CIS and Basics announce partnership

    To strengthen the position of independent office products dealers in

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Basics Office Products Ltd. and Canadian
Independent Stationers (CIS), two independent Office Products buying groups in
Canada, announced today a partnership wherein CIS will become a Basics
Shareholder. Under the agreement, effective January 1, 2009, CIS will purchase
from the vendors under common contracts negotiated through the Basics National
Office. CIS will continue to maintain its Head Office in Guelph, Ontario as
well as its Office Plus branding and marketing identity.
    Basics, Canada's largest buying group, looks forward to joining forces
with CIS and to improving collective buying power. While each group will
maintain its own distinct marketing programs and marketing banner under the
plan, CIS and Basics agree that this partnership places the independents in a
much stronger position to compete for business against multi-national
    Focused on the business of growing the independent dealer sector in an
ever more complex market, this plan offers vendor partners many significant
    -   Single point for contract negotiations
    -   Opportunity for coast-to-coast market coverage
    -   Strong support of vendor National Brand products
    -   Future opportunities for joint events

    "Basics and CIS are committed to working together to ensure the long-term
profitability and sustainability of independent dealers in Canada," said Sean
Macey, President of Basics.
    "This strategic move allows CIS to focus on delivering marketing programs
and consistent, best-in-class service to its dealers as we continue to build
the Office Plus brand and positioning," noted Nineeta Drepaul, President of

    CIS' Mission is to provide opportunity for sustainable success of
independent business products dealers at an affordable cost.

    Basics' Mission is to ensure and enhance the profitability of independent
office product dealers.

For further information:

For further information: Sean Macey, President, Basics Office Products
Ltd., Phone - (519) 653-8984 ext. 245, E-Mail -; Nineeta
Drepaul, President, Canadian Independent Stationers, Phone - (519) 836-6300
ext. 3212, E-Mail -

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