Sunday, 26 January, 2020

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…

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…

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…

Big Interview: Double vision

Between them, they’ve amassed about 50 years of experience across all industry channels. As such, Mike Maggio, President of US…

Hot Topic Xtra: Blockchain

Chris Grundy, Online Marketing Manager, Bitbond OPI: Please briefly explain blockchain Chris Grundy: As the name suggests, a blockchain is…

Hot Topic: The missing link?

If you’re a reader of any business publications, you can’t fail to have noticed the recent gazillion articles either heralding…

Big Interview: Big plans 2.0

When Quantore Managing Director Arnold Theuws last featured in OPI’s Big Interview in 2014, the company had already become a…

Big Interview Xtra: Raj Advani, Exertis

OPI: Do you have plans to venture into any of the growing categories that office products resellers and of course…

Facilities Supplies Special: Mission critical

Partnerships, mergers and new global events (see ‘Timeline of events’ below) indicate that big changes are afoot at the organisation.…

Big Interview: Keeping it simple

It comes up at every industry event, every conference, every brainstorming and best practice session: the need to be less…

Big Interview Xtra

OPI speaks to FriendsOffice President Betsy Hughes about this important award for the dealer and the possibility for other independent…

Big Interview: Running like clockwork

It’s been ten years since OPI’s Heike Dieckmann interviewed Peter Basci, then CEO of Swiss reseller iba. When Basci sold…

New Advantia CEO Harrop talks leadership and challenges

Following his appointment as CEO of dealer group Advantia, OPI caught up with seasoned OP industry executive Steve Harrop.OPI: Is…

Office Products Alliance President talks future-proofing

Last week, US-based Office Products Alliance (OPA) acquired its sixth Kansas City dealer in the past ten years.OPI caught up with President and…

OPI talks to Chuckals’ new owner

It’s the dawn of a new era at US-based independent reseller Chuckals, after it was bought out by former VP…

Big Interview: The long and winding road

Disruption, distraction and opportunity were three words discussed in great detail at Essendant’s biennial CORE Live event that was recently…

DAMS celebrates 50 years

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of office furniture maker DAMS. To mark the occasion, OPI caught up with Managing…

Integra launches webinars | CIG releases MPS app | Exertis interview | Ethical companies...

A round-up of this week’s office products, business supplies and stationery news from around the web and elsewhere.UK dealer group…

Hot Topic Xtra: Megatrends

IndividualisationWith the onset of globalisation came the rise of a massive middle class and the freedom of people to enjoy…

Outsourcing Sales Xtra: The whole package

In line with the evolving nature of the business supplies sector, the role of manufacturer rep groups is changing. OPI…

Big Read

Interview: Villa sees strong potential for Pigna

Back in May 2018, Italian office supplies and stationery group Buffetti announced it had taken a 40% stake in Pigna,…