Breaking More Than Just Ground

APS Warehouse Expansion Groundbreaking

On Friday, May 3, Albemarle Paper Supply celebrated a momentous occasion – the groundbreaking ceremony for our warehouse expansion project. Many thanks to our friends, family, business partners, and community leaders and members that came out to show their love and support. We would not be where we are today without each and every one of you.

And to those of you who have supported us through the years but could not be there, we thank you for being with us in spirit. Here is a brief video of the occasion. We hope you’ll take a moment to watch it and share in our gratitude and celebration.

By |2024-05-16T06:43:13-05:00May 16th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

5 Things You’re Likely Forgetting

5 Things Restaurants Forget To Order

If anyone knows how anticipating your supply needs as a restaurant owner or manger is a juggling act, it’s us! From ensuring there’s enough ingredients for the chef’s specials to stocking up on napkins for busy evenings, there’s are so many items to take stock of and predict how much you’re going to need on a weekly basis. However, even the most meticulous restaurant managers can overlook some crucial essentials in their orders. Here are five items that are notice are commonly forgotten:

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1. Catering Supplies
Whether it’s catering trays, chafing fuel, or serving utensils, restaurants often overlook stocking up on catering essentials. With the increasing demand for catering services, ensuring you have an ample supply of these items is vital for seamless event execution and customer satisfaction.

2. Mop Heads
While cleanliness is crucial in any dining establishment, the importance of fresh mop heads is sometimes overlooked. Regularly replacing mop heads ensures effective cleaning and sanitation, maintaining a pristine environment for both staff and customers.

3. Gloves
We are hyper aware of germs and hygiene than ever before so we know gloves are indispensable for food handling and preparation. However, restaurants often forget to order an adequate supply, leading to potential safety concerns and compliance issues. Keeping a sufficient stock of gloves is essential for maintaining hygiene standards and protecting staff and customers alike.

4. To-Go Bags
With the growing popularity of takeout and delivery services, to-go bags are in constant demand. Yet, it’s not uncommon for restaurants to underestimate the quantity needed or forget to reorder them altogether. Running out of to-go bags can disrupt service and leave customers dissatisfied. Ensuring a steady supply of these bags is crucial for accommodating the increasing demand for off-premise dining.

 

5. Plastic Cutlery
Whether for takeout orders or outdoor dining setups, plastic cutlery is often an afterthought for restaurant managers. However, overlooking this essential item can inconvenience customers and tarnish their dining experience. Having an ample supply of plastic cutlery on hand ensures smooth operations and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction.

In the fast-paced world of restaurant management, overlooking essential items in orders can happen to even the most organized establishments. By staying vigilant and prioritizing these often forgotten items, restaurants can ensure seamless operations, uphold hygiene standards, and deliver exceptional service to their patrons. Some of the busiest times of the year are coming up soon! Don’t forget to order all the supplies you need from APS. Contact us now to place an order or call (704) 550-5676!
By |2024-04-26T08:24:17-05:00April 26th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

We Make Spring Cleaning Easy

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APS has everything you need for a clean space for customers and employees!

Degreaser
Pine Cleaner
Glass Cleaner
Oven & Grill Cleaner
Manual Dish Soap
All Purpose Cleaner
Ultra Dish Soap
Grill Cleaner & Degreaser

5 Spring Cleaning Tips For Restaurants

We may be experiencing faux spring but real spring is right around the corner! And it’s time for businesses, and especially restaurants, to do some spring cleaning. Beyond the regular daily upkeep, there are areas within every business that demand extra attention to ensure a fresh start for the season ahead. While some of these tips are specific to restaurants, many can be applied to any business.

1. Kitchen Deep Clean

The heart of any restaurant is its kitchen, and it’s no surprise that it requires meticulous attention during spring cleaning. Over time, grease, grime, and food debris can accumulate in hard-to-reach corners and crevices. A deep clean of kitchen equipment, such as ovens, grills, fryers, and refrigerators, is essential. Ensure that all surfaces, including countertops, floors, and walls, are thoroughly scrubbed and sanitized. Don’t forget to inspect and clean ventilation systems to maintain air quality and prevent fire hazards.

