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Coolblue nears €1.2 billion mark

2017 was a successful year for Netherlands-based online reseller Coolblue as sales surged to almost €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion).Sales for…

NPD recruits group president

Market research firm The NPD Group has appointed a new president for its Europe and Asia-Pacific arm.Effective 2 October 2017,…

Category Update: The write direction

The writing instruments market is huge, representing $2.1 billion of sales in the US alone. And it’s on the increase,…

Vendor Profile: Pilot Corporation of Europe

There’s probably no better cautionary tale about the brutal effect digitisation can have on a company’s business model than the…

Event Review: Big Buyer 2016

As Beatrice Bernabei, Sales Manager Italy for Aery, told OPI: “It’s still an important show for us to present our…

Italian association reveals end-user preferences

Italian B2B office products association AIFU has partnered with research firm GfK to look at the purchasing habits of Italian…

Analysis: Investors still see value in stationery

Recent figures from market intelligence firm GfK put core stationery declines in the UK B2B channel in the low double digits…

Interview: New categories spurring growth at Irongate

OPI catches up with Adam Noble, Managing Director of progressive UK dealer Irongate, after the company announced its new one-stop…

Category Analysis: Furniture in motion

As the modern office morphs to accommodate new ways of working, the workspace is changing and the furniture that fills it must…

Category Analysis: Perfect storm

Reduced market demand, weak pricing and intense competition. coupled with global oversupply have created the perfect storm in the paper industry,…

Belgian office products sales up in 2015

Belgian office products trade association BOSTA has confirmed the market grew by 2.2% in 2015.BOSTA revealed the figures – which…

Category Analysis: Beating the cyber crooks

It seems as though hardly a day passes without yet another story in the news about cybercrime and data hacking. The…

Category Analysis: All the write moves

It’s been a good year for the writing instruments sector and Simon McLoughlin, Head of Traditional Office Products at UK wholesaler…

A clean break

According to industry specialists, the greening of the jan/san and breakroom sectors is now an unstoppable trend, with a number…

Paper Category Analysis: bull or bear market?

When OPI talked to the main paper manufacturers and a variety of resellers about the prospects for this sector, it gathered…

Writing Instruments Category Analysis: The write stuff

To misquote Mark Twain – rumours of the death of the writing instruments category seem to have been grossly exaggerated. In…

French BTS slightly up

 Early data from research firm GfK shows that volumes and spending on school supplies in France edged up slightly during…

Writing instruments bounce back in UK

 Research company GfK Retail and Technology has reported that it is "encouraged" by early data from the Back-to-School season in…

GfK paints mixed picture

 Market research firm GfK says that sales in the UK office supplies sector were mixed in July. The firm says that…

GfK sees slight growth in French EOS

 Research firm GfK says that the French retail sector posted modest growth during the first quarter of the year for…

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GSA to overhaul federal acquisition schedules

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has this week announced a major restructuring of its Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) that…