ABC Office Successfully Reaches 25th Anniversary.

March 21st, 2005

ABC Office, a local Kaysville, Utah, company has successfully reached 25 years in business. With simple beginnings, ABC Office is now one of the most successful online office equipment stores that specialize in high-end office equipment and accessories. The company ships hundreds of packages a day, and expects business to keep growing.

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It all started in the home of William Barlow in 1980. During that time, Mr. Barlow was working out of his home in Bountiful, Utah, selling office equipment to businesses. During that time, the company focused primarily on print shops and copy centers. The company grew quickly and a new office had to be purchased. A structure in the Bountiful city business district was purchased, gutted and remodeled to fit the company’s needs. Over the next few years the business continued to grow and additional office space was built.

In the mid 1990s, the Internet was beginning to grow in popularity and the idea of an online storefront took hold. In 1996, ABC Office initiated its first online Web site where customers could browse products, with ease, from their own computer. “We saw the potential of the Internet,” said Calvin Barlow, current president of ABC Office.

As soon as the Web site was built, calls and orders started coming in from around the world. ABC Office used to sell primarily to customers in Utah, but with the introduction of the Web site, the company began to sell more and more outside the state. The business began to grow so fast that the existing warehouse and store were quickly outgrown.

The current owners and sons of founder William Barlow, Calvin and Brent Barlow, knew they needed to find a new location where they could continue grow. They purchased a plot of land in Kaysville, Utah, and started building a new structure that was completed in December of 1999. The current building, including warehouse space, totals 27,000 square feet.

The building has a display floor, where local customers test out products and purchase machines. The warehouse allows ABC Office to ship products directly to customers, which cuts down on shipping time and customer service. Hundreds of packages ship out of the new warehouse on a daily basis. The staff includes a sales department, Web department, purchasing department, accounting department and a fully functioning service department.

Products are shipped to countries in North America, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East on a regular basis. ABC Office has increased its product line, from the traditional binding machines and paper cutters, to now include security equipment, display racks and photo ID equipment. Paper shredders are currently one of the most popular products sold.

Customers are now able to securely order products via a toll-free phone line or by using the online shopping cart. One of the newest features available to customers is the ability to see a live and interactive video demo over the Internet with a sales associate. This allows customers to see a product live and in action while asking questions and receiving answers.

ABC Office is a true realization of the American Dream. In only 25 years, ABC Office has gone from a door-to-door, home-based business to an international leader in high-end office equipment, accessories
and supplies. To see the wide selection of products and services that ABC Office has to offer, please visit the Web site at here: ABC Office.

Have You Heard About FACTA?

March 7th, 2005

Paper ShreddersThis coming June, a new law will go into effect that will require anyone who has one or more employees to properly destroy their personal information when being discarded. This new law is called the “Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act” (FACTA). Few people are aware of this new law and even fewer are aware of the penalties involved if it is not followed. This act is designed to protect private employee information. This is the biggest personal ID protection act issued since HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).

A failure of employers to shred or destroy private employee information could result in a class-action lawsuit or government fines. Civil and state laws warrant up to $1,000 in fines per employee violation and federal law warrants up to $2,500 per violation. This important law can be followed and fines avoided by properly destroying this information with a paper shredder. Employers cannot afford to ignore this new act.

Identity theft is an ever-growing and increasing problem in the United States. Garbage, by law, is considered unprotected and is vulnerable to dumpster divers and thieves. This means employers cannot throw employee information in the garbage and consider it properly discarded.

This new law applies to all employees, even if you have just one. This means that yard workers, cleaners and nannies apply to this new rule as well.

One of the best means of destroying personal information is by using a paper shredder.

Strip-cut shredders are still the preferred method of shredding, but cross-cut shredders are quickly growing in popularity. This is due, in part, to the fact that strip-cut shredders have been around longer. Strip cut shredders, especially over-the-can shredders, typically shred paper into ¼-inch strips. These strips, although hard to decipher, can still be reassembled. Cross-cut, or confetti-cut, shredders make it next to impossible to reassemble shredded documents.

You Can Now Digitally Capture Sound, Speeches and Conversations.

March 4th, 2005

Digital Voice RecorderABC Office now sells a line of digital voice recorders that can easily capture sound, speeches and conversations. These digital voice recorders are the equivalent for sound as digital cameras are for images. These recorders store the audio, some up to 18 hours that can later be transferred to a computer for editing or later note taking.

These digital voice recorders are growing in popularity among doctors, lawyers, students, professors and more. Rather than having to worry about a tape, all the data is stored digitally in the recorder that can later be stored to a computer and burned to a CD. Tapes will break down over time. Digital data will retain its integrity for years. Tapes are also limited to a small amount of space, usually from 20 to 90 minutes, depending on the recorder. Digital voice recorders are available in models that will record as little as four hours or as many as 18 and more. Sound quality also increases with digital voice recorders.

