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A Guide to U.S.-Made Office Supplies

The reasons to buy office supplies and office furniture made in the U.S. for your stateside company are numerous. Supporting homegrown businesses and industries while giving back to the community is only one example. Helping create more jobs for Americans is another that means a lot to several clients and colleagues alike. U.S.-made office products tend to be well-made and durable, not to mention it’s easier to find replacement parts for them as well.

And if practical reasons or a sense of patriotism are only the beginning for you, then the ability to rely on local supply chains is the finishing touch of having made-in-the-U.S. products. The power to keep a business open in this post-COVID world of ours will often be tied to the ability to get the indispensable materials an office needs in a timely fashion.

No one knows what the future will bring. But after getting a taste of a global commercial economy in lockdown, sourcing U.S.-made office supplies makes a lot of sense. Getting workplace materials manufactured in your state — or another state — and delivered to your location in times when global delivery options are limited or suspended is much easier to do than depending upon international shipping or overseas supply chains.

Office supplies made in the U.S. are dependable, built to last and can be reliably sourced with domestic delivery. OnTimeSupplies.com has an extensive line of office products made in America for all the reasons listed here. We offer live chat, U.S.-based customer service and a toll-free number (1-866-501-6055) that’s well-manned. Quick delivery and bulk pricing discounts are two more customer-appreciated staples of our core business model.

A Brief Guide of Some of Our Bestselling Office Products Made in America

To give you an idea of some of the office supplies and office furniture we offer, here’s a brief guide to a selection of our most popular Made in America workplace items.

Three-Ring Binders

When you need to put presentations together and organize printed materials, three-ring binders are a crucial item for any modern office to have. We stock U.S.-made ring binders (black, clear or white), grip binders, binders coming in a variety of colors and much more. OnTimeSupplies.com can handle all of your three-ring binders demands.

Bags

From healthcare and biohazard can liners, retail shopping bags and sacks to shipping and reusable zipper-closure storage bags, as well as low-density waste can liners, we carry it all. Any type of bag your office might require can be found on our website. Simply place your order, receive your shipment and then bag up whatever needs bagging.

Cleaners and Detergents

Your janitorial staff needs a steady supply of cleaning products to keep your office as clean and tidy as possible. Dry-erase surface cleaners, lemon-scented all-purpose commercial cleansers, Windex glass cleaner, floor cleaners, high traffic hardwood polishing restorer and more can all be found among the many products we sell. Bulk and green cleaning options are also available.

Food Wrap

If you need to wrap food as an integral part of your businesses or simply need food-wrapping products for your breakroom, we’ve got you covered. Choose from clingwrap plastic wrap, waxed paper with wet wax food wrap, Reynolds heavy-duty aluminum foil roll or a more specialized item, like Dispens-A-Wax Waxed Deli Patty Paper for soaking up grease and moisture from fresh foods.

Inks and Toners

When you need to print for your day-to-day routine, you’ll likely require a reliable supply of inks and toners. We stock a wide-range of brands, including AbilityOne, Dataproducts, Epson, HP, Lexmark, TROY and Xerox. Never let your inkwell go dry with our exhaustive supply of U.S.-made inks and toners.

Office Chairs and Stools

Employees need chairs and stools for their workstations, breakrooms, workshops and conference rooms. OnTimeSupplies.com offers classroom chairs, drafting stools, folding chairs, reception chairs, foodservice stools and office chairs. If you can sit on it, chances are that we sell it — and probably at a lower price than you will find elsewhere.

Office Desks

In addition to chairs, the modern workplace needs desks, of course. Our stock of office desks, workstations and desk accessories made in the U.S. is considerable, to say the least. Select from corner desks and workstations, executive pedestal desks and shop desks, as well as a variety of component trays, surfaces, shelves, desk bases and desk legs to keep your office running safely and smoothly.

Pens and Office Paper

While writing things down with a paper and pen might seem old school in the digital age, many offices still rely upon a healthy stock of pens and office paper. We carry a diverse range of pens and paper to suit the demand no matter the environment. In our pen department, you’ll find ballpoint, countertop, gel, multifunction and rollerball pens, only to name a few.

When it comes to office paper, we stock paper in different weights, colors and brightness ratings for an easy one-stop shop. Head over to our office paper page to check out the deals we have on card stock, copier/printer paper, cover stock, brochure sheets, proofing board and more.

From office snacks, business envelopes and mailing supplies to file cabinets, file folders and dry-erase and permanent markers, OnTimeSupplies.com is dedicated to offering our clients U.S.-made office supplies delivered promptly and always backed by our stellar customer service department, all found on our easy-to-use website.

