid to green jan/san and PPE?

Category Update: A game of two halves

Print and all that it entails has been an interesting category in an interesting year. It’s not going to disappear, that’s for sure, but it’s certainly become a whole lot more complex.

Focus: A continental shift

In December 2019, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed the continent’s ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Advertorial: Supplying the modern office – wherever it is

Anticipating and responding to industry trends at an early stage has stood ACCO Brands in good stead and allowed it to offer customers the products that they need right now.

Research: All change

Early in 2020, OPI and specialist office products market research firm Martin Wilde Associates (MWA) published The View From The Top: The State Of The OP Industry 2019-20.

Final word from Alex Tatham

Action change today.

5 mins with… Pete Klauck

Your childhood ambitions? I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and work in sales, leadership and strategy positions for industry-leading companies that aim to make a difference. Clover, in my opinion, is such a company with its amazing sustainability efforts.

Big Read

Podcast: Collaboration and change with Mike Gentile

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