TriMega Purchasing Association is a not-for-profit member owned buying group servicing office products dealers. TriMega helps its members profit from the production and distribution of quality marketing materials, networking at national and regional events, and education at industry events. With 600 member companies, representation in virtually every state, and membership in the Business Products Group International, TriMega’s $15 billion in purchasing power is truly competitive.
ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) is the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry with a membership of 20,000 distributor firms (sellers) and 3,500 supplier firms (manufacturers) of advertising specialties.
As a subsidiary of Genuine Parts, S.P. Richards sold about 50,000 office supply and related products through 45 distribution centers to more than 7,000 resellers. The firm employed 2,530 people in 2010. With 6,000 employees, Unisource Worldwide of Norcross, Georgia, focused on office paper supplies and had sales of $5.0 billion in 2009.
United Stationers Inc., of Deerfield, Illinois, was the largest wholesale distributor of business products in North America in 2010, with a distribution network serving more than 25,000 resellers. With 5,700 employees, United Stationers sold more than 100,000 products online, via catalog and by direct sales through 64 distribution centers. Subsidiaries included United Stationers Supply (USS), Lagasse and ORS Nasco. United Stationers had revenues of $4.7 billion in 2009 and reported sales of $2.3 billion in the first half of 2010.
AOPD’s only business is the development and implementation of regional, national and international office products distribution programs. Many of the Big Boxes (Staples, Office Depot) were members of AOPD in an effort to fulfill regional, national and international distribution needs). Today, all members are local independent dealers.