OPI TALK
Office coffee and hybrid working

Office coffee and hybrid working

September 24, 2021

OPI Talk speaks with Beth Langley, Out-of-Home Director for Nespresso Professional in the UK & Ireland.

Beth Langley joined Nespresso Professional at the beginning of 2021 – certainly an ‘interesting’ time for the away-from-home coffee segment against the backdrop of COVID restrictions and office closures.

The situation is gradually improving, but there are still concerns about the Delta variant which is delaying the return to the office in some places. In addition, what will the hybrid workplace mean for coffee consumption in the office?

In this episode of OPI Talk, Langley discusses Nespresso Professional’s go-to-market strategy in the UK & Ireland and looks at some of the opportunities in the office coffee space: these include evolving consumer tastes, e-commerce sales, co-working and sustainability.

 

Episode produced by Andy Braithwaite
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Extreme Energy by MusicToday80: https://soundcloud.com/musictoday80/r...
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Collaboration and change with Mike Gentile

Collaboration and change with Mike Gentile

September 17, 2021

The Big Interview in the special 30th anniversary issue of OPI – which will be published shortly – is none other than Mike Gentile, CEO of Independent Suppliers Group (ISG), the US’s – and the world’s – largest cooperative for independent resellers in the business supplies community.

In this episode of OPI Talk, you can listen to extracts from that Big Interview, which was conducted by OPI CEO Steve Hilleard.

  • How has ISG benefitted from the dealer group merger that took place just over two years ago?
  • How did the group and its members handle the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What’s new with ISG’s EPIC Business Essentials national accounts programme?
  • What does Gentile think about the breadth of product that wholesalers sell into the independent dealer channel?
  • What could recent developments at the US big-box players mean?

Listen to this podcast to find out the answers to these questions, and more!

And make sure you read the September issue of OPI magazine for the complete interview.

 

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

 

AOPD members focusing on growth

AOPD members focusing on growth

September 10, 2021

With 68 independent dealer members throughout the US, AOPD is an important player in the business products national accounts arena, both for the public and private sectors.

In this episode of OPI Talk, the organisation’s Executive Director Mark Leazer explains how national accounts have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how his members are now focused on growth as we get into the final stretch of 2021.

"We’ve seen a distinct turnaround beginning in about March 2021"

 

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

 

Chewing the fat with Bill Cardone

Chewing the fat with Bill Cardone

September 3, 2021

The Business Solutions Association in the US recently named TOPS Products’ Bill Cardone as this year’s recipient of its Lifetime Achievement award.

Cardone has been involved in business products sales since 1987 and has seen a lot of changes over the decades. One thing that hasn’t changed in all that time is his passion for the industry and its people.

In this episode of OPI Talk, Cardone looks back at some of the people who have inspired him during his career, describes some of the key changes he has seen in the industry and gives his take on the state of the market today.

 

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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