5 ways to make the most of your classroom whiteboard this year

A whiteboard is the cornerstone of any classroom, in school, college or university. It is a must-have tool that offers a number of uses, from brainstorming new ideas, breaking down and solving a problem, or as a means of displaying tasks or objectives for the lesson.

The perfect classroom whiteboard 

With so much choice, finding the right whiteboard for your classroom can be a tough choice. The Nobo whiteboard selector tool will suggest the best board, based on your requirements, including usage, size of room and surface type.

As well as a wall mounted whiteboard, consider also a mobile board or easel which students can also use whenever they need, to work through an idea or problem at their own pace.

5 great uses for your classroom whiteboard

There are several other uses for the classroom whiteboard that may not automatically spring to mind, so what better time than the start of the new academic year to think of some new and different ways to get use out of your board?

  1. Brainstorming ideas

Mapping and writing out suggestions from the class to develop into a full formed idea or plan is a great way to get creative juices flowing and encourage team working between students. Writing the thought process on your whiteboard enables members of the class to follow along and also revisit any previously discarded ideas to see if it can be reimagined to fit with the final project

  1. Ditch the pinboard

The whiteboard isn’t restricted to only use during class, it can also serve as a message board for any important updates or news, to keep everyone in the classroom up to date with what’s going on. This could range from reminders to hand in permission forms for an upcoming trip, dates for everyone’s diary or time of the next year assembly.

  1. Share a thought for the day

Similar to the message board concept, whiteboards can also be used for students and staff to add their thought for the day. Create a space on your whiteboard where the class can communicate with each other, and place a marker pen beside it so anyone can contribute, turning your ordinary board into a place for thought sharing and discussion between classmates.


  1. Test your class with a daily challenge

Put a word puzzle or brain teaser, relating to the subject you teach for example an equation for Maths or an anagram for English, on your whiteboard for the class to solve. Testing your pupils with a daily or weekly challenge will not only keep them entertained but helps to keep their minds active outside of their usual classwork.

  1. Record achievement of the week

Similar to a gold star chart, use your whiteboard to write the name of a student, who has performed well in class, has made great progress in a challenging area or has gone above and beyond the normal expectations of a pupil. Use the whiteboard to state why the particular person has been nominated, so classmates and other teachers can congratulate them for their hard work. Choose a different member of the class each week to nominate based on their performance, to ensure everyone has a turn.

A whiteboard is any teacher’s must trusted teaching aid. With so many great uses, your classroom whiteboard can help you to engage with your class on different levels and enhance their learning experience. As you get ready for the new academic year, why not try out of some of our suggestions to make the most out of your whiteboard? Leave a comment sharing the innovative ways you use your class board.

This year, Nobo is running an unmissable year-long prize draw where one lucky winner will get an office makeover worth £5,000. There’s also chances to win a desk makeover every month of 2017. For more information about how you can enter, please visit the Nobo website or follow Nobo on Twitter







Rexel’s top 10 back to school stationery essentials

With September fast approaching, teachers and students alike are preparing themselves for the new school year. Going back to school after a summer break may be tough, so to help ease the transition we’ve put together 10 stationery essentials that will help you get the most from the upcoming term.

  1. Desk organisers

From letter trays to table top waste bins, desk accessories help to keep your classroom tidy and organised. Desk organisers offer a convenient means of dealing with the high activity area that is a classroom desk. For example, tiered letter trays can help to organise work waiting to be marked, whilst desk tidies are perfect for storing pens and pencils, making them easy to reach and accessible.

  1. Colourful pen pot

Brightly coloured stationery allows teachers to add a touch of colour and personality to their desks. Colours such as blue and green have also been proven to have a positive impact on productivity and alertness. Our JOY range pen cups are available in pink, blue, green and purple and are great for keeping pens, pencils, scissors and other miscellaneous equipment together in one place.

  1. Lever arch files

Filing systems and folders are crucial to keep a classroom organised and aesthetically pleasing. Lever arch files are great for storing lesson plans and classwork. Coloured files can help to separate classes or age groups.