Doctors often use these recorders for dictation with patients that can later be recalled or typed. Students will use these recorders for recording lessons in class, allowing them to interact and give their full attention and later replay discussions for note taking. These recorders are also very popular with private investigators and reporters. A voice recorder can be a lifesaver when trying to gather as much information as possible for a story or news article. A built-in speaker, or included headset, lets you listen to previous recordings on the spot.

Digital voice recorders are compact and can easily be fit in a purse, a pocket or other locations. For recording conversations, a voice recorder can easily be placed next to a podium or pulpit without creating an eyesore. A phone attachment allows phone conversations to be easily recorded.  This is ideal for recording conversations with loved ones or to gather evidence. In order to save battery life, a VOX/VOR feature is built in that will only record when sound is present.

The complete line of digital voice recorders can be viewed by going here. helpful digital voice recorder guide can be viewed by going here.

Digital voice recorders are a great way to help you stay organized, record speeches, conversations and more.

Survey Reveals Paper Shredder Trends.

February 25th, 2005

Paper ShreddersOn February 14th, we sent a paper shredder survey to our customers to inquire about paper shredder use, identity theft and shredder trends. As a result of the survey, we received over 200 responses. The results of the survey are very interesting, showing what people think about identity theft and the importance of paper shredders.

Identity theft is an ever-increasing problem in the United States. The ability to create alternate identities, sign up for credit cards and abuse individuals’ identities is easier than ever for criminals. Receipts, mail and personal information are just some of the methods used to steal one’s identity. Out of 211 respondents,
22 people had been the victim of identity theft. That is over 10 percent of those interviewed.

This coming June, a new law will go into effect that will require anyone who has one or more employees to destroy their personal information. It surprised us to see that only 13 percent of those surveyed were aware of this new regulation.

Not surprising, over 70 percent of those surveyed feel that it is definitely important to destroy personal information. Because dumpster diving is perfectly legal, anything thrown in the garbage is fair game. Seventy-eight percent of those interviewed own a paper shredder. Fifty-one percent say they use their
shredder on a daily basis. Paper shredders help destroy sensitive information. When dumpster diving, criminals tend to go for the easy find. If paper is shredded, the difficulty of putting the pieces back together is enough of a deterrent to make shredding worthwhile.

Strip-cut shredders are still the preferred method of shredding, but cross-cut shredders are quickly growing in popularity. This is due, in part, to the fact that strip-cut shredders have been around longer. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed own a cross cut shredder. Strip cut shredders, especially over-the-can shredders, typically shred paper into ¼-inch strips. These strips, although hard to decipher, can still be reassembled. Cross-cut, or confetti-cut, shredders make it next to impossible to reassemble shredded documents.

The entire ABC Office paper shredder survey can be viewed by going here.

You can learn more about paper shredders, the different types and what they do by reading our paper shredder guide.

Compare Products and Specs With the New "Help Me Choose."

February 11th, 2005

We have found that several of our customers have no prior knowledge of a product, yet are expected to find the right product for their needs. Without speaking to a sales associate, this can be difficult. We sell thousands of products and each product has loads of information listed with the page. Deciphering this information is sometimes difficult. We have created a new “Help Me Choose” button to help out.

Help Me Choose

The “Help Me Choose” button is designed to help you find the right product. It will ask you a series of questions. Once you have finished answering the questions, it will determine, from your answers, which product will work best for you. We understand that it can be difficult to do this without prior knowledge of a product.

Come take a look at the new “Help Me Choose” feature. We have set it up to work with paper shredders and several other product categories. We will be moving this feature to even more product categories over the next few months. Try it out and enjoy!

Security Cameras Are Growing In Popularity.

February 4th, 2005

Security CameraDid you know that you are caught on camera about seven times a day? Security and hidden cameras are growing in popularity and it doesn’t appear that the demand will die down any time soon. Security cameras have been used to put criminals to jail for shoplifting, selling illegal narcotics, abuse and more.

Demand for surveillance cameras is especially growing in the baby sitter and nanny field of work. Concerned parents are purchasing cameras to keep an eye on those who are watching their kids. Parents who want to keep an eye on a small child or baby also use these cameras.

Security cameras can be placed in a wide variety of places. ABC Office sells several types of security cameras. Security cameras are usually either hardwired directly to a video recorder or the signal can be wirelessly transmitted to a video recorder. You can see our entire selection of security cameras by going here.

ABC Office Announces a New Line of Warehouse Equipment.

January 21st, 2005

Warehouse Products & LiftsThis week we have added several new products to our current line of warehouse equipment. These new products will more than double the amount of warehouse equipment currently available to our customers. New products include pallet lifts, transporters, pallet jacks, hand trucks, movable work stools, container tilts and more.

