This year’s NAOPA People’s Choice Award was presented yesterday at SP Richards’ ABC conference in Orlando, Florida.

It went to a company which is showing time and again that it is eminently possible to continue to innovate in a commoditised market.
ACCO Brands’ Quartet Glass Dry-Erase Desktop Computer Pad struck a chord with ABC delegates (and US OPI readers in the run-up to the event) and was the runaway winner of the final vendor award which was announced at the end of the Business Solutions Expo. This computer pad is ideal for quickly capturing ideas and jotting down daily tasks.

Having had the chance to see and try out the product during the Expo, dealers could clearly see its potential revenue opportunities. Damon Holst, Associate Product Manager at Quartet, said: “This is a product that we believe is really new to the market. It helps people maximize their productivity and importantly does not use too much desk space. Our intention was to solve a problem and it seems to have resonated with people which gives us great confidence.”
The remaining NAOPAs – for Professional and Young Executive of the Year, and Industry Achievement – will be awarded during tomorrow night’s closing Gala Evening of the ABC.

Yesterday’s General Session set the scene for this year’s ABC event and sought to address the varied challenges and threats that independent dealers and indeed the industry as a whole face.

Everybody is aware of and talks about the biggest elephant in the room – Amazon – but that threat certainly shouldn’t be seen in isolation, said SP Richards EVP of Operations Jim O’Brien when he opened the event.
Touching on a number of issues, including creating a higher value proposition with more services and expanded product ranges, and better margin management through proprietary brands and more efficiently using transactional data, O’Brien said: “Something in our model has to change for all parts of the channel because the current model is not sustainable.”

He called for better collaboration between the generations, companies, and channel partners.
“None of us can reach the full potential of our business by working alone,” concluded SP Richards CEO Rick Toppin.

Swingline® Wins NAOPA Award

Swingline® wins a prestigious award for its Stack-and-Shred Shredder™ at the ABC event in San Antonio, Texas.

ACCO Brands has won the People’s Choice Award for its Swingline® Stack-and-Shred Auto Feed Shredders ™- one of 20 product entries for the award.

The Swingline® Stack-and-Shred Auto Feed Shredders ™ launched in January of 2018 and allows users to receive real-time notifications and alerts about their shredding jobs through the SmarTech app without having to manually check the shredder. It is the first of its kind with SmarTech technology and is the first Smart Shredder in the U.S. market.

The NAOPA awards set the industry standard and aim to find the best and most innovative products in the U.S. Office Supplies industry. NAOPA, which is now in its ninth year, is organized by Office Products International (OPI) in association with wholesaler S.P. Richards Company as part of its annual Advantage Business Conference (ABC) event, which took place this year in San Antonio, Texas, from August 19 – 22.

“We are extremely proud of our hard work and the innovative thinking that was used in the creation and launch of the world’s first Smart Shredder,” Associate Product Manager Cory Jones said. “We are honored to be acknowledged by our peers in the office products industry and win NAOPA’s prestigious People’s Choice Award.”

Congratulations to all those involved in the creation and marketing of the Stack-and-Shred Auto Feed Shredders™!

· Cory Jones

· Terri Freeman

· Sumita Ghosh

· Rick McCallion

· Bryan Povish

· Diana Arshin

· Angela Mohni

· Adam Smith

· Fiona Anderson

· Adan Corral

· Tabitha Hatch

· Paul Aries

· Andrew Monteleone

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