shop-sa held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26 October at the Bryanston Country Club in Johannesburg.
Chairman Hans Servas opened the meeting with a summary of the OPI report for 2016/2017, “A View From The
Top”, updating global events and trends in the office products and stationery industry.
The quorum was reached and there were a number of apologies. In his report, the chairman elaborated on the following:
- Six board meetings were held during the year;
- The main event in 2017 was the digitisation of the My Office magazine, and the launch of the official My Office News newsletter;
- A breakfast session about the impact and role of digitisation, with Matt Brown of Digital Kung Fu was well attended; and
- Finances are sound, although the association reported a small loss for the year.
Amendments to the Constitution were approved by the AGM .
Rob Matthews, owner of IT Online, gave a presentation on the growth and future of the digital publications. He delineated what My Office News does, which is connecting buyers and sellers through content. My Office intends to focus on janitorial (including facilities management).
The decision to go digital hinged off the declining print market and well as lower support from advertisers. The advantages of digital include: a reduction in cost; flexibility to change artwork; broader coverage; a faster speed to publish; and better metrics due to improved accuracy of delivery and statistics.
My Office offers weekly newsletters, crime alerts, press offices, a product source guide, Facebook and Twitter, and focuses on brand awareness. New products in the pipeline include a tech news letter, a hobby newsletter, Facebook management and digital communication.
A new board for 2017/18 was elected. The new board members are:
1. Hans Servas (Chairman)
2. Bill Bayley
3. Clive Heydenrych
4. Allan Thompson