GSA Schedule 2018 Year-End Buying Season: Don’t Miss Out!

GSA Fiscal Year-End Schedule Contracts

gsa schedule contracts 2018The end of the 2018 fiscal year buying season for GSA schedule contracts is on September 30th—have you taken full advantage of your remaining budget? Don’t let it go to waste! Make sure you’re not missing out on huge savings with products and services for government agencies across the USA.

Using GSA Schedules is worth the effort and affords you with a number of benefits such as:

  • Terms and prices negotiated up front to simplify contracting
  • Fewer competitors
  • GSA contracts issued in less time than other government contracts
  • Competitive market-based pricing
  • Ability to negotiate prices with further discounts
  • Customize terms and conditions at the order level
  • Quick and easy access to industry partners
  • Faster and easier bidding process

Contact Us About Year-End GSA Schedule Contracts

Southwest Solutions Group® offers a wide variety of products and services available on GSA Schedule contracts. It’s not too late to take advantage of the year-end buying season before September 30th. Contact us or call us at 1-800-803-1083 and we would be glad to help you choose the right solution for your business!

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Industrial Packing Benches Shipping Station Worktables

Industrial Pack & Ship Benches

industrial packing benchesA good packing station isn’t just a worktable and necessary supplies. A haphazardly organized packing station could lead to significant inefficiencies in addition to worker injury. So if you’re looking for an all-in-one packing station solution that is ergonomic, cost-effective, highly customizable, check out these modular industrial packing benches. Click here to watch a video showing a variety of industrial packing bench features.

These packing benches are designed with ergonomics and productivity in mind with a wide variety of modular components allow you to assemble the benches to your needs without the high cost of customization. And since the components are all modular, you can adjust and add accessories as needed for your business’s growth.

Choose from multiple types of tabletop materials, sizes, and lengths in addition to manual, hand crank, or motor bench frames for stepless height adjustment. This allows employees to adjust the industrial packing benches to their comfort levels, which prevents injury and boosts productivity. Additionally, a clean and comfortable workstation facilitates faster and more accurate picking and makes it easier to switch between packing personnel. Lastly, as we all know, a clean environment lends to a stress-free and productive atmosphere.

Packing & Shipping Station Bench Benefitspacking picking station worktables

  • More efficient rotation of packing personnel
  • Modular design allows customization to your exact needs
  • Generous surface area and storage above for more organized work space
  • Wide range of accessories for virtually any combination
  • Sturdy and stable surface for long-lasting use
  • 50+ accessories and add-on components
  • Improves ergonomics
  • Easy to assemble, modify, and transport
  • All-in-one packing station solution

Contact Us for Industrial Packing Benches

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for industrial packing benches and worktables. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Sliding Overhead Track Shelving High Density System

Saving Space with Overhead Track Shelves

sliding overhead track shelvingIf you can’t use high density shelving systems for any reason, this new sliding overhead track shelving is a cost-effective alternative that offers many of the same space-saving and productivity-boosting benefits. For those who don’t already know, high density systems are designed to drastically reduce storage footprints by eliminating the extra space between aisles of shelves. And if you think your shelving doesn’t take up too much space, think again. The unused space between rows quickly reduces the amount of usable storage capacity. For more information about how high density systems work, click here.

The sliding overhead track shelving is great for a wide variety of storage applications for hospital supplies, athletic gear, property and evidence, cleaning supplies, tools, and much more. Since the shelves use an overhead track, there are also no floor rails. Because of this, it’s easy to clean under the system to remove dust and debris. Additionally, if you ever need to move locations or rearrange your storage, you can easily add onto or relocate the system. There is no need to modify your existing floors or ceilings since the shelves are installed quickly with just a few tools.

We would be happy to tell you all about the benefits of this shelving system. But for now, here are just a few:

  • No rails installed onto the floor
  • Easy to relocate
  • Easy installation with minimum disruption and downtime
  • Cleaner, more organized space
  • Choose from a variety of accessories to customize
  • Inexpensive
  • Professional, clean appearance
  • Rail-less design eliminates tripping points for user safety and ergonomics
  • Bulk storage in less space
  • Wire decking above for extra storage space
  • Reuse your existing shelves

Contact Us for Sliding Overhead Track Shelving

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for sliding overhead track shelving and high density storage systems. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Cannabis Vertical Growing Compact Storage Rack Systems

Cannabis Vertical Growing Racks

cannabis vertical growing storage racksWith increasing amounts of legalization, cannabis is a growing industry (literally). Since marijuana requires a carefully controlled environment, you probably want to focus more on plant cultivation and less on your physical storage space. But this can be a difficult task when space is at a premium. This is especially true for the climate-controlled storage that cannabis requires. Thus, many businesses are turning to cannabis vertical growing systems to combat rising costs.

