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Breaking away from the traditional breakroom

Breaking away from the traditional breakroom

Few, if any, product categories offered by independent dealers were hit harder than breakroom supplies during the pandemic. David Guernsey, president and CEO of Guernsey Inc. in Dulles, Virginia, sums it up in simple terms: “If you drive down the main streets of Washington, D.C., all you see is empty parking lots. If there are…

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Dealers’ Dos and Don’ts of Digital Marketing

Dealers’ Dos and Don’ts of Digital Marketing

E-commerce is nothing new for the IDC: most dealers have had sites for online purchasing for decades now. However, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce has gone stratospheric; and Amazon’s vicelike grip on the digital marketplace has continued to tighten. As a result, independent dealers are finding it increasingly vital to find new…

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Tech Accessories: Chargers, Cables and the Art of Connecting

Tech Accessories: Chargers, Cables and the Art of Connecting

The COVID-19 pandemic left a lot of businesses and workers scrambling to make the home-office connection. This created a prime opportunity for many independent office product dealers to delve deeper into the technology accessory business. The dealers we spoke to acknowledge that while this isn’t what kept their doors open during the shutdown, the stay…

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The Future of Office Furniture

The Future of Office Furniture

With the pandemic on the wane, employees are heading back to the workplace—if they haven’t already. However, given the emphasis on social distancing, health and hygiene, along with the advent of hybrid working, today’s office is likely to be a very different working environment. What opportunities does the “new normal” hold for furniture dealers? Michelle…

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Technology: Here and Now

Technology: Here and Now

We’re all guilty of kicking the proverbial can down the road at times, but when it comes to technology, that would be a grave mistake in today’s increasingly online world. However, as Heike Dieckmann discovers, solutions are out there… BMI: Facilitating growth Eaton Office Supply is a 106-year-old company that sells and services office products,…

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2021: A Rollercoaster Ride

2021: A Rollercoaster Ride

COVID-19 upended the world as we knew it in 2020, creating untold challenges and disruption, but also unprecedented opportunities. With the virus still not under control, 2021 is promising to be one helluva ride   For those of us expecting to start 2021 with some sense of normalcy, we’ve been sorely disappointed—on many levels. Not…

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New COVID-19 Categories: Shields, Signage and Sanitization

New COVID-19 Categories: Shields, Signage and Sanitization

While the pandemic has hurt many dealers’ traditional office supplies sales, the channel has enjoyed some success with jan/san and PPE. We have also witnessed the birth of some new categories that have emerged in direct response to COVID-19—but which may be here to stay For years now—both in trade show seminars and, indeed, in…

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The Wild Wild West

The Wild Wild West

The jan/san sector has seen a considerable uptick in recent months. But while dealers across the country have shifted focus to maximize opportunities, they have often had to prospect in unfamiliar and sometimes unforgiving territory to source products    To say dealers have had a tough few months would be an understatement. During a period in which sales…

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Coping with COVID

Coping with COVID

As we pass the half-year mark and business starts to return to some form of normal—whatever that may be—how has the IDC been weathering the COVID-19 storm and what is the outlook for the future? The COVID-19 crisis has affected pretty much every industry in every country around the world. Globally, thousands of businesses have…

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Recruiting Risks: Finding and hiring the best new employees is just the start of the process; you then have to acclimate them to your operations and make them part of your team.

Recruiting Risks: Finding and hiring the best new employees is just the start of the process; you then have to acclimate them to your operations and make them part of your team.

Even without the coronavirus crisis, finding and hiring new employees can be a challenge. But the current marketplace is an especially tough one in which to recruit new employees, says Robin McMullen, HR specialist at Innovative Office Solutions, Burnsville, Minnesota. In February she pulled a report showing that while 2,000 customer service positions were open…

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