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    European Forum 2023

    22 May 23 - 24 May 23
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    European Forum 2023 

    Book now: 22 – 24 May 2023, Pestana Amsterdam Riverside, Amsterdam

    We are delighted to announce that the next OPI European Forum will be held from 22 – 24 May 2023 at the Pestana Riverside Amsterdam.

    This unique pan-European event is a great opportunity to meet your peers from across the industry and share ideas. It has a topical agenda to discuss and analyse the issues impacting our industry.  

    Please find below the outline schedule so you can mark the dates in your diary.

    OPI European Forum 2023
    22 May 2023
    19.00 – Welcome dinner

    23 May 2023
    08.30 – 17.00 – Conference sessions and breakouts
    19.00 – Group dinner

    24 May 2023
    08.30 – 14.00 – Conference sessions

    Venue: Pestana Riverside Amsterdam

    OPI Forums

    As a senior executive in the business products industry, the opportunities to meet with your industry peers – the people who understand the uniqueness of your sector and recognise the importance of working together as an industry – are very rare. To help in these challenging times, OPI hosts forums in both Europe and the US for senior executives and leaders within the business products industry.

    OPI European Forum

    The European Forum focuses more directly on the uniqueness and the issues of the European market.

    This is not a large conference but a small forum exclusively for senior executives from the leading resellers, manufacturers and wholesalers of office products, and “non-traditional” resellers and vendors from the increasingly important FM and consumer electronics categories.

    Agenda

    We will provide an inspiring agenda featuring high quality keynotes, panel discussions and roundtable sessions to stimulate thought and debate. We understand that networking is important, so there is also plenty of informal time for more private discussions. To ensure this can be accomplished in an appropriate environment, the European Forum will be a private meeting operating under Chatham House rules.

    We are confident you will find the event a really valuable experience and a very good use of your time.

    If you are interested in attending or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Steve Hilleard
    CEO, OPI

    Email: steve.hilleard@opi.net

    OPI European Forum 2023

    Monday 22nd May 2023–Wednesday 24th May,

    The Pestana Amsterdam Riverside

    Monday 22nd May

    17.00     Registration

    19.00     Drinks reception & welcome dinner

    22.00     Drinks in the bar

    Tuesday 23 May

    08.00     Registration and breakfast

    09.00     Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

    09.15     State of the industry panel
    The opening session will set the scene and examine the current state of the industry following several tumultuous years of challenge and change. Comprising short, focused interviews with key leaders from a range of channels who will share their thoughts on the opportunities over the coming months.  
    Speakers:
    Christian Langvad, VP Operations, Schäfer Shop Group
    Lee Mellor, VP Europe, SC Johnson Professional
    Christian Horn, Chief Product and Supply Chain Officer, RS Group
    Alain Josse, Managing Director, Office Supplies Europe, Raja Group
    Cezary Mońko, President, ACCO Brands EMEA

    10.15     Is the office still relevant?
    – The emergence of hub & spoke
    – How companies are investing in redesign
    – Impact on technology sales
    Mick Hays, VP, Imaging & Future of WorkSpace Practice Lead, IDC

    11.00     Morning break for refreshments & networking

    11.30     How the right team can solve your biggest challenges
    In January 2023, PwC published a comprehensive review of what is challenging CEOs in the world of work and business. At the same time, Edelman’s now pivotal Trust Barometer for 2023 presents the issues we face in the world around purposeful, people-centric approaches to doing business. With a seemingly endless stack of complex challenges, how can we make sense of the truly turbulent world we’re operating in?
    Join us to hear from Perry Timms, ranked the No 1 Most Influential Thinker in HR in 2022, who will distil all of this into a winning formula of decisive leadership with pragmatic and impactful people, culture and learning activities. Be prepared for not just Web 3.0, but HR 3.0. 
    Perry Timms, founder & Chief Energy Officer, People and Transformational HR

    12.30     Networking lunch

    13.30     Managing price in an inflationary market
    James Brown, Senior Partner, Managing Director UK, Simon-Kucher & Partners
    Juriaan Deumer, Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

    14.00     Roundtable 1:
    Delegates can attend one of the following roundtable discussions, limited to around 15 participants. Options to be confirmed.

