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Combating global counterfeiters with HP’s Glenn Jones

OPI Talk finds out about HP Inc’s efforts to root out counterfeiting in the imaging supplies channel. Counterfeiting is big business and fake inkjet and toner cartridges – especially the latter – have long been...

Podcast: Generation change at COS

Since 1 September 2021, Australia’s number one independent workplace supplies reseller COS has had a new CEO. Or more precisely, two. On this date, Amie and Belinda Lyone officially took over from their father Dominique,...

Podcast: 30 years of change

One of Cezary Monko’s first jobs was when he was hired as Sales Manager for Esselte’s fledgling Polish operations at the start of 1992. Back then, he was pretty much a one-man band, criss-crossing the...

Podcast: Navigating South Africa’s choppy waters

Economic problems, social unrest, spiralling unemployment, corruption scandals, and then COVID. You might be forgiven for thinking that running a business supplies dealer group in South Africa was a thankless task. But where there’s a...

Podcast: Office coffee and hybrid working

OPI Talk speaks with Beth Langley, Out-of-Home Director for Nespresso Professional in the UK & Ireland. Beth Langley joined Nespresso Professional at the beginning of 2021 – certainly an ‘interesting’ time for the away-from-home coffee...

Podcast: Collaboration and change with Mike Gentile

The Big Interview in the special 30th anniversary issue of OPI – which will be published shortly – is none other than Mike Gentile, CEO of Independent Suppliers Group (ISG), the US’s – and...

Podcast: AOPD members focusing on growth

OPI speaks with AOPD Executive Director Mark Leazer about the state of the national accounts business in the US. With 68 independent dealer members throughout the US, AOPD is an important player in the business...

Podcast: Chewing the fat with Bill Cardone

The Business Solutions Association in the US recently named TOPS Products’ Bill Cardone as this year’s recipient of its Lifetime Achievement award. Cardone has been involved in business products sales since 1987 and has seen...

Podcast: Back-to-school 2021 – how’s it shaping up?

The latest US back-to-school numbers and insight with NPD’s Leen Nsouli. With 2020’s important back-to-school (BTS) season hit by COVID restrictions and school closures, there are hopes that 2021 will see something of a return...

Podcast: Messe Frankfurt gearing up for in-person trade shows

With Paperworld set to return as a physical event in January 2022, OPI catches up with Messe Frankfurt’s Julia Uherek. You don’t need us to tell you that the business products events calendar has been...

Podcast: S.P. Richards – 12 months on (part 2)

Tune in to this episode of OPI Talk to hear the second part of our interview with Yancey Jones and Mike Maggio of US wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR). Following on from the previous episode, Jones...

Podcast: S.P. Richards – 12 months on (part 1)

OPI Talk catches up with S.P. Richards’ (SPR) Mike Maggio and Yancey Jones just over a year after they led the takeover of the US wholesaler. The first episode of this two-part podcast looks at...

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 end of July 2021, we are right in the middle...

Podcast: Brexit – six months on

Stewart Superior Managing Director Geoff Betts shares his experiences of Brexit from a UK supplier’s point of view. In this episode of OPI Talk, hosted by OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite, Betts talks about the...

Podcast: The importance of technology – and pride – in our industry

Our guest in this episode of OPI Talk is Simon Drakeford, CEO of the UK’s EO Group. Drakeford has been at the helm of this multi-faceted but deeply technology-rooted company for about 14 years. Fiercely passionate...

Podcast: Breakroom category ready to rebound

The latest office breakroom trends with Office Snax CEO Todd Elmers. Pre-COVID, breakroom had developed into a key category for many office supplies resellers. The bottom fell out of the market virtually overnight when the...

Steve Danziger and the return to the office in California

This episode of OPI Talk takes us to the state of California, where we speak to Steve Danziger, the founder and CEO of AAA Business Supplies and Interiors, one of the US’s most successful...

Podcast: Planning for a hybrid working environment

Brother UK Managing Director Phil Jones explains how his organisation has been planning for a return to the office, why it is implementing a hybrid working policy going forward and what this means for...

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 Week ’21 being held from 7-12 November in Orlando, Florida. OPI...

Podcast: Data – the currency of the future

Discussing the importance of data with Lars Faustmann from HP Inc. In this episode of OPI Talk, OPI CEO Steve Hilleard speaks with Lars Faustmann, Digital Transformation Manager at HP Inc in Europe. The focus of...

Big Read

Combating global counterfeiters with HP’s Glenn Jones

OPI Talk finds out about HP Inc’s efforts to root out counterfeiting in the imaging supplies channel. Counterfeiting is big business and fake inkjet and...