AUTUMN//WINTER 2018 5 NEWS Register at to receive our biweekly industry e-newsletter While every care has been taken for accuracy in the contents of this magazine,the publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions.No part of this publication may be copied or stored in a retrieval system without the express permission of the publisher. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher.Copyright:Ocean Media Exhibitions Ltd 2017. Stationery Matters is available free of charge to directors,buyers,merchandise managers,store managers and department managers of retailers and suppliers of stationery products in the UK. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the publishers. Editor: Julia Faiers Sales & circulation manager: Hazel Fieldwick Sales executive: Noel Harvey Art director: JonWainwright Head of Content & PR: Vanessa Fortnam Marketing executive: Zoe Chinery Publisher: TimWilloughby STATIONERY BIZ 36 WAR ON PLASTICS Henri Davis on how we’re finding solutions for our use and abuse of plastic 40 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Chris Partridge shows howAI is enhancing the consumer shopping experience 42 LAUNCHPAD COMPETITION: ONE YEAR ON Peace & Blessings founder Zakera Kali on what she’s doing one year on from her LaunchPad Manchester win 43 AND THEWINNER IS…. Henri Davis explains why it’s a no-brainer for businesses to enter industry awards 46 THE STATE OF STATIONERY Rebecca Saunders offers an optimistic review of the current stationery market 49 SMALL BUSINESS FOCUS Mount Street Printers,London 52 CHILD’S PLAY Rebecca Saunders on the ever-expanding market for children’s stationery 54 LASTWORD We interviewTaymoorAtighetchi,founder and CEO of Papier CONTENTS OUR CONTRIBUTORS Charlotte Kemp Stationery magpie Charlotte Kemp is editor of Femail Magazine at the Daily Mail and has a penchant for ink pens,notebooks and elegant leather pencil cases. She was previously editor of Stationery Magazine and continues to contribute to Stationery Matters. Chris Leonard-Morgan Chris is the founder of the London Stationery Show, National StationeryWeek,World Stationery Day and the‘Writing Matters’ campaign.He is a Liveryman of The Stationers’ Company.He also founded the London DIY Show and was one of the founders of Exclusively Housewares of which he is still a director. Henri Davis Henri has worked in the retail industry for 30 years, and in stationery since 1990, as a stationery buyer for WHSmith until 2003. Now an independent retail advisor in the cards, gifts, stationery and heritage industries, she works with many small and medium-sized businesses. She is currently chairman of The Giftware Association. Chris Partridge Chris started writing about technology when phones were wired to the wall,research involved long hours in the library and tweets were strictly for the birds.He edited the technology supplements of the SundayTimes and the DailyTelegraph and now works freelance covering technology trends forTheTimes andWoman’sWeekly. Rebecca Saunders Rebecca is an independent retail and ecommerce consultant,having recently run Stationery,Weddings and Christmas at is a former John Lewis buyer and has worked across Food, Technology,Jewellery,Beauty and Baby & Child.She started her career in finance and strategy. 49 All eyes on London The build up has started for next year’s annual stationery fix in London, renamed Stationery Show London.The newly branded show takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, 30 April and 1 May 2019.The much-loved show is a two-day stationery and gift extravaganza which sees the UK’s biggest concentration of writing and paper products from around the world all in one place.Visitors frequently tell the show organisers they see brilliant brands that only exhibit at SSL and nowhere else. If you buy or sell stationery, it’s an essential date for your diary! Moleskine reports soaring B2B sales for H1 Stationery brand Moleskine, 100% owned by the D’Ieteren Group, reported strong sales across the board for the first half of 2018, rising 18.7% on a constant currency basis.The brand said the sales of 72.7m euros were driven predominantly by B2B expansion and increased success in EMEA and in the Americas. The star sales gains posted for the B2B segment – 82.8% – came on the back of a variety of large projects in all the operating regions. The company also cited financial benefits from delayed 2017 leads and projects, and increased sales in its digital line Moleskine+, which includes its Smart Writing System and a new Smart pen called Pen+ Ellipse, and in its bags and small leather products segments. D’Ieteren maintained its position for the financial year, predicting double-digit growth on a constant currency basis as it cashes in from its planned B2B projects and concentrated sales for the final quarter in the run up to Christmas. Moleskine’s notebooks and writing, travel and reading accessories are sold through a multichannel distribution network across more than 115 countries. Fisher Bullet pen celebrates 70 years When Paul C. Fisher created the Bullet pen in the US in 1948, he changed the design landscape of writing instruments and earned a reputation for creating sleek products that exists to this day. Alongside its sister instrument, the Space pen, the Bullet pen enjoys worldwide recognition as a design icon. The Bullet has been the subject of many art and design books and hundreds of thousands are sold around the world every month. It has earned a spot at NewYork’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which has called it an outstanding example of “exquisite industrial design.” To celebrate 70 years of production, Fisher Space Pen has created a special-edition 70th anniversary Bullet pen in chrome with a black titanium cap and custom laser engraving.The special edition pen comes in a luxury gift box. Fisher pens are distributed in the UK by GBA Pen Company. The new Super Mario notebook by Moleskine Stationery Matters is published twice a year by Ocean Media Exhibitions Ltd 4 Harbour Exchange 3rd Floor Isle of Dogs London E14 9GE Tel: +44 (0) 20 7772 8461 email: Twitter: @StatMatters Instagram: @stationerymatters Web: