April 2015 issue: Editor’s Comment

Next stop Chicago

It’s been a busy time for the events team here at OPI recently, with our Global Forum taking place in Chicago from 17-19 May. We’ve got another relevant and varied programme in place and an impressive speaker line-up and attendee list. I’m especially looking forward to the Big Interview with United Stationers – soon to be Essendant – CEO Cody Phipps and the closing panel discussion that will try to find ‘10 Big Answers’ to the industry questions posed the day before by EVO Group CEO Robert Baldrey

A popular topic at previous OPI events has been millennials and the impact – at a number of different levels – that this generation is having on our industry. Our Hot Topic this month takes a closer look at these Generation Y’ers, as they are also known, and dissects what the OP world is – or should be – doing.

By the time you read this, we will have published our latest State of the Industry (SOTI) report, looking in detail at the results and trends from six different key markets. It will be no surprise for you to learn that the majority of CEOs interviewed believed that the core OP market in their country/region had declined by 3-5% in 2014. But what are their growth strategies and hopes for the future?
Have a great month and I look forward to seeing some of you in Chicago in a couple of weeks’ time.

Andy Braithwaite, Editor