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  • HK International Stationery Show 2018 started today and got wonderful response from first hour itself.

    The grouping of four concurrent premium shows at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, namely – HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair, HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show and Hong Kong International Stationery Fair generates wonderful results for both exhibitors and buyers. As is evident all these industries are complementary to each other and cater to many common companies in manufacturing or sourcing of related products.

    No wonder that with 3300 exhibitors, these shows are a huge draw for buyers from across the world. Over 20,000 trade visitors are expected to visit the Convention and Exhibition Centre over the next four days. This year also, many companies have come up with top-quality and innovative products.

    A theme display “All for Arts” has been set up the entrance of the Hall 5B of HKSIF 2018 to showcase a wide collection of artistically designed stationery and art supplies. To make it easier for the visitors the organizers have highlighted the category of the exhibitors by grouping them five colour zones – DIY Supplies (blue); Gift Stationery (purple), Kids & School (yellow); Pen & Paper (red) and finally Smart Office (Green)

  • MAY-2012 – Stationery Show in London on 24-25th April 2012 was voted “best yet” by visitors and exhibitors and attracted many of the UK’s top independent and multiple retailers of stationery, says organiser First Events. “It’s great that there is a dedicated, aspirational yet functional stationery exhibition in the UK – I enjoyed the show and found several new suppliers. I hope more suppliers will embrace it next year” said Sonia Reddi, buyer for Waterstones. “As a first time visitor, I thought the show was excellent with lots of interesting exhibitors” said Jo Irons, buyer for online retailer Bureau Direct. “It’s fantastic to have a show dedicated to stationery at last – it will be on our regular trade show itinerary from now on.” Visitor numbers were up on the previous year and included Selfridges, The Pen Shop, WHSmith, Tesco, Card Factory, Ryman, John Lewis, Colemans, Wilkinson, Scribbler, Fenwick, Harrods, Bentalls, Websters Pen Shops, Staples, The Range and Osbornes Stationers. This year’s exhibition had the products of more than 150 different suppliers on 82 stands almost all of whom were showing new products. The 2013 exhibition will take place at the Business Design Centre in London on Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 April.

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  • MAY-2016- IBC INFOMEDIA – a division of International Brand Consul ting Corporation USA recently conducted and in-depth survey and analysis to identify those brands which have maintained the highest standards of product integrity and brand development. The world renowned corporation organized an elaborate award ceremony – India’s No. 1 Brand Awards – 2016 to acknowledge and felicitate the Brands which brilliantly scored in their survey and won the top spot in their respective category. And for all plausible reasons DOMS was declared a clear winner in “Stationery” category. Mr Satish Soni (Jt. Managing Director) Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation inaugurated the event. Mr. Soni honoured all the awardees with the Trophies and Mr. Hemant Kaushik (CEO) IBC INFOMEDIA honoured all awardees with the Cerificates. The award presentation ceremony was held at “The Leela Hotel” in Mumbai on 2nd May 2016 and nearly 100 Brand Leaders of India were recipients of “India’s No: 1 Brand” in various Business Fields and categories. Just to highlight the extensive and exhaustive efforts put by IBC InfoMedia in deciding the category leaders and winners it must be mentioned that the survey was conducted during a nationwide online survey with MRG through from 10th Jan. 2016 to 28th Jan. 2016 among more than 10,000 respondents. Based on the responses of the consumers, the brands were ranked for the awards. INDIA’S NO.1 BRAND AWARDS is a distinctive recognition for a brand recognized as, “NO. 1” in its industry category based on current year marketing standing. Its evaluation process is based on a nationwide quantitative qualified consumer survey, expert analysis and attributes based on qualitative brand research. Apart from DOMS , other category leaders who shared the same platform are KFC (retail), Airtel (telecom), and SpiceJet (airlines), ICICI Bank (banking, financial services and insurance), Bharat Gas (energy), Dabur (healthcare), Google (internet), Aaj Tak (News channel), TATA (chemical industry). Soon after the press release was received by PSS, we called Mr. Amarjeet Sharma, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for getting his response on this amazing accomplishment. Amarjeet ji is a veteran in the industry. He is among the senior most member of the core team at Writefine Products Pvt. Ltd. With his business acumen and years of experience Amarjeet ji has played a vital r ole in spearheading the rapid growth of the brand DOMS. Here is what he had to say for our readers “It’s a prestigious moment for us to be recognized as a most preferred brand by consumers. We thank our most valued consumers, our sales team, and also our competitors who motivated us to grow. It makes us feel proud to receive such appreciation.” Amajeet ji also added “DOMS now has a pan-India presence with more than 50 dynamic channel partners and above 3000 distributors across INDIA.” DOMS products are internationally accepted in more than 55 countries and is considered utmost respectable amongst the brands with unique features and hi-quality product line.

