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Beat Cold & Flu Season with anti-microbial office supplies.

Buy Purell Han Sanitizers at OnTimeSupplies.com

Cold and flu season is officially in full swing. Flu season usually peaks in January and February. If it seems worse this year, that’s because it is: and cities across the country are experiencing infection rates of up to 26 times higher than last year. much higher infection rates than last year.

We’ve shared some common sense advice or avoiding the flu this year. Basically, wash your hands and disinfect hard surfaces. But what about office supplies that you can’t easily disinfect, such as file folders? There is an alternative. Many common office supplies are available in antimicrobial options that help stop the spread of germs. Antimicrobial coatings kill the germs that linger on surfaces and spread illnesses. Add these antimicrobial office supplies to your flu fighting arsenal.

Antimicrobial Smead Folders

Antimicrobial Smead Folders

3M Antimicrobial Mouse Pad & Wrist Rest

3M Antimicrobial Mouse Pad

Antimicrobial Avery Binders

Antimicrobial Avery Binders

Alliance Antimicrobial  Rubber Bands

Alliance Antimicrobial  Rubber Bands

Saunders Antimicrobial Clipboard

Saunders Antimicrobial Clipboard

Victor Antimicrobial Calculators

Victor Antimicrobial Calculators

ACCO Antimicrobial Report Covers

ACCO Antimicrobial Report Covers

Stanley Bostitch Antimicrobial Pencil Sharpener

Stanley Bostitch Antimicrobial Pencil Sharpener

Quality Park  Antimicrobial Business Envelopes

Quality Park  Antimicrobial Business Envelopes

Source: flu.gov, cdc.gov, ABC News

OnTimeSupplies.com Recognized as Top Internet Retailer for Office Products

On Time Supplies, an Atlanta-based Online Office Supplies and Office Furniture Discount Retailer Has Recently Been Recognized as a Top Retailer by Reseller Ratings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Press Release, UPI] On Time Supplies, a nationwide discount retailer of office supplies and office furniture has recently been added to the “Top Retailers” list by Reseller Ratings, an independent rating agency.

Reseller ratings is an industry leader in rating internet retailers based on level of customer service, price, delivery speed, and overall customer satisfaction.

In a recent interview, OnTimeSupplies.com co-founders, Miles Young and Andre Scott commented  “We are proud to be a part of Reseller Ratings and we recognize them as a fair and valuable service for internet retail comparisons.  We are very pleased to be ranked as a top tier site, and look forward to serving our loyal customers.”

For more information about On Time Supples, visit http://www.OnTimeSupplies.com.

OnTimeSupplies.com sells office supplies, office furniture, school supplies, toner, file cabinets and everything else needed for your office. We ship same day via UPS and reach the majority of our customers in 1-2 business days.

Office Supplies Discounter Expanding Bulk Discount Program

OnTimeSupplies.com announced today that it is expanding its bulk discount program to include more than 12,400 office supplies and office furniture products.

In the midst of an economic slowdown and increased demand for quantity discounts from business and government customers, office supplies retailer, OnTimeSupplies.com has expanded its bulk discount program by over 20% to include 12,445 office supplies and office furniture products.

The new discount program includes office supplies, equipment and furniture from well-known brands such as Avery, Wilson Jones, Rubbermaid, HON Furniture, Global and Tennsco.

“Our Volume Discount Program offers customers the best possible pricing to buyers for brand name office supplies and furniture,” said CEO and founder Andre Scott. “This program has been an enormous success and we have responded to demand by significantly increasing the number of items offered in the last quarter.”

OnTimeSupplies.com launched their Volume Discount Program in October of 2004, and originally offered quantity discounts from twelve different manufacturers including some of the largest office supply manufacturers in the country, including Avery, Wilson Jones, Fellowes, Acco, and Columbian. In September, 2006, the Volume Discount Program was expanded to include the most popular names in office supplies and furniture, allowing customers significant savings on items such as desks, chairs, file cabinets, filing supplies and office paneling.

About OnTimeSupplies.com: One of the fastest growing companies in the office products industry, OnTimeSupplies.com stocks over 40,000 office supplies and furniture in 70 distribution centers nationwide. For more information, visit www.ontimesupplies.com or call 1-866-501-6055.

OnTimeSupplies.com sells office supplies, office furniture, school supplies, toner, file cabinets and everything else needed for your office. We ship same day via UPS and reach the majority of our customers in 1-2 business days.

