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
shop-sa will be hosting a free breakfast seminar focusing on digital transformation.
The breakfast, marking the launch of My Office News, will take place at the Bryanston Country Club and will be free to attend.
Matt Brown, CEO of Digital Kung Fu, will be present to guide attendees through the digital maze, and Rob Matthews from My Office News will unpack the publication’s new offerings.
Date: Wednesday 10 May
Venue: Bryanston Country Club
Attendance is FREE* as the event is sponsored by shop-sa.
* Please note that a “no-show” fee of R250 per head will apply.
To book, please contact Wendy on (012) 548 0046 or email@example.com before 5 May.
My Office magazine is moving into the digital age, leaving print media behind in favour of an online platform.
As of May 2017, My Office will no longer be a print magazine. Exciting times lie ahead as we keep abreast of technology.
Digital media is the new frontier as the number of Internet users crest 3,42-billion – 46% of the global population. In South Africa, spend on the consumption of digital media is expected to rise to 49,6% in 2019, ensuring digital revenues will account for the majority of market share as early as 2020.
shop-sa chairman Hans Servas has issued the following announcement:
Times are a changin’
The board of shop-sa and the publishers of My Office magazine, IT-Online, have decided that the time has come to take the bold step and move into the Digital Age.
It was agreed that the print version of the My Office magazine can no longer keep up with the fast-paced information and technology age.
Needless to say that cost of print, distribution issues and revenue, played a part in the decision.
The final edition of My Office will be published in April 2017, after almost a century of serving the stationery and office products industry.
The exiting news is that from May 2017, a digital version/combination of the already successful My Office newsletter and a revamped Web-site will be launched.
Members and the industry at large will be able to access news, product information, forthcoming events and much more, instantly and continuously.
Advertisers will have ample opportunity to market their brands and products via this exiting medium.
After all, 3,4-billion users globally can’t be wrong!
Here is to the next 100 years!
shop-sa will be hosting a centenary sports day at Reading Golf Club on 8 November 2016.
Come and join us on the golf course or bowling green in your team of four.
To book or find out more about pricing, contact Ellen on @ 083 268 6868 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stationery, Home and Office Products Association of South Africa (shop-sa) will mark its centenary in 2016.
The Southern African Association for Stationery, Home and Office Products (shop-sa) held its annual general meeting on 6 October 2015, where it elected a new board.
shop-sa has given notice of its annual general meeting, which will be held on 6 October 2015.