  1. Laminator

Laminators are a perfect addition to any classroom. They help to preserve schoolwork, create eye-catching displays or produce important documents. GBC Fusion laminators have intelligent controls that enable exceptionally fast lamination and conserve energy when not in use.

  1. Stapler & hole punch

Another must have tool for your classroom are staplers and hole punches. Both allow documents to be filed and kept together neatly. Electric staplers can deal with large volumes of paper, making highly repetitive stapling jobs simple and consistent. Our range of reliable hole punches are perfect for occasional use or for dealing with a large volume on a day-to-day basis.

  1. Whiteboard accessories

Marker pens, whiteboard erasers and a whiteboard cleaner are essentials for all teachers. Research has shown how colour can stimulate specific brain functions, proving the need for coloured whiteboard markers to keep students engaged in lessons. In order to keep your whiteboard in good condition it must be well looked after, erasers and cleaners prevent your board from the effects of ghosting.

  1. Smart notepad

Notebooks are an obvious essential, perfect for a number of uses from writing lesson plans or making to do lists. The Rexel JOY notepads are not only available in a number of eye catching colours but have a polypropylene cover to protect notes from wear and tear. Notepads with subject dividers are also useful for organisational purposes.

  1. Scissors

Productivity is key in the classroom environment and all items of stationery should ensure that the user can perform tasks efficiently. Rexel’s X3 Scissors provide 300% more cutting power than conventional scissors, making them a useful addition for any teacher.

  1. Tape dispenser

Tape dispensers may not always be considered as a stationery essential, however, for teachers, tape is a must have for creating displays and holding schoolbooks together. Rexel’s JOY tape dispenser has a non-slip base to aid easy use and its rounded shape means it makes a sleek addition to any desk.

  1. Wall planner

An academic year planner is essential for anyone working in education. Sasco’s 2017/2018 Academic Planner runs from August to July with all UK and ROI public holidays clearly marked. Calendars allow for forward planning and organisation of classes and deadlines.

To stay up to date with the latest releases of desk tools and stationery, follow @rexeleurope @noboeurope and @gbceurope on Twitter or visit our website.

How background noise affects the way you work

Carefully designed, sophisticated, open plan offices now account for 70% of all workspaces. These open spaces do offer important benefits and facilitate ways of working that enhance creativity but they also carry a major downside; lack of sound privacy.

Open workspaces usually feature smooth surfaces, which reflect sound, create harsh echoes and exacerbate environmental noises. A study by Steelcase and Ipsos has revealed that workers lose as much as 86 minutes per day due to noise distractions. Background noise has a significant impact on employee productivity levels and wellbeing in the workplace. We take a look at the problems associated with a loud office and offer solutions to reduce background noise.

How does a noisy office impact our wellbeing and productivity?

Loud sounds and prolonged exposure to certain noises can trigger physiologic stress responses in our bodies, such as spikes in blood pressure and heart rate. Even usual office noises, such as the telephone conversations or chatty colleagues can affect the rhythm and rate of our hearts, causing stress and affecting wellbeing of staff members.

Research from the British Journal of Psychology found that background noise kills productivity levels, with studies showing that workers can be up to 66% less productive when exposed to just one nearby conversation. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that the annual cost to Europe from excessive noise levels is £30 billion. This figure includes loss of productivity, lost working days and healthcare costs. So, what can you do to reduce noise in the workplace?

  1. Provide quiet areas to work

Use an empty small office or conference room and turn it into a ‘quiet room’ that employees can go to when trying to focus on an important task or project. These spaces will be designated for non-group work and help provide a place for staff to work independently and quietly.

  1. Introduce designated “loud spaces”

In contrast, you could also designate specific areas around the office that encourage interaction and discussion. Lunch areas or even phone rooms can help communicate to employees that while they’re at a desk, they should make minimal noise.

  1. Bring in sound absorbing materials

Open offices allow sound to travel throughout the whole space. Hard surfaces do a poor job at absorbing sounds, so bringing in softer materials such as carpets can help to improve sound absorption.

Plants boast sound absorbing capabilities that work just as effectively in an indoor environment as well as an outdoor setting. Plants also carry significant health benefits including improving oxygen levels in an office.

