Chairman’s letter – May 2021

The results of shop-sa‘s 2021 Back-to-School survey have been released. Thank you to all respondents. It shows that when our industry works together, the information gained certainly provides insight into the effects of the Pandemic on the Stationery Industry.

In many instances, expectations expressed in the previous survey did come true.
A large proportion of respondents experienced a decline in turnover; however, 23% of suppliers and 37% of retailers showed growth which is encouraging.
To further support our members shop-sa, in conjunction with My Office News, will be hosting a virtual trade show in August.
You can read all about it in our newsletter this month.
Finally, let’s hope the dreaded third wave does not materialise!
Please continue to be vigilant both at home and in your businesses.
Hans Servas

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