The new unified ARLINGTON brings with it over 100 years of industry wholesale experience.
Charlotte, North Carolina, November 12, 2018 ‐ Carolina Wholesale Group (‘CWG’), the parent company of Arlington Industries, Carolina Wholesale Office Machines, and Digitek announced today that effective January 1, 2019 they will be combining all three distribution brands to form ARLINGTON. The combination of sales & marketing forces, distribution network, and programs will provide resellers of these three strong brands more focused resources and programs to succeed.
Carolina Wholesale Group purchased Arlington Industries in 2004 and Digitek Computer Products (now Digitek) in 2016. CWG previously retained separate branding and independent sales teams in place to support each company’s strengths. While doing this over the past fifteen years, CWG has combined product selection, distribution centers, and most internal operations to strengthen each brand’s offering to their partners. Now the new ARLINGTON will combine the strengths of each brand into one super distributor that can provide enhanced offering of solutions, services, and programs to their resellers in one focused single‐brand partnership with their resellers.
“We are excited to bring a more focused approach to our channel and address the needs of our reseller partners in more unified manner as ARLINGTON,” states Larry Huneycutt, Owner/President of Carolina Wholesale Group. “While our new combined brands will provide a more robust, focused offering of services to our resellers, we will continue to uphold the high standards of service and integrity our customers and vendors have come to expect from us.”
The current employees of Arlington Industries, Carolina Wholesale, and Digitek will comprise the workforce behind the new ARLINGTON. “Our top priority is making the new ARLINGTON brand a smooth transition for our current employees, resellers and partners. We believe our customers will benefit immediately from the combination of our talented employees and the new programs we’ll be introducing in 2019,” added Mr. Huneycutt.
Why the Change?
We have been managing the marketing, purchasing, and distribution efforts of Arlington Industries, Carolina Wholesale, and Digitek combined for the past two years. We feel that combining our efforts to one focused brand will allow us to provide more programs, solutions, and services without interference from our own competing brands. The name ARLINGTON was selected as we feel it maintains the most recognition of our three brands in the marketplace.
No – none of the companies were sold. In fact, Carolina Wholesale Group has owned Arlington Industries since 2004 and purchased Digitek in 2016. The decision was made to merge the 3 brands to 1 name to provide all reseller partners a focused approach to our valued services and solutions. This change has been announced in 2018 and will go into effect January 1, 2019.
Larry Huneycutt has been the sole owner of the Carolina Wholesale Group (CWG) since 2000 after being owner of Carolina Wholesale Office Machines since the early 1980's. Larry has been the owner of Arlington Industries since CWG purchased them in 2004 and has been the owner of Digitek since his acquisition of them in 2016. Larry Huneycutt has been and will remain the sole owner of ARLINGTON.
You will begin to see new programs and enhanced products and promotional offerings as the new blended ARLINGTON.
Yes. In fact, the combination of our three distribution brand will allow our employees to focus programs to all resellers, provide more expansive vendor programs, and extend more valuable sales resources to our customers than ever before.
What About My Account?
We understand our personal care and partnership with your Account Manager is one of the hallmark strengths of ARLINGTON. If you have an Account Manager of choice you should continue working with them unless otherwise notified by them or ARLINGTON.
If you've been doing business with two or more of our distribution brands previously, your Account Manager will provide you more details regarding which account number to use moving forward.
This change should not result in any adverse pricing changes to your account. Any unforeseen price changes would most likely be the result of vendor/industry price changes.
Customers who previously had multiple accounts will now carry an aggregate credit limit.
Who do I contact regarding previous account issues related to my Carolina Wholesale and/or Digitek accounts?
We have combined our accounting departments internally so you can work directly with the ARLINGTON accounting department regarding any open account issues from Arlington, Carolina Wholesale, or Digitek.
Moving forward you will want to update your records to reflect the following remit address:
PO Box 601029
Charlotte, NC 28260
You will still receive invoices in the same manner as you did before but from ARLINGTON. If you use EBill Express for eCheck payments you will begin to access this information here:
If you registered on the storefront.cwholesale.com or storefront.digitek.com, your username, password, and account history will automatically be reassigned to storefront.arli.com January 1, 2019. If you are not yet registered for our eStorefront you can register online at storefront.arli.com today.
If you were participating in the Digitek Advantage program, your account and points balance will be transitioned to the new ArliAdvantage program January 1, 2019. Your username and password should remain unchanged.
Sometime before January 1, 2019 Arlington Industries, Carolina Wholesale, and Digitek credit card transactions will begin to appear as charges by ARLINGTON.
We will require a new Resale Certificate issued to ARLINGTON INDUSTRIES.
The product offering will continue to be enhanced by the vendor relationships established and fostered by Arlington Industries, Carolina Wholesale, and Digitek over the past five decades. We will always look to enhance our product offering to meet the needs of our customers.
We are pleased to inform you that we are still offering same-day shipping from all six of our national distribution centers from California, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Arlington Industries, Carolina Wholesale, and Digitek will have shared Terms & Conditions and they will be listed on their websites. Any changes to Terms & Conditions should be minor.
Any fees our current customers have seen before will remain the same for your account as they were before as they will be ‘grand-fathered’ and remain unchanged. Moving forward future accounts will see a handling fee of $2.95.
Our eStorefront e-commerce solution is located at www.storefront.arli.com and should be accessible to previous users set-up on previous Carolina Wholesale or Digitek eStorefronts.
Yes. Please ask your representative about our Enterprise Opportunities for Government, Education, and other potential bids.
All fax communications to previous Carolina Wholesale or Digitek fax numbers will be forwarded to ARLINGTON centralized digital fax system and handled by ARLINGTON staff.
All calls to previously existing 800 and local phone numbers will be automatically re-routed to ARLINGTON current phone system. Please update your contact records to reference our official number of 800-887-3040 and 847-689-2754 (847-689-ARLI.)
Will you still receive and email if it’s sent to an employee at cwholesale.com or digitek.com e-mail address?
All previous valid email addresses for old cwholesale.com and digitek.com domains will be forwarded to employees and departments new arli.com email addresses.
We will be forwarding all traffic to bookmarked or direct access to previously existing cwholesale.com and digitek.com webpages to the matching page at the new arli.com. Same process will occur for those attempting to access storefront.cwholesale.com or storefront.digitek.com as those users will be forwarded to active storefront.arli.com.