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Event Review: EPIC finale

Six years ago, US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega confounded industry expectations by joining forces to produce a…

Big Interview: Independent Stationers’ big-tent philosophy

Mike Gentile is what you might call an outspoken proponent of the independent dealer community (IDC). He’s been championing their…

Event Preview: EPIC 2018

The thinking behind the first EPIC show back in 2013, when it was introduced by US dealer groups TriMega and…

Big Interview Xtra: Mike Gentile, Independent Stationers

Exclusive online content from OPI’s interview with Mike Gentile, CEO, Independent Stationers. OPI: Let’s talk about EPIC Business Essentials and…

Independent Stationers elects new board

US dealer group Independent Stationers has elected its board of directors and its officers for the coming year. Elected to…

Correction: EPIC to end after 2018

In yesterday's EPIC to end after 2018 story, OPI wrote that both TriMega and Independent Stationers cited the same reasons…

Analysis: The GSA’s broad e-commerce approach

In March 2018, the US General Service Administration (GSA) revealed its implementation plan for the establishment of a commercial e-commerce…

Analysis: Mega-merger in US wholesale channel

Speculation has been rife in the US since the beginning of 2018 that something 'big' was about to happen at…

Comment May 2018

Ihad this column for the Breakroom Special issue of OPI all worked out, talking in some detail about the opportunities…

Correction: New member for Pinnacle

US dealer group Pinnacle Affiliates has welcomed Texas-based Perry Office Plus as a new member.Founded almost a century ago, Perry…

New member for Pinnacle

US dealer group Pinnacle Affiliates has welcomed Texas-based Perry Office Plus as a new member.Founded almost a century ago, Perry…

Spotlight: Raising standards

Not all industry organisations have staying power, but those that do are in a constant battle to stay relevant to…

Hot Topic: Consolidating the future

There is nothing so constant as change. The OP industry is no exception. It has spent the past two decades…

Filling the mid-market furniture void

OPI speaks to Charles Forman and Don Lipscomb on the Independent Stationers/Connexions tie-up that has created a new buying group…

IS replaces merchandising chief

US dealer group Independent Stationers (IS) has appointed a new Director of Merchandising.Ty Blankenbaker has been assigned to replace Mike…

Surprise departure at Independent Stationers

Independent Stationers (IS) revealed today that Director of Merchandising Mike Foster has left the organisation.The US dealer group did not…

OPI acquires INDEPENDENT DEALER

OPI has acquired the US-based INDEPENDENT DEALER e-zine (ID) from De Groot Resources.ID was first published in January 2007 by…

Analysis: All hands to the pump

You would be forgiven for wondering what the connection is between the approval of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act…

IS launches furniture programme

US dealer group Independent Stationers (IS) has launched a new furniture initiative.Named 'Connexions powered by IS Contract', the group has…

Grainger celebrates 90 years | Record launch for Amazon Australia | Currys PC World...

A round-up of this week’s office products, business supplies and stationery news from around the web and elsewhere.US-based MRO supplier…

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SPR announces new HQ and DC plans

North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) is set to move to new headquarters in the coming weeks following last month’s…