Partitions and noise reduction panels are also a common way to block and absorb sound. For example, our ActiVita Noise reduction boards can reduce noise in any space by up to 50%. Incorporating some of these simple tips could well be what you need to improve productivity levels and of course, employee wellbeing and comfort at work. To stay up to date with our latest product releases and news follow @rexeleurope on Twitter or visit the Rexel website.

How a whiteboard gets dirty – protecting and preserving boards

A whiteboard has many uses; it supports brainstorming sessions, effective meetings and acts as a display area for communicating important news.

Many people will use a whiteboard on a regular basis, so there’s nothing worse than finding the office dry erase board is too stained or damaged to use. Even with a good cleaning regime, sometimes whiteboards become dirty and are not in the optimal condition for use. In that case, it may be time to consider what is causing the stains and look at how to prevent them in future.

Identifying the causes

There are many ways a whiteboard can become stained or damaged. To pinpoint the root of the issue, here are a few simple questions to ask:

Is your whiteboard dirty due to ink residue, ghosting and smearing?

  • Ink residue – a copy of pen writing is left behind on the board’s surface where an inappropriate whiteboard pen is used
  • Ghosting – this occurs over a long period of time when writing leaves a permanent white stain on the board
  • Smearing – this happens if unsuitable cleaning products or dirty whiteboard erasers are used

Where is the whiteboard or easel positioned in the room?

  • Close to floor level – this can leave it at risk of picking up dirt from the ground
  • Near a door – this could leave the whiteboard susceptible to staining, denting or chipping from the door opening and closing
  • Next to desks – employees working away at their desks may unintentionally stain or dent their whiteboard due to their close proximity to it
  • Too close to passers by – whiteboards can often sustain damage when people walk too close to it, for example knocking the board when carrying a box or scratching it with their cufflinks

How are you cleaning the whiteboard?

  • Check the whiteboard eraser – a dirty cloth will only cause the board to become even more stained
  • Check the cleaning spray – make sure your spray is working effectively on tough marker pen stains


Nobo’s stain prevention tips

Once the cause has been identified, it’s time to take action to prevent stains or damage from happening in the future. Here are some useful tricks to keep your whiteboard in great condition:

  1. Always use a clean whiteboard eraser to wipe the board and keep it stored in a clean, dry area between uses
  2. Invest in a whiteboard renovator spray to use once a month, to ensure the surface remains in pristine condition and enhance its lifespan
  3. As well as regular weekly or monthly cleans, aim to give the board a quick “mini clean” every day that will identify any developing stains or dents and allow you to prevent them from worsening

Nobo is dedicated to helping keep whiteboards in excellent condition. The advanced surface technology on the Nobo Nano CleanTM whiteboard provides 30% increased erasability, whilst Nobo Diamond Glass boards have unbeatable resistance to ghosting and denting. Find the durable, stain resistant whiteboard that’s right for you using our buying guide. Start your search here.

Nobo is running an unmissable year-long prize draw, offering one lucky winner a £5,000 complete office makeover. There are also opportunities to win a desk makeover every month. To find out more about the competition, please visit the Nobo website.

How to clean your whiteboard – The Nobo Guide

Whiteboards have been a prominent feature in workplaces and classrooms for decades. A useful tool for encouraging creative flow, dry erase boards facilitate all types of group tasks.

The whiteboard was invented back in the 1950s as an alternative to the dated blackboard and became readily available by the early 60s. However, these new types of board didn’t really become mainstream in offices for another 30 years. This was because cleaning a whiteboard was a difficult and time consuming process, as people only had damp cloth or tissue available to them, which inevitably did not properly clean the board.

Now thanks to the introduction of dry erase board pens and erasers, it is much easier to clean and maintain a whiteboard. To ensure you get the best of your board, we’ve put together some hints and tips.

