Founded in 1981, Affiliated Distributors is North America’s #1 Distributor Network with a mission to increase market share of its Affiliate Members (distributors) and Preferred Supplier Partners (manufacturers).
A-D’s growth and success as an organization is attributed to the democratic structure of their Affiliate networks and committees. These networks provide leadership and guidance to A-D management and are a forum for Affiliate executives to share any successes, challenges and best practices in their respective local markets.
A-D calls itself The Marketing GroupTM and is dedicated to providing marketing leadership to both Affiliate Members and Preferred Supplier Partners. Sponsoring a series of programs and events to stimulate sales and marketing excellence as well as encouraging closer working relationships between Affiliates and Preferred Suppliers ensures their success.
For Independent Distributors, A-D is the solution and acts to “level the playing field” during a period of increasing industry concentration. A-D is comprised of five separate divisions:
A-D welcomes independent, entrepreneurial Affiliates that are:
In honor of Affiliated Distributors’ 30th Anniversary, they created this animated video in order to help folks understand their heritage. Affiliated Distributors was created to protect strong local independents and proud manufacturers from the negative impact of national chains.