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On the ball

 One of just two nationwide office products wholesalers in the US, SP Richards (SPR) is under constant pressure from all its various stakeholders – its parent company, outside investors and its suppliers, not to...

Green day

While the office products industry continues to make giant strides in its efforts to become environmentally friendly, it is still just at the beginning of a long, long journey Environmental issues continue to dominate...

Green day

While the office products industry continues to make giant strides in its efforts to become environmentally friendly, it is still just at the beginning of a long, long journey Environmental issues continue to dominate...

Value judgment

 The manufacturers of printers and printing supplies, the print cartridges and paper used to print photos and maps, invoices and marketing proposals, have long understood that for many customers supplies are considered a low...

Giving hope

 Few people today haven't been affected by cancer in one way or another, through personal experience or through friends or family. According to the World Cancer Report, published by the International Agency for Research...

OfficeMax set to ImPress

21 November 2006 — Naperville (IL): OfficeMax has launched OfficeMax ImPress, the new identity for its print and document services operations. OfficeMax ImPress offers solutions for the full range of OfficeMax customers from large...

Time bomb

 Not so very long ago, the office product industry's main concern in terms of its environmental responsibility was focused on the paper sector. Waste was another issue, with cartridges and electronics products – and...

Leading in times of change

 By Robin Ancrum, director, Values Based Leadership How can business leaders adapt as our environment changes at an ever-accelerating pace while our human bodies have hardly evolved over the past 10,000 years?  In June this...

Leading in times of change

 In June this year I had the pleasure of speaking at eurOPe 2006 - the conference of the European office products industry in Monte Carlo. The conference was called Tomorrow's Industry and my talk...

A global family

 Fellowes is one of the oldest family businesses in the OP industry. It all began in 1917 when the grandfather of current chairman/CEO James Fellowes started the business with a simple storage box for...

Al Lynden, VP, Chuckals Office Products

 Snapshot: Contact details: 2215 Pacific Avenue, coma, WA 98405; Tel: 800-334-5769 or 253-620-2350; Fax 253-620-2359 Products and Services: General line office products, Mid-market furniture, printing broker Territory: Continental US Annual revenue: $10 million No of employees: 25 Contact names and...

Making sense of the F word

 Have you noticed that people are now using the F word more in public? By that, of course, I mean the word "feel". Getting in touch with our feelings, particularly for the men, is being...

UK supermarket sector set for probe

 The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT)  has proposed referring the nation's supermarket sector to the Competition Commission for investigation. "There are features of the market which, when considered in the context of increased...

UK supermarket sector set for competition probe

9 March 2006 – London (UK):  The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT)  has  proposed referring the nation's supermarket sector to the Competition Commission for investigation.   "There are features of the market which, when considered...

Case Study: Staples

 Staples has been at the forefront of the office products industry's environmental initiatives. Indeed, the declaration of its paper procurement policy in 2002 seemed to kick-start many in the industry to issue green announcements...

Future Trends

 Dollars. Renminbi. Yen. Sterling. Euro. It doesn't really matter what currency you deal in. If you want to make money over the coming decades, China will be the market to be in. Many have...

Ready to pounce

Everyone agrees that independent dealers must stand together to tackle the big box players, so is a strain in recent relations between is.group and TriMega playing into the power channel's arms? It's been more...

uphill battle, downhill prices

At nearly 70, Peach's founder may be ready to hand over the CEO reins to Alfred Wirch, but what he stands for will reverberate around the industry for many years to come OPI: Dr...

no mean feat

XPD's Officestore franchise plans have met with fierce scepticism in the industry. Can the company carry it off? When founding director of XPD James Wilson announced plans to grow an Officestore-branded franchise into a...

grand brand

The Russian consumer appears to be becoming more and more interested in brand. Is the OP industry ready to take advantage? For anybody in Moscow just over six years ago, it is extremely difficult...

Big Read

Podcast: ISSA’s Dianna Steinbach talks about the importance of and opportunities...

This week’s episode of OPI’s podcast, OPI Talk, is all about health and hygiene in the workplace, a topic that has never been more important. How can...