    10/19/2016 - 07:45
  • DEC-2016 – PAGE - 6DOMS a leading stationery brand has performed excellently throughout the year. It’s constant advertising campaigns and product launch, talks all about it. Few of its successful launch in pencil range are X1 pencils and Groove Slim Triangle pencils. X1 Pencils are X-tra Super Dark Pencils and comes with a point protection cap that avoids breakage. Groove Slim Triangle pencils have grooves on its body for superior grip. Their neon range of pencils, erasers and sharpeners is a big hit. In the Art range, Aqua Water Colour Pencils and Bi- Colour Pencils made space in the consumers hearts. Aqua Water Colour Pencils with its unique 2 in 1 features has become kids favourite and the vibrant bright colours of Bi- Colour Pencils gives excellent colouring experience. Their all in one stationery and art tool called Smart Kit and Art App has become a preferred choice for consumers. DOMS has been actively participating in the exhibitions across pan India and Internationally. They built a strong connect with their consumers through school activation called Handwriting Masters. DOMS also associated with Gateway event 2016, for the world’s longest pencil sketch activity conducted at Coimbatore with 31467 participants from all over India. After winning the hearts of the consumers and getting recognized as India’s No.1 Brand, DOMS bagged another award for itself. DOMS is honoured as India’s Most Trusted Brand 2016 in stationery category. IBC Infomedia conducted a nationwide online survey, amongst more than 10,000 respondents. Based on the response of the consumers DOMS achieved these awards. These awards showcases their efforts of delivering quality products to their consumers every single time. Seeing the innovations and hardwork, we are sure DOMS will become kids favourite choice in stationery. From the VP’s Desk: Mr. Amarjeet Sharma, VP, Sales and Marketing, Writefine Products Pvt. Ltd. “The appreciation that we have received for our brand would not have been possible without the acceptance of consumers who value the creativity of our work. Mr. Santosh Raveshia, CEO, Writefine Products Private Ltd., shows his completed dedication for keeping European quality standards with suitable prices for Indian consumers.”

