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Essendant (formerly United Stationers) is a leading wholesale distributor of business products, with 2012 net sales of $5.1 billion. The company stocks a broad and deep line of approximately 130,000 items on a national basis, including technology products, traditional office products, janitorial and breakroom supplies, office furniture, and industrial supplies. A network currently comprised of 64 distribution centers allows it to deliver these products to over 25,000 reseller customers. This network, combined with Essendant's depth and breadth of inventory, enables the company to ship most products overnight to more than 90% of the U.S. and offer next-day delivery to major cities in Mexico and Canada. For more information, visit

Essendant is a pure wholesale distributor of business products. We “win from the middle of the supply chain” by enabling the success of our suppliers, our reseller customers, our associates, and the communities we serve.

By stocking a broad range of products across key market channels, and by offering sophisticated logistical capabilities and innovative value-added services, we enable our resellers to respond efficiently to the demand for business products from millions of consumers. By giving our suppliers logistical excellence and broad market reach, we enable their success.

By “living our values” of focusing on our customers’ needs, acting with honesty and integrity, and honoring our social responsibility, we enable the success of both our associates and the communities we serve.
Associates at Essendant are offered a comprehensive benefits package. Our goal is to select quality programs that will meet the needs of our associates and their families. Since everyone has different needs and priorities, we offer a wide variety of programs. Our menu of benefits includes:

  • Health Care Coverage
  • Dependent Life Insurances
  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Life Insurance/Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Discounted Associate Purchases
  • Holidays/Vacation
  • Employment Assistance Program (EAP)

Essendant has a robust Wellness Program, designed to help associates make healthy choices that improve their physical and emotional health. This contributes not only to a better work life, but also enriches life beyond the workplace.
Essendant is a purpose-driven company that strives for more than just business success. We believe in treating others with respect, acting with honesty and integrity, and improving our communities. An important part of “enabling our partners to succeed” is to honor our values, both in our business transactions and our commitment to social responsibility.

The Essendant Charitable Foundation is committed to empowering others to make a meaningful difference in their lives. The Foundation connects our associates with charitable activities that address unmet human needs. Our model empowers our associates as leaders and participants in the work of the Foundation. Its Board is comprised of associates from across our businesses and operating locations. Our mission and work is carried to communities locally, nationally, and internationally, and is managed in cooperation with local associate-led councils across the country.

Weaving diversity and inclusion into the fabric of our company culture is a strategic business imperative that helps Essendant grow as a high-performance organization with a purpose, and to differentiate us as an employer and business partner of choice.

We are committed to integrating a philosophy of sustainability into our culture as part of our values. Sustainability programs and policies include:

  • Product selection standards
  • Marketing programs
  • Energy management
  • Solar energy pilots
  • Recycling
  • Fleet truck idling reduction and mpg monitoring
  • Supply chain partnerships
  • Charitable efforts