January 18, 2018

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UPS SIGNATURE CAPTURE & PROOF OF DELIVERY (POD)
UPS stopped capturing a signature when delivering a package effective September 1, 2017.  If a delivery confirmation is required, the shipper must select that option at the time of the shipment and it comes with an added cost. If you wish to ... [Read the rest of this article...]

RJ SCHINNER BLOG: WORST OF SEVERE FLU SEASON STILL TO COME!
This year is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. The flu season is an annually recurring period of time characterized by outbreaks of influenza. The season normally occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemis... [Read the rest of this article...]

JOIN THE FIRST ANNUAL SKI FOR HOPE 2018
Join the 1st Annual National Business Products Industry “Ski for Hope” presented by S.P. Richards Co., HP, HSM and Supplies Network in their continued efforts to raise critical funds for cancer and diabetes research and treatment at City ... [Read the rest of this article...]

EAKES OFFICE SOLUTIONS ACQUIRES LATSCH'S
Grand Island, NE, January 8, 2018: Eakes Office Solutions is excited to announce the acquisition of Latsch’s in Lincoln, Nebraska. Latsch’s has been locally owned and operated since 1916, serving the office product needs of businesses in ... [Read the rest of this article...]

CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY BY USING IS RDC’S
Copied from the IS ThinkTank: As many of you know, our RDC program, which is operated through our partner Essendant, continues to be one of the groups most vital instruments ever developed. Many have tried their best to emulate it, but none with a... [Read the rest of this article...]

WANT TO HIRE A JAN-SAN SPECIALIST? MJ HAWKINS CAN HELP!
MJ Hawkins are the Jan-San executive recruiters. They focus on sales and marketing positions in Jan-San and related industries. A few highlights on the firm include: MJ Hawkins, Inc. has an impeccable reputation the past 27 years and can provid... [Read the rest of this article...]

SOCIAL MEDIA Q1 CONTENT AVAILABLE
If your dealership has a Facebook page and is looking for content, take a look at the Social Media Library on the IS website. It was developed to help IS members with their social media and provide "ready-to-use" content.  You can brow... [Read the rest of this article...]

SAVINGS4MEMBERS SAVED INDEPENDENTS $17 MILLION IN 2017!
Savings4members helps independent businesses save time and money on commonly used products and services. As part of your Independent Stationers membership you have access to these savings programs for FREE! Save thousands on the following area... [Read the rest of this article...]

M-POWER Q1 2018 PROMOTIONS & FLYERS AVAILABLE
Make sure your customers take advantage of these great promotional offers for Q1 2018 from participating M-Power suppliers. Also available are new product flyers for your sales team to distribute. ACCO At-A-Glance and Cambridge Fashion Noteb... [Read the rest of this article...]

MAKING YOUR CONTENT LOCALLY RELEVANT WEBINAR JANUARY 23
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...]

RJ SCHINNER HAND CARE WEBINAR FEBRUARY 6
The Hand Care 101 webinar will help you to understand the products and sales techniques to sell Hand Care effectively and profitably. Learn about the evolution of Hand Care and how it continues to be a major sales opportunity today. Join us for ... [Read the rest of this article...]

RJ SCHINNER FOODSERVICE WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
The R.J. Schinner Foodservice webinar will help you to gain valuable knowledge in the foodservice arena. Foodservice items are sold in almost every account you service.  These items include everything from: disposable plates, cups and bowl... [Read the rest of this article...]

PROFIT FROM PRINTERS - KATUN'S REFURBISHED PRINTER PROGRAM WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
Katun Corporation is pleased to introduce a re-furbished line of the most popular Hewlett Packard printers, now available to IS Members!  These printers offer great way to compete, provide true customer value and profits from increased sales.&nb...[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...]

THERMAL PAPER MARKET UPDATES
BOOKMARK ARTICLE AND CHECK WEEKLY FOR UPDATES FROM PM COMPANY See comments and details below: January 5, 2018 – Thermal paper supply continues to be allocated by the mills due to the on-going leuco dye shortage.  Mills continue to se...[Read the rest of this article...]

CUTSHEET PAPER INCREASE OF $2/CTW EFFECTIVE IN FEBRUARY
Domtar has recently announced an increase of approx. $1/Carton on cutsheet products.  See letter below:   Updated price lists and other notices are forthcoming.[Read the rest of this article...]

SURCHARGES ON THERMAL PAPER
Thermal paper continues to experience increase based on the supply constraints on leuheaco dye.  Please see notice below from PM Company's parent, ICONEX, regarding surcharges being implemented in Feb, 2018.[Read the rest of this article...]

VENDORS DISCONTINUED FOR 2018
The following vendors will be discontinued for 2018.  If you wish to continue to purchase from any of these, you will need to establish a separate direct-bill account. Akro-Mils - Contract terminated October, 2017 ABCO - Low Volume Elme...[Read the rest of this article...]

NEW VENDORS ADDED IN 2017
The following new vendors were added in 2017. Click the links below to see the original notices.[Read the rest of this article...]