A Practical Guide to Restaurant Takeout Supplies

In normal times, takeout food delivery can be a big part, if not the biggest part of a restaurant’s revenue stream. During the time of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic — and even after it subsides — takeout food and takeout supplies are even more significant for a restaurant’s income.

The legal requirements for bars, bistros, cafés and restaurants to restrict beverages and food services to carry-out will vary from state to state. Regardless of what the official rules are in your neck of the woods, be aware that those rules are subject to change as the situation and nature of the virus fluctuates.

Here’s a practical guide covering the basics about how to handle takeout services in the era of COVID-19 — plus a general guide to essential restaurant takeout supplies needed during normal times as well.

Takeout and Delivery Under Social-Distancing Restrictions

From food carts and food trucks to pizzerias and fancy restaurants, entrepreneurs in the food services industry have all experienced a major shakeup as to how they can operate in the modern era. These changes dropped on the industry like a rock due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the future might be uncertain, stocking up on the right restaurant takeout supplies can help businesses prepare for good times and bad.

In addition to having a reliable source of takeout supplies, make sure you check often with your state’s official guidelines regarding any social distancing required by delivery staff (if not using a service like Uber Eats or Grubhub). Guidelines might also affect distancing for customers who pick up their takeout orders in person, rules for staff preparing takeout orders and contactless payment models that limit physical interactions.

Selecting the Best Takeout Supplies for Your Restaurant

Know your clientele can help you anticipate your takeout container needs. A chic vegan bistro, for example, might have a lot of customers who are eco-conscious and prefer eco-friendly products. OnTimeSupplies.com as a line of green/recycled food containers perfect for that type of market. A pizzeria that specializes in all meat pies with a side business in deep-fried donuts, on the other hand, might have a customer base that isn’t quite as concerned about using 100% eco-friendly materials.

Handy Restaurant Takeout Supplies

OnTimeSupplies.com offers restaurant takeout supplies that come in a range of materials, from recycled products and plant-based plastic to aluminum, cardboard, foam, paper and plastic. We also offer U.S.-made takeout containers.

Below is a small list of some of our top-selling items, although we sell thousands of restaurant takeout products on our website. OnTimeSupplies.com provides quick delivery for all of our goods, and our low prices beat the big box retailers every time.

Corrugated Pizza Boxes

Pizza boxes are a staple item in the pizzeria game. We stock Kraft pizza boxes in a variety of sizes. These boxes come with a triple-layer of grease-absorbing paper, plus steam vents, to ensure fresh pizzas on delivery. No sogginess here, guaranteeing happy customers with every pizza sold.

Foam Bowl Containers & Lids

From a Thai restaurant famous for its fiery curries to an Italian bistro known for its outstanding Italian-style gazpacho soup, bowl containers are an indispensable takeaway item. Our foam Dart® containers and Eco-Forward™ lids (coming in different sizes) are the perfect matches for busy eateries that need to distribute food for takeout with the confidence that the temperature and taste of the meals sold are maintained upon delivery.

Foam Carryout Food Container

Dart® Carryout Food Containers are the workhorse of the food delivery industry. These stackable, insulated and versatile containers are ideal for piping-hot foods as well as meals that need to be kept cold.

Plastic Utensils Combo Pack

If takeout food isn’t delivered to someone’s home, or you anticipate that your customers will be eating in the park, their car or somewhere where they won’t have utensils, you’ll need to provide cutlery. Our Combo Pack of heavy-duty Plastic Utensils (56 forks, 56 knives and 56 spoons) — or a carton of Heavyweight Soup Spoons — will meet the takeout utensil needs of your clientele every time.

Coffee Dreams Design Hot Cups & Lids

Environmentally-friendly paper Dixie® Hot Cups (8 oz. or 10 oz.) and lids that don’t use polystyrene foam are a great choice for your takeout business — and Mother Nature. These cups feature a cool, playful coffee design and offer outstanding insulation, which eliminates the need for sleeves or having to double-cup beverages.

Molded Fiber Cup Trays

If you own a coffee shop or café, StrongHolder Molded Fiber Cup trays will save the day. Customers who come in and order multiped beverages will appreciate the tip-free, one-handed carrying design of these four-cup trays, and their rugged molded fiber composition stands up to travel. Make sure your valued patrons can get out the door with as many drinks as possible in their hands by stocking up on these handy cup trays.

Aluminum Foil Pop-Up Sheets

Any busy takeout joint that wraps food up in aluminum foil knows the value of this material, whether it’s a burrito stand to a shawarma establishment. Our Standard Aluminum Foil Pop-Up Sheets (coming in a pop-up dispenser) gives out one aluminum sheet at a time, which helps restaurant staff move quickly while simultaneously wasting less foil.

