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  1. Top 5 Reasons to Buy From Your Local Supplier

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    The Buy Local Advantage

     
    The Buy Local Advantage

    When you partner with a local office supplier, you will be prone to many advantages that big box stores can’t offer. Buying locally means supporting your community and receiving personalized services that cater to your specific needs. It also means keeping money and jobs in your community instead of outsourcing it to other places. For all these reasons and more, it’s important to buy locally. See our top five reasons on why you should buy from your local supplier.

    #1: The Needs of the Community Comes First

    Working with a local office supplier means the needs of the community will always come first. Local suppliers will have the wellbeing of the community in mind because business success means community success as well. When local businesses are thriving, it will have a positive ripple effect that carries throughout the town. When a higher percentage of dollars are being spent, that money will recirculate and stay within the community. If local businesses aren’t being supported, it could leave both a social and economic void. When asked about our favorite stores, many of us choose a small local business because it’s different from the usual. It helps keep the character of the town intact and the community thriving as a result.

    #2: Buying Local Creates New Jobs

    When local businesses can stay afloat for long periods of time, the potential for growth and expansion is possible. This means an influx in jobs and other opportunities for employment. When a company is local, it will attract residents who want to work for it. Supporting your suppliers can create many opportunities for people in the surrounding community. When a local business grows, the community will grow with it. That’s why buying local is the perfect opportunity to keep jobs close to home.

    #3: Access to Unique Products

    When shopping at a brand name store, you usually know what to expect. No matter where the store is located, you will see the same variety of products scattered throughout. Shopping locally means having access to unique products you can’t always get. For example, at SourceOne, we have access to over 10,000 products in our catalog and over 100,000 items available through our solid supplier network. This means no matter what office supplies you’re looking for, chances are we have something that will work for you.

    #4: Giving Back Through Community Involvement

    Since many local stores rely on the community, they often get involved in any way they can. For example, at SourceOne, giving back to the community is something we take very seriously. This is why we donate our time and part of our proceeds to local organizations that are near and dear to us. Some of the local organizations we support are Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope. In doing so, we hope that supporting these places will help better the community and those who live in it. Buying locally can help keep this cycle going for longer periods of time and is a good way for the entire community to benefit.

    #5: Access to Personalized Services

    Buying from a local supplier means having premier access to personalized services. Getting to know your local employees means creating a relationship that you can’t get at a big box store. Often times, buying locally allows you to create a partnership. This can mean getting discounts and having exceptional customer service right at your fingertips. Since the success of most of these businesses rely on good customer service, local suppliers can go the extra mile.

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  2. Best Burritos in SoCal

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    The search for the best burritos can be pinpointed to one location: SoCal. Among the many reasons why we love to live in SoCal, the borderlands can be thanked for Cali’s Mexican cuisine obsession. With California having just about 29,000 burrito selling establishments on Yelp, the burrito craze is obvious. For both locals and tourists, make the best of your time and learn where the hot spots are for the best burritos in SoCal.

    La Azteca

    Located in the heart of Los Angeles, La Azteca Tortilleria will catch the eye (or mouth) of any Burrito lover. Featured in LA Weekly & known for their famous homemade flour tortillas, this is a must stop location for all after enjoying some the best beaches in SoCal.

    Senor Fish

    Food critics agree that Senor Fish has been “an amazing experience in the heart of LA since 1988.” Now with more locations, including Pasadena & Laguna Beach, Senor Fish still maintains their rave reviews over 25 years later.

    El Borreqo

    It is no secret that Californians are the best critics when it comes to their Mexican food. Once again located in the sprawling southern California city of Los Angeles, along with their other hidden gems, El Borreqo de Oro is known for the size of their burritos and the even bigger flavor. They offer generous amounts of food in each order and most importantly, precut burritos.

    El Zarape

    This San Diego hole in the wall location flourishes with their famous burritos and delicious Mexican cookery. With burritos big in size and taste, homemade fajitas, and taco salad, El Zarape offers their customers bold flavors to suite all cravings. Of course we can’t forget that this location is also vegetarian and seafood-lover friendly.

    Lucky Boy Drive In

    Although different than the traditional black bean and rice burrito, Lucky Boy Drive-In takes breakfast burritos to the next level. Lucky Boy believes quality and quantity are important for keeping their customers happy and strive to keep their good name. Serving their famous burritos at all hours is just another plus to this Pasadena classic.

    Al & Bea's

    To the naked eye, this location may not seem like much other than your average burrito stand. However even with their simple menu, Al & Bea’s has been a well known neighborhood spot for over 50 years and are no stranger to admiring reviews.

    Don’t like burritos? Are tacos your preference? Check out Wahoo’s Fish Taco to maybe better attract your taste buds.

  3. Staples & Depot Merge: Buy Local & Save

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    Buy Local, Stop Price Gouging

    Buy LocalAlmost twenty years in the making, Staples and Office Depot have announced an official merger of the two big box companies. At $6.3 billion, this agreement could possibly help the failing Office Depot from ruin. In 1996, the two companies had tried to merge but the Federal Trade Commission vetoed the idea stating that the combination would ultimately raise prices for customers.

    Since the growth of small business and the push to buy local, the Staple-Office Depot merger has once again come up. Since Office Depot purchased Office Max in 2013 there has become less competition for big box office supply companies leaving Staples as the number one seller. However, the predicament is that with Staples having a monopoly on the office supply chain store market, they can have extreme pricing authority.

