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

April 13th, 2012

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…

3M, Deflecto, Georgia Pacific, Logitech, and RR Donnelley were each recognized as Vendor of the Year award recipients at the 2012 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 are presented in five major categories. 3M was recognized in the traditional office products category, Deflecto received the furniture award, Logitech captured the technology category, Georgia Pacific was named the winner in the Cleaning and Breakroom Supply category and RR Donnelley was awarded the Strategic Partner of the Year Award.

Hewlett Packard was awarded the coveted S.P. Richards Heritage Award which recognizes a vendor who exemplifies leadership qualities in every aspect of their organization. Rick Toppin, President and COO of S.P. Richards Company commented on Hewlett Packard’s recognition, “Hewlett Packard has for many years provided S.P. Richards and our customers a strong platform for sales growth and operational efficiency. . HP’s core values and objectives include a passion for customers, trust and respect for individuals, uncompromising integrity, customer loyalty and a commitment to their employees. All are characteristics shared by S.P. Richards Company, and we are honored to present them with the Heritage Award.”

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 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. and Canada 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 2011 revenues of $12.5 billion.

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