14 July 2010
OFFICE 1 Libya launched its first superstore July 12, 2010. The store is 1200 m2 in size spread over two floors and is located in the main business district of Tripoli, the capital.
The store has been a great success for the public since its launch and is a unique in Libya in terms of size and the fact that businesses can find all their office needs under one roof. A second store is scheduled for mid 2011 and the first ever office products catalog will be mailed in March 2011. Let it not be said that OFFICE 1 shrinks away from unexplored but promising markets.
OFFICE 1 is considering further North African entries into Algeria and Egypt in 2011-2012
04 May 2010
(West Palm Beach, Florida.) -- OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. today announced the launch in France of its first Web-Franchising joint venture.
OFFICE 1’s joint venture partners are Romain Zwiller, owner of two office products superstores in Aubiere, France and Celia Zwiller, an E-Commerce entrepreneur and owner of a site selling a vast assortment of office chairs at: www.direct-siege.com
This will be the first purely E-commerce joint venture for OFFICE 1 and a test of its new web-franchising concept. OFFICE 1 franchisees will operate stockless and store-less utilizing the OFFICE 1 E-Shop platform from which to sell to customers with Soft-Carrier acting as the logistics supplier.
Further entries though joint ventures in other major European markets are programmed for 2011 and it is expected that a number of OFFICE 1 master franchisees in existing markets will add web-franchising to their traditional retail franchises starting with Italy and Ireland.
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01 May 2010
(West Palm Beach, Florida.) -- OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. today announced the forthcoming introduction of OFFICE 1 superstores in Indonesia.
The Master Franchise, the Kawan Lama Group, was founded in 1955 in Jakarta as a small family business and has evolved to become the market leader in commercial and industrial retail. The group runs a chain of 40 home improvement stores under the brand of American hardware giant ACE and also operates, “Index / Informa”, a furniture retail chain, with 24 outlets offering a full range of furnishings for the home, office and commercial spaces.
At a meeting held in Sofia, at Office 1’s European Headquarters, Prabowo Widyakrisnadi, the President Director of Kawan Lama Retail Group and OFFICE 1’s CEO, Mark Baccash, signed the Master Franchise Agreement and shared their vision for the long-term growth of OFFICE 1 on the vast Indonesian market.
Mr. Widyakrisnadi stated that in line with its mission, “to be the leading retailer of hardware and lifestyle products in Indonesia, Kawan Lama will be building state-of-the-art shopping malls in convenient locations throughout the country. These modern facilities will feature flagship stores of Ace Home Center and Informa as well as OFFICE 1 as anchors, making these malls a one-stop shop for home improvement and lifestyle.”
The launch of the first OFFICE 1 outlet in one of these malls is scheduled for the end of this year.
The OFFICE 1 entry in the rapidly developing market of Indonesia follows upon the 2009 launch in the Philippines with the Rustan Group, and provides a strong platform for further expansion in the Asian continent.
01 February 2010 Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany, February 1 2010. Office 1 Superstores International attended the annual Paperworld fair in Frankfurt. The event gathers sector-relevant suppliers from all over the world to share the latest trends and innovations in the Paper, Office Supplies and Stationery industry.
Office 1’s Purchasing team was onsite meeting various international partners as well as interesting new vendors. Initial talks were held with suppliers from China, India, Germany and USA. The new agreements will be announced later in 2010.
At the end of a challenging and tough 2009, the beginning of 2010 already shows some positive signs and optimism. The majority of players in the stationary and office products industry are coming up with innovative ideas and cost-saving solutions for their clients.
An interesting trend is the raising importance of retail items. A vast number of vendors were represented, offering a huge selection of gifts, luxury items, books, cards as well as craft and hobby assortment.
Our team also met several Office1 Master Franchisees, among them – Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania and Iceland. Each country has taken various steps to make the most of the difficult market conditions, entering new sales channels and expanding their assortment. Many franchisees are planning to open the ever more popular Online shops.
