July 19, 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 offf any longer!  Visit www.RegisterForEPIC.com today and review all the great activities, learning opportun... [Read the rest of this article...]

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND EPIC 2018?
"Great networking  and an opportunity to meet the IS Staff and Board."  Robin King, Schwegman's "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.&quo... [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...]

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...]

STILL MORE GREAT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT EPIC!
This is the 3rd in the series about all the wonderful training and learning sessions available to you at EPIC 2018!  Each of these sessions will occur during the 4:15pm learning slot.  Check out the EPIC web site for details on other exciti... [Read the rest of this article...]

REGISTER FOR FUN IN NEW ORLEANS AT EPIC!
There are three optional fun activities/tours scheduled as part of EPIC 2018 in New Orleans in October.  You can register for one of these exciting tours when you register as an attendee to EPIC, at www.registerforepic.com.  Just don't ... [Read the rest of this article...]

SOUTHERN BAYOU SCAVENGER HUNT - BENEFITTING CITY OF HOPE! 
Join in the fun and fun-draising by participating in the Southern Bayou Scavenger Hunt at EPIC! You can participate individually or lead a krewe (no more than 4 people per team) as you traverse through the nooks and crannies of the expansive... [Read the rest of this article...]

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
Please join us in welcoming these new members into the Independent Stationers' family! #1311 Onyx Imaging, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Welcome Riad Alfarah & team! #X117 Pack & Ship Mail Center, located in Lenoir, North Caroli... [Read the rest of this article...]

MARLETTE STUDY CHALLENGES AMAZON PRICING MYTH
A pricing comparison carried out by OPSoftware’s Rick Marlette suggests that it may be cheaper for local governments to purchase supplies from an independent dealer rather than Amazon Business. Marlette was asked to conduct the price compari...[Read the rest of this article...]

SHARE ILSR REPORT WITH YOUR STAFF
The email below was sent from Dave Guernsey, President and CEO of Guernsey, Inc., to all of his employees.  Please consider drafting a similar message to your employees regarding Amazon’s business tactics. The attached, third party repo...[Read the rest of this article...]

BRING THE BEST WITH THE BRIO STANDING DESK BY SAFCO!
Safco’s new Brio™ Standing Desk brings the best to your workspace with its minimalist design, small footprint and mobility. In addition, its stand-biased height helps to promote more movement and fidgeting for a more active workday. Th...[Read the rest of this article...]

FIVE WAYS TO CREATE THE BEST MEETING EVER BY AVERY
Have your meetings become snoozefests? If your attendees are dragging themselves to them, you're gonna need more than coffee to wake them up. It's time to hit them with something unexpected—we're talking about presenting meeting mat...[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...]

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...]

LINK BUILDING 101: GAIN BETTER RANK WEBINAR AUGUST 7
Did you know that the links on other websites that point to your website are CRITICAL in ranking in search results pages? Link building is also called off-site SEO and often gets overlooked. If you are not seeing movement in the search results pages ...[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...]

BOOST PRODUCT MARKETING REPLACES CATALOG IN 2019
SHAREHOLDERS:  Please read the attached Press Release and FAQ regarding an exciting new program that will replace the printed IS catalogs for 2019. Boost Press Release Boost Shareholder FAQ[Read the rest of this article...]

FOCUS ON THE BRANDS CONSUMERS TRUST THE MOST
Changes are coming to the IDC. Of that, there is little doubt. While no one can predict what the landscape will look like in a year, let alone a few months from now, you need to be prepared to meet your customers’ needs. One way to be able to d...[Read the rest of this article...]

TARIFFS AND PRICE INCREASES
With the proposal and implementation of various tariffs, please pay special attention to the price notification section of the Insider over the coming months.  Manufacturers are announcing increases related to tariffs, and due to the nature of 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...]

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...]