2018: Paulo Garcia is CEO at Kalunga, the largest office supplies reseller in Brazil. The company stocks about 11,000 SKUs covering a wide range of sectors, from general OP through to computers, school supplies, furniture and breakroom products.
Kalunga has a widespread high street presence and has recently increased the number of its retail outlets to 187, all located in major towns and cities across Brazil. In addition to physical stores, the reseller also operates through telesales and e-commerce channels.
Away from the office, Garcia is a committed advocate for the Corinthians – the São Paulo soccer team the company sponsors.
2017: The Brazilian reseller continues to enjoy commercial success and now has 172 retail outlets across the country. On a personal note, Kalunga’s CEO Paulo Garcia has announced he will be running for presidency of the Corinthians – the São Paulo soccer team the company sponsors – in February 2018.
2016: Kalunga appears to hit the headlines more for CEO Paulo Garcia’s involvement in – and sponsorship of – Sao Paulo soccer team, the Corinthians, as opposed to the reseller’s success in the Brazilian through physical retail outlets – which now stand at 147 – its e-commerce operations as well as a growing corporate contract division. Kalunga’s 2015 revenues stood at R$1.9 billion ($595 million).
2015: For leading Brazilian reseller Kalunga, increased expansion across the country comes from physical retail outlets and e-commerce, plus its corporate contract division.
The company opened around 20 new stores in 2015, taking its total to more than 140 outlets across the country. The reseller said it looks to enter Brazilian cities that offer a population in excess of 200,000-300,000 inhabitants.
Kalunga.com figures are equally impressive, offering over 11,000 items from more than 250 suppliers in 23 product categories. New services added to the website include order tracking, a mobile site and extended product warranties.