Friday, 30 July, 2021

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 Interview: Double vision

Between them, they’ve amassed about 50 years of experience across all industry channels. As such, Mike Maggio, President of US dealer group TriMega and Ian Wist, its Chairman and co-owner of Wist Office Products,...

Hot Topic Xtra: Blockchain

Chris Grundy, Online Marketing Manager, Bitbond OPI: Please briefly explain blockchain Chris Grundy: As the name suggests, a blockchain is essentially an ever-increasing number of blocks, linked in chronological order to form a chain. These blocks...

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 or demonising something called Bitcoin, and increasingly blockchain. Unfortunately, most of them are heavily...

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 purchasing and logistics powerhouse thanks to a state-of-the-art warehouse opened in 2009. Now Theuws...

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 your wholesale competitors are now increasingly offering?Raj Advani: We always look at new products...

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. OPI talks to Executive Director John Barrett about the key strategies behind the deals,...

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 transactional and more service-oriented, to stand out from the crowd with a host of...

Big Interview Xtra

OPI speaks to FriendsOffice President Betsy Hughes about this important award for the dealer and the possibility for other independent dealers to participate on the contract.OPI: Can you provide some background to this contract...

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 iba – created by his father Ilo in 1939 – to Swiss giant Migros...

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 held in Las Vegas. And while these words apply to the industry as a...

Hot Topic Xtra: Megatrends

IndividualisationWith the onset of globalisation came the rise of a massive middle class and the freedom of people to enjoy a lifestyle that may have previously been unavailable to them.This megatrend is directly influencing...

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 has been following their progress over the years (see Hot Topic: Manufacturer Rep Groups)....

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: Manufacturer rep groups have many services that they offer, but it’s important to realise...

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 makes it. And that’s astonishing given the broad product portfolio that 3M has in...

Big Read

Podcast: One-to-one with ACCO’s Boris Elisman

ACCO Brands CEO Boris Elisman discusses the company’s latest earnings and trends he is seeing in the marketplace. As this podcast goes out at the...