The office supplies and stationery industry has been under constant erosion for a number of years.
The consolidation of suppliers globally and locally, plus the focus on retail ‘big-box superstores’ means that competition is being intensified, but by fewer players. Today, there are more and more recognised product brands that are being managed by even fewer entities (suppliers).
Wholesale industry has also taken a bashing. Traditional wholesale has been replaced by a new age Business-to-Business models within the current major retail chains. The industry is rapidly towards more ways to reach the end-consumer. Digital elements such as web stores, online print management, all pave the way to the office supply segment being more efficient and diverse in the way they have to do business.