Item, Inc. Named Master Distributor for OKI Genuine Branded Supplies In North and South America

April 4, 2023

Woodbridge, Virginia: Item, Inc., a well-established distributor of printer supplies, parts, and hardware, has been named the master distributor for OKI genuine branded consumables for North and South America. Item, Inc. brings more than 40 years of experience in the distribution and technical services industries and has served as OKI’s primary spare parts distributor since February 2021. This partnership will provide a convenient, high-value, and more efficient experience for customers of OKI.

Under this new agreement, Item, Inc. will import OKI branded supplies and parts directly from OKI factories across Asia into Item, Inc.’s 70,000 square foot distribution center in Woodbridge, VA. Item, Inc. will sell OKI products direct to OKI resellers.

Item Inc. is committed to understanding the needs of each reseller and the unique requirements of their customers. Item, Inc. will work closely with resellers to understand future demand and provide forecasting to OKI to ensure sufficient supplies will be available as the customer needs them. In preparation for partnership, Item, Inc. has been making significant investments in enterprise software, facilities infrastructure, and enhancing their e-commerce platform.

“This long-term partnership with OKI will enable customers to maximize their OKI printer investments, as it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep these printers up and running well into the future,” stated Timothy Rizer, President, Item, Inc. “Item, Inc. has been on a strong growth trajectory and we’re always looking to incorporate new deliverables that leverage our years of expertise. After successfully incorporating the OKI spare parts distribution into our business, which included direct importation from Asia and complete inventory management beginning in 2022, it was a natural progression for us to absorb the consumables business to deliver added value for OKI customers.”

For OKI this transition will significantly improve business efficiency and stabilize the supply chain in order to deliver long-term support for our customers.  
“We’re extremely excited to announce that Item, Inc. will serve as the master consumables and spare parts distributor for the Americas,” said Dennie Kawahara, President & CEO, Oki Data Americas, Inc.  “Item, Inc. clearly positioned themselves as a distribution partner that can manage a significant portion of our business operations and deliver added value that provides exceptional benefits to the channel.”

About Item, Inc. 
Item, Inc., headquartered in Woodbridge, Virginia, is a private company specializing in the distribution of printer consumables, parts, hardware, and technical support services. Since its founding in 1979 by Timothy Rizer, Item, Inc. has consistently expanded product and service offerings and today represents leading manufacturers such as OKI, HP, Canon, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh, Kyocera and more.

Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a $4.0 billion multinational public corporation which has been a leader in telecom, infrastructure, and mechatronics systems since 1881. Oki began its innovation in the printing industry more than four decades ago, first marketing some of the earliest dot matrix printers before pioneering the development of LED print technology.

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