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Backyard Barbeque Checklist: Pick up 4th of July decorations and more at

The 4th of July is still a few days away, but I can already taste my mom’s potato salad & ribs. My contribution to my family’s backyard barbeque will be comparatively modest; I’ll be manning the blender at the daiquiri station. Far away from the actual grilling is the best place for me!

Use the Backyard Barbeque Checklist to ensure your 4th of July party is a success!

Planning a backyard barbeque for the 4th? Office Ink doesn’t want you to have to leave the party to go to the store because you guys ran out of napkins.  We want you at the backyard barbeque, eating way too much red meat.  Use our checklist & you won’t forget anything.

1.  4th of July decorations: balloons, a nice flag and festive disposable tablecloths are all you need.
2.  Plenty of folding chairs.
3.  Disposable plates and bowls, plastic cutlery, disposable cups, paper napkins and serving utensils
4.  Plastic food containers for leftovers

You know, you can skip the big crowds & long lines at the grocery store and pick up 4th of July decorations and other last minute supplies at will get your order to you fast — typically in just 24-48 hours. Or you can pick up your backyard barbeque supplies at on their 70 nationwide distribution centers. Check out the list for the warehouse near you.

Have a great backyard barbeque and Independence Day weekend!

Inside the Government Procurement Process, Pt. 3: get GSA rates on discount office supplies at

Office Ink’s series Inside the Government Procurement Process has already shown you how to get the best GSA rates at GSA Advantage and DOD EMALL. We’ve saved the easiest GSA option for last. is the best place to get GSA rates on discount office supplies online. You’ll find a huge selection, and you’re guaranteed 1-2 day domestic delivery on most products. even delivers military office supplies to APO and FPO boxes to serve overseas military locations. But best of all, the their government procurement process is fast and hassle-free.

How to get GSA rates on the discount office supplies at offers the lowest GSA rates and the easiest government procurement process online. You don’t have to complete any extra paperwork — you can use your Government Purchase Card or purchase order number right on the site. Plus, it’s easy to find the best deal because you can see the GSA rates on all eligible product pages.

There are two quick ways to check out GSA rates at

  1. Use the search box to find products, then look for the GSA logo.
  2. Select a category from the dropdown menu and click the GSA Pricing  Only filter on the right of the screen.

If you’ve got 30 seconds to spare, create a free GSA account. With a GSA account, you can:

  • See only GSA rates;
  • Ship office supplies to multiple departments.

You can complete the government procurement process online, or call in your order toll-free at 1-866-501-6055. will take care of everything, and get your order to you in 24-48 hours.

We know you’re doing your best to get a great deal for your office and the American taxpayer.  Office Ink is happy to help.  Happy bargain hunting!

Inside the Government Procurement Process, Part 2: Get the best GSA rates at DOD EMALL.

Finding the best GSA rates & delivery terms is a snap when you shop for discount office supplies online. All you need is someone to guide you through the government procurement process. That’s where Office Ink comes in.
This week, we’re showing military & government customers where to go to get the lowest GSA rates on AbilityOne U.S Government Pens, 3 ring binders, business envelopes, printer ink and other basic office supplies. Last time, we visited GSA Advantage. Today, Office Ink will show you how to buy military office supplies at the best GSA rates at DOD EMALL.

CACs: the key to GSA rates on military office supplies & more at the DOD EMALL.

DOD EMALL is set up specifically for military personnel — the site’s motto is “1st Choice Support for the Warfighter” — but open to all government purchasers with Common Access Cards (CACs).

  1. Go to
  2. Login using your CAC Card Certificate Authentification
  3. Select Federal Strategic Sourcing Corridor at the “Change Corridor” menu
  4. Enter a keyword or part number in the search box.
  5. Select Independent Stationers & from the Suppliers list.
  6. Click “Search.”

Get GSA rates on discount office supplies at DOD EMALL delivers most GSA orders in 24-48 hours. However, If you’re ordering military office supplies for an overseas location, please allow an additional 7-14 days for delivery.

The government procurement process is a bit tricky at DOD EMALL, but as long as you have a valid CAC Card Certificate Authentification, you shouldn’t have any problems. If you run into any trouble, feel free to give a call at 1-866-501-6055. They’re happy to help.

We’ll wrap up the our series exploring the government procurement process this Friday with a look at the best way to get GSA rates on office supplies.

Inside the government procurement process: learn how to get the lowest GSA rates at GSA Advantage.

Doing more with less is a challenge for all offices in this tough economy. This is as true for schools and government agencies as it is for small business. In fact, Federal Agencies have been directed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to cut expenses by 7% this year. The OMB estimates that this will save taxpayers a whopping $40 billion dollars!

Trimming that much fat from a budget is going to take some savvy shopping. Luckily, government customers can take advantage of special discounts negotiated by the General Services Administration (GSA). This week, Office Ink will demystify the government procurement process and help you get the most from your budget.

There are three places government customers can go to get reduced GSA rates for basic office supplies such as business envelopes, 3 ring binders, printer inks and toner, etc. They are:

Today we’ll take a look at GSA Advantage.

How to get GSA rates on office supplies at GSA Advantage.

GSA Advantage is set up so you can order discount office supplies from at GSA rates.  After you log in:

  1. Click on the BPA Products drop-down menu under the Strategic Sourcing BPAs headline.
  2. Select Independent Stationers
  3. Once you’re ready to check out, be sure to select as your BPA vendor so they can process your order. at GSA Advantage: get the best GSA rates & fastest delivery

If you have any issues, feel free to contact toll-free at 1-866-501-6055.

Hopefully, we’ve cleared up the government procurement process at GSA Advantage. Office Ink will take a look at DOD EMALL in the next post.

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