Event Preview: European Forum 2019

Transform and execute.


Would you like to keep up to date with the latest OP industry trends and news; understand the impact of new technology; and share frankly and openly ideas, challenges and best practices with like-minded executives? If so, and the highest level networking in the industry in a vibrant setting is also on your agenda, head to Berlin in early June.

The eighth OPI European Forum for senior executives from the business supplies industry and associated sectors will be held from 5-7 June 2019 at the Westin Grand Berlin, Germany.

Attended by company founders, CEOs, managing directors, directors and presidents, OPI forums have evolved to truly allow C-level executives to break out of their comfort zones and learn more about what concerns and drives the industry at large, and how that can and should be incorporated into their own organisations. The idea is to discuss the challenges that exist in our sector, and to jointly find answers and solutions – all under Chatham House rules.

Over the past few years and in line with what’s happening in the world at large from a buying, selling as well as cost-efficiency perspective, there’s been considerable focus at industry events on digitisation and technology.

This year is no different, with digital transformation, collaboration and buying behaviour all highly prevalent discussion points. But there’s plenty more on offer too, with interactive panel discussions, high-level keynotes and more informal, smaller roundtable sessions on a broad spectrum of issues. These include:

  • The changing landscape of wholesaling in the European market
  • Operating in a trade tariffs world
  • Brexit
  • Devising and implementing smart factory principles in manufacturing
  • Trade credit insurance
  • Trends, change and opportunity in the workplace

All these topics seek to stimulate thought and debate. Taking delegates through the jungle of challenges old and new, and to pinpoint some of the solutions, will be Robert Baldrey. A previous compère at OPI events and with his vast industry experience from across the channels, Baldrey is expertly placed to direct and guide the audience through what can frequently be uncharted territory.

Anyone having been in previous OPI forum presentations on issues such as the blockchain, cryptography or cybersecurity will readily admit to a good dose of ignorance and lack of knowledge. Indeed, learning about emerging, new and often unfamiliar concepts and ideas is what the OPI European Forum is all about.

Baldrey will kick off proceedings with his take on the current state of the OP industry. As he says: “Change is the only constant in our industry at the moment. I greatly look forward to leading some lively and thought-provoking debates among delegates, as we together try to identify the best paths to success in the current environment.”

To find out more about the OPI European Forum, visit www.opi.net/EF2019, email Chief Commercial Officer Chris Exner at chris.exner@opi.net or call  him on +44 7973 186801.