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The twenty Insights-X cooperation partners include one Austrian member: the Federal Association for the Paper Goods and Toy Trade (Bundesgremium des Papier- und Spielwarenhandels). It represents the interests of businesses in the paper, office supplies and stationery sector in Austria. Association Chairman Andreas Auer explains the specific benefits of membership.
Andreas Auer has been successfully involved in the stationery wholesale sector in Austria and neighbouring countries for decades. His business, Card Company, particularly specialises in selling greeting cards and gift wrapping. Since 2010, Andreas Auer has been Chairman of the Federal Association for the Paper Goods and Toy Trade in the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO).
How do retailers benefit from being members of the Federal Association for the Paper Goods and Toy Trade? What is special about your association?
Andreas Auer: The Federal Association for the Paper Goods and Toy Trade is the legal body mandated to represent the interests of Austria’s stationery sector. Accordingly, we lobby for better legal and economic fundamentals for our members. Our work focuses on consulting and education, and we offer apprenticeship programmes, further training and more to members. We also organise industry activities such as the “Week of the Calendar” and individual member consultations.
What role do economic concerns and sustainability play in retailing?
A. A.: We have seen an important trend in the area of sustainability in recent years. This is particularly noticeable with regard to our school business, and that is why we are also a cooperation partner for the “Shop clever” campaign run by the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT).
Why do you recommend that your members visit Insights-X?
A. A.: Insights-X has established itself as a successful international industry expo in recent years and represents an important information and order platform for retailers.
Thank you for the discussion, Mr Auer.
The PartnerLounge is reserved exclusively for members of trade associations and purchasing co-ops which are partners of Insights-X. Take a look at all the cooperation partners at Insights-X 2019.