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Unwinding furlough: what does it mean for your business?

The Government Job Retention Scheme – more commonly known as furlough – has been a lifeline for millions of businesses and employees across the UK for the last 6 months. Not least of these are office supplies businesses, who have been significantly impacted by the crisis. But with the announcement that employers now need to …

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Office Power then and now: what’s changed?

Change is the only real constant in our lives, and the Covid pandemic has brought about seminal disruption to our industry, businesses and lives. Now that things are starting to return to what’s being called ‘the new normal’, we’ve taken the opportunity to step back and look at how we’ve evolved over the years to …

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Managing Mental Health and Resilience with Alex Staniforth

BOSS Federation recently held a webinar which focused on managing mental health and resilience in these unprecedented and difficult times. Alex Staniforth, record-breaking adventurer and mental health advocate, spoke about his own experiences with ill mental health, challenging the stigma and outlining the steps we can all take to manage mental health during these times. …

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7 things you didn’t know about Office Power dealer partners

Have you ever wondered how our dealer partners successfully manage to work with any supplier they want? How they structure their deliveries to meet their specific business model? Or even what they really have to say about their partnership with us? To help you find out the answers to these questions and more, we’ve put …

What does the future dealer look like?

Last Thursday marked the last in a series of webinars aimed at supporting dealers through what’s likely to be remembered as one of this century’s most unprecedented crises. Having previously discussed predictions, preparations, product trends and the macroeconomic forecast, EO Group CEO Simon Drakeford and CFO Nick Wilson looked to determine what the post-Covid office …

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How dealers can navigate COVID secure trends and support new customer needs

The long-awaited reopening of England’s businesses is a relief. But, with it comes a need for strict compliance with never-before-seen health and safety rules. BOSS Federation recently hosted a webinar looking at how businesses are becoming COVID secure. This was the first in a series which will aim to help dealers prepare for the new …

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The cyber security implications of COVID-19: Q&A with our CTO, Mark Gibbard

It’s fair to say that before Covid-19, cyber security probably wasn’t the biggest concern for most dealers in the Office Supplies Industry. However, just as with many other industries and sectors nationwide, the pandemic has forced businesses to introduce new working practices to protect livelihoods and adapt during these turbulent times. The nature of these new …

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Preparing for the next phase: wholesaler changes, back to business & the perils of PPE

Following the success and positive feedback of our first webinar, last Thursday we hosted another one, which looked at how we can start to prepare for life post Covid-19. The discussion was interactive and focused on 3 main areas: wholesaler and structural changes in our industry, bringing businesses – and business – back after lockdown …

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Top 10 e-commerce features dealers should look out for to succeed in the new world and why

Innovative e-commerce features and website functionality could be the difference between success and failure in what’s being coined ‘the new world’ – life after Covid-19. Customers already expect ease of ordering, superior user experience and intuitive processes when they’re buying office supplies. With online ordering expected to be more popular than ever after Covid-19, it’s …

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5 things that will never go back to what they used to be, and what this means if you’re a dealer

As the lockdown continues, we’re learning more every day about what’s going to change in our daily lives, businesses and economy. We’re also discovering more about how behaviours are likely to change when we come through this. It’s still not clear what will happen nationwide, but when it comes to our industry, there are a …