Purchasing equipment for a new or existing warehouse can be a daunting task. In order to keep a warehouse running smoothly, several products are needed to help automate the process. Rather than take time to look for warehouse equipment at traditional brick and mortar stores, you can now search through dozens of pallet jacks, lifts, hand trucks, transporters and more right from your computer.

The new selection of pallet jacks, lifts and transporters makes moving heavy pallets easy. Pallet lifts and transporters let warehouse employees move products easily from one shelf to another in seconds. Safety features have been built in to prevent costly and dangerous warehouse accidents. Tilters and hand trucks make moving equipment and materials a snap. Our new work stools are set on casters and have convenient tool compartments built into the body of the stool. This is especially nice for working on lower warehouse shelves and counting inventory.

You can see large, color pictures of a wide variety of work stools, pallet lifters, transporters, tilters, hand trucks and more. Our warehouse equipment can be shipped to the door of any building within the United States.

Post Reviews on Products You Own and Help Others Find the Right Equipment.

January 7th, 2005

In an effort to sell you the best office products available today, ABC Office is introducing a new product review feature. With your product reviews, we can continue to offer the best office products online. If you see a product on our site that you already own, you can now review it.

The review process is simple. We require a model or make for the product you are reviewing. We also require a name. If you wish, we can post your name and/or business name along with the review.

You will need to provide a brief description of the machine and your experience with it. Let us know what you like and dislike about the machine. You can then rate the product on a five-star scale.

If you’ve had a good experience with a product, you can also check a box that allows you to be used as a reference for future customers. Ordering over the Internet can be difficult for some people. Being able to talk to somebody who already owns and has used a product can be a big help

Reviews will be posted with products, allowing other customers to see what you think. You can review your office equipment products by going here.

Keeping Track of Employee Time Has Never Been Easier.

December 17th, 2004

Time ClocksTime clocks are ideal for use with employee time attendance. Unfortunately employers cannot always rely on their employees to be honest. The “honor system” and hand written time cards can be easily manipulated and employers can be cheated out of thousands of dollars. It is also legally wise to use a time clock, as you can
prove what hours have and have not been worked.

There are a wide variety of time clocks to choose from. Over the years, time clocks have been designed so they can be placed on a countertop or mounted to a wall. Many time clocks even add the time worked,
making payroll calculations easier. A new addition to the time clock family is time recording software that can be installed on a personal computer. Time recording software allows your employees to clock in through a computer. The time is automatically added up and it is easy for employees to clock in and out.

Digital electronic time clocks are the newest style of time clock available on the market. These time clocks are slowly replacing the traditional punch-style time clock. Digital time clocks store clock in and out times electronically, in the machine. Many digital clocks keep a running total of time worked and help calculate hours worked for payroll. Some have a touch pad device that allows you to punch in a code and clock in or out. Other digital time clocks can be interfaced with a computer or a printer for larger organizations.

Some newer time systems also have the ability to use a magnetic stripe, like you see on a credit card. Many employers will put this magnetic strip directly onto a photo ID card that can be used to clock in and out. This data is stored in the device and can provide you with exact details on time worked. Some of these devices can be interfaced with a computer or printer. Security features built into digital time clocks prevent any kid of manipulation or abuse of time worked.

Security and Fraud Are Ever-Growing Concerns for Businesses Around the World.

December 10th, 2004

Paper ShreddersDumpster diving is considered a legal practice and opens the door to identity fraud and corporate espionage. CDs, floppy disks and paper documents are just a few of the items typically found in garbage cans and dumpsters. A thief can take this information and use it for creating fake identities. Businesses have been known to sift through competitors’ garbage for information that will give them a competitive edge. Unfortunately for these victims, proper protection would have been simple and relatively inexpensive.

Paper shredders have been around for a while, yet you would be surprised how many people have yet to purchase one. These devices effectively destroy paper documents. Shredders are also manufactured that will destroy CDs and floppy disks. A CD/floppy disk combination shredder can be purchased for as little as 614 dollars. Inexpensive strip cut shredders do not always do the job. Data cut into one-quarter-inch strips can often still be deciphered and pieced back together. For this reason, cross-cut shredders have become increasingly popular. Documents fed through a cross-cut shredder are unreadable and provide maximum security.

Placing a paper shredder in every department, although ideal, is not always possible. For this reason, secure document containers are available. Secure document containers are a large container, often in the shape of a
shredder, that have a small slit used for depositing paper. Paper fed through the document container opening cannot be retrieved without a key. Once the secure document container is full, an authorized person with a key can empty the container. Discarded paper can then be taken to a centralized shredder for
proper disposal.

Finding a paper shredder is easy. Finding a high-quality shredder that won’t burn out after a few hours of use is sometimes difficult. Purchasing a shredder that can meet your business needs is vital. ABC Office specializes in paper shredder technology, and can help you on your way to finding paper shredder solutions.

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