Superstat Break Sales Records
The Superstat Group sales on Newell Rubbermaid products via Spicers has broken records by achieving the biggest spend ever in January 2013; a 12% increase on January 2012 which in itself was an exceptional month.
Graeme Hargreaves, Commercial Director at The Superstat Group comments on the achievement: "Over the last few years we've put an incredible amount of work into our approved supplier programme, from developing measurable marketing plans through to working with the business development teams in order to really sell in the programme. It's a two-way process, and these results are a direct result of the strong relationships we have with our suppliers and their long term support of our initiatives."back to top
Optoma Office Products
Optoma is a leading manufacturer of award-winning projectors. Systematically Optoma has contributed a product into every new development of projection and has pioneered new award-winning products on more than one occasion, targeting a spectrum of applications and environments.
More recently, Optoma introduced a range of projectors exclusively available to the Office channel. The range is designed specifically for demanding professional applications:
- Pico projectors for presentations on the move
- Lamp free LED for longer lasting projection
- Mobile projectors for brighter images in many locations
- High resolution for increased detail
- Space saving, ultra short throw projectors for smaller meeting and boardrooms.
Optoma is here to support the office channel; they can create customizable eshots, provide product training and have dedicated pre sales support so customers can contact a member of the Optoma sales team with any questions they need to discuss.back to top
Royal Mail Ink Colour requirements change for the UK.
Royal Mail have announced that users of “Smart” franking machines will in future use blue ink instead of red Ink, there is to be an orderly organic migration from red ink to blue ink and suppliers and end users are to exhaust their current stocks of red ink before starting to sell/use the new blue inks so there is no need to discard red ink cartridges held by users. Transition commences forthwith and red inks will be replaced with blue inks as soon as is practical or stock levels dictate.
The following known Manufacturers models are identified and affected by this transition:
DM400-1000 (Mega Range)
ALL IS series machines (IS240 -IS480)
Frama and Francotyp Postalia models concerned are still to be confirmed by these manufacturers, the advice from Royal Mail is that Francotyp Postalia and Frama users who reclaim VAT on postage by way of a VAT invoice from Royal Mail will most probably be affected by this transition to blue ink and will need to use blue ink in future subject to the previous provisions.
Please note there is a small chance when customers (PITNEY BOWES MODELS ONLY) change from red to blue ink, their print head may faildue to normal wear and tear on the machines print head and this would have occurred with a replacement cartridge from any source, please note that Pitney Bowes classify the print head as a consumable item. – Our own testing has shown that this will normally ONLY OCCUR when the print head has reached its natural end of life and this failure would have most likely have occurred even if the change of colour had not taken place. As such in these instances we WILL NOT be issuing free replacement print heads as this is not due to a cartridge or ink induced fault as covered by our warranties but due to normal wear and tear on the machine .We will of course be able to supply printheads that you can sell to your customers in this eventuality becoming reality.
Totalpostblue ink cartridges already exist and are fully compliant with Royal Mail ink specifications so changes will be minimal with the following codes being applicable to blue ink cartridges in future:
Pricing and Part Numbers
Totalpost Blue ink cartridges will not carry any additional cost surcharges compared against equivalent red cartridges.
Part numbers for the affected cartridges are as follows
10244-801 IS330-480 (Standard Capacity)
10260-801 IS420-480 (High Capacity)
If you have any further questions regarding this transition to Blue ink, please raise them via your normal contact who is John Dennison, who will be happy to provide all possible assistance to make this transition as simple as possible for you and your customers.back to top
Superstat Sign Evolution Deal
The Superstat Group have signed a deal with e-commerce solutions provider Evolution, in order to enhance their ecommerce portfolio. Sitting alongside the Group's entry-level online ordering solution - OPO - and the tier 2 solution - Orderstore/zone - the Evolution software partnership will give those members who have made the decision to use Evolution, preferential rates when ordered as a Superstat member.
Andy Whyte, Sales & Marketing Director at Evolution Software adds:
"At Evolution we're all about providing the very best in eCommerce to our customers by giving them the tools to win, maintain and maximise even the most complicated accounts. We recognise that Superstat are no different in that they also set out to help their members achieve growth by offering a great set of tools and services.
We hope the Evolution eCommerce platform will be another great tool that the Superstat members can use to help them keep moving their businesses forward."
Richard Lockley, Commercial Manager, comments on the recent partnership: "Having a well developed eCommerce programme that caters for a variety of different dealers of dealer is one of the things that really sets us apart as a dealer group so adding Evolution to our portfolio is a logical addition. We recognise that it makes sense for two forward thinking companies to work together, having a wider variety of online tools can only benefit our members.back to top
Dymo Prize Giveaway
Newell Rubbermaid, in conjunction with The Superstat Group ran their annual Prize Giveaway in the run up to Christmas, where members compete to increase their Dymo spend, to be in with a chance of winning a host of weekly prizes supplied by the Newell Rubbermaid team.
Results are now in for the December leg of the competition, and we're delighted to announce the following winners:
Week 1: Heatons Office Solutions, winner of £70 Golf 4 Ball vouchers
Week 2: Sovereign Office Equipment, winner of £50 Red Letter Day vouchers
Week 3: Eurostat Office Solutions, winner of £100 Love to Shop vouchers
Mairi Beaton from the Superstat Group comments on the joint promotion … "We've been running this for a couple of years now with Dymo, and it goes from strength to strength each year. Claire Raey at Newell Rubbermaid has been fantastic in offering support to our members during the promotion and we're delighted at the uptake in sales as a result of the competition."back to top
Superstat Sign PBTI Ltd. to Approved Supplier Programme
The Superstat group are delighted to announce that they have signed up PBTI Ltd. as part of their new approved supplier programme. PBTI Ltd. are the leading re-manufacturer of toners under the Xinia brand, and as a member of the programme will work closely with Superstat to grow both their brand and sales amongst the group's dealers.
Richard Lee, Sales Director at PBTI Ltd. comments on the recent partnership: "We are extremely pleased to be working with The Superstat Group and the Superstat dealers. Xinia have been servicing and supporting the UK dealer sector for over a decade and we look forward to working closely with all Superstat members, helping each of them develop their toner business and increase their profitability. All Xinia products are made in the UK so members will also be supporting UK manufacture as well as looking after the environment."back to top
Superstat Dealer Scoops Recycling Award
Superstat dealer, Aston & James, has scooped the 2012 Superstat Recycling Award, and not for the first time ... this is the third year in a row they have picked up the award!
The Recycling Award, which is run in conjunction with ERS Europe Ltd and Superstat, rewards the organisation who collects the most used ink cartridges over the course of the year. Aston & James topped the leader board, collecting a massive 9,940 units, the proceeds from which they've donated to the Blue Cross charity, which helps animals in their local area.
Darren Aston, MD of Aston & James comments on retaining the award... " I am extremely proud of my team for a third year running. It's great for the environment, our customers benefit as it removes the headache of moving their used toners on, our drivers are already on site so it costs nothing and our nominated beneficiary has been the Blue Cross for recycling toners. Our customer service team and drivers have been fantastic in removing the used toners. We will continue to do our bit for the environment we have our eyes firmly fixed on smashing 10,000 recycled units this year!”back to top