Vendor Benefits


Being an IWDC Approved Vendor has many benefits that go beyond the typical buy / sell business relationship.

Volume: the IWDC and its Members represent $2 billion in retail sales in North America. We also represent the largest group of independently owned companies in the gas & welding supply channel. We have over 140 Member companies in more than 600 locations, including a centralized wholesale operation in Indianapolis.

Payment & Invoice Efficiencies: The IWDC is a centralized invoicing company for our Members’ purchases (excluding capital equipment). In other words, all of our Members’ purchases from Approved Vendors like you are invoiced to the IWDC. The IWDC pays all of our Members’ invoices within the negotiated payment terms. Immediately, Approved Vendors offer an open line of credit to more than 140 companies.

The IWDC can receive invoices via EDI, email, or U.S. mail, all bundled together. Approved Vendors receive payments every week and on time. All credits are sent through the IWDC as well. This results in substantially lower transaction costs for our Vendors.

Trust: By extending open credit, the IWDC processes both invoices and credits in a timely manner, creating a level of trust that’s unprecedented in the industries we serve.

Approved Vendor Exclusives:  Approved Vendors are invited to the annual Sales & Purchasing Convention. They can display their products, highlight their new products, show 30-second commercials, network with the decision-makers, and receive purchase orders. Typically, over $12 million of sales transactions occur at the Sales & Purchasing Convention. The IWDC Member-exclusive newsletter, “The Chronicles,” is open to receiving news from your organization as well as any promotions you’re offering exclusively for IWDC Members.

Lastly, the IWDC has created the Vendor Alliance Program which allows our Approved Vendors to  use many of our “Expense Control/Operation Cost Reduction” Agreements. OfficeMax, Costco, Sherwin Williams paint, and UPS Small Package are just some of the companies with whom we have relationships that allow our Approved Vendors to create unique partnerships. What other customer of yours is trying to reduce your cost of doing business? Only the IWDC!

To get further information on the benefits of being an IWDC Approved Vendor, contact the IWDC.


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