5 minutes with Adele Griffiths

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.Management of office products, cradle to grave, including pricing, negotiation and supplier…

5 minutes with…

Describe what you do in less than 20 words. Partner with companies in our local community by providing procurement solutions…

Final word: Jay Baitler

When I returned from a two-day trip to San Francisco, I was delighted to see my May issue of OPI. After…

Final word: Michael Morris

The lost generationOn a flight home from Phoenix to Chicago last month, I got chit-chatting with my seatmate Dave over our…

Editor’s Comment: Traffic problems

While progressive independents have been able to grow their businesses through a mix of product diversification, acquisitions and pragmatic entrepreneurship,…

Editor’s comment

Not to brag or anything, but I've just returned from a holiday in Hong Kong and the Philippines – two…

5 minutes with Randy Hooker

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.I'm responsible for developing a full line of consumables for franking machines.What's…

Editor’s Comment: Conspiracy Theory

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’m trying to write this Editor’s comment with one ear on United Stationers’ first…

5 minutes with: Lindsay DiRuzza

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me!If you weren’t doing your…

5 minutes with Wihan Oosthuizen

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words:I look after our office furniture division, production of our catalogues and…

5 minutes with… Cordelia von Gymnich

Describe what you do in less than 20 words. I give the framework for the team so we can deliver…

5 minutes with João Oliveira, General Manager, Olmar Artigos de Papelaria, Portugal

Your first full-time job.  Purchasing Manager for a manufacturer of archiving products.   What would you like to be doing…

Final word: Martin Eames

It is generally accepted that new products are the lifeblood of any industry and yet, among its other problems, the UK…

5 minutes with…Kasie Morley

Describe what you do in fewer than 20 words.My husband and I own three office products companies all headquartered in…

Final word: Steve Harrop

Dealer groups: time for a reality check?At a time of the year when the nights are drawing closer and Saturdays are…

5 minutes with…Eugene Kleynhans

What you do…What I want to do is very different to what I currently do; once we build a quality…

Big boxes: crisis or opportunity?

In the past few months, these headlines have dominated industry news:  Hewlett-Packard (HP) announces plans to lay off 15,000 employees The…

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Staples CEO reiterates Essendant promises

Staples Inc CEO Sandy Douglas wrote to Essendant counterpart Ric Phillips earlier this week to express his “unwavering excitement” at…