Zuma Office Supply Receives Austin Gives Award for Top Philanthropic Efforts

Community Program Recognizes Austin Companies that Give Back at Awards Event

(Austin, TX) January 28, 2014 – Austin Gives, an organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging business philanthropy, awarded Zuma Office Supply for their outstanding efforts in giving back to the community.  The awards ceremony to celebrate and encourage citywide giving took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, and included community leaders, local businesses and the nonprofits they support.

John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits, was the keynote speaker, who spoke on the importance of business philanthropy in society.  Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell was also a featured speaker, and Judy Maggio and Walt Maciborski, anchors for KEYE TV, were the event’s emcees.

“Most people have either time or resources to donate, and businesses are no different,” said John Paul DeJoria. “We contribute to make the world a better place to live, which makes everyone better, and in Austin, the generosity of local businesses makes this city a better place to live.”

ZUMA WINS CHARITABLE CHAMPION AWARD

Zuma Office Supply received the Charitable Champion Award for their support of nonprofits through monetary donations, and volunteered time.   Their business model is structured to donate a minimum of 50% of the company’s annual profits to 10 nonprofits each year, which are selected through a voting process completed by Zuma’s customers while shopping online.

Greg Pierce, President of Zuma, receives the Charitable Champions award at the Austin Gives event.

Greg Pierce, President of Zuma, receives the Charitable Champions award at the Austin Gives event.

Additionally, Zuma employee’s volunteer time through company-wide projects, which have included providing relief for those affected by the recent Austin floods and holiday food drives.  Zuma’s Capital Area Food Bank food drive at Vandegrift High School raised an amazing 2850 pounds of food which equals 2375 meals for hungry Central Texans during the holiday season.  In 2013, Zuma won 2nd place in the Capital Area Food Bank’s Small Business Challenge, and they also participated in the Salvation Army’s Shoe-In program which donated over 800 pairs of shoes and 2000 pairs of socks to school children in need of footwear.

“We believe that business has a unique opportunity to help others and create positive social change,” said Greg Pierce, President and co-founder of Zuma Office Supply.  “Volunteering and giving back to worthy charitable organizations adds immense meaning to our daily work lives.”  Pierce went on to say that Zuma practices a Conscious Capitalism business model, and when businesses give back it’s good for the community, good for employees, and ultimately good for the business itself.

As part of the award, Austin Gives donated $1000 on behalf of Zuma to the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, a shelter facility run by the Salvation Army.  Other Austin Gives award winners included eBay and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their extraordinary charitable work in the community.  All three companies were recognized at the Austin Gives event.

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Other companies recognized by Austin Gives were eBay and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

“I’m proud to support an organization that promotes the overall social and economic welfare of the city of Austin by encouraging local businesses to give back,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “Austin Gives has achieved tremendous growth, and I look forward to seeing the success of this Austin community program continue for years to come.”

ABOUT ZUMA OFFICE SUPPLY

Zuma Office Supply is an ecommerce office supplies retailer who provides over 40,000 various office products to businesses nationwide.  Through their website www.ZumaOffice.com, they provide next day nationwide delivery for most orders, and have a business model that donates over 50% of annual profits to ten nonprofit organizations.  Zuma is headquartered in Austin, TX.

To learn more about Zuma Office Supply, visit www.zumaoffice.com, email gpierce@zumaoffice.com, customerservice@zumaoffice.com, or call toll free 877-473-4097.

ABOUT AUSTIN GIVES GENEROCITY AWARDS

The Austin Gives GeneroCity Award Program was created to recognize Austin businesses that are leaders in giving back to community-based, non-profit organizations. Each year, one small, one medium and one large business is recognized at the annual GeneroCity Awards celebration.  Award recipients are selected by a panel comprised of local community leaders, including Nikelle Meade of Husch Blackwell; John-Michael Cortez of Capital Metro; Olga Campos of U.S. Money Reserve; Denise Bradley of St. David’s Healthcare; and Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home & Commercial Services.

To learn more information about Austin Gives or to join the organization at no charge, visit www.austingives.net, email info@austingives.net or contact Debbie Johnson, executive director of Austin Gives at 512-517-9485.

