We expand your access to products.
If there are any distributors to the Industrial markets that don’t, at times, buy from or sell to their competitors, IDI has yet to meet them. In fact, most independent distributors offer this “find & fetch” service to their customers as a means of differentiating themselves from the National Chains. Buying products at high margin from your competitors is a pretty shaky point of differentiation, when you think about it!
Since IDI’s inception in 1981, our shareholders have traded products with each other at 10% mark-up on stocking cost. If there is an industrial vendor in the market that no IDI shareholder deals with… well, we have yet to meet them, either. Locating product lines from other shareholders is made easy by using the “Product Index” on the IDI website. Type in the vendor you’re looking for and a list comes up of all IDI shareholders with direct access to that vendor.
Imagine! A network of more than 260 branches nationally that will sell you products at 10% mark-up so you can remain competitive on lines you don’t stock. And just a few clicks away on our website. It is no wonder that IDI shareholders transact $8 – 9M of inter-shareholder purchases annually!