Wednesday, 23 June, 2021

Big Interview Xtra: Neil Maslen

 OPI: How autonomous or indeed centralised are the various Office Depot Europe locations?Neil Maslen: Broadly speaking, we want to seek the benefits of centralisation where it makes sense, but we also recognise that our...

Big Interview: The full (Canadian) package

Denis Mathieu, President of Novexco, is a man on a mission. Having arrived at the Canadian multichannel operator when his predecessor Robert de Montigny retired in 2016, he set to work with plenty of...

How to reach the top

OPI: Top-selling brand is a bold claim. How do you back this up?Paul LeBlanc: We start with data from market research company The NPD Group, which is the leader in syndicated tracking services across...

Big Interview Xtra: Cezary Monko

 OPI: Can you give us an overview of the company as it is now in terms of the number of markets you’re in, the number of employees that you have, etc?CM: ACCO Brands EMEA...

Big Interview: The best of both worlds

ACCO Brands’ 2017 move to acquire Esselte Holdings led to the creation of a new $600 million business unit formally known as ACCO Brands EMEA. Responsibility for the division was handed to the experienced former...

Big Interview Xtra: Steve Haworth, EVO Group of Companies

OPI: You mentioned M&A, specifically M&A that matches and accelerates your strategy. Can you give an example?SH: Sure. If you were to look at it from the Banner perspective, the contract stationer has a...

Hot Topic Xtra: M-commerce

Here’s some more from the interviews on this month’s Hot Topic about m-commerce.How is m-commerce shaping B2B e-commerce?Logicblock President Alexander Nicolaides: The stress on suppliers to adapt to B2B mobile buyers’ habits is growing,...

Category Update: Technological transition

The nature of the office workspace is changing fast. Indeed, some argue that the physical office may eventually cease to exist altogether, and is already gradually being replaced by a form of virtual office...

Big Interview: EVO on course for exciting future

It’s been a while since OPI had a Big Interviewee from what is now known as the EVO Group of Companies – or any of its constituent parts. Back in 2011, Robert Baldrey, who...

Big Interview: Master of the jungle

Ever since Amazon Business first appeared on the horizon, it’s been the talk of the town, and the office products industry and all that it entails today has been affected by the e-commerce giant’s...

Big Interview: Following your moral compass

The basic facts about UK-based business supplies reseller Commercial Group are these: the company is currently in its 26th year of trading and has revenues of about £61 million ($80 million) with a very...

Setting the standards

OPI: Let's start with a brief overview of SOFEA.Anita Singh-Gunther: SOFEA is a European association for the office supplies sector focusing on the environmental impact of the industry. We owe our existence to resellers...

Big Interview Xtra: Mike Maggio, TriMega & Ian Wist, TriMega and Wist Office Products

OPI: Ian, your company – Wist Office Products – has been a long-time member of TriMega. What’s your view of where the group stands today? Ian Wist: From an internal perspective, Mike has done...

Big Read

Podcast: The North American Office Products Awards are back!

After a break in 2020, OPI is delighted to confirm that the 2021 North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) will take place during Industry...