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Are You At Risk Of a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

Sending employees out to run errands during work hours can put you at risk for an injury claim.

It makes sense to just send one of your employees to the store for office supplies. right? I mean after all, you’re paying them to be there anyway, so why not use them to Order all your office supplies from Capital Office Productspick up a few things and save some money, right?

Let’s check the list:

  • 2 boxes of pens
  • 4 toner cartridges
  • 2 boxes (20 reams, 40 lbs.) of copy paper
  • Oh, take the company truck, because we need 2 office chairs and a new computer station for the new guy!
  • Oh yeah, and some shelving for the warehouse. The heavy duty kind. Don’t worry, you can probably find a guy at the store to help you.

This scenario is no exaggeration. Stories like this happen quite frequently, and yet, many employers don’t realize the kind of risk they are exposing themselves to by sending employees to run errands like this. Continue reading

Technology Corner: Whose Got Your Backup?

Power surges, brownouts and blackouts can damage your office computer systems if you’re not protected.

As we progress into the 21st century, more and more offices and businesses rely solely on computer systems and drives to store their important information, and for Backup power supply can protect your computer and peripherals.good reason; it saves time, office space, and it’s an incredibly convenient way to find and access documents and valuable information very quickly.

With this in mind, it’s still amazing to find how many businesses take their computer systems for granted. Are you aware that a sudden power loss, brown out, or power surge can damage your computer’s hard drive if you don’t have proper protection in place? Continue reading

Is It Time To Upgrade To a Laser Printer?

Depending on your printing needs, a laser printer can be much more cost effective than an inkjet.

It had been predicted several years ago that by now, most (if not all) offices would become “paperless,” meaning that all transactions, records, files, and other important information would no longer be printed on paper.

Despite advancements in technology and having access to larger data storage, many businesses still require backups and copies of important documents on yes, you guessed it…paper. Continue reading

Staples To Close 225 Stores, Shares Perform Lower Than Expected

Office Superstore Giant Scaling Back Retail Operations

Staples stock fell on the news last Thursday that they would close 225 retail stores by the end of 2015.

The retail giant has struggled to maintain its lead in office supply category amid continuing competition from other retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, as well as from established professional office supply companies.

Citing the desire to focus more on online sales, Staples considers this move an opportunity to remain competitive. Continue reading

Top 3 Mistakes Businesses Make When They Buy From a Website Superstore

Capital Office Products is committed to helping you make the best of your business supplies budget.

Website superstores claim to be “easy” to use when ordering your office supplies, but do they really have your best interest at heart when it comes to staying within your Office superstores are not a better alternative than Capital Office Productsbudget? How easy is it to get in touch with a live human being when you have a question about a product, or if there is an issue with the order you received? Do they recognize your loyalty to them, or even acknowledge you as a client (Aside from sending you an invoice, of course)?

We’ve put together the top 3 mistakes businesses make when ordering from a website superstore.

  1. Buying the generic brand is more costly if it means buying it twice because of the low quality.
    We totally get that you’re trying to save money. Capital Office Products has been saving businesses money for nearly 20 years. However, sacrificing quality for a cheaper price may cost you in the long run. Even items such as generic brand pencils can eat away at your budget due to their breakage, and how many of those pencils have been eaten as you try to sharpen them? Many “brand” names offer quality assurance and even a guarantee. In many cases, we can offer you competitive pricing for better quality. Contact us for details.
  2. Recycled products are great for the earth, but not so great on the pocket book.
    In considering recycled products, you might want to think about how you’ll use them before you make your purchase. Items such as paper, folders, etc. are usually items you’ll keep in your office. In other words, they aren’t necessarily products you’ll dispose of quickly. In the bigger picture of buying recycled products, think about what you’re going to use them for. Also, how will YOU dispose of them after you’re finished? From a long term perspective, these products will stay with your office for quite some time. Recycled paper products for business will run you anywhere from 20-50% MORE, reducing your budget for other necessary items.
  3. Buying 12 binders can be the same price as 10. Case quantities can save you money if it is a product you use often.
    Remember, most office products don’t go bad. They don’t have an expiration date, so they can be stored easily until you need them. Consider bulk purchases of products you use on a regular basis to save more money.

