Office Brands celebrates 'Independents Day'



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Office Brands has added five new independent office supplies dealers to its membership ranks this year, boosting attendance at its forthcoming annual Expo to more than 500 people, including dealers, suppliers and supporters.


The new members are Peninsula Office Supplies (Mornington), Peninsular Office Supplies (Umina Beach),  That Office Place (Picton), Mercury Business Supplies (Longreach) and Circular Head Office Supplies (Smithton).


At a time of such uncertainty in the industry, many independent business supplies resellers are facing increased pressure. To remain competitive and retain their independence, they need support that offers them big buying power, international procurement, differentiated marketing resources, flexible IT solutions and support services,” Office Brands CEO Gavin Ward said.


Ward said the new members had expressed a variety of reasons for joining the national buying group.


Richard Leknius of Peninsula Office Supplies on the Mornington Peninsula, said: “After examining other available options, we decided that Office Brands was the best fit for us. Being the most proactive and progressive group, giving unparalleled dealer support through technological innovation in our market space.”


Patsy Worland of Mercury Business Supplies, said: “We joined Office Brands to be able to have support and access to products to expand our existing range, therefore providing our clientele with greater purchasing options.”


Cathy Waller of Peninsular Office Supplies in Umina Beach added: “I joined Office Brands to reinvigorate our business and have access to a wider range of products and brands, while maintaining our independence and business identity in the local community.”


Circular Head Office Supplies’ Kathy Monson said her reason for joining Office Brands was “to give regional customers and the local community access to online ordering and national pricing.”


Office Brands and OPD New Zealand are co-hosting the annual Expo and conference, which has the theme 'Better Together'.


See the November/December issue of Stationery News for full Expo coverage.