    02/08/2017 - 14:45

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  • FEB-2012 – 250 employees who check quality of the products at every stage. DPSPL brings products for professional use with added safety and performance for maximum convenience. Products which are versatile in standard & vast in choice are perfect for everyday desk work in the office or at home. Practical for light duty job and personal use. DPSPL has an exhaustive product range comprising Sharpeners, Shredders, Laminating Machines, Currency Counting Machine, Laser Pointers, Magazine and Newspaper Stands, Calculators, Files & Folders, Desk Accessories, Electronic Calculators, White Boards, Staplers & Punches, Writing Instruments etc….. And the quality is unbeatable. As a leading manufacturer ofSharpeners, Deli created a benchmark in the global Sharpener industry. Over the years, Deli Sharpeners have gained worldwide acclamation. 100% ABS material non-allergic to human body & are available in vivid & variety of colours. Electronic, semi automatic & rotary are the varieties available. Who doesn’t like the neatly arranged work station? Our organizers make your desk very manageable, clutter free & so is your life’s made easier. The wide choice of 3/4/5/6 drawer organizer with lock, file cabinets. Magazine rack, file / paper basket, document holders & trays. Our scissors & cutters come in variety of colours, styles & handles. To protect the sharpness an exclusive safety jacket is specially designed & provided along with. DPSPL has introduced the special Foam PP series folders & files. Our expanding & folders can be used to segregate important documents and store / carry all in one Certified with ISO 9001 & ISO 1 4001 for international quality management system & environment system. file. The index enables easy access for any file while the 2 mm thick PP Foam cover ensures the safety. Available in different varieties like Standard Level File, Clip Board Folder, and Executive Folder that come handy with durable clips & pockets, free indexes, A4 note book, pen holder, sheets etc. We’ve also launched a unique oval shaped glue stick for the first time in India. It’s non toxic, environment friendly, long lasting & has superb adhesive quality that is can stick your fingers & will not dry in 2 years even in open condition. Packaged in attractive pristine white colour, its oval tube shape prevents rolling. Deli Stationery is available in all major cities at all conventional & modern retail outlets across country viz. Staples, Future Retail, Reliance Retail, Odyssey Landmark, Metro Cash & Carry, Bharti Walmart, Crossword, D-Mart, Carrefour etc. And entered into strategic tie-ups with major business and corporate houses (for in-house stationery consumption and corporate gifting) and aim to cater to many more in the near future. What makes us Unique? Our competitive strength is that our customers would be able to purchase a wide variety of stationery products under one roof which will help them to save their time & efforts to find best quality with better rates. Quality for life, management for efficiency and credit for customers is the guiding principle of Deli Penrex Stationery Pvt. Ltd. Visit us at & our flagship store : Atria Mall. Shop # 55 & 56, Ground Floor, Dr. Annie Beasant Road, Worli, Mumbai – 400 018 Phone : + 91 22673 63768

    07/11/2012 - 06:45
  • FEB-2012 -A 53 yrs. old Bafna Group has come a long way since its first generation Shri. Mohanlal Raichand Bafna began trading in paper and jaggery. After initial struggling period that turned into an interesting success story which is purely a result of sheer hard work, firm determ-ination, foresight and commitment. In true sense, the group has grown maturely and spread its wings on various horizons. It represents a unique diversity of a colour spectrum. The group resounds with varied service offerings, resonates with solutions, and vibrates with fresh ideas and innovation. That’s why today Bafna Group products are touching millions of lives everyday. A 30 years dynamic, 3rd generation entrepreneur Praful Bafna, took reins of business from his father, Prakash Bafna. According to Praful Bafna, CMD of Bafna Group, “the company has expanded over a period & today it’s one of the largest paper trading companies in India”. The CMD further adds, “The Bafna Group has continuously evolved into a global corporate, having bagged ISO certification, specializes in trading, manufacturing and exports of paper products like notebooks, exercise books, text books, registers, drawing books, practical papers, etc. for school supplies & institutional stationery products, growers of the finest grapes (agriculture), manufacturing of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers (bio-technology. New ventures are now stabilizing in the field of readymade garment manufacturing, retailing in domestic & exporting through Albury Industries, land development & construction in the name of White Stone”. Saniya notebooks are available in most of the stationery marts in India & overseas which are rolled out of factory godown only after thorough quality checks & standards. In a very short span a time, Saniya has become a household product which comes with its top class printing, fair pricing, environmental friendly i.e. products are made from agriculture waste, intelligent use of cutting edge technology, focused and penetrating marketing strategies and customer service are some of the key parameters that have shaped today’s brand, Saniya.