While this list of essential restaurant takeout supplies is far from comprehensive, it will give you a solid overview of some of our most popular products. Visit OnTimeSupplies.com to see more items that will help meet your food business’s takeout needs.

A Simple Guide to Reopening Your Office

Reopening an office can present business owners and managers with a long list of difficult issues to deal with under most circumstances, especially if the closure was long term. Getting an office safely up to speed after a virus quarantine, like with the coronavirus, is even more of a challenge. This simple guide to reopening your office offers clear steps, tips and a list of important supplies needed to open your workplace responsibly. Get your staff back on the job while keeping them safe in your newly opened workspace using the right advice and products.

Setting Up Your Office Space for Reopening

Different states will have different guidelines about how to manage and reopen an office after their COVID-19 lockdown measures are eased. Regardless of your state’s specific guidelines, there are some basic steps you can take to make your workplace safer for staff and any customers or contractors who visit your office on-site.

  • Space out workstations, desks and cubicles. Keep employees six feet (around two meters) apart. You can install plexiglass or plastic dividers between desks in open-office settings or settings where floor space is limited.
  • Change the orientation of desks and monitors to increase the distance between people (especially their mouths and noses). This will help keep the spread of airborne germs at bay.
  • Provide a staging station at the entrance of your office for workers and guests where they sanitize their hands. Also, post rules and recommendations for safely entering the office space outside the entrance.
  • It’s also a good idea to post additional information signs outside of your office entrance about what to expect in this post-COVID environment. The information should be obvious and clear to read, detailing the new rules everyone is expected to follow.

Provide Posit-COVID Rules and Workplace Protocol Training

In addition to posting signs about what employees should expect when reopening an office after (and during) the coronavirus epidemic, you should provide training about what staff should anticipate concerning changes to how your physical office space will now operate. Ideally, the bulk of this training and information should be provided online or by email for accessibility and to avoid the necessity of gathering in large groups. Here are some key social-distancing protocols to consider:

  • Instruct employees to wash their hands often. Teach them how to properly use hand sanitizers and hand sanitizer stations.
  • Limit the number of people who use breakrooms at one time. You may have to change breakroom etiquette and add extra supplies. For example, stagger scheduled breaks, increase the availability of cleaning materials and switch to disposable cups, plates and utensils to avoid accidentally sharing a coffee mug.
  • Instruct and remind workers about maintaining social distancing. Once they’re face-to-face, people often tend to forget about recommended safe distances and fall into old habits.
  • Put up signs to instruct and remind workers about how to cough safely.
  • Post notices throughout the office about sanitizing your hands after coughing.
  • After work, at least for now, skip after-work drinks or meals with colleagues. This will help maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading a virus.

Add Extra Sanitation Measures Office-Wide

In keeping with the new COVID workplace environment, here are some extra sanitization measures you should consider providing in and around the office (in case your office is adjacent to or part of a warehouse or workshop):

  • Masks and gloves to use in tight spaces, or when moving from one location to another. Make sure to set up multiple locations/stations where employees can pick up their disposable protective gear.
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers, sanitizer stock and sanitizing stations throughout the office.
  • Signs and notices mounted around the office reminding everyone to wash their hands often, as well as instructions on how to cough and minimize the spread of disease.
  • Notices reminding people not to shake hands, essentially welcoming them to the new business norm.
  • Cleaning supplies readily available for wiping down and disinfecting keyboards, doorknobs and other shared surfaces in the modern workplace multiple times during the day.
  • Ensure office ventilation systems are functioning properly to keep the air as clean and germ-free as possible.
  • Never share cups, plates or utensils when in the breakroom. Use disposable products or bring your own from home.

Getting Workers Safely Back into the Office

It’s understandable that workers might be apprehensive, eager or a combination of both when returning to the office. In addition to the steps we’ve already outlined, employees can return in waves (only a few at a time) over several days or weeks to reduce the stress of requiring everyone to return on the same day. Staggered shifts can also be implemented, when possible, to reduce the number of people on-location at any given time.

Employers can offer COVID testing at the office (if available), eliminate or reduce in-person meetings and use video conferencing tools too. Wear masks or even protective goggles if and when people need to meet in closer proximity than currently recommended.

Business owners and managers have a lot to think about when reopening an office, from new safety training and sanitization measures to creating a comfortable environment where employees, if they feel sick, can head home immediately. The world has changed with COVID-19, but with a little patience and preparation, safely reopening an office is a fairly straightforward and manageable task.

2016 Back to School Giveaway Winner

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Our back to school giveaway contest is now closed!

Congratulations to Kelly Wright! Here’s the winning entry:

My favorite student is hard to pick, but I would have to go with Jasmine Davis. Jasmine was a full time collage student, double major and still worked 40 hours a week + and always had a smile on her face. She never complained about her studies or work and was always willing to go the extra mile for anyone. She is a true inspiration and I am proud to say that I know her. She has deeply impacted my life!

