As I write this I’m still suffering from jet lag after my recent trip to the first ever EPIC Independent Stationers and TriMega joint convention. Apart from the aforementioned jet lag, I’ve also come back with a lot of positive energy from the event which underlined the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of the independent dealer community in the US. It was certainly two packed days that exceeded all expectations and the dates have already been set for EPIC 2014.
The timing of EPIC coincides nicely with our Hot Topic this month on the possibility of a single industry event in the UK. What EPIC certainly proved was that if there’s a will, there’s a way, and now that the BOSS Federation has taken up the mantle, I’m confident that such an event will happen in the UK by 2015.
Flicking through this issue of OPI, you may notice some tweaks in our content and design, most notably with fewer News Round-Up pages. Let’s be honest – a lot, if not all, of that content had already appeared on the opi.net website, and news that is sometimes over a month old just isn’t, well, news anymore. All the more reason for you to make sure you are receiving our daily news e-mail updates!
Have a great month.
Andy Braithwaite, Editor