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Zuma Office Gives Back – Local Company Donates Half Of Its Profits

By RICH KEITH
Four Points News
December 18, 2013 – Austin, TX

A former corporate VP built a national office supply business out of Steiner Ranch, which gives half its profits away to 10 selected charities.  “Zuma opened in December 2009 with the mission to give back to others, and do business the right way,” said founder Greg Pierce, who spent over 25 years in the office supplies industry.
One example of giving back is that Zuma hosted a Capital Area Food Bank donation site at Vandegrift High School over the past two months. Last week, it donated four pallets of food weighing some 3,500 pounds and representing 4,375 meals.
“Last year, we raised over 450 meals during the event,” said Pierce, who after years of dealing with the big box chains started working with a vision of building a business that makes a difference.  Zuma was created, inspired by the principles of a “Conscious Capitalism” business model, to offer an alternative to today’s office supply stores,” Pierce said.
Conscious Capitalism focuses on the purpose beyond profit. Making money is essential, but it is not the most important reason a business exists, Pierce said.  “I feel it’s businesses’ responsibility to change society by giving back,” he said.

Zuma raised over 5,000 meals alone this year for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Zuma raised over 5,000 meals this year alone for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Creating Zuma
In 2008, Pierce worked for office supply giant Acco Brands in Chicago, IL. He had been in the industry for 25 years and as a senior vice-president in marketing, he saw the future of the business moving quickly to the internet.
Pierce found a web designer, who soon quit after doing a first prototype. Not to be deterred, Pierce wrote a business plan in August 2008, secured financing and left his well-paying corporate job just months before the financial meltdown hit the markets.
“The banks failed to deliver their promised financing to us and they all pulled back,” Pierce said. However several factors converged, the first being his wife Carrie wanted to move back to Texas. “She was done with the Chicago winters.”
But it was tough to sell their house. “It was a big house but it had be devalued over $200,000 quickly and banks stopped making loans to buyers,” he said, noting they pulled all the strings including pulling out college saving 529 plan funds.  Meanwhile corporate job opportunities came to Pierce, and one was a high-level general manager job at a national firm. He interviewed for it but didn’t get it. “Ultimately it was a good thing,” he said.
Fast forward, the Pierce family ended up moving to Steiner in 2010.  “We moved here specifically to Steiner Ranch and particularly for our son Jackson to attend Vandegrift High School,” Pierce said.
Pierce got another web designer and ZumaOffice.com went live in January 2010. “But competitors had caught up between 2008 and 2010,” Pierce said. He used high-level contacts from his corporate career as a starting point. Still the company’s first month attracted only $1,500 in sales.  “We made a decision to reboot the website,” he said. Zuma improved their search engine optimization or SEO, their web design and marketing, doing much of the work themselves as money was tight.
One of Zuma’s competitive advantages is competing well against big box office stores.  “Our prices are better, 10 to 40 percent better than big box stores,” Pierce said. Customer service is better at Zuma with independent rating web sites giving Zuma a score of 4.93 out of 5, he added. Zuma offers next day delivery and delivery nationwide.  The company’s sweet spot is small business, home-office businesses, churches and non-profit businesses.
Zuma’s graphics and web design are handled in Austin while pricing analysis, public relations, and marketing are handled elsewhere. “We are the poster child for building virtual teams in a virtual online company,” Pierce said.

Giving Back to Charity
All along the business model has not changed: Zuma gives back half to charity.
Even when Zuma was not profitable, the company committed to giving a minimum of $500 to each of the 10 charities each year. “Actually we gave much more,” Pierce said. By the third year the company was profitable. Since 2010 Zuma has given over $25,000 to charities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters in one of the popular charities that Zuma supports that is really making a difference.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the popular charities that Zuma supports that really makes a difference.

Zuma charities include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Save the Children, SafePlace, The V Foundation for Cancer Research (named for the inspirational former North Carolina State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano), The Salvation Army, Year Up (education for disadvantaged youth), Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Fisher House Foundation (military families), Best Friends Animal Society and Prison Entrepreneurship Program (prison mentorship).
“We are making a difference, giving one half to charity,” Pierce said.  Zuma Office was one of four finalists in the Austin GeneroCity Awards for most philanthropic small business in Austin. The company won second place in the Capital Area Food Bank’s Small Business Challenge generating over 2,147 meals from their volunteer work, monetary and food donations.

