Weeks Lerman Group Grows In OCS With Lavit’s ‘Cooler’ Water

April 4th, 2018

 

MASPETH, NY — The topic of “allied products” has been discussed at length from the earliest days of the coffee service industry more than half a century ago. A few OCS operators have defined their role as “a general services department for small businesses.” But few have taken that concept as far as The Weeks Lerman Group, a family-owned company that has grown by merging compatible businesses into a one-stop shop for a wide range of business needs.

Steve Lentini, WLG’s director of office coffee services and janitorial supplies, explained that Weeks Lerman offers its clients not only office, breakroom and janitorial supplies, office furniture and advertising specialty items, but also a variety of managed services, from printing through office design and space planning to technology support – and, of course, office refreshments. Not only does this broad spectrum meet the growing demand for “single-sourcing,” but the company follows through by working to maximize the economies that can result from meeting many customer requirements billed on a single invoice.

The company has long experience in recognizing (even anticipating) its clients’ needs. Lentini, who had served as a facilities-supply consultant to WLG, came aboard full-time in February to manage its growing beverage services program. He reported that this unit now represents about 25% of the firm’s business.

It offers brand-name coffee blends and roast colors from well-known national roasters – Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Dunkin Donut and Maxwell House – as well as local favorites like Brooklyn’s own Stone Street Coffee and For Five Coffee Roasters in Queens County. Also available is a broad spectrum of sophisticated conventional coffee brewing and espresso equipment and systems from Gevalia, Keurig, Mars Beverages, Jura, de Jong Duke, Lavazza, Nespresso, Bunn and others. The company also has icemakers and a full line of commercial kitchen appliances available for lease. An extensive range of alternative hot beverages, from leaf and herbal teas to hot chocolates, along with creamers, sweeteners and stir-sticks, rounds out the line.

Lentini noted that, unlike most office product suppliers, Weeks Lerman employs on-call technicians to keep the equipment in good working order. The company also can deliver a wide variety of packaged cold drinks, for which there is great demand in today’s offices.

As the demand for pure water has increased, WLG has added point-of-use water treatment systems. It also has an agreement with bulk bottled-water distributor ReadyRefresh to deliver water to clients that require an unplumbed dispenser and bill it through WLG, so the account retains the benefits of the single invoice. And it has devoted considerable attention to making it as quick and easy as possible for its customers to place orders online.

A recent addition to the Weeks Lerman office refreshments menu is the Lavit chilled water dispenser, a countertop machine that delivers filtered still or sparkling water. The Lavit machine also accepts novel single-serve 100% recyclable aluminum “EcoCap” cartridges to produce still or sparkling drinks, available in a wide variety of contemporary flavors with the patron’s preferred level of carbonation. Lavit beverages contain no or low sugar and are preservative-free. The naturally-flavored drinks provide 10 calories or less. The dispenser prepares and serves a cold drink in 12 to 15 seconds.

Lavit’s aluminum beverage capsules are 100% recyclable (they can go right into the recycling container) and are produced with one-seventh as much aluminum as a 12-fl.oz. can.The system underwent five years of extensive testing before its introduction at the end of 2015, and well over 1,000 now are on location.

Weeks Lerman has begun deploying Lavit machines in its metropolitan New York City market, and now has a substantial number of them in the field.

“We’ve had point-of-use water coolers, but not like the Lavit dispenser,” Lentini told VT. “It’s proving to be a great success.”

Maximing Choice

The Lavit water cooler features a touchscreen user interface and accommodates a filtration system for point-of-use treatment of municipal water when plumbed into the client’s water supply. It also can work with bulk water bottles by use of a pump. The dispenser accommodates a 1.5-lb. CO2 cylinder, which will carbonate approximately 400 12-fl.oz. drinks. The machine runs on 115 VAC, 60-Hz. power, drawing 2A. (230W.) Its patented preparation system mixes the drink in the single-serve aluminum capsule, so there is no cross-contamination. It incorporates an SIP Technologies ozone disinfection system for daily sanitation.

