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Sustaining hope in a challenging year

Sustaining hope in a challenging year

May 28, 2021

This week’s episode of OPI Talk features two guests: Greg Gibson, VP and General Manager, North American Papers at International Paper, and Matt Dodd, Senior Executive Director of Corporate Philanthropy at City of Hope.

Gibson is this year’s National Business Products Industry’s Spirit of Life Honouree, spearheading the 2021 Sustain Hope campaign. NBPI has been supporting City of Hope for over 40 years, raising more than $220 million during that time.

This fundraising campaign has been like no other, of course, with so many physical events cancelled. One of these is the City of Hope medical research centre campus tour, typically held in February. As Dodd explains, this is being replaced by a Virtual Tour in mid-June, preceded by a final push for the NBPI’s personal giving campaign.

Gibson and Dodd talk to OPI’s Heike Dieckmann about this unique year – the challenges faced, the opportunities embraced and the progress made in terms of moving a step closer to City of Hope’s ultimate mission and focus – to eradicate cancer and diabetes.  

Episode produced by Heike Dieckmann
Music by:
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What’s wrong with the office supplies channel?

What’s wrong with the office supplies channel?

May 21, 2021

Acme United had another record quarter at the start of 2021 as its revenue surged by more than 20% year on year.

Yet, despite this, the company’s sales to key office products customer groups – superstores, wholesalers and independent dealers – were each down by more than 20%. Why was that?

In this episode of OPI Talk, OPI News Editor Andy Braithwaite discusses these results with Acme CEO Walter Johnsen. Walter also offers some advice on what these channel players could be doing to improve their customer experience, and looks ahead to better times as more workers return to the office.

 

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

Dealer opportunities in air treatment – Act now

Dealer opportunities in air treatment – Act now

May 14, 2021

In this episode of OPI Talk, OPI CEO Steve Hilleard speaks to Mike Booth, Global Market Director for Air Treatment at Fellowes Brands.

The conversation couldn’t be timelier as companies seek to figure out how to return to the office safely, following more than a year of dealing with COVID-19.

As coronavirus is an airborne transmitted virus, the critical need for 'smart' air cleaners that use HEPA filters to enhance the air quality in shared work, education and public spaces has never been more vital.

Mike, one of the leading experts in the field, explains the importance of air filtration, especially in light of the pandemic, answers the questions that customers are asking, and details the opportunities the air treatment category offers business supplies resellers.

Episode produced by Michelle Sturman
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

Dealer challenges and opportunities down under

Dealer challenges and opportunities down under

May 7, 2021

Our guest in this episode of OPI Talk is Darren Hayes, CEO of Quick Corporate Australia. Quick Corporate is the third largest B2B business supplies operator in the Australian market; it’s also the largest member of the Office Choice dealer group. 

OPI’s Heike Dieckmann spoke to Darren for an interview in the forthcoming May/June issue of OPI. Topics, following an overview of Quick Corporate and the Australian market post much consolidation, include the pressing need among the independent dealer community to cooperate more, particularly as regards logistics.

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.

Episode produced by Heike Dieckmann
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

A milestone of independence

A milestone of independence

May 4, 2021

On 4 May 2021, US-based independent dealer Guernsey celebrates its 50th year in business.

To help mark the occasion, OPI CEO Steve Hilleard talks to Guernsey founder and CEO David Guernsey, a man who has had an immense impact on the business supplies industry, not just in the US, but globally.

In this episode of OPI Talk, Dave chats about the trials and tribulations of being an independent dealer spanning five decades, including the milestones, the highs and lows, the pandemic, the future of the IDC and the wider industry, and much more.

 

Episode produced by Michelle Sturman
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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