Office & Desk

BIC Graphic Launches More Than 400 New Products
January 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

BIC Graphic, Clearwater, Fla., is launching more than 400 new products this month. Based on research both inside and outside the industry, BIC Graphic's product development team not only has focused on bringing new products to the line, but also expanding top-selling categories with new colors and line extensions, offering distributors more choices. The additions include:…

FTC Stops Alleged Office Supply Scam
January 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Federal regulators accused a company called Liberty Supply Co., Gainesville, Texas, of using office supply sales to scam charitable organizations and small businesses. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal court temporarily halted and froze assets of Liberty Supply Co. The announcement indicated that individuals from Liberty Supply Co., also doing…

Hub Pen Company Hires Sales Executive Ian Brudenell
December 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Hub Pen Company, Braintree, Mass., announced the addition of industry veteran Ian Brudenell to its team of inside sales executives. Brudenell will represent Hub Pen on the West Coast. “As our product offerings and services continue to expand, the addition of talented sales…

BIC Purchases India's Largest Writing Instrument Manufacturer
December 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm

BIC, Clearwater, Fla., has bought a majority stake in Cello Pens, India's largest manufacturer and distributor of writing instruments. According to Forbes, BIC acquired a 60 percent stake in Cello Pens from the Rathod family for $82 million. In March 2009, BIC had taken a 40 percent stake in six of Cello Pens' seven entities for…

3 Pens to Show Off at the Office
December 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Everyone has a favorite pen. Whether it's because it has a name engraved on it, it has a comfortable rubber grip or the ink is smoother than Barry White's voice. We found three pens that stand out to us because of their designs and functions. 1. Writing electrified Scientists at the University of Western Ontario…

Apple Patent Application Reveals 3-D Printer Plans
December 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

An Apple patent application for a color 3-D printer surfaced in December, hinting that the consumer tech giant is looking to develop a commercial 3-D printer. According to The Motley Fool, Apple submitted the application, titled "Method and Apparatus for Three Dimensional Printing…

FTC Blocks Staples-Office Depot Merger
December 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week filed a complaint, charging that Staples Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Office Depot Inc. would violate antitrust laws by reducing competition nationwide in the industry for "consumable" office supplies, including writing instruments, notepads, folders and paper products, sold to large-business customers. "The commission has reason to believe that the…

China Wants to Boost Its Ballpoint Pen Game
December 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

This month, at a seminar in Beijing, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that Chinese pens felt "rough" compared to those made in Japan, Germany and Switzerland, and added that China's manufacturers should focus on innovating their technologies. According to Marketplace, this wasn't the first time…

Promotional Incentives Inc. Celebrates 25 Years in Business
December 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Promotional Incentives Inc., Cape Coral, Fla., celebrated its 25th year in the promotional product industry. The company specializes in embroidered apparel, award and recognition gifts, and branded office and household items. When a young, recently married couple—Jack and Lucy Costa—launched the company in 1990, the duo set up shop in a Cape Coral office, where…

Skip the Surface Book—At Least for Now
December 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I got the Microsoft Surface Book (not the Surface tablet) two weeks ago, and it’s going back to Microsoft this week. It’s an expensive laptop that has great potential, but it’s not worth the extra money. Here are my thoughts. The potential is there: Beautiful and stylish Powerful Excellent tablet functionality with a great Bluetooth…