    07/11/2012 - 07:30

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  • MAR-2012 – The Indian franchising industry, estimated at about Rs. 90,000 crore and growing at 25-30 per cent, will take on a new avtaar with the growth of the e-commerce industry. “Franchisees will become consumer delivery points for products and services with the growth of e-retailing,” said Mr. Gaurav Marya, President, Franchise India, an organisation that helps facilitation between franchisors and franchisees. Thanks to e-commerce, companies can now maintain a larger virtual inventory, but will exist in the brick and mortar form (as franchisees) to give the product the touch-and-feel like in the case of jewellery brands, he explained. The franchising industry, driven by the small format retail growth, will also not be impacted by the impending 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail. “Globally, retail has grown through franchising and FDI would only be for big box formats or in the back end,” said Mr. Marya, pointing out that smaller retail outlets are always franchised across the world. Franchising is the most economical form of retailing because of the reach the small format can give brands. Hence, all big brands, would continue to partner with master franchisees to take them to the strategic last mile connect, which is the consumer, he added. A franchised store is about seven per cent more efficient than a company-owned store, has almost zero shrinkage levels, and saves the entrepreneur almost 2 per cent overhead costs in HR, thus impacting sales by eight per cent, according to Mr. Marya. New trends On new trends, he said Franchise India is currently advising several players in the speciality retail and services sector to use the franchising route to reach out to consumers. Cartridge refilling, housekeeping services and gardening products are new business areas looking for franchising opportunities, he said. At present, education and training is the most franchised sector, followed by food and beverages and apparel. The industry in India has 1,800 home-grown franchisors and over 200,000 franchisees. Source:

