European Office Products Awards (EOPA) 2019

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    • 5 March 2019
    • 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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    European Office Products Awards (EOPA) 2019

    Hotel Okura Amsterdam

    7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    5 March 2019


    European Office Products Awards (EOPA) 2019

    Hotel Okura Amsterdam

    7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    5 March 2019


    The European Office Product Awards 2019

    The winners of the 18th European Office Products Awards (EOPA) were announced at a special presentation dinner in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.

    The annual EOPA were once again presented during OPI’s Partnership event – which this year for the sixth time brings together senior executives from Europe’s reseller and vendor communities for strategic one-to-one meetings – at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    The winners were announced during an evening of great food and drink, a highly-entertaining ‘magical host’, and an engaging industry toast by Staples Solutions CEO Dolph Westerbos.

     EOPA 2019 winners are: 

    • Product of the Year: HP – Sprocket Photo Printer
    • Video of the Year: Brother International Europe – VC-500W full-colour compact label printer with ZINK Zero Ink Technology
    • Wholesaler of the Year: Exertis Supplies
    • Marketing Campaign of the Year: Sensible steps for GDPR with Fellowes Brands
    • Initiative of the Year: Fellowes Brands – GIVE Program 
    • Vendor of the Year: ACCO Brands
    • Reseller of the Year: Bureau Vallée
    • Young Executive of the Year: Scott Castle, VOW
    • Professional of the Year: Julie HawleyOffice Friendly
    • Industry Achievement: Bruno Peyroles, Bureau Vallée


    OPI would like to thank the following companies for generously sponsoring this year’s EOPA:

    Read a full review of this year’s Partnership and EOPA in the April issue of OPI. 

    The full shortlist for the European Office Products Awards 2019 was:

    AJ Products – Modulus Sit Stand Conference Table
    Hamelin – Scribzee
    HP – Sprocket Photo Printer
    Samsung – Flip Interactive Display WMH Series 55
    Steppie – Balance Board

    Video of the Year
    Brother International Europe – VC-500W full-colour compact label printer with ZINK Zero Ink Technology
    HP Sprocket Photo Printer
    Pilot Pen Europe – #PILOTART Canelle Design
    Samsung – Flip Interactive Display WMH Series 55
    Zen Office – ZenOffice Print & Promotion – Take a walk with our Print Specialist, Chris

    Wholesaler of the Year
    Exertis Supplies
    PBS Holding

    Marketing Campaign of the Year   
    ACCO Brands – Rexel GDPR campaign, data shredded, data protected
    Avery – Every label tells a story
    Durable – Duraframe TV campaign
    Fellowes Brands – Sensible steps for GDPR with Fellowes Brands
    ZenOffice – What does print mean to your business?

    Initiative of the Year
    BIC – Ubicuity: The ‘write’ kind of bench/Developing ‘virtuous circles’
    Brother International Europe – All in Box
    Fellowes Brands – GIVE Program
    JGBM – TechStuff! Cloud-based ‘managed’ e-catalogue
    Office Friendly – Pioneer Powered by Office Friendly
    RTC Proffice Experience – Feel Green, choose Double A

    Vendor of the Year
    ACCO Brands
    Fellowes Brands

    Reseller of the Year – over €100 million
    Bureau Vallée
    Gruppo Buffetti

    Young Executive of the Year
    Scott Castle, VOW
    Margaux Lefaucheux, AF International
    Katie Metcalfe, Office Friendly

    Professional of the Year & Industry Achievement
    No shortlist, winners announced on the night





    Awards are presented in the following categories:

    Product of the Year

    We are simply looking for great products!

    This category is open to any product sold via the European business supplies sector. This could be a traditional office or technology product or one from the increasingly important adjacent categories such as Jan/San, breakroom, industrial or education. The judges are looking for:

    • Evidence of commercial success
    • Innovation
    • Quality of product design and functionality
    • Benefits for the consumer and the reseller

    This category is open to products launched within the last two years.

