Small New Zealand owned marine export company Oceanmax won big at US retailer West Marine’s annual Very Important Vendor (VIV) awards. Nominated in two categories, Oceanmax were awarded ‘Best Port Supply Support’ with recognition for their dedication over the past year.
US based West Marine are the world’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories. Oceanmax supply the popular under-boat foul release system Propspeed to both West Marine and its wholesale division, Port Supply.
“Oceanmax started out the year by putting on a tremendous training program at Port Supply University in February, they’ve traveled extensively with the sales team, they’ve provided excellent sales tools including in store displays in our Hub stores, and they’ve hired regional reps to handle training and field issues. In short, they’ve been an A + supporter of Port Supply and through hard work and dedication they’ve earned this award.” Steve Miller, West Marine Category Manager.
“For a small company in a small country at the far end of the world to win an award of this magnitude from West Marine is very impressive. I’m proud of our NZ and US based teams and the work they’ve done to achieve this. Next year we’re aiming for the top award – Vendor of the Year!” Clint Jones, Oceanmax Managing Director.
Oceanmax export worldwide with Australia, Europe and the US as its main markets. Although they have been present in the US market for more than a decade, this is the first year of formal association with West Marine and Port Supply.