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Holiday Gift Ideas – Our Annual Top 10 List!

Just in time for the holidays, here’s Zuma’s annual Top 10 List of great Gift Ideas for those folks who have no idea what to buy that special someone this Christmas. Of course there’s a strong leaning towards technology accessories, personal organization and office supplies, but you’ll be surprised at the unique gift ideas – all available at ZumaOffice.com.

Without further adieu, here are some truly creative gifts that everyone would love to find under the tree.

Zuma’s Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas

10. Uniden Digital Wireless Video Surveillance System, 7″ LCD Monitor – View Item UNDUDS655

Easy-to-use, remote access and hi-res monitor.

Easy-to-use, remote access, and hi-res monitor.

Feel secure and enjoy peace of mind with this easy-to-use wireless surveillance system. Remotely access live video from up to four cameras anytime, anywhere via iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ Smartphones, tablets or PC.

9. Safco Stow And Go Cart, Compact with Telescoping Handle, Black – View Item SAF4054BL

Great for travelers. Light weight yet extremely durable.

Great for travelers. Light weight yet extremely durable.

This convenient cart holds samples, binders, supplies and more. It easily folds up, so it stows easily for airplane travel. Fits in overhead bins and under seats!

8. Fellowes Climate Control Back Rest, Gel Pack Heats & Chills , Black – View Item FEL9190001

Get real comfort with temperature control and back support. Gel lumbar pack conforms to individual users for flexible back support. Gel pack heats up or chills, and fits most office chairs.

7. Alera® Logan Series Mesh High-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair, Black – View Item ALELG41ME10B

Contoured mesh cushions for comfort at incredible price!

Contoured mesh cushions for comfort at incredible price!

Enjoy plush comfort and all-day support with contoured cushions and mesh fabric upholstery. Mesh fabric arm pads provide added comfort – all for under $120!

6. Victor® Smart Phone Charging Dock with Pencil Cup – View Item VCTPH750

Charges all Smart phones and tablets!

Charges all Smart phones and tablets!

Wow, a phone charger and pencil cup all in one. The Smart Charge Dock features a connector that fits your smartphone or tablet. A removable rubber bumper helps to accommodate devices with or without protective cases.

5. The “Office Space” Swingline Red Stapler – View Item SWI74736

That’s right – check out the stapler made famous by Milton and loved by thousands! It makes the perfect gift for the person who has everything, and priced under $20!

4. Fellowes Powershred 69Cb Deskside Cross-Cut Shredder, 10 Sheet Capacity – View Item FEL3343301

Get ultimate security with this cross-cut ultra-quite shredder. Features a Jam Proof system that prevents paper overloads, and shreds paper, staples, credit cards and paper clips.

3. Logitech Z130 Compact Laptop Speakers, 3.5mm Jack, Black – View Item LOG980000417

Perfect for students or for the office!

Perfect for students or for the office!

Perfect for students and under $25! Compact laptop speakers provide a robust, full stereo sound. Plug in headphones to listen to movies, music and games without disturbing others.

2. Improv Electronics Boogie Board Original LCD eWriter – View Item IMV85BLKA0002

Boogie Boards provide a writing experience just like pen and paper that erases with the touch of a button.

Boogie Boards provide a writing experience just like pen and paper that erases with the touch of a button.

This awesome eWriter features a revolutionary LCD that provides a writing experience that feels just like pen and paper. A great item to let kids write, sketch and draw!  Erase your image with the touch of a button. A cool alternative to memo pads, sketchbooks, and dry erase boards.

And the #1 Holiday Gift Idea is…

1. Samsill iPad Zipper Padholder With Magnetic Flap, Black – View Item SAM70600

Protects and secures your tablet, with magnetic flap for instant access!

Protects and secures your tablet, and features a magnetic flap for instant access!

A cool magnetic flap makes your iPad instantly accessible while providing secure protection. Designed for iPad or any other 10.1″ tablet. The padded cover looks and feels like fine nappa leather, all for under $45!