Moral Of The Story

When you use Capital Office Products your are working with a company that has been in business for 20 years and whose employees combined experience is beyond 100 years. Our job is to find you the best product at the best price. We are here to share our expertise and save you $. Communication is key. Contact us today for a customize office supply quote for your business.

15840 Monte Street, Suite 104
Sylmar, CA 91342

Phone: (818) 362-4156
Fax:  (818) 367-8583

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California Fair Employment Notice: Are You Compliant?

New Fair Employment changes require employers to update their notices.

As part of a compliance measure for all employers, Fair Employment information must be posted in plain sight and be accessible to all employees. These notices must State of Californiacontain information on the following:

Federal

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Occupation Safety Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment
  • Rights Act (USERRA) Continue reading

Innovative Office Products: Glass Chair Mats

Functional, stylish, durable and cost effective. Glass chair mats are the latest in innovative items for your office.

We’ve used them for years. Those plastic chair mats that are used not only to protect the floors of your office, but to aid in ease of chair rolling. The problem is until Order your glass chair mat from Capital Office Products today!now, plastic chair mats tend to have a limited life span. They wear out, some get those annoying curled edges, and after a while, they get downright dingy and ugly, and need to be replaced every few years.

These are just a few reasons why many offices are switching to glass chair mats. A glass chair mat is durable, easy to clean, won’t break, and looks great in any office. Their smooth finish design makes it easy for chair movement, and they provide a permanent alternative to your floor’s wear and tear. Glass chair mats work on both carpet and hard flooring, and will not migrate or move around like their lower quality plastic counterparts. Continue reading

Office Furnishings: Form, Function, or Both?

How your office looks to your clients is as important as how they function for your workers.

What are your first impressions when you walk into an office building that is not your own? Employees aside, does the atmosphere greet you with a welcome What kind of impression does your office furniture leave for your clients?combination of professionalism and quality? How do the surroundings of an office you’re visiting enhance your positive, or negative, experience?

More importantly, when you’re choosing office furnishings, are you keeping the comfort and safety of your employees in mind?

First impressions are lasting impressions.

Going back to the question asked at the top of this article about your first impression, you may want to ask yourself what impression your office creates for others who are there to do business with you. In the same way that a professional personal appearance can make a difference in whether your potential clients want to do business with you, the same goes your office furnishings and decor. Your furniture selection should reflect the type of business you represent and the clientele you wish to court. For example, if you walked into an attorney’s office and their furnishings look like they came from a discount retail outlet, how much confidence might you have in your business dealings. There may be several reasons why you might still consider a professional interaction, but chances are, you’d have to take time to overcome your first visual impression of their office. This is a dangerous time when cultivating a client base, and any chance they take to pause and reflect may hurt your chances of success. Continue reading

Are You Prepared For Tax Season?

As tax season rears its ugly head, Capital Office Products has what you need to get it done.

They say there are only two things certain in life…death and taxes. Unfortunately for us, we deal with taxes at least once a year. This is the time of year where your accountant or bookkeeper buries himself or herself in the office and is never seen until sometime late April.  Continue reading

Who Sees What’s On YOUR Computer Screen?

Privacy Filters do more than just protect your screen from prying eyes.

Even in the most public of offices, your computer may contain sensitive information that should be limited to only those you choose. Also, the feeling of knowing your Privacy Filtersthoughts are being transposed without prying eyes to interrupt or someone peering over to see what you’re doing can help your productivity.

Privacy Filters are built for flat screen computer monitors for that purpose. They are designed for forward viewing only, diminishing or eliminating all together the ability to see a screens content from a peripheral view.

More importantly, Privacy Filters limit the amount of glare emits from computer monitor screens, making your experience at your computer a bit easier on eye strain. For your employees, this can also help to increase productivity. They reduce the amount of radiation emissions as well.

Capital Office Products offers a wide variety of Privacy Filters.

If you’re looking for more privacy and safety in your workplace, we have over 40,000 products for you to choose from, at prices that beat the big box stores. Contact us today for a quote on all of your business supplies.

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