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Welcome to OPI TALK, the definitive podcast for the business supplies industry. Hosted by OPI, the leading media organisation for the international office products sector, OPI TALK features all the latest news and developments, combined with insightful interviews and expert analysis from key executives right across the globe. You can download the podcast from all your usual platforms or follow the link below.

GSA Commercial Platforms: Pacific Ink and Glass Commerce

In March 2024, the US General Services Administration awarded contracts for its Commercial Platforms Programme. Along with household names Amazon Business, Staples and Grainger, four small businesses were also given awards. OPI Talk spoke with...

Podcast: ACCO Brands CEO Tom Tedford

Leading consumer and business products vendor ACCO Brands recently reported its 2023 financials. In this episode of OPI Talk, Andy Braithwaite caught up with ACCO CEO Tom Tedford to discuss the 2023 results as well...

OPI Talk at Ambiente 2024

Mega consumer products show Ambiente took place in the German city of Frankfurt at the end of January. Following the demise of Paperworld as a standalone event in Frankfurt, this was the second year...

Podcast: Mike Gentile, Independent Suppliers Group (ISG)

Earlier this year, Mike Gentile announced he would be leaving ISG after almost 20 years at the organisation, most of that time as CEO. In this interview, recorded at ISG’s headquarters in November, Gentile reveals...

Podcast: Discussing sustainability with Mondi UFP

If you are an OPI subscriber, you should have seen or even received the latest issue of OPI magazine, which is our annual Green Thinking issue. In keeping with that sustainability theme, for this podcast,...

Podcast: Ken Sweder, CEO BradyIFS Envoy Solutions

The biggest deal this year in the jan/san distribution space is undoubtedly the one that has created a $5 billion group in the US – known, for the time being at least, as BradyIFS...

Podcast: James Rodgers, Independent Suppliers Group (ISG)

It’s all change at the top of ISG, the biggest business products dealer group in the US, with long-time CEO Mike Gentile set to retire in a few weeks’ time. Succeeding him is 44-year-old James...

Podcast: All you need to know about the OPI Global Forum 2023

Andy Braithwaite is joined by OPI Director Janet Bell to look at the upcoming OPI Global Forum taking place in Chicago. It promises to be another excellent OPI Global Forum, with a packed and relevant...

Boris Elisman’s final OPI Talk podcast as CEO of ACCO Brands.

On 9 August, ACCO Brands CEO Boris Elisman announced he would be retiring as CEO of the company effective 1 October, with COO Tom Tedford stepping up to succeed him. Elisman has been with ACCO...

Podcast: The heat is on

As the US state of Arizona sweltered in temperatures exceeding 110°F (43°C), OPI Talk spoke to Ian Wist, General Manager of leading independent dealer Wist Business Products and Equipment – which is headquartered near...

Podcast: Half-year update from Acme’s Walter Johnsen

OPI Talk catches up with Acme United CEO Walter Johnsen following the release of the company’s Q2 earnings. Johnsen gives his take on a number of market areas and trends, including this year’s back-to-school season,...

Podcast: Interaction’s sustainable journey

Jan Van Belleghem on why sustainability is core to the development of Interaction’s Q-Connect brand. European distributor alliance Interaction recently announced an initiative called Q-Conscious. OPI speaks to its Managing Director Jan Van Belleghem to...

Podcast: Sam Moncada of COPA, the Canadian Office Products Association

This episode of OPI Talk takes us to Canada, where we catch up with COPA President Sam Moncada. Sam tells OPI about a recent training initiative launched by the association and then goes on to...

Podcast: Free previews from keynote speakers at OPI’s European Forum 2023

The OPI European Forum is taking place in Amsterdam from 22-24 May 2023, but you can listen now to three of its keynote presenters. In this episode of OPI Talk, OPI Director Janet Bell goes...

Podcast: The potential of data-driven cleaning with Tork’s Nancy Farrell

With cleaning and hygiene taking on even greater importance since the COVID pandemic, one way of driving productivity and efficiency gains is through a better understanding of data. In this episode of OPI Talk, Nancy...

Podcast: Walter Johnsen, Acme United

OPI Talk spoke to Acme United CEO Walter Johnsen shortly after the supplier’s FY2022 earnings conference call. Johnsen gives his frank assessment of Acme’s performance in 2022, provides more details of an acquisition in Europe...

Podcast: ACCO Brands CEO Boris Elisman

OPI Talk spoke with Boris Elisman straight after ACCO’s FY2022 earnings conference call. Last Thursday, 24 February, ACCO Brands published its Q4 and FY2022 earnings. In what was a year of two halves, the business...

Podcast: Beth Wright of Fellowes

The March 2023 issue of OPI magazine will feature the inaugural Influential Women in the Business Products World list. To mark the occasion, the issue also includes a Big Interview with Beth Wright, Chief Commercial...

Podcast: Kim Leazer & Beth Freeman, FSI Office

OPI Talk speaks to mother and daughter duo Kim Leazer and Beth Freeman, part of the leadership team at family-owned US independent dealer FSI Office. The two ladies represent the second and third generations at...

Podcast: NAOPA 2022 winner Charlie Kennedy

In the final OPI Talk podcast of 2022, Andy Braithwaite catches up with Charlie Kennedy, winner of the Professional of the Year prize at the 2022 North American Office Products Awards. Charlie discusses some of...

Big Read

NAOPA shortlist revealed

OPI has announced the shortlist for the 2024 North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA). The NAOPA will take place during Industry Week ’24 powered by ISG,...
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