Make your holiday shopping easy on yourself, and shop online from the comfort of your own home or office.  These great gift ideas are sure to please, and go easy on your pocketbook too.  Happy Holidays!

by:  Stephen R Vonn

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Zuma Charity Update – Office Supplies That Give Back!

Zuma is committed to transparency regarding our charitable contributions by providing annual updates of our donations to the wonderful charities we support.  We believe that Business can create positive social change through giving back, and that is our “reason for being” as a company.

Sometimes we struggle with our donation updates and marketing message because in a sense they lack true humility.  They can focus too much attention promoting ourselves versus the charities and good work we aim to support.  However, as an independently owned business in an extremely competitive market like office supplies, we feel it’s necessary to communicate our mission to attract new loyal customers to spread the word about Zuma and help us grow.

The fact is if we don’t grow, we don’t give back.  If we do not drive solid profits, our mission to help others is not accomplished.  It is because of you, our loyal customers, that Zuma is able to exist and do our part to make the world a better place.  So, please view our giving back results as your success!

From the words of the writer Elizabeth Bibesco;
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.”

OUR CUSTOMER VOTES:
Zuma’s Top Ten as Selected by Our Customers

  1. Best Friends Animal Society – Pets & Animals
  2. The V Foundation for Cancer Research – Cancer Research
  3. Big Brothers / Big Sisters – Children
  4. Salvation Army – Humanitarian Aid
  5. Save the Children – Children
  6. Fisher House Foundation – Military Families
  7. Capital Area Food Bank – Hunger
  8. SafePlace – Domestic Violence Support
  9. Year Up – Education For Disadvantaged Youth
  10. Prison Entrepreneurship Program – Prison Mentorship

DONATION UPDATE
Zuma has donated $24,281 to the 10 charities we support since our inception. Most new businesses take 3-5 years before they reach profitability due to the upfront investment, and Zuma is no exception.  However we made the decision as an executive board to stay true to our mission and donate a minimum of $5000 per year, ($500 per charity) even before we were profitable.  Although modest, fiscal 2012 was our first profitable year, and so our donations are now based on the preferences of our customers!

In relation to our true financial results, because of our commitment to give back from the start, we’ve donated many times over 100% of our profits.  And the great news is, now that we are in the black, these donations will grow substantially as we gain momentum.

We appreciate the loyalty of our great customers, the relationships we’ve developed with the charities we support, and look forward to doing good work together for many years to come.  Please tell a friend and other businesses about Zuma – you have no idea how much that helps our progress.  Should you have any questions regarding our charitable giving, the voting preferences of our customers, or just want to talk about giving back, feel free to email me at gpierce@zumaoffice.com.  Thank you for helping Zuma do good work!

By:  Greg Pierce

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ZumaOffice.com Users Guide – Office Supplies Made Easy

Welcome to Zuma’s User Guide, a quick “How To” that will save you time, money, and make shopping for office supplies easy!  You will need an account to use many of these features.  If you don’t already have one Click Here, enter your email address, name, and password.  It takes less than one minute!

FAVORITES LIST
Create a Favorites List for frequently ordered items so you don’t have to search for your favorite products each time.  To add an item to Favorites, just click the “Yellow Star” below each product image.

To view your favorites, log-in and click “Your Favorites” at the top of the page.  Or click “My Account” in the top yellow bar of our site.

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To quickly add items to cart, click the Favorites link in the left column, check the box of the items you want to order, enter the quantity and click “Add to Cart”.  Done!

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QUICK ORDER FORM
If you know the sku numbers of the products you’d like to order, this is a nice time saver!  Click “Quick Order Form” in the Customer Service Block on the home page.

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Enter the sku number, hit “tab” and enter the quantity.  Hit “tab” again and continue.  Once you’re done, click “Add Selected Items” and you will see all items in your cart.

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SAVE YOUR CART
Saving your cart lets you build orders over time.  You can start an order with items you know you need, then come back and finish it later.  This helps you build orders over $75 for free shipping, and ensures you never forget an item you need.  Just add items to cart and click the “Save Cart” red button on the Cart page.

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Then, name your cart and click “Save”.  You can have multiple Saved Carts for different locations or departments.

