MAHWAH, N.J. –
Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) has consolidated distribution of its cooking and home-comfort lines down to two distributors within the independent retail channel.
Philadelphia-based Almo, which currently carries Sharp’s Insight line of steam, convection and built-in and drawer-style microwave ovens in the Northeast, will expand its footprint coast-to-coast, serving nearly every state outside of the Southeast.
That region will be covered by Columbia, S.C.-based Climatic, a first-time Sharp distributor.
Both companies will also carry Sharp’s line of room air, air purifiers, and other home-comfort products.
Sharp said the move will provide stateof- the-art dealer-channel support through strategically situated distribution centers, as well as cost efficiencies and enhanced logistical support.
“Sharp is excited to align with the industry’s two leading appliance distributors,” said Chris Hogan, sales VP of Sharp’s health and environmental solutions group. “All Sharp dealers can now take advantage of the strong sales and highly automated logistic capabilities offered by Almo and Climatic.”
Almo, which also distributes Sharp A/V products, maintains 10 strategically located warehouses “to help keep their vendor and dealer base competitive and well serviced,” Sharp said.
“With Sharp’s top-of-the-line products and our distribution capabilities, this partnership is a win-win for the independent dealer channel,” said Almo president/COO Warren Chaiken.
Added Gilly Bailey, COO of 75-year-old Climatic: “We are thrilled to add Sharp to our list of highly acclaimed brands. Health and environmental products [is] a rapidly growing segment of the market, and we are pleased that our dealer base will have a full array of solutions available to their customers.”