Grainger Brings Together Customers and Industry Experts to Discuss Ways to Take Cost Out of Business Operations

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Company launches Grainger Online SafetyManager and inventory management enhancement tools at 2011 customer show.

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Companies are looking to trim costs in new ways to improve their bottom line. This show provides expertise to help companies keep their workplaces safe, efficient and functioning.

This week, Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, hosted a record number of attendees at its annual Customer Show in Orlando. Scheduled through March 4, the event brings together more than 4,000 invited customers, 2,000 manufacturers and 3,000 Grainger employees from across the country to discuss trends in industries like manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality as well as strategies that help businesses of any size improve productivity. The event also features seminars hosted by third party experts and gives customers the opportunity to receive accredited training on topics such as safety and sustainability.

“Companies are looking to trim costs in new ways to improve their bottom line,” said Mike Pulick, President of Grainger’s U.S. Business. “This show is one of the ways Grainger invests in our customers by providing resources and expertise to help them be more efficient as they keep their workplaces functioning and safe.“

The 2011 event includes an expanded trade show, with more than 450 supplier booths as well as two full days of activities. Highlights of the trade show include:

  • Grainger’s Online SafetyManager (SM) Launch - This new tool helps businesses create and self-manage their safety program easily and effectively to maintain regulatory compliance, reduce the risk of fines, improve facility safety, reduce accident and injury rates and decrease operating costs such as worker compensation, litigation and lost productivity. For more information, visit:
  • Inventory Management enhancements - Grainger now offers an expanded variety of inventory management services to help businesses identify and improve their process for procuring maintenance, repair and operating products. Grainger's KeepStock® solutions help businesses gain a more thorough understanding of their inventory needs and offer a range of solutions to make the inventory management process as efficient as possible. For more information visit:

For additional details about the show, event photos, or to learn more about Grainger, go to or contact Kelly France, Communications Manager at 847-204-1354 or kelly(dot)france(at)grainger(dot)com.

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America.


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