United Stationers Inc. engages in the wholesale distribution of business products in North America. The company stocks a line of approximately 140,000 products, including technology products, traditional office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies, and industrial supplies. The company’s network of 64 distribution centers allows it to ship products to approximately 25,000 reseller customers, enabling it to ship majority products to approximately 90% of the U.S. and next day delivery to major cities in Mexico and Canada. The company also has operations in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Products Technology Products: The company is a national wholesale distributor of computer supplies and peripherals. It stocks approximately 10,000 items, including imaging supplies, data storage, digital cameras, computer accessories and computer hardware items, such as printers and other peripherals. Traditional Office Products: The company is a national wholesale distributor of a range of office supplies. It carries approximately 23,000 brand-name and private label products, such as filing and record storage products, business machines, presentation products, writing instruments, paper products, shipping and mailing supplies, calendars and general office accessories. Janitorial and Breakroom Supplies: The company is a wholesaler of janitorial and breakroom supplies throughout the nation. The company holds approximately 20,000 items in these lines: janitorial and breakroom supplies (cleaners and cleaning accessories), foodservice consumables (such as disposable cups, plates and utensils), safety and security items, and paper and packaging supplies. Industrial Supplies: With the acquisition of O.K.I. Supply Co., the company increased its industrial supplies stock to approximately 83,000 items, including hand and power tools, safety and security supplies, janitorial equipment and supplies, other various industrial maintenance, repair and operations items and oil field and welding supplies. Office Furniture: The company is an office furniture wholesaler distributor in the nation. It stocks approximately 4,000 products, including desks, filing and storage solutions, seating and systems furniture, along with various products for niche markets, such as education, government, healthcare and professional services. The company offers private brand products within each of its product categories. These include Innovera technology products, Universal office products, Windsoft paper products, Boardwalk and UniSan janitorial and sanitation products, Alera office furniture, and Anchor Brand and Best Welds welding, industrial, safety and oil field pipeline products. Customers The company serves a group of approximately 25,000 customers. They include independent office products dealers; contract stationers; office products superstores; computer products resellers; office furniture dealers; mass merchandisers; mail order companies; sanitary supply, paper and foodservice distributors; drug and grocery store chains; healthcare distributors; e-commerce merchants; oil field, welding supply and industrial/ maintenance, repair and operations distributors; and other independent distributors. The company’s principal customer is W.B. Mason Co., Inc. The company’s independent reseller customers include United Stationers Supply; Lagasse, Inc.; and ORS Nasco resellers. Seasonality The company’s sales generally are relatively steady throughout the year. In particular, the company’s sales of traditional office products usually are higher than average during January, when many businesses begin operating under new annual budgets and release previously deferred purchase orders. Janitorial and breakroom supplies and industrial supplies sales are somewhat higher in the summer months. History United Stationers Inc. was founded in 1922.
united stationers inc (USTR:NASDAQ GS)
One Parkway North Boulevard
Deerfield, IL 60015
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