No doubt to the joy and relief of some parents, the start of the new school year is just on the horizon. So as kids and students start compiling their ‘back to school’ (BTS) kits, some retailers are making the most of the kerfuffle.
With retail expert Francesca Nicasio describing the BTS period as “the second biggest shopping event of the year”, retailers are using a number of ways to capitalise on this lucrative opportunity. At Warehouse Stationery, the retailer has taken the opportunity to release a series of helpful videos online (by .99). In a four-part series, the videos go through a humorous list of handy ‘don’ts’, giving out practical tips from no yoghurt pots in bags or curried egg sandwiches in the summer, to advising against embarrassing faux pas like crying after dropping your child off at school or pulling out a slice of the 80s slang (did someone say ‘radical’?).
On the retailer’s Facebook page, the ad has received an overwhelmingly positive response, with a sizeable number of users proudly pointing out that the video was filmed at Auckland’s Otahuhu College.
Beyond stationery staples like pen and paper, New World have come out with a series of tips to help parents going through the daily grind of packing the school lunchbox. The retailer’s website lists a number of recipes like bacon and egg pies, chicken rolls, and chocolate bliss balls as a shake up to the usual humdrum of sandwich and chips.
According to online price comparison website PriceMe, demand for stationery and technology has increased significantly between the first and 16th of January. The most significant surge in demand has been with calculators as the website reports a 221 percent increase compared to average statistics from 2016. The Casio Graphics Calculator has proved particularly popular, with the pricey item often a regular staple in high school mathematics classes.
PriceMe also reports a 45 percent increase in demand for backpacks. Star Wars backpacks have proven the most popular, no doubt boosted by last month’s cinematic release of Rogue One.
In a sign of the times, a rising number of schools have been implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives where students bring their own laptops and tablets for educational purposes. PriceMe has recorded a 29 percent increase in demand for tablets (especially the iPad Mini and low-priced refurbished iPads) and a 36 percent increase in demand for Chromebooks (especially educational ones such as the HP Education Notebook and the Acer Premium Education Notebook). Furthermore, low-end first-time phones—such as Alcatel phones—have also surged in popularity, with mobile phones becoming more and more prevalent among younger students.
This story originally appeared on StopPress.