Source: Study International
Move aside standard-shaped erasers and scentless highlighters and welcome to the stationery of today’s generation.
With its extra glitz and glamour, school apparatus that stands out like this is referred to as fashion stationery.
Taking the school market by storm, educators and companies are desperate to the get their hands on global market reports that sum up the trends, forecasts and analysis of the global stationery scene so they can gain the upper hand.
The demand for fashionable stationary is so huge that even the premium brand, Louis Vuitton, has cashed in on the trends with a stylish set of monogrammed pencils and portable cases.
Are these flashy stationery items distracting students from their work?
Let’s be honest – if you’re at your desk and you’re not paying attention to the teacher, then of course your set of animal-shaped erasers or yummy smelly scented ink pens are going to provide the perfect distraction.
That’s why two years ago, this British teacher requested a ban on fashion stationery.
In his opinion, “Some of this stationery should not be allowed in the classroom because it’s really only a distraction. Nobody really needs a pencil sharpener that’s shaped like a nail varnish pot and nobody really needs a pencil case with six different compartments.”
However, some students may disagree.
With so many fluffy and fun school items to choose from, how can young learners resist?
At the age where anything seems possible, it makes sense that kids want to take abstract backpacks and glow-in-the-dark apparatus to school – especially if ‘show and tell’ is a regular occurrence.
Distraction or not, wouldn’t it be odd to ban a student’s personal stationery in an age where K12 education is being steered towards conducive and creative learning environments?
It’s easy to see how the eyes of young learners move away from the whiteboard and onto kitsch stationery items, but there are ways of integrating both.
For instance, matching the scented highlighter up to the picture of the fruit on the page and asking elementary students to join the two together by colouring it in, or using fashion stationery as a prize for the weekly quiz.
There are many ways for teachers to engage with this trend – go ahead and even embrace it.
By Jason Felix for EWN
The Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town has been questioned by one of its own councillors why close to R47,000 per month was spent on printing and office stationery for the management entity of Cape Town Stadium.
The amount reflected were for the 2017/18 financial year which started on 1 February 2017 and ended on 30 June 2018.
Details of the figures were contained in reports of the city’s public accounts committee.
The total cost for printing and stationery is R234,550.
DA councillor Errol Anstey questioned why so much money had been spent.
“What possible printing and stationery can cost R47, 000 a month on average for the Stadium?”
The city’s chief financial officer Kevin Jacoby says besides the ordinary day to day printing and stationery cost, the Cape Town Stadium serves as a secretariat for the board of directors and all sub-committees.
“The printing of agendas, minutes etcetera were done on a regular basis as a number of board and sub-committee meetings took place during the financial period. More meetings than usual were held by the board and sub-committees as the municipal entity was newly established and they needed to obtain an understanding of the business. The printing and stationery costs also include printer related parts, some of which are high-value items.”
In total, the stadium spent R2.1 million on general expenses.
By Jade Scipioni for FOX Business
Accidentally slip some of those new office pens into your bag to save a couple bucks? Discretely tuck some of your employer’s new manila folders into your briefcase?
If so, join the club of office thieves whose numbers have been on the rise over the last 15 years.
According to data from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner, office stealing of non-cash items – ranging from scissors and notebooks, to staplers and paperclips – has ballooned to 21% of corporate-theft losses in 2018 from 10.6% in 2002.
The Atlantic, which was first to report the trend, added that most workers aren’t even coy about it, with more than 52% of workers admitting they steal company property in a survey from 2013.
Hot items include scissors, notebooks, staplers and tape, especially during the gift-wrapping holidays.
The uptick has even forced managers to routinely stock up on 20% more supplies in order to account for lost items right off the bat.
Mark Doyle, the president of the loss-prevention consultancy Jack L. Hayes International, told The Atlantic that there are a few factors to blame for office ransacking.
He points to the decrease in supervision and the uptick in employees working from home for the increase.
Source: Cape Talk
Stationery supplier Bidvest Waltons has responded to service complaints from Cape Town parents who did not get their back-to-school orders on time.
Some parents complained about failed deliveries, lack of communication and poor customer service.
Tessa Dowling, Cynthia Makwenyaa and Andrew Williams were among those affected by the delays.
They all described to consumer journalist Wendy Knowler how the stationery supplier had no boxes prepared despite their preorders.
When they arrived to collect the stationery sets, boxes were not labelled and many parents had to wait hours or return later for assistance.
Waltons says it will refund orders that were paid for but not received by customers.
Knowler says parents should use their collective power to push schools to review their agreements with stationery suppliers that don’t deliver.
If a school recommends a system that doesn’t deliver and fails to communicate, it’s up to the parents [to ask the schools] about what pressure they are putting on the service provider to up their game.