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11 November 2009
Sofia, Bulgaria, November 7, 2009. Office 1 Superstores International held a conference attended by a group of master franchisees to introduce the new OFFICE 1 Web Platform and unveil future plans for expanding the OFFICE 1 franchise concept to E-Franchising or virtual franchises without stores or stock.
The agenda featured discussions regarding the opportunities and challenges of going online and the benefits of developing a global strategy for cooperation in the fast growing e-commerce market. Mark Baccash, President and CEO, announced to the group of attending master franchisees the forthcoming launch of OFFICE 1 E-Commerce joint ventures in a number of Western countries following up on the very successful launch of OFFICE 1 Ireland in early 2009 as an E-commerce only company.
For further information regarding opportunities in E-Franchising please contact the OFFICE 1 European Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 August 2009 West Palm Beach, US
Office 1 Ireland has launched a state of the art e-commerce website that marks the symbolic transition between bricks and mortar retail to state of the art e-shop.
The Office 1 Ireland website will provide customers with a user friendly platform presenting 22,000 office products to be delivered to end user across Ireland or the UK within twenty four hours.
This will be a pure ecommerce virtual solution with no warehousing, no delivery vans, no paper catalogues and a limited staff. The focus is to provide customers with a unique online shopping experience and exceptional service.
Basic to the model is a single source Logistics Supplier/wholesaler in each country. Spicers Wholesaling in Ireland and VOW (formally Kingfield Heath) in the UK.
The order process is very simple and offers the customer an easy to use enjoyable experience. The site can offer comprehensive B2C and B2B functionality that targets all levels of customers; from home and student customers to large corporate accounts.
17 August 2009 Lima, Peru
A year after the inauguration of its first store in Lima, OFFICE 1 Peru launched its eleventh outlet this month despite a difficult economic situation worldwide.
Three new OFFICE1 locations will be launched in the next three months, followed by store openings in the cities Arequipa and Trujillo, both major economic centers in Peru.
23 July 2009 Guadalajara, Mexico
01 May 2009
Recent publication in OPI magazine May issue.
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23 February 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
On February 19 and 20, the 10th Annual OFFICE1 Master Franchisee Meeting took place in Istanbul. Messrs Sacit and Mehmet Samli, master franchisee for Turkey, hosted the meeting at the Sheraton Princess in Maslak.
President and CEO Mark Baccash recapped the group’s developments in the past year and reviewed the prospects for growth in the context of the global economic crisis.
Speakers from various Office 1 countries presented the progress of their franchises and participated in discussions on prospects for product sourcing, collective buying and how best to face current economic conditions.
The meeting ended on a high note at a fish restaurant on the Bosporus with all participants looking forward to a difficult but manageable year and to the next global gathering.
03 November 2008 West Palm Beach, US
OFFICE 1 has launched Spanish version of its corporate website i.e. www.office1international.com. This newly added feature will allow Office 1 to provide an “in language” experience for the Company’s Spanish speaking customers around the world.
With the recent addition of Mexico, Peru and Venezuela to OFFICE 1 family, the launch of Spanish corporate portal was logical step. Our new website www.office1international.com/es/ will enable Spanish speaking customers to learn about the Company and its history and read about our current projects and events. Americas is a market with great importance to OFFICE 1 that we have long kept in our sight. It is now that our unique concept can be presented in this part of the world in its native tongue.
Additional updates and resources will become available in the coming months.
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15 September 2008
28 August 2008 Lima, Peru
The first OFFICE 1 store in Peru was inaugurated on August 28th this year in downtown Lima. The launching ceremony was attended by a number of local officials, press members and distributors of international brands. At the ceremony, OFFICE 1 Peru announced bold plans to launch at least ten more locations in the next 12 months.
The addition of Peru to Office 1 portfolio of countries will strengthen the company position in Latin America and help future expansion in growing markets in the region.