    Protecting America’s Consumers

    The Federal Trade Commission was designed to protect the consumer from companies gouging prices.

     So What Does This Mean For You?

    Buy local! Supporting local businesses is a must to stop astronomical price increases. For starters you are keeping your hard earned money within your local community. Money spent here will continue to recirculate locally and can go into community funded projects. Don’t forget the fact that local businesses employ your friends and family. In economic hardships, a smaller company is more likely to strive to keep its loyal employees and fight layoffs. Many expect that if the merger goes through, Staples will close around 1,000 stores nationwide which in turn hurts building owners, advertisers, and of course store employees.

    Remember that as a local business, SourceOne makes every attempt to provide top quality service and products

  4. Buying Office Supplies in LA, Orange County: Local or Big Box?

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    Chances are you have heard the phrase ‘buy local’ quite often. By supporting local businesses, you are stimulating the local economy. Here are reasons that you need to continue support local companies in Los Angeles.

      • When a local company decides to open up versus a big box company, they will support the community. Generally speaking, they hire architects, contractors, attorneys, advertising agencies, etc to help them build their business.

     

      • Furthermore, a local company will carry more locally sourced products than a big chain so this creates more jobs for local producers.

     

      • With a local business, they have the time to get to truly know their customers. You are not just another number. A local business owner has their life savings on the line and invested into their business. Therefore, they naturally look to the end product of their community.

     

      • Local business will serve on local business boards and charities. They will continue to give back to their community that supports them.
      • You can reduce your carbon footprint because a local business will deliver from a closer warehouse where as with big box companies, they will ship nationally and use more resources.

     

      • A local company will choose to stock office supplies based on what the local customers wants and needs rather than a national sales plan. Furthermore, you can save more because these companies will not be stocking office products.

     

    • The customer service with a local business is tailored to it’s customer’s needs. The representative knows it’s target customer on a more personal level.
    Economic Growth

     

    Are you ready to shop with a local business? If you are in the Los Angeles area, contact SourceOne Office Products today for a superior buying experience.

     

  5. SoCal Life: Spotlight on Performance Team

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    In this brand new blog we will be featuring some of our favorite local companies here in Southern California. We continually try to support our local businesses.  For our first installment, we will have a spotlight on Performance Team, a logistics and transportation company.

    Name of Company: Performance Team

    Address: 11204 Norwalk Blvd
                      Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

    Website: http://performanceteam.net

    Based out of: Performance Team has warehouses in several different major cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Fort Worth, and Miami.

    Services offered: Distribution where they will store your products in their many warehouses. Deconsolidation for when your products come into port, Performance Team will be there to unload, scan, sort and label from the moment it goes on the ship to the moment it gets to an outbound trailer. They will also transport for you with their Los Angeles team for local drop offs.

    Mission Statement: Performance Team is committed to being an environmentally responsible organization taking pride in maintaining and enhancing environmental causes and conditions. This commitment extends to selecting business partners who share a similar philosophy.

    Straight from Performance Team’s Mouth: “We’re excited to explore the potential opportunities that exist within your supply chain. No matter what size company you operate or what distribution challenges you face, we’re confident we have the skills and know-how to help your business succeed.”

    Jim’s Jargon: For us at SourceOne, we have worked with Performance Team for over 15 years. They feel like family to me. They are organized from the top down. They are a family owned business and like us and they put and find value in the relationships they have with their clients. They are a pleasure to work with and I wish them continued success and look forward to continuing the partnership.

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  6. SoCal Life: Spotlight on Wahoo’s Fish Taco

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    In this brand new blog we will be featuring some of our favorite local companies here in Southern California. We continually try to support our local businesses.  For our first installment, we will have a spotlight on Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a family owned business that serves fresh and local food.

    Name of Company: Wahoo’s Fish Taco

    Address: 2855 Pullman Street

    Santa Ana, CA 92705

    Website: http://www.wahoos.com/

    Originally Based Out Of: Orange County, California

    Wahoo's Fish Taco in Orange County, CA

    Locations: There are over 60 Wahoo’s Fish Tacos located in California, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska and Japan.

    Services offered: Wahoo’s Fish Taco offers delicious and alternative food. The three brothers who started the company, Wing, Ed and Mingo, based their menu off their love of surf and food. The menu is a diverse blend of Mexican, Brazilian, and Asian with a Hawaiian feel.

    Mission Statement:  The brothers grew up in a restaurant family. From a young age right after school they would help in their family’s restaurant. They are dedicated to serving fresh and amazing food.

    Straight from Wahoo’s Fish Taco’s Mouth: The Wahoo brothers have really lived the American Dream. From a small apartment in Brazil to the success of over 60 Wahoo’s locations, Wing, Ed and Mingo all share a deep appreciation for their blessings and what they have been able to build together.

    Jim’s Jargon: Simply put the food is awesome, I eat at Wahoo’s at least every week and no matter what I have on the menu I feel like I just ate real healthy which is important to me. Kalua Pig Bowl & of course their Fish Tacos are my favorites. They are serious about their service and the quality of the products that go into their food.

    We have done business with Wahoo’s for over several years now, the people are fantastic from top to the bottom, I admire their involvement in the community and what they give back to our local economy. They put real value in relationship and for us at SourceOne that’s what we are all about. We wish them continued success!

    Wahoo's Fish Tacos