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January/February 2021

The January/February issue features the Big Interview with Lyreco CEO Greg Liénard, while the Spotlight features UK distributor JGBM. This edition also looks at hybrid working, the latest Staples/ODP acquisition, the education sector, and the writing instruments category.

Interview: Risen from the ashes

To say it’s been a difficult year for the fledgling OT Group would be an understatement. But under its new parentage and with a solid heritage to boot, it’s been given another lease of life.

Hot Topic: Keep the pedal to the metal

For many, 2021 has started the same way 2020 ended – constrained by the pandemic. At the same time, trends that the business supplies industry was already contending with pre-COVID have been augmented in the past 12 months and are now past the point of no return.

Analysis: ACCO’s got the power

ACCO Brands makes a strategic move into the gaming category.

Opinion: With a sigh of relief…

So Brexit is finally done. The repercussions of the 11th hour deal that was reached at the end of 2020 will take a while to filter through.

Spotlight: Much more than a distributor

UK-based office machines wholesaler JGBM prides itself on its business approach that benefits both resellers and vendors.

Research: From perk to pertinent

Catapulted a few years ahead of its time due to COVID-19, remote working has gone from ‘nice to have’ to ‘no choice’. But what will happen post-pandemic?

Hot Topic Xtra: What lies ahead in 2021?

Predicting what will happen this year certainly got industry members talking, but three pages in the January/February issue of OPI wasn't enough to cover all that was said, so here are some more key excerpts…

Category Update Xtra: Writing instruments

Bonus content from the writing instruments Category Update featuring excerpts from interviews.

Category Update Xtra: Education

Below is some extra content from our education Category Update – this time focusing on trends, predictions and hopes for post-COVID learning.

Category Update: Education frustration

Disrupted on an unprecedented scale – that aptly describes the global education sector in 2020. It’s been a relentless learning curve for many, punctuated by glimpses of hope and opportunity.

Category Update: The write momentum

Despite the turmoil of 2020, the writing instruments sector has rolled with the punches through product innovation and embracing the digital world.

Event: OPI European Forum Online review

OPI’s first-ever online event attracted almost 250 industry executives over two days in November.

Advertorial: From bottle to pen

A new initiative – and product line – by PILOT Corporation joins the fight against plastic pollution.

Final word from Phil Jones

Cautiously optimistic.

5 mins with… Michael Müller

What’s your life philosophy? Treat people with respect and be polite.

Comment January/February 2021

Fortune favours the bold – here’s hoping!

Big Read

Podcast: circular economy and sustainability with Lyreco

OPI Talk speaks to Lyreco’s Circular Economy Project Leader Isabelle Daubney.