November 16, 2017

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DARE WE SAY “DIFFICULT”?
Don't forget EPIC Business Essentials for your hard to satisfy customer requirements. Punch out?   No Problem. Budget allocation & online visibility?  No Problem. Locations & Sales Tax in a different state?  N... [Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC RALLY CALL RECORDING AVAILABLE
Did you miss the November Rally Call?  You can listen to the recorded version by clicking the link below EPIC Nov 2017 Rally Call Play recording (41 min) This recording does not require a passord   [Read the rest of this article...]

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST AFFILIATE MEMBER!
Join us as we welcome our newest affiliate member, in the AFFLINK program:
#A029 - Desantis Solutions, located in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Welcome Shannon Desantis and team!

2018 COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS - CALL OUT!!
The Independent Stationers Board and Staff are committed to obtain dealer input on many aspects of the group’s operation and programs.  Committees can be a great source of dealer input, and we want them to be as effective as possible. ... [Read the rest of this article...]

ANOTHER RECORD YEAR FOR OPI AND THE CLIMB OF LIFE
On November 3, myself and a small group of OPI colleagues, together with around 90 UK office products industry personnel, gathered in the UK's mountainous Lake District for the 30th annual Climb of Life (COL) event, raising a record sum for the I... [Read the rest of this article...]

LSC COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES QUALITY PARK ENVELOPE BUSINESS
November 9, 2017 - CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- LSC Communications (NYSE: LKSD) announced today that it has acquired the Quality Park envelope business from Cenveo. Quality Park is a leading producer of quality envelopes, mailing supplies and assorted ... [Read the rest of this article...]

ACH SCHEDULE FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Your Independent Stationers Accounting Team is already getting into the holiday spirit with this announcement of the deadline for faxed ACH for the week of Thanksgiving. Our appreciation for your sharing these dates with your own accounting per... [Read the rest of this article...]

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS NOVEMBER 25
Even if you don’t have a retail store, you can still celebrate Small Business Saturday. Get creative, plan an event of your own or partner with other local companies!  Last year, a record number of companies rallied their communities to ce... [Read the rest of this article...]

ACCO PROUDLY CRAFTED PROMOTION FLYER & BANNER AVAILABLE!
Make sure your sales staff take advantage of the ACCO Proudly Crafted promotional product flyer and banner for the remainder of the year. Join ACCO as they support Proudly Crafted products that are made or assembled throughout the country. Include... [Read the rest of this article...]

QUARTERLY UPDATE WEBINARS SCHEDULED: NOV. 27, DEC.6* NEW DATES
Each quarter of the year, IS holds Update Webinars designed to keep you and your fellow members/affiliates up to date on all that is going on within your dealer group! We cover various topics, which typically include: Current financial revie... [Read the rest of this article...]

INFLUENCER MARKETING PROGRAMS WEBINAR DECEMBER 12
Influencer marketing is a form of marketing in which focus is placed on influential people rather than the target market as a whole (Wikipedia). This form of marketing can be extremely powerful when it comes to content and social media marketing, all... [Read the rest of this article...]

TAX REFORM UPDATE WEBINAR DECEMBER 14
Are you curious how the tax reform bills in the House and the Senate could impact you and your business?  Join us for a Tax Reform Update Webinar on Thursday, December 14 at 2 p.m. presented by Greenwalt CPAs. Who should attend: Owners, CEO, ... [Read the rest of this article...]

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE SPARK WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
In our recent Spark Buyer Personas and  Buyer Journeys webinar, we reviewed Inbound Marketing and discussed Buyer Personas and Buyer Journeys.  A detailed explanation was provided for each topic area and how you can leverage these tools and... [Read the rest of this article...]

SUCCESSFULLY SELLING CAN LINERS WEBINAR RECORDING
We recently held the second in our new series of RJ Schinner webinars for IS members. The first webinar featured Successfully Selling Paper Towels, Tissues and Napkins and included some basic knowledge needed to sell these items more effectively.&nbs... [Read the rest of this article...]

RECORDING AVAILABLE - IS 411 – EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDEPENDENT STATIONERS
“What was that new vendor for Industrial Supplies?” “Can I save on my UPS shipments?” “When is the next webinar?”   “Where did I find those price lists last time I looked?”   Let’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...]

HP IMPLEMENTS 1 TO 10 PERCENT PRICE INCREASE EFF DEC 1, 2017
A copy of this letter and price changes affecting the RDC can be found on the vendor document library under RDC.[Read the rest of this article...]

GEORGIA-PACIFIC TO CEASE COMMUNICATION PAPER PRODUCTION IN ANOTHER MILL
From Press Release: ATLANTA / CAMAS, WASHINGTON – Nov. 14, 2017 – Georgia-Pacific today announced it will restructure the Camas, Washington, facility, permanently shutting down next year the communication papers machine, fine paper con...[Read the rest of this article...]

PM COMPANY: 5% PRICE INCREASE FOR JAN 1, 2018 HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A 15% PRICE INCREASE EFFECTIVE DEC 4, 2017
See body of letter below.  The new price list can be downloaded from the IS website[Read the rest of this article...]

FACTORY SHUTDOWNS LEAD TO PRODUCT ALLOCATION ON THERMAL ROLLS
Expect price volatility on some product categories, including thermal rolls, over the coming months.  See linked article for more information.[Read the rest of this article...]

PILOT YEAR-END SHUTDOWN SCHEDULE
Pilot's year-end 2017 shipping and shutdown schedule.  December 13th is the last day orders may be received to guarantee shipment in 2017. Orders that arrive too late for shipment in 2017 will not be eligible for program funds...[Read the rest of this article...]