Australian office supplies company COS has purchased the business of QCA, Office Choice largest independent dealer, continuing COS on the path of strategic growth.
COS has demonstrated continued annual growth through consistent customer acquisition and category extension however over recent years has been more actively pursuing acquisition opportunities as well. In May 2018 COS acquired Lyreco and more recently in August 2019 acquired Vital Office which contributed to their accelerated growth in the Education market.
As a privately-owned Australian business, COS is the second largest B2B office and education supplier in Australia, competing against Winc owned by US-based private equity investment firm Platinum Equity. COS was founded in 1977 by the current CEO Dominique Lyone and is joined today by his two daughters Amie & Belinda Lyone who on 1st September will transition to Co-CEOs and Dominique will step up to the role of Executive Chairman. COS employs over 450 Aussies and delivers to thousands of government agencies, businesses and schools every day.
Founder and CEO of COS, Dominique Lyone says; “We are a proud Australian family-owned business, which I established 40 years ago selling typewriter ribbon and carbon paper in Western Sydney. Acquiring QCA will help continue our growth and success and give Australian business a strong alternative to buy from an Australian owned company.”
“Blending the COS and QCA business and teams will offer QCA customers great value. Customers will be delighted that COS is a clear Australian owned and operated with significant buying influence to deliver competitive prices, a larger product range, world class website, and a leadership team that is passionate about “The Customer Experience”, concludes Mr Lyone.
“Sharing values with a family service-based mindset and combining QCA and COS expertise, I am convinced COS is the right choice to look after our loyal customers who have come to expect a personalised service”, said Darren Hayes, CEO of QCA.
“I’ve been impressed by QCA’s loyal customers and staff and the commitment to personalized service. This acquisition of QCA will help the COS brand to expand into the Western Australian market exponentially which is great timing as we have just invested in a purpose-built distribution centre as well as continue to cement our offer in the mid-market nationally,” said Mr Lyone. COS takeover the servicing of QCA customers effective 1st October 2021.
For more information and interviews, contact:
Founder and CEO, COS
Ph: 0418 219 159
Ph: 0407 077 740
COS is Australia’s largest privately owned office products supplier, servicing over 5,000 business customers across Australia and offering thousands of products used in today’s modern workplace including technology, kitchen and cleaning, furniture, print and promotional items, and office supplies. COS supports organisations of all sizes help keep their employees healthy and productive by making the selection and delivery of office supplies easy, streamlined and cost effective, allowing organisations to remain focused on business-critical activities. www.cos.net.au
Quick Corporate Australia (QCA) is an Australian-owned business with over 30 years’ experience as a holistic workplace supplier. A key member of the Office Choice group QCA focused initially in Western Australia before going national with warehouses in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne with products across all key categories with a strong focus in print and promotional goods as well as furniture. For more information, please visit www.qca.com.au