Tamron has appointed Blonde Robot exclusive distributor for Australia, following the closure of former distributor TNS-Connect’s photo division.
The new distributorship is effective from December 13, with transfer of stock and marketing collateral taking place in the interim. All orders for Tamron should be placed with TNS-Connect until December 5, with last shipments on December 6.
Stock will be moved to Blonde Robot’s Melbourne warehouse on the weekend of December 10-11. Blonde Robot will be taking new sales orders on Tamron from Monday December 13, with delivery of new orders from Friday December 16.
‘We are delighted by the passion and enthusiasm expressed by the directors and staff of Blonde Robot,’ Hideyuki Nonaka, senior executive officer & general manager, Tamron Photo Sales Department said on his recent visit to Australia. ‘We believe with the exciting recent product announcements from Tamron and the new ideas and creative drive of Blonde Robot, that 2017 will be an exceptional year of growth of the brand in Australia.’
In response, Chris Horsley-Wyatt, director of Blonde Robot said, ‘We are honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to bring Tamron to the next level in the Australian marketplace.
‘We have grown strongly in our offerings in photo and broadcast products in recent years, and having the chance to represent Tamron with their outstanding range of premium lenses will enable us to provide much more of a total solution to the market,’
Adam Wilson, TNS-Connect sales director said he was confident Blonde Robot ‘will once again restore Tamron to its former position as a top sales and profit earner for Australian photo retailers’. He said while he was sorry that TNS-Connect was not able to move forward with its plans for Tamron, he wished Blonde Robot well.
Blonde Robot can be contacted through email at [email protected] or by phone on (03) 9023 9777. As noted above, Blonde Robot will not be set up to take sales calls on Tamron until Monday December 13, with deliveries from Friday December 16. Until then retailers should contact TNS Connect on 9975 0900 or [email protected].
Further announcements on new distributors for other photo brands handled by TNS-Connect, notably Lowepro, Velbon and Joby, is expected in the next few weeks.