Message from the Chairman: July

How time flies! Another financial year has passed and, in spite of challenges such as membership, participation and so on, shop-sa continues to strive to provide relevant news, locally and internationally.

The industry-specific, monthly shop-sa newsletter, launched in January, is growing in terms of readership, complementing the weekly My Office News. Again, we appeal to members to let us have their news, as well as take advantage of the advertising opportunity it provides.

Having missed the breakfast event with Dion Chang, one of SA’s leading trend analysts, I was pleased to hear that it was excellent and that tickets sold out.

Needless to say, shop-sa will try to organise other exciting events for the industry, which we hope will receive the same support. Your comments and suggestions with regards to topic, venue and time would be appreciated.

Unfortunately, politics in South Africa is still hampering the economy and, even though stationery and office products are essential items, the effects are felt even in our industry.

However, we are sure that innovation, service and experience will ensure that the industry stays strong.

Needless to say, we are not alone! Having just come back from an extensive trip to Europe, it was evident that many countries struggle with growth and political instability; Brexit being one example.

All this makes a strong association more relevant and important.

In the words of JK Rowling, “we are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided”!

Hans Servas

Chairman

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