  • APR-2012 – Take a good look at your shelves and the hidden corners of your cupboards. You are bound to find at least one gadget that you had hoarded simply because it had lived up to its worth or because you had replaced it with a newer model. A survey by Nokia reveals that only about three per cent of people recycle their mobile phones. A big reason why old gadgets and electrical appliances gather dust is because of consumer indifference to environment-friendly disposal methods or recycling programmes run by agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs). All this is going to change soon. Electronic device manufacturers are expected to step up their efforts to ensure that consumers take note of their “take-back” schemes, since they would be responsible for the safe disposal of the electronic goods they produce. The Ministry of Environment and Forests’ (MoEF) new e-waste legislation, to be effective from May 1, has laid out procedures for manufacturers under the Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR). This holds them responsible for recycling, reducing levels of hazardous substances in electronics and setting up collection centres. An MoEF official underlined, “These rules will apply to every producer, consumer and bulk consumer involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and processing of electronic equipment or components. The Central Pollution Control Board has already been informed that it would be required to prepare and submit an annual report (based on the data received by state pollution control board) with regard to implementation of these rules every year.” A growing problem According to a report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India generates 350,000 tonnes of electronics waste (e-waste) every year and imports another 50,000 tonnes. But, only 19,000 tonnes of this is recycled. Data from MoEF and Central Pollution Control Board shows that 10 Indian states generate nearly 70 per cent of the total e-waste in the country. Maharashtra topped the list, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. B. K. Soni, chairman and founder of Eco Recycling and member of the expert panel that helped the government draft its e-waste regulations, says, “India’s new legislation is following a global trend in which the producers must become more responsible and not leave recycling to the consumer alone.” Soni’s company has been recycling e-waste for over five years. He believes that consumers need to get proactive about recycling electronics, as against selling them to a local garbage dealer. Original equipment manufacturers are seeking help from recyclers like Soni to extend their reach across the country. “A large part of the e-waste management business involves collection of e-waste from multiple locations and we have our own network to collect e-waste from locations as well as over 600 collection centres where e-waste can be dumped,” says Soni. His organisation recycled about 3,000 metric tonnes of e-waste last fiscal. Attero Recycling, an end-to-end electronic waste recycling company, has a mobile take-back service,, and Rohan Gupta, COO of Attero, is confident of adding other electronic equipments to the service this year. “We believe consumers have begun to understand the process of recycling and are not always looking to profit from their older gadgets. That gives us the confidence to slate more electronic items for recycling,” says Gupta. Attero Recycling has more than 200 clients, including Wipro, HCL, Tata Tele Service, and Google among others. “With official regulations coming into effect, we are seeing electronic manufacturers coming and talking to us to share our recycling infrastructure,” he adds.Typically, clients pay recyclers like Attero and Eco Recycling a nominal service fee. And when recyclers collect gadgets from consumers, they pay a small amount (depending on the gadget’s condition), and either refurbish the gadget or send it for extract metals from the same. But the new legislation does not mention informal recyclers, and activists like Satish Sinha, associate director of Toxic Links (an NGO) feel that it remains a challenge to bring the informal sector into the mainstream. “If organised recyclers create competition for the local kabariwallas, it will be a problem. The issue is how to bring local kabariwallas into the value chain. Then, there is a grey area around the penalty. The regulation says violators would be punishable under the Environment protection Act, but the penalties are not stated clearly,” he says. Welcome signs of change Mobile vendors like Nokia, who claim to have placed close to 1,400 bins across India to collect unwanted mobile phones and accessories from consumers, is working with 10 companies that have around 80 facilities worldwide in which obsolete electronics can be recycled. “Globally, Nokia has taken this campaign to over 85 cities with 5,000 Nokia Recycle Points. Till date, over 1.5 million pieces of old phones and accessories weighing over 70 tonnes have been collected for recycling,” informs a Nokia India spokesperson. Companies like HP, Dell, Canon and Samsung Electronics, too, are getting aggressive about their recycling programmes in 2012. HP India has over 15 drop-off points across eight states and about 1,821 enterprise consumer touchpoints comprising 13 per cent of the total in the Asia Pacific Japan region. Upasana Choudhry, environmental manager, HP India informs, “HP aims to increase the number of collection points to over 80 locations across 20 states and is taking various initiatives to promote the same. Even as we encourage consumers to deposit used printer cartridges at our offices spread across the country, bulk users who wish to dispose of the cartridges are even offered a free pick-up from HP.” She also adds that HP is discussing the possibilities of engaging recyclers, NGO or other stakeholders on a city-wide basis for pilot initiatives to test different kinds of collection models. Samsung highlights that users can dispose of their portable products at Samsung service centres in 235 locations across 20 cities. Some companies like Dell have begun to incentivise consumers in a bid to encourage recycling. The company has diverted more than 68 million kilograms of end-of-life electronics globally from landfills in fiscal year 2011, a 16 per cent increase over fiscal year 2010. Dell is currently on track to recycle more than one billion pounds of e-waste by 2014. Mahesh Bhalla, executive director and general manager (Consumer and Small and Medium Business), Dell India, says, “Dell has launched a free laptop battery recycling programme in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. It will be extended to rest of the cities later this year. When consumers return their non-working lithium ion batteries from the Dell Inspiron, Studio, XPS and Vostro laptop ranges for recycling, we offer a discount of Rs 500 towards the purchase of a replacement Li-ion Dell laptop battery in return.” In an effort to encourage recycling of personal computers in India, Dell also launched a special discount coupon programme where consumers could send their old computers to Dell for free recycling and redeem a coupon of Rs 1,000 on the purchase of their next Dell computer. MAIT President, Alok Bharadwaj, says, “As the consumer, households are the largest warehouse of e-waste. They store old gadgets and attach value to every electronic item that can be sold to the kabariwallas. We have already informed the member companies about the regulations. Most of the big companies have already put in place the mechanism for collection of e-waste. They are also in the process of tying up with authorised recyclers.” MAIT, which has around 100 member companies, including Lenovo, IBM, Canon, Xerox, is also setting up an e-waste information portal. The portal will have details about State Pollution Control Board, MoEF, bulk consumers such as public sector units, large banks, and authorised recyclers. “The portal will be up and running before May, 2012,” Bharadwaj says. Nokia’s internal consumer survey results show that the awareness on mobile phone recycling among Indian consumers has gone up by over 20 per cent. Nokia has also collaborated with the Energy and Resources Institute to develop comic books that educate children on the problem of e-waste and the importance of recycling it. Source:


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