August 2, 2018

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Independent Stationers Calendar of Events

REGISTER FOR YOUNG LEADERS MEETING AT EPIC 2018!
One of the biggest reasons IS members attend EPIC is for the networking opportunities. We are hosting a Young Leaders Meeting at EPIC 2018, on Monday, October 15, 3:00pm-5:00pm and hope you can attend. This group is for IS members who are tryin...[Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC REGISTRATION NEARS 1000 !!
That's right, there are nearly 1000 people already registered to attend EPIC 2018!  That means it istime for YOU to stop procrastinating and get registered as well!  Visit www.RegisterForEPIC.com today and review all the great activitie... [Read the rest of this article...]

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND EPIC 2018?
"Great networking, industry learning event."  Gary Gambardella, Bardell Printing & Office Supplies "Great networking  and an opportunity to meet the IS Staff and Board."  Robin King, Schwegman's "... [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...]

SALES BOOT CAMP: DRIVING THE SALES CYCLE!
This year's EPIC 2018 Sales Boot Camp is built around the concept of a sales cycle that stretches from a beginning to an end of every customer relationship. During this session, you'll learn how to drive that sales cycle, not just ride i... [Read the rest of this article...]

HELPING HANDS GIVE-BACK EVENT AT EPIC 2018
You know that feeling you get inside when you've helped someone out and get a smile in return, done a good deed and made someone's day better, made a donation to a cause knowing it will help out someone in need....it's pretty great, huh?!... [Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC SHOW SPECIALS ARRIVING DAILY!
You won't want to miss out on these opportunities to save money, get more for your money, and win prizes!  EPIC Exhibitors are starting to send in their Show Specials - opportunities for you to place orders during the Tradeshow on October 17... [Read the rest of this article...]

IS ELECTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, OFFICERS for 2018-2019
Indianapolis, IN – July 30, 2018—Independent Stationers, an industry leading nationwide member-owned business products cooperative, recently elected its Board of Directors, and its officers for the coming year. Elected to three-year te... [Read the rest of this article...]

PULP & PAPER WEEK UNCOATED FREESHEET AVAILABILITY NEWS
OAKLAND, CA, July 27, 2018 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) - A customary summer lull for uncoated freesheet (UFS) paper markets that mills use to build inventory ahead of the peak season for commercial printers hasn't appeared this year, sources said...[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...]

AUGUST 2: AMAZON & PUBLIC PURCHASING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW & WHAT YOU CAN DO WEBINAR
Please join us for this timely webinar, hosted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  You may have seen the recent report from the ILSR, or heard it referenced on ThinkTank.  Join us for this information webinar, learn how you can fight... [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...]

Q2 UPDATE WEBINARS SCHEDULED: AUGUST 27, 28, & 30
We have scheduled the Q2 2018 IS Quarterly Update Webinars.  We invite all IS member personnel to participate in one of these sessions so you can keep up to date on important news from our industry, and exciting program details for our IS progra... [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...]

PAPER MILLS ANNOUNCE ANOTHER ROUND OF PRICE INCREASES
Major paper mills have recently announced price increases of $2.50/CWT, or $1.25/Carton effective late August and early September.  They have also announced a surcharge of $1.00/CWT, or $.50/Carton for paper shipped to west of the rockies. Pleas...[Read the rest of this article...]

BUY DIRECT SELL BRANDS PROMOTIONS
Below you will find a listing of the announced "Buy Direct Sell Brands" promotional opportunities…
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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]