Caring for the whiteboard surface

There are three key areas of whiteboard care to keep in mind when cleaning your board. These are:

  1. Ink residue – where a colour copy of writing is left on the board, due to use of an unsuitable pen or insufficient cleaning after use
  2. Smearing – occurs when unsuitable cleaning products or dirty erasers are used to wipe the board’s surface
  3. Ghosting – not to be confused with ink residue, ghosting is when writing leaves a permanent white stain on the board (this usually happens over a long period of time)

It’s important to keep in mind that different surface types require different levels of attention. For example, if your dry erase board is made from painted steel like Nobo Nano Clean, it will require daily or at least weekly cleaning to maintain it.

However, enamel surfaces such as Nobo’s Prestige Enamel boards don’t need as much attention and monthly cleaning is sufficient to preserve the whiteboard’s surface. Diamond Glass boards require minimal maintenance, thanks to the extremely durable, high quality surface. You would only need to clean your glass board after use as a courtesy to the next user.

A winning whiteboard cleaning regime

Cleaning and maintaining whiteboards isn’t the most glamourous job but it’s essential in order for everyone to benefit from using them. Encouraging the entire office to look after and clean their board after use can be challenging. Take a look at our top tips for implementing a successful workplace whiteboard cleaning regime:

  • Create eye catching signage to display around the whiteboard eraser and the board itself, reminding users of the correct ways to clean a board
  • Explain to your team that a whiteboard supports brainstorming sessions and the generation of creative ideas
  • Talk to your staff about the importance of whiteboard maintenance and the different cleaning requirements for each surface type
  • Discuss the technology behind the whiteboards so they appreciate why maintenance matters

If correctly cared for, whiteboards are an invaluable tool for all types of workplaces. The presence of a board in an office encourages collaboration and offers a space for employees to communicate their thoughts and ideas to colleagues. A magnetic whiteboard is also useful as a display tool. It’s certainly worth ensuring that your whiteboards are kept in excellent condition.

This year, Nobo is running a special prize draw offering one lucky winner an office makeover worth £5,000 with additional monthly giveaways for a desk makeover. To enter, simply purchase a participating Nobo whiteboard product. Find out more by visiting the Nobo website.


The Evolving Landscape of Modern Office Design

From the humble open-plan offices of the not-so-distant past to today’s innovative office designs which feature employee-focused leisure areas, intended to boost the wellbeing and productivity of employees, the design of a typical workplace has undeniably changed over time. And as we move towards open-plan workspaces that are heavily focused on employee engagement and innovation, it’s time for businesses across the globe to take a closer look at how they could adapt to the latest trends in office design.

The Google Garage and Apple Spaceship make these international corporations some of the best-known pioneers of this design style, and today, we’ll be putting the key elements from offices past and present under the microscope. We want to lift the lid on where office design is heading and explain how businesses can incorporate new-age ideas into their own working spaces.

Applying an eco-friendly design

The acknowledgement of sick building syndrome (SBS) in the past 50 years has meant that, for business owners and managers across the globe, employing new techniques that are designed to improve the health and happiness of staff members is more essential than ever. And from reducing feelings of stress to improving the quality of air, shaking up your office design could improve the chances of long-term success for your company.

With research showing that indoor plants could enhance productivity levels in the workplace, integrating eco-friendly and natural design features is becoming a popular design concept. Exposure to natural light throughout the working day is thought to have a positive impact on sleep quality too – which is why office designers and businesses are making a conscious effort to brighten up workspaces with warmer and more inviting colour schemes. So, whether you inject some colour with strategically-placed wall art or open up your floor plan by exposing your natural hardwood flooring, creating a vibrant and environmentally-friendly office could mean that you evoke feelings of creativity and efficiency in employees.

Building designated break-out areas

With a pressing workload and tight deadlines, members of staff can find it all too easy to work through their breaks – which can often mean employees inadvertently compromise their own wellbeing. Traditionally, dated staff rooms with limited facilities mean team members are more likely to take a break at their desk too. With the temptation to check emails or finish off that report, employees can lose out on gaining some genuine downtime.

Taking some well-earned time out from work can mean that employees return to their workspace feeling significantly more refreshed, motivated and inspired with new ideas – which is why the use of break-out spaces is proving to be so effective in maximising productivity in offices. Upgrading staff rooms with colourful artwork will transform the space into somewhere that your employees actually want to spend their time – and by investing in interactive team-building equipment, you could boost staff morale and encourage cross-team collaborations.

