| Danial Norjidi |
BOOK and stationery stores have been enjoying one of their busiest times of the year recently as students prepare to go back to school.
Stores selling school supplies were a beehive of activities yesterday as parents and children rushed to acquire all necessities for the new school year.
At Samima Sdn Bhd in Kiulap, the scene was no different. The line of customers appeared to continue with the company generating over 1,400 sales a day over the last two weeks, its sales manager, Mohamed Rafi, shared.
“For two weeks, almost every day has been like this,” he said, adding, “our customers have mostly been buying school books and since yesterday, they have been buying a lot of stationery, school bags, shoes, uniforms and files.”
Compared to previous years, he said, “This year has been overwhelming, particularly since we opened this new outlet on December 28.”
He also shared that according to receipts, “For the last two weeks we have been getting around 1,430 customers per day.”
They have also increased the number of staff to 17 personnel, including locals, specifically for what he called the busy three-month period of November, December and January.
Asked if there has been any shortage in books, he said, “So far, no. There was a shortage of books on the subject of ‘Rasuah,’ but they just came yesterday. No problems at all.”
The sales manager also took the opportunity to commend the Curriculum Development Department.
“We are thankful to the department because this year they did a really, really good job. They are tracking every two to three days, checking whether or not the books are here and if they are still available.
“For government schools, they need around 4,000 books. For private schools they need around 1,600 – 2,000 books per level. So what they do now is they print out 6,000 so as to make sure that all the stocks are available.”
Meanwhile, book and stationery chain BISMI Trading Sdn Bhd has also been receiving a large influx of customers.
Speaking to the Bulletin at the Gadong branch, Manager Jamal Mohamed shared that business has been brisk since the people received their annual bonus. The most common purchases at the chain of stores have been school books, notebooks and stationery.
Daily sales, he said, have been consistent each day, amounting to around 500 sales a day at this specific branch.
He expects to see a continued gradual increase in business as the ‘back to school’ period continues.