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IS.Group Awarded National Office Supplies Contract for Champs Group

10 Feb, 2011

IS.Group Awarded National Office Supplies Contract for Champs Group

Independent Stationers, Inc. (dba is.group) announced today it was awarded an agreement to provide general office supplies, paper, ink and toner and cleaning supplies to CHAMPS Group Purchasing members. This new contract is a three-year agreement, beginning February 1, 2011, and marks an opportunity to provide access to a new vertical market, the healthcare industry, for is.group members on a national scale.

CHAMPS is an affiliate partner of Premier Inc., one of the largest healthcare Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) in the country, with over $36 billion in volume. CHAMPS members are comprised of more than 1,576 long term care facilities, 17 hospitals, 760 ambulatory care centers, 287 home health centers, 102 hospices, 361 imaging centers, 170 labs, 286 surgery centers, 165 other health facilities and 647 commercial accounts nationwide.
CHAMPS assists its members with custom contract offerings such as this newly signed agreement in an effort to aggregate purchasing power and save money.

These types of healthcare institutions purchase the bulk of their items through GPOs such as CHAMPS/Premier and may not have had access to a local independent office supply dealer in the past. Independent Stationers Vice President of National Accounts, Kevin France says, “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, a market dominated previously by only the big boxes. Independent Stationers fast growing National Account Program is proof that we are bringing value to our customers and is.group dealer members alike.”

Jan Elder, CHAMPS Contracting Director, stated, "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 perfect partnership opportunity ABOUT IS.GROUP:
Founded in 1977, is 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 3 foreign countries. Collectively, is.group members produce $2.5 billion in end-user sales. For more information, please contact Cora Baker at is.group headquarters (Phone: 317-579-1111; e-mail: cora@isgroup.org) or visit the is.group web site at www.isgroup.org).

As healthcare group purchasing experts, we help the healthcare industry save money and lift the burden for purchasing managers. For nearly 15 years, CHAMPS Group Purchasing has been an affiliate of Premier, Inc., the largest buying group in the country, with over $36 billion in volume and over 1,600 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 enable 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. www.CHAMPSGPO.com

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