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Hear the latest news, interviews and analysis from the business supplies industry hosted by OPI, the leading magazine and information hub for the sector.

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Hear the latest news, interviews and analysis from the business supplies industry hosted by OPI, the leading magazine and information hub for the sector.

    Brushing off a “dusty” industry

    Brushing off a “dusty” industry

    Lyreco Germany’s Falko Köhler is making something of a name for himself in the business products industry.

    Following an impressive appearance at last year’s OPI European Forum Online and a place in OPI’s 30 Under 30 feature, the now-31-year-old was presented with the 2022 Young Professional of the Year prize at March’s European Office Products Awards (EOPA).

    In his EOPA acceptance speech, Köhler said: “We need to push a dusty industry into the digital era.”

    In this episode of OPI Talk, Andy Braithwaite asks Köhler to elaborate on this statement, and for his views on the industry from a younger person’s perspective.

     

    Episode recorded and edited by Andy Braithwaite
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    • 32 min
    Tackling dealer challenges in Italy

    Tackling dealer challenges in Italy

    The guest on this episode of OPI Talk is Adriano Alessio, Managing Director of the country’s last remaining B2B independent dealer group, In Ufficio.

    Adriano Alessio has been a key figure in the Italian office products market for the past 25 years, both as Managing Director of In Ufficio and as President of the now-defunct trade association AIFU.

    In this OPI Talk interview, Alessio discusses the impact of COVID on the Italian business products sector, talks about his efforts to help In Ufficio members evolve to changing market conditions and looks at whether AIFU could be revived.

     

    Episode recorded and edited by Andy Braithwaite
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    • 26 min
    Reinvigorating South Africa’s office products trade association

    Reinvigorating South Africa’s office products trade association

    OPI Talk speaks with South African industry veteran Hans Servas as he prepares to retire as Chairman of the country’s shop-sa stationery and office products trade association.

    As reported recently on the OPI website, South African trade association shop-sa has appointed a COO ahead of the retirement of its current Chairman Hans Servas at the end of this month.

    Servas enjoyed a long and successful career in the country’s stationery and office products sector before taking on the Chairmanship of shop-sa in 2012. As he prepares to step down, the association will now be led by Hanlie Delport, who was brought in as its COO in April of this year.

    In this podcast, Andy Braithwaite speaks to Servas about his career, some of the challenges that shop-sa has faced in the past few years and what he hopes the association will be able to achieve going forward.

     

    Episode recorded and edited by Andy Braithwaite
    Music by:
    Extreme Energy by MusicToday80: https://soundcloud.com/musictoday80/r...
    Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...
    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    • 30 min
    Update on the European aftermarket imaging supplies channel

    Update on the European aftermarket imaging supplies channel

    There have been a couple of big stories in the European aftermarket print supplies channel in the past few weeks.

    First, it was announced that the European Commission had rejected a Voluntary Agreement for the imaging equipment sector, saying the proposals didn’t go far enough in terms of sustainability targets. That means the EU will now draft its own legislation for the sector.

    And then, shortly after that, Clover Imaging announced it was pulling out of the European market, with almost immediate effect.

    What does all this mean for the remanufacturing industry in Europe? Well, that is something that OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite recently discussed with Gerwald van de Gijp and Bob Reynolds of Armor Print Solutions.

     

    Episode recorded and edited by Andy Braithwaite
    Music by:
    Extreme Energy by MusicToday80: https://soundcloud.com/musictoday80/r...
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    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    • 33 min
    Broadening horizons

    Broadening horizons

    Our guest in this episode of OPI Talk is Jeanette Bresitz, Managing Director of UK dealer group Office Friendly. 

    OPI’s Heike Dieckmann spoke to Bresitz for the Big Interview in the June issue of OPI. About a year into the job at Office Friendly but with plenty of experience in our industry, she quickly addressed some simple necessities for the group’s dealer members. Throwing off the shackles of a restricted core office products offering was just one of them, an endeavour that also involves some serious conversations with the wholesale community. 

    This is an excerpt from the interview. For more in-depth information and to read the full feature in the magazine, make sure you are subscribed to OPI.

     

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    • 15 min
    Update from RAJA Office

    Update from RAJA Office

    OPI Talk speaks with Alain Josse, Managing Director of RAJA Office.

    On 19 May 2022, European packaging, industrial equipment and business products reseller RAJA held a press conference in the French capital, Paris.

    After the conference, OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite caught up with Alain Josse, recently named as Managing Director of the RAJA Office Division, which largely consists of former assets of Staples Solutions and Office Depot Europe.

    Alain provides details of the new executive board setup at RAJA, the 2021 performance of RAJA Office, the strategy for Viking – acquired in the final quarter of 2021 – and how RAJA plans to grow in the contract space.

     

    Episode recorded and edited by Andy Braithwaite
    Music by:
    Extreme Energy by MusicToday80: https://soundcloud.com/musictoday80/r...
    Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...
    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    • 19 min

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