Yancey Jones & Mike Maggio - NEW ENTRY

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Yancey Jones & Mike Maggio - NEW ENTRY
S.P. Richards
Executive Chairman and CEO

Industry veterans Yancey Jones and Mike Maggio acquired US wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) from Genuine Parts Company (GPC) in June 2020.

To find out what’s happened since the acquisition, read the following:

2022

Big Interview: SPR’s vision – A work in progress

Big Interview Xtra: Yancey Jones and Mike Maggio, S.P. Richards

SPR unveils new sales leadership team

SPR promotes Molidor

SPR appoints regional sales director

2021

Event Review: North American Office Products Awards 2021

OPI Talk podcast: S.P. Richards – 12 months on (part 1)

OPI Talk podcast: S.P. Richards – 12 months on (part 2)

Experienced facilities exec joins SPR

Maggio to receive BSA award

2020

New SPR enhances dealer platform

SPR opens new facility, revamps website, provides update

Hot Topic: SPR’s 2020 vision

Analysis: Positive reaction to SPR acquisition

SPR’s new vision

S.P. Richards announces senior leadership team

S.P. Richards sold

Background information

2021: When Mike Maggio says that “surviving” has been the biggest achievement for S.P. Richards (SPR) over the past year, he is not joking. When he and Yancey Jones led the takeover of the US wholesaler, effective 1 July 2020, they were not expecting the coronavirus pandemic to still be impacting market conditions more than 12 months later.

Nevertheless, despite the challenges of COVID on the business products sector, SPR has been able to make significant progress on a number of fronts. These include:

Standing up the company after it was acquired from Genuine Parts (GPC)
The three areas where SPR relied most heavily on GPC – HR, accounting and IT – were separated by December 2020. This just leaves some freight and global sourcing agreements in place, which make sense for both parties to maintain.

Distribution network
Around $16 million has been invested in infrastructure, with three new distribution facilities in Chicago (IL), Columbus (OH) and Atlanta (GA). The latter, in particular, represents a technology leap for SPR, with more automation and the use of robotic picking. This comes not only from a need to be more efficient, but also to help the wholesaler to help overcome the challenges of recruiting in the distribution channel.

Vision
When Jones and Maggio came in, their goal was to transform SPR from an office products wholesaler into an independent business products distributor. This has meant moving from a catalogue-based approach to merchandising to one that is market driven. As such, SPR has been working with manufacturers to expand the product offering – even beyond what the wholesaler physically stocks – to better cater to what customers actually want to purchase.
There has also been a move to dispel the idea that second-call customers are somehow ‘second-class citizens’, with SPR marketing itself as a distributor for ALL customers. One example of this is the new RDC programme with dealer group ISG, which will serve both SP and Essendant first-call dealers.

Brand refresh
SPR’s vision has been encapsulated in a recent brand refresh that comes with the tagline, ‘Not just a wholesaler, the whole package’.

For more on recent developments at SPR, make sure you tune in to this July 2021 OPI Talk podcast featuring Maggio and Jones.