The coffee service industry has a long history of introducing attractive but unfamiliar new technology by conducting on-site demonstrations. These worked well with small-batch pourover brewers in the 1960s, and continue to work well for the latest single-cup capsule and pod machines.

Lentini reported that the Lavit system is very well suited to this selling method. All of Weeks Lerman’s delivery vehicles carry a cart that can accommodate a Lavit dispenser or other equipment plus a 5-gal. water bottle and pump, to speed and simplify demonstrations. He has found that the demo is especially interesting to clients who presently order cold beverages in cans and bottles by the case, which are heavy and take up much more storage-space than the Lavit cartridges. This is an advantage to the operator too, both in the warehouse and on the route: 144 packaged drinks occupy about four cu.ft. of space and weigh 120 lbs.; 144 Lavit “Ecocaps” take up .75 cu.ft. and weigh 1.5 lbs.

And there is no lack of variety. Lavit launched with an extensive line of flavors ranging from contemporary formulations of such classics as root beer and spicy ginger ale to on-trend specialty fruit drinks like açai pomegranate. Since its debut, the line has been expanded with the addition of four AriZona Beverages tea-based selections. Coming soon are two items developed with Juice Press, based on its popular Rose Water and a new functional energy offering, Cinnamon Guarana Water.

The Lavit line has found favor with WLG’s clients. “The Lavit system is a strong revenue generator and offers good per-machine profitability,” Lentini explained. While it isn’t for clients who count every penny – but neither are upscale espresso machines – the Lavit dispenser has won wide acceptance.

Another recent addition for Weeks Lerman is cold brew coffee, both Nescafé  concentrate and cold brew in pressurized kegs from a local roaster.

Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs

In today’s full-employment economy, the competition for employees is fierce, and it has become more challenging to retain them. Lentini told VT that the company’s customers increasingly are making use of its extensive office design capabilities to change the layout of their workplaces so they are more open and better-suited to collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

He added that demand also is growing for “pantry” installations, at which free snacks and beverages are available. He sees an opportunity for adapting micromarkets to this sort of breakroom replacement; the client could issue market cards or other payment media to employees. The cardholders would receive an agreed-upon value for daily employer-paid free refreshments; the employee would have the option of purchasing additional products if that value were exceeded.

More and more employers recognize the strategic value of providing a generous assortment of free beverages and snacks at work. Products like cold-brew coffee and Lavit’s distinctive water/cold drink system appeal strongly to the growing cohort of millennial job-seekers, and are fit well with Weeks Lerman’s client-focused operation.

The Weeks Lerman Group Named to CIOReview’ s 20 Most Promising Managed Print Solution Providers 2016

December 16th, 2016

December 8th, 2016

FREMONT, CA—The Weeks Lerman Group has earned a spot in the latest edition of CIOReview Magazine as one of the top 20 Managed Print solution providers of 2016.

 “It’s a great honor to select The Weeks Lerman Group as one among the 20 Most Promising Managed Print Solution Providers 2016,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “The Weeks Lerman Group’s Managed Print Services are custom designed to eliminate the stress and streamline results for businesses.”

The Weeks Lerman Group works with clients to develop an individualized MPS program that meets the industry goals and challenges. It proactively manages all imaging and printing devices and supplies for clients, helping them to increase productivity, protect the environment and reduce costs up to 30%.

Proud to be one of the 19 HP Platinum Level Managed Print Partners, The Weeks Lerman Group is partnered with Xerox, Sharp, Lexmark, and Copystar. With these strategic partnerships, they are able to offer a full and comprehensive product portfolio for all of your company’s business needs.

