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Final Word from Brad O’Brien

As a country with a population of just under 25 million people, Australia could be considered a minor player with a relatively small office products market in the great scheme of our industry. However,...

Spotlight: Community spirit

Business supplies in their growing diversity are of course the nuts and bolts of our industry, but it’s the community spirit that is the invisible superglue which holds it all together and that makes...

Special Feature: Top 100 2017

When we started collating this year’s Top 100 resellers list, it struck me that relatively few big hitters have come out since 2016 – Essendant’s Bob Aiken, SP Richards’ Wayne Beacham and Office Depot’s...

Spotlight: A time of change in Australia

The Australian office products market finds itself in the unusual situation of having its three largest resellers – Officeworks, Staples and OfficeMax – up for sale at the same time. Private equity (PE) group...

News Analysis: GNS eyes OP success

Developing a nationwide wholesaling solution for the office products channel in Australia has presented a number of challenges over the years; one only has to think back to the short-lived Appaloosa initiative a few...

No entry

 A consolidated warehouse to support the Australian independent dealer community seemed like a good idea on paper. Martin Smith, at the time CEO of WCP Group Services and the brains behind Appaloosa, was certainly...

Appaloosa: the post mortem

After just 18 months in existence, WCP Group's Appaloosa warehouse has closed its doors for good. OPI+ talks to the Australian industry and those involved to determine what went wrong Six months ago...

Big Read

Podcast: Collaboration and change with Mike Gentile

The Big Interview in the special 30th anniversary issue of OPI – which will be published shortly – is none other than Mike Gentile,...