Sales growth for SP Richards

posted May 17, 2019, 8:46 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 17, 2019, 11:01 AM ]

Paul Donahue - GPC
Paul Donahue - GPC

In an environment that is not exactly the most favorable, the US wholesaler SP Richards announced sales growth of 1% for the first quarter of this year.

The announcement made by Genuine Parts (GPC), owner of SP Richards, in its quarterly earnings report, revealed that sales amounted to $ 479.1 million, compared to $ 474.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. GPC said that this increase of 1 % was mainly due to comparable sales growth.

The operating profit for the first quarter of 2019 in SPR was $ 21.2 million.

"We are making further progress in stabilizing the Business Products Group," said GPC CEO Paul Donahue, highlighting what growth means.

Ecuador: De Prati and its wide offer for back to school

posted May 16, 2019, 8:33 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 16, 2019, 8:34 AM ]

With the back to school in the Ecuadorian Coast Region, the importance of finding from clothes to electronic equipment in a place that transmits confidence, becomes an advantage for some retailers like “De Prati,” one of the traditional options in that country.

In this chain it is possible to find from school supplies such as backpacks, lunch boxes and cartridge belts to fashion or technology. With multiple payment options including direct credit. The retailer does not neglect the sale online, which has been developed during the last decade enabling its offer 24 hrs.

"The customer is the center of our business strategy and who guides each action we take as a company. Through this reformed, solid and flexible platform, the online shopping experience of our customers will be optimized ", explained Jessica Dávila, Manager of Electronic Commerce of De Prati.

The De Prati chain, founded in Guayaquil 75 years ago, has 24 stores in the main cities such as Quito, Cuenca, Manta, Ambato and Machala, among others.

Steelcase and Microsoft unveil new collaborative initiatives

posted May 15, 2019, 8:21 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 15, 2019, 9:14 AM ]

Jim Keane - Steelcase
Jim Keane - Steelcase

Steelcase and Microsoft commented on the evolution of their joint efforts towards a better workplace, an objective they had announced two years ago when they decided to define it as a common project.

Jim Keane, chief executive of Steelcase, and Panos Panay, product manager at Microsoft, talked about changes in the workplace and how companies have been cooperating to assemble analog and digital solutions for workers, whether in an environment of office or elsewhere.

In the presentation of equipment -like Microsoft's new Surface Hub, a 55-inch interactive collaboration device- the results of an investigation that will guide the manufacture of Steelcase furniture were also presented. Of this can be stand out the following:

-72% of people want to move when they work, but only 53% can do it
- 62% of people say they can not move their furniture although they would like it.
- 70% would like to use an interactive collaboration device, but only 42% have access to one.
-66% say they lack technology to visually show work
-70% of people still use traditional conference rooms (sitting around a large table with little room to move)
-75% of traditional conference rooms are closed, 81% of collaboration sessions are scheduled, while only 19% are spontaneous.

Office Depot Mexico boost Grupo Gigante

posted May 14, 2019, 8:35 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 14, 2019, 8:46 AM ]

With a local economy with a perspective of meager growth, Grupo Gigante's businesses do not stop and see a favorable outlook for this year, particularly its Office Depot stores.

The chain of bookstores operated by Gigante contributed with 78% of the group's income. Added to this, its chain of Toks restaurants with 14%, which has just been boosted by the incorporation of a new partner -Shake Shack Enterprise- that will support the development of this food business.

In a complex scenario but with a clear growth of online sales, Gigante also intends to develop its e-commerce alternatives, which will seek to gain a privileged place within the group's activity.

Grupo Gigante operates 555 Office Depot stores, 206 Toks, 62 Petco, 20 Panda Express and 20 Home Store.

New sales manager at Fellowes

posted May 13, 2019, 8:44 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 13, 2019, 8:45 AM ]

Beth Wright - Fellowes
Beth Wright - Fellowes

After Sam Richardson, who worked as vice president of sales for America, had decided to leave the company, Beth Wright has been confirmed as the new Fellowes sales leader with immediate effect.

Wright, well-known executive of the sector, joined the manufacturer last year, a short period of time that has been enough to demonstrate its recognized ability.

"Beth has progressed and been very successful in her almost 20 years of industry experience and embodies the values of Fellowes," said John Fellowes, CEO of the company.

"Over the next few weeks, Beth and her team will work with clients to guarantee that there is a smooth transition in our business partnerships," he added.

STAEDTLER distinguished as Superbrand for the third consecutive year

posted May 10, 2019, 9:03 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 10, 2019, 12:58 PM ]

The specialized survey Business Superbrands announced that Staedtler UK reached its maximum distinction as a super brand in this year.

