Posted on Jan 20 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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October 2016 marked a very special anniversary for Pentel, as the company celebrates 70 years of designing, manufacturing and selling some of the world’s favourite writing instruments. The company has come a long way since it was founded in 1946 as Japan Stationery Company Limited in Tokyo by the late former chairman Yukio Horie. Mr Horie was a visionary and entrepreneur with a passion for art materials...

Posted on Jan 19 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
Comments Off on SMEs call time on slow paper-based processes

In a separate survey by Xerox, more than 80% of small and medium-sized businesses in the UK, US, France and Germany said that within the next 12 months they wanted to eliminate paper from time consuming processes, including invoicing, HR and financial reporting. Currently, only 28% say that they are well advanced in the implementation of their plans to digitise paper processes. One in ten SMBs is...

Posted on Jan 18 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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Digitalisation is more than just the buzz-word du jour. As new research from AIIM shows, the transition from paper-based to electronic processes is having a significant effect on how information is distributed, with half of business executives reporting a decrease in the amount of paper received by their organisation – 9% of respondents describe this fall as rapid. Released in the run-up to World...

Posted on Jan 17 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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Creative cutting With a choice of four cutting styles – straight, wave cut, perforated or scored – the SmartCut A425 is a versatile A4 trimmer ideal for creative and professional use. Use it to add a fold, tear-off slip or decorative edge to invoices, invitations, cards and other material. The blade style can be changed with the turn of a dial. http://uk.rexeleurope.com Non-slip trimmer Edge Series...

Posted on Jan 16 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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High volume The solid, all-metal ClassicCut CL710 from Rexel is a high volume A4 guillotine. Great for busy offices, it can cut through up to 50 sheets and has a protective safety guard for peace of mind. http://uk.rexeleurope.com High durability The Kobra 360-A is a desktop guillotine with automatic paper press. Equipped with Kobra’s SUPER CUT system, the 360-A features carbon-hardened steel precision...

Posted on Jan 15 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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Trimmers and guillotines are useful tools for precise, efficient paper cutting, but do they have a place in the ‘paperless office’ and what are some of the features you should look out for? Some people might use the names synonymously or get the two mixed up, yet while they perform similar functions, trimmers and guillotines have very different designs and are suitable for different applications. Clive...

Posted on Jan 14 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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Jet Tec, the leading brand of remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges in Europe, has marked its 20th anniversary year with a brand refresh that celebrates its British heritage. The history of Jet Tec Jet Tec has been a market leading brand of remanufactured cartridges since its launch in 1996, producing a range of high quality alternative inkjet and laser toner cartridges as a cost saving alternative...

Posted on Jan 13 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
Comments Off on Wendy Vickery, marketing manager at Pentel, explains how a gel pen differs from other everyday writing instruments

We need to clear up a misconception first: ‘gel’ refers to the type of ink used in a pen and not specifically to the style of tip, although gel ink is commonly used in rollerball pens. The tip technology in a ballpoint and a rollerball consists of a metal cone supporting a metal ball, which transfers ink to the page. In a rollerball pen the ball tip tends to be more spherical, delivering a smoother...

Posted on Jan 12 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
Comments Off on Tayla Ansell tries out some of the latest introductions from leading pen manufacturers

Pukka Pens Pukka Pen gel pens, Pukka Pad’s first foray into the pen market, come in a blister pack with four colours (black, blue, pink and purple). Each ink colour is bright and corresponds to the bold casing making it easy to reach for the colour you need. The black ink seemed slightly greyer and not as dark as other black pens tested. Pukka Pads marketing manager Natalie Garner says comfort was...

Posted on Jan 11 2017 - 10:00am by Ann-Marie Peters
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For someone who grew up in the ‘90s, the term ‘gel pen’ brings back memories of colourful, metallic and even scented pens. A good collection could easily make you the envy of your peers. But today, gel pens aren’t just for children or for colouring – they have their place in the office, too. Wendy Vickery, Marketing Manager at Pentel, says: “The gel pen market reached an all-time high...