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February 01, 2011 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing Announces New Office Supplies Contract Agreement with Independent Stationers, Inc.

CHAMPS Group Purchasing announced today a custom contract with Independent Stationers, Inc. The three-year contract agreement, beginning February 1, will give CHAMPS Group Purchasing members access to general office supplies, paper, ink and toner and cleaning supplies.

CHAMPS Group Purchasing staff negotiates and offers custom contracts, like Independent Stationers, to its 4,000 members nationwide. CHAMPS currently offers more than 55 custom group purchasing contracts, including suppliers such as Dairymens/Oberlin Farms Dairy; Gulf South; Alfred Nickles; Sherwin-Williams, and more.

Jan Elder, CHAMPS Contracting Director, said, "CHAMPS is pleased to have signed this new agreement with Independent Stationers. We have recently seen a desire from our membership to work with local companies for their office supply needs, and this new contract with Independent Stationers offers a local partnership opportunity."

Independent Stationers Vice President of National Accounts, Kevin France, said, “We are excited about our new partnership with CHAMPS, as it will allow our dealer members an opportunity to penetrate deep into the healthcare marketplace. Independent Stationers' fast growing National Account Program is proof that we are bringing value to our customers and dealer members alike.”


About CHAMPS Group Purchasing

As healthcare group purchasing experts, CHAMPS helps the healthcare industry save money and lightens the contracting burden for purchasing managers. For nearly 19 years, CHAMPS Group Purchasing has been an affiliate of Premier, Inc., one of the largest buying groups in the country, with over $36 billion in volume and over 1,700 contracts.

With more than 4,000 clients nationwide, CHAMPS is one of Premier’s largest healthcare group purchasing affiliate programs and has been working in the healthcare arena since 1916. Choosing to partner with CHAMPS enables healthcare facilities access to Premier agreements, while benefiting from CHAMPS’ personal and expert service, aggregated contract portfolio and custom contract offerings – making utilization of the program as seamless as possible.


About Independent Stationers, Inc.

Founded in 1977, Independent Stationers, Inc. a leading global organization providing sales, marketing support and purchasing power for the community based independent office products dealer. The organization’s members are located throughout the U.S. and in three foreign countries. Collectively, members produce $2.5 billion in end-user sales. For more information, please contact Cora Baker at headquarters (Phone: 317-579-1111; e-mail: ) or visit the website at ).