London, On — Canada’s first co-operative buying group for manufacturers — the EMC Purchasing Co-operative Ltd. – has selected as its ‘Preferred Supplier’ for the MRO products category (maintenance, repair and operations) IDI Independent Distributors Inc., Mississauga, ON. IDI is Canada’s largest network of Canadian distributors specializing in bearings, fluid power products, industrial supplies, janitorial supplies, power transmission products and safety supplies.
The EMC Purchasing Co-operative Ltd. was officially launched by the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) in December 2010. It says the selection of IDI continues the process of enabling industry to leverage its combined purchasing power and to receive better prices and terms on the common products it buys. The co-operative is wholly owned by its member manufacturers.
The Member-Owners participating on the Selection Committee said they were impressed by the overall IDI National Accounts program, with its network of industrial distributors and more than 250 branch locations. This will mean most EMC Purchasing Co-operative members will have multiple IDI suppliers to choose from within their local areas.
The IDI national accounts model offers the best of two worlds: Proven local/independent suppliers that have the experience to understand and meet each manufacturers’ needs, coupled with IDI’s national accounts department that provides the group with a streamlined administrative process and a single consolidated interface for members.
IDI is also structured as a purchasing co-operative, with its members pooling their purchasing power to compete effectively with the large multi-national players in the MRO sector.
“We get what the EMC Purchasing Co-op is doing and fully support it,” said Scott Bebenek, president, IDI Independent Distributors Inc. “We came to the table with the knowledge that by working together we can all win.
“The purchasing co-op model works well. We need to look no further than what IDI has accomplished as proof. We are confident that this initial three-year deal will turn into a much longer-lasting relationship that all will benefit from for many years to come,” said Benenek.
“We are pleased with the outcome of the Preferred Supplier Selection Committee,” said Ian Gray, executive director of the EMC Purchasing Co-operative Ltd. “The Member-Owner’s on the committee listened to all of the presentations from the major suppliers for the MRO category, asked great questions and then came to a unanimous decision to recommend IDI as the Preferred Supplier for the MRO category.”
The EMC Purchasing Co-operative Ltd. is currently in the process of selecting and negotiating with preferred suppliers for additional group categories, covering other areas of business for its members. “We hope everyone would take note of IDI’s successful approach, as the EMC Purchasing Co-op is all about creating a winning situation for all involved,” added Gray
For further information on the EMC Purchasing Co-op, visit www.emcpurchasing.coop.