ABC 2015 Ignites the Fire of Innovation!

August 3rd, 2015

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE) and leading wholesale distributor of business and office supplies, announced today…

2015 Advantage Business Conference ignites enthusiastic crowd in Las Vegas

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to this year’s S.P. Richards Advantage Business Conference (ABC) held June 21-25. This event marked the company’s 17th ABC and a passionate crowd of independent business product dealers, manufacturers, business partners and SPR sales and management personnel were in attendance for the sold-out event.  A theme that celebrated collaboration, innovation and seizing opportunities with a sense of urgency weaved its way through the keynotes, educational seminars and the show’s giant product expo.

Innovation keynote speaker, Trend Hunter CEO and award-winning author Jeremy Gutsche set the tone for the conference speaking on how to identify and take advantage of trends in the marketplace. Best-selling author and ethnographer Simon Sinek was on hand to inspire attendees with his keynote focused on leaders that have made the greatest impact in their organizations and how the environments they create inspire their people to excel and prosper in their work and personal lives. Other conference highlights included the industry’s largest Business Products Expo and the presentation of this year’s North American Office Products Awards, (NAOPA) hosted by OPI’s Steve Hilleard.

Jim O’Brien, S.P. Richards SVP of Marketing said, “The combination of powerful keynote speakers and a very strong learning track made this our strongest program to date. It is so encouraging to see progressive dealers want to learn and take advantage of the opportunities in the Facility, Breakroom and Furniture categories. We are also witnessing increased adoption in the use of analytics which was further reinforced with the exciting announcement that MyAnalystTM has been integrated into ECI’s Acsellerate platform. We remain committed to bringing the best technology, data and training to independent dealers.”

Next year’s event will be held July 20-24 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC.

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, safety and security items, cleaning products, breakroom and food service supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards Company markets several proprietary lines under the brand names of Lorell®, Integra, Sparco, Genuine Joe®, Nature Saver®, Compucessory®, Elite Image® and Business Source®. The company operates 41 Distribution Centers across the United States and Canada.

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australasia.

The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S. P. Richards Company, the Office Products Group, distributes business products in the U.S. and Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group, EIS, Inc., distributes electrical and electronic components throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.   Genuine Parts Company had 2014 revenues of $15.3 billion.

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