Store front: OFFICE 1 Peru management team and ground floor staff
Left to right: Glenn Reed, Director of Operations, OFFICE 1 Superstores
International, Hubert Ammes, Country Manager of OFFICE 1 Peru and
Jose Francisco Hidalgo, Marketing Manager, T-Copia Corporation.
11 August 2008 India
14 July 2008
With competition in the OP industry getting keener every day and the cost of products ballooning, OFFICE 1 had to adopt the right strategies and move fast to help its master franchisees find alternative product sources. The creation of a full line of OFFICE 1 branded products was the obvious first step, generating- better margins and raising the awareness of the OFFICE 1 brand. Importing good value products direct from Asian manufacturers led to the establishment of a fully staffed OFFICE 1 sourcing office in Shanghai. OFFICE 1 branded stationery products have been available at retail for more than five years now and the customer acceptance has been gratifying. Cutting out the middleman has greatly benefited our master franchisees. All this didn't came without much effort and sourcing throughout a country as large as China is not a picnic but it all turned out to be worthwhile in the end.
The next logical step for OFFICE 1 was to form a wholesale operation and create a second brand to distribute to the many parties eager to import our attractive line of products and unwilling as yet to commit to the demands of a master franchise. We are now proud to introduce this second brand under the trademark: “Office First”. Same products, same manufacturers, same consumer appeal, yet different color packaging: a strikingly attractive deep blue color that stands out on the shelf.
This “Office First” brand is designed for Master franchisees who do engage in wholesale operations but was specifically created for distributors and wholesalers worldwide. Its focus is a pre selected product range consisting in the one hundred top selling references globally.
The “Office First” concept is simple - low prices and good quality for customers. Buying directly from manufacturers and re-selling these products directly to end customers is a decisive competitive advantage. This is where the OFFICE 1 experience and knowledge pay off. We only order from suppliers with whom we have long standing relationships. These factories provide our customers with all the required international certificates of compliance and quality standards and the OFFICE 1 sourcing office in Shanghai is dedicated to providing total customer satisfaction.
Office products wholesale distributors are invited to preview the “Office First” assortment by visiting our sourcing website www.office1export.com.
For more information on products sourcing and assortment as well as obtaining the necessary passwords to check our latest costs, please contact our sales coordinator, Elina Hristova at: email@example.com
07 July 2008
Mr. Ashok Srivastava - CEO of Office 1 Superstore India, was a guest speaker at the annual OPI conference in Rome. The topics covered included trends in the office products market in India, an analysis of distribution systems and buying behaviors in that market as well as future developments in what Ashok describes as a “country with limitless potential".
Office 1 was the first multinational company to enter the Indian OP busines in 2005. Its first steps in this complex and diverse country were challenging to say the least. The problems Office 1 faced included staff attrition, management turnover, dealing with the well known bureaucracy inherited from the British and of course adjusting to the Indian way of "doing things". In spite of this and due to the determination of the licensee, Indo Rama Retail Holdings Ltd, three stores were launched in New Delhi and three franchises inaugurated shortly after.
Office 1’s real breakthrough came with the appointment as CEO of Ashok Srivastava who brings years of experience in the office products business to his position at Office 1 India. With him on board, Office 1 was again on the move with the appointment of its first regional developer in the area of Chennai where the first store is to be opened in mid-July.
In Ashok Srivastava’s own words: "India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has an English speaking population greater than all of Europe and the highest working population in the world. It may well become one of the largest OP markets in the world by 2025.”
The full power point slide show can be downloaded here
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19 June 2008
Over 2000 employees, franchisees and partners gathered the weekend of June 10th to celebrate the tenth anniversary of OFFICE 1 in Bulgaria. The party was held in the picturesque glades of Ilinden, near the first class ski resort of Pamporovo.
Guests were accommodated in various area hotels and received a gift pack including souvenirs labeled for the event. Anyone daring enough to climb the 1600 meters mountain was rewarded with unlimited supplies of food and wine to keep warm.
Entertainment included traditional Bulgarian folk music and singing, popular Bulgarian bands and various prize wining games for all those present. The heavy showers did not chase anyone away and the extemporaneous dance floor was well packed regardless of weather conditions.
