As the business disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the following updates and resources have been provided by Equalis Group’s supplier partners:
Network Services Company
Recently Launched Covid-19 site
NETWORK® just launched a COVID-19 resource site with industry information as well as a single place for suppliers’ materials.
As many businesses reimagine their operations beyond Coronavirus, they will need to address a new set of concerns and needs. Customers and staff have returned with a heightened sensitivity to cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation. This “new normal” raises expectations that could determine the success and reputation of business moving forward.
To help customers respond to these new expectations, NETWORK has compiled information and potential solutions for consideration in navigating new challenges. To learn more, please visit our Covid-19 Resource Site Here >>
Getting Ready for Back to School
School Specialty has a new website that is continually being updated by its merchandisers as they source new items. They’ve taken the approach of not just PPE related items, but because of their unique offerings, they’ve broken it down into four areas:
- Safe Spaces:
- Cleaning & Disinfecting
- Personal Health & Safety Supplies
- No-Share School Supplies
- Social Distancing:
- Resources for Social Distancing
- Hybrid Learning:
- Distance Learning
- Social Emotional:
- Classroom & EC Resources
- Inclusion Resources
- Safe Spaces:
Georgia Pacific (GP Pro)
Health Action Council
Employer Guidance on Viruses & Bacterial Infections Including Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Health Action Council has developed interim guidance to i) help prevent workplace exposures in non-healthcare settings, and ii) provide planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19. This interim guidance will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.
Health Action Council has also made a number of additional resources regarding COVID-19 available on its website which may be found here.
Imperial Dade’s HyProtection Zone Program is a straight-forward
guide designed to assist educational facilities in improving their
cleaning, disinfecting, and hand-hygiene protocols. The program
includes best practices and product recommendations. Start here>>
Allied Eagle (Available in OH, IN, MI)
All purchases placed through your Office Depot account at business.officedepot.com will continue to be filled at the pricing you receive through your Equalis Group/Sourcing Alliance membership. Any back-ordered items will be shipped as soon as they become available, unless the order is older than 45 days at which time Office Depot will send you an update regarding your order.
COVID 19 – Resource Guide
Children’s Face Masks
As of July 28, 2020, Office Depot will have Kata Children’s Masks. Learn more.
Face Coverings Available Beginning April 29, 2020
As of April 29, 2020, Office Depot will have Black Bella + Canvas Cloth Face Coverings available in packs of 10. There will be no minimum order sizes and Office Depot will continue to replenish its available stock. If you’re already an Equalis Group member, login to the Office Depot portal to receive your discounted price. Then search Item #9885276 to make your purchase.
If you prefer to pick up your items from an Office Depot or OfficeMax retail store, Office Depot is currently offering curbside pickup. You may learn more about the curbside pickup option here.
Counter Shields & Countertop Screens
Although many have made the transition to working from home, there are several essential businesses that continue to operate. Office Depot has added a series of counter shields and countertop screens that are now available for purchase. You may view them below.
At Home Office Furniture Bundles
As thousands of workers transition to working from home, Office Depot has provided a series of at home office furniture bundles which may be viewed in the link below.
Centric Consulting (How to Effectively Use Microsoft Teams & Work Remotely)
“What are the right governance policies to put in place for using Microsoft Teams?” This is just one question many government, non-profits, and educational institutions are asking themselves now as they implement or update remote work policies. They are also thinking about how to optimize their employees’ successful transition to remote work, and how to use out-of-the-box reporting functionality to monitor aggregate level Teams usage.
If you have questions about Microsoft Teams, the webinar linked below includes experts from Centric Consulting and Microsoft leading a Q&A session about Microsoft Teams deployment, optimization, governance and reporting.
Gardiner’s operations are fully functional, and its offices remain open, while many of its Associates are working remotely. For the duration of the State’s Stay at Home order, Gardiner will not be hosting client or supplier meetings or visits in its offices but have videoconferencing capability and encourage you to work with your Gardiner contact to make alternative arrangements.
In-person training sessions have been suspended, but where possible Gardiner is conducting virtual training to meet Client needs.
To view Gardiner’s full update, please click here.
No Contact Parts & Supplies Pick-up Information
Gardiner is open for business throughout Northern Ohio and both the Solon and Toledo locations are fully stocked and supported for pick up. To maintain the safety of your teams as well as Gardiner’s associates, Gardiner has modified its counter procedures and has employed a “No Contact Pickup Zone” for Will Call. Gardiner will also drop ship orders to your facility or job site.
When picking up your orders:
Solon: Call (440) 394-4000 when you arrive. Gardiner will either bring your order out or direct you to Pick Up Dock #5 in the rear lot.
Toledo: Call (419) 794-3400 when you arrive.
Please note that Gardiner will maintain this pick-up process until the State of Ohio’s Stay at Home order is lifted.
COVID-19 has not impacted ComDoc/Xerox’s equipment, parts and supplies availability. Xerox have started to activate mitigation strategies as appropriate, including but not limited to premium airfreight, alternate sourcing, asset recovery and reverse logistics.
Xerox will continue to provide support and service within impacted areas as national and local governments allow. Most technicians dispatch from their homes and are not dependent on local office and warehouse locations. If local operations are impacted, Xerox will reach out to you.
Xerox understands that during this time, you may not want visitors at your workplace, and encourages you to use its remote support options. Customers can text or video chat with a live Digital Support Expert by visiting www.support.xerox.com or downloading Xerox Support Engage, a new mobile app now available in select regions.
Please view Xerox’s full response to COVID-19 for more information.
Tips for Working Remotely
Working from home can be a difficult adjustment. ComDoc/Xerox has provided a few simple ways to stay productive and feel more “normal” in this unprecedented situation.
World Kinect Energy
World Kinect Energy continues to feel confident in its ability to manage its global supply and logistics chains. The environment continues to change almost hourly and Kinect is adjusting its operating elements to meet these challenges through its robust global operations teams.
Kinect has also built contingency plans to address any logistics or delivery challenges that may arise. In short, Kinect is committed to building the right solution at the right time with the right safeguards for each customer it serves. Kinect is also working these challenges with individual customers who become impacted by any issues on a real time basis.