Office Supply Brands GENIE and OLYMPIA under one roof in future
Hattingen, Wiesbaden on the 21st January 2019.
Genie GmbH & Co.KG and Olympia Business Systems GmbH will in future trade as one Company. From the 1st March 2019, the Brands of two of the market leaders in the PBS Sector (Paper, Office and Writing Instruments) will be offered through GO Europe GmbH. Genie GmbH & Co.KG have merged together with Olympia Business Systems Vertriebs GmbH, and the new enterprise will in future be known as Go Europe GmbH. The Head Office of the Company, jointly managed by Christian Gerth and Heinz Prygoda, will be in Hattingen.
The leading market position of the two Companies will be strengthened as Suppliers of a wide range of Products and Accessories for use in the home, school, study centre and in the office. The main core Brands of GENIE, OLYMPIA and BONSAII provide the Company in future a wide spectrum of School Essentials, Office Products, Presentation and Communication articles, Organisational and Training items and Products for use at home as well. The overall Range encompasses items from entry level to high end use, such as Desk and Pocket Calculators, Shredders and Laminating Machines plus many practical accessories for use on and around the Desk area. The three brands are European Leaders in their various Product segments. The Company’s customers range from Individual Stationery Retailers to Specialised Chains, plus having dedicated trade routes – online as well as offline. The complete programme is rounded off with specific Brands in the Security and Electronic Communication areas such as Hartig & Hellig, Babyruf, IOIO, and Olymp.
Strengthened Position in an intensively competitive Market
Heinz Prygoda, the Managing Director of Olympia Business Systems Vertriebs GmbH, expressed himself as follows. “ The combined heft of the two PBS Companies gives us greater weight in the extremely competitive European market. As a result, we have reached the necessary size to be able to face on equal terms, the heavyweight competition. The conditions relating to Customer Requirements, the depth of the Programme, along with Digital Ordering requirements have all changed massively in recent years and demand huge investment from a middle sized supplier. The bigger Companies will have a greater flexibility to cope”.
Christian Gerth, the Managing Director of Genie GmbH & Co.KG, amplified: “ Olympia, with its over 100 year Tradition, is one of the most revered German Brands for Office Products. I am delighted to be able in the future, to work with this ongoing success story. At the same time, I see with this connection a once in a lifetime chance to bring greater visibility to the trade and the consumer, of younger brands such as Genie and Bonsaii”.
A little about Olympia
Olympia Business Systems Vertriebs GmbH (OBS) are based in Hattingen/Ruhrkreis, and the Company and its owner Heinz Prygoda, have for many years been important Distribution Partners for Olympia Products in the Office Machines and Systems markets. Following the sale of the Olympia Brand rights through AEG to Olympia International Holdings Ltd , in 1997 the Sales Rights for Germany and the marketing licence for the tradition rich brand Olympia, were transferred to the long standing and successful business partner Prygoda. After 2003, the sales rights were expanded to encompass the rest of Europe, the former East European States, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Other capabilities offered by OBS include Company Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Logistics, Servicing and After-Sales Service. www.olympia-vertrieb.de
A little about Genie
Around the Office, School or at Home GENIE offers a lot in its programme. For over 25 years the GENIE Brand has stood as a reliable partner for high quality products at a fair price. The wide product assortment comprises Pocket and Desk Calculators, Shredders, Laminating Machines and Pouches, Cutters and Trimmers for every need, Money Detectors as well as essential Office accessories for around and on the Desk space. Through its own Office in Hong Kong as well as its many years of experience as a reliable, Europe wide supplier through all the various possible Sales Channels, customers requiring own branded products can also benefit. Well known Global Players already use these competencies and trust completely in the comprehensive and professional service provided by Genie GmbH & Co.KG www.genie-online.de