In January 1904, a group of 80 office products, equipment and furniture dealers gathered in Chicago to lay the groundwork for a national association, the National Association of Stationers and Manufacturers. The association grew over the years into what is now known as the Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA). Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2014, IOPFDA offers two interactive divisions based on the dealers' primary offering: the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA) and represent over 1,200 members including dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturers representatives and industry service providers.
While the association has adapted to suit the changing industry, the mission to provide independent dealers with the information, tools and knowledge they need to help them to be successful in an evolving business environment has remained the same. From typewriters to tablets and wooden chairs to ergonomic seating, the IOPFDA accomplishes these goals by:
Although united in its mission and goals, each of the IOPFDA's divisions focus on particular areas of dealer development that are unique to either office products and/or the office furniture industry.
NOPA-Specific Areas of Interest
Under the guidance of a Board of Directors made up of both office supply and office furniture dealers and an Advisory Board is representative of manufacturers and service providers to the industry, IOPFDA is the association for the office products and office furniture dealer community.
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