CBM Blog

Crazy season is fast approaching!! 

Posted by Rick Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:59:00 AM

So, what is crazy season you may ask?  Well, it is something that I personally created in my mind many years ago.  It is that time of year where the seasons begin to change, the air starts to feel a little cooler, school is now in full swing and the last quarter of the year is here.  "Crazy season" means that life will start to get wild once again.  The long, dog days of summer are in the rear view mirror, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Halloween, and then Thanskgiving...finally giving way to the final holiday of the year....Christmas!  From a business standpoint, or more specifically OUR business standpoint, this is an important time of year.  The sales department wants to finish up the year on a strong note, so we are busy putting together some great purchase programs for you.  Our vendor partners are helping us out with special prices and our lease partners are giving us some of the most super aggressive lease rates around.

What this all means to you, our valued customer, is that the end of the year is a great time to use some of that budget that you have been holding onto for the rainy day and upgrade some of the equipment in your office.  Or, better yet, I know that you have been thinking about adding a paper shredder or updating the printers, and you were waiting for the right deal to come along.  Now is the time.  The deals are ripe for the picking.  I have always hated using the term "wheelin' and dealin'", but if the shoe fits, right?  Many of our customers are interested in solutions and we are the folks to talk to about a document solution for the office.  Whether it is to create more efficiency, remove a paper glut or reduce the amount of waste (paper and time) now is the time to do it before we flip the calendar on 2014.

Little Things DO Mean a Lot 

Posted by Rick Monday, September 23, 2013 3:32:00 PM

I was thinking a few days ago about a comment I heard my son say.  My 10-year old was talking about how a friend of his had helped the teacher at his school do something, and he said, "I guess little things DO mean a lot!"  I had to chuckle because though he does say some of the darnedest things, I realized that was a saying that you certainly never hear a child say, or for that matter many adults these days.  But it is certainly the truth, don't you think?  It really does come down to the little things:  the occasional smile as you walk through the checkout at a department store, the extra portion on your plate at a restaurant, or a little something for the kids from your wait staff.  It may seem harmless, meaningless or even a bit trifle at the time, but when you stop and think about it, when a person goes that extra step and gives you that little extra something, you really never do forget it. 

I would like to think that our staff here at CBM do just that.  It has always been my feeling that we have one of the best service and office staffs in the world.  These ladies and gentlemen have great technical skills and I have heard that they also possess good personal skills too.  I have heard that the echnicians tend to do the extra little things before, during and after a service call and that makes our customers happy in a situation that is not ever really born out of happiness.  I mean, who really likes it when the copier starts going berserk, right?  But it is the service technicians of CBM Business Machines that show up, at your doorstep like the doctor's of old doing house visits, with their toolbags in hand, delving into a tough job and getting it done.  Along the way, they may tell a tale, fix another problematic office machine, or have valuable information to pass on to the rest of the staff.  Come to our brand-new facility and you will never have ot wait or feel uncomfortable at CBM headquarters.  Technician or office staff, you may see them out in the community, shopping at the malls, having a libation at a local watering hole or helping out at a children's event.  Either way, they are community-minded people and it is because of them that your machines operate at the high levels that they do, and that your accounts are taken care of accordingly.  It also does not hurt when they also show their personal side from time to time and do one or two of those "little things" that mean a lot.

Happy Labor Day to all! 

Stay safe...
Posted by Rick Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:58:00 AM

Where in the world did the summer go, right?  Labor Day 2013 is upon us and I wanted to take the time to wish you all a very safe and Happy Labor Day.  You have all worked so hard and you deserve the day to reflect on your accomplishments for the year.  Now, I don't know about you, but this is a very bittersweet time of year for me.  The weather starts to turn a little bit cooler, but the days are still nice and bright, and the leaves changing colors in our region is one of the most beautiful events that we have to offer.  However, it is the little nip in the air that signals the return of winter that makes this time of year a tough one to handle.

With the year winding down, it is a great time to think about some of those changes for the office that you have been holding off from for whatever reason.  All of our manufacturers are offering great prices on products, trying to clear their shelves for the new 2014 inventory, and we are being offered some of the most agrressive lease rates that we have ever seen.  Basically, it is the "perfect storm" scenario for our industry and now is the time to retool your office.  Need a paper shredder?  New printer for the office?  Or just need to do a little updating of the antiquated machines that you have in the office, we would LOVE to hear from you.  And then maybe, Labor Day won't be so "laborious"!!  Have a great holiday, all!! 

Do NOT be fooled!!! 

Put the ad down and walk slowly away!!
Posted by Rick Thursday, August 8, 2013 7:49:00 AM

It is now that time of year again, and we are all wondering what the heck happened to summer, 2013.  School is about 2 1/2 weeks away and most parents have immersed themselves into shopping for this school year.  My son is heading to the fifth grade and my wife has already raided the supply areas of Wal-Mart, Staples and the Dollar General, to name just a few. 

I looked at this Sunday's newspaper and saw all of the ads for "Back to School" shopping bargains, and it got me thinking.  One of the ads had printers and copiers splashed right there on the page, right in front of me, with a price that about knocked my socks off...and it got me wondering what my customers are going to think when they, too, see these cool-looking machines for ridiculous prices.  Will they immediately begin thinking about the cost savings that they will see when thye replace that aging printer or copier with one of these "newfangled technological marvels" for under $99, or will they think like I do--spend my money frugally and not on something that will end up at the bottom of a closet, or worse yet, the bottom of the landfill, in less than a year?