Unfortunately, cramming as many plants as possible into any available space isn’t an option since it inhibits air movement and limits the plants’ access to light. And it’s much more difficult to tend to individual plants when they’re stuffed into a tiny space. Additionally, there is a constant need to make operations more efficient.

Luckily, compact storage rack systems provide a solution that can meet many of your cannabis vertical growing storage needs at once. Instead of taking up space with traditional racks, the systems compact into a much smaller footprint during storage. In fact, these high density racks can increase your growing space by 50% compared to static storage. This is because the systems utilize your full vertical space and eliminate the need for extra floor space between aisles, which also reduces your real estate costs.marijuana growing vertical storage racks

To access stored plants, the user simply turns a handle or pushes a button on the aisle they need while the other aisles remain compacted together. This video shows how the system works.

Lastly, since cannabis vertical growing requires specialized storage, the compact racks can also be outfitted with a variety of options including LED lights, stainless steel, netting, and more. We would be glad to help you design and customize a system that works for you.

High Density Vertical Growing Benefits

  • Space optimization
  • Higher yields
  • Durability
  • Phased installations
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Code compliance

Contact Us for Cannabis Growing Racks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for compact storage rack systems in cannabis vertical growing applications. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Pathology Blood Slide Vertical Carousel BIM Revit Model Kits

Pathology Slide Vertical Carousels

pathology blood slide vertical carouselsIf you work in pathology, you’re probably familiar with the difficulties of glass slide storage. Though the slides themselves are small, boxes of slides are extremely heavy. They’re difficult to handle, and can even damage the shelves they’re stored on due to sagging from the weight. They also take up a lot of space. But there is a better solution with vertical carousels for storing pathology blood slides and tissue blocks.

Space-Saving Storage for Blood Slides & Tissue Blocks

The vertical carousels are designed to address multiple problems with one solution by providing secure storage that saves space, provides ergonomic access, improves security, saves floor space, and reduces the risk of damage or injury during slide handling.

bim revit kit tissue block vertical carouselThe vertical carousels are an enclosed system of trays that rotate with the push of a button. When you need to retrieve or store a pathology slide, simply press the button until the carousel rotates to the desired storage tray. Since the carousel delivers the item directly to the operator, there’s no need to waste time walking and searching through boxes to find the right slide. You can also add other options like position lights and inventory management software to further increase accuracy and productivity. With its vertical design, the carousels can also save up to 75% of floor space compared to standard storage methods.

Implementing the ideal carousel for your application is also easier than ever with our pre-fabricated BIM kits. Simply choose a design and modify it to your specific needs with the click of a button. This allows a custom design solution that doesn’t have to start from scratch, saving you money and time. Each model also includes smart budgetary numbers that automatically adjust to any changes you make. Click here to visit our BIM website for vertical carousels.

Contact Us About Pathology Vertical Carousels

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for pathology blood slide vertical carousels for labs and healthcare facilities. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. For more information or to speak with a healthcare specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.

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World Paper Free Day 2017 Encourages the Digital Office

Celebrate World Paper Free Day

World Paper Free DayThere’s a day for everything nowadays, even for reducing paper use. On November 9, 2017, World Paper Free Day encourages businesses to go completely paperless for just one day in an effort to raise awareness for the importance of a digital office and less reliance on paper documents. But for some businesses, going paperless even for a day might be impossible. If that applies to you, don’t worry. It may seem daunting, but starting the paperless transition can be fast, easy, and worry-free with the right techniques and equipment. That’s where we come in to manage all of your paper and digital information with quality and compliant scanning services.

Don’t worry if you’re still tied to paper. In fact, most digital offices still use paper processes in some form with a “paper-lite” office. For some records, it’s required to keep a paper copy. There is a long way to go before any business can be truly “paper-free,” but digitizing even just a portion of your documents can provide valuable time savings and efficiency boosts. Additionally, digital records are more environmentally-friendly than paper.

