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Podcast: From the show floor at Industry Week (part 3)

The third and final podcast from the recent Industry Week ’21 in Orlando focuses on two key figures from the event’s organiser, Independent Suppliers Group. Chairman Jordan Kudler and CEO Mike Gentile give their reaction...

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, CEO of Independent Suppliers Group (ISG), the US’s – and...

Podcast: Mike Gentile, ISG: ‘It’s going to be a love fest!’

Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) CEO Mike Gentile looks ahead to Industry Week in November 2021. With the physical events calendar having been pretty much obliterated by COVID restrictions, everyone is looking forward – and that’s...

Hot Topic: Staples – The IDC’s new best friend?

When private equity firm Sycamore Partners announced in May 2018 that it had made an offer for Essendant and intended to merge the wholesaler with Staples Inc, it raised questions about the motives behind...

Event: EPIC & ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2017

EPIC, the joint dealer group show organised by Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega, is now firmly established in the US office products event calendar. There was an added bonus this year as EPIC was...

Facilities Supplies Special: A meeting of minds

US dealer group Independent Stationers (IS) has recently announced a partnership with facilities and supply chain management association Afflink. OPI speaks to IS CEO Mike Gentile and Afflink CEO Dennis Riffer about the deal...

Hot Topic: Boxing clever

In the Final Word in the March 2017 edition of OPI, Mike Gentile, CEO of US dealer group Independent Stationers (IS), called for the independent dealer community (IDC) to find “a new box”, arguing...

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