Below is the statement consumer journalist Wendy Knowler received from Waltons:
“We accept and sincerely regret the frustrations suffered by this customer but unfortunately, we do sometimes have glitches in a logistics operation of this nature and magnitude of the back to school one. While the issue is now resolved, we have also contacted our customer to apologise for the poor experience.
We assure you that we are committed to resolving all issues brought to our attention. To this end we have a dedicated mail address for customers to communicate with us which enables us to personally deal with queries:
In addition to our normal planning for this important part of our business which starts after the end of the current season, we review any issues which arose during the last season and also share experiences with other regions in order to continuously improve our service levels. Should any boxes or items not have been received but been paid for, we would obviously refund these amounts.
We are very proud of our involvement over so many decades in the back to school market and would thus like to express our thanks to all our customers for their continued support. We try to learn and so get better every year.
Thank you too for bringing this matter to our attention as any service let down is not acceptable to us.”
Source: Jacaranda FM
It’s back to school which means parents are expected to buy a list of school stationery as long as their arm for their kids.
Stationery can be costly and because of that, it needs to last. These tips below will help you ensure that your child’s school stationery lasts longer and will save you some money.
Buy good quality stationery
Good quality products last longer. Avoid buying things just because they are cheaper. It’s better to invest in quality stationery than finding yourself having to buy more stationery during the year, which might turn out to be costlier.
Remember to compare prices from different stores. You might get good quality products for less by comparing prices.
Organise your stationery
There is nothing worse than coming home to find your child’s stationery scattered all over the floor or in multiple rooms. Not only does this make your house untidy, but it can also result in your child losing some of the stationery. So, teach your children how to organise their stationery and to pack it away tidily.
Make a list
Keeping track of the stationery will ensure that your child doesn’t lose items without realising it. Set aside time for them either daily, or weekly where they check the list and ensure they haven’t lost anything
Ensure your child’s stationery is marked
Children often misplace or get their stationery mixed up. Marking your child’s stationery will ensure that they can easily identify it.
Buy a big enough school bag and space case
If your child’s school bag or space case is too small, they might end up damaging their stationery. Buy a big enough school bag that has the compartments they need for different items. Also get a space case so that they can pack all their stationery in one place.
Take proper care of stationery
Teach your children to handle their stationery with care. This means teaching them the importance of replacing tops on pens and markers, replacing the top on their glue sticks and keeping crayons and colouring pencils packed in the box.
By Devon Koen for Herald Live
While nothing signals the end of the festive season more than the onslaught of back-to school advertising and with parents feeling the financial pinch after splurging over the past two weeks, The Herald conducted a flash price comparison on a number of school supplies.
With most retail shops dropping the price of school stationery staples drastically this week before the first term starts, items on the shelves at selected shops may change in the coming days.
Major shops visited this week included Pick n Pay Hypermarket at William Moffett Park, Game The Bridge, and Shoprite and Checkers Hyper at Greenacres.
All the shops visited have specials on various school stationery items, including those listed.
Eight generic items have been selected which are listed on most schools’ stationery supply lists issued to parents.
While you can expect to pay more than R200 for the items priced, Shoprite shows a marginally cheaper offering with a basket full of basic stationery adding up to R208.42, while the most pricey of the shops is Game at R255.92.
Below is a breakdown of the selected items and their pricing at the various retailers:
Staedtler HB Tradition pencils (3 pack)
- Pick n Pay – R13,95
- Shoprite – R14,99
- Checkers – R28,99
- Game – R14,99
Pritt glue stick (43g)
- Pick n Pay – R35,95
- Shoprite – R29,99
- Checkers – R42,99
- Game – R38,99
Butterfly A4 pocket file (30 pages)
- Pick n Pay – R20,95
- Shoprite – R32,99
- Checkers – R21,99
- Game – R22,99
Staedtler retractable wax crayons (12 pack)
- Pick n Pay – R32,95
- Shoprite – R33,99
- Checkers – R33,99
- Game – R38,99
A4 Office Paper White (500)
- Pick n Pay – R61,99 (Rototrim)
- Shoprite – R52,99 (Typek)
- Checkers – R52,99 (Typek)
- Game – R64,00 (Typek)
BIC ballpoint pens
- Pick n Pay – R21,95 (3+2 free)
- Shoprite – R13,99 (3 pack)
- Checkers – R15,99 (3 pack)
- Game – R20,98 (4+3 free)
Staedtler colour pencils (12)
- Pick n Pay – R18,95
- Shoprite – R18,99
- Checkers – R18,99
- Game – R41,99
A4 hardcover books (each)
- Pick n Pay – R10,95
- Shoprite – R10,49
- Checkers – R11,99
- Game – R12,99
By Tia Frapolli for The NPD Group
The holiday season presents consumers with a perfect opportunity to get in touch with their creative side – a behaviour that bodes well for the US office supplies market.