Closing the doors on open-plan

Cost may be the primary reason to say goodbye to individual offices and cubicles, but not everyone is convinced that open-plan environments are the way to go. While an open-plan format may inspire the sharing of ideas and breed an increasingly positive company culture, research shows that the higher level of distractions and severe lack of privacy could end up harming the productivity of your team by 15%.

And with the welfare of employees taking a priority in any business that’s destined for success, adapting workspaces to suit the needs and desires of your staff is a must. Offering a variety of workstation types – such as private meeting rooms, sofa spaces with lap desks and the traditional computer desk format – means that your team will be able to focus away from the busy main office space and concentrate on completing the task at hand.

Encouraging co-working and collaboration

The benefits of team collaboration will be something that all businesses are familiar with, but it’s co-working environments that have risen to prominence in recent years. Blurring the boundaries between different industries, co-working office spaces enable freelancers, start-ups and self-employed workers alike to share ideas, equipment and knowledge. With savings to be made on both office overheads and resources, this form of collaborative working could prove invaluable for the future of business.

Whether you’re a freelancer who’s hoping to collaborate with others or a start-up company that’s looking to grow in the most efficient way, building your business from an incubator or accelerator space could mean that you gain increased access to some of the most effective and unique ideas – compared to what you would expect to see in a traditional office format. When choosing your workplace environment, remember that incubator environments are intended to build on innovative ideas to create a business model, whereas accelerators are designed to accelerate the growth of a company which already exists – so choose wisely and watch your SME grow from strength to strength.

The shift in focus towards the satisfaction and wellbeing of staff has motivated a dramatic development in office layouts in recent decades – and with research showing that these employee-centred designs are already improving productivity and staff retention levels, there’s every reason for businesses to continue adapting their working environments in their quest for success.

How to use mind mapping to run effective brainstorming meetings

We’ve all had that moment standing in front of an audience, either in class or at work, trying to brainstorm ideas with a group of people who have nothing to say. So what can we do to get the conversation flowing?

A mind map is a great solution to encourage colleagues to get involved and brainstorm new ideas. It’s a very simple idea but very effective. Write your object of discussion on a sheet of paper or whiteboard and then create visual “branches” and “sub-branches” of ideas and suggestions related to the discussion point to bring it to life, turning your unproductive meeting into a great brainstorming session. From there you can take the ideas discussed and start formulating a plan to realise them.

The benefits of mind mapping

A flow chart showing the progression of discussion is not only useful as a visual aid, helping to make the session a good meeting but it also has many hidden advantages. Let’s take a closer look at what these are:

  • Adds structure – wild suggestions can be turned into structured ideas
  • Stretches imagination – team members feel encouraged to think outside the box
  • Increases engagement – colleagues feel included as they get the opportunity to pitch in
  • Allows collaboration of ideas – more than one suggestion can often be combined into a much stronger proposition
  • Outlines specific goals – a clear visual journey from idea conception to implementation makes it simple to identify ongoing objectives
  • Improves organisation – the use of coloured marker pens helps keep things clear and easy to follow, making for an effective meeting

The tools you need

The key to a successful mind map is using the right tools. Of course a whiteboard is essential but make sure you have sufficient coloured whiteboard pens and erasers for your session. Our whiteboard selector will help you choose the best Nobo whiteboard for your room so you can allow participants to brainstorm freely on a giant whiteboard surface and alter ideas for more effective meetings.

Find out more about our extensive collection of high performance whiteboards and board accessories by visiting our website or following us on Twitter @Nobo_Europe. Nobo is also running an exciting prize draw throughout 2017. One lucky office will receive a £5,000 makeover to completely refresh their workplace and we’ll also be giving away 15 desk makeovers every month. Simply purchase any Nobo product between 1st January and 31st December 2017 to be in with a chance to win. Visit the Nobo website to learn more.

Illuminate your workspace with ActiVita desk lamps

It’s not just where you sit, it’s the environment in which you work

What do we know about daylight?