Starting the Transition to a Digital Office

Though establishing a digital or paper-free office has countless benefits, these benefits could mean nothing if digitized documents and processes aren’t implemented effectively. Every business has different needs, whether it’s a focus on accessibility, security, or compliance. Consequently, there is no “one size fits all” solution for digitizing documents.

That’s why we tailor our document scanning services to your needs, not the other way around. Our processes and scanning teams are completely HIPAA compliant and CJIS certified. Have documents that can’t leave your building? We’ll bring our team and equipment to you and scan your documents on-site. There is no need to provide your own scanning equipment, as we own multiple high-speed and high-quality scanners. Click here for more information about our document scanning services and processes.

World Paper Free Day is a great opportunity to start your transition to a business that is less reliant on paper documents. Have questions? We would be more than happy to help you determine if a digital office is right for you. Contact us today.

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Southwest Solutions Group® provides document scanning and digitization services to help your transition to a modern digital office. Want to try before you buy? We will scan, index, and upload a box a box of your records for free. For more information or to speak with a document scanning specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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IRS Section 179 Tax Deductions for 2017 Business Equipment

Don’t Miss IRS Section 179 Deductions

irs section 179 tax deductionsIt’s that time of year again! Don’t wait to take advantage of the IRS Section 179 tax deductions for new and used business equipment. To qualify for Section 179, you must finance and use the equipment by the end of the day on December 31, 2017. Read on for more information.

2017 Equipment Deductions & Bonus Depreciation

What is IRS Section 179? It allows many small and medium-sized businesses to write off thousands of dollars at the end of the year of the purchase. And you can too by investing in your business’s future growth with up-to-date equipment.

2017 business equipment section 179 deductionsThe deduction limit for IRS Section 179 in 2017 is $500,000 with a $2,000,000 threshold for the total amount of equipment purchased. In addition, Section 179 also offers a “bonus first year depreciation” on qualifying equipment. Section 179 sets the current bonus depreciation at 50% of the cost of new equipment through the 2017 tax year. This means that if you reach the deduction limit of $2 million in equipment purchases, you can still take a bonus depreciation on the rest. Bonus depreciation only applies to new equipment and doesn’t occur every year, so make sure you take advantage of it!

We have a huge number of new and used business equipment that qualify for Section 179. Some of our solutions include high density shelves, automated vertical lifts and carousels, compact pallet racks, and much more.

You can also shop online at our partner, StoreMoreStore, for a variety of solutions available for immediate purchase.

Contact Us for More Information

Southwest Solutions Group® wants to help you make sure you get all of the tax deductions you qualify for this year. We can help you find qualifying equipment before time is up. To find out how we can help, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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NCHIP Government Grants for Criminal Record Scanning

NCHIP Government Grants for Criminal Record Scanning

NCHIP grants for criminal record scanning Do you know about the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)? The grant, as established by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), “provides direct awards and technical assistance to states and localities to improve the quality, timeliness, and immediate accessibility of criminal history records and related information.” The program intends to ensure the accurate and immediate access to criminal records used in law enforcement, including sex offender registries, firearm purchases, felony convictions, warrants, records of protective orders, convictions involving domestic violence and stalking, drug arrests and convictions, mental health adjudications, and others. Automating these records will also reduce wait times for gun purchasers with no criminal records.

NCHIP Eligibility

“Eligible applicants are limited to the agency designated by the governor in each state to administer the NCHIP program and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).”

NCHIP Program Goals

  • To make more records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • Updating and automating case outcomes in state records and the FBI’s Criminal History File
  • Converting manual records to electronic records in accordance with CJIS policies
  • Establishing more effective accuracy and information quality controls
  • Converting juvenile records to the adult system
  • Upgrading equipment where appropriate to improve availability of data
  • Developing access to data on persons prohibited from firearm purchases under the Gun Control Act (18 U.S.C. Section 922)
  • Participation in the FBI’s Identification for Firearms Sales (IFFS) program
  • Reduce delays for law-abiding gun purchasers
  • Comply with requirements for NICS record-keeping and transaction status reports
  • Establish electronic interfaces or information exchanges to provide a complete data review in connection with background checks
  • Automatic criminal record databases
  • Full participation in the III and National Fingerprint File (NFF), including adoption and implementation of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact
  • Synchronizing records between the state and the FBI
  • Developing software and hardware to enable electronic access to state records

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through www.Grants.gov. We can help you find an experienced grant writer to assist you in the application process.

