Infographic: Perry’s 2015 by the Numbers

We were busy this past year! Here is a look back at how it shaped up, by the numbers:

year in review infographic 2015

2016 HON Furniture Preview: New Products, Discontinuations, Price Changes

Upcoming Discontinuations

Manufacturers continuously improve and refresh their solutions, and occasionally, the need arises for certain products, fabrics and finishes to be discontinued. Effective January 2, 2016, the following laminate and veneer finishes are being dropped from the HON product line. However, suggested substitutes can help match current furniture as needed.

• Columbian Walnut Laminate and Veneer. Suggested Substitute: Mocha
• Henna Cherry Laminate and Veneer. Suggested Substitute: Cognac
• Harbor Teak Laminate and Veneer. Suggested Substitute: Pinnacle
• Shadow Laminate. Suggested Substitute:  Grey Tigris

See HON product discontinuations >

Upcoming Price Increases

Based on market analysis and the life-cycle management of HON’s product portfolio, HON will be implementing a price adjustment effective January 1, 2016 on HON and basyx by HON branded products. The average adjustment for the most popular models will be 1.8%. Some products will be adjusted up to 2.9%. Prices are NOT changing for several popular items in these lines: Ignition seating, Endorse® seating, Nucleus® seating, 10500 Series™ Desking, 10700 Series™ Desking, Brigade® lateral files, Accelerate panels and most systems worksurfaces.

To lock in 2015 prices for your next project, orders must be placed before the end of the year. Contact us in the Perry Office Plus Furniture Department at (800) 234-6605 to get started or ask questions.

Recent New Products 

We have seen the introduction of several new furniture products and improvements this year and expect these to really be some of the more popular items in 2016.

HON Soothe™ Healthcare Seating

Designed specifically for healthcare environments, the Soothe collection maximizes comfort along the patient’s journey to recovery, enhances functionality for the caregiver, and creates the versatility required to deliver a higher level of care. The collection includes a specialty Recliner with a wide range of options, Patient Chairs that are comfortable, responsive and easy to clean, and coordinating Side Tables. Learn more on hon.com >

HON Height Adjustable Table Bases

You can now incorporate standing-height worksurfaces into any space, as they are designed to work with any HON worksurface to give anyone in workstations and private offices a much-needed change of pace and posture. The 3-stage column design makes the bases ideal for supporting a variety of users and work styles. Learn more on hon.com >

HON Accelerate

Design features for the this newest systems furniture from HON include thin profile glass panels, personal storage elements and a variety of worksurface options, all working together. The clear, frosted, or frameless glass and tackable or nontackable fabric panel stackers deliver privacy while providing access to natural light. Accelerate is designed to accommodate multiple configurations through a single solution and the optimized selection and versatile 72″ panels use fewer parts, making it simple to plan, order, install and reconfigure. Learn more on hon.com >

 

What are your plans for 2016? We want to help! Reach out at (800) 234-6605 or email us at furniture@perryop.com.

Check out our online Furniture Project Gallery and see what we can do for your space >

News: Your Best Value Paper is New & Improved

Your new Best Value PaperAt Perry Office Plus, we work hard to keep prices competitive on the products that are important to you and we know paper needs to stay competitively priced without sacrificing quality.

That’s why we’re transitioning from our Perry-branded copy paper — which would see a price increase soon — to this new Universal-branded paper as your best-value, go-to paper in order to avoid passing on a price increase to you.

We’ve loved seeing our Perry-branded copy paper box out in the community. People use it for moving things, storage things, and we get a little rush when we see folks carrying them around or stacked up in an office storage room. Yeah, I know — “Nerd alert!” — right?

But our customers’ needs are more important to us than a pretty box, or a little free advertising. We know we have to stay competitive and we know that issue often starts with copy paper. We think this new product is a great solution.

The Universal HB Print & Copy paper is produced by the same manufacturer as the former paper so you won’t experience any change in quality, and an INCREASE in brightness — an eye-popping 95+ high-bright paper. That’s more bang for your buck!

The new item number — UNV91200 — will replace the CS140502 effectively immediately and you will see this new item number added to any Favorites Lists where you once had the old number. The old number will continue to work for a brief time, but when your order is delivered, it will be this new Universal paper.

We’re confident you’ll enjoy this new paper and we hope you’ll share your thoughts on the new paper when you get a chance to try it out. Of course, we know copy paper isn’t your highest priority, so we’ll consider no news as good news! 🙂

As always, our Customer Support team is available to answer any questions: (800) 234-6605 or customercare@perryop.com.

News: HP to Increase Prices on Printer Ink & Toner Products October 1, 2014

HP has announced a price increase on some Legacy Toner, Small Format Ink Cartridges, Print Heads, Photo Value Packs, and Small Format Media.

