shop-sa held its annual general meeting this morning, Thursday 25 October, at Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg.
Chairman Hans Servas began proceedings with a welcome to all present, including new members and attendees. Apologies were read out.
The minutes from the 2017 AGM were confirmed.
Hans Servas outlined the current structure of both the board and the association’s mouthpiece, My Office News.
He also addressed the current SARS issues, which are still in the process of being dealt with.
Rob Matthews, owner of IT-Online, presented a talk on the current state of the existing My Office newsletters, as well as the proposed new Association newsletter.
This newsletter will communicate with members and add value for them. It will illustrate what is happening in the industry, provide “how to” articles, display newly launched products and serve as a platform for communication from the Board.
Matthews also presented statistics regarding the growth of the current newsletters. Circulation is now over 120 000. Monthly circulation for My Office News is at 62 502, while the My Tech News is at 64 922.
This in comparison to the hardcopy magazine, which only saw a circulation of 3 000.
The subject of click-throughs was raised as a contravention of the upcoming POPI Act and the existing GDPR.
Hans Servas delivered his yearly overview of the OPI report, “View from the Top”. This details the state of the office products industry for the period 2017 to date.
A new board was elected. The new board members are:
Hans Servas (Chairman)
Bill Bayley (Rexel)
Clive Heydenrych (Trodat)
Allan Thompson (Kolok)
Lars Smith (Faber-Castell/Bantex)
Mark Penhall (CTP)