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Hot Topic: Boxing clever

In the Final Word in the March 2017 edition of OPI, Mike Gentile, CEO of US dealer group Independent Stationers (IS), called for the independent dealer community (IDC) to find “a new box”, arguing...

Hot Topic Xtra

OPI: Do you think dealer groups are keeping up with the changing market? Independent Stationers CEO Mike Gentile: IS had added a significant number of new jan/san, safety, MRO and breakroom suppliers to the group’s...

Analysis: Essendant adopts new contract strategy

US wholesaler Essendant is on a potential collision course with the country’s independent dealer channel (IDC) after adopting a strategy of bidding directly for national contract business.Being involved in the contracts business is nothing...

Hot Topic: Collective power

To make sense of the current global dealer group landscape, OPI asked numerous players in the business supplies industry for their input on a variety of issues within their own markets. Responses were received...

Industry pays tribute to Bud Mundt

Jess Beim, former SVP, Avery DennisonBud was a long-time business associate who became a close friend. He had a unique style – warm, friendly, loyal, caring, and knowledgeable with a strong work ethic –...

Bud Mundt Celebration of Life event details

Further to yesterday's news about the sad passing of former AOPD leader Bud Mundt, his family have released details of an event to be held this week in celebration of his life.The event will...

Industry mourns Bud Mundt

OPI is deeply saddened to learn that North American industry legend Bud Mundt has lost his brave fight against cancer. The former AOPD chief passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 26 February with his...

Big Interview: Sizing it up

Ever since he joined the OP industry, Craig Bartholomew has been heavily involved in the US independent dealer community. Starting with his own dealership 360 Office Solutions, he soon became involved in buying group...

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