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Raring to go

There are few, if indeed any, resellers in the office products industry that epitomise the concept of globalisation as much as US-based Office 1 Superstore International. Created as a retail-focused OP franchising chain by...

Consumer is king

 There are many great questions in life. But in today's OP industry only one matters. What do consumers want? OK, so it's an enormous question, but if manufacturers, resellers and dealers can work together...

Discovery trail

More than four years ago, Esselte took the bold decision to expand into new market segments focusing more heavily on innovation – particularly on proprietary products – rather than compete on cost alone in...

Maggie Seddon joins XPD

19 June 2007 — Middlesex (UK): XPD, parent company of Officepoint and OfficeStar, has announced that Maggie Seddon has joined the company as marketing communications manager. In her new role she will be responsible...

XPD promotes Rafferty

14 June 2007 — Middlesex (UK): XPD, parent company of Officepoint and OfficeStar, has announced the appointment of Kylie Rafferty to the position of tactical marketing manager. Rafferty, who has been with XPD for...

Officepoint names business development manager

8 May 2007 — Staines (UK): Officepoint has appointed Gary Billington as business development manager, working with dealers in the South of England. Billington replaces Tony Packer, who will be working on special projects...

Graham Rogers to leave XPD

27 March 2007 — Middlesex (UK): XPD, the parent company of dealer groups Officepoint and OfficeStar, has announced that the group's tactical marketing manager Graham Rogers is moving abroad and will leave the company...

This month’s question: How important is the SoHo sector to the OP industry?

"It is an increasingly important market to companies such as Duraweld because it's made up of lots of end-users who want bespoke, high-quality products at a reasonable price, yet only require small quantities. They...

XPD green mailer proves a hit

 11 October 2006 — Middlesex (UK): XPD, the parent company of dealer groups Officepoint and OfficeStar, has reported a strong response to its first-ever environmental mailer. The eight page mailer is printed on recycled paper...

OfficeStar gets Greygoose

12 October 2005 – Staines (UK): OfficeStar's parent company, XPD, has announced the appointment of Trudy Greygoose to the position of corporate business development manager. Greygoose's role will be to assist OfficeStar and its members...

Capital Conference coming to capital

19 September 2005 – Staines (UK): XPD has announced The Capital Conference, the first combined OfficeStar and Officepoint annual conference, will be held in London at the end of this month.

yourOfficeStore.com opens amid debate

OfficeStore Europe has officially launched its first store under the yourOfficeStore.com brand, amid industry scepticism over the company's ambitious plans including the goal of 200 stores within three years. The first 1,200 ft store,...

Ambitious XPD reveals grand Officestore plan

XPD is set to open its first store under the Officestore brand, and this will be followed by another 200 stores in three years, founding director James Wilson told OPI. The new store, due...

no mean feat

XPD's Officestore franchise plans have met with fierce scepticism in the industry. Can the company carry it off? When founding director of XPD James Wilson announced plans to grow an Officestore-branded franchise into a...

Office 1 and XPD deal off

Office 1 Superstore has decided by mutual agreement with XPD that its retail franchise model is not suitable enough for them to enter into partnership, Office 1's president and CEO Mark Baccash told OPI....

XPD launches Officestore

21 December 2004 - Belfast (UK): XPD is to open its first store under the Officestore brand in the New Year, to be followed by another 200 stores in three years, founding director James...

Office 1 chief explains XPD decision

25 October 2004 - London (UK): Office 1 Superstore has decided by mutual agreement with XPD that its retail franchise model is not suitable enough for them to enter into partnership, Office 1's president...

Big Read

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,...