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Our customers trust the expertise and experience of not only Regional Distributors, Inc., but also our partnerships and affiliations with nationally renowned organizations. The following are some of our highly valued partnerships and affiliations that assist us in providing our customers the absolute best products, solutions, and service.


Certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE)

Regional Distributors, Inc is a NYS certified Women’s Business Enterprise approved by the Empire State Development Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD). WBE certification validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. As a certified women-owned business enterprise, Regional Distributors, Inc. is proud to promote equality of economic opportunities, eliminate barriers to minority and women participation in state contracts, and support New York State’s economy with increased access to opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.


Strategic Market Alliance (SMA)

To deliver our customers competitive pricing, Regional Distributors, Inc. is a proud member-owner of Strategic Market Alliance (SMA), an interdependent cooperative buying group owned and directed by the nation’s leading janitorial and food service distributors who cover every major market in the U.S. and leverage a collective purchasing power over $4 billion in annual sales. SMA is also a proud supply partner with all of the leading market manufacturers including Dart/Solo Cup, SCA Tork Tissue & Towel, Pactiv, Kimberly-Clark, Georgia-Pacific, Fabri-Kal, Betco, GOJO, and many other leading suppliersIt is the commitment of SMA owners to optimize the effectiveness of their chosen supplier partners while providing current and future customers a more efficient, sustainable channel partner. SMA is structured to enable suppliers and distributors to work more proactively together to address channel issues and grow sales to generate greater returns. SMA members also strive to optimize efficiency and effectiveness within the supply channel by creating value-based, functional and sustainable business solutions that improve operations while enhancing customer satisfaction.


In 2009, Strategic Market Alliance (SMA) distributor owner members, including Regional Distributors, Inc., committed to developing a formalized health care program focused on meeting health care’s most important needs – service and education. After much research and development, SMA launched their health care program HealthRite that assists Regional Distributors, Inc. and other SMA members in delivering the proper products, services, and solutions to the health care industry. SMA is a proud partner to numerous GPOs including Premier, Prime Services, Novation, Navigator, 1Government Procurement Alliance (1GPA), MedAssets, and Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), giving us the ability to utilize extremely competitive contract pricing for our customers. Through HealthRite, all SMA distributors assign health care specialists to remain current on health care issues and concerns, as well as serve as a conduit between distribution and SMA on all industry related matters. All SMA health care specialists are experienced in servicing the health care industry and maintain memberships in APIC and ASHES. HealthRite has been well received by the nation’s largest GPOs, including Premier, Inc. and CPS Care Purchasing, as well as the industry’s key manufacturers. As a result of this commitment to health care, SMA recently became an approved housekeeping distributor for both Novation and MedAssets. 


SMA's trademarked O.S.C.A.R.® Program (Optimizing Strategic Coalition to Accelerate 
R
esults) unites distributors & suppliers in a process designed to more clearly understand and respond to the expectations of specific customers and their segment-specific challenges. The adoption of this preparedness program has enabled SMA affiliates to positively impact their customers by delivering the intended results. O.S.C.A.R is a systemized approach that enables SMA to assist decision makers at multi-location companies to achieve greater compliance and adoption of enterprise wide initiatives. The final outcome is satisfied customers who, by way of this process, have grown to trust and value the insight and services provided by SMA.



International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)

The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) is a world-wide trade association for the professional cleaning industry with over 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, building service contractor, and in-house service provider members that are certified with reaching the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS).

CIMS is the first consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organization. CIMS is more than just a way for cleaning organizations to set themselves and their green cleaning operations apart in the marketplace. CIMS certifications differentiates an organization from the competition by demonstrating their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, improves the organization’s overall operations, and saves money for both the organization and its customers. 

Regional Distributors, Inc. is also a certified CIMS Expert (CIMS-I.C.E) and CIMS Green Building Expert (CIMS-GB), and a CITS Accredited Certified Trainer (ACT). These certifications and accreditations demonstrate further allow us to deliver quality, customer-focused services and ensures an organization is capable of delivering a comprehensive green cleaning program based on LEED: EB O&M green-cleaning criteria.


Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (formerly Rochester Business Alliance)

Regional Distributors, Inc. supports our local community as a member of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. The Rochester Chamber supports the nine-county Rochester region (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties), and provides human resource services, training courses, and networking opportunities, as well as advocating at the local, state, and federal levels for an environment essential for Rochester businesses to succeed. As a member, Regional Distributors, Inc. helps support important advocacy work including the Rochester Community Coalition and Unshackle Upstate.

 


Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs)

With growing health care costs, GPOs have become an important source for health care facilities to increase efficiency and contain costs. Regional Distributors, Inc. is a proud supplier of leading GPOs including Premier Inc.MedAssets, and Prime Services, Inc. to name a few. Our participation with leading GPOs allows us to conveniently and easily service our health care customers by delivering quality products at efficiently control costs.


Rochester Janitor Supply (RJS)

Rochester Janitor Supply (RJS) has been a well-known and respected local business since 1937. Regional’s acquisition of RJS in 2004 strategically extended the company’s wholesale and manufacturer janitorial & sanitary maintenance product offering allowing the company to deliver a larger, more diverse range of cleaning products and solutions.

See our Janitorial page for detailed information about our janitorial and sanitary maintenance products.


Paper Distributors, Inc. Buffalo (PDI)

Regional’s acquisition of Paper Distributors, Inc. (PDI) in 2006 strategically and significantly expanded the company’s portfolio allowing Regional to become one of the leading distributors of wholesale and manufacturer ice cream and frozen yogurt products, toppings, cones, bases, mixes, and novelty desserts in Western New York and the Albany area.

See our Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt pages for more product information.

 

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Creating Exceptional Customer Service Experiences

"Any business looking to experience phenomenal and attentive service should look to Regional Distributors, Inc. Daily operations run a lot smoother on my end because communication with them is always easy and painless – from the minute we inquire about a product for a specific solution to the prompt, accurate delivery of orders. They know what we need when it comes to service and products and deliver the best of both. The proactive and helpful nature of their staff makes partnering with Regional an easy decision.”

Collin Reid, Executive Chef, Rochester Plaza Hotel, Rochester, NY


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"In addition to excellent customer service, Regional Distributors has worked diligently to ensure that our operating expenses are kept in line. Since we started working with Regional, we have reduced our costs 12%, without sacrificing quality or results. In fact, in many cases we have been able to improve quality and overall results at a lower cost. In today’s environment, it is reassuring to have a partnership with a company who is always there for your and looking out for your best interests." 

Dawn Richenberg, 
General Manager,
Quality Inn Airport, Rochester, NY

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"When choosing a supplier, price is always one of the key factors that determines who will receive the business. Regional isn't only the company that has the best value, they also provide invaluable recommendations for highly efficient products and green alternatives. Dave Scalen (Vice President, Regional Distributors) goes out of his way to help each of our dining units evaluate their needs and provide specific products that work best. He also helps the campus dining operations with various green initiatives and recycling efforts. If you’re looking to make a change in paper supplier, I highly recommend Regional Distributors."

Dean Engdahl, Asst. Director, RIT Dining Services, Rochester, NY