The research, which has been following the behavior of the main brands since 2001, included 1,600 brands in three categories. Each voter was asked to judge the brands according to three criteria considered inevitable in a super brand: quality, reliability and distinction. In addition, the perception of the brand and a series of factors in the short and long term also operated in the evaluation.

"We are delighted to have achieved the status of 'Superbrand' for the third year in a row and we appreciate the positive impact that this independent support will have on our business," said Natalie O'Rourke-Jones, marketing manager at STAEDTLER UK.

edding crece a pesar de la hiperinflación que afecta a su filial argentina

posted May 9, 2019, 8:28 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica

edding Argentina - Planta San Juan
edding Argentina - Planta San Juan

El año que terminó fue de crecimiento para el fabricante de instrumentos de escritura, con un sólido desempeño tanto en ventas totales como en ganancias.

Así lo lo expresa su informe anual en el que especifica que sus ventas ascendieron a € 141 millones (US $ 159 millones), destacando su mercado local, Alemania, donde el crecimiento fue superior al 7%.

Las ganancias antes de impuestos (EBIT) totalizaron € 13,1 millones, un aumento del 9% con respecto al período anterior. Estas podrían haber sido -al igual que las ventas totales- significativamente más altas, pero fueron afectadas por diferentes ajustes realizados a la operación de su filial argentina, afectada por la hiperinflación.

Para 2019, edding anticipó que espera un aumento moderado tanto en ventas como en ganancias.

Paperworld 2020: The reserves approach the thousand

posted May 8, 2019, 8:26 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 8, 2019, 9:31 AM ]

Michael Reichhold - Paperworld
Michael Reichhold - Paperworld

When we still hear the echoes of the latest version of Paperworld next year's version already exceeds the 900 registered.

This was reported by Michael Reichhold, Director of Paperworld, who explained that this year it was decided to advance the registration date to facilitate planning, which will result in benefits for exhibitors and organizers.

Among the companies that have already confirmed their participation can be mentioned Durable, Exacompta-Clairefontaine, Herma, HSM and Tesa, as well as Adel, Erich Krause, Kum, Möbius + Ruppert, Scrikss and Standardgraph, among others.

At the level of spaces, Reichhold said that much of the provision of this year will be maintained with some slight changes:

"The new combination of products in the Stationery segment was highly praised at Paperworld 2019, both by exhibitors and visitors. For this reason, Hall 3.1 is also programmed for stationery suppliers in 2020. Only the Remanexpo area will move from Hall 5.1 to the recently renovated Hall 6.1 in 2020, since we have to give way to construction work, "he said.

Although there are more than six months until the next edition, the organization has already sent location proposals to the participants. What is also in full preparation is everything that has to do with support programs, where we also work to achieve the perfect mix:

"Paperworld Trends will undoubtedly reappear with the latest styles, designs and colors. The Future Office and Learning from the Future are also firmly planned once again. Here we are currently developing new ideas and implementations ", concluded Reichhold.

Girls and boys from SOS Children's Villages Peru creative laboratory participation

posted May 7, 2019, 8:47 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 8, 2019, 8:34 AM ]

With the support of CreatiLab, the creative laboratory of Faber-Castell, the children of the SOS Social Center town of Carabayllo, north of Lima, were able to enjoy a day full of creativity.

Children accompanied by their parents, participating in different experiments, visited the four seasons of CreativeLab, Creati-Max, Creati-Ciencia, Creati-Toon and the Down Mill Factory.

Victoria Hugo, director of the Zárate Program of Aldeas Infantiles SOS Peru highlighted the importance of this type of initiatives where companies contribute directly to the integral development of girls and boys through recreation and education experiences.

Ricardo Tomas, head of the School Line of Faber-Castell, highlighted the commitment of the German brand to learning, which translates into different actions that promote it.

FILA expects to take up the United States growth

posted May 6, 2019, 8:47 AM by El Papel Latinoamérica   [ updated May 6, 2019, 9:26 AM ]

Exceeding what the acquisition of the Pacon company meant, which led to the disbursement of U $ 340 million, FILA expects to take up blue numbers in the first half of the year.

The purchase generated imbalances with the products and customers of Dixon Ticonderoga but the integration has continued its course -particularly on a computing level- and it is expected that during this year the products of both may be incorporated into a single invoice.

Following the general integration project, Canson in the United States has now merged with Pacon, with a Canson facility in Massachusetts that is being closed and its production moved to the Pacon plant in Wisconsin.

For FILA, its fastest growing markets remain in Asia, especially India, and Latin America, both with double-digit growth in 2018, although more than 75% of the group's sales still come from the North American and European markets.

School and office products accounted for just over 67% of FILA's total sales in 2018 and these product categories remained relatively stable during the previous year, with a decrease of only 0.3% compared to 2017.

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