2. Storage Areas

Restaurant storage areas, including pantries, walk-in refrigerators, and dry storage, often become cluttered and disorganized over time. Spring cleaning presents an opportunity to declutter these spaces, discard expired ingredients, and reorganize supplies for better efficiency. Implement a ‘first in, first out’ (FIFO) inventory system to minimize food waste and ensure freshness. Invest in proper storage containers and shelving to maximize space utilization and maintain cleanliness.

3. Dining Area Refresh

The ambiance of the dining area significantly influences the overall dining experience. Give your dining space a spring makeover by deep cleaning tables, chairs, and upholstery. Pay attention to light fixtures, windows, and blinds, ensuring they are free from dust and grime. Consider updating decor elements, such as table centerpieces or wall art, to infuse a fresh vibe into the space. Conduct a thorough inspection for any repairs or maintenance needed, including flooring and restroom facilities.

4. Staff Training and Procedures Review

Spring cleaning isn’t just about physical cleanliness—it’s also an opportune time to review and reinforce hygiene protocols and safety procedures with your staff. Conduct training sessions on proper food handling, sanitation practices, and emergency protocols. Ensure that all employees are up-to-date with certifications, such as food safety training and first aid. Emphasize the importance of teamwork and communication in maintaining a clean and safe restaurant environment.

5. Exterior Maintenance

The exterior of your restaurant is the first impression for potential customers. Evaluate the exterior facade, signage, and outdoor seating areas for any signs of wear and tear. Power wash exterior surfaces to remove dirt and grime accumulated during the winter months. Trim landscaping and hedges to enhance curb appeal and create an inviting atmosphere. Inspect outdoor lighting fixtures to ensure adequate illumination for evening diners.

Spring cleaning is so important for restaurants to maintain cleanliness, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. By dedicating time and resources to areas that need extra love annually, you can set the stage for a successful and prosperous season ahead. Remember, a clean and well-maintained restaurant not only attracts customers but also fosters a positive working environment for staff. So, roll up your sleeves and give your restaurant the spring refresh it deserves!

Contact us if you’re in need of cleaning supplies to start your spring cleaning!

By |2024-03-12T11:25:44-05:00March 12th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

Taxes, New Faces, + March Madness!

Tax season can be a stressful time for business owners, but with the right preparation, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

To help you navigate through this period smoothly, we’ve compiled a list of 10 essential steps that every business owner should take to prepare for tax season effectively.

1. Organize Your Financial Records
Start by gathering all necessary financial documents, including income statements, expense receipts, bank statements, and payroll records. Keeping your records organized will save you time and reduce the likelihood of errors when filing your taxes.
2. Review Your Expenses
Take the time to review your business expenses thoroughly. Identify any deductible expenses that can help reduce your taxable income. This includes expenses related to office supplies, equipment, travel, and professional services.
3. Maximize Deductions and Credits
Familiarize yourself with available tax deductions and credits for businesses in your industry. This might include deductions for home office expenses, health insurance premiums, retirement contributions, and research and development expenses.
4. Stay Updated on Tax Law Changes
Tax laws and regulations are subject to change, so it’s essential to stay informed about any updates that may affect your business. Consult with a tax professional or use reliable resources to ensure compliance with current tax laws.
5. File Accurate Quarterly Estimated Taxes
If you’re a sole proprietor, partner, or S-corporation shareholder, you’re generally required to pay quarterly estimated taxes. Review your income and expenses for the year, and make sure you’re making accurate quarterly payments to avoid penalties.
6. Organize Employee and Contractor Information
If you have employees or work with independent contractors, ensure that you have accurate records of their earnings and tax withholdings. This includes W-2 forms for employees and 1099-MISC forms for contractors.
7. Review Your Business Structure
Consider whether your current business structure is still the most advantageous from a tax perspective. Depending on your business’s growth and changes in tax laws, it may be beneficial to reevaluate your structure and make any necessary adjustments.
8. Plan for Retirement Contributions
Explore retirement savings options for small business owners, such as SEP-IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, or solo 401(k) plans. Making contributions to retirement accounts can not only help you save for the future but also provide valuable tax benefits.
9. Utilize Accounting Software
Invest in reliable accounting software to streamline your bookkeeping processes and generate accurate financial reports. Many accounting software solutions offer features specifically designed to simplify tax preparation for businesses.
10. Consult with a Tax Professional
Finally, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from a qualified tax professional. A certified public accountant (CPA) or tax advisor can provide personalized advice, help you identify additional tax-saving opportunities, and ensure compliance with all tax requirements.