    Video of the Year

    As video content becomes increasingly vital, companies that produce interesting, creative and informative videos to showcase their products, services or company while engaging the customer are reaping the rewards. Judges will be looking at how the video captures the viewers’ attention, brings the subject to life and conveys a message. Results will also be considered, either in terms of sales generated, customer engagement or enhancement of brand awareness.

    Marketing Campaign of the Year   
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    This category is open to any organisation that can clearly show the success of a specific marketing campaign. Judges will consider:

    • Objectives of the campaign
    • Understanding the target audience
    • Marketing activity, innovative methods used, originality and creativity
    • The return on investment generated

    Campaigns that have not started, or are too new to have measureable results, will not be considered.

    Initiative of the Year

    Introduced last year, this award recognises any new initiative that has been implemented and has had a positive impact on your organisation. This could be:

    • A charitable or local community initiative
    • New online or ecommerce solutions
    • Pioneering technology
    • Creation of new revenue opportunities

    The panel will want to see why the initiative was introduced and how it has delivered the desired outcomes.

    Reseller of the Year
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    The panel will discuss:
    – Sales performance
    – Fill rates and delivery reliability
    – Success in launching new service offerings, and development of new product categories
    – Relationships with trade partners/vendors
    – E-commerce and M-commerce capabilities

    Vendor of the Year
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    The winner of this award could be a well-established vendor or a small player, the panel is simply looking for vendors that set themselves apart from the competition. The panel will consider:

    • Sales performance and market share gains
    • Innovative, high-quality products and service-driven solutions
    • Efforts to diversify product or service offering
    • Supply chain performance
    • Ability to provide rich data and content
    • Brand strength

    Wholesaler of the Year

    This award recognises a dynamic wholesaler which is responding to meet the needs of an ever-changing market. The recipient of this award could be an established name or an emerging company. Judges will consider:

    • Customer satisfaction levels and fill rates
    • Sales and profit growth
    • Strength of vendor partnerships
    • Enhancements to logistics infrastructure
    • E-commerce and “delivery to consumer” capabilities
    • Investments in breadth of product range and brand
    • Service-driven solution offering for resellers

    Young Executive of the Year

    The business products industry needs young and dynamic individuals to ensure its continued success. This is your chance to reward a young executive who is making a real impact in their business and has the potential to shape the future of our industry. Nominees should be under 36 years of age and can be working in any role within the business products industry.

    Professional of the Year  

    sponsored by: 

    We are looking for an exceptional individual who has consistently shown their ambition, dedication and effectiveness. The panel will consider:

    • Professionalism and enthusiasm for the sector
    • Leadership ability
    • Direct contribution to the success of their business

    Industry Achievement

    This prestigious accolade acknowledges the achievements of someone truly unique who has had a significant impact on our industry. The winner will be recognised for:

    • Their contribution and clear commitment to the industry
    • Outstanding leadership and performance
    • High level of respect and admiration from colleagues and peers


    The EOPA will be judged by a panel of executives from all industry sectors:

    Jolanda de Vries, European Key Account Manager, 3M

    László Fehér, Managing Director, Corwell

    Paul Gouka, VP European Accounts & International, ACCO Brands Europe

    Andrea Kenna, Director Merchandising Europe, Office Depot

    Jeffrey-James Köhler, Key Account Director, Newell Brands International

    Aidan McDonough, CEO, Integra Business Solutions

    Marc Nijhof, Managing Director, ALSO International

    Jonathan Smith, VP Sales Europe, Avery

    Arnold Theuws, Managing Director, Quantore

    Michel van Beek, President EMEA/Asia Pacific, Fellowes

    Scott Walker, Director of Merchandising, Spicers-Office Team Group

    Pieter Wolters, Group Category Director – Office Supplies & Technology Solutions, Staples Solutions

    Awards Presentation Dinner

    5 March 2019

    Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

    Award winners were announced at the annual EOPA Presentation Dinner on the 5 March 2019.

    Held at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, this special evening attracts leading executives from across the industry and is a unique networking event.

    19.00 – Drinks reception
    20.00 – Call to dinner
    21.30 – Industry toast
    21.45 – Awards presentation
    22.30 – Drinks in the bar

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