February 7, 2019

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DISTRIBUTION COMPETITOR LAYING OFF FACILITY EXPERTS
If you didn’t think this was the time to explore adding Facility Supplies to your distribution model, maybe the following news will help to convince you otherwise.  During the first two weeks of 2019, Staples announced that they were cu... [Read the rest of this article...]

STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS SELLING FACILITY SUPPLIES
As you may have seen last week, I was named Director, Facility Supply Channel for Independent Suppliers Group.  As Director, I will help you champion your business’ expansion into world Facility Supplies (FS). Let me give you a little b...[Read the rest of this article...]

ISG NETWORK MAINTENANCE NEXT SATURDAY FEB 9
Independent Suppliers Group network programming changes and firmware upgrades will take place on Saturday 2/9/19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST.  Changes include firewall and network switching to incorporate the latest Cisco anti-malware and securi... [Read the rest of this article...]

BSA ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY WEEK 2020
US trade association the Business Solutions Association (BSA) has confirmed its plans for an Industry Week in autumn 2020. The event aims to bring together leaders within the office supplies industry for a week of insights, trends, best practices ... [Read the rest of this article...]

WELCOME OUR NEWEST AFFILIATE MEMBER!
Please join us as we welcome the newest affiliate member to the Independent Suppliers Group family! #X128 County Office Products.  Located in Charleston, Illinois, please help us welcome Frank Perry and team!

IS WEB SITE - ADMINS NEED TO UPDATE RECORDS
Attention all IS web site Admins!  Please make sure you login to www.isg.coop, click on Member Admin, Member Profile, and review all the contacts, addresses, and other information listed for your dealership.  You can request changes right f... [Read the rest of this article...]

ALL-MEMBER MAILING OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Last week, ISG sent to each dealership a packet of important documents that you will want to review and share with your internal team.  The packets will include the following: * Updated Policies & Procedures document - this is u... [Read the rest of this article...]

AHP (ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLAN) UPDATE
There is interest from some insurance carriers in offering an AHP. A key driver in a carrier’s decision to offer an AHP is the high probability of insuring 2,000 to 3,000 lives in the group within 18-30 months. We were able to meet with local r...[Read the rest of this article...]

AT A GLANCE – 2019 ANTICIPATION ORDERS
At-A-Glance order confirmations for 2020 calendars will be sent directly to ISG via email. Please plan to place your orders at least 3 business days prior to the 10th of the month due to manual processing time. Please remember to include “an...[Read the rest of this article...]

ISG ANNOUNCES 2019 ANNUAL MEETING IN INDIANAPOLIS
Indianapolis, IN – January 7, 2019—Independent Suppliers Group, an industry leading nationwide member-owned business products cooperative, announced it is hosting an Annual Meeting on November 3-5 at the Westin hotel, Indianapolis, Indian... [Read the rest of this article...]

M-POWER: NEW FEBRUARY PROMOTION!
The promotions and flyers below are available from participating M-Power suppliers! Promotion end dates are noted. There are also many non-dated flyers you can use at any time as well.  Please review these materials and use them on your website,... [Read the rest of this article...]

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED OFM ALL MESH 540 IS HERE!
The All Mesh 540 chair from OFM can ship within 48 hours from 4 strategically located warehouses nationwide (pending stock availability).    This chair comes in 4 mesh colors.  Live stock check is available online.  It is updat...[Read the rest of this article...]

XSTAMPER® - MILLIONS SOLD, MILLIONS IN USE
While doing R&D, Shachihata discovered that the addition of salt into an experimental rubber compound resulted in the development of a proprietary, salt-leached rubber… and the Xstamper® pre-inked stamp was born. With continued innovat...[Read the rest of this article...]

TOWN HALL TELECONFERENCE WITH ESSENDANT, ISG, & STAPLES FEB. 13
You are invited to attend a Town Hall Communications Meeting regarding the recent acquisition of Essendant by Staples.  Come hear from your ISG Board’s Executive Committee, Mike Gentile, Essendant’s Harry Dochelli, and Staples’... [Read the rest of this article...]

PHOENIX SAFE WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE
Recently we held a webinar to introduce our new vendor, Phoenix Safe (PXS). You can follow the link below to listen to the webinar if you were not able to attend. There was a video shared by Phoenix in the presentation and a separate link for that vi... [Read the rest of this article...]

SUPPLIES WHOLESALER WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE
We recently hosted a webinar with our new vendor, Supplies Wholesaler (SWR), a certified remanufactured and new-build compatible toner and cartridge supplier. Please follow the link below to listen to the webinar recording. Also below are links to th... [Read the rest of this article...]

ISG 2019 ANNUAL MEETING IN INDIANAPOLIS, NOV 3-5
Indianapolis, IN – January 7, 2019—Independent Suppliers Group, an industry leading nationwide member-owned business products cooperative, announced it is hosting an Annual Meeting on November 3-5 at the Westin hotel, Indianapolis, Indian... [Read the rest of this article...]

VENDOR PROMOTIONS POSTED
For Promos, go to the Vendor Document Library (Password Required) and look under Promos in the left-side menu.  Items are listed by Modified Date, going back for the last 30 days. The following vendors have posted promotions and/or SPIFFs for... [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 that have been given the Price List Access role by the Web Admin for your dealership.  If you ... [Read the rest of this article...]

TOPS FILING CONVERSION UPDATE
As we have reported in a previous article, ISG and Pinnacle awarded an RFP for filing to TOPS for 2019 - 2021.  The result of this has been significant change in the Smead program for 2019.  Please make sure you review this and TOPS 2019 Pr...[Read the rest of this article...]

UPDATED RDC PRICE FILE NOW AVAILABLE
Due to price changes on 3M products and disruption in the paper market causing paper prices to increase, there is an updated RDC Price File available on the website in the Vendor Document Library. This file is effective March 1, 2019. You can access ... [Read the rest of this article...]

3M AEROSOL RESTRICTIONS IN CALIFORNIA
California's Air and Resources Board (CARB) regulates the sale or resale of certain aerosol products containing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Several of 3M's products contain VOC's and cannot be sold, supplied, or offered for sale in ...[Read the rest of this article...]

FELLOWES MAP POLICY UPDATE
Fellowes (FEL) has recently announced they have removed their MAP stipulation on all furniture items including Lotus sit-stand work stations. The full notice letter can be found on the Vendor Document Library or through the link below (login required...[Read the rest of this article...]

SUPPLY CHAIN REDUCTION IMPACTS PAPER PRICES
Paper prices are expected to increase March 1 with the possibility of additional increases following. It was recently announced that 500,000-600,000 tons of paper will be reduced from the market supply chain due to a mill closure. This will greatly r... [Read the rest of this article...]