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IS Partners with Afflink

Friday, June 9, 2017  
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US dealer group Independent Stationers (IS) has partnered with facilities and supply chain management association Afflink.

The strategic alliance will see the launch of Affiliate Membership programs to support the dealers and distributors of each organization.


These programs will open access to alternative services and lower the barrier of entry into new growth categories, as well as generate additional revenue for members seeking to diversify into new categories with a complete supply chain experience. 

IS CEO Mike Gentile said: “Bringing together our shared cultures of innovation and longstanding commitment to the independent will strengthen both organizations, and ensure our dealers and distributors remain healthy, viable businesses for years to come.” 


Speaking to OPI, Gentile highlighted the synergistic benefits that all parties will derive from the alliance. He also noted the ongoing consolidation across the sector as facilities management and jan/san become part and parcel of the office supplies offering. “These industries are becoming one,” he said.


Afflink CEO Dennis Riffer added: “As buyer habits change and product channels blur, we must continue to move with our customers in order to remain relevant as independents. 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 respective fields.” 


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