PURCHASING AGENTS SEND LETTER TO CONTRACT INVESTIGATORS

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PURCHASING AGENTS SEND LETTER TO CONTRACT INVESTIGATORS

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    PURCHASING AGENTS SEND LETTER TO CONTRACT INVESTIGATORS
    APRIL  2010 – Alexandria (VA), USAFour major US independent dealer organisations have put their names to a letter addressed to local and state purchasing, auditing and investigations officials regarding manufacturer list prices.The letter below – which was co-signed by the heads of AOPD, is.group, NOPA and TriMega – was emailed to recipients on 12 March.While the letter does not specifically refer to Office Depot, opi.net understands that the letter is a response to Office Depot allegedly refusing to provide list price data to agencies reviewing their Office Depot contracts, asserting that list price data is proprietary and confidential information.

    Dear Local and State Purchasing, Auditing and Investigations Officials:
    We are writing on behalf of our organizations’ members in Florida and throughout the United States who are independent office products dealers, all of whom purchase most of the products they distribute to the final customer from S.P. Richards and/or United Stationers, the two largest national, full-line wholesalers in the office products industry. Those wholesalers’ products also are available to the national Big Box companies for items they do not buy directly from manufacturers.

    As several of our dealer members have advised you, manufacturers’ suggested list prices are not proprietary information. To the contrary, those prices are widely published in hard copy and online by industry wholesalers as well as by manufacturers themselves. They also are made available to independent dealers electronically in price files that are regularly updated.

    Thus, manufacturers’ list prices are readily available to all industry companies in a variety of published formats and can be verified independently. NOPA, with support from AOPD, is.group and TriMega, is leading an ongoing initiative to ensure maximum standardization of product data for all office supplies and certain other items that dealers sell. Without full transparency on item numbers (SKUs) and the manufacturers’ suggested list prices that accompany them, it would be impossible for any customer to verify that they are receiving correct net prices according to their contracts for office products.We hope this letter clarifies the apparent misunderstanding regarding the public nature of manufacturer list prices in our industry.