Weeks Lerman – Volunteers of America: Veteran Appreciation

December 17th, 2019

This Holiday Season The Weeks Lerman Group would like to show our appreciation to veterans across the country.

In partnership with Volunteers of America, TWLG has asked participants to write a thoughtful, appreciative message in a holiday greeting card personalized for each veteran at the participating VOA Facilities for Homeless Veterans.

Personalized holiday greetings cards with a gift inside 

How VOA Supports Veterans

Volunteers of America embodies President Lincoln’s promise to care for those “who shall have born the battle.” Currently, there are 18.2 million veterans in the United States according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 37,878 veterans experience homelessness each evening. Ninety percent of those experiencing homelessness are men, with an increasing number of women with children now experiencing homelessness.

We proudly serve 40,000 veterans with support services and affordable housing annually, including over 10,000 homeless veterans. More than 50 percent of veterans who live in our transitional housing for six months achieve our target outcome of stable, adequate permanent housing, and half of those are still in permanent housing after 12 months.

Volunteers of America is committed to promoting the well-being of all veterans and their families, whether they are newly transitioning from military to civilian life, have long been returned but are struggling with homelessness, unemployment, mental health conditions, substance use challenges, suicide risks, the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or sexual trauma. Every veteran deserves dignity and respect.

TWLG’s mission is to provide a little kindness to every veteran and show our appreciation for their sacrifices and bravery. You too, can show your appreciation by donating this holiday season and know you helped a hero continue their legacy.

Operation Backpack: Week 1 in the Books!

August 13th, 2019

Sid Lerman (left), Lou Montella (right) attending Operation Backpack’s Sort Week 8/8/2019.

Last week, members of the Weeks Lerman Group (TWLG) accompanied their leader, President Sid Lerman, to Operation Backpack’s annual media day during Sort Week.  Operation Backpack is an annual event that is run by Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY). It was an action packed day, filled with camera crews, New York’s finest, and a bunch of children who were there to pick up their brand new backpacks that were stuffed to the brim with supplies and goodies that would set them up for the coming school year.

The Weeks Lerman Group has been a big sponsor of Operation Backpack for over a decade.  The partnership between VOA-GNY & TWLG has been largely fulfilling, as Sid has taken great interest in the underprivileged children of New York.  A few years ago, Sid decided to put together a luncheon right here in our Maspeth Office to host and say thank you to many members of the VOA-GNY and Operation Backpack team.  It has since become an annual event.

Sid Lerman (left), Eric Lerner (middle), Jeff Zober (right)

Sid’s loyalty and devotion to Operation Backpack has spread throughout the entire company here at TWLG.  We have a weekly schedule set for any volunteers who would like to take half of their day and spend it over at Sort Week, helping pack bags and work quality control.  That schedule is full, and every week new faces show up and get their hands dirty for a great, great cause.

For more information about Operation Backpack, you can visit their website.

To donate, please visit the Weeks Lerman Group’s CrowdRise page by clicking here! 

Weeks Lerman sponsored 18th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament: A Success!!

May 28th, 2019

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This annual tournament attracts over 250 golfers for a day of golf and entertainment in support of ADAPT Community Network. All proceeds from the event fund the delivery of life-affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

The golf tournament was hosted by Scott Stanford, Host, WWE, Seven-Time Emmy Award Winning Sports/News Anchor.

“We are so pleased to have Scott Stanford hosting our golf outing for the third time,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network prior to the event. “Scott is a longtime supporter of our organization and he makes the day enjoyable for all who attend.” 

The Weeks Lerman Group is proud to of been a sponsor to this very worthwhile event, and is very pleased with the success it has seen this year and in years prior.  

ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) is the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in providing cutting‐edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, they build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential, and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Their schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disorders, among others. They are the largest provider of pre‐school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 18,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families. 

For more information on ADAPT and how you can support, please visit: https://www.adaptcommunitynetwork.org/ 

The Weeks Lerman Group Renovations: Completed!

May 16th, 2019


First and foremost, a round of applause for our MVP’s: Neville Mota, Michelle Rios, and Rani Choura!! 

Everyone in The Weeks Lerman Group’s headquarters can attest that this was long overdue, and that it came out great! It took only four months to completely change the inside of our building. 

Bravo everybody!  

Aside from our all new work areas (complete with sit & stand desks, monitor arms, furniture, carpeting and ceilings), we have added a new lounge area for our staff and guests to enjoy! Everybody is loving the new office, and we have our generous and awesome CEO Sid Lerman to thank for that! 

The pictures just won’t do it justice. So if you’re not someone who gets the privilege to work inside of this beautiful new office, we suggest you pay TWLG a visit!  We’d love to have you.  








The Weeks Lerman Group Renovations are Under Way!!

October 25th, 2018


And so it has begun! 

After months and months of careful planning, running around and choosing new aesthetics, the destruction of what once was The Weeks Lerman Group’s headquarters is underway.   By early 2019, we can expect to see a new and improved office having risen from its ashes.  We’re talking ceilings, walls, floors, offices! A complete makeover! 

Neville Mota, Director of our Contract Furniture Division, is heading this project.  He’s been working around the clock to keep things on schedule and copacetic.  Another person deserving a big shout out is our Office Manager Michele Rios.  She’s been staying late every day, and working her butt off getting the rest of us in line as we are all responsible for cleaning our own areas prior to the construction teams beginning their work.    

We can’t forget to thank our wonderful President and CEO, Sid Lerman!

After all, he’s footing the bill.  

Stay tuned, as there are more updates to come! 









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.”

Maximizing 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

Queens Award Program
Email: [email protected]
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.



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