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Podcast: Selling business furniture during a pandemic

In the first OPI Talk podcast of 2022, we speak with Marcelo Podesta, President of US-based National Business Furniture. Prior to the recent news that Marcelo Podesta is to lead two of the three new...

OPI Talk end of year podcast

A look back at 2021 and what might be in store for 2022. In this final OPI Talk of 2021, OPI CEO Steve Hilleard and News Editor Andy Braithwaite discuss some of the main events...

Podcast: Opportunities in the videoconferencing category

When you look at what products and services businesses will need to function efficiently in a hybrid working environment, then a fit-for-purpose audio and video communications system surely makes the list. Demand in the videoconferencing...

Podcast: AF International’s green story

Desktop and surfaces cleaning specialist AF International believes that its longstanding commitment to the environment is its ‘best-kept secret’. In this episode of OPI Talk, Andy Braithwaite speaks to the manufacturer’s Paul Hardy to find...

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: From the show floor at Industry Week (part 2)

More interviews from Industry Week ‘21 There were several awards presentations at Industry Week. In addition to the North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA), Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) recognised its top suppliers, while the Business...

Podcast: From the show floor at Industry Week (part 1)

Welcome to the first of three episodes of OPI Talk featuring interviews conducted by OPI CEO Steve Hilleard at Industry Week ’21, powered by ISG. Steve managed to get on the first flight from London...

Podcast: Getting to know Sylvamo

Discussing office paper trends and the new Sylvamo entity with Gerald Demets and Wim Dootselaere from the company’s European subsidiary. Effective 1 October 2021, the Printing Papers division of International Paper became a standalone publicly...

Podcast: OPI Talk’s 50th episode, with Robert Baldrey

Robert Baldrey featured in the pilot episode of OPI Talk that was recorded in July 2020. Now, 16 months later, he’s back for what is the 50th episode having recently completed his stint at...

Podcast: A look back at NeoCon 2021

Floortex’s George Ansier gives his feedback on this year’s NeoCon show and discusses the US business supplies channel. Commercial furniture mega show NeoCon was back as a live event at Chicago’s theMART at the beginning...

Combating global counterfeiters with HP’s Glenn Jones

OPI Talk finds out about HP Inc’s efforts to root out counterfeiting in the imaging supplies channel. Counterfeiting is big business and fake inkjet and toner cartridges – especially the latter – have long been...

Podcast: Generation change at COS

Since 1 September 2021, Australia’s number one independent workplace supplies reseller COS has had a new CEO. Or more precisely, two. On this date, Amie and Belinda Lyone officially took over from their father Dominique,...

Podcast: Navigating South Africa’s choppy waters

Economic problems, social unrest, spiralling unemployment, corruption scandals, and then COVID. You might be forgiven for thinking that running a business supplies dealer group in South Africa was a thankless task. But where there’s a...

Podcast: Office coffee and hybrid working

OPI Talk speaks with Beth Langley, Out-of-Home Director for Nespresso Professional in the UK & Ireland. Beth Langley joined Nespresso Professional at the beginning of 2021 – certainly an ‘interesting’ time for the away-from-home coffee...

Podcast: AOPD members focusing on growth

OPI speaks with AOPD Executive Director Mark Leazer about the state of the national accounts business in the US. With 68 independent dealer members throughout the US, AOPD is an important player in the business...

Podcast: Chewing the fat with Bill Cardone

The Business Solutions Association in the US recently named TOPS Products’ Bill Cardone as this year’s recipient of its Lifetime Achievement award. Cardone has been involved in business products sales since 1987 and has seen...

Podcast: Messe Frankfurt gearing up for in-person trade shows

With Paperworld set to return as a physical event in January 2022, OPI catches up with Messe Frankfurt’s Julia Uherek. You don’t need us to tell you that the business products events calendar has been...

Podcast: S.P. Richards – 12 months on (part 2)

Tune in to this episode of OPI Talk to hear the second part of our interview with Yancey Jones and Mike Maggio of US wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR). Following on from the previous episode, Jones...

Podcast: S.P. Richards – 12 months on (part 1)

OPI Talk catches up with S.P. Richards’ (SPR) Mike Maggio and Yancey Jones just over a year after they led the takeover of the US wholesaler. The first episode of this two-part podcast looks at...

Podcast: One-to-one with ACCO’s Boris Elisman

ACCO Brands CEO Boris Elisman discusses the company’s latest earnings and trends he is seeing in the marketplace. As this podcast goes out at the end of July 2021, we are right in the middle...

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