COS was founded in 1976 by Dominique Lyone, the son of an Egyptian Immigrant who’s family fled to Australia after the 1967 Six Day War. Upon arrival to the country at age 13, Dom began learning the English language whilst settling into the Australian culture.
By the time he reached maturity, Dom was considering his employment prospects and soon followed his father’s footsteps into a typewriter repair business – Data Print. Dom initially worked as a typewriter mechanic but his natural leadership skills were beginning to emerge, and before long he became head of the stationery distribution business for Data Print.
Attracted to the sales environment, he started selling typewriter consumables and the business began to prosper. However, after a few years Dom found the business lacked diversity and realised there was potential to widen his market into office products. He left Data Print and opened his first COS branch, gaining capital from selling his 1972 Mazda RX2.