Effective October 1, 2014, Hewlett- Packard will increase list prices on 120 legacy HP Original LaserJet Toner Cartridges by approximately 10%. This price increase will affect a total of 120 legacy toner products.

Additionally, effective October 1st, Hewlett Packard will increase the prices of 119 HP Small Format Ink Cartridges, Print Heads, Photo Value Packs and Small Format Media. The price change will vary by sku but approximately averages to 4.3%.

This move is a result of HP’s standard portfolio management process.

Letter from HP (PDF)  |  Spreadsheet of Affected Items (PDF)

Stock up now before prices go up October 1!
Shop HP Printer Supplies on perryop.com >

Have questions? Call our Customer Support team at (800) 234-6605 or contact us online.

Industry News: TXMAS Furniture Purchasing Changes

TXMAS LogoIf you purchase office furniture on TXMAS contracts, you will be affected by a recent change to the state’s ordering requirements. In the past, you were able to send your furniture purchase orders directly to us as your servicing dealer for TXMAS purchases of HON and other manufacturers. On June 2, 2014, the State of Texas Comptroller’s office announced that all TXMAS purchase orders must be issued through the TxSmartBuy system to be eligible for TXMAS contract pricing.

The news was slow to reach dealers and furniture manufacturers, so we are working to learn the new process so we can pass it on to you.

What does this mean for furniture purchasers?

Instead of sending your TXMAS Furniture Orders directly to Perry Office Plus, you are required to submit the orders online at http://www.txsmartbuy.com/. After that point, your order will be sent directly to Perry Office Plus and we will process as usual with no delay.

If you have a furniture quote from Perry Office Plus and want to place a TXMAS order…

Download this PDF for instructions on the ordering process when you have a quote from Perry Office Plus. During the order process, you’ll select Perry Office Products as your dealer as indicated in step #7. When you checkout, the order will be emailed directly to the Perry Office Furniture Team. You will receive an email from a Perry Office Plus staff member to confirm receipt and processing of your order.

If you don’t have a quote…

Please contact Jessica or Lea in the Perry Office Plus Furniture Department at 800-234-6605 and we can send you a quote. Having a quote means you won’t have to enter every line item on your Purchase Order.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

We know this is a big change, and we are offering 2 sessions in our Temple showroom to walk through the new ordering process:

Tuesday July 22nd 10-11am
Wednesday July 23rd 12-1pm (Lunch will be provided at this session).

Reserve your spot by emailing us at furniture@perryop.com or calling 800-234-6605.

We can also come out to your site to do a sample order walk through with any person responsible for placing furniture orders. If you would like to schedule a walk-through, or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Market Update: Paper Prices

Over the last several weeks, paper mills have announced several actions that may have a significant impact on the paper market over the coming months. Because we value the relationship with have with our customers, we wanted to share this information with you. At this time, we do not know the exact impact (how much or how soon), but we promise to keep you updated with the latest information.

  • A total of over 1M tons in uncoated free sheet (UFS) capacity is coming out of the market over the next 3 – 6 months.
    • One major manufacturer has announced the closing of a mill in Alabama.This mill’s capacity is approx. 750K tons UFS.
      • The Alabama mill makes up about 25% of this mill’s US capacity, or about 9% of the North American market capacity.
      • This manufacturer has announced an up-to 7% price increase effective October 23, 2013.
      • A joint mill operation has announced the shut-down of a total of three machines equal to ANOTHER +200K tons in capacity.
  • Another manufacturer has announced a $40 to $60/ton price increase effective October 15.
  • A merger between several paper manufacturers is likely in Q4, 2013 or Q1, 2014.

Based on past trends and these new indicators, we are looking the tightening of available stock and, probably, an increase in price. As we said before, how much or how soon remains to be seen. We are examining all options to save money through multiple sources, while maintaining the high-quality paper you expect from Perry Office Plus.

Our business is making your workday smarter, easier, better. We strive to do that by staying abreast of industry trends – this allows us to make the very best recommendation for YOUR business needs. We are always here to talk.

Nominate An Admin: The Winner!

