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Big Interview: The best of both worlds

ACCO Brands’ 2017 move to acquire Esselte Holdings led to the creation of a new $600 million business unit formally known as ACCO Brands EMEA. Responsibility for the division was handed to the experienced former...

Big Interview: EVO on course for exciting future

It’s been a while since OPI had a Big Interviewee from what is now known as the EVO Group of Companies – or any of its constituent parts. Back in 2011, Robert Baldrey, who...

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Hot Topic: Still the linchpin?

You’ve heard that “the industry is in a state of flux/change/transformation/consolidation” so many times now, it could almost become the OP industry’s mantra. As the linchpins of the industry, wholesalers keep the entire supply...

Hot Topic Xtra: Blockchain

Chris Grundy, Online Marketing Manager, Bitbond OPI: Please briefly explain blockchain Chris Grundy: As the name suggests, a blockchain is essentially an ever-increasing number of blocks, linked in chronological order to form a chain. These blocks...

Facilities Supplies Special: Mission critical

Partnerships, mergers and new global events (see ‘Timeline of events’ below) indicate that big changes are afoot at the organisation. OPI talks to Executive Director John Barrett about the key strategies behind the deals,...

Big Interview: Keeping it simple

It comes up at every industry event, every conference, every brainstorming and best practice session: the need to be less transactional and more service-oriented, to stand out from the crowd with a host of...

How To… Avoid the pitfalls

You’ve spent over 30 years building your business, the children have their own professional careers and you decide it’s time to sell the business and retire. So far so good. But a number of...

Spotlight: Dealing with technology

Dealer: ACS (UK) / technology providers: Evolution Software, ECiSince its creation in 2008, UK-based business supplies dealer ACS has continually evolved, to meet the needs of customers but also to future-proof its own business....

Category Update: Shades of grey

The topic of the traditional OP category draws diverse opinions. Some view the sector to be in terminal decline, while others will tell you it’s in a robust state of health. Is it possible...

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Podcast: ISSA’s Dianna Steinbach talks about the importance of and opportunities...

This week’s episode of OPI’s podcast, OPI Talk, is all about health and hygiene in the workplace, a topic that has never been more important. How can...