Anderson Merchandisers Acquires Sony DADC

Anderson Merchandisers has acquired physical music distribution rights from 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 U.S. wholesalers and retailers.

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.

Anderson Merchandisers sees a future for CDs, as long as they are affordable. CEO Charlie Anderson notes, “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.”

The purchase of Sony DADC will enable the industry to streamline cost through Anderson’s “one box” shipment system which allows retailers to receive a single shipment of music from multiple labels.

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.


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