OSS was selected due to its industry expertise and comes with a level of staffing that will enable Schleich to better realise its aims.
Jez Robinson, country manager, commented: “Not only will this partnership with OSS open new opportunities for Schleich, but existing independent customers will also benefit from being visited and merchandised more regularly. This is key to ensuring the best possible offer at retail and maximising sales both in and out of the store. OSS has already developed a significant independent business over the last five years, and we look forward to seeing our combined efforts delivering further growth for both parties.”
As part of the restructure of the sales strategy, existing sales representative Mark Sharp will be moving to OSS, meaning the association with Schleich and many of his customers will continue. The existing agreements with Leon Keys, Jez Large and Mashal Toy Agencies will be unaffected.
Jez added: “We are delighted that Mark has decided to join OSS and be involved with the new set up going forward. This new arrangement gives us a truly renewed focus on the independent market, which has always been so important to Schleich and its UK business.”