Vendor of the Year Award recipients recognized at Vendor Summit in St. Augustine Florida

April 8th, 2013

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Genuine Parts Company (GPC:NYSE) and leading wholesale distributor of business and office supplies, announced today…

TOPS, Balt, GOJO, Verbatim, and UPS were each recognized as Vendor of the Year award recipients at the 2013
S.P. Richards Vendor Summit in St. Augustine, Florida. The winners were determined by a number of key measurements such as sales, service levels, and outstanding support for both dealer and S.P. Richards sales and marketing initiatives. Awards were presented in five major categories. TOPS was recognized in the traditional office products category, Balt received the furniture award, Verbatim captured the technology category, GOJO was named the winner in the Cleaning and Breakroom Supply category and UPS was awarded the Strategic Partner of the Year Award.

Avery was awarded the coveted S.P. Richards Heritage Award which recognizes a vendor who exemplifies leadership qualities in every aspect of their organization. Wayne Beacham, Chairman and CEO of S.P. Richards Company commented on Avery’s recognition, “S.P. Richards has done business with Avery Dennison for a very long time and we can honestly say that we don’t have a supplier that is more supportive of SPR and our customers. We greatly admire their dedication, perseverance and tenacity as these are qualities we admire at S.P. Richards Company, and we were pleased to present them with this year’s Heritage Award.”

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, cleaning and breakroom supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards Company markets several private label lines under the brand names of Lorell®, Integra™, Sparco™, Genuine Joe®, Nature Saver®, Compucessory®, Elite Image® and Business Source®. The company operates over 40 Distribution Centers across the United States and Canada.

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S.P. Richards Company, the Office Products Group, distributes business products nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group, EIS, Inc., distributes electrical and electronic components throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company had 2012 revenues of $13.0 billion.

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