July 5, 2018

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Independent Stationers Calendar of Events

REGISTER TODAY FOR EPIC 2018!
That's right, it's time for YOU to get registered for EPIC 2018!  IS Members are registering every day, so don't put it off any longer!  Visit www.RegisterForEPIC.com today and review all the great activities, learning opportun... [Read the rest of this article...]

JULY 31 NEW DEADLINE FOR $400 PARTICIPATION BONUS FUNDS
The Participation Bonus pays attendees at EPIC for registering by a specified date, and for completing certain challenges, which this year includes staying specified nights in the convention hotel.  While the first deadline has passed, you ... [Read the rest of this article...]

SESSION 2 - MORE GREAT SEMINARS AT EPIC 2018!
Tuesday, October 14 is Seminar Day at EPIC 2018!  During the afternoon agenda are three sets of seminars available to attendees.  In the last Insider, we shared the first time period lineup of outstanding training opportunities available, i... [Read the rest of this article...]

HYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANS - RESERVATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 31
When you register for EPIC as an attendee, you will be directed to make your hotel reservation as part of the meeting registration process.  You can book your hotel for more than three nights, but you will want to book via the EPIC room block at... [Read the rest of this article...]

NEW FORMAT FOR MEMBERSHIP MEETING AT EPIC
You may have read recently that IS has made changes to the legal meeting for its shareholders, moving that out of EPIC, allowing more time to talk about our programs and services, dealer awards, and much more! We've removed the legal business ... [Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC 2018 HOTEL ROOM REIMBURSEMENT PLAN DETAILS
Learn How Your Hotel Room Costs Can Be Reimbursed! With the Hotel Room Reimbursement Plan, each dues-paying member of Independent Stationers can be reimbursed for the costs of one hotel room, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, booked at the confere... [Read the rest of this article...]

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND EPIC 2018?
"You must stay informed and this is one of the best ways to get and stay informed on what you need to know to succeed."  Al Marquiss, GOS "EPIC is such a great experience, and should not be missed!"  Sonia Melendrez, ... [Read the rest of this article...]

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST AFFILIATE MEMBERS!
Please help us welcome these two new affiliate members into the Independent Stationers' family! X115 River Bend Business Products, located in Mankato, Minnesota.  Welcome Jim Hansen & team! X116 Bethel Books & Stationers, locat... [Read the rest of this article...]

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION HELD
At the June 27, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of Independent Stationers, three directors were elected to seats on the IS Board of Directors.  Each of these elected directors will serve a three-year term. Elected last week were: T... [Read the rest of this article...]

M-POWER Q3 2018 PROMOTIONS AVAILABLE!
Check out these new promotional offers for Q3 2018 from participating M-Power suppliers!  All promotions end 9/30/18 unless otherwise noted. There are also several non-dated flyers you can use at any time. ACCO Acco Brands Spin to Win P...[Read the rest of this article...]

PAPER 101 – AN OFFICE PAPER REFERENCE GUIDE BY DOMTAR
Do you find yourself confused, eyes glazed over when trying to decipher details on a ream of office paper?  Paper Brightness? Basis weight? Opacity? What do those mean, and are they even important? It’s no secret that the terminology used ... [Read the rest of this article...]

AT-A-GLANCE 2019 FLYER PRICE FILE AVAILABLE 
The At-A-Glance 2019 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-Da... [Read the rest of this article...]

BOOST CONVERSIONS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA WEBINAR, JULY 24
Measuring ROI through social media can be very hard. Most people think that you should be selling product or generating leads right away, but that’s not the case. Social Media should first be done to increase brand awareness. Without brand awar...[Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC 2018 INFORMATIONAL MEMBER WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE
We recently held an informative webinar to explain all of the fun and engaging activities that will take place at this year’s EPIC 2018, October 15-18 in New Orleans. The theme this year is Disrupt Ordinary and we are doing just that with a ref... [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...]

R3 DISTRIBUTION IMPLEMENTS FUEL SURCHARGE
Effective July 1, 2018, R3 Distribution (BNZ) has implemented a $5.50/delivery fuel surcharge to orders.  This is driven by the rise of diesel fuel to more than $3.00/gallon as a national average.  Please see the chart below regarding R3 ...[Read the rest of this article...]

NEW HP ITEMS ADDED TO RDC
We identified 37 HP items to add to the RDC for July 1.  The RDC price file posted to the website was updated 6-19-18 with the new items as shown below.  These late adds were not included in the load files Essendant has sent to the 3PV'...[Read the rest of this article...]

3M ERP UPGRADE ORDER BLACKOUT WINDOW LATE JULY
Per 3M Corporation: As previously communicated, 3M is pleased to announce the launch of a new global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which we are implementing in the U.S. We are deploying in a phased approach, starting with ordering and ...[Read the rest of this article...]