October 5, 2017

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EPIC 2017 JOINT SEMINARS PRESENTATIONS
Many of the EPIC 2017 Seminar presentations are now available at http://wherebighappens.com/epic-seminar-presentations-2017/.  Below are the seminars for which presentations are already posted.  Succession Planning - Gary Pittsford, C... [Read the rest of this article...]

INDEPENDENT STATIONERS FEDERAL SCHEDULE MAS-75 CHANGE IN BID REGULATIONS
Dealers participating in the Independent Stationers MAS-75 contract are not attached to the contract via any of the government bid sites moving forward and should not be submitting any bids without working with EPIC staff.  This update has been ... [Read the rest of this article...]

SALES TAX; NOT A VERY EXCITING THING….
The EPIC Order Point platform incorporates the taxing software from Avalara. This ensures compliance with transactional taxes/sales tax in all taxing jurisdictions.  EPIC files over 350 returns with hundreds of taxing jurisdictions every y... [Read the rest of this article...]

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST AFFILIATE MEMBERS!
Please join the staff of Independent Stationers, as we welcome two new affiliate members to the Independent Stationers' family! #A028 Consumers Interstate Corp, located in Norwich, Connecticutt.  Welcome Shawn Ahearn and team! #X101 Sa... [Read the rest of this article...]

UPS REBATE PROGRAM UPDATE
Independent Stationers UPS program is improving once again!  Effective July 1, 2017 we will be on the tiered rebate structure shown below.  Previously all UPS spend generated a flat 23% rebate. Recap of new program: IS Membership Comb... [Read the rest of this article...]

WEBSITE SUPPORT FOR SECURE PROTOCOL HTTPS
Several enhancements to the security of our primary website https://www.independentstationers.coop have been implemented. We now support https as the primary website protocol which uses an encryption process to protect your login and member informati... [Read the rest of this article...]

5 THINGS OP DEALERS CAN DO TO COMBAT AMAZON
Susan Mintmire, President of OfficeZilla, IS# X052, participated on the Amazon EPIC seminar panel “Understanding and Combating the Appeal of Amazon Business” and recently posted an article about it on LinkedIn.  Click below to read t... [Read the rest of this article...]

IS WEB SITE - ADMINS NEED TO UPDATE RECORDS
Attention all IS web site Admins!  Please make sure you login to www.independentstationers.coop, click on Member Admin, Member Profile, and check the site profile details and update accordingly, check out the dealer locator and make sure your da... [Read the rest of this article...]

M-POWER Q4 2017 PROMOTIONS & FLYERS AVAILABLE!
Make sure your customers take advantage of these great promotional offers for Q4 2017 from participating M-Power suppliers. Also available are several product flyers for your sales team to distribute. All offers expire December 31, 2017 unless noted.... [Read the rest of this article...]

PROMOTE CO-OP MONTH IN OCTOBER
The goals of Co-op Month, are to raise public awareness of cooperatives and celebrate their accomplishments. “Cooperatives Commit” is the theme for National Cooperative Month in October 2017.  Did you know... There are more ... [Read the rest of this article...]

REMINDER: DEALER VIDEO IS CUSTOMIZABLE!
Just a reminder…Independent Stationers developed an animated video that explains the benefits of being a member of a cooperative and how that membership enables you to be competitive in your marketplace.  It was intentionally designed to ... [Read the rest of this article...]

MAKING YOUR CONTENT LOCALLY RELEVANT WEBINAR OCTOBER 24
How can a business rank for your target locations? It’s not easy! Whether you have one or multiple locations, you will need locally relevant content catered to each one. These are called local landing pages, and you will need them on your websi... [Read the rest of this article...]

SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
We recently held another Spark series webinar featuring Social Media Trends. Social media is always changing and trends come and go. In this webinar we discussed the user of video and live video for posts and ads, ephemeral (disappearing) content, Ov... [Read the rest of this article...]

NEW VENDOR WEBINAR RECORDING - RJ SCHINNER
RJ Schinner is a leader in the wholesale distribution of towel & tissue, can liners, food service packaging, breakroom, and janitorial supplies. They have been providing these services for over 65 years and look forward to the opportunity of s...[Read the rest of this article...]

VENDOR PROMOTIONS POSTED
The following vendors have posted promotions and/or SPIFFs [Read the rest of this article...]

VENDOR PRICE FILES POSTED
Vendor Document Library (VDL) Vendor related documents are posted to the Vendor Document Library.  It is restricted to only those dealer-users t...[Read the rest of this article...]

PAPER MILLS IMPLEMENTING PRICE INCREASES IN OCTOBER
The major paper mills have announced $2/CWT price increases for early October.  Notification letters from Domtar, IP, and Georgia Pacific have been posted to the Vendor Document Library.  See your paper merchant for more detailed informatio...[Read the rest of this article...]

SMUCKERS OFFERS TWO CASES OF FREE COFFEE TO NEW DEALERS
IS Dealers can request two free cases of Folgers Coffee from Smuckers.  See form below.  Click image to go to online redemption.  [Read the rest of this article...]

AKRO-MILS (AKM) CONTRACT TERMINATES OCT 18, 2017
The contract between IS and Akro-Mils will end effective Oct 18, 2017.  Please ensure all potential orders are placed by Oct 11, 2017 to ensure shipment and invoicing occurs before the termination date.[Read the rest of this article...]