US dealer group Independent Stationers has announced positive growth in its sales and many of its member programmes for 2015.
Contributing to these positive results was a direct buy increase of 2%, with office furniture increasing significantly by 19%. Jan/san RDC sales also grew by almost 9%. These sales category increases yielded a rise in rebates to participating shareholders and affiliates.
In terms of membership, 25 new shareholders and affiliates joined in 2015, while several members and affiliates have joined in the first couple of weeks of 2016.
In addition, the group added 26 new suppliers in 2015, bringing the total to 189, with a focus on the growing categories of facilities management, janitorial, safety and breakroom.
New programmes and initiatives included the IntelliWeb digital marketing programme and the Connections acquisition programme that helps dealers interested growing through acquisitions or establishing a succession plan for their dealership.
“2015 was another successful year for Independent Stationers,” says Chairman Bryan Kristenson.
“Our industry continues to change at an ever-increasing pace and our group is committed to providing programmes to enable our diverse membership to grow and prosper.”
By Andy Braithwaite for www.opi.net