Even in the digital age, stationery remains an integral part of any workspace. It is not only useful in terms of its functionality to help us perform numerous tasks and be organised, but it also gives everyone the chance to express their personality. Desk accessories can transform a boring and ordinary desk into a customised, colourful and fun space to work.
Quality items last a long time and can become a mainstay of a desk, ultimately enhancing your workspace day-to-day. To mark National Stationery Week 2017, we are taking a look at the top tools that can help you to be proud of your desk.
Electric desk accessories are a great choice for anyone wishing to boost their productivity, when facing some labour intensive filing tasks at work. For example, an electric stapler can deal with large volumes of paper, making highly repetitive stapling jobs simple and consistent.
Space Saving Stationery
Having an array of accessories to hand certainly doesn’t have to mean your desk will be overloaded, leaving no space to work. Consider items that are specifically made to save precious desk space. Vertically standing staplers are a good example. They are designed to stand upright when not in use, making valuable room available on your desk to store your more of your favourite tools.
It’s well known that certain colours, such as blue and green, can have a positive impact on our productivity and alertness. Brightly coloured accessories are not only useful but also jazz up a dull desk, allowing individuals to express their personal tastes and incorporate the bright colours that help them to work efficiently. Take a look at our bold and bright JOY range.
Sometimes even the most inconspicuous-looking item is incredibly useful. For example, an ID Guard may look simple on your desktop but in fact it will come in handy several times a day. Any desk will contain lots of personal information, from junk mail to company bills. An ID Guard ensures that your personal details are not clearly visible to identity thieves, allowing you to blank out names, addresses, date of birth and banking information.
As the workplace gets smarter, so does our stationery. Productivity is a core focus for businesses worldwide and the tools used at work are all designed to ensure we perform all types of office tasks efficiently, to free up time for more important projects. Even scissors are getting smarter! Rexel’s X3 range of scissors provides 300% more cutting power than conventional scissors, making them a useful addition to any desktop.
Searching for something new to add to your supplies? A personal whiteboard is the perfect choice. A small memo board like the Diamond Glass Personal Desktop Pad gives any desk a stylish finish and is a great tool to display any important reminders, phone numbers or upcoming meetings to prepare for, in a place you won’t miss it. Glass is also the easiest to clean whiteboard surface, so it will always look smart and clean.
National Stationery Week brings together everyone who appreciates the tools they use everyday, to share their advice and tips on how to create a desk that not only enhances productivity but also stands out. We’d love to know your favourite desk accessory so please share in the comments.
In 2008, ACCO Brands introduced the Rexel Auto Plus 500 shredder and changed the way businesses shred. The first shredder to use Auto Feed technology, it allowed users to reduce their time spent shredding at work and at home.
Since then, Rexel has continued to drive innovation. So what led the brand to develop the world’s first Auto Feed shredder? And how have new and improved Auto Feed technologies continued to enhance business shredding?
Manual feed shredding
Shredders are a vital tool in any workplace. Business people use them to destroy confidential documents on a regular basis, however they often found that a manual feed machine could not cope with high volumes of confidential files. A survey revealed several frustrations experienced by manual feed shredder users, with 64% of respondents stating that their biggest issue was paper jams while 43% cited frequent bin emptying as their main grievance.1
The loss of productivity caused by manual feed shredders was another issue for businesses. 48% of respondents felt that their machine took too long to shred a document. The machines were simply not sufficient for customer needs.
The Age of Auto Feed
Taking these concerns on board, Rexel developed a machine that would make shredding productive. With research showing that 53% of shredder users tend to destroy their documents in batches, it was clear that a machine should accommodate this to help boost business productivity. The Auto Plus 500 shredder allowed the user to put a stack of papers inside the machine and leave it to shred automatically, significantly reducing the amount of time taken to destroy documents.
Since then, Rexel has continued to advance the way that businesses dispose of confidential information by improving and developing the capabilities of Auto Feed. In 2011, Rexel introduced a range of new Auto Feed models with Cross Cut technology, which could process up to 750 sheets of paper at once.
Data security became another priority for businesses, with PwC estimating in 2015 that a breach could cost up to €3.96m for a large organisation. Rexel listened to the security concerns of its customers, launching the Micro Cut range. Organisations could now shred more securely than ever, turning sensitive documents into unsalvageable confetti instead of strips of paper.
The future of shredding
Over the past eight years, business’ needs and priorities have changed dramatically. Auto Feed has turned traditional business shredding on its head, offering organisations a new and faster way of destroying documents. Comparisons show that it typically takes 14 minutes and 25 seconds to shred 500 sheets manually while an Auto Feed machine can handle the same volume of paper in just 14 seconds – a time saving of 98%2. These are productivity benefits that are invaluable to businesses, large or small.
There has never been a better time to upgrade to an Auto Feed shredder, as the technology continues to make significant changes in the shredding market. To find out more about our comprehensive range of machines and how they meet a variety of business needs, please visit www.rexeleurope.com or follow @rexeleurope on Twitter or LinkedIn Rexel Europe.