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To retrieve your cart, log-in and click the “Saved Carts” link on the left side of the Account Dashboard.  Click the “Load Cart” arrow to open your saved cart, and you can make changes, or place your order.  Remember, each time you update your cart you must click Save Cart again.

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VIEW OLD ORDERS
To see what you’ve ordered before, or to find items to load in your Favorites List, you can view Order History.  Log-in and click the “Order History” button on the left side of the Account Dashboard.  To view an order just click the pencil.

Cool feature…want to place the exact same order again?  Click the little shopping cart button to the right, and what was on that order is automatically loaded to your cart!  

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ITEM DELIVERY ESTIMATES
Most items are delivered the next business day.  However, some large, more expensive items may have longer lead times because they ship by freight carriers.   Also, we ship some products direct from the manufacturer to save you money, which can mean longer delivery times.  Check the shipping icons on each product page for the estimated delivery time.

These icons show on the right side of each product page.

These icons show on the right side of each product page.

ADDING NEW USERS
To add new users to your account, log-in and click the “Manage Users” link on the left side of the Account Dashboard.  Click “New” to create a new user.  You can require the new user to have orders approved, and you can set up budgets for those users if you’d like.  It’s very easy!

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EMAIL SPECIALS & MONEY SAVING COUPONS
We always have great money saving emails with awesome gift cards, price discounts, and FREE products.  You can sign up for our email newsletter at the top of any website page where it says “Newsletter Sign-Up”.  Because we value your time, we never send more than two email specials per month. 

To see our available Coupon Codes Click Here.   Or go to our blog at officesuppliesblog.zumaoffice.com and click the Coupon Code tab.

To see all the Manufacturer Rebates available, click the link in our customer service block.  Or, if you see a green $ icon on the product page, click it and that takes you directly to the manufacturers rebate flyer.

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Remember, we are here to serve you.  You’ll find when you call Zuma an actual person answers the phone who is ready to help you find what you need and answer any questions.  Trust Zuma to help you do good work.  That helps us Do Good Work through donating over half our annual profits to great charities that make a difference!

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Swingline Back-To-School Sweepstakes – Win $250 Gift Card and Free School Supplies!

Check out Swingline’s new Back-to-School sweepstakes where they are giving away a $250 gift card to help you get ready for Back-to-School.  They’re also throwing in a backpack filled with all kinds of cool and colorful school supplies including the always popular red stapler from “Office Space” fame.  Zuma thought you’d love to see fun ways to save this coming BTS!  Hurry — Sweepstakes entry ends August 30, 2103!

Click this picture to see all the details and enter the sweepstakes!

Click this picture to see all the details and enter the sweepstakes!

You can also click this link to view all the details – http://www.swinglineblog.com/08/win-250-for-back-to-school-more/.  Enter now and good luck!

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Top 10 Ways To Go Green – Let’s Make Every Day Earth Day!

The entire month of April is Earth Month, and today April 22 is Earth Day. Zuma has found 50 Ways to Help the Planet which are common sense, easy-to-do changes to your lifestyle that really have a positive effect on our environment.

We are committed to being kind to our planet and protecting the environment, so we often promote recycled office supplies and “green” office products to our customers. The ubiquitous Recycling Triangle says to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”. Today many people do a good job on the Reduce and Recycle part of the triangle. It’s Reusing all that material that’s being recycled where people often fall short. That is where buying products made from recycled material comes in – to help reuse the waste that is being recycled.

But enough about our encouragment to “buy recycled”. For Earth Day, we thought we would share our Top 10 Ways to Help the Planet. To see the full list click 50 Ways to Help the Planet.

#10 — WASH IN COLD OR WARM
If all the households in the United States changed from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we would save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Also, only was clothes when you have a full load.

#9 — BRUSH WITHOUT RUNNING THE WATER
If you stop letting the water run while brusing your teeth, you’ll conserve up to five gallons of water per day. The U.S. daily savings alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons–more water than by the people in New York City.

#8 — BUY LOCAL
Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers and farmers’ markets. This supports your local economy, and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.

Be healthy, keep it local,a and help the planet by shopping at local farmer's markets.

Be healthy, keep it local, and help the planet by shopping at local farmers’ markets.