We asked you to nominate a deserving administrative professional for APW and we had dozens of nominations in just a few weeks. After much deliberation, a winner has been chosen! Congratulations to

Cassie Crum, First National Bank Texas

“Cassie Crum is the administrative assistant for 2 Regional Managers at FNBT. She has an outstanding work ethic, working hard to ensure both RM’s are taken care of, 10 District Managers have everything they need on a daily basis and tracks over 300 employees with various bank initiatives. When I need a certain report, folders made for a meeting, last minute agenda’s made for a meeting, Cassie is responding with the information within the hour. Cassie treats all us like we are her family. She organizes our Manager Meetings and gets everything done with minimal to no help, taking care of her Managers. Cassie makes all of us feel special and for that I want her to be recognized for all her hard work and efforts.” – by Sue Owens, First National Bank Texas

Both Cassie & Sue will receive a new HON Ignition office chair! Thanks to everyone who entered! Here are a few of the stand-out entries:

Jamie Dedrick: Jamie always has a smile on her face even when it is so busy that she cannot even take a breath. She will always stop what she is doing to help other coworkers at any time of the day. – by Tessa Belden, First Community Mortgage, Killeen

Donnie Kinard: Donnie is very enthusiastic, always energetic, highly motivated, and has a positive attitude. No request is to big or small for Donnie. She is very knowledgeable on all policies, new and old. Donnie is very dependable and prompt on meeting all deadlines. She is an extremely valuable asset to the organization of which she has dedicated 18 years to. – by Loretta Grisham, Bell County Public Health District WIC, Temple

Shameka McClain: She is a very hard worker and spends hours on the computer crunching numbers and making sure everything is great on our website, in our system, and that guests are satisfied. – By Dorene Burlew, Candlewood Suites

Sharon Evetts: Sharon is the administrative assistant to the CEO/CFO of CMHS. She has worked in that position for over 30 years. Her constant smile and desire to help anyone that she can makes her a dream to work with. Sharon is the first face people see when they enter administration. She is a wonderful example of the spirit of excellence. Her work ethic is strong and she encourages others by example. – by Kathy Brady, CMHS

Dolores Hott: Dolores is such a pleasure to work with. She is very professional and yet very personable at the same time. She gets stuff done and done right and works overtime and helps where ever help is needed. She doesn’t just sit in her office like some bosses do. She gets in the middle of things along with the rest of us. She is so considerate of everyone and everything and willing to help anyone at any time. She knows her stuff and she gets stuff done. – by Brenda Lichti, TTI Communications/A&M University, College Station

Charlene Kirkland: Charlene is over several different departments and always makes time for everyone when they need her help. She is the back bone of this hospital and without her and all her hard work this place would not be the same. – by Megan Mohler, Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville

Sharon Collins: has gone through health problems but this has not dampened her attitude about her work and the people around her. She is in charge of Dean Hunt’s office of the entire CTC Central Campus. She has always volunteered to assist anyone with questions and always has her door opened to students, faculty and staff. Sharon has kept our office and many offices up to date on campus materials and procedures. No matter what adversity she is facing she greets all who enter her office with her sweet smile and caring personality. – Helen Clements, Central Texas College, Killeen

Carolyn Bennett: Carolyn strives to always treat everyone with the utmost respect, providing superior customer service to all. Carolyn’s primary focus is to assist the Director of Public Works perform the duties of her job, but also to answer many Public Works questions, ranging from solid waste schedules and pick-ups, to water leaks and wastewater overflows. Many times, customers are calling because they are not happy, and Carolyn does an excellent job of listening, responding, and helping. She is truly a deserving worker who is to be commended for her service to her fellow neighbors. – by Nicole Torralva, City of Temple

Barbara Hayward: Mrs. Hayward truly goes beyond an Office Administrator. She keeps every record of our students neatly organized. She pleasantly greets all our parents in our office and makes them feel welcome to our school. Ms. Hayward is also accredited to saving one of our teachers when they were choking. She keeps our offices clean (she has even carried out the custodial duties) and always has a pleasant attitude, willing to help parents, teachers and students at any time. – by Beth Owens, Temple ISD

Kristie Evans: The backbone of the office. She works like a well-oiled machine. There is nothing she can’t do, but if she were to come upon something new, she would find the way to make it work.  Many other departments depend on Kristie for training and skill  and the knowledge that she possess in court administration and coordination. She brings both laughter and discipline to work every day! – Sophia Chapman, Brazos County, 85th District Court, Bryan

Diana Barnard: Diana is my Chief Deputy Clerk. She is my right hand and my left on some days. Diana is extremely conscientious, meticulous, and most attentive to the needs of the Bell County Clerk’s Office. Each and every day she goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the office is running smoothly, taking care of things before most others even know things need taking care of. – by Shelley Coston, Bell County Clerk, Belton

Hilda Sappenfield: Hilda works as the Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator for Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity. She shows excellent customer service skills, a heart for the people, takes the extra step of providing referrals to other agencies that may be able to help. She never lets anyone requesting help leave without referring them to another agency. She maintains a database with information on other organizations so she’s ready no matter what someone may need. She organizes/coordinates all volunteers for the job site, store, office. Hilda cheerfully trains a each new group of transient volunteers. She looks for ways to save. She provides feedback/suggestions to improve, keeps me updated on current events that we can tie into/that we can use to help improve our organization including ways to show appreciation to our volunteers. Hilda never complains about any task, she stretches our resource to make do. – TJ Conner, Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity, Killeen

