Essendant Awarded Office Supplies Agreement with Premier

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This Agreement Will Allow Essendant to Provide Resellers Competitive Access to Premier’s Membership of 4,000 U.S. hospitals and 175,000 other providers

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Essendant has been awarded a group purchasing agreement for office supplies with Premier. Effective August 1, 2020, the new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for traditional office supplies, ink and toner, furniture, technology supplies, foodservice disposables, breakroom and coffee services.

Essendant will hold the agreement and make it available to its Resellers through the Vertical Markets Group/Healthcare Vertical. Participation will be open to Essendant first and second-call resellers, and will include access to an e-commerce platform, developed in partnership with Independent Suppliers Group/EPIC Business Solutions, to support Premier member transactions.

“The local and consultative service provided by independent resellers is ideally suited for the healthcare vertical but, prior to this, most independent resellers were unable to effectively compete for this business,” said Guy Unterberg, Senior Director of Vertical Markets at Essendant. “We’re excited we were able to find an innovative way to enable our customers to reach this market and compete effectively.”

Essendant will be providing more details and resources to dealers in the coming weeks to support them with this opportunity. To learn more about Essendant and its Vertical Markets Group, please visit: https://www.essendant.com/customers/reseller-tools/sales-support/ or contact VMG-Healthcare@essendant.com.

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 4,000 U.S. hospitals and 175,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.

About Essendant
Essendant is a leading national distributor of workplace products. The company provides access to a broad assortment of products including janitorial and breakroom supplies, technology products, traditional office products, cut sheet paper and office furniture. Essendant serves a diverse group of customers, including independent resellers, national resellers and e-commerce businesses. Essendant's network of distribution centers enables it to ship most products overnight to more than ninety percent of the U.S. For more information on Essendant, visit https://www.essendant.com/

About Independent Suppliers Group
Founded in 1977, Independent Suppliers Group is a leading global organization providing sales, marketing support and purchasing power for the community based independent business products dealer. The organization’s members are located throughout the U.S. and in 6 foreign countries. Collectively, Independent Suppliers Group members produce $7 billion in end-user sales. For more information, please contact Independent Suppliers Group headquarters (Phone: 847-699-3330; or visit the Independent Suppliers Group website at http://www.isg.coop).

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