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Big Interview: Inspiring change

The topic of sustainability may be back around the boardroom table, but it’s not always easy to start on the path to environmental enlightenment. Certification schemes such as those offered by The Planet Mark are one way companies can commit to driving progress towards a better world.

Big Interview Xtra: Brian Bowerfind, Distribution division President, ECI

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Big Interview: The reinvention of HP Inc

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Big Interview Xtra: Gavin Ward, CEO, Office Brands

OPI: When the Office Power group was brought into Office Brands last year, you said that your O-Net members would have got the option of taking up the Office Power branding. How far are...

Good Fellowes

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Big Interview: From little acorn to mighty oak

Büromarkt Böttcher is one of the largest online OP players in the German market, right up there with the biggest and best of them. Most impressively, it continues to post phenomenal growth rates – 23%...

Big Interview Xtra: Jeff Whiteway

OPI: Let’s talk about the demise of the XPD family of dealer groups. You had a very tight relationship with those groups, so what’s your take on what happened?JW: Well, first of all it’s...

Big Interview: Put on the SPOT

It’s only been a couple of years since OPI interviewed Jeff Whiteway, but how times – for him as well as the industry at large – have changed over that period. He’s still in charge...

Big Interview with Michael Brown

It’s been almost five years since Howard and Michael Brown – who had made Allied one of the most successful dealers in the US before selling it to Office Depot in 2006 – returned to...

Big Interview Xtra – Brad O’Brien, Office Choice

OPI: You’re relatively new to the business supplies industry. Was it a bit of a culture shock?Brad O’Brien: Not as much as I thought it might have been. Given the fact that I have...

The Big Interview with Brad O’Brien

This month’s Big Interview takes us ‘down under’ to the Australian market as we speak to Brad O’Brien, CEO of Office Choice, one of the ‘big two’ dealer groups in the country. O’Brien took over from...

Big Interview with Simon Drakeford: Power Player

Simon Drakeford’s entrepreneurial spirit has just been recognised by his industry peers after he collected the Professional of the Year accolade at this year’s European Office Products Awards (see page 27). Not only has he...

Big interview: Arnold Theuws

Dutch dealer-group-cum-wholesaler Quantore recently put itself on the map by creating one of the most high-tech warehouses in Europe. General Manager Arnold Theuws, who has been at the helm for over three years, is extremely...

Big Interview: Bud Mundt, AOPD

With all the current talk of dealer group mergers, dealer defections and spin-off groups, dealer network organisation AOPD represents something of a pillar of stability in the US independent dealer community. Founded in 1978...

Big Interview: Tomas Bergström

Private equity group Litorina is transforming the Swedish OP market. OPI finds out moreA major announcement in the Swedish office products market was made at the beginning of April with the creation of a...

Big Interview: Dave Jenkins

Anyone who is familiar with the South African office supplies and stationery industry will know what a traditional place it is, with many of its business leaders having been around for longer than they’d...

Focusing on the essentials

Despite the uncertainties surrounding the office supplies industry, United Stationers’ share price is bucking the trend and is trading at an all-time high.That market confidence is testament to a diversification strategy that began in...

The future is bright…

In the first two-page interview with Ingo Dewitz (see ‘Man of the trade’, European Annual Review 2014), Büroring’s Managing Director alluded to an intensely challenging market in Germany and the need for a multichannel approach. Here,...

Big interview: Jeff Whiteway

When Jeff Whiteway was last featured as the OPI Big Interview, the year was 2005, OfficeTeam – or OyezStraker as it was known at the time – had recently been acquired by a private...

Westcoast’s Joe Hemani – Big Interview

Leading office products magazine OPI talks to Westcoast founder Joe Hemani about his expanding IT distribution company, the changing face of the business services industry and why he supports a single European currency.

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Podcast: Part 3 – A deep dive into the new way...

In this final episode in the series, OPI CEO Steve Hilleard discusses the New Way of Working survey with leading expert and Fellowes’ Head of...