With more than one hundred and fifty stores, a sophisticated network for servicing customers and numerous awards for excellence, Office 1 Bulgaria is the indisputable leader in the market. Let’s extend our best wishes for another ten years of continuing success.
24 May 2008 Dubai
The week of May 24rd, OFFICE 1 International had a booth at the Dubai Franchise Fair, the most famous of its kind in the Middle East. The booth was manned by Messrs.Hussein Zebib and Waleed Sghaier respectively General Managers of OFFICE 1 Qatar and Saudi Arabia and Glenn Reed , Export Director for International. The fair was well attended and there was a great deal of interest in the OFFICE 1 concept from a number of prospective visitors. A result that was anticipated given the tremendous economic growth in the general area. It is expected that master agreements for the Emirates and Bahrain will be announced shortly. For more information contact Glenn Reed at email@example.com
15 October 2007
OFFICE 1 Superstores International will have a booth at the November Paperworld fair in Shanghai from November 20-22. The booth number is 5A06, and it is located in hall W5. Members of the OFFICE 1 Export Team will be present and available to meet with people interested in importing and distributing products from the OFFICE 1 China Export office. The booth will also feature samples of stationery and furniture for export. Company CEO, Mark Baccash, will be in attendance at various times throughout the few days of the fair. People interested in having an OFFICE 1 franchise are also welcome to stop by.
The Paperworld fair will have some 500 + stationery vendors present. For more information click here.
01 September 2007 West Palm Beach, US
Today OFFICE 1 announced the forthcoming introduction of office product superstores in Peru.
The master franchisee, T-Copia, owns thirteen sophisticated, Kinko-like, service centers in Peru and three photocopy centers under the name Peru Copia. Additionally, the master franchisee is the exclusive distributor of Canon office machines for Peru with a list of some 10,000 office customers and a large sales force calling on these accounts.
OFFICE 1 believes it has found in T-Copia an exceptional master franchisee for entering the $400 mm office products market of Peru. The plan is to launch the first 300m2 superstore in a company-owned building in the center of Lima. Following this launch the three Peru Copia stores will be converted to OFFICE 1.
Starting in September 2008 an OFFICE 1 section will be created inside the thirteen T-Copia stores in Lima at the rhythm of one store per month for a minimum of six conversions in 2008.
Sub franchising with a focus on converting existing copy centers will start in 2009 after all T-Copia and Peru Copia stores have been re-configured.
Mark Baccash stated: “The fact that the master owns well located stores in Lima and the synergy with the Canon sales force should ensure that the chances for success are greatly enhanced.
The combination of the Mexico (earlier this year) and Peru launches will provide the necessary traction for OFFICE 1’s expansion into a number of fast growing emerging markets in Latin America.
24 January 2007 Frankfurt, Germany
As in previous years, OFFICE 1 had a large booth at the Paperworld Office Products Fair in Frankfurt - January 24th to 28th. There we were able to meet new master franchise candidates and key vendors, present new OFFICE 1 branded products as well as provide a gathering point for the many OFFICE 1 master franchisees present at the fair to meet with stationers and suppliers.
13 November 2006 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge – Big population and growing consumption are the most attractive aspects of the Vietnamese market in the eyes of Office 1 International, the leading US stationery retailer
Mark Baccash, President and CEO of the Office 1 group, stated that American companies, including Office 1, couldn’t resist the attractiveness of the Vietnamese market, with over 84 million people, and that it was time to establish business ties with Vietnamese partners.
He also emphasized that foreign companies were also coming to Vietnam, and the number would increase particularly when the country joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Mr Baccash said he hoped that in his first trip to Vietnam this time he could find local partners to franchise the Office 1 International brand.
Vietnamese partners must be experts about the domestic market and the consumption habits of Vietnamese people, he added.
However, he said he was worried that the transfer of business knowledge to local partners and salesman training in Vietnam would take longer than in other countries because franchising in Vietnam was still new.
