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The Changing Face of Stationery Market in India Refiling the pen furthermore, the convenience and popularity of e-commerce platforms and online marketplaces have eliminated geographical barriers, allowing customers to browse and purchase stationery items from the comfort of their homes.

By Deepak Jalan

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The growth of the stationery market in India has been boosted by a greater emphasis on education and the emergence of new avenues for creative expressions, such as calligraphy, bullet journaling, hand-lettering and sketching. Refiling the pen furthermore, the convenience and popularity of e-commerce platforms and online marketplaces have eliminated geographical barriers, allowing customers to browse and purchase stationery items from the comfort of their homes.

FROM PEN AND PAPER TO PLANNER AND WASHI TAPE

With the advent of the new millennium, a transformative movement in the industry has been observed. From its conventional reliance on pen and paper for educational institutes and workplaces to embracing a wide array of new-age stationery products catering to the needs of contemporary channels of artistic manifestation.

From conventional writing tools to modern note books, the industry which is currently estimated 10000 cr has adeptly navigated change while preserving its core essence

A wide range of products catering to various age groups and interests, such as - planners, sticky notes, journals, list notepads, highlighters, mechanical pencils, correction tools, etc., are accessible on the market. This shift in the Indian stationery industry reflects the growing demand for innovative, customizable, and aesthetically pleasing products, as consumers seek unique ways to organize and express themselves in their daily lives.

DRIVEN BY DESIGN

Design has emerged as a driving force in the industry, propelling the creation of visually appealing, functional and user-centric products that elevate the overall experience. This shift towards innovation and customization has prompted manufacturers to channel their efforts into integrating cutting-edge technologies and artistic concepts, resulting in the development of unique, visually appealing, and distinctive designs that cater to consumer preferences.

The demand for personalized aesthetic stationery, customizable notebooks in vibrant colours and patterns, planners with magnetic closures, and innovative binding methods has soared. As consumers seek products that align with their unique identities, the infusion of creativity and thoughtful design has become a defining characteristic of the modern-day Indian stationery industry.

EMBRACING SUSTAINABLE CHOICES

Like every other industry, the stationary sector is also actively embracing the shift towards eco-friendly products, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. Consumers are becoming more conscious of the environmental impact of their choices and are actively seeking eco-friendly alternatives.

Manufacturers and retailers are responding by adopting sustainable practices and developing products that are environmentally friendly such as recycled paper, biodegradable pens, and environmentally- conscious packaging Manufacturers are introducing biodegradable pens and pencils made from sustainable materials such as bamboo or cornstarch-based plastics. These alternatives have a lower environmental impact compared to traditional plastic pens, which contribute to plastic pollution.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a temporary setback; however, the industry swiftly adapted to the changing landscape. The industry used the pandemic as a catalyst for digital transformation. Ever since the industry has been riding the tide of a growing young population, increased literacy rates and a greater emphasis on education and creativity, the demand for stationery products is expected to continue rising. The industry's ability to adapt to changing consumer preferences, embrace sustainability, and harness technology will be crucial in driving growth. By leveraging technology, fostering creativity, and prioritizing sustainability, the Indian stationery industry can continue to play a crucial role in supporting education, communication, and personal expression for years to come.

Deepak Jalan

Managing Director, Linc Ltd

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