March 1, 2018

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EPIC FEBRUARY RALLY CALL – RECORDING
If you missed the February 2018 EPIC Rally Call - the recording is now available. No registration or password is required. Click here to access the recording   [Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC INVOICING
Dealers participating in EPIC programs or contracts were notified of the following changes regarding invoicing for all related fees. Billing for any dealer fees will be coming to you on a EPIC Business Essentials invoice. The remittance address is...   [Read the rest of this article...] 

ARE CLONES WORTH THE GAMBLE?
Clone and compatible toner cartridges have flooded the market, and on the surface, they appear to provide a cheap and quick alternative, but be cautious. HP has provided some important information about clone cartridges and what you need to know.&nbs... [Read the rest of this article...]

HOPE HURST LANHAM, IS BOARD MEMBER, PASSES
We are saddened to inform our friends that Hope Hurst Lanham passed away early today (02/22/2018) while a patient at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY. Hope had been ill since late January of 2018. Hope was the 3rd generat...   [Read the rest of this article...]

NOPA'S EFFORTS TO COMBAT AMAZON
Posted here is our recent presentation as well as the link to the Amazon research articles mentioned.  Please feel free to share these with your colleagues and take every opportunity you can to let people know about NOPA’s effort...   [Read the rest of this article...]

ZEBRA Q2 2018 FLYER PRICE FILE AVAILABLE
The Zebra Q2 2018 OPMA flyer with IS pricing has been added to the Marketing Toolbox and is available for your reference.  You can find this file by logging in to the IS website:   https://www.independentstationers.coop/Member-Dashb... [Read the rest of this article...]

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RJ SCHINNER SELLING GREEN WEBINAR MARCH 13
The RJ Schinner Selling Green webinar will help you to understand the important issues involved in selling green products more effectively. Learn about the 3 types of green buyers, the difference between Recyclable, Compostable, and Biodegradable pro... [Read the rest of this article...]

SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS WEBINAR MARCH 20
Eat. Sleep. Post. Repeat. Social Media has become a critical component to any organization’s digital marketing success. Much like search engine marketing, social media marketing is also fluid and ever-changing. In this webinar we will identify ... [Read the rest of this article...]

SEARCH MARKETING TRENDS WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
We recently held a webinar focused on Search Marketing Trends for 2018. There was a lot of important information covered including some recent statistics on search, the importance of HTTPS, having a Mobile Ready site, as well as emerging searches lik... [Read the rest of this article...]

TFORCE DELIVERY WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
Independent Stationers launched a last mile delivery service program with TForce Final Mile, an expert in same day and next day final mile logistics.  The webinar provided a quick overview of TForce, how the program works, and the service the... [Read the rest of this article...]

RJ SCHINNER HAND CARE WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
The recent RJS Hand Care 101 webinar covered some of the basics of understanding the products and sales techniques to sell Hand Care effectively and profitably. The webinar covered the evolution of Hand Care and how it continues to be a major sales o... [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...]

SMUCKERS ADDS VOLUME AND WHOLESALE REBATES TO 2018 PROGRAM
We have recently completed the 2018 agreement with Smuckers, makers of Smucker's brand fruit spreads, JIF peanut butter, and most importantly to our channel, Folgers brand coffee.  IS Members now earn rebates on not just direct purchas...  [Read the rest of this article...]

ICEBERG ADDS CATEGORY REBATES FOR 2018
Iceberg has added Category Growth Rebates for 2018.  Please review the eConfidential for details.  Hitting group purchase targets in any of the following categories will provide dealers with an additional rebate back to dollar one in that ...  [Read the rest of this article...]

FELLOWES LAUNCHES FLEX DROPSHIP PROGRAM
Introducing Fellowes Flex Dropship Program - giving independent dealers more flexibility for purchasing Fellowes products.  See the FLEX documentation on the Vendor Document Library for more information and full price list.  [Read the rest of this article...]

SENTRY SAFE IMPLEMENTING NEW LIST PRICE AND FREIGHT MODEL MARCH 2018
See below for more information on changes taking effect March 19, 2018.  Full letter and price list available on the vendor document library  [Read the rest of this article...]

PRICE DROP ON INNOVERA IN THE RDC
Please take a moment to review new, lower pricing on the RDC on 211 Innovera brand printer supplies.  While sku's vary, price reductions average approximately 20%.  Excel file of new prices can be downloaded from the RDC section of the Vendor Document Library.  [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 19, 2018 - While we have certainly had some difficult conversations, as a group you have been overwhelmingly supportive in working togeth...
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