About The Weeks Lerman Group

The Weeks Lerman Group (TWLG) is New York’s largest independently held dealer of office products and services. Family owned and operated for over 100 years, TWLG is proud of its superior services, personalized customer care and attention to detail. TWLG is the 2nd largest independent dealer in the nation.  For more info, visit: www.weekslerman.com

About CIOReview                                               

Published from Fremont, California, CIOReview is a print magazine that explores and understands the plethora of ways adopted by firms to execute the smooth functioning of their businesses. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, IT-VPs including CIOReview editorial board finalized the “20 Most Promising Managed Print Solution Providers 2016” in the U.S. and shortlisted the best vendors and consultants.  For more info: www.cioreview.com

The Weeks Lerman Group, LLC Receives 2016 Best of Queens Award

February 26th, 2016

Queens Award Program Honors the Achievement

QUEENS February 18, 2016 — The Weeks Lerman Group, LLC has been selected for the 2016 Best of Queens Award in the Office Supplies category by the Queens Award Program.

Each year, the Queens Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Queens area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Queens Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Queens Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Queens Award Program

The Queens Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Queens area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Queens Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Queens Award Program

CONTACT:
Queens Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnections.org
URL: http://www.awardconnections.org

The Weeks Lerman Group Qualifies for HP’s 2016 Platinum Preferred Supplies Partner Program

November 24th, 2015

The Weeks Lerman Group has once again been selected by HP’s U.S. Supplies organization for the highest elite level of partnership – the 2016 Platinum Preferred Supplies Partner Program. By maintaining platinum status since 2015, TWLG has showed our commitment to facilitating significant sales momentum and demonstrating extensive expertise in HP ink and toner.

Purchasing from a HP Qualified Supplies Reseller ensures customers are getting the quality and reliability they have come to expect from original HP ink and toner cartridges. Qualified reseller partners are re-qualified every year based on HP customer needs and how the customer purchase experience can continue to be made better.

As an HP Preferred Supplies Partner, The Weeks Lerman Group has been qualified to act as an extension of HP, delivering a superior customer experience for HP’s printing ink and toner supplies. We are extremely proud to be acting acting as an extension of the HP Supplies team and look forward to once again working closely with HP in 2016.

The Weeks Lerman Group is Making Strides for Cancer

November 10th, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. This year, The Weeks Lerman Group participated in “Making Strides for Cancer” walk, a  yearly event that unites nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight against breast cancer. Passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable.

This year TWLG wanted to run this campaign not just as a company, but as a family. The employees of The Weeks Lerman Group made the “Making Strides for Cancer” walk not just for breast cancer, but for ALL WHO ARE AFFECTED BY CANCER. There have been so many of us who have in one way or another been affected by this disease; a family member, a coworker, or a friend. By walking and fundraising together, we made an important step toward the next big breast cancer research breakthrough that will allow more survivors celebrate more birthdays.

To see the photos from the Making Strides for Cancer walk on November 8th at the Flushing Meadow Corona park, click here.

The Weeks Lerman Group Appointed an HP Preferred Supplies Partner for 2015

September 9th, 2015

Maspeth, NY – The Weeks Lerman Group, LLC (TWLG), a leading supplier of office products and services in the Tri-State area, announced that they have been once again awarded the designation of HP Preferred Supplies Partner for 2015.

HP US Qualified Supplies Program is a prestigious program created by HP to establish a high level of quality and excellence for elite partners who meet a stringent set of criteria including a wide variety of quality certified substrates, high levels of customer service and satisfaction and marketing and sales support for HP.

HP US Qualified Supplies is an invitation-only program that’s available to HP’s most trusted and loyal Supplies Resellers in the US. TWLG is easily identified as a designated HP US Qualified Supplies Partner with a unique Qualified Supplies Partner Medallion, displayed prominently on TWLG website.

“The Medallion allows The Weeks Lerman Group to be easily identified as an approved HP Qualified Supplies Partner by customers looking to buy HP Ink and Toner,” said Bill Santella, Director of Print and Document Solutions at TWLG. “In addition, it helps distinguish our business as one of HP’s most valued partners. We are honored to once again be named Preferred Supplies Vendor for HP, and we look forward to continually work with HP to provide our customers looking for HP Ink & Toner with the highest quality product and customer service and support.”

