Anderson Merchandisers announced that it has purchased U.S. physical music distribution rights from Sony DADC.
Unedited press release follows:
Anderson Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights from Sony DADC
Anderson Now The Physical Music Distribution Leader
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Anderson Merchandisers has recently acquired physical music distribution rights from Sony DADC, the physical distribution arm of Sony DADC. The purchase means the vast majority of physical music sold in America will soon reach customers through Anderson.
Sony DADC currently ships all Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI CDs to every U.S. wholesaler and retailer.
Anderson is already the country’s largest music wholesaler, supplying Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, Best Buy and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.
Over the last six months, on a comparable store basis, Anderson’s CD sales have increased over the prior year.
With this agreement, Anderson further fortifies the role of the CD as a key pillar of today’s dynamic music marketplace and enhances the competitiveness of the format by improving the efficiencies of physical music distribution through increased scale.
The purchase will enable the industry to streamline cost through Anderson’s “one box” shipment system. That system allows retailers to receive a single shipment of music from multiple labels.
“With an effort to promote music, the CD should be an important part of the music business for many years to come,” said Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.
Anderson CEO Charlie Anderson agrees, “But it takes a combination of factors, including making the music available at a price people find attractive. Obviously a more efficient, cost-effective distribution system helps accomplish that. We will continue to work with the labels to help them realize that making music available at an affordable price is a good business decision.”
About Anderson Merchandisers, L.P.
Anderson Merchandisers, L.P., is one of the nation’s largest distributors of pre-recorded music, movies, books and in-store marketing services.
A privately held company, Anderson Merchandisers, L.P. is an affiliate of Anderson Media, headquartered in Knoxville, TN, and established in 1917. The company has more than 5,800 associates across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.