“Going Green” in the Office

We’ve all heard the “Going Green” initiative, especially when it comes to buying consumer products.  Well at my college of choice (Georgia Tech!) a lot of new construction is going on that also follows these eco-friendly standards.

Our new College of Computing building, the Klaus building, is a giant LEED certified “sustainable” building that has turned heads in the industry.

In an effort to produce more environmentally sound goods, many companies are going “green,” or making new products that use more renewable and recycled resources and less raw materials.

Well, if you run a company and are looking to jump on the “green” bandwagon, there are products out there that you can use to further your office efficiency in a more environmentally palatable manner. Many of these products are more economical as well, resulting in lower costs and more efficient use in your office.

For example, Quality Park Products has introduced their Park Preserve, line of products:
“Providing a sustainable product line featuring shipping containers that become reusable and highly desirable letter size File Boxes for business or home use.”

What company’s office, or someone’s home office, doesn’t need file boxes for one reason or another?  I can’t certainly think of one, and filing my documents in my room amidst all of the college clutter is essential to me being organized and avoiding any party spills damaging important homework assignments, old quizzes, or notes from class.

For easy file storage and organization, and to seek to make the products you use more environment-friendly, try out these “Park Preserve” products. They are all made out of recycled envelopes, reducing the amount of new paper/cardboard goods that need to be produced from raw materials.

Well, I have to move on to more of the usual, but I hope these tips help!

– Langley Perry Jr.
Georgia Tech


Is Your Office Supplies Dealer Overcharging You?

As a tax paying citizen and a member of the office products industry, I find it especially hard to stomach allegations that have surfaced recently in regards to government contracts and alleged overcharges.

This article below, written by Jin Kwon, is particularly interesting.

[Pass Through Sales Allegations in California]

There has been information floating around for several weeks about a passthrough office supply company in California by the name of Epylon.  If you don’t know what a passthrough is it is an company that poses as a small business or maybe even a minority owned business that takes orders designated for small/minority business from state and deferal governments earmarked for those businesses and sends those orders over to a larger corporate company such as Office Depot.  In the case of Epylon, a California company, they pose as a small business and when state employees call and place their orders their online system actually send them back to the Office Depot website.

The Mercury News in California has an excellent investigative story that ran on the front page of their April 6, 2008 issue. Reporter Kimberly Kindy has been following the California audit and has done a great job in exposing the overcharges and passthrough issues relating to the Office Depot state contract.  In a prime example of raising the actual M.S.R.P. retail price in order to show on paper and higher discount off list the paper noted “On these items, Office Depot promised to apply a fixed discount rate, but raised the price on which the discount was applied.”  Also as found in the Georgia contract you and I could walk into an Office Depot store and buy many of these contracted items for less than the State of California is paying.  “…the Mercury News went onto the Office Depot retail Web site and found dozens of items, including data storage tapes, toner cartridges and batteries, that were either the same price or cheaper than the special rates stated in the California contract.”

Now we’re seeing charges of “poor performance” coming from many investors and shareholders in Office Depot.  Woodbridge Equity Fund and Levitte Corp. have mailed letters to shareholders calling for the removal of CEO Steve Odland.  In their letter they state “OD’s management and board have had ample time to enact change and deliver improvements in operational and financial performance and have failed to do so. As we have stated before, OD has significantly underperformed its primary competitor, Staples, Inc., in all key retailing metrics. This demonstrates that OD’s performance issues go well beyond the current macroeconomic environment to which OD attributes all of its problems.”  The letter continues “The board’s weak oversight of management has not only allowed the Company to continue to underperform operationally, but also has raised several corporate governance concerns. Recent SEC investigations, multiple earnings restatements and the recent departure of top executives all point to failed oversight and a lack of fiduciary responsibility towards shareholders.” 

They have even began a web site devoted to this at RebuildOfficeDepot.com .  I would encourage you to read the supporting links and read the information present and make your own judgement.  Investigations and audits have now been announced in the State of New York regarding the Office Depot contracts and the states of Nebraska and Wisconsin are also looking into their contract performance.  What is your opinion? Do you think this is typical of big business greed or do you think Office Depot is the victim of poor judgement?

The last word:  “In the process of trial and error, our failed attempts are meant to destroy arrogance and provoke humility.”

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Article by Jin Kwon, Hill on Sales Contributor