About The Weeks Lerman Group

The Weeks Lerman Group, LLC (TWLG) is N.Y. State’s largest independently held office products dealer as well and the 3rd largest independent dealer in the nation. Over thirty thousand office supply, breakroom and janitorial products are available through TWLG for next day delivery in the tri-state area. Representing such well known manufacturers as Hewlett Packard, 3M, Hammermill and Bic, as well as stocking full contingent of private label and imported generic products, TWLG has a product to fit the varied needs of their diversified and valued customers.

TWLG helps spread holiday joy for children in NYC area

December 29th, 2014

In what has now become a yearly tradition, The Weeks Lerman Group concluded 2014 toy drives on behalf of both, The Salvation Army and FDNY Company 291’s Toys for Tots.

Last year, with TWLG’s help, The Salvation Army was able to distribute over 700 toys.  This year their goal was to distribute 1,000 toys to children in our community. At TWLG the holiday “miracle” repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. TWLG employees came through once again by holding raffles to help raise money for toys, as well as taking the time to purchase the toys themselves.

Sid Lerman with The Salvation Army personnel after a successful toy drive

Of course, we could never turn away our favorite FDNY house, Engine Co. 291 and their annual Toys for Tots drive.  They have counted on TWLG for many years to help them bring toys to as many children as possible and this year was no different.  TWLG staff was eager to help once again by putting the needs of others ahead of theirs by providing new toys for the less fortunate youngsters.

Sid Lerman with FDNY Company 291

The Salvation Army, Engine Co. 291, and TWLG family always rally for good causes and we are once again extremely happy to help these organizations reach their goals of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to some very special local children.

The Weeks Lerman Group is Honored by AHRC

November 11th, 2014

Last month, AHRC New York City celebrated National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month with an event at the New York Stock Exchange. The event recognized the many partnerships AHRC has with businesses across the city that employ the wonderful and engaging people this organization serves.

 

The night had the theme of Jobopoly, in which attendees participated in raffles by engaging account executives, visiting business representatives, and other networking activities, all of which were designated by Monopoly-esque property cards.

Speaking to an audience made up of representatives from various New York-area businesses, Steve Towler, Associate Executive Director for AHRC, explained how Employment and Business Services has grown from a single job placement in the Bronx 28 years ago to in 2014 helping over 1500 people with disabilities secure employment.

Mr. Towler then recognized a number of partners of AHRC New York City who over the past year have provided excellent employment opportunities to many of the people they serve. Among the mentioned honorees was The Weeks Lerman Group who routinely engage AHRC members with disabilities for kit compilation and other assignments. Would that we could all be so happy in our work and lives – they are a true inspiration!

Several of the honorees expressed their appreciation for the partnership they have with AHRC NYC. Among them, our very own Carol Bleiweiss, who attended the meeting, was quoted, “In this crazy business world we live in, this is the one feel good part. I’m grateful that AHRC gives us the opportunity to get involved.”

The Weeks Lerman Group, LLC Receives 2014 Best of Queens Award

July 30th, 2014

QUEENS July 22, 2014 — The Weeks Lerman Group, LLC has been selected for the 2014 Best of Queens Award in the Office Supplies category by the Queens Award Program.

Each year, the Queens Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance positive image through service to their customers and community. These exceptional companies help make the Queens area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Queens Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Queens Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Queens Award Program

The Queens Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Queens area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Queens Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Queens Award Program

CONTACT:
URL: http://www.awardclaim.org

Had a tough day? Watch Operation Backpack Public Service Announcement featuring Kevin Bacon.

July 24th, 2014

Every year, thousands of children rely on Volunteers of America – Greater New York’s Operation Backpack in order to go to school prepared. Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to children living in New York City’s homeless and domestic violence shelters. Last year, they responded to more than 16,100 backpack requests.

So far, Volunteers of America received 18,500 requests from shelters and they’re still coming in. The Weeks Lerman Group has been a platinum partner to VOA’s Operation Backpack since 2011, helping with fundraising and volunteering. As the word about this worthy cause has gotten out, more and more local businesses and individuals started to get involved… most recently, Kevin Bacon.

Anyone can have a tough day, even Kevin Bacon. Watch him talk about the first day of school for a homeless child, and how you can make that day better: Tough Day

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