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United Stationers Launches Market Xpert Cross Reference and Pricing Tool

17 Jul, 2012


Deerfield, IL- July 17, 2012 - United Stationers has launched Market Xpert, a robust cross reference and pricing tool that helps independent resellers go to market more competitively while managing their margins. Available on a subscription basis from United, Market Xpert analyzes information from live websites where consumers, corporate users and public sector employees shop to provide current pricing for competitive analysis.

Market Xpert has three powerful capabilities:
• Single Item Search - looks up the price of a single item for multiple competitors;
• Bid Wizard - upload excel files with up to 64,000 items and compare competitors' prices on those specific items; and
• Price Set - establish and implement a specific blanket pricing strategy, such as offering prices that are a certain percentage lower than a competitor.

"Market Xpert has been built under the premise that knowledge is power," said Nick Scarlett, director of Pricing for United Stationers Supply. "United has teamed up with OPSoftware, a long-time industry expert in analyzing pricing information, to provide this important new capability for resellers that gives them up-to-date market information. When used for pricing strategies, it will help them go to market more profitably."

Market Xpert is built with features similar to OPSoftware Item411, but with additional exclusive features for United customers. Market Xpert is available exclusively to United's first-call customers. For details, visit the "Applications" tab at United's Solutions Central website, or contact a United Stationers account manager.

About United Stationers
United Stationers Inc. is a leading wholesale distributor of business products, with 2011 net sales of approximately $5.0 billion. The company stocks approximately 100,000 items, including technology products, traditional office products, janitorial and breakroom supplies, office furniture, and industrial products. A network of 61 distribution centers enables delivery of these products to over 25,000 reseller customers. This network, combined with United's depth and breadth of inventory, enables the company to ship most products overnight to more than 90% of the population of the U.S. and major cities in Mexico. For more information, visit www.unitedstationers.com




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