March 15, 2018

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EPIC 2018 IS COMING!
The theme of this year's EPIC 2018 is DISRUPT ORDINARY, and we are going to do just that! You will experience: Status Quo Challenging dealer panels and sessions Hard-Hitting & Action Oriented peer networking Bold Ideas & Cutting... [Read the rest of this article...]

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SHAREHOLDERS MEETING FORMAT CHANGE ANNOUNCED
Recently, shareholders of Independent Stationers were sent a letter describing a change made for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of Independent Stationers, Inc.  The IS Board of Directors has fixed the new date for the 2018 Sharehold... [Read the rest of this article...]

CALLOUT FOR IS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
It is time for our shareholder members to nominate individuals to be considered for seats on the Independent Stationers' Board of Directors.  Each year, one third of the board has terms that expire, and each year, nominees from the membershi... [Read the rest of this article...]

TIMES THEY ARE A'CHANGIN...
March 12, 2018 Dear IS Members and Affiliates, Many of you may remember that I have made reference in the past to Bob Dylan’s famous lyrics from his song “For The Times They Are-A-Changin”; for you folks who are not familiar w... [Read the rest of this article...]

ROGARDS ANNOUNCES MOVE TO NEW LOCATION
Planned changes to Champaign’s downtown presented a great opportunity for longtime, locally-owned Champaign business Rogards. The office supply and furniture distributor plans to relocate in early September to a newly constructed location on Bo... [Read the rest of this article...]

2019 CALENDAR ORDERS FROM AT A GLANCE
AAG has requested that going forward, to ensure your orders are billed correctly, please be sure to note "Anticipation" on each of your Pre-Dated Calendar PO’s. Payment Terms (as specified in the Mead Westvaco Volume Dealer Terms &... [Read the rest of this article...]

END OF SUPPORT FOR TLS1.0
ECI sent a Support Alert entitled “End of Support for TLS1.0 June 2, 2018” that you should be aware of. ECI is going to end support for security protocol TLS1.0 in favor of newer versions TLS 1.1 and 1.2. Other financial institutions will... [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...]

HP PURCHASEDGE & TRADE IN AND SAVE PROMOTIONS!
HP is offering a promotion on their PurchasEdge program with a 75% point redemption discount on all HP printers, from March 19 to April 6, 2018, while supplies last. If your customers need a new printer and are signed up for the PurchasEdge program, ... [Read the rest of this article...]

MAKE GOOD IDEAS LOOK GREAT – THE DIFFERENCE IN OFFICE PAPER
As you’re shopping for office paper, you may ask yourself “What difference does the paper I buy really make? Paper is just paper.” Rest assured, not all paper is the same, and what you choose to print on can make a big difference... [Read the rest of this article...]

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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...]

NOPA WEBINAR: NDAA SECTION 846 ECOMMERCE MARKETPLACE MARCH 22
Amazon has targeted the federal government market as their next major opportunity for growth.  Over the last two years Amazon has been lobbying congress to consolidate the existing internet portals and contracts with a government wide Amazon Eco... [Read the rest of this article...]

RJ SCHINNER PROFITABLE SELLING WEBINAR APRIL 17
Are you facing stiff competition?  Would you like to increase your profit margins?  Do you feel like you are in a “Race to Zero?” Join us for a new 1 hour seminar “Profitable Selling”. Learn the 7 factors wh... [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...]

RJ SCHINNER SELLING GREEN WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
We recently held a webinar, hosted by RJ Schinner, featuring Selling Green and how to understand the important issues involved in selling green products more effectively. The webinar included how to focus on the 3 types of green buyers, the differenc... [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...]

GET ONE MORE HOUR EACH DAY TO PLACE YOUR RDC ORDER
Over the next two weeks, Essendant will implement a change to the order cut-off times for RDC accounts.  Starting now, and to be completed by April 1, 2018, the order cut-off time for RDC accounts will shift back one hour, from 4PM local WAREHOU...[Read the rest of this article...]

TOPS MAKES BUYING DIRECT EVEN EASIER!
Tops Products has announced that Quality Park products will be orderable with the rest of the Tops Products brands, TOPS, Cardinal, Pendaflex, etc., effective April 9th, 2018.  The combined prepaid will remain $1000. Note-taking, which comes ...[Read the rest of this article...]

3M LAUNCHES MEET COMP PRICING AND ENHANCED REBATES FOR HIGHLAND NOTES AND TAPE
3M has launched a great to opportunity for IS members to support US-based product while enhancing margins and effeciencies through direct-buy.  The new Highland Program: Provides new, more aggressive pricing on Highland brand Notes and Tap...[Read the rest of this article...]

CRAYOLA ANNOUNCES 2018 BTS TERMS
All orders shipping between April 15, 2018 and June 30, 2018 will recieve September 10, 2018 dating.  Orders must be marked "BTS Dating."[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 and 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...]

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 di¬fficult conversations, as a group you have been overwhelmingly supportive in working togeth...
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