Use office supplies? You need to learn more about buying them here 

Aug. 15, 2018

This paid piece is sponsored by Interstate Office Products.

Sometimes, the best deals in business don’t get talked about a lot.

While Interstate Office Products is known for creating high-performing office spaces through its design and furnishings, it also offers a huge variety of office supplies at a competitive price with top-notch service.

The Sioux Falls business has been a leader in the office supply industry for decades, but unless you’re one of its many loyal customers you might not know the big benefits offered.

Here’s the inside track.

The inventory is massive.

With more than 100,000 products available, Interstate Office Products can supply pretty much anything you’d need in the office.

“Essentially, if you find it in the office, we have it,” co-owner Sheila Casiello said.

As more work gets done digitally, offices have evolved how supplies are used. IOP still sells plenty of copy paper, pens and paperclips but has expanded its offerings to include cleaning and break room supplies.

“We’re selling a lot of paper products, snacks, beverages, bottled water, plates, silverware and facility products for common spaces,” Casiello said.

Ordering is a breeze.

One visit to i-o-p.com is all you need to get started with the office supply program. IOP works with small offices up to the state’s largest employer, Avera Health, and can personalize the experience for any client.

“Placing orders has changed quite a bit over the years,” Casiello said. “We were pioneers using online ordering as soon as it was available, and our online service allows us to customize.”

While some customers still fax or call in orders, most take advantage of the website’s convenience. Here’s a sense of how ordering can be customized:

  • Individual users in a workplace can place orders online. The orders can be submitted directly to IOP or can be set up for approval by someone else in the office.
  • Companies can develop lists of specific products that employees are allowed to order without approval, while others are elevated for approval.
  • Businesses can set a budget limit for supplies, and when it’s reached, ordering stops.
  • IOP can set up a favorite shopping list for customers based on frequently ordered products.
  • Invoicing can be streamlined. One large customer, for instance, receives one weekly invoice reflecting hundreds of employee orders.

“The only time it takes a little time is to set up a list of frequently ordered items,” Casiello said. “After that, it’s like online grocery shopping. And even if you haven’t done business with us, if you give us a list of products you typically order, we’ll create a shopping list so you don’t have to do it yourself.”

The delivery is amazing.

Think a certain online membership delivers for you?

This is next-generation delivery with an old-fashioned touch.

The IOP warehouse in Sioux Falls is stocked with many of the most popular products, leading to very quick delivery.

“We deliver same day or next day and stock about 1,200 products, so if a customer needs something today, they likely will be able to get it today,” Casiello said. “The last thing you want to be out of in your office is toilet paper.”

It gets even better. IOP will customize where supplies are delivered, down to an individual’s desk.

“If the customer would like the order to arrive at the desktop, we offer that. If they like the products wrapped by department or by floor and delivered, we do that. Or we’ll deliver to one specific location,” Casiello said. “So it’s completely customizable.”

It’s not going to cost you.

Here’s the only way to make same-day delivery to your desk even better: It’s free.

“We don’t charge for delivery of office supplies in town, period,” Casiello said. “And we have no minimum order.”

Because IOP belongs to a co-op, its office supplies also are priced competitively.

“We’re able to buy similar to the major office supply stores that you’re familiar with,” Casiello said. “And we have a regional warehouse that allows us to get nearly any product within a day or two.”

Office supplies can be fun.

There’s plenty of space on the desk to lighten up the office, too.

IOP stocks several supplies guaranteed to be a conversation piece, from the stiletto tape dispenser to a golf club-inspired pen and sticky-note holder to the infamous “red stapler.”

“There are all kinds of different little products to help customize your desk for very little expense,” Casiello said.

New inexpensive task lighting also adds a pop of color into the space without being overwhelming, she said, and, of course, “there’s every color under the rainbow in pens and post-its.”

Buying local makes a difference.

As the largest locally owned office supply dealership in the Sioux Falls area, not only does ordering with IOP keep your dollars in town, but it provides a level of service you won’t get anywhere else.

“Everyone can say they have excellent customer service. I can guarantee it,” Casiello said. “Our team will gladly answer any question. At the end of the day, we sell commodity products and you have to be competitive on price. But the human intervention and touch is what truly adds the value.”

To learn more and start shopping, visit i-o-p.com.

Use office supplies? You need to learn more about buying them here 

While Interstate Office Products is known for creating high-performing office spaces through its design and furnishings, it also offers a huge variety of office supplies at a competitive price with top-notch service.

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