How We Can Help

  • We can help you find a grant writer to assist you
  • After the grant process, we can help you complete your record scanning and digitization goals
  • CJIS compliant digital scanning of criminal history record jackets
  • CJIS compliant staff, scanning process, and scanning facility (or on-site at your location)
  • High speed, large volume scanning equipment (400 pages per minute)
  • High quality on-site color scanning
  • Contracts with experienced grant writers for your NCHIP application

Contact Us for Criminal History Improvement Record Scanning

Southwest Solutions Group® provides on-site CJIS compliant criminal history record scanning and digitization. We will even scan, index, and upload a box of your records for free so you can try our services before you buy. For more information or to speak with a scanning specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Pull-Out Patient Room Hallway Supply Cabinets for Hospital PCU Storage

Reducing HAIs with Hallway Supply Cabinets

pull-out patient room hallway supply cabinetsHospital-acquired infections are a huge risk for patients, but they are unfortunately difficult to control. In addition to general standards, each risk group or procedure may require very specific measures to prevent infection. Hospitals go to great lengths to protect their patients, but specialized storage solutions can help make their jobs easier and patients safer. Jim Deller, our healthcare storage specialist, recently helped a hospital’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) achieve this goal with pull-out patient room hallway supply cabinets. The solution is extremely effective and surprisingly simple. It also provided the additional benefit of organization and space savings.

Quick & Safe Patient Supply Stock Storage

Before the supply cabinets, the hospital stored patient supplies and medical items in a central storage room. Nurses spent a lot of time going to and from the supply room to patient rooms. This may not seem like a big deal, but nurses know better. The extra time spent traveling and looking for supplies quickly adds up and takes time away from valuable patient care. Additionally, nurses and supply technicians have to enter and leave the patient rooms for every transaction. This increases the risk of patient infection, especially for patients recovering from operative and other invasive procedures.

hospital pcu patient supply exchange hallway cabinetsThe PCU installed 64 pull-out supply cabinets, one for each patient room over two floors. The units store the specific medical supplies each patient needs. From the hallway, the supply chain staff stocks the units on a daily basis and caregivers access the supplies from inside the patient room. Since supplies are brought to the point of use and only loaded from the hallway side, the risk of infection is reduced. No one except the patient’s caregivers has to enter the room and potentially spread bacteria. Each side of the cabinet has a touchpad lock to prevent unauthorized access.

Because Deller worked closely with the hospital designer and architects, they were able to design a solution that meets every need. We have a variety of standard solutions just like this one, or we can help you design a custom system.

Contact Us for Pull-Out Patient Room Hallway Supply Cabinets

Southwest Solutions Group® provides pull-out patient room hallway supply cabinets to all types of hospitals and healthcare facilities. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. For more information or to speak with a healthcare specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.

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NJPA Earns UT System Accreditation as Group Purchasing Organization

UT System Receives National Joint Powers Alliance Accreditation

national joint powers alliance njpa purchasing groupAs of August 1, 2017, all 14 institutions within the University of Texas System now have access to over 200 vendor contracts through National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). Now, this program allows UT Systems to ensure its institutions use contracts from Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) who meet quality controlled standards.

NJPA aims to provide members with quality programs and services through a business and service alliance between buyers and suppliers who are legislatively qualified agencies. Basically, NJPA ensures you get the best bid according to your needs without the time-consuming task of slogging through poor quality contracts. The NJPA Board of Directors review and award all bid contracts competitively solicited across the nation.

Southwest Solutions Group® offers a wide variety of business efficiency products and services available on NJPA contracts. A few of our solutions include vertical lift modules and carousels, high-density shelves, document scanning services, and more.

NJPA Contract Advantages

  • Access to competitively bid contracts procured by a municipal contracting agency
  • Nationally leveraged, high-quality prices and services
  • No-cost membership
  • Nationally acclaimed and recognized vendors (including Southwest Solutions Group)
  • Time and resource savings
  • Annual independent audit conducted to ensure continued quality of agencies
  • Joint Powers Agreement means your municipality is an owner and member
  • You become a represented participant in the bidding process

Contact Us

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for storage and business efficiency products and services available on NJPA contracts. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before you buy. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or contact us today.

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