It is clear that daylight has the power to energise us. At midday, in clear weather conditions, daylight measures at a colour ‘temperature’ of 6,500 Kelvin. At such high colour temperatures, the brain will begin to release the hormone serotonin, which actively brightens your mood and helps to increase concentration. In simple terms, daylight will trigger activity in the brain, leaving people feeling much more energised and alert.

So can daylight help us to be more efficient when we’re at work too? A study by the Green Building Council would suggest that this is the case. It found that staff members in an office that were exposed to more daylight were 18% more productive. However, ensuring that sufficient daylight is available to everyone in order to achieve this can be problematic.

The right light for everyone

Managers strive to provide an environment that will help employees increase their output whilst supporting the health and wellbeing of their team members, reducing absenteeism where possible. Generally employees want to work in a bright, clear and comfortable environment. They also want to avoid eye strain and fatigue that is so often caused by dull overhead fluorescent office lighting.

These aims can be achieved by increasing the quality and amount of light available in the working environment. Everyone will react differently to light levels and it can be incredibly difficult to provide light conditions that suit everyone and boost overall efficiency.

A solution that works

Rexel has developed a personal lighting solution to overcome these hurdles – the ActiVita Daylight desk lamps. The innovative, affordable and contemporary lamps bring the benefits of daylight into offices, providing a much-needed boost in energy levels.

The Daylight Lamps are available in three models, each with a life of over 25 years (40,000 hours) with low levels of energy consumption. Models in the range can be adjusted for different purposes, including ‘Daylight’ that aims to boost alertness, ‘Warm’ that helps the mind to relax for activities such as reading and ‘Cool’ to brighten the workspace. LCD panels on the ActiVita Pod+ and Strip+ display a calendar, clock and temperature, with the added benefit of a USB port for charging mobile devices on the Strip+.

In ‘Daylight Mode’, ActiVita’s blue LEDs emit a colour temperature of 6,500 Kelvin, the all-important level that causes serotonin to be released in the brain. Users are able to adjust their desk lamp to position the light wherever they need it.

Boosting daylight in the office can be a challenge but with ActiVita desk lamps, it’s never been easier to work brighter. Please click here to find out more about the Rexel ActiVita Daylight range.

Productivity on a budget


We know that the look of an office and its layout often has a significant impact on employees and how well they work. The office can boost productivity, enhance comfort and wellbeing for staff and encourage a friendly and focused atmosphere. Large multinational corporations like Airbnb invest hugely in creating innovative office spaces that employees will look forward to working in every day. However it is still possible for companies to create a comfortable office environment that supports efficiency on a much smaller budget. So where can managers make costs savings but still maintain a productive office?

Saving energy

Reducing energy consumption is a great way to cut down costs. Installing reminders to staff to switch off at the end of the day, during lunchtime or when a piece of equipment is not in use seems like a small step but can make a big difference on energy bills and won’t get in the way of staff working productively. Renewable energy is another cost saving option available to employers. Although it may require some investment, the long term financial and environmental benefits will outweigh the costs. Solar power can help to reduce or in some cases eliminate electricity costs for businesses. Figures show that in continental Europe, almost a third of all solar panels are used by commercial businesses. However the UK is lagging behind its European neighbours. According to statistics from Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), in 2014 just 400 out of an estimated 1.8 million commercial properties had installed solar panel systems. So despite being a cheaper option, solar power is an underused resource for cutting down expenses in the office.

Time is money

Modern day offices require a lot of different equipment ranging from computers and printers to more specialist technologies that are required in specific industries for example large computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) machines. Businesses on a budget have a range of purchasing options available to them, including hire purchase, buying outright, leasing or contracting. Choosing smart machinery that performs more than one function is another great way to save on costs and time. A combined printer, scanner and photocopier will not only reduce equipment costs but also mean that an employee doesn’t have to make separate trips to use the facilities. This frees up their time to focus on their tasks at work, ultimately improving the productivity of the office.

