Grainger's Home Away from Home this Week
12,000 Grainger customers, vendors and company employees filled a big chunk of Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. Seven hundred exhibitors were on the 450,000-sq-ft show floor.
Send in the Crowds
Grainger salespeople invite thousands of customers to the Grainger Show to work with them and folks from more than 700 suppliers on their specific applications. Total attendance at the mammoth show was 12,0000.
Grainger CEO DG MacPherson
At one of the event's Medial Roundtables, Grainger CEO DG MacPherson said traffic at the company’s branches is up after last year’s pricing modifications, with more mid-sized customers stopping in.
Grainger's Keepstock Vending Machines
Grainger’s KeepStock vending machine program, tool crib replenishment, and Managed MRO programs are now all integrated and strive to give customers consistent digital touch points.
The Greenlee Boys at the Grainger Show
Greenlee's Jake Thomas (left) and Mark Fuller were at the Grainger Show with one of their demo trucks, which are loaded with new products to show off to customers at jobsites. One of their new Gator products made EW’s Top 10 Picks this month.
Promoting the Grainger Choice private label
Grainger has always been known for its Dayton private label for motors and HVAC equipment at its LumaPro label for lighting equipment, but it has expanded its private labeling efforts to cover a much broader range of products.
Electrical is Just Part of the Grainger Package
While the electrical wholesaling industry is focused primarily on the estimated $1 billion-plus that Grainger sells annually in electrical equipment and related job-site supplies, this segment only represents 15% to 20% of the company's 2017 total annual sales of $10.4 billion.
Sully Wows the Crowd
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, was the keynote speaker for the event.