By following these steps, you can proactively prepare your business for tax season and potentially minimize your tax liability. Remember, early preparation is key to avoiding last-minute stress and maximizing your tax savings.

Meet Sara!
Sara is the newest addition to the APS team. She was recently hired as an Office Administrator, so if you call APS headquarters, you may speak to Sara. We’re excited to have her as part of the APS family. Here are some fun facts about Sara:

  • Where are you from? I am from sunny Los Angeles.
  • What do you do for fun outside of work? I enjoy the outdoors and hiking with my dog.
  • Are you a dog or cat person? Definitely a dog person.
  • If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy? An all inclusive trip to anywhere I want to go.
  • What was your first job? Six Flags Magic Mountain

College basketball fans, get ready for a fun giveaway from APS!
We are creating an APS team for March Madness and the bracket winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card! Stay tuned for how to play and win!
Make sure you’re following us on social media (see below) so you don’t miss it!

By |2024-03-01T16:06:04-05:00March 1st, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

BIG NEWS: APS Warehouse Expansion in 2024!

We're expanding!

BIG NEWS: APS Warehouse Expansion in 2024!

Dear Valued Customers, Partners, and Friends,

We are thrilled to share some major news that will shape the future of Albemarle Paper Supply. After months of careful planning and anticipation, we are delighted to reveal a significant development that marks a new chapter in our business journey.

Get ready for groundbreaking changes as we unveil the next level of innovation and growth at Albemarle Paper Supply. Our commitment to excellence has driven us to make strategic decisions that will not only enhance our capabilities but will also bring added value to our valued clients and partners.

John and I have contemplated expanding our warehouse space for the past 3-4 years, and with the onset of COVID, we decided to closely observe the situation. Our initial plan was to potentially acquire an existing warehouse, but due to the intense competitiveness and lack of availability in the commercial real estate market at that time, that idea didn’t materialize.

We began about 9-10 months ago  seeking bids from contractors, consulting with architects, and discussing financing options with banks. It’s been a significant undertaking for us. We purchased our current 25,000 sq foot warehouse with 3,000 sq feet of office and showroom space back in March 2014. The new warehouse, which is currently in the permit waiting stage, will be attached and add an additional 30,000 sq feet of warehouse space, effectively more than doubling our overall warehouse/storage capacity. We are anticipating breaking ground in March, with completion expected in September.

This expansion is not just about physical space; it’s a strategic move that will bring numerous advantages.

  • Empower us to make bulk purchases, enabling us to secure better deals for our clients.
  • Allow us to offer more custom products for customers, benefiting our clients with better rates due to our expanded storage capabilities for these products.

The implications go beyond transactions – this expansion opens up avenues for us to make more deals, buy larger quantities, handle more custom orders, and take on additional accounts. Furthermore, this growth will lead to the hiring of more personnel, contributing to the support of the local Stanley County economy. We are excited about the positive impact this expansion will have on our ability to serve our clients and contribute to the economic growth of our community.

With gratitude, 
Nick

By |2024-03-01T16:22:23-05:00February 1st, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

5 Things Business Owners Should Do In The New Year

Forget new year new you! Let’s focus on what we’re doing well and what we need to improve upon to make sure 2024 is successful for our business goals. Here are five things all business owners should do in the new year to ensure success and growth!

By |2024-01-04T14:53:06-05:00January 2nd, 2024|Blog|0 Comments
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