What are the requirements to become an indiCo Affiliate Supplier?
Prospective suppliers must submit a full company profile and code of conduct documentation. When the application is complete, a member of the indiCo Global Sourcing team will contact applicant suppliers to discuss potential opportunities. Product samples may be required. Based on the nature of the conversations and options available, a mutual decision will be made to continue to next steps or end the discussion.
What if our products do not fit into any of the categories listed?
We design store planograms and assortments that attract students and the university campus community. If your product is unique and relevant for the collegiate marketplace, we will consider it. If your product doesn’t fit, we’ll let you know.
What if we are unable to meet the standard requirements?
Contact our parent company, The National Association of College Stores (NACS) for exhibit or sponsorship opportunities at CAMEX, our campus market expo, or information on advertising opportunities in our various publications that reach the campus store market.
Our application was denied. Is there another way to participate with indiCo?
Only if you revise your submission to meet our requirements. You may want to consider the opportunities with NACS described in the answer to the previous question.
What types of stores can work with indiCo?
Any independent store can work with indiCo without “joining” the program or paying a membership fee. We work with a variety of stores:
- In our Traditional B2B channel, any independent campus store is eligible, as long as the ownership model supports the institution and the higher education industry as a whole. All independent campus stores are defined as institutionally-owned and operated, independent campus cooperative, student association/student-run store, K-12 store, etc.
- In our Associated Markets B2B channel, independent stores can participate within their respective associations. American Booksellers Association (ABA), American Libraries Association (ALA), Museum Store Association (MSA), etc.
- Privately-owned stores are eligible on a case-by-case basis.
Is indiCo a buying group alternative similar to Connect2One where vendors commit a percentage of their sales to a partnership?
No. indiCo either purchases from potential suppliers or creates strategic partnerships that support the independent campus store channel.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Email Robb Faust, Associate Director, indiCo Direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.