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  • Education Supplies in Australia, 2017

    December,2017

    The education supplies market, valued at $2.4 billion, is growing ahead of the economy and by our assessment is an attractive market to target. Although customers are price sensitive, they are also very receptive to novel, new & interesting products. We expect growth to move higher in the next two years as changes to the education system (via technology, modified teaching methods and STEM/STEAM subjects) drives expenditure on waves of new products.

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  • Office Products Market Update, 2017

    September,2017

    With digital erosion continuing to escalate, players are adapting via expansion & diversification strategies. While most dealers are coping and proving sustainable through what is a phase of significant market transformation, very few are thriving. Despite this we see ample opportunities for well-run operators to broaden their range and offering – and tap into the numerous new product categories that are opening up……

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  • Non-Core Office & Business Supplies, 2016-2018

    November,2016

    Our research indicates consumption rates of non-core products are growing well, exceeding general economic growth – and considering the immature, fragmented state of this large market, there are very large dollar gains up for grabs. We have no doubt the market will consolidate heavily in the next few years, leading to hundreds of millions of sales gains (and losses) among current operators……

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  • Office Products in Australia, 2016-2018

    September,2016

    After several years of harsh conditions the office products market is looking much healthier. Broad market growth is the best in over eight years, most operators are growing positively again and there are numerous areas of opportunity. That’s not to say there aren’t still big challenges – there remains a major digital transformation underway and competition pressures are intense. In this environment a key issue for operators is to astutely select and pursue the new areas to grow in…….

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  • Office Products Market Update 2015

    September,2015

    While expenditure on traditional office items continues to decline, market conditions have improved slightly and 2015 growth for the broad OP market has turned positive and is the best since 2010. After being shell shocked by the relatively rapid shift to digital over the last few years, there is evidence operators have regained their composure, revamped their strategies and are now adapting to the new market dynamic…….

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  • Office Products in New Zealand, 2015-2017

    August,2015

    With market conditions quite buoyant, we have been pleasantly surprised by the strength of office products spending & growth here – especially when compared to neighbouring Australia. Make no mistake, New Zealand is still subject to the challenges of the shift to digital, its just coping better, helped by positive sentiment and elevated levels of discretionary spending…….

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  • Non-Core Office & Business Supplies, 2014-2016

    December,2014

    Based on 600 surveys with business purchasers, our research indicates a $5.4 billion market that is currently fragmented, non-integrated and ripe for consolidation. We expect OP dealers to move aggressively into this space over the next decade, taking business from smaller category specialists and retailers……..

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  • Office Products in Australia, 2014-2016

    September,2014

    The market is evolving rapidly, driven principally by the shift from traditional (paper-based) to digital processes as well as competitive pressures. Over the next five years we expect major transformation to occur – as the ‘office products’ market reformulates into a much broader ‘business supplies and services’ market…….

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  • Office Products Market Update 2013

    August,2013

    With market conditions remaining extremely weak and the core office product range continuing to contract, dealers are finding a silver lining in the broad range of adjacent ‘non-core’ categories available…….

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  • Independent Dealers – where to now?

    May,2013

    We examine the role and prospects of Australian independent office product dealers in the changing market. This article written for OPI magazine looks at independents’ market share, their strengths, vulnerabilities and a selection of challenges facing them…….

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