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…

Adding to the value chain

OPI: What do you believe is the overall value of a manufacturer rep group in today’s business products industry? Kevin Schoen:…

Big Interview: Posting the 3M message

Say 3M, think Post-it notes – arguably no other brand in this industry is as synonymous with the company that…

Big Interview Xtra: Craig Bartholomew, CEO, 360 Office Solutions

OPI: There’s much talk about the role and the value of dealer groups in our sector. Pinnacle carved itself a…

Vendor Profile: Celebrating 100 years of Fellowes

Fellowes Brands celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. A mainstay of the office products industry for nearly the same length…

Big Interview: Sizing it up

Ever since he joined the OP industry, Craig Bartholomew has been heavily involved in the US independent dealer community. Starting…

How Buffetti is driving engagement via smartphone apps

Italian office products franchise group Gruppo Buffetti is seeing impressive results with its bespoke app and Facebook group.Many readers of…

Big Interview: Advance & retreat

Over the past 20 years or so, OPI has regularly reported on the adventures and exploits of US-based franchising operation…

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SPR announces new HQ and DC plans

North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) is set to move to new headquarters in the coming weeks following last month’s…