    15.00     Afternoon break for refreshments & networking

    15.30     Roundtable 2
    Options as above.

    16.30     Transition/comfort break

    16.40     How everywhere commerce can drive sales and loyalty
    Gaining visibility and driving long-term consumer engagement in an increasingly complex digital world is a challenge. The available touchpoints are vast in number, and ensuring they are knitted together to achieve your strategic goals and optimise ROI is time-consuming and can be expensive and resource intensive. Over-reliance on Amazon is problematic, as is the disintermediation of the actual ‘end user’ from the seller. During the presentation, Gordon Christiansen will outline many of the levers available to brands across the digital landscape and provide practical examples of how brands can build plans that carry consumers through the modern sales funnel.
    Gordon Christiansen, Partner, Highlands

    17.30     Close of day one conference programme

    19.00     Drinks reception & group dinner

    Wednesday 24th May

    08.00     Breakfast

    09.15     Opening remarks from the chair

    09.30     From order-taking tool to selling machine: The consumerisation of B2B e-commerce
    For a long time, B2B websites just had to work – no one expected them to be beautiful. However, the online world does not stand still for long and COVID accelerated everything. The pandemic sent business users online, even those who had never considered it before. A lot of websites were launched that just performed the basic functions and saw companies through that challenging time.
    However, the post-COVID landscape is now evolving with online B2B users becoming more sophisticated and, with Amazon and others raising the bar, B2B customers now expect a more consumer-style experience from a website. Not only should B2B sites now be beautiful – they should be seamless too, integrating all parts of the business to give the user a smooth and unified experience.
    This session will discuss what the consumer expects and how you can achieve a best-in-class website experience to drive sales and customer satisfaction.
    Patrick Donnelly, Managing Director, ES Tech Group

    10.00     Stories from the coalface
    Independent expert Robert Baldrey has worked in the industry for almost 40 years, working for Spicers, EVO, Staples and Office Depot amongst others.
    In this session, he will look back on his turnaround and restructuring experience, highlighting common pitfalls and problems that typically prevent profitable growth and value creation. Some of this may be common sense, but Robert will undoubtedly provide delegates with helpful and entertaining food for thought for their own businesses.
    Robert Baldrey, independent industry expert

    10.30     Morning break for refreshments & networking

    11.00    What is pricing intelligence and here are the 4 things you need to be doing now
    Adrian Hands, SVP, Head of Sales, Skuuudle

    11.30     To be confirmed

    12.00     Conclusion and wrap up

    12.30     Lunch

    14.00     Close of OPI European Forum 2023

    Confirmed speakers at the OPI European Forum 2023. Please visit regulary for the latest updates. 

    • James Brown, Senior Partner, Managing Director UK, Simon-Kucher & Partners
    • Gordon Christiansen, Partner, Highlands
    • Juriaan Deumer, Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners
    • Paddy Donnelly, Managing Director, ES Tech Group
    • Mick Hays, Vice President, Imaging & Future of WorkSpace Practice Lead, IDC
    • Adrian Hands, SVP, Head of Sales, Skuuudle
    • Christian Horn, Chief Product and Supply Chain officer, RS Group
    • Alain Josse, Managing Director, Office Supplies Europe, Raja Group
    • Christian Langvad, Vice President Operations, Schäfer Shop Group
    • Lee Mellor, Vice President Europe, SC Johnson Professional UK
    • Cezary Mońko, President, ACCO Brands EMEA
    • Perry Timms, Founder & Chief Energy Officer – People and Transformational HR Ltd

    The European Forum 2023 is being held at the fabulous Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel.

    This beautiful hotel is housed in a cluster of 19th century Neo-Renaissance-style buildings and two modern annexes on the banks of the Amstel River. The hotel is rising above the hippest part of town, “De Pijp”, in a quiet location just outside the hustle and bustle of the Amsterdam inner canal belt. It features elegant guestrooms, a stunning lobby with beautiful ceilings and arches, an indoor swimming pool and secure valet parking.

    Reservations
    Bedrooms are available at a special conference rate of €249 including VAT and breakfast. 

    To make a room reservation at the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside at our special group rate, please follow the instructions below:  

    1. Access the Pestana website, select Pestana Riverside Amsterdam
    2. Select your dates, number of guests and then choose “code/voucher” in the “special rates” dropdown box
    3. Enter code EUROFORUM23 and then click search
    4. Our group rate will be the only option available
    5. Click “book now” and proceed with your reservation as normal

    The group rate of €249 inc VAT and breakfast is available for three days before and after the conference.

    Venue Address
    Pestana Amsterdam Riverside
    Amsteldijk 67
    1074 HZ
    Amsterdam
    Tel:+31202206900
    Get Directions

    If you need any assistance, please get in touch: events@opi.net

    Booking to attend the OPI European Forum:

    Super Early Rate: available until 10 February 2023

    • 1 Ticket – €2,395.00
    • Second delegate – €1,850.00

    Early Rate: available from 11 February to 21 April 2023

    • 1 Ticket – €2,595.00
    • Second delegate – €1,950.00

    Standard Rate: available from 22 April 2023

    • 1 Ticket – €3,100.00
    • Second delegate – €2,100.00

    Independent Dealer (turnover less than €150 million) €1,650.00

    OPI corporate members are entitled to free and discounted places at the forums. If you are a Club Member, please contact lisa.haywood@opi.net to reserve your place. If you are interested in more information about corporate membership, please contact Chris Exner at chris.exner@opi.net or visit www.opi.net/corporate-membership/

    Reduced Fees

    We have arranged some subsidised places to assist the attendance of certain delegates. This is a special rate for small but innovative reseller companies or delegates with unusual travel expenses, for example.

