About Raymond Geddes - Our Company Background
At GEDDES, we make it our mission to supply students (and adults young at heart) with imaginative and affordable pens, pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers and other school supplies designed for school stores, classrooms, and education fundraising.
Even if you haven't heard of GEDDES, you've very possibly seen our novelty pens and pencils in someone's hand, in the stationery supplies aisle at the department store, or near the cash register at your local gift store. You may have even used our school supplies when you were a student and not even realized it! We serve a wide variety of school personnel at almost every level.
Becoming a School Store Authority™
You wouldn't know it looking at us now, but when we started way back in 1924, our focus was the basic yellow #2 pencil and standard ballpoint stick pen. Don't believe us? Here's an order form from our early days. We supplied Baltimore-area, then Maryland-area, and eventually Mid-Atlantic elementary school and middle school students with the traditional writing supplies, paper supplies, and art supplies that everyone is so familiar with.
Over the many years of selling school supplies, the business expanded into helping schools set up a school store of their own. But teachers teach, after all. Their experience is in educating students, not running a business.
The company president at the time, Raymond Geddes Jr., believed a school store could be more than just a way to provide students with necessary school supplies. The school store could also be utilized as a tool for teaching communication skills, business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Yet, he saw firsthand the challenges that kept most schools from providing such a service.
Mr. Geddes put his experiences into writing and developed it into what is now known as our school store management guide - GEDDES School Stores: An Operating Manual. In fact, you can read Mr. Geddes' original introduction for the very first manual to get a sense of his background. This printed manual guides school personnel and school store volunteers on every aspect of a school store operation. Recently updated in 2007, we've made this manual available free of charge by customer request. Alongside our manual, additional content is accessible at raymondgeddes.com in the School Store Academy and School Store Lesson Plan Library areas of our site.
Going to Print
As the school supply business grew nationally, we began offering a mail order school supply catalog to reach more schools throughout the USA. In addition to the traditional, brand name school supplies from companies like Papermate, Crayola, and Bic, we provided a few unique, novelty products that we found from smaller companies, as well as a few products we developed ourselves from scratch.
But we found that the more unusual and original the item was, the more students responded and came back for more. Over time, our catalogs were filled with more and more novelty merchandise to complement the traditional school products. Today we busy ourselves with inventing and developing our own lines of novelty pens, pencils, and other school supplies for students, as well as working with folks like Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Universal Studios, Hanadeka and others to bring their popular characters and licenses to GEDDES school supply products.
Getting Down to Business
Experience in the school market fed our expansion into the world of retail wholesale distribution. Today, we're providing our unique writing supplies and point-of-purchase impulse merchandise to businesses all over the country. Our novelty pens, pencils, mechanical pencils, key chains, and other items are popular impulse products within a variety of commercial settings.
Contact a Business Sales specialist for more information.
Available for Birthday Parties
You don't have to be a school or a retailer to get it a GEDDES. We have many individual customers who use us to shop for their school supplies, art supplies, and stationery items for home, school, or office.
GEDDES school supply products are available in bulk or in small assortments of carded items with select items available for customization through our Product Imprinting service. Personalize our products with your name, school mascot, company logo, information about an event...almost anything you can think of (as long as it fits).
It's been more than 80 years of business and Raymond Geddes and Company, Inc., is still dedicated to providing inventive, affordable and safe writing supplies for school, home, or office. GEDDES is a 3rd generation, family-owned school supply company proud to have served many millions of customers over the years. We thank you for your interest in us and look forward to assisting you.
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