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ICBA Buying Programs News & Updates - Week of April 9th

April 10, 2012

NEW Technology Program Addition: Azerty
For almost 30 years, Azerty has set the Best in Class standards for Computer Supply, Hardware, and Accessory wholesaling.  By offering programs that help improve our customers’ profitability, we have become a valuable part of their overall business. Azerty stocks over $250 million in products ready to ship from 18 distribution centers regionally across the United States. With this distribution network we are able to deliver to over 95% of the country in one day via UPS ground. We offer this world-class distribution service on every order every day.

NEW Graduation Products Program Addition: Milburn Universal Designs Diploma Frames
Milburn Universal Designs has been in the custom framing business since 1990, providing its services to custom framers, art galleries, interior designers and retailers throughout North America. Milburn now brings its two decades of experience and excellence to its school programs. Working with interior designers, color analysts and marketing professionals, we offer our customers a comprehensive program, created to establish tailored framing experiences that meet the expectations of each institution and their student bodies.

NEW Apparel Program Addition: Nu Sport
Nu Sport/nu kids has produced quality sportswear for over 20 years.  Their mission is to produce uniquely designed sportswear products that allow their customer partners to maximize their product variety (and sales) without increasing their existing inventory levels.

Their "niche" is servicing smaller accounts because they have low minimums (12 pieces for most items), faster deliveries and are able to increase product variety (and profitability) without increasing existing inventory levels.  Their program is very advantageous for this group of retail stores.

UPDATED Backpacks Program Addition: Dakine
DAKINE offers a complete range of innovative products, including sport-specific to street-savvy backpacks, bags, travel gear and accessories for Men and Women

NEW Giftware Program Addition: Jillson & Roberts, Sandicast, Sprout Greetings and Tri-Coastal Design
Jillson & Roberts was founded with the idea of providing premium quality oriented gift wrap and accessories, along with superior service, to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have the most complete, most beautiful collection of eco-friendly products in the industry. 

Sandicast offers a wonderful selection of dogs, cats, and a variety of wildlife sculptures - especially wolves.  All are hand-cast, hand-painted, and are a must have for animal lovers.

Sprout Greetings is an independently owned greeting card company that serves independently owned retailers throughout the country. 

Tri-Coastal Design is a manufacturer of high quality, fashionable, beautifully designed products for the wholesale market, including bags, bath & Body, plasticware and accessories.

NEW Technology Program Addition: Goal Zero and Organization Solutions-Dockem
GOAL ZERO equips people seeking adventure anywhere from your own backyard to Everest with dependable, portable, renewable solar power packs and lights. Unfamiliar places. Places so far off the grid where electric power doesn't exist.
Organization Solutions’ flagship products, the Dockem and the Koala Mount, are damage-free solutions to mounting practically any smartphone or tablet on the wall. They create a convenient place to keep a device out of the way, store while charging, allow easy viewing, or hands-free use.

UPDATED Imprinted Giftware Program Addition: Spirit Products

Spirit Products Ltd. is the premier supplier of custom insignia merchandise to the collegiate market in the United States and Canada, and a major supplier of custom insignia merchandise to corporations, organizations and events.

UPDATED School & Office Supply Announcement: Officemate International and House of Doolittle
Officemate International Corporation (OIC) is a leading manufacturer of office essentials with years of experience in the office products industry. OIC has a comprehensive product line of over 1000 items, each of which is carefully designed and competitively priced in order to provide the highest quality product at the lowest possible price.

House of Doolittle manufacturers all of their products in the USA. All House of Doolittle products have been made using recycled materials since 1990. Products are printed using 100% recycled papers with 100% post-consumer fiber and soy ink. This is true of over the 200 appointment planners, desk pads, wall calendars and memo pads offered by House of Doolittle.

UPDATED Apparel Program Addition: Bruzer Built Apparel
Bruzer’s forward-designs combined with the fact that they will customize your products for reasonable minimums and fair pricing.  Their design team has developed some of the hottest styles, prints and colors of the season. They continue to use the finest fabrics.  Most garments come fitted with MP3 pockets with earbud channels and/or extended arms with thumb slits for those chilly days. Perfect for running between classes and those on-the-go.

UPDATED Store Management Program Addition: Bookstore 2.0
Unloading used textbooks for instant cash….There’s an App for that! Bookstore 2.0 is pleased to announce the release of their Mobile BuyBack App! This application is the first of its kind that allows students at your campus to check buyback prices of their used textbooks on their mobile smartphones and get an instant price quote. The app works on both the Apple iPhone and Google Android mobile platforms.

UPDATED Store Management Program Addition: Regal Poly-Pak
Regal Poly-Pak offers a wide selection of bag types and sizes at prices and quantities to fit your needs.  Use their industry and product knowledge and company resources to enhance your store’s image and fulfill any environmental needs on your campus or in your community.

NEW Store Management Program Addition: Tagwhat 
Tagwhat is a free mobile application for iPhone and Android.  The mobile encyclopedia of where you are, Tagwhat is the easy, beautiful way to learn all about the world around you through interactive stories, videos, and photos


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