#7 — USE YOUR CRUISE CONTROL
You paid for those extra features on your car, so put them to work! Your vehicle can get up to 15% better mileage when using cruise control. Considering today’s high gas prices, this is a boon not only for the environment but for your pocketbook as well.

#6 — GIVE IT AWAY
Before you throw something away, think if someone can use it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Either donate to a charitable organization or post it on a web site designed to connect people and things, such as Freecycle.org.

Freecycle.org  is a really cool organization that keeps 500 tons a day out of landfills, and gives a way stuff to people in need!

Freecycle.org is a really cool organization that keeps 500 tons a day out of landfills, and gives a way stuff to people in need!

#5 — STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS
Some banks will even pay you a dollar or donate money to charity when you cancel the monthly paper bank statements you get in the mail. If every home took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved would send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for one year.

#4 — DON’T RINSE
Stop rinsing dishes before using the dishwasher, and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Also, you’re saving energy used to heat the additional water used when rinsing.

#3 – AVOID PLASTIC BAGS – TAKE YOUR OWN TO THE STORE!
Each year the United States alone uses an incredible 84 billion plastic bags. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive option that saves energy, reduces waste and helps the food chain.

#2 — ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT
Adjust your thermostat one degree colder in the winter and one degree warmer in the summer. Each degree less will save up to 10% on your energy use! Also, invest in a programmable thermostat which allows you to regulate temperature based on when you’re away from home. It pays for itself in no time.

#1 — RETHINK BOTTLED WATER
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled. Instead they go to landfills and take thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA’s standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA’s standards for bottled water. And the savings in energy to make plastic bottles and transport them to the store really makes a difference.

Maybe the most important tip is to SHARE! Take what you’ve learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal.

That includes buying recycled office supplies when available, and recycling in your office and in your home. Zuma Office Supplies can help! We have thousands of recycled and green office products, we have a free ink and toner recycling program, and we can answer questions on how you can start recycling in your office today! Happy Earth Month to all, and let’s make every day Earth Day!

By: Stephen R Vonn

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Austin Gives Recognizes Zuma Office Supply As Finalist in GeneroCity Awards!

Austin Gives recently held the first annual GeneroCity Awards Ceremony (pronounced “Generosity”) at the downtown Hilton to recognize those Austin based businesses that went the extra mile with their philanthropic efforts last year.  Hosted by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the popular CBS news anchor Judy Maggio, the awards were designed to give special recognition to those businesses who truly make a difference.

Zuma Office Supply was thrilled to be named a finalist in the Charitable Champions GenroCity Awards, as one of four businesses determined by a distinguished panel of judges worthy of special recognition.  Click Austin Gives GeneroCity Awards to see more details on the awards.

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Zuma was recently recognized by Austin Gives at the GeneroCity Awards.

“We truly believe it is the responsibility of business to drive positive social change in our
communities,” said Greg Pierce, President of Zuma.  “By giving back a portion of operating profits to worthwhile causes in need, businesses and charities can make a difference in people’s lives on top of what is provided by government agencies and programs, often with better results.”

Keynote speaker Roy Spence, the well known co-founder and CEO of GSD&M Idea City gave an inspirational speech detailing the merits of business taking a far more active role and more responsibility when it comes to helping others in our society.  One of the leaders of the organization Conscious Capitalism, Spence stressed the fact the giving back is just as good for business as it is for the community.   We all know in the end it is better to give than to receive.

While Zuma Office Supply did not win the final award, it was truly an honor to be a finalist in such esteemed company.  The winner of the Charitable Champions award was Give Realty, a realty firm in Austin who gives back an amazing 25% of their commissions to charity.  Since 2008, they have donated over $227,000 to worthy causes.

Austin Gives is a fantastic organization that recognizes and celebrates business philanthropy. Their inspirational goal is for Austin to become the most philanthropic city, from business giving, in the world.  To learn more or to join, click Austin Gives.

Zuma Office Supply is a relatively new office supplies store whose mission is to “do good work” by giving back over half their annual profits to great charities.  To learn more about Zuma and how they do good work see Zuma Charities.

By:  Stephen R Vonn

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Zuma Recognized by the Capital Area Food Bank for Small Business Challenge Results

The Capital Area Food Bank recently announced that Zuma Office Supply captured 2nd place in the Small Business Challenge, a competition the food bank holds with businesses which recognizes organizations that raise the most food for hungry families during the holiday season.

