ACCO Brands has been named ‘2019 Vendor of the Year’ at the 18th European Office Products Awards (EOPAs). The EOPAs are the most prestigious award event in the office products industry, organised by OPI (Office Products International), the leading industry association.
This outstanding recognition comes on the back of other significant awards won by ACCO Brands in 2018: “Vendor of the year” with Office Depot Europe and “Supplier of the year” with VOW.
The EOPAs are firmly established as the ultimate accolade for business supplies companies operating in Europe. It has been labelled as the “cherry on the top” by internal teams at ACCO Brands and celebrates their enormous achievements over the past year. The impressive award was taken to ACCO Brand’s global head office in Chicago, Illinois, and shared with ACCO Brands Corporation Chairman and CEO, Boris Elisman.
This prestigious award was adjudicated by the judging panel comprising of key customers and competitors. The ‘Vendor of the Year’ award takes into account benchmarks including: sales performance and market share gains; innovative, high-quality products and service-driven solutions; efforts to diversify product or service offering; supply chain performance; ability to provide rich data and content and, finally, brand strength.
ACCO Brands continues to achieve outstanding sales growth, thanks to its constant focus on a reliable, world class supply chain, its commitment to innovation and new product development and its exceptionally strong portfolio of brands.
In its decision making efforts, the judging panel stated: “All eyes have been on ACCO Brands over the past 18 months or so when it faced the task of integrating two businesses in Europe – Esselte and ACCO Brands.” It further noted that ACCO was “highly regarded across a vast product portfolio” and, furthermore, had done “a remarkable job combining the two entities while at the same time instilling a positive, new culture among the workforce and with channel partners.”
Mark Wilkinson – Regional Vice President – UK & Ireland, ACCO Brands EMEA, comments: “We really are proud to receive the EOPA 2019 ‘Vendor of the Year Award’ – an independent endorsement of our hard work and our commitment to our customers. In a changing business landscape, driving investment in innovation, true partnership, being the supplier of choice, and the one partner that customers can rely on are all critical to the future growth of both ACCO Brands and our business partners.”