    There are a limited number of discounted places available, and we review each request on its merits. As an unsponsored event, the costs to host the European Forum are high, but the lack of sponsorship ensures a better quality of debate and avoids sales pitches. We therefore kindly ask that you do not ask for a discounted rate if it is not applicable to you, so we can offer the places to those who really need them. This will ensure a more diverse audience and a better experience for everyone.

    We appreciate your understanding.

    For more information, please contact janet.bell@opi.net directly.

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    Absolute MBA Office National
    ACCO Brands
    Ace Office Environments Ltd
    Acme United Europe GmbH
    Adler Business Systems Ltd
    Advantia
    Adveo
    AF International
    Alpha Office Solutions Ltd
    ALSO International
    Amazon
    Art Woods Office Supplies
    Aston & James Office Supplies
    Avansas Office Supplies UK
    Avery
    Banner
    BIC
    Bi-silque
    Bisley Office Furniture
    BOSS Federation
    BPGI
    Brassardburo Inc.
    British Safety Industry Federation
    Brother UK
    Bruneau
    Centraal InkoopBureau
    Central Office Supplies
    CF Synergie AG
    Clover Technologies Group
    Coastal Office National
    Codex
    COLOP
    COLOP Digital
    COMERCIAL DEL SUR DE PAPELERIA S.L.
    Commerce Connector
    Commercial
    Complete Office Supplies
    Dacris
    DeskToo
    Durable Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Durable UK
    Dutch Mansion
    eBay
    edding
    energizer
    EO Group
    Equipement de Bureau Robert Legare LTEE
    Errebian
    Essity
    Europa Worldwide Group
    Everything Office Ltd
    EVO Group
    Exacompta
    Excel Office Solutions
    Exertis Supplies
    Fellowes Brands
    FIRMO – Papéis e Papelarias
    First Base Group
    Focus 7 International
    Frasers Office Innovation
    Front Foot Drive Limited
    FusionPlus Data
    Gensler
    GH Johnson Furniture
    GNS Wholesale
    Grand & Toy
    Greenspeed
    Gruppo In Ufficio
    Guernsey
    Hamelin Brands
    HB Associates
    Heatons Group Ltd
    Highlands
    HP UK & Ireland
    HSM
    Office World Group
    Image Office Supplies Ltd
    Incontrol Marketing Group Ltd
    indoff
    Infotark AS
    Inovocom (Pty) Ltd
    Integra Business Solutions
    Interaction
    International Paper
    Irongate Group
    ISSA
    JGBM
    Jones Business Systems
    Jose Silva
    Kaisen Digital
    KanzOboz
    KOLOK
    Legamaster International B.V.
    Lotus Stationers
    Lyreco
    Madill – The Office Company
    Makro
    Mason Complete Office Solutions
    Mayer-Kuvert-Network GmbH
    Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
    Mitsubishi Pencil Co
    MOE Office Products Depot
    Mondoffice SRL
    Monolith GmbH
    NCS
    Nemo
    Newell Brands
    Ninestar
    Northern Fixtures
    Novexco
    Novus Dahle GmbH
    NWL Germany Office Products GmbH
    Office Brands
    Office Choice
    Office Club
    Office Depot
    Office Distribution
    Office Essentials
    Office Friendly
    Office Gear
    Office Power
    Office Sense
    Office Supplies Denmark A/S
    Office Supplies Now
    Offix Holding AG
    OT Group Limited
    PA Consulting
    Patel Surat Trading CC
    PBS Holding
    PBS Network GmbH
    Philips
    Pierre Henry UK Ltd
    Pilot Corporation of Europe
    Polstar Holdings
    Posturite
    Prima Software
    Printus GmbH
    Product Promotion Services
    Quantore
    Quick Corporate Australia
    Quirk Solutions
    Quocirca
    RAJA Group
    Rapesco Office Products Plc
    Reckitt
    Reef Stationers
    ReSolve Cyber
    Retail Performance Solutions
    Revelx
    Rexel Office Products
    RNA Stationers
    Roland Berger
    RTC Proffice
    Safescan
    Sales-i
    Soennecken
    Soft carrier
    Solcrown Business Supplies Ltd
    Sourcing Partner
    South West Office National
    Spectrum Industrial
    Springfield Business Supplies Ltd
    Stabilo
    Stadex Stationery
    Staples Solutions
    Stewart Superior
    Superstat
    Supplies Network
    Supplies Web
    Supply Chimp
    tesa
    TFE Agency
    The Navigator Company
    Theo Paphitis Retail Group
    TPPS World (HK) Limited
    Trodat 
    UHU GmbH & Co. KG
    UKOS PLC
    Unilever
    United
    Upstream Workplace Solutions Ltd
    VOW Wholesale
    Warehouse Direct Workplace Solutions
    Westcoast
    Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
    Zermatt.aero