We were touched and inspired about your comments on teachers who inspired you.  We have been very fortunate to receive extra donations and we would like to share those gifts to you! A few additional people have been chosen to receive these additional gifts and will be notified by e-mail. Have a great 2016 school year!

Didn’t win the giveaway? No worries, you’ll find the best deals on school supplies online at OnTimeSupplies.com. And keep watching the Office Ink Blog for more chances to win free products from On Time Supplies!

2016 Back to School Giveaway Prize Package.

This year’s prize package includes classroom essentials from your favorite school supply brands! You can browse (and shop!) the complete Back to School Giveaway Prize Package here, but here is a preview:

• $130 worth of Avery Labels.
• $300+ in organizers from Avery and Quality Park.
• $300 in Scotch Tape, Post-it Notes and more from 3M.
• $400 in Pens, Pencils, Correction Tape and more from Pentel, Tombow, and other top brands!
• $390 in classroom arts and craft supplies from Avery, Fiskars and X-ACTO.
• $250 in first aid and hygiene supplies from Curad, Dial, LYSOL and Kleenex.

The fine print.

The 2016 Back to School Giveaway ends August 19, 2016. We’ll announce the winner Wednesday, August 24th. The contest is open to residents of the continental U.S. over the age of 18. All prizes subject to availability and subject to substitution.

This High Brightness Paper Is Better Than Your Current Brand

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Copy paper is a commodity so ubiquitous and essential that all of us at some point or another have opted for whatever was the cheapest. On Time Supplies has a great option you should try with Universal’s high brightness copy paper. However, the value of this paper goes well beyond a reduced price and it’s 98 brightness rating. Read on to find out why buying copy paper holds more interesting and involved questions than you’ve probably ever considered. Continue reading

Create Innovative, Collaborative Spaces With Post-it® Dry Erase Surfaces.

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Whether you’re a teacher, project manager, small business owner, or even a student, everyone has a method for keeping track of ideas and deadlines. Maybe you share a space where a team needs to see or work from the same data. Everyone needs to plan their day, schedule, and so on.

What if I told you that all of these issues could be addressed with one simple tool? The solution has actually been right in front of you, we just need to take a look at the nearest desk, wall, or window.

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Happy Summer Solstice! Link Roundup

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Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice and the first day of summer! We’ve got couple great posts up about helping you enjoy the weather:

Plus, some of the other interesting things we saw this week:

– Can’t step outside without becoming a meal for every bloodsucking critter around? This should help.
– Workcation: not as nice as a real-deal vacation, but still pretty sweet.

– Are we excited about Amazon’s new Fire Phone?
– The cord for my iPhone charger looks like it was attacked by vicious dogs, so it’s good to know I can replace it with the cheaper Belkin charger without sacrificing battery life.

– Unlike most listicles of this type, Mental Floss’ rundown of “11 ‘Modern Antiques’  Today’s Kids Have Probably Never Seen” made me feel young, because I didn’t grow up with most of these either.
– Office of the Future? Nobody likes working in a cubicle, but will a chair-less glass cube be any better?

– A 74-Year-Old Man Created These Beautiful Works Of Art Using Excel Spreadsheets
– Using Excel to create amazing works of art is beyond most of us, but using it to create awesome interactive reports is not.

– If you’re going to take life advice from anyone, it should probably be from 18 of the wealthiest people in history.

Have a great weekend and and AWESOME summer!

Happy Father’s Day! Link Roundup

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It was a great week here at the Office Ink Blog. We announced the winner of our HUGE Bigelow Tea Giveaway. Congratulations again, Wendi! Plus we shared Bigelow’s tips for making great iced tea, which was great because now I know why my iced tea never tasted right. Too much water.

Here’s a look at some of the other interesting articles we read this week:

– PBS runs down everything you need to know about the World Cup. First of all, it’s a soccer competition.
– And if you really get into it, here’s how to merge the World Cup schedule with your Google Calendar.
– With Flag Day coming up tomorrow, it’s a good time to learn a little about the history original Star Bangled Banner.
– Navy Seal explains why making your bed is the best way to start your day.
– How to turn small talk into more than complaints about the weather.
– 6 Habits of Super Successful People.
– How to clear your mind in 15 minutes to de-stress and refocus.
– Awesome TED Talk: Forget multitasking, try monotasking.
– Summer science activities that teach your kids how to make things explode. Also, lava lamps. Safely, we swear! No one’s going to lose an eye.

Have a great Father’s Day weekend! If you need a little last minute gift inspiration, check out our Dads & Grads Gift Guide.