Michelle Cosper: Hardworking, dedicated, always willing to help others, willing to go the extra mile. Michelle is someone who you can always go to with any questions or problems and she will always find the time to help in any way she can. – by Christina Rodriguez, Heart of Texas Landscape and Irrigation Co, Belton

Wanda Reid: Wanda has been taking care of the needs of our staff for 25 years now. She knows what we need and when we need it at all times. She also keeps us on a budget and knows what we don’t need. She is the best person to work with and always knows the right things to say to cheer up the office. She is a wonderful co-worker, friend, mother and grandmother to all of us! – by Misty Leofsky, Miller Heights Elementary, Belton

Heather Sellers: Heather came to the school shortly after the other administrative assistant left suddenly. While she was coming in to a new job with basically no transition assistance she immediately began to get things organized. She learned very quickly and it was not long before she was implementing useful changes. Heather is not only an asset to the school due to her organizational skills, but she is also very friendly and cooperative with all. She can be seen vacuuming, keeping score for soccer games or delivering lunches. No matter what the task Heather is willing to help. – by Tonnia Phelps, Memorial Christian Academy, Killeen

Debra Rowe: She hired on with our agency on Feb. 1 of this year. She is the most efficient and reliable secretary that I have met in all of my tenure with this agency. In just a few months, she has proven herself to be invaluable to our company. She is dedicated, morally sound, proficient in her work and in her personal appearance. Because of her, I am on the road to recovery and I think that I speak for our entire agency when I say that we are so much better as an administrative office due to her skill and style. – Sue Jordan, Bell County Public Health District, Temple

Irene Perez: Irene is the secretary to our school principal, Mr. Jimmy Cox. That is a huge job in itself, but she is so much more than that. She is our voice of reason, glue that keeps the ship afloat, and general all-around go-to girl. In a few words, she runs the show. And she runs it with democracy, grace, and an ever open heart. Her demeanor is a constant reminder to all of us that every day is blessing, and to strive for the best within ourselves. – by Jane Letts, Mays Middle School, Troy

Susan Stokke: Susan is our Chief Administrator and a leader in our firm. She is responsible for personnel, customer service and a myriad of administrative duties in all of our 11 offices. Susan shares her cheery smile and winning attitude with everyone she encounters – whether she is changing A/C filters, handling time/attendance issues or checking weekly reports. She takes care of tasks around the office as most people say, “that isn’t my job” without a second thought. If it needs to be done, Susan does it. No task is too petty or too great. She is friendly, outgoing, fun and a very hard worker. It seems like she is always at the office, but still she finds the time to be a great mom and wife, a runner and a special friend. She cares about people and our community and shows this through her actions. Our entire staff adores and looks up to her as the kind of person we aspire to be. Of course, because of the kind and humble person she is, she would deflect credit to others if she heard this. – by Lisa Griffin, The Carlson Law Firm, Killeen

Michelle Garcia: Mr. Listi has a very hectic and demanding schedule. And without Michelle, he would have an even harder job. She keeps his calendar, makes his travel arrangements, communicates with citizens and elected officials, runs interference, organizes the office, anything that needs to be done – and all with a smile and a great attitude. – by Cristy Daniell, City of Belton

Patricia Lewis: She is a hardworking and dedicated admin. Her attention to detail is vital in our workplace. When dealing with the public, she is friendly and professional in handling each situation. Our office is responsible for working with several volunteer agencies and committees. Patricia is efficient in maintaining records of each volunteer and event that our office handles. She is also responsible for maintaining our personnel time cards, monthly reports and budgets for five separate committees. – by Sheri Watson, City of Killeen

Donette Templeton: Donnette has been with our company for three years. She single handedly set up our office in Temple some 2 years ago. She always has a “can do” attitude and is always helpful. Most of our staff is out in the field taking care of our patients and Donette is always available to help staff members with questions over the telephone, investigate problems with payroll or mileage reimbursements and goes above and beyond in being helpful to staff members, vendors and our patients and their families. Donnette would be aghast if she knew I was nominating her, but she deserves a huge pat on the back for the wonderful job she does and for the continued positive attitude she exudes. – by Catherine Hausenfluke, Lighthouse Hospice, Temple

Beth Gallups: Mrs. Gallups is more than worthy of this award because she is a dedicated and positive employee. Her passion for what she does is obvious from the first moment you speak with her. She has a genuine and compassionate heart and always has a positive attitude. Mrs. Gallups commits all of her energy into ensuring that her job is completed to the highest of standards with unwavering motivation. She is supportive of her co-workers and is a constant encourager. – by Joshua Merillat, US Army, Copperas Cove

Thank you to everyone who entered and nominated a deserving co-worker!