Self-automated machinery like Rexel’s Auto Feed shredder is another great way to reduce time spent on office tasks, at a small price. Users can simply load documents into the shredder’s secure chamber and leave it to destroy the documents inside – stack, shut, done!

Working together to cut costs

Letting employees take a role in the creation of the office environment may also become an opportunity to reduce costs. Managers can encourage staff to bring in their own personal effects to brighten up their workspace and create an atmosphere that makes them feel comfortable. Even small additions like brightly coloured stationery tools can do a lot to personalise an office without breaking the bank. Rexel’s JOY stationery range comes in 4 standout colours that are perfect for bringing a dull workspace to life. Choosing their own tools also gives staff the chance to adapt their office to boost their productivity. They can arrange what they need to work efficiently however they choose with little or no cost to the business.

Even with a smaller budget, businesses have a range of options available to them to create a productive working environment that saves money. It’s important to keep in mind what is necessary for an office to be successful and managers must identify and prioritise expenditures necessary to keep staff working as efficiently as possible.

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Entering the Auto Feed market

Rexel Auto Feed whitepaper infographic


In 2008, ACCO Brands launched its first Auto Feed shredder, the Rexel Auto Plus 500, followed by Cross Cut and Micro Cut models in 2011 and 2012. Since its introduction, market share for the Auto Feed category has continued to expand, reaching 20% of the overall B2B shredder market. Despite this huge growth and profit opportunity, research by ACCO Brands reveals that one third of dealers are not making the most of the category. So why isn’t every dealer fully exploiting the Auto Feed opportunity? And what is there to gain for dealers that are entering the Auto Feed category?

The current situation

Reviewing wider factors which could affect the B2B shredding market gives a clearer idea of why dealers may not be choosing to benefit from Auto Feed.

As more workplaces are implementing digital initiatives to reduce paper consumption, it’s easy to think that demand for shredding solutions is diminishing. However, figures show this is not the case. While managers are encouraging employees to only print what is necessary, organisations still rely heavily on paper. It’s estimated that 77.1 million tonnes of paper was consumed in Europe in 2014 and that global consumption of paper has increased by almost 50% since 1980. So it’s crucial that dealers continue to reach out to customers and provide them with an efficient shredding solution.

Dealers entering the Auto Feed category are benefitting greatly from its rewards, including consistent year on year growth in European markets. As well as this, the innovative technology of Auto Feed machines justifies a higher price point than traditional shredders, offering greater returns for dealers.

Communicating the advantages of Auto Feed

Auto Feed offers a range of productivity, time saving and information security benefits to customers. The technology allows users to shred multiple sheets of paper at once with little manual handling. Documents are also rendered unreadable to protect the sensitive data which they may contain. Conveying these advantages is essential to appeal to customers facing pressures to deliver cost savings while enabling productivity improvements. Businesses still consume vast amounts of paper and it is inevitable that printed documents will contain large amounts of sensitive information. Therefore it’s critical that companies have measures in place to securely and quickly destroy documents, making shredders a worthwhile investment in any workplace.

Rexel’s Auto Feed machines destroy up to 750 sheets in 98% less time than a manual shredding solution. Cross Cut and Micro Cut capabilities leave each document illegible, further reducing the risk of costly company data leaks. Dealers can also take advantage of the value for money the range offers to customers. Comparisons between manual and Auto Feed shredding show that it costs just £0.001 (€0.001) to shred one sheet of paper using Auto Feed, meaning it costs up to 90% less than a manual machine in employee productivity terms.1

To make it even easier for dealers to attract new customers to make the switch to Auto Feed, ACCO Brands is currently running an industry leading Cashback offer of up to £100 (€130) and a Buy & Try trial offer on models in its range of Rexel Auto Feed shredders.

ACCO Brands has launched the first in a series of white papers exploring Auto Feed opportunities for dealers in more depth. For more information and to download the full white paper for free, please visit: www.rexeleurope.com/autofeedwhitepaper

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1Calculations based on total sheets shredded during shredder life test. Labour hours based on Intertek independent performance testing, shredding 500 sheets using an Auto Feed and comparing it against a competitor manual feed shredder. Based on average EU hourly wage from OECD.