Do not be fooled, folks.  For a student that will bang out a report from time to time, print out the class schedule or run off a cool pic to hang in their locker, those $99 marvels are a decent buy.  Make sure you also purcahse about 4 or 5 more ink cartridges...you will need them.  For the general office user, these machines are nothing more than a total waste of time and money, and you will be better served putting those dollars towards the commercial-quality machines that are built for everyday, office environment use.  They may say Canon or those other 'big' names on the front cover, but inside, they are just waiting to suck the money right out of your wallets and purses with low-yield ink cartridges.  If you are lucky enough to find a toner machine for under $100, be prepared to replace those cartridges pretty frequently and have ot endure poor print quality too.  The best thing to do is to get on the phone, and call an expert that knows a thing or two about yields, speeds and feeds, and then point you in the right direction.  they have been down this road quite often and they have the tools and knowledge to give you a consistent idea of waht will work for you inside of your budget.   Hey, we have a bunch of those experts here at CBM!  Just call us at 536-5356, and we will be sure to hook you up, before you 'get hooked' by the big box stores.     

Money, money, money money.... 

For the love of money!!
Posted by Rick Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:47:00 PM

I am sure that by now you have heard the hit song from the O'Jays...awesome opening bassline that sticks to you like glue.  Then the haunting background singers laying down the 'money, money, money' line, letting you know immediately what they are singing about.  It is fittingly the theme song for the Donald Trump show, The Apprentice.  Either way, the premise behind the song is that you need money...you cannot live without money...you gotta have it! And unfortunately, that may be true.  For a business, money is obviously the make-or-break lifeblood, and without the money, money, money, the business is history.

These days, it is vital to a business to look for newer and more aggressive ways to not only not spend the money foolishly, but to find ways to cut corners and save it wherever and whenever you can.  One of those places that should be looked at is document creation, or better known as the printer.  The MFP.  The copier system.  You know that box that sits in the corner and dries out the bottom line, but that you cannot live without?  We all have one, or many, of these units in our offices, and they continue to cost us valuable dollars to keep in toner cartridges.  I also bet that your supply closet is full of those long, skinnny toner cartridge boxes...and that is OK.  You just have not heard of or found a better way.  Until now.

About three years ago, we all took some time down here at CBM and went on a little trip to learn all about print management.  Upon our return, we began doing CBM Print Audits for people that have felt the pain long enough and wanted to do something about it.  We are now armed with the knowledge and the solutions to improve the bottom line in anybody's office by showing you that there is a better way than loading up the supply closet with your capital dollars.  It does not have to be this way and we need to help you make that change now.  It has been a pretty exciting thing for us because we have changed many people's viewpoints on how it "used to be" and now have them seeing how"it should be".  Belive it or not, the print audit is always free, and I promise you that you will be amazed at the money that you can find hidden in your supply closet.  We just want the opportunity...

Can You Really Put a Price on Lost Identity? 

Document shredders...the low-cost solution to identity theft!
Posted by Rick Friday, June 21, 2013 3:32:00 PM

Seriously, people, there really is no way to put a price tag on losing one's identity.  All it takes is for one hacker, one dumpster diver, one quick flick of a wrist on somebody's desk to send your company into a downward spiral and begin to lose everything.  For you owners out there, you have to rely on your employees to often times protect even the smallest of corporate secrets, passwords to your "online vaults" and sensitive corporate information and policies.  Employees, when you are hired, you entrust your employer with all of your basic personal information:  address, telephone numbers and the big one--social security number.  Corporate thieves would have a field day if they were able to access that information.  It is the expressway to wiping you out for sure.  How about those office spring cleaning events...you know, the ones where you are getting rid of a year or two worth of 'unnecessary' paperwork, documents that have outlived their necessary timelines and such?  Without the security of a paper shredder, you would have to either rip up all of those documents, or worse, just throw out the old files.  Of course, people think, 'Yeah, nobody is looking in MY dumpster for anything.  We are small beans to thieves.'  Really?

At the end of the day, look at the question posted above and seriously ask yourself that question very slowly.  If your info got out...just once...could you recover?  Could your company rebound from a huge cash loss from theft?  Why take the chance, right? For the equivalent of a McDonalds Happy Meal each day, you can get the necessary piece of equipment that will inevitably thwart any corporate hijackers from accessing your information by rummaging through your garbage cans, dumpsters and maybe even your source of unlocked transportation, and put unneeded documents through a destruction system that is built to your needs and specifications.

By the way, for those of you that took the initiative and bought one of those really nice, $99 deskside jobbies...at least your heart was in the right place!  Nice start, but buy about three or four of them to replace that one when it burns up at year's end.  Or do yourself a favor and call us here at CBM.  We know what you need. 

Welcome to the new CBM website! 

Posted by Admin Friday, May 24, 2013 2:45:00 PM

All good things must come to an end...or in this case, get better!!  Welcome, one and all, to the brand-new CBM website!!  We are excited for the fresh, new look and we have added a lot of new features, including this new blog.  We will keep you up-to-date on the happenings at CBM, what's going on in our industry and any product-related information that you may want to know.  Our industry is very fluid and is always changing, as you know, so we want to be your source for information, as well as any new products that you may need moving forward.  CBM Business Machines wants to be 'your one-stop shop' for all things technology.

Our special thanks to Mike Danchanko from Digitaliway for all of his help and work on this project. He has such great vision and did a wonderful job.

As for you, our valued CBM customer, we hope that you will come on back from time to time to check us out.  If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the site, our sales and service, or just about anything you would like, we are all ears.  We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you for being a CBM customer. 

 

Thank you for being here.

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