Sunday Sales Blast 9/23/18

Staples is now your Jansan supplier.....

Staples, Inc. has acquired Essendant in a transaction valued at US$996 million including debt.
Per the terms of the acquisition, Staples will pay $12.80 per share of Essendant, which represents a 51 percent premium on the shares value as of April 11. The deal, which is anticipated to be finalized by the end of the year, also calls for Staples to pay Genuine Parts Co., S.P. Richards Co. businesses unit a $12 million breakup fee as part of Essendants termination of its previously announced merger. Essendant had agreed to merge with S.P. Richards in April.

Another reason for you to have your own brand! BYOB
https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/staples-acquires-essendant

Virtual Assistant Options for Any Company -- From Startups to High-Flyers
VAs can cover your bookkeeping, social media, writing, customer service and programming needs, as much or as little as you want them to.

Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you're starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary. Websites that specialize in contract workers, such as odesk.com and elance.com, have thousands of listings for virtual assistants.

3 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant
Bookkeeping:Many small businesses choose to share their bookkeeping systems with their virtual assistants who can then follow up on tasks such as outstanding invoices or unpaid bills.

Database entries: Whether it's a slew of new business cards picked up at a conference or updated information for existing contacts, keeping databases current is a suitable task for virtual assistants. Be specific about your needs and expectations, and make sure the virtual assistant has done this type of work before so there's less room for errors

Managing email: To keep you from wasting time in your email inbox, some virtual assistants will filter your most important emails and respond to the rest on your behalf, Colaiacovo says. Such email management is easy to do remotely, but you need to provide guidance on how to pick out key emails and ask the assistant to copy you before sending out any responses to reduce the risk of errors. 

Scheduling: Because many scheduling tools are available online, virtual assistants are managing the calendars of many clients, says Kramer Harrawood. Tasks include dealing with meeting invitations from others, scheduling appointments with clients and helping to plan events. 

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/299695

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Are you coming to the ISSA show in Dallas this year? 44 days till the show starts. See us at booth #2943 and watch for our video's from the show floor.

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Have a great day and an even better sales week!

Scott Jarden