This month’s question: How can the OP industry attract the cream of the graduate crop?


"At Avery Dennison, we feel strongly that human capital is one of the key success factors in our multinational company today. As we increasingly work across divisions and borders, it is very important that we have the right people with the right skills in the right positions. To fulfil this need, we have international graduate programmes aiming to bring new talent and fresh ideas into our organisation to maintain market leadership."


Bjarne Mindested, regional VP in Europe, Avery Dennison




"Independent dealers, regardless of size, should have an ongoing plan for bringing in recent college graduates. New talent provides business with a fresh perspective, a new source of energy, and exposes its owner to new business techniques, which can be invaluable in helping a company grow its top and bottom lines."


Michael Maggio, president/COO, ActionEmco




"The procurement of office products is sometimes perceived as a cost rather than an investment. Graduates, who are both analytical and creative, can make a difference by articulating how Epson products can benefit companies by helping them to improve quality, cost control, efficiency and productivity."


Raj Parmar, business marketing manager, Epson UK


"Attracting talent is vital for our industry. We need to keep innovating and progressing in order to grow. Graduates play a vital role in achieving this with their fresh ideas, perspectives and understanding of the latest technologies and processes. At Fellowes, we believe that one of our key strengths and reasons for success is our ability to attract and develop talented people who drive our business forward. We have been running a very successful graduate recrutiment process for the last two years."


Andrea Davis, president, Fellowes Europe




"The incoming class of office worker – our consumer – is more often than not an iPod-wearing, TiVo-watching, Amazon-shopping member of the MySpace generation. To be able to understand and respond to the behaviour, dynamics and needs of this evolving customer, it is incredibly important to attract and recruit the best of the new grads who speak the same language. I believe that doing so improves and secures the future prosperity of the OP industry."


Michael Morris, VP of marketing, TriMega




Next month’s burning issue: How important is the SoHo sector to the OP industry?


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