Due to advancement in technology, people now use office supplies less frequently for communication. They use the electronic media like email, SMS, video conference, etc. for communication. Still, the office supplies industry is growing.
Now the market competitors focus on customization. This way they are able to attract more customers and build brand loyalty. According to research, the office supplies market in Europe is expected to have revenue of about USD 56.18 billion by 2022. A similar type of growth is also expected in other places.
The reason for this growth is innovations in this industry. The competitors are constantly improving the product features to attract customers. Here are some fun facts you should know about this industry.
- A highlighter is a common office item. Its sales are high. Though you will find highlighters in many colors, research shows that about 85% of highlighters sold are yellow in color. The reason for its popularity is that it lies in the middle of the light spectrum and so color-blind people can easily see it.
- Do you know who first used a stapler? Well, it was Kind Louis XV of France in the 18th century. He used it to bind royal papers. The stapler he used was made of gold and had precious stones too.
- The Egyptians invented scissors in the 1500 BC. They fastened two bronze blades using a metal strap. The Romans then got scissors from the Egyptians by trade in 100 A.D. They created today’s cross-blade style scissor.
- The post-it that is used in the office today was invented by accident. In 1968, a person named Spencer Silver wanted to make a strong adhesive. Instead, he made a weak one that left no residue. After three years of his invention, post-it was used for the purpose it is used today.
People now use customized office supplies with the office name and logo on it. They even ask for customized designs. We will see more innovations in this field to make our office work more comfortable and interesting.