Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to be a trusted, dependable, and cost-effective purchasing cooperative for products and services essential to the operation and success of newspaper/media companies and commercial printers. We will also help assure member success by providing practical ways for them to enhance revenue and improve operating efficiencies.
Our vision is to bring PAGE members together to cooperatively assure industry competitive pricing on all supplies and services.
Our values state that each member shares equally in the ownership and control of the PAGE Cooperative. All members – regardless of size – receive the same base pricing from the same suppliers.
Cooperative Buying Association
We will also help assure member success by providing practical ways for them to enhance revenue and improve operating efficiencies.
Receive special discount pricing for services including credit card processing, FedEx – both air and ground, and more. PAGE members order directly from their choice of suppliers and get merchandise shipped direct.
The idea of a “buying group” to help independent newspaper companies gain the pricing similar to the large publicly owned companies, was hatched in 1983 at a meeting of newspaper owners and friends – Pete Eyerly, Bloomsburg (PA) Press Enterprise; Joe Smyth, Independent Newspapers – including Dover, DE and several non-dailies in FL and AZ; and Chuck Berky, a recent owner/Publisher of The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) and Gannett Executive.
The time was ripe for the founders of PAGE to call on other key friends and associates in the newspaper industry to pool their resources and purchasing volumes to start the cooperative.
With the help of a passionate Advisory Committee, 10 family-owned newspaper companies, and several dedicated advising professionals, PAGE opened for business on April 1st, 1984. Early supporting suppliers included Hoosier Photo Supply (HPS), Anocoil, Tembec and General Printing Ink.
The early years brought continuous, but fairly slow growth. It took 10 years for the Cooperative to reach its goal of $50 million in annual purchases, but from then on, the increase in membership, purchasing volume and numbers of suppliers started to mushroom to reach the gigantic size it is today.
As the newspaper industry changes to a variety of platforms for delivery of their information products, PAGE is changing and evolving along with its members. It is also taking advantage of its large network and expanding its services to include revenue-producing suppliers that will further help the financial health of its membership.