|December 10, 2018||0|
Swiss office products wholesaler Papedis has expanded its assortment with the acquisition of local distributor Roost.
The addition of Roost – which also includes the Swiss distribution of ONLINE Schreibgeräte – will lead to a new ‘creative and fantasy’ division at Papedis which will complement the existing office supplies, ink and toner, technology and jan/san offerings. Papedis said the move comes as customers increasingly look for a one-stop-shop solution from suppliers.
The transaction will be effective from 1 January 2019, with a transitional phase lasting a few months that will see Roost’s assortment – around 5,000 SKUs – integrated into the Papedis distribution network. All Roost employees will be offered positions within Papedis’ parent company Offix Group, including Managing Director Harry Roost who will become the Divisional Director of the new creative and fantasy range.
Offix CEO Martin Kelterborn commented:
“The merger is a win-win for both parties. Client requirements in terms of IT and logistics processes, where we are strong, are becoming more difficult for smaller distributors to meet. On the other hand, we don’t have much of a presence in the creative and fantasy segments. We will therefore combine our strengths and we look forward to developing these assortments together.”