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shop-sa Expo postponed

In view of the volatile situation in our country, we have decided to postpone our first virtual trade show, the shop-sa Expo, which was to take place on 11 August 2021.

We hope that none of our members have been affected or suffered losses!

We will let you know when we are ready to hold the virtual expo, to which a number of key suppliers have already committed.

Thank you for your understanding and, most importantly, stay safe!

Hans Servas




shop-sa holds 2019 AGM

shop-sa held its AGM at the Killarney Country Club on Thursday 17 October.

Guest speaker Gavin Sharples opened the meeting by giving a talk on the importance of chinking – change, innovate and thinking creatively.

Sharples highlighted the importance of chinking in businesses in order for them to succeed. Asking “what can we do?” or “how can we change?” is the marker of highly successful companies and people.

A good example of this is Nokia, which originally made paper and pulp. In 2007 they were the sixth biggest company on Earth. But in 2019, almost no one uses Nokia because they missed the opportunity to change, innovate and be creative.
Ultimately, a company that doesn’t change is a company that is doomed to die. Companies and people need to acknowledge that there are different points of view in the world, and that is an asset.

Rob Matthews of IT-Online outlined the growth of the shop-sa publications – My Office News, My Tech News and shop-sa Trade News.

Chairman Hans Servas then addressed the meeting with a welcome, apologies and confirmation of last year’s minutes. He also provided an overview of this year’s OPI report.

The board remains as last year, with the addition of Roger Bozzoli of RBE.

shop-sa AGM 2018

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)

Reminder: shop-sa AGM

The Chairman of shop-sa, Hans Servas, and fellow members of the board cordially invite you to attend the annual shop-sa breakfast AGM at Killarney Country Club.

Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
Time: 08:00 for 08:30
Venue: Killarney Country Club
Address: 60 5th Street
Houghton Estate
Join us for a delicious breakfast as we review the year that has been and what the future holds for shop-sa.

RSVP to Wendy on 012 548 0046 or wendy@shop-sa.co.za.

A message from the chairman of shop-sa

Another turbulent, interesting and sometimes depressing year is almost over.

Just as we thought “Little else can happen, apart from waiting for the all important outcome of the ANC conference” Steinhoff hit us!

All these factors impact on business confidence. However, our industry and SA as a whole have once again shown great resilience, which bodes well for the future.

It is in times like this when being part of an association like shop-sa is critical and as important as ever.

To communicate effectively, the former My Office magazine, successfully moved from print to digital, opening up new possibilities and keeping our members informed about trends as well as issues relating to our industry.

The popular series of Executive Breakfast sessions, with excellent and relevant speakers, will continue in 2018.

Our hope and wish is that industry players recognise the value of a strong association and renew their support – we all know that “strength is in numbers”!

On this note, we wish all members and readers of the My Office newsletter a peaceful festive season – and a much better 2018! 

Hans Servas


shop-sa holds AGM

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
Time: 07:30

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 wendy@shop-sa.co.za 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!

Hans Servas



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