Industry Groups Form Alliance to Strengthen Respective Organizations

AFFLINK & Independent Stationers Launch Affiliate Membership Programs

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. & INDIANAPOLIS--()--AFFLINK, the industry leader in supply chain management for independent distributors serving the Facilities Maintenance and Packaging industries, has formed a strategic alliance with Independent Stationers, a leading national member-owned business products cooperative, to launch Affiliate Membership programs that strengthen the dealers and distributors of each organization.

“Both AFFLINK and Independent Stationers have a proven history of individual success in the market,” says Mike Gentile, President, and CEO of Independent Stationers. “Bringing together our shared cultures of innovation and a longstanding commitment to the independent will strengthen both organizations, and ensure our dealers and distributors remain healthy, viable businesses for years to come.”

The Affiliate Memberships will open access to alternative programs and services, allow a low barrier of entry into new growth categories, and generate additional revenue streams for dealers and distributors seeking to diversify into new categories and offer customers a complete supply chain experience.

“As buyer habits change and product channels blur, we must continue to move with our clients to remain relevant as independents,” says Dennis Riffer, AFFLINK President and CEO. “Our alliance with Independent Stationers will allow us to continue driving the value of distribution, surrounding customers with a comprehensive bundle of supply chain solutions and servicing them with local experts in their respective fields.”

About AFFLINK

Connecting more than 200 manufacturers of Facility Maintenance, Packaging, Safety, Office, and Industrial Supply solutions, with nearly 300 independent distribution experts, AFFLINK (www.afflink.com) is that critical link offering clients innovative products, market expertise, and improved profitability, all of which is fueled by our leading-edge information technology.

About Independent Stationers

Founded in 1977, Independent Stationers is a leading global organization providing sales, marketing, support and purchasing power of the community-based independent office products dealer. The group’s members are located throughout the U.S. and in 7 foreign countries. Collectively, IS members produce $4 billion in end-user sales. For more information, contact Cora Lienemann at 317-579-1111; cora@independentstationers.coop or visit the Independent Stationers website at www.independentstationers.coop.

Contacts

AFFLINK:
Michael Wilson, VP of Marketing & Communications
wmwilson@afflink.com
or
Independent Stationers:
Charles Forman, COO
forman@independentstationers.coop

Release Summary

AFFLINK has formed a strategic alliance with Independent Stationers that strengthens the member dealers and distributors of both organizations.

Contacts

AFFLINK:
Michael Wilson, VP of Marketing & Communications
wmwilson@afflink.com
or
Independent Stationers:
Charles Forman, COO
forman@independentstationers.coop