1 Evaluating Auto Feed Shredders. Prepared for ACCO Brands by Deep Blue Insight
2 Intertek independent testing, June 2012, comparing the Auto+ 500X to a traditional feed shredder at a similar price level
Launching in 2008, ACCO Brands’ first Auto Feed shredder, the Rexel Auto Plus 500 quickly proved to be popular across Europe. Key markets Germany, France and the UK enjoyed strong growth of the category as businesses took advantage of the benefits the technology offered to them. In fact, figures show that whilst the overall B2B shredding market was experiencing a slowdown in growth, Auto Feed was flourishing.
Rexel’s previous blog explored the opportunities that the Auto Feed market offers. So how can dealers reach out to Europe markets and introduce new customers to the category?
After its introduction to the European shredding market, dealers and customers alike were quick to realise the benefits that Auto Feed technology offered, contributing to the category’s strong growth. In the lead were France, Germany and the UK, all showing positive growth. Figures from GfK reveal that from 2011 to 2015, value share of Auto Feed rose from 5.4% to 19% in the UK and between 2012 and 2015, value share grew from 5.4% to 17.5% in Germany and 14% to 29.1% in France. These figures are still rising, resulting in very attractive market conditions for office products dealers and presenting an unmissable opportunity to be at the forefront of new technologies.
Auto Feed technology offers a superior solution to manual shredding devices, meaning businesses are willing to pay the premium to enjoy the advantages. Comparison figures show that the value of Auto Feed is more than three times the price point of manual shredders. This is a lucrative opportunity for dealers which are already operating in key European markets, as well as those who wish to enter the category.
Motivations to shred
Following the quick uptake of Auto Feed shredding in Europe, the trend shows no signs of slowing down. So it’s important that dealers understand customer motivations to continue providing a solution that meets their needs. The popularity of secure shredding solutions can be attributed to increased security concerns and the introduction of EU data protection regulations. Businesses and individuals now have a legal responsibility to protect their data and third parties’, and to ensure that once used, it is destroyed properly and securely.
Productivity is another key motivator for the European market that dealers should be aware of. ONS statistics show that UK productivity rates are lagging behind France and Germany by 21%. Businesses will be looking to improve overall efficiency using new technologies that speed up essential office tasks. Auto Feed technology ensures fast and pain free shredding of up to 750 document pages at once, removing the need to waste valuable working time destroying paper manually.
Looking to the future
So where next for the Auto Feed market in Europe? Figures from ACCO Brands predict that the category could account for almost a third of the overall B2B shredder market by 2018, a huge leap from 4% in 2011. As Auto Feed continues to grow, dealers will have more opportunity to bring Auto Feed to new and existing customers in Europe.
To help facilitate market entry for dealers in Europe, ACCO Brands has launched two industry leading Auto Feed promotions offering customers up to €130 cash back or a Buy & Try trial on a range of models in the innovative Rexel Auto Feed range.
ACCO Brands recently launched the first of four white papers offering dealers in-depth insights into how Auto Feed technology has transformed the shredding market. To download the white paper, visit: www.rexeleurope.com/autofeedwhitepaper
The digital age has not dampened Europe’s love of stationery. Staplers, hole punchers, desk organisers, filing trays, highlighters, scissors – you’ll find them all in abundance in most offices.
That’s because stationery is an essential aspect of any workplace. Used to complete a variety of tasks, stationery helps to keep the entire office organised. But why do so many people in workplaces around the world love it?
Stationery boosts employee creativity
Stationery is all about variety and the different categories are endless. This rich array of equipment can have a profound impact on working practices and particularly, the creativity of employees. Described as having the ability to “unleash creative potential,” stationery is looked upon by some as a source of limitless possibility. It’s assuring to know that in a moment of inspiration there’s always a notebook and pen to hand.
Even individual items can be a source of creativity. The JOY stationery range combines standout colours and ergonomic designs to help users feel stimulated in the workplace. Thanks to the newly extended range, employees can even coordinate a wide range of essential tools.
Supporting productive working
Keeping a rich supply of stationery in offices will not only aid creativity among employees but also to improve productivity. In fact, the JOY colours were selected due to their ability to help stimulate the brain to work efficiently. Using stationery to maintain an efficient workplace seems simple enough, but research shows an employee’s lack of organisation can in fact be responsible for creating a negative impression with colleagues. Surprisingly, a survey by Adecco revealed 57% of respondents would judge their colleagues on a messy desk.
Keeping offices running smoothly is a big part of optimising productivity and stationery plays a vital role in organisation. Even though documents are increasingly stored online, the offline filing system still needs regular attention.
A survey of 1500 workers recently found that 72% admitted to feeling less productive when working in a disorganised office – so it’s clear how important a tidy office really is.
Managing stationery in the workplace
It is common for office tools to regularly go missing throughout the year. A great way to get the best out of stationery is to introduce a ‘stationery amnesty’. Employees can set out some time to go through the office stationery cupboard, empty their drawers and throw away anything that’s broken. Replenishing low stocks and discarding faulty items will be a great way to ensure that stationery stock is always kept in check.
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