DETROIT - General Motors on Monday said it will launch a Web site that dealers can use to buy office supplies and other items related to daily operations, using GM's discounted rates for their purchases.
The site, called GM Dealer Supply Advantage, will go online Monday, June 24. It will be accessible through the GM DealerWorld portal.
Dealers must pay an annual $360 subscription fee to use the site. They will be able to access items such as computers, office furniture and safety equipment from companies, including Home Depot, General Electric, BP/Amoco and Reynolds and Reynolds. The site does not offer vehicle supplies or parts.
The automaker estimates that a third of its U.S. dealers initially will subscribe.
U.S. GM dealers spend nearly $1 billion annually on office supplies. Dealer Supply Advantage could save them as much as 15 percent on the items offered through the site, a GM spokesman said.
The site initially will not be available to Saab and Saturn dealers.