Several arts, crafts, and traditional supplies categories that require creativity and offer an experience will be among the top industry performers this holiday. And, we know from NPD’s Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey that experiential gifting is not only trending with consumers, but set to grow over last year. In fact, the survey found that four out of 10 consumers plan on giving these types of gifts this year.
When it comes to the craft-related categories, consumer shopping behavior indicates a preference for discovering and purchasing these products in-person as opposed to online. Specifically, NPD data shows that acrylic paints, paint brushes, specialty note cards, and canvases all have a very low penetration in the e-commerce channel. In fact, over 95 percent of purchases in each of these categories are made in-store.
Tied to such products, we expect that popular holiday craft activities will include ornament decorating and homemade holiday décor. In addition, as spending time with friends and family is top of mind during the holidays, we expect the ever-popular canvas painting parties to continue to grow this season, and there are the sales numbers to show for it—canvas sales have grown by 20 percent over the past year.
Coinciding with the maker’s movement and popularity of hand lettering, this season we also expect to see a rise in holiday card making with custom lettering. A variety of writing instruments used for this activity are already seeing growth; collectively, sales of gel, porous, and fountain pens as well as dual, ultra, and extra fine color markers have grown by 8 percent leading up to the holiday season.
Without a doubt, consumers let their creativity shine during the holiday season, and this presents a favorable opportunity for the office supplies industry to get in on the action.
By Hayley Richardson for The Sun
There’s an embarrassing typo in this Primark weekly planner. The awkward error was discovered by an eagle-eyed shopper, who tweeted a snap of the stationery item.
The silver slogan planner, emblazoned with the words “In case no one told you today… you rock” is listed on Primark’s website for £2.50 (R50).
The mistake is inside the diary, with Saturday harbouring a rogue letter “e” between the “r” and “d”.
Twitter user Grace, from Bristol, tweeted at the retailer, who was swift to reply to her tweet: “We’re sorry about that, Grace. Could you please send us a DM with the product details so we can pass this on to our Buying Team?”
A spokesperson for Primark said: “We identified a typing error on this weekly planner and the product has been removed from sale.
“Customers who purchased this product can return it to one of our stores for a full refund.”
By Troy Turner for Yanko Design
Introducing Ostrich. Never before has a paperclip holder been so awesome. The magnetic silhouette takes on the familiar form of the world’s biggest bird.
Beautiful on its own, the shiny metallic finish and funky red “sneakers” make it an interesting desktop ornament. Add on the included black paperclips, however, and you’ve got something entirely new.
This novel piece of stationery is designed by Arthur Xin.
Source: August Free Press
There are many goods and services that are vital to businesses and one of the key ones is stationery. It is important for businesses of all sizes to be able to access the stationery products and printing services they need, as without access to the necessary stationery it can be difficult to maintain a professional image and difficult to operate on a day to day basis.
Fortunately, there are various options available when it comes to stationery providers, which makes it easier for businesses to find the right provider for their needs. There are many important factors that need to be considered when it comes to selecting the most suitable stationery for your business, and the one you choose can have a big impact both in terms of business finances and business operations.
How to make your selection
So, what do you need to consider when it comes to selecting the right stationer for your business? Well, there are a number of different factors that you need to take into account before you make your choice. Selecting the right provider can make a difference to the professional image of your company, to the outgoing costs you are faced with, and to the service you receive when it comes to your stationery deliveries and processes.
There are all sorts of products and services you can get from the right stationery and printing services provider. This includes everything from a simple rubber stamp through to high quality, low cost posters printing. Finding a stationer that offers a wide variety of services and products will make life far easier for you because it means you can get all the stationery and related services you need from the same place rather than having to shop around each time. This will save you time, hassle, and inconvenience, which means you can get on with running your business rather than getting tied up with stationery ordering.
Another thing that is very important for most businesses is finding a provider that offers affordability. All businesses have to be careful about their budgets and spending these days and without finding a competitive provider you could end up paying way over the odds for your stationery and services. You therefore need to make sure you check the cost of the services and that you find a provider that offers good deals and affordable pricing.
The service levels you receive are also important, as you need to ensure you get reliability and timely deliveries of your stationery. For businesses, things can grind to a halt when stationery runs out so you need to be able to get the items you need when you need them. Finding a provider that has a reputation for solid service and reliability will help you to benefit from peace of mind as well as reduce the risk of operations being affected. In addition, it means you can look forward to an excellent level of customer service from your provider.