OPI TALK
The evolving world of retail with Staples Connect

The evolving world of retail with Staples Connect

April 30, 2021

In this episode of OPI Talk, OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite catches up with two executives from Staples’ US Retail operations: Amy Lang, SVP Strategy & Insights, and Brian Coupland, SVP Retail Merchandising.

Staples has approximately 1,000 outlets in the US and recently announced it was evolving its brand to Staples Connect, with a tagline of The Working and Learning Store.

Topics discussed in this podcast include: how Staples stores had to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic; bringing new and innovative products quickly to market; the changing role of retail; the rebranding to Staples Connect; and the importance of an omnichannel proposition.

 

Episode produced by Andy Braithwaite
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Embracing the future at the OPI Global Forum Online

Embracing the future at the OPI Global Forum Online

April 23, 2021

On 5-6 May, OPI will be holding its annual Global Forum, an interactive forum for key industry leaders in Europe, North America and beyond to debate and define the future of the OP sector.

A virtual event this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Global Forum Online has been specially put together to help business leaders develop strategies to succeed in a post-pandemic world.

In this episode of OPI Talk, News Editor Andy Braithwaite speaks to OPI CEO Steve Hilleard about the forum’s programme and why it is an event not to be missed.

More details about the OPI Global Forum Online can be found by clicking here.

 

Episode produced 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

Mike Gentile, ISG: ‘It’s going to be a love fest!’

Mike Gentile, ISG: ‘It’s going to be a love fest!’

April 16, 2021

Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) CEO Mike Gentile looks ahead to Industry Week in November 2021.

With the physical events calendar having been pretty much obliterated by COVID restrictions, everyone is looking forward – and that’s an understatement – to catching up with industry colleagues and friends again in person.

A major business products event taking place in the US in November is Industry Week ‘21, the initiative that leading dealer organisation Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has been planning for some time.

In this episode of OPI Talk, hosted by OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite, ISG CEO Mike Gentile looks ahead to Industry Week ‘21 and what delegates can look forward to. He also discusses ISG’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what actions the group took to help its more than 700 members. Plus, Mike gives his thoughts on the upcoming OPI Global Forum Online and the topics that are front of mind for the independent dealer community.

 

Episode produced 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

Talking sales with Superstat’s Alex Dunn

Talking sales with Superstat’s Alex Dunn

April 9, 2021

The guest on this episode of OPI Talk is Alex Dunn, Managing Director of UK dealer group Superstat.

Superstat has just introduced an initiative called the Sales Academy, which aims to help sales professionals in the business products industry develop their selling strategies and skills.

The conversation with Alex touches upon the Sales Academy, but is mainly focused on the challenges sales people have had to face over the past year and what some of the permanent changes to their role may be post-COVID.

Episode produced 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

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