In total, Zuma staffers raised 2,147 meals during the month of December.  Zuma was also recognized as the business that donated the most pounds of food during the competition.  The challenge involved tracking volunteer hours performed by a business, the number of pounds of non-perishable food donated, and the total amount of monetary donations given.  After totaling the activity of each business, the CAFB calculated the number of meals each company raised.

Zuma employees helping sort food at the CAFB warehouse.

Zuma employees helping sort food at the CAFB warehouse.

“We feel strongly at Zuma that doing good work means more than just donating money to great charities.  Many charities need volunteer help almost as much as financial support, so we try and do our part with local charities when we can,” said Greg Pierce with Zuma.  He added that the CAFB is flooded with food donations during the peak holiday period, so the Business Challenge really helps them bring in volunteer help during the busiest time of year.

Click Small Business. Big Impact to read details and results on the Small Business Challenge from the CAFB website.

Congratulations go to Starmount Systems, Inc for winning 1st place in the competition.  They managed to raise 2687 meals to feed the hungry in December alone.  Also recognized was Cohn Reznick Accountants who raised 1872 meals and took third place.  Both companies truly do good work!

If you are looking for a way to get involved in the community and do some quality volunteer work, Zuma highly recommends working with the CAFB.  If you are interested in learning how you can do good work helping hungry families, click this How to Help the CAFB page.  Enjoy!

 

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ZumaOffice.com Launches Enhanced Website – Buying Office Supplies is Now Even Easier!

Zuma is very excited to announce the launch of our new enhanced website!  Designed to make shopping for office supplies even easier, the new ZumaOffice.com has several new features that are friendly for shoppers looking to order office products quickly, efficiently, and at prices below the big box retailers.

Zuma added over 12,000 new items in stock for your selection including new office supplies, small office and home office furniture, janitorial supplies and break room supplies.  New brands include Lorell furniture, Nature Saver recycled office products, and Genuine Joe janitorial supplies.

Zuma now carries a full line of Genuine Joe Janitorial and Break Room Supplies.

The first thing you will notice is more items are immediately visible for viewing, and faster shopping.  Where the old site showed only 10 items in a vertical format, the new site shows up to 42 items per page in a horizontal format.  You’ll also notice the handy drop down menu off the main navigation which was thoughtfully developed to help you find high-use items as quickly as possible.

The new ZumaOffice.com has also added more ways to purchase.  Now, you can check out quickly using your PayPal account or using Google Checkout.  You can also shop with Zuma using American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa credit or debit cards.

Zuma also encourages businesses that use more the $300 of office supplies per month to sign up for a Zuma Business Account.  A Zuma Business Account comes with a full line 1600 page catalog, the ability to create Favorites Lists, create Shopping Lists using our new Wish List function, and track orders online.  You can also apply for an account with payment terms if you are a school, non-profit organization, or a business with great credit.

We think you will find the biggest enhancement to ZumaOffice.com is an improved search engine that helps you find the exact products you need quickly and easily.  Using the helpful Search Parameters on the left side of your screen, you can easily sort products to find the exact office supplies you need for the job.

YearUp - Educational Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth

YearUp is one of Zuma’s new supported charities.  They provide education and assistance to disadvantaged youth.

Lastly, Zuma updated our list of supported charities by adding two new charities that truly do great work!  The first is YearUp, an organization providing education and assistance to disadvantaged youth.  We encourage you to learn more about YearUp and how they are truly changing people’s lives at www.YearUp.org.

The second charity added to our supported charity list is SafePlace, a fantastic organization that provides shelter, support and education for victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.  SafePlace has been changing lives for more than 35 years, and Zuma is proud to do our small part in helping them do good work.  To learn more about their support of victims of domestic violence, please visit www.SafePlace.org.

We hope you love the new Zuma website, but we also know that change can be hard — people really liked the website we had.  If you have any questions or comments about the new site, please let us know on this blog, or feel free to email us a customerservice@zumaoffice.com.  Thank you for shopping with Zuma, please tell your friends, and Enjoy Today!

by:  Greg Pierce

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