European Forum 2020 ONLINE – Winning in the Post-Pandemic Business Supplies Industry

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    European Forum 2020 ONLINE – Winning in the Post-Pandemic Business Supplies Industry

    17 Nov 20 - 18 Nov 20
    17 November 2020

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    European Forum 2020 ONLINE – Winning in the Post-Pandemic Business Supplies Industry

    17 Nov 20 - 18 Nov 20
    17 November 2020

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    An exclusive event for senior executives from the business supplies industry.

    Following significant demand adjustments, industry consolidation and new working trends, this is an urgent “must attend” event for companies from across all channels to explore avenues to recover profitable sales and position themselves for a sustainable future. 
     
    The event is designed to help senior industry executives better understand and analyse the changes to our sector in a post-COVID world. Practical takeaways will enable them to make informed strategic decisions to ensure their businesses succeed in the ‘new normal’.
     
    The format will be even more interactive than usual, with few ‘talking heads’ and very little PowerPoint. This will certainly not be a typical webinar! Instead we will focus on Q&A with all our panellists giving you a chance to ask any questions and really interrogate them on their strategies and experience. And we’ll host our very popular round tables to ensure you can have intimate in-depth interactions with other delegates and invited experts, discussing the important issues we are all facing. 
     
    There will also be plenty of networking opportunities including informal coffee break areas, one-to-one chat rooms and a speed networking facility. 
     
    Through the sharing of knowledge, vision, best practice and experience everyone will leave the event with actionable takeaways and a better view of the way forward. 
     
    To maximise engagement and minimise screen fatigue the Forum will take place over two days. We will start mid-morning on both days to give you a chance to clear your decks and Inbox, and we’ll finish mid-afternoon so you can finish up ‘in the office’.
    We hope you can join us. If you need any additional information, please contact either janet.bell@opi.net or steve.hilleard@opi.net

    Winning in the Post-Pandemic Business Supplies Industry

    An interactive forum for key industry leaders to debate and define the future of the OP sector. Following significant demand adjustments, industry consolidation and new working trends, this is an urgent “must attend” event for companies from across all channels to explore avenues to recover profitable sales and position themselves for a sustainable future. 

    We are still finalising the programme and this page will be updated regularly. 

    If you would like to speak at the event, or have any suggestions for the programme, please contact steve.hilleard@opi.net 

    Outline Agenda

    10.15 Welcome by Steve Hilleard, CEO, OPI

    10.30 State of the European Business Products Industry: Question Time
    In a series of quick-fire interviews, several industry leaders from key markets and channels in Europe will feed back their varied experiences of operating during the pandemic, and will discuss their strategies to profit and grow in the future.
    Moderator – Steve Hilleard, CEO, OPI
    Panellists:

    12.00 Break

    12.10 Brexit Panel
    Moderator – Alex Tatham, Managing Director, Westcoast 

    12.45 Lunch break

    13.15 Round tables – Session 1
    • Sustainability and COVID-19
    • Succeeding in the Safety category
    • The important of Jan/San in the COVID-19 era and how you can profit  
    • Marketing Strategies for the Modern Dealer
    • Brexit – an interactive discussion
    • Supply chain challenges and the last mile
    • Managing a remote sales team
    • Supplying the home office

    14.15 Close of day 1

    Day 2

    10.15 Welcome to day 2

    10.30 Big Interview with Dolph Westerbos, CEO, Staples Solutions

    11.15 Round tables – Session 2

    • Sustainability and COVID-19
    • Succeeding in the Safety category
    • The important of Jan/San in the COVID-19 era and how you can profit  
    • Marketing Strategies for the Modern Dealer
    • Brexit – an interactive discussion
    • Supply chain challenges and the last mile
    • Managing a remote sales team
    • Supplying the home office

    12.15 Lunch

    12.45 Panel – The future of the office and beyond
    The enormous shift to home working has created unbelievably rapid change in terms of how people work and the products they need. We will discuss the impact of this on our sector and how we can find opportunities in this change. A move to more working from home is just part of a wider revolution though so we will also be looking at the other associated disruptions, challenges and solutions.

    1.45 Summary and close

    Registration Information

    General Admission ticket £249
    The registration fee includes attendance at all online sessions, access to a recording after the event, and a second complimentary ticket for a colleague. 

    Second delegate
    Once you have booked your place, you will be offered the opportunity to register one colleague for free. 

    **DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE **

    Corporate Membership
    OPI Corporate Members are entitled to free and discounted places at OPI Forums. If you are a Corporate Member please contact janet.bell@opi.net to make your booking. If you are interested in more information about Corporate Membership please contact Chris Exner at chris.exner@opi.net

    VIP, Premium and Digital members

    • VIP members are entitled to a 50% discount on their delegate fee, plus one free additional tickets for a colleague: £125 

    • Premium members are entitled to a 25% discount on their delegate fee, plus one free additional ticket for a colleague: £185

    • Digital members are entitled to a 10% discount on their delegate fee plus one free additional ticket for a colleague: £225

    Independent Dealers
    There is a complimentary registration for Independent dealers with annual sales of less than £20 million. 

    Contact janet.bell@opi.net for a booking code to obtain your special rate.   

    Past attendees at OPI Forums include: 3M, ACCO Brands, Acme United, ADVEO, AIA Corporation, ALSO International, Amax Incorporated, Amazon, AOPD, Avery, Basics Office Products, Baumgartens, Bi-Silque, Bluefish, BPGI, Brassard Fournitures & Ameublement de bureau, Brother, Bruneau, Buffetti, Clover, COLOP, Complete Office Supplies, Coolblue, Corwell, CPD, DC Mayorista, Domtar, Deflecto, ECi, eBay, Egan Reid, EO Group, EOSA, ESG, Essendant, Fellowes, Forms & Supply, Friends Business Source, FSIoffice, FusionPLUS Data, GMi Companies, Gorilla Stationers, Gould Paper, Guernsey, Highlands, HP, HSM, IBM, Independent Suppliers Group, Innovative Office Solutions, Integra, Interaction, International Paper, ISSA, Lyreco, Messe Frankfurt, Midwest Resource Group, Miller’s Office Products, Network Services, Novexco, NPD, Office Basics, Office Brands, Office Choice, Office Club, Office Depot, Office Friendly, Officeworks, OfficeSupply.com, OWiba, PBS Holding, PEG, Pilot Pen, Pinnacle Affiliates, Plaisio, PrintFleet, Printus, Pukka Pads, Really Useful Products, Schoen and Associates, Shoplet, Smead, Socialwise Partners, Source Office & Technology, S.P. Richards, Staples, Superstat, Supplies Network, JM Smucker, The Navigator Company, TOPS, TSRC, Turning Point Strategy, Victor Technology, Warehouse Direct, WW Grainger, Waltons, Wist Office Products, Xerox, Zebra Pen and many more.