SMART and ACCO Brands Team Up to Market SMART kapp®
SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA), a leading collaboration company and global provider of visual collaboration solutions, and ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), a world leader in branded school, office and consumer products, today announced that ACCO Brands will be marketing a co-branded version of the SMART kapp® digital capture board in North America. ACCO Brands is a $1.7 billion company with more than 2,000 partners in its North American network, and the synergies between SMART kapp and ACCO Brands’ traditional office products market are at the heart of this agreement. The co-branded solution, Quartet® SMART kapp®, will be sold through ACCO Brands’ sales force and distribution networks.
Designed to revolutionize traditional dry-erase boards and flipcharts, SMART kapp is a Bluetooth® enabled dry-erase board that is as easy and intuitive to use as any other white board, but reinvented. SMART kapp is lightweight, easy to install and a true plug-and-play solution. Customers simply secure the board to a wall, plug in the power supply, and begin using SMART kapp immediately – no need for IT integration or internet connections. SMART kapp enables users to:
• Share in real time by inviting remote participants to view content on smartphones, tablets and computers as it happens using any browser
• Easily save anything written on the board in JPEG or PDF formats
• Automatically save snapshots to shared accounts like Evernote™® or Google Drive™ or OneDrive™
“Quartet® SMART kapp® is a perfect fit for ACCO Brands’ focus on delivering exceptional value by providing unique, leading-edge, branded school and office products via our distribution networks,” said Jed Peters, VP of Commercial Marketing and Sales, ACCO Brands. “We carry a broad selection of dry-erase boards and our branded version of Quartet® SMART kapp® will be a premier solution in our dry-erase line.”
“We need strong marketing partners, like ACCO Brands, who are able to reach a wide array of consumers with our inimitable and revolutionary SMART kapp product,” saidNeil Gaydon, CEO, SMART Technologies. “We are thrilled to be able to leverage ACCO Brands’ unmatched brand recognition and extensive customer reach to bring SMART kapp to North America.”
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA) is a world leader in simple and intuitive solutions that enable more natural collaboration. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and enterprises around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.
About ACCO Brands Corporation
ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO) is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded school, office and consumer products and print finishing solutions. Our widely recognized brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Marbig, Mead®, NOBO, Quartet®, Rexel, Swingline®, Tilibra®, Wilson Jones® and many others. We design, market and sell products in more than 100 countries around the world. More information about ACCO Brands can be found at www.accobrands.com.