(Source: Dau Tu)
10 November 2006 Shanghai, China
OFFICE 1 attracted a lot of interest from visitors at the Shanghai Franchise Fair which ran from Nov 7 to Nov 9. Being the only Stationery Franchise with booth at the Fair OFFICE 1 enjoyed a large attendance of candidates for franchising.
07 September 2006 West Palm Beach, Florida
OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. today announced the official launch of its first superstore in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Robertson who officially inaugurated the store on September 7th is seen cutting the ribbon flanked by Andrej Andoljsek, President of the Board of Vele d.d., master franchisee, and Mark Baccash, President and CEO of Office 1 Superstores International.
31 August 2006 West Palm Beach, Florida
OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. announces the appointment of two new master franchises in Qatar and St Maarten.
While spread out geographically, these additions are expected to enhance the purchasing power of the stationery group as the new master franchisees plan to be very active in importing OFFICE 1 branded products from China given the nature and special circumstances of their markets.
26 July 2006 West Palm Beach, Florida
OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. today announced that Mike Schmidt, Vice President Operations, was appointed to the board of directors at its June 5th annual meeting in recognition of his exceptional efforts in launching and supporting master franchisees as well as his many contributions to the mission of OFFICE 1 on behalf of small dealers and stationers.
06 March 2006 Slovenia
OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. anunció hoy la inminente incorporación de las tiendas de productos de oficina en Eslovenia.
El franquiciado principal esloveno, Vele d.d. ?s una filial de Tus, una de las cadenas de tiendas comerciales más grandes en Eslovenia, con un amplio registro de actividades que cubren ventas al por mayor, centros de distribución, centros de diversión y centros comerciales de venta al por menor, así como 228 supermercados con un área, aproximadamente, de 800m2 a 3000m2 y seis hipermercados.
En el año 2005, Tus fue anunciada como la empresa de desarrollo más rápido en Eslovenia por segunda vez por parte de un grupo de 500 compañías. OFFICE 1 Eslovenia abrirá en el mes de mayo tres grandes tiendas comerciales casi a la vez.
Andrej Andoljsek, el presidente del Consejo de Administración de Vele, ha hecho los siguientes comentarios:
“La incorporación de OFFICE 1 ampliará nuestras actividades de orientación al cliente en las ventas corporativas y las ventas directas a través de catálogos y correo directo. Esperamos asimismo beneficiarnos de la combinación del poder adquisitivo de OFFICE 1 entre los países vecinos de Europa Central y del Este".
06 August 2005
Office 1 Superstores International, a global franchiser of stationery stores, receives 2005 Export Achievement Award Certificate for recent accomplishments in the global marketplace.
Mark Baccash, President and CEO, received certificate from the hands of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. The Export Achievement Certificate was created by the U.S. Department of Commerce to recognize small and medium-sized businesses successful in the international market place.
06 January 2005 Frankfurt, Germany
A proud Raicho Raichev (right), Chairman of Office 1 Bulgaria receives the award from M-real Simon Guffogg.
04 November 2004 Irleand
Office 1 Ireland would like to announce the addition of 5 new stores to the evergrowing franchise on the Irish market. New office 1 shops, located in Donegal, Newcastle West, Rathmines, Tralee and Tullamore will open their doors over the next four weeks. Office 1 Franchise Ireland, established in March of this year, will have exceeded highest expectations and will already have ten shops in Ireland by the end of the year.
Managing Director, Mr Fintan Lawlor has stated "OFFICE 1 has been a phenomenal success in this country with the existing shops in Ballymount, Wexford and Cork reporting sales growth of up to 18%. This factor combined with new innovative products added to the mix, marketing strength and valuable supplier support from players such as OFFICE 1 and has made OFFICE 1 the obvious choice for owner managed office supplies business to diversify and progress. Now with ten shops in operation we are well on target of achieving nationwide coverage of a unique retail stationery and IT outlet in the Irish market."