Nation’s First and Only African-American Owned Computer Supplier in Major Retail, A Unity System, Teams With Office Depot
Deal is third of its kind; CEO to discuss strategy on The Tom Joyner Morning Show
ATLANTA, GA – February 21, 2005 A Unity System (AUS), an African-American-owned computer supplier and distributor and Office Depot, (NYSE: ODP) a leader in consumer and business office products – including retail stores, contract delivery, catalogs and the Internet, has announced the completion of a distribution agreement to offer A Unity System computers at Office Supplies: Office Products & Office Furniture at Office Depot. AUS had similar agreements with Kmart and Staples.
A Unity System’s chairman and CEO, Tonee Bell will discuss the relationship and why it is important to AUS’s mission to close the digital divide by offering best value, customizable, computer solutions with Tom Joyner, Reach Media Inc.’s founder, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and radio personality, on The Tom Joyner Morning Show®. The show will air at 6:30 a.m. CST on February 28, 2005.
“Office Depot’s presence in the communities we want to reach makes it a perfect distribution partner. We want to use our business as a platform to build stronger communities that consist of technically prepared and empowered people. We are doing this community by community,” said Tonee Bell, Chairman and CEO of AUS. “Establishing distribution channels like Office Depot and promoting our vision via media venues such as The Tom Joyner Morning Show will not only reach our targeted markets, but help us fulfill our mission,” continued Bell.
As a part of the initial product launch, officedepot.com will feature the following AUS computer systems: Voyager, Eclipse, Premier, Endeavor and Envision.
About A Unity System
A Unity System, Inc. (AUS), founded in July 1999 and incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2001, is the first minority-owned supplier of personal computers, laptops, servers and related products in major retail stores. AUS offers high quality, high-performing equipment, and one to three-year warranties on parts, labor and on-site repair. AUS provides toll-free, technical support for hardware. AUS constructs its PC’s with high quality name brand components and offers competitive pricing and build-to-order (BTO) systems. A Unity System
About Office Depot
Office Depot is a leader in distribution channel - from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. With $3.1 billion in online sales in Fiscal Year 2004, the Company is the world's number three Internet retailer. In North America, Office Depot has 969 retail stores in addition to a national business-to-business delivery network supported by 22 delivery centers and more than 60 local sales offices. Internationally, the Company conducts wholly-owned operations in 14 countries via 78 retail stores and 25 distribution centers, and operates 153 retail stores under joint venture and license arrangements in another seven countries. With annual sales of more than $13 billion, Office Depot sells more office products to more customers in more countries than any other company.
About the Tom Joyner Morning Show®
The TJMS, reaching over eight million people every week, is broadcast on over 115 affiliate stations across the United States and is the top morning show in many of the markets in which it is broadcast. TJMS is under the umbrella of Reach Media, which was founded by radio personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Tom Joyner. Reach Media also operates various other businesses associated with Tom Joyner including the Tom Joyner Sky Show, the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and various other special event-related businesses. Additionally, Reach Media operates one of the leading African-American targeted Internet destinations, Black America Web and recently developed a Tom Joyner television show in conjunction with TV One, LLC.
For more information on this partnership or to book or schedule an interview with Tonee Bell, please contact:
A Unity System, Inc.
Director of Communications
Ms. Jewel Daniels
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