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Spotlight: Raising standards

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

Final word from Jack Reagan

Throughout my merchandising career, I’ve had the pleasure to work with some vendors that were not only industry-leading, but also…

Generation Game with Casey Avent

There are many success stories out there of companies where the baton of leadership has been passed on through the…

Event: City of Hope

Every year, the National Business Products Council hosts the annual City of Hope Tour and Hall of Fame Dinner. And…

Comment March 2018

This is the once-a-year issue of OPI where we focus much of our attention on the vendor community. Who’s doing…

Comment November 2017

Collaboration – and the need for it – has surely been the theme of 2017. Will consolidation be the hot…

Smead buys U Brands stake

US vendor Smead has announced a strategic investment in California-based stationery and consumer products company U Brands.Upon completion, Smead will have a controlling…

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…

EPIC initiatives gaining traction

Joint projects by US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and TriMega are moving in the right direction, it was revealed…

Hot Topic: Boxing clever

In the Final Word in the March 2017 edition of OPI, Mike Gentile, CEO of US dealer group Independent Stationers…

BSA award winners revealed

US-based office products association the Business Solutions Association (BSA) has selected two more individuals for its annual awards.Retired Smead Manufacturing SVP…

SP Richards presents Supplier Awards

At the Supplier Summit in Orlando, Florida, SP Richards honoured vendor partners with its Supplier of the Year Awards.Notably, International…

Vendor Focus: In pursuit of excellence

While some may bemoan the lack of innovation in the business supplies industry, in reality all they have to do…

Smead promotes Taylor

North American office products vendor Smead Manufacturing has announced that Gayle Taylor has taken a new role as VP of…

Smead targeting further growth

North American office products vendor Smead Manufacturing has revealed it is looking for strategic acquisitions or joint ventures to build the…

LSC eyeing office products consolidation

LSC Communications – which owns the Esselte North America and TOPS office supplies businesses – has said there is more…

Hot Topic: Succession Planning

There are many success stories out there of companies where the baton of leadership has been passed on through the family…

Avent joins AOPD partner committee

Smead President Casey Avent is the newest member of AOPD’s Business Partner Advisory Council.Avent joins current Advisory Council members Bill…

Smead promotes Wagner

Office products vendor Smead Manufacturing has promoted Dan Wagner to the role of VP of Sales.The promotion came into effect…

Casey Avent named President of Smead

Smead Manufacturing has announced the promotion of Casey Avent to President effective 1 July 2016.His appointment comes exactly 18 years…

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Office Depot France denies works council allegations

Office Depot has categorically denied allegations of the misuse of company funds made by workers’ representatives in France. As reported…