AHEAD Strikes Strategic Partnership With Avendra

Headwear, accessories and apparel manufacturer AHEAD recently announced it has agreed to a multi-year strategic partnership with Avendra, which provides a wide range of procurement services to companies in many industries, including golf.

“We are excited to partner with the quality properties that Avendra represents,” said Scott Stone, AHEAD’s national sales manager for golf. “Avendra customers will have access to the full breadth of AHEAD headwear, accessories and apparel offerings. We truly value the opportunity to align with groups such as Avendra and to build mutually beneficial partnerships in the golf industry.”

Don Hecht, vice president strategic supply chain management for Avendra, said his company is likewise enthused about the partnership.

“The product and decoration capabilities that AHEAD brings to our customers will complement and be a welcome addition to our current roster of vendor partners,” Hecht said.

AHEAD was acquired by Sweden-based New Wave Group AB, the parent company of Cutter & Buck, in the summer of 2011.

AHEAD is best known for its premier headwear collections that feature original approaches to logo embroidery options. The company has been able to capitalize on the golf industry’s desire for high-quality graphics on headwear and an array of garments. AHEAD operates four distinct business units: Men’s Apparel, AHEAD Headgear, the “Heavy Metal” line of golf accessories and the “Kate Lord Collection” of women’s hats, apparel and accessories.

For additional information access the web site at www.Aheadweb.com.

Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multidimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel and accessories to the green grass, resort and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, with innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to 17 years of continued growth and expansion. AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam wear AHEAD exclusively. For additional information access the web site at www.Aheadweb.com.

About Avendra
Avendra is North America’s leading procurement services provider serving hospitality-related industries. Avendra customers gain access to contracts leveraging $3 billion of annual purchases, expert advisory services and in-depth purchasing data and analysis. Through Avendra, customers obtain substantial savings on their purchases and other value-added services to improve their operations and bottom-line results. Formed in 2001, the company is headquartered in Rockville, Md., and has regional offices throughout North America. For more information, please call (866) AVENDRA, visit www.avendra.com or email inquiries to info@avendra.com.

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